27 December 2015

Lancashire Fusiliers - PoW Other Ranks 1914



The following men were all serving with the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers when they became prisoners of war of the Germans on or before Christmas Day 1914. There are 162 names in this list.  Read more about this Prisoner of War data source on my 1914 PoWs page.

This data has been transcribed from the following sources which are now housed at the Imperial War Museum:

1. B.O.2 1/248 is a six-page typed document from The Lancashire Fusiliers Prisoners of war Regimental Care Committee. Dated 4th January 1919.

2. B.O.2 1/251 is a three-page typed document from officer i/c No 1. Infantry Records, No 3 District. Dated 2nd March 1919.


Some men appear on both lists, Typically one list will give the man's home address whilst the other will record next of kin and next of kin address.


Note the variation in regimental numbers in the list which follows. The Lancashire Fusiliers reached 9999 in November 1903 and immediately commenced a new series beginning from 1. By August 1914, numbering in the two regular battalions had reached around 2900.  Knowing this information we can guess that most, if not all, of the men in the list below with numbers between 1 and 2900 enlisted between November 1903 and August 1914 whilst most of, if not all of, the men with numbers between 2900 and 9999 are pre-November 1903 enlistments and would, for the most part be men who had either re-engaged to complete 21 years with the colours or who had joined Section D of the Army Reserve at the end of their 12-year colour/reserve service.


The two Company Sergeant Majors on this list who have the numbers 5290 and 5358 both joined the regiment in 1895 and would have been well on the way to receiving their LSGC medals at the time of capture. Colour Sergeant Frederick Byford, on the other hand, had joined the regiment in June 1889 as a 14-year-old and was already in possession of medals for the Sudan and the Boer War as well as the LSGC. He would be repatriated in 1917 and would finally be discharged from the army in 1920 after over 30 years' service.


I say "most, if not all of, the men..." Bear in mind that some of the men in the list below could have been original members of the 3rd (Special Reserve) or 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalions and may have been posted as part of a draft to the 2nd Battalion. These two battalions, when formed in 1908, had picked up the numbering sequences of their militia predecessors and new recruits who joined between 1908 and 1914 would have been given numbers in the 3000/4000 range.



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2642 Private T Ainscough
9944 Private T Ainsworth
690 Private J Anscombe
9189 Private W Ashton
6746 Private F Ashworth
6924 Private Henry Ballard
9587 Private J Banks
2359 Private W C Barr
9435 Pte Stephen Barrett
2636 Private A E Batchelor
991 Private G W Bilton
9720 Private A Blake
2530 Private A Blue
1706 Sergeant Arthur H Bond
155 Private J Bramble
1301 Private N Briggs
2721 Private R Briggs
1456 Private R Bunting
614 Private H Burgess
9096 Private J Burke
9017 Private W Butcher
3019 Colour-Sergeant Frederick Byford
395 Private J Byrne
1612 Private J Callaghan
9921 Private Hugh Campbell
1158 Corporal George Cannon
1402 Sergeant A Carrington
730 Private S Chance
9630 Private J Clough
9555 Corporal John F Clowes
706 Private J Collins
191 Private Joseph Collins
2855 Private P Collins
9806 Private John Connell
141 Private G Cooke
40 Pte Ernest Corbett
2730 Private J Cox
9183 Corporal W Crossley
57 Private E Daley
9287 Pte Edward Daly
9924 Private A J De Massey
749 Private James Dennehy
9998 Private F J Dowding
318 Lance-Corporal J Doyle
9126 Private C Eachus
2808 Private J Eckersley
171 Private R Edmondson
2573 Private W E Fawley
2522 Corporal R Fellows
196 Private J Fenny
2796 Private C Fenton
2107 Private E Firth
9709 Pte William Fitton
9200 Private J G Fleming
9771 Private Harry D Funnell
850 Private F Gannon
519 Private J Gethings
9041 Private J W Gill
626 Private J Gorman
250 Private A Green
9892 Private T Grundy
68 Private F Hall
439 Private H Hall
2437 Private H R Hall
2413 Private T Hall
9667 Private D Hallam
9253 Private B Hamer
6840 Private J Hanlon
618 Private E Hanson
30 Private M E Hardman
6267 Private J Hart
1719 Private L Hatson
990 Corporal H Hemsley
9651 Pte John Henry
886 Private J Heyes
9915 Private B Hill
9302 Corporal H Hilton
9776 Private P Hines
2841 Private J Hogan
180 Private R Holding
2549 Private George Holland
1470 Private W E Hooper
9780 Private H Horwood
9311 Private J Howard
2851 Private George Hurst
682 Private R Hurst
1684 Private G Inch
156 Private A Jackson
9411 Private P Jeffers
157 Private T Jennings
2799 Lance-Corporal C Johnson
77 Private R
377 Lance-Corporal P J Jordon
1580 Corporal P Keegan
751 Private T Kerfoot
9875 Private G Knight
39 Private W G Lawrence
9136 Private W Leah
2660 Private M Lee
125 Private P Logan
304 Private Thomas H Lowe
2794 Private W L Lupton
2862 Private R G Magin
1013 Private H Mann
502 Pte James Markland
351 Private G Marsden
2837 Pte Thomas Mason
2491 Corporal A Massey
5290 CSM C J R Maxwell
9477 Private M McBride
9477 Private M McBride
9139 Private C McCormick
5358 CSM H McCready
9441 Private T Melia
9465 Private W Metcalf
82 Private G Mottershead
329 Sergeant H Mowbray
1009 Corporal J Mullen
9293 Private T Nuttall
1476 Private A E Oliver
9882 Private G W Oliver
9157 Pte Benjamin I Steele
19 Private C T O'Malley
158 Private R Orrell
2760 Private H Osborne
9067 Private T W Owen
8800 Private J Park
9294 Private J C Paul
9047 Private J H Pearce
1901 Private W J Pembery
264 Private C Preston
9357 Private W H Price
9092 Corporal W Riley
9040 Private T Rogers
720 Sergeant Stanley H Sayer
9394 Private H Sherrin
2765 Private G Snape
9303 Private R Stansfield
6399 Private J Steel
306 Private G Tarrant
9680 Private J W Taylor
9389 Corporal R Thomas
9606 Private J Tobin
9444 Private E Toole
297 Private H Travers
9881 Corporal P Tumhelty
8765 Private R Turnbull
8656 Private R Waddington
5526 Private J Walker
9061 Private E Walmsley
631 Private John Walters
276 Private J Watthey
553 Private S Waugh
1435 Private H W Wheeler
2529 Private J White
9958 Lance-Corporal A Wilson
2456 Private H W Wilson
2833 Private Harry Wilson
330 Private T Winstanley
2579 Private C F Wooten
2908 Private J Worsley
2644 Lance-Corporal F L Wyatt



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