2nd / 8th Battalion
Lancashire Fusiliers

October 1917 to March 1918
3rd Battle of Ypres

An Aussie in the Lancashire Fusiliers in WW1

Private Joseph Bryant McKenna, 39042, 2nd/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army,
who died of wounds on the 10 August 1917, age 21.
He was the Son of Richard and Emily Burge McKenna, of Grosvenor St., Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.
He is commemorated in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine Maritime, France.

Captain R L Busby MBE MC

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Credit to Medal News 2012
Lot 111, 25 Mar 97
Collection: LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS (Dr AW Stott Collection)
Estimate: £300-£350
Hammer Price: £380

An M.B.E. and Passchendaele M.C. group of four awarded to Captain R. L. Busby, 2/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Four: The Order of the British Empire, M.B.E. (Military) 2nd type; Military Cross, G.V.R.; British War and Victory Medals, M.I.D. (Capt. R. L. Busby) good very fine (4)
M.C. London Gazette 6 April 1918: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On his commanding officer becoming a casualty, he took charge of the situation, communicated with the forward troops, and sent messages to Brigade Headquarters under difficulties. He collected men from various units scattered about in shell holes and sent them forward under a responsible leader. The men though tired out, were everywhere inspired by his coolness and tact.’

M.I.D. London Gazette 23 May 1918. Awarded for the March Retreat in 1918 where he was captured and spent the remainder of the war as a prisoner of war.

M.B.E. London Gazette 9 June 1938, for political and public services in Manchester and Salford

We have had this e mail from Patrick Michiels if you can help Patricks e mail address is at the end of the message

Dear Sir,

I've found your email account on the website http://www.lancs-fusiliers.co.uk/contacts.htm

I'm living in Belgium and administrator of a group of friends on FB, who are commemorating fallen soldiers in Belgium, France and the Netherlands of both wars (WW1 & WW2).

For a member of my group we're in search of Information about Lance-Corporal N C SMITH, Service Number 307670. He died in Belgium, during the 3rd Battle of Ypres on 9 October 1917, at the age of 20. He was serving in the 2nd/8th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was the son of William and Alice SMITH, of 14, Hasbrouch Street, Newburgh, Orange County, New York, USA, native of Radcliffe, Manchester and was previously wounded twice at the Dardanelles. He is buried at CWGC 'Tyne Cot Cemetery' in Zonnebeke, Belgium.

We've adopted his grave and like we will passing often to his grave, we would like to know more about Lance Corporal SMITH, any information is welcome and if it is possible to obtain a photo of Lc.Cpl. SMITH that would be great, so we can put a face on the soldiers grave.

If you will, we can sent you over the photos of our visists to put them on the website of the Lancashire Fusiliers website, so all your Members, will see our tribute

Looking forward to your answer.

Kind Regards,

Beheerder FB-groep "Eerbetoon aan onze Soldaten uit WO1 & WO2"


Mobile: +32 (0)475/22.33.16

This is what we have sent him

Hi Patrick
First of all I can tell you his name was Norris Coop Smith he was born in Fleetwood Near Blackpool sorry we don't have any photos of him
On the 5th October the 2/8th Bn LF went by bus to Vlamerting he where they took up defensive positions along the Ypres/Menin Road.
They spent the 6th, 7th and 8th preparing for the forthcoming attack at Passchendaele on the 9th October where N C Smith was killed in action that day.

In attachments there are report in our Regimental Magazine if you look in the margins who will see the Battalion to which the report belongs

We don't have a lot on the 2nd 8th battalion but here is a link to our pages on the 2nd / 8th http://www.lancs-fusiliers.co.UK/gallerynew/2nd8thHargicourt/2nd_8th_3rdBattleofYpres.htm