The Movements of the 17th Battalion
Died on 28/09/1918
Private John William Furber
17th Lancashire Fusiliers
Private J. W. Furber, of the Lancashire Fusiliers,
who resided at 13, Kay Street, Middleton, was killed on September 28th,
1918, having been home on furlough only a week before he fell. This
soldier enlisted on May 31st, 1916, and went to France on August 28th
of the same year.
Sadly, Private Furber has no known grave, and his name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
|Sgt John Lord MM from Bolton
Lt Col Arthur Mordaunt Mills
Lt Col Arthur Mordaunt Mills DSO, who took over the 17th LF Bantams from Lt Col W J McWhinnie on the 15th April 1916 to 1918 when he returned to command his own regiment the 18th Bengal Lancers in the Palestine campaign
Major-General Sir Arthur Mordaunt Mills, C.B., D.S.O ( with 2 bars and Mentioned in Dispatches 3 times)
Arthur was born on 13 August 1879, the son of Colonel Arthur McLeod Mills and Elizabeth Louisa Jane Pughe, at Hythe, Kent. He joined 3 Royal Sussex Regt (Militia) 1900; transferred to 1 Bn, Devonshire Regt 1901; South African War 1901-1902; transferred to 18 Bengal Lancers, Indian Army 1902; Adjutant & Quartermaster, Staff College, Quetta 1913-1914; World War I 1914-1918; Staff Capt, France 1915; 14 Bn, Gloucestershire Regt 1915-1916; Commander, 17 Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers 1916-1917; Instructor, Senior Officers School, Woking 1921-1924; Commander, 2 Bn, 4 Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles 1925-1929; Assistant Adjutant General, Northern Command, India 1929-1930; Cdr, Razmak Brigade, Waziristan, North West Frontier, India 1930-1934; Aide-de-camp to the King 1933-1935; Military Adviser-in-Chief, Indian State Forces 1935-1939; retired 1939; Col, 4 Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles 1935-1950.
Captain Harry Gray Leaver
17th Lancashire Fusiliers
17 November 1980 Age : 85
17th Lan Fus Rank - Lieut
17th Lan Fus Rank - T/Capt
17th Lan Fus Rank - Capt
Victory Medal. Roll Lan Fus of 130. Page 6c.
British Medal. Roll Lan Fus of 130. Page 6c.
Remarks - IVX/531a/4-10-21NW/6/12482
Theatre of war first served in - France
Date of entry therein - March 1916. NW/6/12482
Correspondence - Return EF9 19-9-1921
Address - Glen View, Pike Hill Burnley
Military Cross For Lieutenant H.G. Leaver
Lieut. H.G. Leaver, Lancashire Fusiliers, son of Mr. J.S. Leaver,
postmaster of Worsthorne, and Mrs. Leaver, Pike hill, has been awarded
the Military Cross. The distinction has been earned while Acting-Captain
during the German offensive. Lieut. Leaver has been in France two
years, and has taken part in many engagements, having been twice wounded
Number 14595 Pte F Hayde
Mentioned in Despatches 13th November 1916.
Died on 22/05/1917
Private Norman Adam Holden
17th Lancashire Fusiliers
Private Norman A. Holden of the Lancashire Fusiliers,
died in hospital at Rouen on May 22nd, 1917, from wounds received in
Private Holden is laid to rest at St Sever Cemetery Extension, France.
War Diaries of POWs
Private (and later) L/CPL Henry John Hughes Number 14216
15394 Pte J Male.
for winning the cross country race held at the 35 Division Sports Day on the 4th January 1918
at a place called Poperinghe in Belgium.
"Pops" was never out of British hands, and was something of a haven behind the lines,
although it was subjected to shelling that grew in intensity throughout the war.
Here men could find shops, estaminets, restaurants, billets and a hundred different military establishments,
as well as the leave trains for England.
There were always medical units here: 677 British soldiers who died of wounds at nearby Casualty Clearing Stations lie in Poperinge New Military Cemetery (Click on link)
...as do several men executed for military crimes.
The Bantam football team
" My Great Grandfather was in the Lancashire Fusiliers and was KIA in WWI.
The photo is of a Bantams Football Team he was in, he was Lance Corporal Thomas Lander 15360 17th Battalion, his grave is at Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery.
He is the first on the left in the back row"
Sent in by great grandaughter Natalie Madoc-Jones.
My great grandfather, James Maloney (1881-1917), was a corporal in WW1 with the Lancashire Fusiliers. He was in D company of the 17th Battalion. His number was 21374.
He was born in Liverpool and was a baker and (luggage)porter before the War. He married Mary Connor in 1901.
He was killed on 26th July, 1917. At that time, the Battalion was in trenches in Epehy. The family story is that he was killed by a sniper.
My great grandmother (his wife/ Mary) used to tell an eerie story: she was home in Liverpool washing plates in the kitchen. She felt a presence. She looked out the window and saw her husband James. He was blankly staring at her.
After that, Mary knew she would be receiving a telegram.
He is buried in Villiers-Faucon Cemetery (Peronne) in Grave 32, RowD.
On the Lancashire Fusiliers Website, (See above) Natalie Madoc-Jones has posted a photograph ( The Bantams' Football Team) of her great-grandfather, L/Corporal Thomas Lander. Actually, he is buried near my great grandfather in Villers-Faucon.
We believe that my great-grandfather is the man standing at the back on the far right.
updated 28th May 2017
Ernest Collinge was married (1905) to Sarah. They had two children. Ernest was a cotton weaver before the War. They lived in Bury Road, Rawtenstall.
Father was a coalminer.
4) Lance-Corporal Thomas Lander:
At time of enlistment, Thomas Lander lived in Bolton. He was an iron foundry worker. He was married to Margaret ( Patterson: born Bangor in 1887) and had one daughter).