Private 49927 Lancashire Fusiliers 1st Battalion.
Former Norfolk Regiment no 25322
Died of wounds 3rd Sept 1918. Aged 40.
Buried at Lonquenesse (St Omar France) souvenir Cemetery Ref V.E.7.
He was born at Summerseat Lancashire in 1879.
Census 1891. Lived in Holcombe Lancashire. With his mother Jane C Jones, aged, 48, and his siblings, Alice 19, Thomas 17, Jonathan Hall 7 and a Mary Bolton aged 23.
Census 1901. He and his brother Jonathan were lodging at the plough inn, the street Barney.
Working as Vermin and Rat catchers.
The occupants of the Plough were, Matthew Towell 38, his wife Mary 42 and daughter Muriel aged 7. They ran the pub from 1901 to 1919.
Census 1911. Lived at little Barney, Single aged 32.
His brother had by now married a Maud Margaret Bambridge. (born Hindolveston)
who lived in Barney, and working as a dressmaker.
They remained living in Barney, possibly at Yew tree Farm. And are buried together in the churchyard.
St. Omer is a large town 45 kilometres south-east of Calais. Longuenesse is a commune on the southern outskirts of St. Omer.
The Cemetery is approximately 3 kilometres from St Omer, beside the Wizernes (Abbeville) road (the D928), at its junction with the Rue des Bruyeres. There is a large car park to the rear of the cemetery.
St. Omer was the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force from October 1914 to March 1916. Lord Roberts died there in November 1914. The town was a considerable hospital centre with the 4th, 10th, 7th Canadian, 9th Canadian and New Zealand Stationary Hospitals, the 7th, 58th (Scottish) and 59th (Northern) General Hospitals, and the 17th, 18th and 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations all stationed there at some time during the war. St. Omer suffered air raids in November 1917 and May 1918, with serious loss of life
Lancashire Fusiliers. 1st Battalion
04.08.1914 Stationed at Karachi, India then moved to Aden, Yemen.
Dec 1914 Embarked for England arriving at Avonmouth in 02.01.1915 and moved to Nuneaton to join the 86th Brigade of the 29th Division.
16.03.1915 Embarked for Gallipoli via Alexandria and Mudros.
25.04.1915 Landed at Gallipoli and the Division engaged in actions at the Battles for Krithia and the Achi Baba heights on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
02.01.1916 Evacuated to Egypt due to the severe casualties from combat, disease and harsh weather.
Mar 1916 Embarked for France landing at Marseilles on the 29.03.1916 and the Division engaged in various actions on the Western Front including; The Battle of Albert, The Battle of the Transloy Ridges.
The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second and Third Battles of the Scarpe, The Battle of Langemarck, The Battle of Broodseinde, The Battle of Poelcapelle, The Battle of Cambrai.
The Battle of Estaires, The Battle of Messines, The Battle of Hazebrouck, The Battle of Bailleul, The Action of Outtersteene Ridge, The capture of Ploegsteert and Hill 63, The Battle of Ypres, The Battle of Courtrai.
11.11.1918 Ended the war in Belgium, Moen S.E. of Courtrai.