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1914 TO 1919.

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The War Memorials list the brave souls who made the supreme sacrifices in both world wars.

January 1915, was the only month in the whole war where no deaths were recorded on our War Memorials.

However in February 1915, the casualty list increased by two soldiers.

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02/02/1915. Private James Whittaker, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment, Died of wounds. Age 24.

27/02/1915. Private John William Brunton, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died in Scotland. Age 18.

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In March the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle took place where the following casualties occurred.

10/03/1915. Lieut. Allan A. Drew, Cameronian, Scottish Rifles, Killed in action. Age 31.

10/03/1915. L/Corporal James Davies, 1st Cameronian, Scottish Rifles, Killed in action. Age ?

12/03/1915. Private James Bradshaw, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment, Killed in action. Age ?

12/03/1915. Private Herbert Evans, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment, Killed in action. Age 25.

13/03/1915. Private David Smalley, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment, Killed in action. Age ?

14/03/1915. Private Frank Clarke, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment, Killed in action. Age ?

18/03/1915. Guardsman Alex Burrows, 2nd Coldstream Guards, Killed in action. Age 33.

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Lieutenant Alan Appleby Drew was the son of the owners of Lowerhouse Print Works.

Total casualties to 31th March 1915. 19 servicemen.

Parish Soldiers, All Saints and St. Johns Gannow

SOMME 1st/2nd July 1916.

Following an intensive 7 day artillery barrage. The long awaited 'Big Push' against the entrenched German positions located on higher ground began. British Troops left their trenches to attack at 7.30am.This became the darkest day in the history of the British Army. 19240 soldiers were killed, 35,495 wounded and 2152 classed as Missing in Action. Our Parish Memorial Boards commemorate the following soldiers. Who died on these two days, because of the large casualty numbers proved impossible to verify the actual date the soldiers died.

1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment (Regular and Reservist soldiers)

Sergeant John Ainsworth Age 36.

Private Robert Abbot Age 28.

Private Robert Hirst Age 36.

Private William Scott Age 22.

11th Service Battalion East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals)

A/Sergeant George Edwin Breckell Age 27.

Corporal Jerry Thompson Age 22.

Private Walter Bernet Heys Age 23.

Private Thomas Henry Spedding Age 20.

Private Jack Calvert Age 20.

Private Robert Bullen Age 24 Died of wounds received on this day.

2nd Border Regiment (Regular soldiers)

Private John Shackleton Age 25.

Royal Field Artillery.

Driver Harry Riddle Age unknown.

Research for this page is on going and will be updated when new information becomes available.