Dud Corner Cemetery and


The Loos Memorial


Roll of Honour


Picture Courtesy of Ralph Davidson of Milnrow, Rochdale

10769 Private

 Harry Marriott

2nd Bn. Border Regiment

25/09/1915, aged 18.

Panel 68 and 69, Loos Memorial


Harry Marriott was killed in action 25th September 1915 aged 18, at Loos. He enlisted in Bury during April 1914, the second son of John William and Naomi Marriott of 13 Belfield Lane, Firgrove he was born on 28th January, 1897 and employed at Gale Printworks, Littleborough. He is commemorated at St Ann's Belfield and on the Loos Memorial, his father was head mixer at R. Barnes and Sons, Firgrove. He is one of three brothers killed during the war.

John Marriott

William Barnes Marriott

Picture Courtesy of Robert Harrison of London, David Harrison was his Great Uncle.


3593 Lance Corporal

David Harrison

1st/5th Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment


Panel 103 to 105. Loos Memorial


He was born on 15 October 1895, the youngest son of Robert and Eve Harrison of Hanley, Stoke on Trent.
He was killed on 13 October 1915 on the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt at the very end of the battle of Loos and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner Cemetery.

The family had a strong boxing tradition and one of his elder brothers, Tom Harrison, was to become the British and European Boxing Bantamweight Champion, 1921-23.


S/3173 Private

John B. Allan

8th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

KIA 25/09/1915, aged 20

Son of James Allan, of 9, Callon St., Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

Loos Memorial Panel 112-115



Image courtesy of Joseph O'Raw and William Kilgour

S/4536 Lance Corporal

John Neil

9th S/Bn.  The Black Watch

KIA 25/09/1915. aged 19

Son of Thomas Clark Neil and Mary Neil, of "Cairnvue", Woodburn Avenue, Airdrie.

Loos Memorial Panel 78-83

Image courtesy of Joseph O'Raw and William Kilgour

G/5014 Private

William White

9th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment

25/09/1915, aged 38.

Husband of Caroline White, of 6, School Rd., Ore, Hastings.

Loos Memorial Panel 69 to 73


He was born in Hastings, East Sussex on 27th November 1877.
His wife Caroline was pregnant with her tenth child at the time of his death.


Picture courtesy of great granddaughter, Margaret Mockridge (nee White)


Edgar Faulks

Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 95th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

26/09/1915, aged 36.

Son of Arthur and Emma Faulks, of Sparrow Hill, Loughborough.

Loos Memorial Panel 136


My great uncle Edgar was the son of Arthur & Emma Faulks of Sparrow Hill, Loughborough. He qualified as a doctor via Nottingham University and Guy's Hospital and worked at the London County Asylum, Bexley, Kent. He joined the R.A.M.C. in June 1915. 21st Division was hurriedly committed to action shortly after its arrival in France on the second day of the battle of Loos, 26th September 1915.

Lieutenant Edgar Faulks met his death while he had been attending to the wounded all the morning of Sunday September 26th, and was well in the fire zone. Lieutenant G. T. Dacton of the Regiment to which Dr. Faulks belonged, writing to Mr. A. Faulks said:

"It was between two and three o'clock on the afternoon of Sunday September 26th. We were having a rough time, being heavily shelled. Faulks did sterling work with the wounded. He was attending a wounded gunner by one of the guns when he was hit through the chest. He said I've got it this time, and then collapsed. It must have been through the lungs. I suppose for he died in about 30 seconds or less. It was a good death in the act of doing his duty. I buried him close to where he fell by the side of a rough road, which runs from Vermelles to Loos."

Picture and information courtesy of great nephew, Chris Robinson



R/11941 Rifleman

George Peachment VC.

2nd Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps.

Killed in action 25/09/1915, aged 18.

Son of Mrs. Mary Peachment, of The Nook, Hilda Avenue, Tottington, Bury, Lancs.

Loos Memorial Panel 101 and 102.

Picture courtesy of Ann Lloyd

Citation for Rifleman George Peachment VC. reads:

An extract from "The London Gazette", dated 18th Nov., 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery near Hulluch on 25th Sept., 1915. During very heavy fighting, when our front line was compelled to retire in order to re-organise, Pte. Peachment, seeing his Company Commander, Captain Dubs, lying wounded, crawled to assist him. The enemy's fire was intense, but, though there was a shell hole quite close, in which a few men had taken cover, Pte. Peachment never thought of saving himself. He knelt in the open by his Officer and tried to help him, but while doing this he was first wounded by a bomb and a minute later mortally wounded by a rifle bullet. He was one of the youngest men in his battalion and gave this splendid example of courage and self-sacrifice."


R11941 Rifleman George Stanley Peachment,  2nd Battalion The King's Royal Rifle Corps (2nd Brigade, 1st Division).

Born Parkhills, Fishpool, Bury, Lancashire on 5th May 1897. His parents were George Henry and Mary. Educated at Parkhills United Methodist Church School. St, Chad’s and Bury Technical School. He was an apprentice fitter engineer at Ashworth & Parker of Elton, Bury and later another Bury firm J. H. Riley. George enlisted 18th April 1915, in 5th K.R.R.C falsely giving his age as 19 years and one month, although he was only 17 years and 11 months. He then went absent from 7.30p.m. on 2nd July until 8.10a.m. on 5th July 1915 and for this he was fined seven days pay. Eventually George transferred to the 2nd Battalion on posting to France 27th July 1915. He was later confined to barracks for three days on 19th September 1915, for having a dirty sword (bayonet) whilst on guard mount parade.

George Peachment won  his VC near Hulluch, France on 25th September 1915, and his citation appeared in The London Gazette of 18th November 1915.He had been killed in action at Hulluch, France on 25th September 1915 during the action for which he won his medal and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial. George was unmarried and the VC was presented to his mother by the King at Buckingham Palace on 29th November 1916.

The officer saved by George Peachment was Captain Guy Rattray Dubs. He was born in 1890 and commissioned in the K.R.R.C on 15th July 1910. he became a temporary Captain on 10th September 1914 and Captain 9th November 1915. Later awarded the Military Cross and French Croix de Guerre. He was Brigade Major of 140th Infantry Brigade from July 1917 to May 1918. He was promoted Brevet Major 3rd June 1918, and attended Staff College in 1926, Promoted Major 21st October 1928 and retired from the Army about 1930.

The 2nd K.R.R.C suffered particularly badly in an attack and, having failed to break into the enemy positions, was ordered to reorganise in the front line. As Rifleman Peachment retired he saw his company commander, Captain G. R. Dubs, lying wounded. The enemy fire was intense but in spite of this Peachment crawled to the officer’s assistance. Ignoring the danger he knelt over Dubs to attend to his wounds. Peachment was wounded by a bomb splinter but continued his work even though he could have sheltered in nearby shell-holes. A minute later a rifle bullet fatally wounded him. He was one of the youngest soldiers in the Battalion.

Image and text courtesy of Ann Lloyd, niece of Rifleman Peachment VC.


17080 Lance Corporal

James Tomlinson

"C" Coy. 10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 35.

Husband of Alice Tomlinson, of 79, Healey Wood Rd., Burnley. father of four children.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Prior to enlisting on 23rd November, 1914, James was a weaver at Messrs. Parkinson's Calder Vale Mill.


C.Q.M.S J. R Lord wrote to James's wife;


“I have received your letter, and it is with much regret that I have to inform you that your husband, Lce. Corpl. J. Tomlinson is missing. I was very well acquainted with your husband, he having been clerk in England, and he was well respected by the other N.C.O.’s and men. I have tried to ascertain if anyone knew anything about him, but I may say that his platoon suffered very severely, and the few that are left are unable to give any information concerning him. On behalf of the N.C.O.’s and men and myself, please accept our deepest sympathy."


Second Lieutenant Douglas Foulis wrote the following letter to James's wife;

"I regret to inform you that Lce-Corp James Tomlinson was killed in the heroic charge made by the 10th Scottish Rifles on September 25th last. We sympathise with you in this matter. I trust that your loss may be lightened by the knowledge that your husband died nobly doing his duty for his country and leading his section towards the German lines. As you may have heard this battalion suffered extremely heavy losses but made a great name for itself in the attack and capture of Loos. Your husband was very popular among the men of this company, and his loss is a loss to the regiment as a whole. Your husband went with the first over the parapet, and advanced gallantly till he met his death. it may comfort you to know that your husband was a splendid soldier, and I deeply sympathise with you and your family.
He was a bomber lance corporal and went over the parapet with the bombers and was killed before he reached the German trench.

Second Lieutenant H. R. P. Adams wrote;

"I learn that your late husband was made a bomber lance corporal in the attack last September. He went over the parapet with the bombers and was unfortunately killed before he reached the German lines. He was shot through the head and died instantly. He was the Quartermaster Sergt’s clerk at Chesledon. He was buried in front of the German lines along with several more of his soldier friends. He went with the first wave over the parapet and advanced gallantly till he met his death. He was a splendid soldier”.


16640 Private

Joseph Kinlin

10th Bn. Cameronians, (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 23.

Son of Joseph Kinlin, of 21, Livingstone St., Burnley; husband of Florence Robertson (formerly Kinlin), of 17, Zion St., Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


14307 Private

Matthew Walkden

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)


Son of Mr & Mrs Walkden, 81 Shakespeare Street, Padiham, Lancashire.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Although initially posted as missing, Matthew's parents had already been told by his friends in the battalion that he had been killed on September 25th. An officer had also written to them telling them that he had buried him along with 30 others. Official notification came in January 1916.



17175 Private

Percy Adams

9th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 22.

Resided at 17 Mount Pleasant Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)



13872 Private

John Robert Fletcher

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 28.

Son of Mr & Mrs Fletcher, 10 Blair Street, Burnley. Husband of Mrs Fletcher, 17 Guildford Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Known as "Bob," he was killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos, his friend and fellow member of the 10th Cameronians, Albert Bridge wrote the following letter to Bob's parents;


"It was on September 25th we made the advance on the German trenches. We had only just got over the parapet and extended out when a shell came and burst among our section, and Bob must have been killed then, as he was never seen after. He is a great loss to his platoon, as he was a good soldier and a cheery sort of fellow. We spent many a happy hour together with the rest of the Burnley lads. We have to pay the price of victory, and I am sorry to say that Bob was one of the unlucky ones. My comrades as well as myself send their deepest sympathy for the loss of your son."


Sadly, Albert Bridge would be killed in August 1916, he is buried in Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery


S/3444 Private

Robert Francis Brown King

8th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

Killed in action 25/09/1915,

aged 22.

Son of William and Agnes Brown King, of 7, Manse Place, Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

Loos Memorial Panel 112 to 115

Picture courtesy of Joe O' Raw and William Kilgour

S/3949 Private

Thomas Hegarty

9th Bn. The Black Watch

Killed in action 25/09/1915,

Son of Mary Hegarty, of Millars Place, Clark St., Airdrie, Lanarkshire, and the late James Hegarty.

Loos Memorial Panel 78 to 83

Picture courtesy of Joe O' Raw and William Kilgour


Edward Cedric Hooton

2nd/8th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

27/06/1916, aged 25.

Son of Elisa Hooton, of I, Chepstow Rise, Croydon, and the late Edward Charles Hooton. Gazetted, Dec., 1914. Went to France, May, 1916.

Loos Memorial Panel 22 to 25.

13315 Private

John Millington

"C" Coy. 9th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Killed in action 25/09/1915,

aged 18.

Son of Albert and Minnie Millington, of 7, Maude St., Connahs Quay, Chester.

Panel 50 to 52


Picture courtesy of Geoff Taylor, nephew of this soldier.

G/7849 Private

Robert Wilkin

9th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment


Loos Memorial Panel 69-73

Born in Godmanchester in 1894, the son of George and Rhoda Wilkin and was resident in Leagrave, Luton. Beds.  


Picture courtesy of his nephew George Wilkin


6097 Serjeant

Michael O'Sullivan

2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers

14/10/1915, aged 31.

Panel 127 Loos Memorial

Husband of Frances O'Sullivan, of 3, Rope Walk, Wises Hill, Cork.

Picture courtesy of Ken Forde, great grandson

5353 Private

John Edmund West

11th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers


Memorial Panels 45 and 46.


Died of gun shot wounds to the stomach and thigh on a hospital ship in Malta, native of Colne, Lancashire, he was a railway carriage cleaner before enlisting.



Picture courtesy of David West, great nephew of this soldier


7656 Company Quartermaster Serjeant

Edward Coe

2nd Bn. Cheshire Regiment

03/10/1915, aged 27.

Memorial Panels 49 and 50.

Husband of Louisa Amy Read (formerly Coe), of 100, Canterbury Rd., Colchester.


"In loving memory" from Louisa, Ethel and Margaret

Picture courtesy of Margaret Thomas

Company Serjeant Major

 James T. Leahy

2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers


Plot VII. E. 11.

Dud Corner Cemetery

Eldest son of William D. Leahy (late Postal Telegraphic Service, G.P.O., Cork.) He is mentioned in 'The 2nd Munsters in France,' by Captain Jervis.

He died attempting to rescue Maj J. W. Considine.

Picture courtesy of great nephew David Ellis


G/3072 Private

Alfred George Gumbrell

9th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment


Memorial Panel 69 to 73


Picture courtesy of Neil Bertram


S/8516 Private

Robert Plaskett

8th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

05/11/1915, aged 22.

Son of Robert and Jane Plaskett, of 17, Collin's Terrace, Grasslot, Maryport, Cumberland.

Memorial Panel 112-115

"Remembered with Honour"
by great niece, Joan Clucas

S/4285 Lance Corporal

 Alexander M. Snedden

9th Bn. Black Watch

(Royal Highlanders)

25/09/1915, aged 19.

Son of James and Margaret Douglas Miller Snedden of 42 
Quarry St. Coatdyke, Coatbridge.

Memorial Panel 78-83


Picture courtesy of Marjorie Snedden, this soldier is her husbands great uncle.

28263 Lance Corporal

Frank Garraway

10th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

25/09/1918, aged 31.

Memorial Panel 22-25


Picture courtesy of Dawn Dean, great granddaughter


45942 Private

Sydney Saunders

51st Bn. Machine Gun Corps. (Inf.)

09/04/1918, aged 20.

Formerly 4540 London Regiment.

Youngest son of Frederick and Ellen Saunders of The Manor House, Turners Hill, Cheshunt Herts.

Memorial Panel 136.


Picture courtesy of Peter Saunders, great nephew.


4484 Private

James McEwan

18th Bn. Highland Light Infantry


Memorial Panel 108-112


Picture courtesy of Terry Allen


16582 Private

John Townsend

7th Bn. Norfolk Regiment

20/04/1916, aged 20.

Son of John and Sarah Townsend of The Marsh, Walpole St Andrew, Wisbech.

Memorial Panel 30 and 31


Picture courtesy of great nephew Mervyn Playford


S/3759 Lance Corporal

William McCready

8th Bn. Black Watch

(Royal Highlanders)


He was unmarried and resided at 42 English Street, Craigneuk, Wishaw. Prior to enlisting he was a puddler in Stenton Ironworks, Wishaw.

Memorial Panels 78-83


Picture courtesy of Joe O'Raw


18779 Private

Thomas William Dixon

1st Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

24/12/1915, aged 29.

Husband of Jessie Francis Walsh (formerly Dixon), of 6, Peter St., Bolton.

He was born in Burnley in 1885 and son of William and Nellie Dixon, and was married in Bolton at St Matthews Church in 1908 to Jessie Francis, nee White, She also lost her brother the same year so it was a double tragedy for her and the family.

Picture courtesy of David Dixon

15282 Private

Charles Witherell

5th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

22/11/1915, aged 35.

Husband of Amelia Witherall, of 24, Finch Court, Reading.

Memorial Panels 93-95


Picture courtesy of grandson Bob Witherell



John Pennington, M. I. D.

2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

25/09/1915, aged 37.

Son of William and Mary Pennington; husband of Lily Pennington, of "Irvington", 55, Washway Rd., Brooklands, Cheshire.

Memorial Panels 22-25

My grandfather enlisted on the 21st March 1897 at Manchester into the Grenadier Guards. He served in South Africa and was awarded the Queens South Africa medal with bars for Wittergen, Transvaal and Cape Colony, also the Kings South Africa medal with bars for 1901 and 1902. At the outbreak of WW1 he was a Colour Sergeant in the Grenadier Guards and on the 9th Oct 1914 he was Gazetted as a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Warwickshire Regt.  

He landed in France on the 23rd November and the War diary of the 2nd Battalion records that he joined them on the 2 December 1914 near Fleurbaix. He fought at Neuve Chapelle, Festubert and Givenchy. He was mentioned in Despatches by Sir John French dated 30th Nov 1915. He was an acting Captain from Feb 1915 until July 1915 and was killed on the first day of the battle of Loos, 25th September 1915.  His name is recorded as Lieutenant J Pennington on panel 22 of Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos, but his three WW1 medals were awarded to him and engraved with  the rank of Captain. 

He left a wife Lilian, son John and daughter Marjorie.  

Picture and information courtesy of Grandson, David Pennington


L/9783 Lance Corporal

Thomas William Seath

"C" Coy. 2nd Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)

28/09/1915, aged 29.

Son of Mrs. H. G. Seath, of Swingfield, Dover.

Panel 15 to 19, Loos Memorial


Remembered by David Hogben

14674 Private

Thomas Drew

9th Bn. Devonshire Regiment

30/09/1915, aged 32.

Son of Thomas and Charlotte Drew, of Glebe Cottage, Whitstone, Exeter; husband of Mary Ann Drew.

Memorial Panels 35-37

Picture courtesy of grandson, Bob Drew


50691 Private

William Arthur Edward Fullerton

2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers

23/04/1918, aged 19.

Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Fullerton.

Panel 45 and 46 Loos Memorial


He is shown sitting with his mother Flora Fullerton (nee Mills). William was blown up on 23rd April 1918 at the age of 19 years. He is remembered on a wall plaque at Loos Memorial. May he rest in peace.

Picture courtesy great niece, Karen Alldritt

Private 3958

George Henry Ayers

2nd/7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment


Panel 24 Loos Memorial

Private 3958 George Henry Eyers 2nd/7th (Birmingham) Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment was born 1886 in Birmingham. He volunteered to go to war in 1914 and fought at Neuve Chappelle, Festubert, and Givenchy before being reported missing presumed dead on 25/09/1915 the first day of the battle of Loos; regimental records indicate that after 'going over the top' at 06.00 hrs the regiment were fighting towards the Hulluch quarries which can still be seen today. LIke so many who sacrificed their lives, he was never seen again. He has no known grave.

George left a wife, and young daughter Minnie Eyers later to become Minnie Taylor my Grandmother on my fathers side.A photo of George taken before he enlisted aged around 22 is the only record we have of him, along with his medals, five postcards sent from the front written in pencil, and a 'dead mans penny'' with his name on.

It would be nice to remember the life that he gave in order that his family could remain free.

Picture courtesy of great grandson Iain Drew-Taylor



S/10047 Lance Corporal

John Alexander

"C" Coy. 6th Bn. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

26/09/1915, aged 26.

Panel 119-124, Loos Memorial

Son of William Alexander, Gowanlea, Carstairs Junction, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Picture courtesy of great nephew, Les Stewart

Second Lieutenant

George McGregor

8th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders


Son of Simon and Mary McGregor of Auburn Cottage, King Edward, Aberdeenshire. Killed on 25th September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos. He has no known grave and is remembered on Panels 112 to 115 of the Loos Memorial, on the family gravestone and the war memorial for the parish. He is also remembered on Glasgow University’s war memorial.

Picture courtesy of Alan Robertson



16124 Private

Charles Henry Trull

1st Bn. Grenadier Guards

17/10/1915, aged 22.

Son of William and Margaret Trull, of Shadwell, Uley, Dursley, Glos.

Panels 5 to 7, Loos Memorial

Picture courtesy of great nephew John Eeley

50646 Private

Thomas Charles Jesson

2nd/5th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers

09/04/1918, aged 19.

Son of John Westen Jesson and Martha Ann Jesson, of Gumley, Market Harborough.

Panel 45 to 46 (memorial)


He was the youngest of 4 children. His elder brother (my grandfather) joined up, and as I believe many did, Tom lied about his age to join up too. I don't know if it was a regular thing to do, in order that families had "some" hope, but I still have a letter sent to my great grand parents stating that Tom had be taken prisoner and not killed in action. I was fortunate to talk to an old "pal" of Tom, who swore that he saw Tom boarding a train as a POW. Even though he is remembered at Loos, there hasn't really been any "closure", despite several letters by one of his sisters to and from various organisations such as the Red Cross. And his mother and 2 sisters always believed he wasn't dead and would at some stage come home. 


Picture courtesy of Great nephew, Shane Davis


1422 Serjeant

Thomas Naismith

4th Bn. Black Watch

(Royal Highlanders)


Panel 78 to 83 (memorial)

Picture courtesy of W. Naismith

2700 Private

William Thomas Sherry

1st/5th Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment

13/10/1915, aged 22.

Son of Thomas W. and Lucy Sherry of 92 Fletcher Rd., Stoke On Trent. Husband of Agnes Burrows (formerly Sherry) of 61 Flash Lane, Trent Vale, Stoke On Trent.

Panel 103 to 105 (memorial)


Picture courtesy of Lynn Ormston, granddaughter to Agnes Burrows


13676 Private

John Hugh Holt

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 23.

Son of John E. and Elizabeth Holt, of 6, Hambledon View, Cheapside, Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


His parents later produced a memorial silk, the verse read;


Nameless his grave on a battlefield gory

Only a cross o'er a mound of brown earth;

Dead in the pride of his youth and glory.

Far from his home and, the land of his birth.


None near to mourn him, save willows, that weeping.

Bend o'er his grave, where flow'rs springing anew,

Cover the place where a hero lies sleeping,

Silently falling their teardrops of dew.


Silently the shades of evening,

Gather round my lonely door;

Silently they bring before me,

A face which we shall see no more.


How such Holy memories cluster,

Like the stars when storms are past,

Pointing up to that far heaven,

Where we hope to meet at last.



16353 Private

Joseph Andrew Thickett

9th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 34.

Son of Robert and Sarah Thickett, of 102, Robinson St., Burnley; husband of Mary Ann Hargreaves (formerly Thickett), of 100, Robinson St., Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Prior to receiving official confirmation of her husband's death, his wife, Mary, received a Postcard from her brother-in-law, Private James Mosley who was serving in the same regiment;


"Dear sister, it is with great regret I have to inform you of the death of your husband, who was killed in a charge on the 25th of last month. I know how great your loss is, but you must try and bear it for your daughter's sake. Accept my sympathy, I also feel very sorry for his mother."


Mary wrote back asking for more details of her husband's death and received a letter from Corporal F. Spencer;


"I regret to let you know that your husband was killed in action on Saturday, September 25. I thought it was my duty to let you know, as he was in my section. I was just against him when he was killed. You asked for full particulars from his brother Jim, but as he was nowhere near him, he asked me to send a letter letting you know the facts. I was very sorry to see what happened to him, as he was well liked by all his comrades in the company. I hope by the help of God you will be able to bear it, for your own and your daughter's sake."



8/8487 Private

Ernest Franklin

7th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

25/09/1915, aged 19.

Son of Arthur and Jessie Franklin,

of 20 Croft Street, Penicuik, Midlothian.

Panel 112-115 (Memorial)


Picture and extract from Ernest's diary courtesy of Great, great nephew, Chris Leavy

Second Lieutenant

William Ballantyne

1st Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

13/10/1915, aged 25.

After serving an apprenticeship (I don't know what) in Biggar, Lanarkshire, he went to London as a travelling salesman. In the 1911 census he was living as a lodger at 86 Grove Lane, Camberwell, London SE, and working as a 'Draper's Assistant'.

William joined the 14th Bn London Scottish Regiment as Private 1455 prior to the outbreak of WW1.

He went to France on 15 Sep 1914, was wounded in November 1914, and was invalided back home.

He rejoined his regiment in France in March 1915, and on 18 Sep 1915 was gazetted to the 1st Bn Black Watch, and was commissioned as 2nd Lt.

He fell in action at Hulluch, France, during the Battle of Loos.

He was 25 years old.

His remains were never recovered and he is commemorated on Panels 78 to 83 at Loos Memorial, France.


Born 6 Feb 1890, at Drochil Cottages, Newlands, Peeblesshire.

Son of John and Christina Ballantyne.


For details of William's brother John Ballantyne who also died in the war see

Tincourt British Cemetery


Picture and information courtesy of Tom Lang


8531 Private

Horace Cowley

1st/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment

13/10/1915, aged 18.

Panel 73 to 76 (memorial)


Killed during the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt 13/10/1915 and his body was never found.


Picture courtesy of great nephew, Andrew Cowley


17206 Private

Albert Bickle

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 21.

Son of Alice Ann Bickle, of 14, Whittam St., Burnley, and the late John Bickle. His father fell at the Dardanelles. Formerly resident at 34 Calder Vale Road, Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59



29468 Private

Albert Edward Proctor

8th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

16/01/1917, aged 28.

Panel 65 (Loos Memorial)


Husband of Mrs Procter, 16 Abbey Street, Burnley and father of four children, he was employed at Towneley Collieries, Burnley prior to enlisting in May, 1915.

His death occurred when he and another man were patrolling the line, which was no more than a series of outposts, they became disorientated and he was heard to shout from close by the German wire. Shortly afterwards, shots were fired and nothing further was ever seen or heard of Albert.


16530 Private

Austin Button

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 24.

Husband of Mrs Button, 114 Gordon Street, Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Prior to enlisting, Austin was a weaver at Messrs. Preston's, Burnley Lane, Shed. Last reported as "Wounded and Missing."


Second Lieutenant

James Elliott Balfour-Melville

3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Black Watch

(Royal Highlanders)

25/09/1915, aged 33.

Son of Leslie M. and Jeanie Amelia Balfour-Melville, of New Club, Edinburgh.

Panel 78 to 83 (Loos Memorial)


 Arthur Edward Cresswell

6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment

13/10/1915, aged 32.

Son of E. T. and Julia Cresswell, of Duncan, British Columbia, Canada.

Panel 73 to 76.



Bartholomew James Deighton

"C" Coy. 1st Bn. Middlesex Regiment

25/09/1915, aged 37.

Son of the late John and Jane Deighton; husband of Ellen Elizabeth Deighton, of 17, Cavalry Crescent, Eastbourne.

Panel 99 to 101 (Loos Memorial)


16332 Lance Corporal

David Butterworth

9th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 30.

Son of Walter and Mary Alice Butterworth, of 39, Seed St., Blackpool.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


David enlisted in Burnley and prior to this was a butcher in Blackburn.



13660 Private

Edward Hall

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)


Husband of Mrs Hall, 8 Hapton Street, Burnley. Formerly 25 Griffin Street, Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Prior to enlisting he was a twister at Messrs. Tunstill's Trafalgar Mill, Burnley



16998 Private

Francis Robert Pedley

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 18.

Lived at 8 Reed Street, Burnley and then later , 5 Hampden Street, Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)

16102 Private

Fred Burrows

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 23.

Son of Mrs Burrows, 70 Railway Street, Nelson, Lancashire.

Prior to enlisting in November 1914, he worked as a doubler in the employ of Messrs. J. Nelson & Co.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Fred was killed in the attack on 25th September, 1915, along with another Nelson lad, Rennie Higson (Next image). Private Higson's cousin, William Wilton, who also served, wrote that both Fred and Rennie had been killed and were buried together, neither man's remains were identified after the war.

16936 Private

Rennie Higson

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 24.

Son of Mrs. Mary Jane Higson, of 44, Regent St., Nelson, Lancs. His brother Morris also fell.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Prior to enlisting he was employed as a weaver at Messrs. Mather Bros., Clover Mills, Nelson.


Rennie was killed in the attack on 25th September, 1915, alongside another Nelson lad, Fred Burrows (Previous image).

Rennie's cousin, William Wilton, who also served wrote that both men were killed and buried together. Neither man's remains were identified after the war.


13692 Corporal

Fred Kenyon

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 20.

Son of Mr & Mrs Kenyon, Nelson Road, Haggate, Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Prior to enlisting, Fred worked as a weaver at Walshaw Mill

16113 Private

Fred Whittaker

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

01/11/1915, aged 35.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Fred was a stretcher bearer within the battalion. Prior to enlisting, twelve months earlier, he had worked as a Loom Oiler for Messrs. Hudson, Cotton Manufacturers. He left a widow and two children.

37365 Private

George Henry Bell

1st Bn. Welsh Regiment

02/10/1915, aged 37.

Husband of Annie Bell, of 89, Hawkstone St., Dingle, Liverpool.

Panel 77 and 78 (Loos Memorial)


13768 Private

Henry Smith

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 30.

Resident of 35 Aigburth Street, Burnley, left a widow and 5 children.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Henry Joseph De Trafford

3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment

25/09/1915, aged 38.

Son of Augustus Henry de Trafford, of Haselour Hall, Tamworth, Staffs.

Panel 73 to 76 (Loos Memorial)

235283 Private

Horace Gough

1st/4th Bn. South Lancashire Regiment

11/04/1918, aged 31.

Son of the late Jack and of Harriet Ann Gough, of 7, Temple St., Nelson; husband of Jane Gough, of 2c, Palace St., Burnley.

Panel 76 (Loos Memorial)


Enlisted October 24th, 1916, prior to which he worked as a joiner for Clegg Bros., Blakey Street. He was married with one child.


13507 Private

Irving Mathieson

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 19.

Son of Mrs Mathieson, 24 Berkeley Street, Brierfield, Lancs.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


16582 Private

James Henry Bullen

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 22.

Son of James and Ann Bullen, of 134, Every St., Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


16552 Private

Jeremiah Kennedy

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 33.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)

Resident of 3 Gretna Place, Burnley, Lancashire.


13675 Private

John Edwin Holt

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 20.

Son of Henry William and Frances Holt, of 971, Burnley Rd., Crawshawbooth, Lancashire.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


John was killed two days before his 21st birthday.


13757 Serjeant

Robert Layfield

(Served as Robert Richards)

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 30.

Resided at 132 Leyland Road, Burnley, Lancashire.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Robert had previously served in the army for 8 years, four of them in India before he was invalided out. It is possible that he enlisted under the pseudonym - Robert Richards in the belief he may have been rejected as unfit under his real name. Prior to re-enlisting at the outbreak of the war he was working as a weaver at Spring Gardens' Shed.



Stanley Owen Allday

1st/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment

13/10/1915, aged 19.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy G. Allday, of 150, Hagley Rd., Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Panel 73 to 77 (Loos Memorial)



16598 Private

William Fielden

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)


Resided at 5 Yatefield Fold, Burnley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)

G/207 Private

William Stanley Bushell

6th Bn. Queen's Own

(Royal West Kent Regiment)


Panel 95 to 97 (Loos Memorial)


16101 Private

William Henry Riley

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

25/09/1915, aged 28.

Son of Jemima Howarth (formerly Riley), of 6, Roebuck St., Burnley, and the late John Riley.

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)

10885 Private

Alexander Milne

1st Bn. Scots Guards

27/09/1915, aged 22.

Son of John and Margaret Milne

Born at Old Kilpatrick, County of Dumbarton, Scotland 14/07/1893

Panel 8 and 9, (Loos Memorial)


Picture courtesy of Betty & Ian MacKenzie


8926 Lance Corporal

Charles Henry Smith

3rd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment


Panel 64 and 65 (Loos Memorial)


3904 Private

Harry Rowson

"A" Coy. 2nd/6th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

19/07/1916, aged 20.

Husband of Mrs. Lucy Rowson, of 74, New Summer St., Birmingham.

Panel 22 to 25 (Loos Memorial)


SD/2093 Private

Jack Gearing

12th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment


Panel 69 to 73 (Loos Memorial)


102088 Lance Corporal

John James Edney

254th Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers

22/06/1916, aged 29.

Son of Mrs. Edney, of Tame Valley Terrace, Wilnecote Tamworth; husband of Elizabeth Rollason (formerly Edney), of 7, Tamworth Rd., Two Gates, Tamworth, Staffs.

Panel 4 and 5 (Loos Memorial)


306406 Private

Percy Hayward Lawrence

2nd/8th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment

27/08/1916, aged 27.

Son of the late Ernest Edwin Lawrence, of Sparkbrook, Birmingham.

Panel 22 to 25 (Loos Memorial)


28440 Private

Thomas Randle

2nd Bn. Cheshire Regiment

03/10/1915, aged 24.

Son of Mary Randle, of 106, Kirkby Rd., Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, and the late Absalom Randle.

Panel 49 and 50 (Loos Memorial)

14018 Private

William Hughes

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)


Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


14730 Private

Harry Howarth

8th Bn. Devonshire Regiment

25/09/1915, aged 24.

Son of Mary A. Howarth, of 24, Oat St., Padiham, Burnley.

Plot VIII. E. 16. (Dud Corner Cemetery)

18971 Private

Ernest J. Elsdon

8th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment

12/07/1917, aged 20.

Brother of Miss L. Elsdon, of 40, Collingdon St., Luton, Beds.

Panel 41 (Loos Memorial)



202579 Corporal

Peter Stanworth

1st/4th Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

24/08/1918, aged 30.

Husband of E. Annie Stanworth, of 8, Fairholme Rd., Burnley. A Schoolmaster. Son of Mr & Mrs H. Stanworth, Brunshaw Road, Burnley.

Panel 19 and 20 (Loos Memorial)


Prior to enlisting, Peter Stanworth was the Headmaster at St. Stephen's Day School, Burnley. He had been connected to the school for most of his life, he attended the school's infant classes as a child and spent a number of years at the Higher Grade section of the school. He began his studies to become a teacher and as an un-certificated teacher he taught for two years as a Science instructor at Coal Clough School. From 1909-1911 he attended Chester College, where he received his Board of Education certificate and was appointed to a position in Liscard, Cheshire. Peter was in Cheshire for just 5 weeks before he secured a position at St. Stephen's back in Burnley. During the taking of his preliminary education certificate he received distinctions in English language and literature and also in science. In the final certificate examinations he obtained a distinction in the theory of music and singing. He also held special certificates for drawing and science. In July 1915, he succeeded his old teacher, the late John W. Kneeshaw as headmaster at the school.


His wife received the following letter from Corporal Stanworth's Captain;


"I much regret to tell you that your husband, 202579, Corpl. Stanworth was killed in action on August 24th. We had an attack on a crater position opposite our lines at ------- on that day.

All our objectives were taken and Corpl. Stanworth went out on patrol with four men to look for a German trench mortar, a shell burst among the party, and they were all killed. He must have died instantaneously . We buried him next day out there. Unfortunately we were unable to bring him in. I offer you my very sincere sympathies. Corpl. Stanworth was a very fine chap, and, as I expect you know was due to go home for a commission very soon. We can only offer you the consolation of knowing that he died doing his duty for his country. Corpl. Stanworth acted as my company clerk for some time. I knew him as a very fine chap indeed. Everybody who knew him greatly sympathises with you."


13898 Private

Hubert Kay

10th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

26/09/1915, aged 21.

Son of James and Emma Kay, of 30, Tennis St., Burnley. His brother Ernest J. also fell and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

Panel 57 to 59 (Loos Memorial)


Burnley "Scottie" Killed in Big Advance

In our issue of October 23rd we announced that Miss Mary E. Wilkinson, of 27 Abbey Street, Burnley had received a letter from Private J Hanley, of the 2nd Munster Fusiliers, intimating that he had found four photographs on the battlefield after the advance on Loos, and as they bore Miss Wilkinson's address he forwarded them, and sympathized with her in the misfortune that had befallen her. This letter was as follows;

"I wish to let you know that I found these photos on the battlefield after the battle of Loos. You can let me know if you receive them and you are the proper owner. I feel very much for you as I write this, for I know when you get them you will be fretting. When I found these photos, I saw that the boy was buried by the stretcher bearers of the Munster Fusiliers. So don’t fret, he is all right, and I hope he is better off. I felt very sorry when I saw the photos. He was a grand looking man. I hope you have heard this news before, for I would not like to have to send the first news to you. I have a lot more photos which I found on some of my comrades. I am sending them to a paper for publication. Let me know if you are a sister or sweetheart. I hope you will get them all right. Good-bye from a friend."

 The photographs belonged to Private Hubert Kay, of "C" Company of the 10th Scottish Rifles, whose home was at 30, Tennis Street, and who was the fiancée of Miss Wilkinson. The young lady at the time accepted the letter as authentic news that Private Kay had been killed in the big fight, but the soldier's parents refused to recognize it, believing that a mistake had arisen and that the photos might have been lost by their son. The photographs were unsoiled, and as the advance was made in bad weather they must have been found on the dead soldier. The parents wrote to Private Hanley, who replied he was unable to identify the photographs with the soldier whom they were found, as it was early morning when they buried him. Three of the photographs, it may be explained, were of Private Kay, and the other of Miss Wilkinson.




I would like to submit a photograph I have of my Great uncle, James Hamilton shown here with, I think part of his regiment. I really don't know which one he is in the photo. I am hoping someone else who lost a relative might have the same photo and would be able to tell me who's who . The only details I have are:


S/31084 Private

 James Hamilton

1st Bn. Cameron Highlanders


Loos Memorial Panel 119 to 124


James was killed by an Artillery shell during the battle of Loos, he is among the Memorial of 20,000 Officers and Men whose bodies were never found. James was from Kirkintilloch near Glasgow in Scotland, he was part of a large family and enlisted when he was only 16 yrs of age. I'm afraid that's all I have.

I hope someone might shed some light as to the contents of the photo.

Kind Regards

Robert A Neilson

If you can help Robert identify his relative please get in touch with us and we'll put you in contact with him.



12720 Serjeant

John Ernest Moth

Mentioned in Despatches

8th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

13/10/1915, aged 35.

Son of Henry and Mary Moth, of 10, Brecknock Rd., Camden Rd., London; husband of Emily Eleanor Moth, of 12, Haverstock Rd., Kentish Town, London.

Panel 93 to 95, Loos Memorial


The image on the right is the letter confirming that John Moth had been Mentioned in Despatches. >>


Picture submitted on behalf of the Moth Grandchildren




21111 Private

Frederick Charles Wallington

10th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment


Panel 60 to 64 (Loos Memorial)


Frederick lived at Kings Stanley, Gloucestershire and was the father of three children and 35 when he volunteered having served twice before in the local territorials in Gloucester. His widow lived on for 45 years and never remarried. She also lost her younger brother Archibald Dee who had emigrated to Canada and came back to serve. He died in February 1918 a few miles away from where his brother in law lay.

Frederick served with the 10th Gloucesters and was killed between 2pm and nightfall on 13th October 1915 during a failed attack on the German line just west of the Lens-La Bassee road. He is remembered on the Loos Memorial at Dud Corner Cemetery as he has no known grave. He arrived in France in August 1915 and died just a few weeks later. I am proud to have his medals and this the only picture that survived of him.

Picture and information courtesy of grandson, Andrew Wallington


14578 Private

John Naylor

8th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

29/04/1916, aged 36.

Son of James and Kathleen Naylor, of 6, James Place East, Dublin; husband of Margaret Naylor, of 100, Great Brunswick St., Dublin.

Panel 127 to 129 (Loos Memorial)

Remembered by his grandson and great granddaughter Frank and Sandra McNamee

25872 Private

Harry Jones

2nd Bn. Cheshire Regiment

03/10/1915, aged 26.

Panel 49 and 50 (Loos Memorial)

Picture courtesy of grandson, Dave Sherlock


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