2nd XX The Lancashire Fusiliers
The Somme




In Memoriam

Died on 03/05/1917
Private Joseph Stansfield
2nd Lancashire Fusiliers

Private Joseph Stansfield previously reported missing since May 3rd, 1917, was afterwards officially reported to be killed in action in France on that day. He was 27 years of age and joined the colours in January 1915, previous to which he was employed at the Times Mill. Private Stansfield was brought up at Tonge School and was keenly interested in the Sunday School football team, having last played with the Junction Wesleyan club.

Private Stansfield is laid to rest at Browns Copse Cemetery, France.

Died on 02/09/1918
Private William Howarth
2nd Lancashire Fusiliers

Private William Howarth of the 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed in action on September 2nd, 1918. This soldier who resided at 44, Morton Street, Middleton, was only 19 years of age, and joined the army on May 25th, 1917. He went out to France in March 1918.
He had worked at the Don Mill as a cop Packer, and was connected with the Middleton Parish Church and Sunday School.

Private Howarth is laid to rest at Dury Crucifix Cemetery, France.
The Cemetery has 2058 burials from the Great War, 1766 of those are unidentified.

Died on 01/06/1918
Private James William Aspin
2nd Lancashire Fusiliers

Private James William Aspin, of Lancashire Fusiliers, and who resided at Cross Street, Rhodes, was killed in action in France on June 1st, 1918. His officer wrote to the widow. "I am sorry to inform you that your husband was killed in action by shellfire, and was buried yesterday in a British cemetery. His death was instantaneous. I convey to you the sympathy of the officers and other ranks of the trench mortar battery to which he was attached, also my deep regret in losing a good soldier and a brave man. The deceased soldier who was 37 years of age and enlisted three years prior to his death, and on completing his training served about 15 months in Egypt. From there he was sent to France where he was wounded, but rejoined. He was employed at the Rhodes Mill, and was connected with All Saints Church and School.

Private Aspin is laid to rest at
Le Vertannoy British Cemetery, France

Died on 03/05/1917
Private Fred Stott
2nd Lancashire Fusiliers

While serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers in France on May 3rd, 1917, Private Fred Stott, aged 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stott, 15, Barrowfields, Middleton, laid down his life.
He joined the army in September, 1915, and went to France in January, 1916. He was wounded in April, 1916, but recovered and went out to France again in August of the same year. Prior to enlisting he worked at the Times No:2 Mill as a spinner.
He played football with the Middleton Junction Wesleyans, and Jumbo Primitives, and for a time was goalkeeper for Tonge. He was connected with the Morton Street Primitive Methodist School.

Private Stott is laid to rest at Athies Communal Cemetery Extension , France.

Died on 14/12/1916
Private James Chandler
2nd Lancashire Fusiliers

Private J. Chandler of the Lancashire Fusiliers, was killed fighting in France during the winter of 1916. He was a son of Mr and Mrs Chandler of Cross Street, Rhodes, and was 20 years of age. He joined up in May 1916, and had only been in France at about seven weeks. He works for his father, who is a coal merchant. The late Private Chandler was actively associated with All Saints Church and Sunday School, Rhodes.
A chaplain writing to the mother said: "He was killed by a gunshot wound while making his way back from the trenches. You may be proud that he died like a soldier for his country, and I pray that God may comfort and support you in your great loss, which is also a loss to the regiment to which he belonged. I buried him here in a little French cemetery and a cross is being put up to mark his grave. At some future time you will be informed where the cross is. May God be with you."

That little French cemetery unfortunately got a lot bigger.
Private Chandler is laid to rest at
Combles Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Sent in by Jon Bleackley

Edward Kennedy, 2nd Bn LF,

Killed in action first day of the Somme

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Sent in by Paul Kennedy, Edward was his great uncle.

Charity shop finds rare gun in clothes
A rare First World War gun has been given to a charity shop by a mystery donor.

Captain Hugh Wingfield Sayres.

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The revolver belonged to Captain Hugh Sayres of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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Captain Sayres, 27, died alongside his dog Nailer while leading his company in an attack on Beaumont-Hamel on July 1 1916.

His gun was discovered in a bag of clothes donated to a charity shop in Earl Shilton, Leicestershire, nine months ago.

The donor was never traced.

A Leicestershire Police spokesman said that ordinarily the gun, which was handed to police, would have been destroyed.

However, a Loughborough police officer recognised the rarity of the 1912 Webley Revolver and received permission to research its history.

Sergeant Rich Matlock of Leicestershire Police learned that Captain Sayres joined the Lancashire Fusiliers after graduating from Sandhurst.

In 1912 he was sent to India and in 1915 was shot in the right shoulder while landing in Gallipoli.

Sgt Matlock said: "Hugh Winfield Sayres was a remarkable officer who excelled at everything he did including boxing, hockey, steeplechase and cricket.

"He could have remained an Acting Major but chose to return to his men and was sent 'over the top' at Beaumont Hamel in the mistaken belief that the Germans posed little threat.

"Of course the opposite was true and 19,000 men died that day.

"All his affects, including his gun, would have been sent home to his family who had it engraved again, this time in his memory.

"It is unusual for a gun to have been used in Gallipoli and at the Battle of the Somme which is what makes it so rare."

The gun was made by Wilkinson Wembley and the barrel is inscribed with the words "In Honour of Capt. H.W Sayres 1st July 1916".

Leicestershire Police will donate the gun to the Fusiliers Museum in Bury, Greater Manchester, on 18 February. 2009.

Dave Guest BBC,
Sergeant Rich Matlock, and Tony Sprason

Mike Glover and Sergeant Rich Matlock

Click Here to see the BBC Video report Thanks to BBC Northwest Jim Clarke
its a large file so give it time to download

"Light Trench Mortar Battery"

Corporal Horace Edwards
Born in Aberdare (14 March 1896) and (I think) conscripted in Cardiff in 1916, I think he was a Private 2nd Battalion. I think he was captured at Peronne (1917?) and ended the War a prisoner near Brussels. Returning to Cardiff after Armistice he lived a long, simple life as a family man and passed away in 1992 just days short of 96yoa. I am his only daughter's son.
Richard Llewellyn

My Grampa, 21yoa at the time, wrote in pencil on the back of the original ' To Dear Mama and Dada, LTM Battery, from somewhere in France 1917'.
Family history has it that my Grampa was a Private. First spanner in the works is that the attached Medal Card is for Corporal Edwards and nobody knew anything about Horace Edwards having the middle initial 'V'. There is another Fusilier Horace Edwards in the 1914-18 Medal Cards list but the site wouldn't let me buy any more! I shall return to that.

The War Diary
The Battalion Orders

The Chemical Works mentioned as a area boundery in the diaries

sent in by
Richard Llewellyn


Orders for a raid on the German trenches on the
9th July 1916,
probably during the
"Battle of Albert "

War Diary
2Lt Hawkins
2nd Bn Lancashire Fusiliers

The Somme

(click on a date to see the pdf file)

11th October 1916
12th October 1916

7 pages
see Report of the action 0n the 12th Oct 1916 below

2633 Private Charles Robert Levett
2nd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.

Shot through the right shoulder 1st July 1916 serving with the
2nd Bn The XXth The Lancashire Fusiliers
at Beaumont Hamel.

They comprise of his medals, hat badge and old contemptible badge, his discharge paper, a photo of him and his brother Arthur (who joined the Light Artillery) taken at Eastbourne, East Sussex presumably in 1914 prior to them entering France with the expeditionary force. The other photo is of him at Alderley Park convalescent home, Chelford, Cheshire. As you can see he has aged considerably in the two years he was on the front. I have also attached two scans of a newspaper cutting I found folded with his discharge paper, it list all the men of the 2nd Battalion suffering from gas, I guess after one of the Ypres engagements.
Send in by Greg Chuter
(Grandson of Charles Levett)


37958 Sgt Jonathon Richard Himsworth

killed in action 1916

37958 Sgt Jonathon Richard Himsworth

One of the Battalions outside the Chemical Factory at the Somme

Pte F C Hall

Peter Evans
30th May 1918

Station's Somme salute
Yakub Qureshi Manchester Evening News

The War Memorial in Victoria Station
Geoff Pycroft, Danny Daniels, and Dennis Laverick.

The soldiers who lost their lives in one of history's bloodiest and most notorious battles were remembered in Manchester.

The Battle of the Somme claimed the lives of more than a million men during World War One.

A service at Manchester's Victoria station marked the 90th anniversary of the struggle in which Allied Forces attempted to break a bitter deadlock with Germany over a 25-mile fortified line in northern France.