East Lancashire Regiment

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East Lancashire Troops in the trenches - 1917

East Lancashire Regiment Cap Badge
Private Pearce ATHERTON

Service No: 23643

Details about Private Pearce Atherton
Private Alfred BLACKBURN

Service No: 28755

Details about Private Alfred Blackburn
Private Thomas Eddie Lionel BLEZARD

Service No: 23057

Private Thomas Eddie Lionel Blezard

Private Thomas Blezard and his wife Elizabeth Ann were living at 44 Rhoda St. Nelson with their young child when Thomas was called up on the 6th May 1916. He went on to join the 9th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment.

Son of Thomas and Mary Blezard, Private Blezard was employed as a weft man at the Belmont Manufacturing Co.

After training at Plymouth he was sent to the Middle East and was reported as dying of wounds in Salonika on the 19th June 1917. He was 27 years old.

Private Blezard is buried in Grave No. 321, Row B, at Sarigol Military Cemetery, Kriston, Greece, approximately 25 miles north of the town of Thessalonika,

Born in Nelson, Thomas Blizzard is commemorated on the Roll of Honour at St John's Church where he was baptised in 1890

Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Nelson Leader 6th July 1917, page 5

Private Arthur William BODDY

Service No: 12180

Details about Private Arthur William Boddy
Private William Henry BRACEWELL

Service No: 24999

Details about Private William Henry Bracewell
Private Robert Ernest BRIGGS

Service No: 24417

Details Private Robert Ernest Briggs
Private John Willie COCK

Service No: 27180

Details for Private John Willie Cock
Private Joseph COOK

Service No: 17491

Details for Private Joseph Cook
Private James CROWTHER

Service No: 27179

Details for Private James Crowther
Private William Norcross FOULDS

Service No: 26718

Headstone for Private William Norcross Foulds

Private William Norcross Foulds was born in 1877, the first son and third child of Thomas and Margaret Foulds, of 48 Netherfield Road, Nelson.

A cotton weaver, he enlisted in Nelson and served in 2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regiment. Private Foulds was killed in action at Villers Bretonneux France on the 24th April 1918. He was 41 yrs old.

He is commemorated on Panel 42 to 43 of the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.

His name also appears on the Roll of Honour at St. John's church and on the family headstone in St John's churchyard, plot E128.

Private Foulds was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Sources
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Fred Stringer 'They are not forgotten'

Private Harry GLEDHILL

Service No: 26983

Details for Private Harry Gledhill
Private Arthur HARTLEY

Service No: 29453

Details for Private Arthur Hartley
St John's Churchyard

St John with St Philip Church
Barkerhouse Road
Nelson, Lancashire
BB9 9EY

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