King's/Royal Regiments

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King's Shropshire Light Infantry

King's Shropshire Light Infantry badge. Source Wikimedia Commons
Private Charles Unsworth ACTON

Service No: 17007

Private Charles Unsworth ACTON
Details for Private Charles Unsworth ACTON
Private Edwin BLADES

Service No: 32239

Headstone for Private Edwin Blades

Edwin Blades was the son of Jeffrey and Ann Blades, née Johnson. He was born in Bainbridge Yorkshire.

Edwin lived at several addresses within the parish. The Lancashire Census records that at age 5 years old Edwin lived at 54, Larch Street (1891), and age 16 at 168 Southfield St. Nelson (1901).

Edwin was married to Harriet Lambert in 1908.

The 1911 Nelson, Lancashire Census Edwin aged 25 years, his wife Harriet and their daughter Merriam were boarding with his aunt, Betty Lawson at 29, Barkerhouse Road, Nelson. Also in 1911 they were living at 8 Branch St., Nelson when Edwin's occupation was a carter.

Private Blades was a soldier in the King's Regiment (Shropshire Light Infantry). He died of his wounds on 27th October 1918, age 34 having fought in France and Flanders.

He is buried in St John's Churchyard in a Commonwealth War Graves plot X.47
The personal inscription reads 'AT REST'

Craven's Part in the Great War
Nelson Lancashire Census

Private Robert HARTLEY

Service No: 32370

Details for Private Robert Hartley
Private John LEAVER

Service No:26813

Private John Leaver
Details for Private John Leaver
Private Matthew WALTON

Service No:26871

Matthew was born in Nelson in 1892, the son of Samuel Walton, Cotton Powerloom Overlooker and his wife, Sarah Ellen. Sadly, Sarah died in 1899 when Matthew was only 7 years old.

By the time of the 1911 census Matthew was19 and had a job as a Bank Clerk. He enlisted at Wrexham, joining the 1st Battalion King?s Shropshire Light Infantry

He was killed in action aged 26 years on 21st March 1918 in France and Flanders and his name is on Bay 7 of the Arras Memorial.

Matthew is commemorated on his parents' grave in St John's which bears the inscription 'We have lost, heaven had gained one of the best the world contained.' Plot no. E 278

Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
1911 Census
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King's Own Royal Lancaster

Private Walter LEECH

Service No: 201864

Details for Private Walter Leech
Private John William LYONS

Service No: 201905

Details for Private John William Lyons
Private James William WALTON

Service No: 4987

Details for Private James William Walton

Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers Cap badge
W/O 2/Qmr Sgt William CHADWICK

Service No: 4204

Details for 2/Qmr Sgt William Chadwick
Corporal Gilbert HYDE

Service No: 133392

Corporal Gilbert Hyde4
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Royal Army Service Corps

Emblem for Royal Army Service Corps
Private Milton BROWN

Service No: DM2/155264

Details for Private Milton Brown
Private James Henry EDMONDSON

Service No: SS/17981

Details for Private James Henry Edmondson
Private Chester Wray LONSDALE

Service No: M2/184125

Private Chester Wray Lonsdale

Private Chester Wray Lonsdale was the son of manufacturer James Lonsdale and Mary Lonsdale, nee Wade, of West Cliffe Foulridge.

Chester was born in Nelson and aged 2 years lived with his parents at 1 Arnold St., Nelson. He was the husband of Mary Louisa, nee Kendall, whom he married in 1915.

Chester Lonsdale was residing at Hawthorn Terrace, Foulridge, Colne, when he enlisted. He joined the 708th M.T. company, Army Service Corps and was part of the British Salonica Force in the Balkans.

Private Lonsdale died of pneumonia on the 22nd October 1918, aged 30.

He is buried at the French Cemetery, Prilef, Serbia in Skopje British Cemetery, Commonwealth War Grave ref: J.5.


He is also remembered on the headstone of the family grave in St John's Churchyard Plot. D301

Private Lonsdale's death was reported in the local newspaper 'West Yorkshire Pioneer':
08 November 1918
Foulridge Casualties
'Last week news came to Foulridge of the deaths of two more of her soldiers. Transport-driver Chester Wray Lonsdale, who was attached to the Salonica forces, died in hospital from pneumonia. He was the son of Mr. James Lonsdale, manufacturer, of West Cliffe, Foulridge, and was married?.
Recorded in England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966:
1919 Administration (with Will) London 7 October to Mary Louisa Lonsdale widow. Effects £1374 14s. 7d.

He is also remembered on the headstone of the family grave in St John's Churchyard Plot. D301

'Craven's Part in the Great War'
Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1891 Census

Family headstone Private Chester Wray Lonsdale
Driver Frederick PLACE

Service No: 275351

Headstone for Private Edwin Blades

Frederick, the eldest son of the late Richard Place, Painter and Decorator, and his wife, Margaret, of 64 Napier St. Nelson was born at 49 Moncrieffe St. Bolton on 17th August 1877. He was baptised at Victoria Wesleyan Chapel, Grecian Crescent, Bolton. His two younger brothers, Thomas and John, were born in Nelson.

Fred went into the cotton trade and became a cotton warp dresser whilst his brothers were cotton weavers.

In 1904 he married Harriet Beanland and in 1911 Harriet's parents, Joseph and Elizabeth Beanland, were living with the couple at Fairview, Barkerhouse Rd. Nelson.

After almost eight years of marriage, Fred and Harriet were blessed in 1912 with the birth of a daughter, Mary.

During the war he served as a Driver in the 15th Auxiliary Horse Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. and died of disease 25th April 1919 at Boulogne, Nord-Pas-Calais, France aged 41.

He was laid to rest at Terlincthun British Cemetery,
Wimille Departement, France and is also remembered on his parents' gravestone Plot no B 48

At the time of his death, his wife was living in Brighton Rd. Southport.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission 1901 and 1911 Census
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Lancashire BMD Indexes

Driver William Henry ROBINSON

Service No: T1/4031

Details for Driver William Henry Robinson
Private John Howarth/Howard SUTCLIFFE

Service No: DM2/224298

Details for Private John Howarth/Howard Sutcliffe
Private James WALTON

Service No: M2/151044

Private James Walton
Details for Private James Walton
St John's Churchyard

St John with St Philip Church
Barkerhouse Road
Nelson, Lancashire

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