11th Bn
XX The Lancashire Fusiliers
1914 - 1918

WW1
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

(1881-1958)
Born in Middleton on 29th December 1881, Lance Corporal Joel Halliwell was to be awarded the Victoria Cross for "...conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty".
On 27 May 1918, Halliwell was captured by the Germans and remained a prisoner with them for a short time before he managed to escape. On his way back to the British lines, seeing many wounded comrades lying on the ground, he mounted a stray German horse which he rode back to pick up a wounded man and brought him back to safety, in spite of heavy shellfire. He went on to repeat this process, back and forth, through heavy enemy gunfire, with no thought for his own safety, some ten times, until his horse received a severe wound and he could no longer continue.
Lance Corporal Halliwell was a modest man, maintaining that he had simply done as he was told and that any other man in his battalion would have done what he had done if they had the chance, as they never thought of anything but their duty.
He returned to Middleton amid public jubilation and a civic welcome by the Mayor and Mayoress of the borough.
Joel Halliwell died on the 14th June 1958.



Joel Halliwell VC

Lance Corporal Joel Halliwell of Parkfield, Middleton served in the Lancashire Fusiliers in World War 1. In 1918 he was captured by the Germans and was a prisoner before escaping back to the British territory. He was met with carnage along the way seeing many of his comrades lying wounded in the chaotic 'no mans land.' Finding a stray horse, he rode back through the heavy shell and gunfire to pick up the wounded from the battlefield and take them back to safety. Braving these terrifying conditions he was able to return and one by one, picked up 10 of his comrades until unfortunately the horse was fatally wounded. He then trekked well over a mile or so and back to bring water for the wounded. He modestly maintained that he had simply done what any comrade would have done having had the chance as it was only their duty. How he wasn't hit himself is nothing short of a miracle but saving his comrades was foremost on his mind rather than that of his own safety.

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.


for
Joel's Family visit the the Fusilier Museum

Joel Halliwell VC Road Naming Middleton

Joel Halliwell VC Road Naming Middleton 2


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





48934 Pte Francis Taylor

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.

TAYLOR, FRANCIS
Initials: F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Private
Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers
Unit Text: 11th Bn.
Date of Death: 01/04/1918
Service No: 48934
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 4.
Memorial: PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIA


Francis his wife
Frances Lilian Dash

sent in by
Helen Williams
(Francis Granddaughter)


Captain Thomas Rufus, MC

"A Coy" 11th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 14/04/1918, aged 28.

Click here to go to
Ploegsteert Memorial


Pte Tom E. Sizer 11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers


Killed in Action
23 March 1918
ARRAS

Rank: Private
Service No: 35032
Date of Death: 23/03/1918
Age: 34
Regiment/Service.11th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Panel Reference: Bay 5.
Memorial ARRAS MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Husband of Elizabeth Sizer, of 21, Fletcher St., Bury, Lancs.


The newspaper cutting below tells of a wall plaque, engraved with the name of Tom Sizer.
It was found in a scrap yard, and later hung over the bar in the Brickcroft Tavern, off Taylor St in Bury.
Keith Sizer contacted us and sent the newspaper cutting and asked where the plaque was now


The newspaper say's they handed the Plaque to the Museum (at Wellington barracks)
we could not find the plaque and no one in the Museum knew anything about it then on Remembrance Day 2007, Dennis was putting the photos on the web site and spotted this behind Paul Barton and Seth Adams at sometime the Plaque had been put on a wooden Plinth the photo was taken in the LF Club before it closed

Sent in by Keith Sizer's Grandson of Tom


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.
The news of his death came to his parents through two sources, one of which was in a letter from his comrade Private John Dean, who stated that his friend was killed through the demolition of his dugout by a hostile shell.
Holmes, would have been 25 years of age in March of 1917, joined the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers a month after the outbreak of war, and after training was immediately sent to France. He was at one time invalided home to England, and had been in France again three months when he was killed. He was employed at the CWS Jam Works.

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.



29468 Pte Walter Tomlinson


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.

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=736991

6033 L/Cpl John Beddow



John's DCM Medal

DCM citation


John is on front row
w ith arm in Bandage


John in later years
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WW1 YMCA New Testament named on inside cover to Pte S R Fitton 11th Batt. Lanc. Fus. B.E.F. France. (Although initials could be F R or J R?). Has Lord Robert's August 1914 message to inside cover and at rear YMCA Plege