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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of the 1st Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died in the UK having been wounded and sent back from France.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

hackett4126 Private William HACKETT

William Hackett was born in India in mid-1878.

On 19th September 1914, William was recalled to the Army. He had previously served in the Royal Garrison Artillery (service number 11528), and was still serving his period in the reserves.

At the time of him being recalled, William was 36 years 3 months old and had been working as a labourer. He listed a probable sister, Miss E Hackett of 42 Poplar Street, Preston as his next of kin.

Private William Hackett was described as being 5ft 7in tall, weighing 140lbs with blue eyes and brown hair. He was given the service number 4126.

On 4th January 1915 he sailed to France as a batch of reinforcements joining the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in the field.

A newspaper report of the time records that he sustained a scalp wound on 20th January 1915, he was sent back to the UK.

There is no mention of any casualties on this day in the Battalion War Diary, at 15:00hrs they had gone into the trenches relieving the Sussex Regt. All the snow had gone and it was much milder.

So just 36 days after his arrival in France, on 7th February 1915 William died at the American Womens War Hospital in Paignton, Devon. His wound had resulted in a hemorrhage. His body was taken back to his home in Preston before being buried in Preston New Hall Lane Cemetery.

Rank: Private
Service No: 4126
Date of Death: 07/02/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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1st Battalion: 488 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 52 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

1/4th Battalion: 3
1/5th Battalion: 3

New Armies
7th Battalion: 1
10th Battalion: 1

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 4
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1

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