Formed at Codford, September 1914, as part of K3. September 1914 :
attached to 74th Brigade, 25th Division.12 August 1918 : disbanded in France
Joel Halliwell VC
He returned to Middleton where he was celebrated a hero. Thousands rallied to witness the civic parade laid on to welcome Joel and to see this brave man of our town for themselves. He recieved the Victoria Cross for valour, the highest award possible and remains the only Middleton man to date to have recieved this honour. In all, 1,356 VC's have been awarded. Lance Corporal Halliwell was one of 19 Lancashire Fusiliers to recieve one.
He went on to get married, have 3 children
and run The New Inn on Long St. He even tried to enlist to fight in
WW2 but by this time, his age went against him and he was refused.
He died in 1958 his funeral having full military honours and is buried
in Boarshaw Cemetary.
WW1 1915 Trio correctly named to 11038 PTE.R.LORD. LAN.FUS. Robert Lord was an original 1st Salford Pal (15th Lancashire Fusiliers) and he is in the book showing that he was in D Company of the 16th Platoon. He was aged 21 when he was killed in action on the 7/8/1917 with the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers. His address was 24 Regents Square, Salford, Manchester. And he is commemorated on the Menin Gate (Ypres Memorial
Died on 20/04/1918
Private James Yates
11th Lancashire Fusiliers
It was only two days since Mr. Yates opened his mail
at his home, at 23, Market Street, Middleton, amongst his usual letters
there would have been a telegram from the War Office, informing him that
his son, John, who was serving with the Warwickshire Regiment, was regrettably
'Killed in Action'
Just two names among many more that are commemorated on the Middleton Memorial, but each one of these names tells an individual story, one of sacrifice and utmost sorrow for the poor families left behind, but also the dreams and hopes of young lives tragically cut short.
Private James Yates is laid to rest at
enlisted into the 11th Bn of the Lancashire Fusiliers,he was then at Lower Stratton in Wilts.
He had previously served in the Hertfordshire Regiment with his Regimental number then being 10071.
In my experience,I believe that he had been wounded with the Herts regiment,been returned to the UK (Swindon) to recuperate and then re-enlisted into the LFs.
He was killed in action on the 1st April 1918.
sent in by
Pte Tom E. Sizer 11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Sent in by Keith Sizer's Grandson of Tom
Private John Dean
11th Lancashire Fusiliers
Private John Dean, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Dean,
77, Church Street, Middleton, died in France on March 29th, 1917. Information
of the sad event was received in a letter from Private James Scott,
his brother-in-law, who saw him the previous night when he was then
apparently in good health.
It's no wonder that young men of Middleton were quick
to enlist at the outbreak of war to escape the mills.
Private Dean is buried at Bailluel Communal Cemetery, France.
Private Thomas Shepley Holmes
11th Lancashire Fusiliers.
Thomas S. Holmes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Holmes,
79, Church Street, Middleton, was killed in the early days of 1917 whilst
fighting with the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers in France.
Private Holmes is laid to rest at the beautiful Berks Cemetery Extension, Belgium.
His mate, Private John Dean, also from Middleton, who was mentioned in the letter, died just two months later.
5353 Fusilier John Edmund West
11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died of gunshot wounds to the stomach and thigh 28.11.17 on a hospital ship in Malta.
He was a railway carriage cleaner before enlisting.