Lonsdale Battalion War Graves- in memory of the fallen

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Lonsdale Battalion War Graves- in memory of the fallen

Postby JohnFearn » Wed Apr 15, 2009 7:28 am

Spike,

I can understand your feelings about the cemetery at Lower Darwen. I'm sure you are right about the H&S aspect - I remember reading about something similar in my area several months ago.By a strange coincidence, within a few hours of you visiting Pte. Ashley's grave, I was posting a photograph of him elsewhere on this forum! Have a look at http://www.border-regiment-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=103&t=950

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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Wed Apr 15, 2009 3:11 pm

John,
Can I have a copy of the picture of Arthur Ashley for my Roll of honour, please ?As for the cemetery, my wife who doesn't really like my fascination with such merely said on looking at the state of the cemetery-"Why do they bother? Why not just bury people unmarked or cremate them if they are going to leave cemeteries to look like that?"
I'm afraid I could give her no argument on that......

As an aside, the church at Lower Darwen did puzzle me- the church looked as though it was built in the 70's. I wondered why such a modern church had such an old cemetery beside it.
I would say from your article the church and parish had a rename to go with the new build.
Perhaps "Blackamoor" was perceived to be a bit racist for modern sensibilities especially in the case of a church/parish.
I know of a least one pub in Cumbria called the Blackamoor, which from it's sign is referring to a person of North African origin.
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:39 am

32001 Private Herbert Barnes
11th Border Regiment
Killed in action : 2nd December 1917
Commemorated : Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Panel 85 to 86
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Born : Derby, Derbyshire
Enlisted : Bury, Lancashire
Son of the late Robert Arnfield Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes; husband of Ann Barnes, of 111, Stoneclough Road, Stoneclough, Manchester.
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:22 pm

17543 Private Thomas Ridley Garner
11th Border Regiment,
transferred 2nd Battalion Border Regiment
Killed in action : 4th September 1916, age25.
Commemorated : Thiepval Memorial
Pier and Face 6A and 7C
Garner_TR_17543.jpg

Born and enlisted : Carlisle, Cumberland
Originally a Lonsdale,Transferred to 2nd battalion 20th August 1915
Son of Thomas and Jane Garner, of 26, Lord St., Carlisle.
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:56 pm

16345 Private John William Hunter
B Company 11th Border Regiment - transferred to 8th Border
Killed in action : 5th July 1916, age 38
Commemorated : Thiepval Memorial
Pier and Face 6A and 7C
Hunter_JW_16345.jpg

Born and enlisted : Shap, Westmorland
Son of Mary Hunter, of The Sun Hotel, Crosby, Ravensworth, Shap, and the late James Hunter; husband of Ethel Annie Jackson (formerly Hunter), of South Whenfell, Melkenthorpe, Penrith.
Originally a Lonsdale, transferred to 8th Battalion Border Regiment
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Fri May 01, 2009 2:29 pm

14003 Lance Corporal William James Gregg
Died of Wounds : 16th January 1917, age 22.
Buried : Etaples Military Cemetery
Grave Reference : XXI.B.13.
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14003 Lance Corporal William James Gregg

Born and Enlisted : Kendal, Westmorland
Son of George and Mary Agnes Gregg, of Kendal, Westmorland.
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Tue May 05, 2009 5:53 pm

28299 Private Clifford Frederick Lockwood
11th Border Regiment
Killed in action : 10th July 1917
Commemorated : Nieuport Memorial
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28299 Private Clifford Frederick Lockwood

Born : Canewden , Essex
Enlisted : Southend on Sea, Essex
Formerly 32726 Essex Regiment
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Thu May 07, 2009 7:45 pm

35344 Private John Norman Leach
Died of Wounds : 31st May 1918, age 19.
Buried : Etaples Military Cemetery
Grave reference : LXVII.E.13.
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35344 Private John Norman Leach

Born : Nelson Lancashire
Enlisted :  Burnley, Lancashire
Son of Fred and Julia Leach, of 81, Alexandra Rd., Morecambe, Lancs.
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Mon May 11, 2009 11:49 am

23627 Private John Henry Dover
11th Border Regiment, attd. 97th Trench Mortar Bty.
Died of wounds :15th December 1917
Buried Mendingham Military Cemetery, Belgium
Grave reference : VI.BB.15
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Born : Borrowdale, Cumberland
Enlisted : Keswick Cumberland
attd. 97th Trench Mortar Bty.
Thanks to Stewart Dalzell for this picture...
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Re: Lonsdale Battalion War Graves photo collection

Postby spike » Wed May 13, 2009 10:52 am

Thanks to Wolfgang Paland for the pictures taken at Niederzwehren Cemetery

27899 Private Thomas Mercer
11th Battalion Border Regiment
Died : 8th October 1918,
Buried : Niederzwehren Cemetery, nr Kassel, Germany
Grave Reference : IV.M.13.
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27899 Private Thomas Mercer

Born and enlisted : Oldham, Lancashire.
Formerly : 34239 Manchester Regiment.
Died as a Prisoner of War in Germany
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