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.

Not a lot of information on this chap who died one hundred years ago today.
His parents lived at 14, Park Lane, Middleton and was the husband of Lena Lovatt, of 11, Wrigley Street, Middleton.
He was 28 years of age and has no known resting place.

Edward’s name is inscribed on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

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."
Click here for the link to Dr Stott