1st Battalion
The XX Lancashire Fusiliers

WW 1. 1914 - 1918
August 1914 : in Karachi. Returned to England, landing 2 January 1915. 2 January 1915 :
Attached to 86th Brigade, 29th Division.

Battalion Battle Sign




Charlie & Herbert Fielding

Harold Albiston


Fusilier William Stanley HALL

for the William Hall story click on photo below

In Memoriam
Died on 12/04/1918
Private Edward Lovatt
1st Lancashire Fusiliers.

In 1890 Edward was born to James and Alice Lovatt, and they lived at 14, Park Lane, Middleton and was the third of their 14 children. he was married to Lena Lovatt, of 11, Wrigley Street, Middleton.They had a 3 year old son, Frederick.
He was 28 years of age and has no known resting place.
Teddy (as he was known) became a piecer at the Laurel Mill, Middleton Junction. He enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers in December 1914 and went to the Dardanelles the following year. He was invalided home with enteric and frostbite in 1916 then went to France in August 1916. Edward was reported missing on 12 April 1918 and official news was received on 6 June 1919 that he had died 14 months earlier.
Edward’s name is inscribed on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

Edward's brother-in-law was Sergeant James Dean (6847), 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. James died 7th August 1915. He left a widow, Elizabeth nee Lovatt, and a 5 year old daughter, Florence.

Died on 25/03/1918

Four Lancashire Fusiliers, all from Middleton, were killed on this day in 1918.

Private William Holt aged 20
Private Fred Hunt
Private John Lever aged 40
Private Albert Taylor aged 28

Private William Holt, aged 20, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Holt, 36, Manchester New Road Middleton, was killed in March 1918. He enlisted at the age of 17, in November 1915, and went to Egypt in June 1916, and to France in February, 1917. He was connected with St Michael's Tonge, where he was a member of the Church Lads Brigade.

Private John Lever, aged 40, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who resided at Kay Street, Middleton. He enlisted in May, 1915, went to Egypt in September, 1916, and to France in February, 1918, he had previously been wounded. Prior to joining up he was employed at Rhodes Works, and was connected to Parkfield Church.

Due the the ferocity of the fighting and the rapid advance of the German army, unfortunately all four soldiers have no known grave and are commemorated on the Arras Memorial in France.

Medals and awards known to have been won during this campaign by the 1st Battalion

" Info from theCatalogue of medals from Dr A W Stott's collection,sold in London 1997 at DNW Auction house."
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