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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one soldier of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died of wounds (DOW) in 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.


2136 Private WILLIAM BEAVER

William Beaver was the son of William and Elizabeth Beaver of 27, Burnley Street, Chadderton, Oldham. He had a brother named John and two sisters, Mary and Eleanor.

William joined the 3rd Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a Special Reservist on 5th February 1913 at Ashton under Lyne. He was 17 years 11 months old and was working as a goods porter. When war was declared in August 1914, William was mobilised. He sailed to France to join the 1st Battalion on 22nd September 1914.

Private William Beaver died of a gunshot wound to the head on 8th January 1915 at No 1 Clearing Hospital in Bethune. He was buried in Bethune town cemetery. Two days before his death the war diary reports the German trenches being only 200 yards away and sniping continuing day and night.

Rank: Private
Service No: 2136
Date of Death: 08/01/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 508

Regulars
1st Battalion: 445 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 51 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

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

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

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 2
3rd Battalion: 1
Unknown: 1


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