10th Bn
XX The Lancashire Fusiliers
1915 to 1919

Battle Signs by Company

Died on 18/10/1918
Private Frank Cartwright
10th Lancashire Fusiliers.

Private Frank Cartwright, aged 23, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in France on October 18th, 1918. He resided at 86 Green Street, Middleton, and was employed at the Soudan Mill.
Enlisting in the army on January 21st, 1916, he proceeded to Egypt and afterwards to France. He had previously been wounded three times. Cartwright was connected with St. Michael's Church and School, and was a member of the Sunday School Cricket and Football League. He also had the honour of winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal.*

*(I haven't been able to verify this, as there is no record of him winning one)

His brother Peter, was killed the year before in November, 1917.

Both brothers have no known grave
Frank is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, France.

Died on 18/08/1916
Private Albert Arthur Jepson
10th Lancashire Fusiliers

Private Albert Harvey Jepson, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, and who resided at Brassey Street, Middleton, was killed in action on August 18th, 1916. He was 22 years of age and joined the army under the Derby scheme in April 1916, and had only been at the front a few weeks when he was killed.

He was formally employed by Messrs. Chadwick and Smith, Middleton. He was well known in Blackley, also his parents residing at Pike Fold House, and as a boy he attended the Blackley Municipal School.

Private Jepson has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme.


Died on 12/05/1917
Private Harry Anslow
Private Tom Delaney
Corporal Ernest Smithies
10th Lancashire Fusiliers

Private Harry Anslow, is the son of Mr and Mrs Anslow, of 18, Clarkson Street, Rhodes, was killed in action on May 12th, 1917, whilst serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers. The deceased soldier was 28 years of age and joined the army in April 1916, going to France in November of that year. Prior to enlistment he was a branch manager with one of Duckworth's shops in Rochdale. He was a member of All Saints Church Rhodes.

Private Tom Delaney, son of Mr and Mrs Delaney of Stocks Lane Alkrington, was killed in action on May 12th, 1917, whilst fighting with the Lancashire Fusiliers. He worked at the Lodge Mills and was connected with St Peters Church

Corporal Ernest Smithies, age 24, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, previously reported missing, was afterwards presumed to have been killed. He was a son of Mr and Mrs Smithies, of 60, Boardman Lane, Rhodes, and enlisted in April, 1917, going to the front in August of same year. He was employed by the Rhodes Cooperative Society and was connected with the Rhodes Wesleyan Church

We have three Middleton men today, as they all died together in the same attack. The taking of German trenches at Gavrelle. Unfortunately this attack was unsuccessful, they were machine gunned down and the few who made it into the trenches were forced back into their own lines. 13 out of 15 officers and 226 other ranks were casualties.
The wounded had to crawl back, one officer, Second Lt Charnley, survived 3 days, surviving on cigarettes and iron rations.

As the attack was a failure, the dying men were left in no mans land as it would have been too dangerous to bring their bodies in for burial, which would explain why 95% of the dead from this battalion who died on this day, have no known grave, the three Middleton men are among those whose name is commemorated on the Arras Memoria

Private George Kenyon
10th Lancashire Fusiliers.

Private George Kenyon, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action in France, on February 4th, 1917. He resided at 9, Manchester New Road, Middleton, and joined the colours in August, 1915, going to France on February 4th, 1916. He was killed exactly 12 months to the day from landing in France. He was only 19 years of age, and left a widow and one child. Prior to enlisting he worked at the Irk Mill and was an enthusiastic footballer, having played with Newtown.

Private Kenyon is believed to be buried at
Sailly-Saillisel British Cemetery, France.

Diary of Pte.William Roy Robson
C Section, 2nd Field Ambulance
New Zealand Medical Corps

1916 Diary of William Roy Robson

submitted by Nigel Robson, the grandson of Pte William Roy Robson
Hope they are of interest. Possibly family members of those who were killed might be interested too. Personally, I would like to track down the family of the guy whose wounds were tended by my grandfather, though locating them without a name might be a mission. I imagine on any given day when they were near the front the Fusiliers took casualties. The Field Ambulance certainly did

21462 Pte George Connor

George Connor was 27 years old, married with 3 children when he enlisted at Bury into the 3rd Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers in June 1915.

On enlistment, he declared that he had some previous service with the RAMC.

He was posted to the 10th Bn and by June 1916 was fighting in France.

He suffered a gun shot wound to the thigh, probably during or around the time of the Battle of Albert, and was taken prisoner by the Germans.

He spent quite some time as a POW in Ohrdruf Thuringen Saxony before being repatriated, when he firstly went to a Field Hospital in Holland before being sent home to a hospital in Whitechurch Glamorgan.

He was finally deemed unfit for futher service and was discharged to pension with effect from May 1919, being at the same time awarded the Silver War Badge.

He already held the Victory and British War Medals.

Researched by Joe Eastwood 15th-20th Jan 2012 at the request of Steve Turner, grandson of Pte Connor

A post card from George to his wife when he was in Holland

George Conner's Service records

This is Peter Hope Snr
His Son was in the 1st / 5th at Dunkirk
Click here to see his son photos
sent in by David Hope his grandson

Pte 36054 William Naughton,
Lancashire Fusiliers and died 17th May 1917.

The gent standing on the right end of the line is thought to be
Sgt Harold John Colley later to win VC. and MM. with the LFs, he had earlier been mentioned in despatches whilst serveing with the Army Cyclist Corp

38007 Private Alfred Driver
10th Battlion Lancashire Fusilliers
Died 5th January 1917 from Trench Foot
aged 24
Buried at Rouen St Sever Cemetery Extension


10th Battalion XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers on the march 21st December 1917

WW1 photos (postcard format) written in old hand on each is the word Delaney and we believe these are the Delaney brothers of Middleton, Manchester, killed in action in WW1:

Pte Thomas Delaney 10th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Initials: T
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers
Unit Text: "D" Coy. 10th Bn.
Age: 23
Date of Death: 12/05/1917
Service No: 28143
Additional information: Son of Patrick and Mary Jane Delaney, of Alick House, Stocks Lane, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Bay 5.

and his brother

Pte Frederick Delaney 2nd/5th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Initials: F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers
Unit Text: 2nd/5th Bn.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 24/08/1918
Service No: 20813
Additional information: Son of Patrick and Mary Jane Delaney, of Middleton, Manchester.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 15.

Private Tom Delaney ,son of Mr and Mrs Delaney,of Stocks-lane,Alkrington,was killed in action on May the 12th 1918 whilst fighting with the Lancashire Fusiliers.He worked at Lodge Mills and was connected with St Peters Church.

Private F.Delaney ,son of Mr and Mrs Delaney,of Stocks-lane,Alkrington,was killed in action on October the 24th 1918.He had been wounded twice previously.He worked at the Lodge Mills and was connected with St Peters Church.

Both the above have been taken from Middletons Brave Sons.

10th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
1918, St Quintin, Bapaume,Amiens, Havrincourt,Epehy,Cambrai,Selle,Sambre

51674 Private Frank Lester VC

10th Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers
who died on
Saturday, 12th October 1918.
Age 22.

Frank Lester was born on 18th February 1896 in Huyton, Liverpool to John and Ellen Lester. He spent his early childhood in Hoylake where he attended Hoylake National School. Frank was a keen member of Hoylake Boys Brigade and also played the organ for the local congregation at the Methodist 'Tin Chapel'.

On completing his education, Frank trained initially as a joiner until his family moved to Millers Hay in Irby. Here he worked alongside his father in their family run market garden business.

In 1916, Frank enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers and was posted to France in 1917. In early 1918 he was wounded but he returned to duty in September of that year. On 12th October, one month before the end of the war, Frank was killed at Neuvilly in France in the action for which he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery.

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31067, dated 13th Dec., 1918, records the following:

'For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice during the clearing of the village of Neuvilly, on 12th October, 1918, when, with a party of about seven men under an officer, he was the first to enter a house from the back door, and shot two Germans as they attempted to get out by the front door. A minute later a fall of masonry blocked the door by which the party had entered. The only exit into the street was under fire at point-blank range. The street was also swept by fire of machine guns at close range. Observing that an enemy sniper was causing heavy casualties to a party in a house across the street, Pte. Lester exclaimed, "I'll settle him," and, dashing out into the street, shot the sniper at close quarters, falling mortally wounded at the same instant. This gallant man well knew it was certain death to go into the street, and the party opposite was faced with the alternative of crossing the fire-swept street or staying where it was and being shot one by one. To save their lives he sacrificed his own.'

He lies in Neuvilly Communal Cemetery and Extension, Nord, France. Neuvilly is a small village 6 kilometres north-north-west of Le Cateau on the road to Valenciennes (D955). The Communal Cemetery and extension are on the north side of the village outskirts and on the north side of the main road (D955).

The VC was sold in 2002 and can now be seen in the display of Lord Ashcroft's collection of VCs in the Imperial War Museum Lond

D Company of the 10th Bn were overun on the 26th March at Mametz Woods near Henencourt.

5297 Pte Bernard Cain gave his life here.

Captain T Howarth MC and Bar.
He won a Military Cross twice, once with the 10th Battalion in 1916
at the battle of Albert ,Gazetted 26/01/17
and again with the
1st Bn (attached to the 10th Bn) at Martinpuiche Gazetted on the 02/12/18.

Died on 04/11/16

Private James Tiffney
10th Lancashire Fusiliers.

Private James Tiffney, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed on November 4th, 1916. A comrade wrote; "He was killed whilst doing a kind action. He was very much liked by all the comrades in the platoon all of whom send our deepest sympathy to you in your great loss.
He and I were very great pals and always shared everything we had. Private Tiffney saw a wounded man on the ground in terrible pain, so he rushed off for the stretcher bearers. On the way back there was a great deal of sniping going on. The stretcher bearers got the wounded man away and Private Tiffney was going down the road to the trench when a sniper shot him in the arm. He got up again and was shot through the lung. He dropped without speaking a word. It was the first time in the trenches for him. The late soldier who resided at 40, Boarshaw Road, was 24 years of age, and prior to joining the army in May, 1916 was employed at the Times Mill. He was a regular attender at the Parish Church.

Private Tiffney has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.