17th (Service)Bn
The XX Lancashire Fusiliers
(1st South East Lancs)
Bantam Bn

Sgt John Lord MM from Bolton

Lt Col Arthur Mordaunt Mills
Lt Col Arthur Mordaunt Mills DSO, who took over the 17th LF Bantams from Lt Col W J McWhinnie on the 15th April 1916 to 1918 when he returned to command his own regiment the 18th Bengal Lancers in the Palestine campaign

Arthur Mordaunt Mills 1879-1964
Major-General Sir Arthur Mordaunt Mills, C.B., D.S.O ( with 2 bars and Mentioned in Dispatches 3 times)
Arthur was born on 13 August 1879, the son of Colonel Arthur McLeod Mills and Elizabeth Louisa Jane Pughe, at Hythe, Kent. He joined 3 Royal Sussex Regt (Militia) 1900; transferred to 1 Bn, Devonshire Regt 1901; South African War 1901-1902; transferred to 18 Bengal Lancers, Indian Army 1902; Adjutant & Quartermaster, Staff College, Quetta 1913-1914; World War I 1914-1918; Staff Capt, France 1915; 14 Bn, Gloucestershire Regt 1915-1916; Commander, 17 Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers 1916-1917; Instructor, Senior Officers School, Woking 1921-1924; Commander, 2 Bn, 4 Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles 1925-1929; Assistant Adjutant General, Northern Command, India 1929-1930; Cdr, Razmak Brigade, Waziristan, North West Frontier, India 1930-1934; Aide-de-camp to the King 1933-1935; Military Adviser-in-Chief, Indian State Forces 1935-1939; retired 1939; Col, 4 Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles 1935-1950.

Sent in by his grandson, Sebastian Mills

Joseph Sim

Joseph is seated

sent in by Phillip Middleton Joseph's grandson

Captain Harry Gray Leaver
17th Lancashire Fusiliers
17 November 1980 Age : 85

Medal Card
17th Lan Fus Rank - Lieut
17th Lan Fus Rank - T/Capt
17th Lan Fus Rank - Capt
Victory Medal. Roll Lan Fus of 130. Page 6c.
British Medal. Roll Lan Fus of 130. Page 6c.
Remarks - IVX/531a/4-10-21NW/6/12482
Theatre of war first served in - France
Date of entry therein - March 1916. NW/6/12482
Correspondence - Return EF9 19-9-1921
Address - Glen View, Pike Hill Burnley
Worsthorne Officer
Military Cross For Lieutenant H.G. Leaver

Lieut. H.G. Leaver, Lancashire Fusiliers, son of Mr. J.S. Leaver, postmaster of Worsthorne, and Mrs. Leaver, Pike hill, has been awarded the Military Cross. The distinction has been earned while Acting-Captain during the German offensive. Lieut. Leaver has been in France two years, and has taken part in many engagements, having been twice wounded

2nd Lieutenant George Mervyn Heap

George Mervyn Heap 1892-1968, Bachelor and Solicitor
1914-1918 2nd Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers
Medals Received
Corps - Lan Fus x2- Rank - Lieut
Corps - Lan Fus - Rank - Lieut
Victory Medal. Lanc Fus x OFF Roll 130 Page 5E
British Medal. Roll OFF Roll 130 Page 5E
Theatre of war first served in - France
Date of entry therein - -12 16 NW/6/32654
App. for medals d/15/24
E.F.0 ret af 8.5.24
Address Town Hall, Blackpool, Lancashire

Number 14595 Pte F Hayde
Mentioned in Despatches 13th November 1916.

Click here for the London-Gazette entry

War Diaries of POWs

14133 Pte Lord Harris
Captured 25th August 1916 at the Somme
Wounded with Bullet in right hand

14472 Pte William Pearson
Captured Guillmont
26th August 1916
Unwounded he was interviewed with 3 others

202658 L/Cpl Albert Winterbottom
Captured St Quentin
21st March 1918

sent by
Samantha Frost
Henry John Hughes, (Samantha's grandfather)
gassed and invalided out in 1917.

Private (and later) L/CPL Henry John Hughes Number 14216
I believe he signed up 29th Dec 1914, and I have records stating he was hospitalised in Berrigton War hospital in Shrewsbury which is stamped 27th February 1917 (Im not sure if this is date of admittance as part of the document is missing)

Henry John Hughes
Henry would have gone to France on the 30th January 1916.
He would have then fought in many of the most ferocious battles during 1916 including the Somme.

The 17th Bn were attacked by the enemy using Gas in November 1916 at Arras, I believe that this is where he would have suffered his gas injuries which took hime home to Shrewsbury in early 1917.

this is a link to the hospital:-


Dear Joe,

I cannot thank you enough for the information you have provided. At last I can tell a fairly accurate story of his life! thank you so much!

I have attached a photograph of Henry and also a photograph I have found in my grandmothers collection -Im not sure if its WW1, WW2, which regiment it may or who is even in the picture - I just like that theyre smiling.

Kind regards,

"This item was sent in by Carole Edwards.It is a silver cup won by her grandfather
15394 Pte J Male.
for winning the cross country race held at the 35 Division Sports Day on the 4th January 1918
at a place called Poperinghe in Belgium.

"Pops" was never out of British hands, and was something of a haven behind the lines,
although it was subjected to shelling that grew in intensity throughout the war.
Here men could find shops, estaminets, restaurants, billets and a hundred different military establishments,
as well as the leave trains for England.
There were always medical units here: 677 British soldiers who died of wounds at nearby Casualty Clearing Stations lie in Poperinge New Military Cemetery (Click on link)
...as do several men executed for military crimes.

The Bantam football team

" My Great Grandfather was in the Lancashire Fusiliers and was KIA in WWI.
The photo is of a Bantams Football Team he was in, he was Lance Corporal Thomas Lander 15360 17th Battalion, his grave is at Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery.
He is the first on the left in the back row"

Sent in by great grandaughter Natalie Madoc-Jones.