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The following men were solicitors and clerks who served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the First World War. The biographical details below have been extracted from the Solicitors’ War Memorial Fund ‘Record of service of solicitors and articled clerks with His Majesty’s forces, 1914-1919’ published in 1920. To read the book in it’s original format; click here. Newspaper articles about the men have been inserted by our researchers.

WILLIAM FAWELL ASCROFT.

Admitted Nov. 1901. Member of R. & W. Ascroft, of Preston. Joined April 20, 1915, as Capt., Loyal North Lancashire Regt. seconded for duty as R.T.O. (overseas) March 11, 1916, graded as Staff Capt. July 6, 1917, relinquished commission April 29, 1919, “on account of ill-health contracted on active service.” Gazetted Brevet-Major Jan. 1, 1919. Served at Home and in France.

THOMAS ASPDEN.

Admitted July 1905. Of Chorley, Lancs. Served as Private, 1st Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

GRENVILLE ARTHUR BATTCOCK.

Admitted Jan. 1910. Managing Clerk with Halliley & Morrison, of Bedford. Mobilised Aug. 4, 1914, as Capt., 1/4 Batt. Royal Berkshire Regt. promoted Major April 1916 (Permanent Rank), with 8th Royal Berkshire Regt.  July 1917 to Aug. 1917, Second in command 1st Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Aug. 1917 to July 1918. Three times mentioned in Dispatches. Served in France and Italy.

GEOFFREY ERIC BURDEKIN.

Articled to B. T. Burdekin, of Sheffield. Received commission as 2nd Lieut. Notts and Derby Regt. (Sherwood Foresters) Aug. 1914, and subsequently attached to 1st Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Served in France. Killed at Beuvry Jan. 26, 1915.

CHARLES WILLIAM CALLIS.

Admitted July 1883. Member of Callis & Woosnam, of Blackpool. Served as Capt., 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. (National Reserve).

WILLIAM HENRY COUPE.

Admitted March 1909. Member of Coupe & Harrison, of Preston, Lancs. Joined Sept. 15, 1916, as Private, Loyal North Lancashire Regt., transferred to Army Pay Corps Nov. 1916, to 3rd King’s Own Scottish Border Regt. Aug. 1918, and attained the rank of Corporal both in the Army Pay Corps and in the Border Regt. Served at Home.

PERCY CRAMPTON.

Admitted June 1913. Member of T. R. Dootson, of Leigh. Joined May 1915, as Private, Inns of Court O.T.C. Gazetted Lieut. 2/5 Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Aug. 1915. Once mentioned in Dispatches. Awarded the M.C. Served in France. Wounded May 24, 1917.

ARTHUR ARNOLD CROW.

Articled to F. W. Mander, of 7 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, W.C. Joined Aug. 1914, as Private, 28th Batt. County of London Regt. (Artists Rifles). Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 5th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Nov. 26, 1914, promoted 1st Lieut. Dec. 1914, Capt. July 1915, appointed Adjutant of Officers’ Instruction School, Tunbridge Wells, in the spring of 1915. In July 1916 resigned commission on account of ill-health. Subsequently went to Messines to assist Church Army in canteen work. On passing of the Review of Exemption Act in 1917 at once presented himself for examination, and was marked fit for active service. As, however, previous medical boards had refused to allow him to proceed to France as a commissioned officer, he enlisted in the Essex Regt. as a Private, proceeding to France on Sept. 7, 1917. He was killed Oct. 10, 1917, in the attack on the Passchendaele Ridge, 3rd Battle of Ypres.

LEONARD LAWSON DEAN.

Articled to his father, A. H. Dean, of Manchester. Passed into Sandhurst and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. April 1917. Killed in action Oct. 3, 1918.

ARTHUR HUBERT DICKSON.

Admitted April 1910. Member of W. J. Dickson & Sons, of Kirkham. Granted commission 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Sept. 1914 and attached to the 47th Regimental District as Recruiting Officer, subsequently transferred from Kirkham to Preston. Died Oct. 7, 1915.

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GERALD HECTOR DICKSON.

Admitted Aug. 1904. Member of Buck & Dicksons, of Preston. Served as 2nd Lieut., 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., and subsequently attained the rank of Capt.

WILLIAM HERBERT DICKSON.

Admitted Feb. 1901, practicing at Chippenham. Joined 14th Batt. County of London Regt. (London Scottish) in 1916 and was later attached to an O.T.C. at Gales. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Killed in action in France, June 7, 1917.

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JOHN HAWORTH DRIVER.

Admitted Nov. 1910, practicing at Guiseley, near Leeds. Joined Dec. 5, 1915, as Private, Inns of Court O.T.C. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. March. 1, 1917, promoted Lieut. Sept. 1918. Served in France April 1917 to Oct. 1917. Wounded July 28, 1917, and Oct. 26, 1917.

ORLANDO HARRY DUCKSBURY.

Articled to A. C. Dickson, of Preston. Joined Aug. 1914, as Private, 5th Batt. King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regt. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Sept. 1915. Served in France. Wounded in May 1915 and again in 1916, when taken prisoner.

HARRY ST. JOHN DUTTON.

Admitted March 1899. Member of James Dutton & Son, of Bolton. Joined Jan. 17, 1917, as 2nd Lieut., 12th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., promoted Lieut. July 1918. Served in Palestine July 1917 to May 1918, France June to Nov. 1918.

STANLEY JOSEPH FISHER.

Articled to John Tyson, of Dalton-in-Furness. Joined June 26, 1916, as Pioneer, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers, promoted Lance-Corporal. Subsequently gazetted 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Served 2 years in France.

FRANK WILSON FOLEY.

Admitted Feb. 1904, practicing at Bolton. Served as Major, 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

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CECIL ARNOLD GODFREY.

Admitted March 1906. Member of Hind & Godfrey, of Nottingham. Joined March 1916, as Private, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. Commissioned 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. June 1916, promoted Lieut. Feb. 1917, Capt. April 1917, appointed Staff Capt. May 1918, and promoted Major June 1919. Three times mentioned in Dispatches. Awarded the M.C, and the Belgian Chevalier de I’ordre de la Couronne and Croix de Guerre. Served in France and Belgium Aug. 1916 to Nov. 1918.

FREDERIC GREAVES.

Articled to J. W. Greaves, of Manchester. Joined Nov. 14, 1914, as Private, 9th Batt. (Highlanders) Royal Scots, transferred to Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Aug. 1916. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regt. June 6, 1917, transferred to Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Dec. 1917. Served at Home and in France. Slightly wounded south of Menin Road July 31, 1917, gassed at Givenchy April 21, 1918. Killed in action at Givenchy June 1, 1918.

WILLIAM HADGKISS.

Articled to George Thomas, of Redditch. Served as 2nd Lieut., 11th (Service) Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

ARTHUR LEA HARRIS.

Admitted Dec. 1909. Member of Houghton, Myres & Reveley, of Preston. Joined Aug. 5, 1914, as 2nd Lieut., 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., promoted Capt. 1916. Served in Belgium and France 1915 and 1917.  Killed in action at Ypres July 31, 1917.

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WILLIAM STANFORD-BENNETT HARRISON.

Admitted June 1913. Of Wandsworth, S.W. Mobihsed Aug. 1914, as Private, 28th Batt. County of London Regt. (Artists Rifles). Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 9th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Jan. 16, 1915. Served in France Nov. 1915 to July 1916. Killed in action at La Boisselle on the Somme July 7, 1916.

LEONARD HAWORTH.

Articled to Harold Fairbrother, of Bolton, Lancashire. Joined Sept. 1915, as Private, 28th Batt. County of London Regt. (Artists Rifles). Commissioned as 2nd Lieut. 1/5 Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. May 1916, promoted Lieut, and held Acting rank of Capt. Served in France and Belgium. Wounded Aug. 1, 1917, and gassed on Somme.

ARTHUR THEODORE HOUGHTON.

Admitted Dec. 1904. Member of Houghton, Myres & Reveley, of Preston. Joined Aug. 5, 1914, as 2nd Lieut., 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., promoted Lieut. Oct. 1915, Temp. Capt. Jan. 1916, Substantive Capt. June 1916. Awarded the M.C. Served in France and Belgium 1915 to 1917. Wounded at Festubert June 14, 1915, and at Vancelette Farm Nov. 30, 1917.

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JOSEPH HUNT.

Admitted Jan. 1904. Member of Fowle & Hunt, of Northallerton. Joined Nov. 4, 1914, as 2nd Lieut. 2/4 Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., subsequently promoted Lieut, and Capt. Served at Home and in France.

NORMAN MURRAY INGLEDEW.

Admitted Feb. 1903. Member of Ingledew & Sons, of Cardiff. Joined Oct. 27, 1914, as 2nd Lieut., 7th (Cyclist) Batt. The Welch Regt. (T.), promoted Lieut. March 1915, A/Capt. July 1915, Temp. Capt. 15th (Pioneer) Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. July 1918. Served at Home and in France.

FREDERICK WYLIE KAY.

Articled to T. Wylie Kay, of Blackpool. Joined May 12, 1915, as 2nd Lieut., 3rd Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., promoted Lieut. July 1917, Capt. July 1917. Served at Home May to Dec. 1915, Egypt and Sinai Dec, 1915 to Feb. 1917, and in France and Belgium March to Sept. 1917. Wounded Ypres Sept. 6, 1917.

ALAN GEORGE HILTON LIVESEY.

Articled to F. K. Bull, of 6 Old Jewry, E.C. Joined at commencement of War, as 2nd Lieut., Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Served in France. Killed in action at Loos Sept. 27, 1915.

THADDEUS FRANCIS McCARTHY.

Articled to R. A. Loseby, of Leicester. Joined Dec. 1915 as Private, 28th Batt. County of London Regt. (Artists Rifles). Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Sept. 1916, promoted Lieut. March 1918. Awarded the M.C. Served in France. Wounded Aug. 10, 1917. Killed in action at Bailleul, France, April 14, 1918.

ARTHUR ARNOLD McILWAINE.

Articled to Edward Wilson, of Newport, and Shanklin, Isle of Wight. Joined Sept. 1914, as Private, 3rd Batt. Hampshire Regt. Subsequently gazetted 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Killed in France March 4, 1916.

ERNEST JAMES NICHOLLS.

Admitted Feb. 1903. Member of J. Nicholls & Son, of 12 Old Jewry Chambers, E.C. Joined London University O.T.C. 1914. Commissioned as 2nd Lieut. March 31, 1915, and gazetted to 11th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Served in France, attached to 8th Batt. March 1916 to May 1916. Killed in action at Vimy Ridge May 22, 1916. Buried in Military Cemetery at Ecouvres, near Mont St. Eloy, Arras.

JOHN STANLEY OGDEN.

Articled to J. H. Ogden, of Manchester. Joined Sept. 4, 1914, as Private, 3rd Public School Batt. Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 3rd Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Aug. 12, 1915, promoted Lieut. 7th Batt. July 1916, appointed Adjutant April 1917, promoted A/Capt. Sept. 1917, Temp. Capt. Dec. 1917, Lieut. 3rd (Special Reserve) Batt. Feb. 1918. Served in France June 1916 to Feb. 1918.

HAROLD PARKER.

Admitted Feb. 1904. Member of Forshaw, Parker & Co., of Preston, Lancs. Mobilised Aug. 1914, as Capt., 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., promoted Temp. Major Oct. 1915, Staff Course, Cambridge, May to June 1917, Brigade Major 1st London Reserve Brigade July 1917 to April 1918, Substantive Major Feb, 1918, A/Brigade Major 29th Division April 1918, Brigade Major 31st Division June 1918, and 42nd Division Oct. 1918. Twice mentioned in Dispatches. Awarded the D.S.O. Served in France. Gassed June 1915, wounded Aug. 14, 1916, and injured June 17, 1918.

FRANK PEARSON.

Admitted July 1894 Practised at Kirkby Lonsdale and Ingleton. Joined March 12, 1917, as Capt., Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Served at Home. Died of pneumonia contracted while on Active Service Feb. 5, 1918.

ARTHUR PERCIVAL VERNON PIGOT.

Articled to Henry Greenall, of Warrington, Lancs. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 3rd Batt. South Lancashire Regt. Aug. 15, 1914, promoted Lieut. May 1915, Capt. Sept. 1915, A/Major Dec. 1918, attached 2nd Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Dec. 1914 to Dec. 1916, and to 2nd Batt. South Lancashire Regt. May 1918 to June 1919. Served in East Africa Dec. 1914 to Dec. 1916, at Home Aug. to Dec. 1914 and Dec. 1916 to May 1918, and in France May 1918 to June 1919. Wounded Dec. 16, 1916.

WILLIAM JAMES PLANT.

Admitted April 1912. Managing Clerk with Plant, Abbott & Plants, of Preston and Poulton-le-Fylde. Joined Aug. 8, 1914, as Private, 3rd Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Gazetted 2nd Lieut, in same Regt. Feb. 27, 1915, promoted Lieut. Aug. 1915, Temp. Capt. April 1917. Served in France Aug. to Oct. 1914, Feb. to May 1916, and April to Nov. 1917, and the remainder of time at Home. Wounded Oct. 1914.

FREDERICK ERNEST GILCHRIST PORTER.

Articled to W. J. R. Gaze, of 13 Suffolk Street, Pall Mall, S.W. Joined Sept. 1914, as Private, Inns of Court O.T.C. Subsequently gazetted 2nd Lieut. 7th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. and attained the rank of Capt. Served in France 1915 and 1916. Wounded on the Somme Nov. 2, 1916. Died at Warloy, near Albert, Nov. 3, 1916.

WILLIAM TAYLOR RUSSELL.

Articled to William Russell, of Bolton. Served as 2nd Lieut., Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

ALBERT SAVILLE.

Admitted May 1911, practised at 8 Warwick Court, Gray’s Inn, W.C. Served as 2nd Lieut., 5th (Reserve) Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., promoted Capt. June 1916.

WILLIAM VALGHAN SCULTHORPE.

Articled to J. J. Dodd, of 11 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn, W.C. Joined Aug. 6, 1915, as Private, West Kent Regt. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 22nd Batt. London Rcgt. (Queen’s) Nov. 2, 1915. Killed in action in Flanders June 8, 1917.

CLAUEE SEABROKE.

Admitted July 1903. Member of G. M. Seabroke & Son, of Rugby. Mobilised Aug. 4, 1914, as Capt., 7th Batt. Royal Warwickshire Regt., promoted Substantive Major Aug. 29, 1914, subsequently attached 2nd Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Awarded the T.D. Served at Home, Egypt, Palestine, France, and Belgium.

JOSEPH SEED.

Admitted March 1904, practising at Blackpool. Served as Capt., 4th (Reserve) Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

THOMAS OSWALD SMITH.

Admitted Jan. 1912, practised at Bolton. Served as Lieut., 5th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., promoted Capt. June 1916. Mentioned in Dispatches and awarded the D.S.O.

HERBERT WALKER SUMMERSON.

Admitted Feb. 1912, practised at Darlington. Joined Dec. 1915, as Private, 28th Batt. Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 2nd Lieut, in 9th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Sept. 1917. Served in France. Died of wounds June 5, 1918.

ERNEST HENRY TAYLOR.

Admitted Jan. 1911, practising at Rochdale. Joined Jan. 6, 1915, as Private, Royal Army Service Corps (M.T.), and subsequently transferred to Inns of Court O.T.C. Gazetted Lieut. 5th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., and attached Royal Engineers Signals. Served at Home, in France and Belgium, and with Army of Occupation. Wounded June 1, 1916, and Aug. 9, 1916.

EUSTACE HAZZEL VANT.

Admitted Feb. 1913, practising at Settle, Yorks. Served as Capt., 4th (Reserve) Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

ARTHUR WALLIS.

Articled to the late H. R. Leigh, of Horwich. Joined Nov. 19, 1915, as Sapper, Royal Engineers. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. June 30, 1918. Served in France July to Oct. 1918. Wounded Oct. 1, 1918. Died in hospital Oct. 2, 1918.

WILLIAM LEWIS WASBROUGH.

Articled to E. T. M. Teesdale, of 6 Fredericks Place, Old Jewry, E.C. Served as 2nd Lieut., 1st Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Killed in action on Sept. 26 or 27, 1915.

FRANK HAMMOND WHARTON.

Articled to H. W. Lydall, of 37 John Street, Bedford Row, W.C. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 3rd (attached 1st) Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Oct. 14, 1914. Served in France. Killed at the Battle of Loos Sept. 25, 1915.

JOHN WHITEHEAD.

Admitted Feb. 1904, practising at Preston. Served as Private, 3/4 Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

JOHN LAWRENCE WHITFIELD.

Admitted Dec. 1906. Member of John Whitfield & Son, of Chorley, Lancs. Served as Capt., 4th Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt. (T.). Died at Boulogne June 23, 1915, of wounds received in action on June 15.

 

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