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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago four men of the 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, were killed in action (KIA) 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.


 1st Battalion

Battalion War Diary

8th November 1914 – Day began quietly and nothing happened at all to alarm us when suddenly there was a burst of firing and a few moments after a crowd of ZOURVES come running by our trenches with a few of our men. The French, it was found out, had been driven out of their trenches and in the rush had carried some of our men to the rear with them. The supporting company was quickly fallen in and advanced against the Germans, whom it was found out, had reached the chateau. The men answered the call very well and in spite of large numbers of the enemy they had with the help of a company of the West Riding Regt. quickly driven the Germans back and regained their trenches. They, however, received no support and large reinforcements of Germans coming up on the right they were forced once more to retire back for a short distance. Before nightfall however they advanced again and re-occupied the trenches taking several of the enemy prisoner. All this was not accomplished without loss and the Battalion lost three officers (Captain Prince and Captain Slade (West Yorks Regt.) killed and Second Lieutenant Ker wounded) and about 100 NCOs and men killed, wounded and missing. We remained in the trenches all night expecting to be attacked but were undisturbed. We inflicted a loss of about 150 on the enemy and captured about 30 prisoners and one machine gun.


Captain ALICK LANCELOT PRINCE (KIA)

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Captain A L Prince

8219 Serjeant WILLIAM THOMAS CHALLEN (KIA)

6203 Lance Corporal JAMES McDERMOTT (KIA)

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2364 Private JOHN ROBINSON (KIA)


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

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Regulars
1st Battalion: 298 – Worst day: 14/09/1914 (85)
2nd Battalion: 50 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

Territorials
1/4th Battalion: 2
1/5th Battalion: 3

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

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


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