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LAILAVOIX

Louis

Sous-Lieutenant, 79ieme Reg. d'Infanterie, French Army. Killed near Verdun 10th April 1916. Son of Louis Lailavoix, 83 rue de Rome, Paris I7me. Born 1882 at St. Rambert. Educated at Lycee Condorcet, Paris; Sorbonne (L. es h.), and London University. Manchester University: 1910; Lecturer in French. Mobilised 12th August 1914, soldat de 2nde Classe. Gazetted 1st April 1915. in the 1911 census he was aged 28, married, born St Lambert in Bugez, France,an Author, boarding at 35 -37 Upper Bedford Place, St Giles in the Fields and St George Bloomsbury, London, Middlesex.

LAMB

Eric Robert

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Died of influenza at Busigny 2nd November 1918. Aged 29. Son of the Rev. Fred and Mrs. Mary Ann Lamb. Dental Surgeon. L.D.S. Manchester University. Born 1889 in Manchester. Educated at Ashville College, Harrogate. Manchester University: 1910; L.D.S. 1912. Practice in Wigan. Gazetted May 1915. In the 1891 census he was aged 1, born Manchester, son of Fred and Mary A Lamb, resident Moss Lane East, Moss Side, Chorlton, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Manchester, son of Fred and Mary A Lamb, resident 43, Dicconson Street, Wigan, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Manchester, a Dental Student, son of Mary Ann Lamb (a widow), resident 72, Kenyon Road, Wigan, Lancashire. Buried in BUSIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 33.

LANGSTRETH

Edmund

Sub Lieutenant, Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action at Beaucourt-Hamel during the Battle of the Ancre 13th November 1916. Aged 28. Son of Edmund and Isabella Langstreth, of Temple Villa, Scotforth Road, Lancaster. Born 25th November 1887 in Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth. Educated at Scotforth National School, Scotforth, Lancashire admitted 10th May 1894; Lancaster Royal Grammar School. Manchester University: 1905; B.Sc. (1st Class Honours Engineering) 1909. Employed by Indented Steel Bar Co., London. Entered Royal Naval Division 22nd April 1915, London Z/1576, "A" Company, 1st Battalion. Religious denomination Church of England. at enlistment employed as a Civil Engineer. Height 6 feet 0½ inches, chest 38 to 40 inches, fresh complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes. Discharged on being appointed to a Commission as a Sub, Lieut., R.N.V.R. 12th July 1915. Gazetted April 1915. Previously admitted to 149th Field Ambulance 11th February 1916 with eczema face and neck and debility, transferred to Hospital Ship "Rewa" 13th February 1916. In the 1891 census he was aged 3, born Bolton-Le-Sands, Lancashire, son of Edmund and Isbella Langstreth, resident Temple Villa, Scotforth Village, Scotforth, Lancaster, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 13, born Lancashire, son of Edmund and Isbella Langstreth, resident Temple Villa, Scotforth, Town, Lancaster, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born Bolton-Le-Sands, Lancashire, an Engineering Student, son of Isbella Langstreth (a widow), resident Temple Villa, Scotforth Road, Lancaster, Lancashire. Buried in ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, BEAUMONT-HAMEL, Somme, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 1.

LAWSON

Henry Heaton [Rev]

Captain and Chaplain 4th Class, Army Chaplains' Department attached to Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action in France 24th March 1918. Aged 29. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lawson, of West House, The Greave, Rochdale; husband of Hettie Lawson, of Sandfield, Bacup, Lancs. Born 1888 in Urmston. Baptised 7 October 1888 in Urmston, Flixton, Manchester, son of William henry and Alice Mary Lawson. Ediucated at Rochdale Secondary School. Manchester University: 1907; M.A. 1911. Curate at St. Andrew's, Stourton, Leeds. Gazetted January 1917. In the 1891 census he was aged 2, born urmston, Lancashire, son of William henry and Alice Mary Lawson, resident Ashfield Road, Urmston, Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire. In the `1901 census he was aged 12, born Urmston, Lancashire, son of William H and Alice M Lawson, resident 85, Drake Street, Rochdale, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Urmston, Lancashire, a Secondary Assistant Schoolmaster Form Master, unmarried, resident 75 Station Road Woodhouse Sheffield, Handsworth, Yorkshire & Yorkshire (West Riding). Buried in FOUQUESCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 1.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Four, page 106:

LAWSON, HENRY HEATON, Capt., Chaplain to the Forces, 2nd Battn. (58th Foot) The Northamptonshire Regt., s. of William Henry Lawson, of West House, The Greave, Rochdale, by his wife, Alice Mary, dau. of (—) Hickling, of Coventry ; b. Urmston, co. Lancaster, 9 Aug. 1888 ; educ. Secondary School, Rochdale . Manchester University, where he graduated B.A. in 1910, and M.A. in 1911, and Ripon Theological College, from there being ordained to the Curacy of St. Andrew's, Stourton, Leeds ; joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. in Jan. 1917 ; gazetted Chaplain to the Forces in May ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from July, and was killed in action at Licourt, near Festubert, 24 March, 1918. Buried in Lihons. His Commanding Officer wrote : "We all, officers and men, had learnt to love and honour him as a fearless Christian and a straight friend. Personally, I miss his cheery optimism and devotion to the interests of all ranks in the battalion more than I can say. We were proud to have him working with us and for us, and I know that his work was good." He m. at Christ Church, Bacap, 30 Aug. 1916, Hettie, eldest dau. of James Earnshaw, of Sandfield, Bacup, and had a dau., Joan Earnshaw, b. 27 July, 1917.

LAWTON

William

Second Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action between at La Boiselle 3rd and 6th July 1916. Aged 20. Son of William Charles and Mary Lawton, of Woodbrooke, Seabridge, Newcastle, Staffs. Born 1st January 1896 in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Educated at Hanley Secondary School (Boys), admitted 10th September 1907, son of William Charles Lawton, of 22, Ford Street, Shelton, Hanley, left 19th July 1913. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Mathematics; Officer Training Corps, October 1913 to February 1915. Gazetted 23rd February 1915. In the 1901 he was aged 5, born hanley, Staffordshire, son of William C and Mary Lawton, resident 22, Ford Street, Hanley, Stoke upon Trent, Staffordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 B and 14 C.

LEAHY

Eugene Patrick

Captain, 61st Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds in France 18th September 1916. Aged 24. Son of the late David Leahy, J.P., and Mrs. Leahy, of 48, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast. Born 1889 at Belfast, Co. Antrim. Educated at St. Malachy's College, Belfast. Manchester University: 1907; M.B., Ch.B., 1913. Surgeon at Chester Infirmary and in practice in Belfast. Gazetted February 1915. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Belfast, Co.Antrim, a Medical Student, newphew of Francis Joseph McGlade, resident 66, Rochdale Road, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 49.

LEAK

Reginald

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion (Territorial), Lancashire Fusiliers. Died at sea, 26th August 1918, of wounds received 7th August 1915 at Helles, Gallipoli. Aged 20. Son of Frederick Osborne Simeon Leak and Lucy Elizabeth Leak, of 6, John Dalton St., Manchester. Born 1896 at Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Baptised 3rd July 1895 at Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester, son of Frederick Osborne Simeon and Lucy Elizabeth Leak. Educated at Marlborough College. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Law. Articled with F.O.S. Leak & Pratt, Solicitors, Manchester. Enlisted September 1914; 6th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Gazetted December 1914. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Manchester, son of Frederick O S and Lucy E Leak, resident Glendene, Barlow Moor Road, Darley Avenue, Didsbury, Chorlton, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 59 to 73 or 218 to 219.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Two, page 198:

LEAK, REGINALD, 2nd Lieut., 1/6th Battn. Lancashire Fusiliers (T.F.), only s. of Frederick Osborne Simeon Leak, of Lyme Lea, Cheadle Hulme, Manchester. Solicitor, by his wife, Lucy Elizabeth, dau. of the late William Shaw, of Manchester ; b. Chorlton-cum-Hardy, co. Lancaster, 7 June, 1895 ; educ. Sandy Knoll. St. Anne's-on-the-Sea, and Marlborough College, where he was an enthusiastic member of the O.T.C., and the Manchester University. On the outbreak of war he was serving his articles with his father's firm, F.O.S. Leak & Pratt, Solicitors, Manchester, having already passed his intermediate examination ; but early in Sept. 1914, he enlisted as a Private in the 6th Manchester Regt., and was given a commission in the 2/6th Lancashire Fusiliers 15 Dec. following ; later transferred to the 1/6th Battn., with which he went to the Dardanelles 3 July, and died on H.M. Hospital Ship Dongola 26 Aug. 1915, from wounds received at Cape Hellos on the 7th. From a statement made by Private Thomas, one of his own men, it appears that in the charge made on 7 Aug. to gain the Vineyard, Cape Belles, the Fusiliers lost heavily. After the first trench had been taken, Lieut. Leak was the only officer left in his company, and while leading his men in the attack against the enemy's second trench he was seriously wounded in the head ; unm.

LECHLER

Henry Nicholson

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion attached to 6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Killed in action at the Battle of Falahiyeh 5th April 1916. Aged 21. Son of Christian G. Lechler and Violet A. Lechler, of Brooklyn Estate, Yercaud, Southern India. Also served at Gallipoli. Grandson of R. D. Foote, Indian Geologist. Born 1894. Educated at Dollar Academy and Woodbridge School. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Geology; Officer Training Corps, 1914. Gazetted December 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 23.

LEES

Alfred Robin Martyn

Private/Driver M2/017097, Royal Army Service Corps attached to 2nd/1st North Midland Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action at Ecoust, near Bullecourt, 22nd March 1918. Aged 34. Son of James Arthur Lees, J.P., and Lucy Jane Lees, of The Moor House, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent. Born 1884 at Middleton, Lancashire, resident Congleton, Cheshire. Baptised 22nd November 1884 at Alkrington, Lancashire, son of James Arthur and Luc7y Jane Lees, resident Tonge (near Middleton), Lancashire. Educated at Stubbington and Malvern College. Manchester University: 1908; B.Sc. Tech. 1912. Assistant-Manager, Chamber Colliery Co., Oldham. Enlisted 9th August 1914 at Ashton-Under-Lyne. In the 1891 census he was aged 6, born Lancsshire, resident with the family servants at Elm Hurst, Biddulph, Congleton, Staffordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Attrington cum Tonge, Lancashire, a Student of Mining Engineering, boarding at Palace Hotel, Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 95.

Private Alfred Robin Lees IWM (HU 124020)

LEES

Percy Beresford

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached to 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle 11th March 1915. Son of Col. Charles Percy and Anna Madeline, of Heme Lodge, Oundle, Northants. Born 1890 in Middlewich. Baptised 7th July 1890 in Middlewich, Cheshire, son of Charles Percy and Anna Madeline Lees. Educated at Wellington College; Camborne Mining School attended 1908-1911. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Geology Honours; Officer Training Corps, October 1912 to September 1913. Assistant to Dr. Bell, Geologist, in Canada. Gazetted October 1914. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Middlewick, Cheshire, a Mining Student, a boarder, resident Wellington Road, Camborne, Cornwall. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 28 to 30. See also Oundle and Ashton War Memorial and Camborne School of Mines.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1, page 223:

LEES, PERCY BERESFORD, 2nd Lieut., End Battn. Northamptonshire Regt., s. of Col. Charles Percy Lees, of Herne Lodge, Oundle, co. Northampton, by his wife, Anna Madeleine, dau. of Edward Whetham Allpress; b. Newton Hall, Middlewich, co. Chester, 12 June, 1890; educ. Wellington College and the School of Mines, Camborne, where he took his degree; was engaged in mining in Canada When war broke out, and at once returned to England, applied tor a commission, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 3rd Northamptons, 14 Oct. 1914; went to France, 1 March, 1915, where he joined the 2nd Battn., and was killed in action at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, 12 March, 1915. Buried in Neuve Chapelle; unm.

LEIGH

William Booth

Second Lieutenant, 1st/5th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Cambrai 30th November 1917. Aged 27. Son of Harry Leigh, of 251, Bury Rd., Tottington, Bury, Lancs.; husband of Lena Leigh, of 29, Crompton Avenue, Breightmet, Bolton. B.Sc. Victoria University of Manchester (1913). Born 1890, at Elton, Bury. Educated at Walshaw Church of England School; Bury Secondary School. Manchester University: 1908; B.Sc. 1913. Assistant Master, Bow Green Church School, Kent. Enlisted November 1915. Gazetted August 1917. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Bury, lancashire, a Student Teacher, son of Harry and Grace Leigh, resident 251, Bury Road, Tottington, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 8.

LEWIS

Frank

Second Lieutenant, 7th Company, Machine Gun Corps. Died of wounds in France 31st July 1917. Son of Nehemiah James and Catherine Ellen Lewis, formerly of Blackburn and Blackpool. Born 1895. Educated at Hutton D. School. Manchester University: 1915; Student, Dental; Officer Training Corps, July 1916 to December 1916. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Great Harwood, Lancashire, a Student at School, son of Nehemiah James and Catherine Ellen Lewis, resident 45, Manor Road, Blackburn, Lancashire. Buried in THE HUTS CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 7.

LEWTAS

Oscar

Captain, 3rd Battalion attached to 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Trones Wood, Somme, 9th July 1916. Aged 24. Son of Mr. George O. and Mrs. K. Lewtas, of Park Lodge, Timperley, Cheshire. M.Sc. (Manchester University). Born 1893 at Manchester. Educated at King Edward's School, Saffron Walden. Manchester University: 1909; M.Sc. (Chem. Honours) 1914; Officer Training Corps, October 1909 to September 1913. Enlisted September 1914; 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted January 1915. Previously wounded. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Manchester, son of George O and Katherine Lewtas, resident 128, Urmston Lane, Stretford, Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Manchester, a Student Manchester University, son of George Oscar and Katherine Lewtas, resident 193, Urmston Lane, Stretford, Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C.

LICHTENSTEIN

Montague Henry

Private 20335, "C" Company, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 3rd May 1917. Aged 22. Son of Henry and Eva Lichtenstein, of 425, Cheetham Hill Rd., Manchester. Born Manchester, enlisted Manchester. Medical Student at Manchester University. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Manchester, son of Harry Myser and Eva Lichtenstein, resident 101, Halliwell Lane, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Manchester, at school, son of Henry Myser and Eva Lichtenstein, resident 401, Cheetham Hill Road, Cheetham, North Manchester, Lancashire. The British Jewry Book of Honour, 1914-1920 list him as resident 425, Cheetham Hill Rd., Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

LINDSAY, MC

Henry

Captain, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial), The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Trones Wood, Somme, 8th August 1916. Aged 26. Son of Joseph and Frances Lindsay, of 212, Wigan Road, Bolton, Lancashire. M.A. Born 1891 in Radcliffe. Educated at Pikes Lane Council School; Bolton Grammar School. Manchester University: 1908; M.A. 1912; Officer Training Corps, October 1908 to August 1914. Assistant Master at Anstruther Grammar School, Fifeshire. Gazetted September 1914. Awarded thee Military cross (M.C.). Mentioned in Despatches. In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born radcliffe, grandson of Hannah Lindsay, resident 34, Bridgefield Street, Radcliffe, Bury, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 21, born Radcliffe, a Student, son of Joseph and Frances Lindsay, resident 12, Bankfield Street, Bolton Lancashire, Bolton, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A.

LISBONA

Nissim

[Transcribed as LISBONS, listed as Royal Engineers] Private PS/5212, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action at High Wood 20th July 1916. Aged 34. Son of Moses and Mazal Lisbona. Born 1882 in Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School Manchester University: 1900; M. A. (2nd Class Engl. Honours) 1906; Barrister, Northern Circuit. Enlisted September 1914. In the 1891 census he was aged 8, born Manchester, a scholar, son of Moses and Magal (sic) Lisbona, resident Waterloo Road, Cheetham, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 18, born Manchester, a Student, son of Moses and Mayal (sic) Lisbona, resident 184, Cheetham Hill Road, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born Manchester, a Barrister-at-Law, son of Mazal Lisbona (a widow), resident 3, Heaton Terrace, Bury Old Road, Broughton, Salford, Broughton, Lancashire. Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot IX. Row G. Grave 12.

Private Nissim Lisbona IWM (HU 124184)

LOMAS

Harold

Lieutenant, 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Fricourt 1st July 1916. Son of George H. and Margaret E. Lomas, of Brooklands, Manchester. Born 1876 in Fairfield, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1892; B.Sc. (Engineering Honours) 1895. Electrical Engineer, U.S.A. Gazetted March 1915. In the 1891 census he was aged 15, born Manchester, a scholar, son of george H and Margaret E Lomas, resident Beaufort Avenue, Sale, Altrincham, Cheshire. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row I. Grave 4.

LORD

Arthur

Captain, 3rd Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died 12th February 1917 in France, of wounds received 10th February 1917. Aged 19. Son of Dr. Robert E. and Elizabeth M. Lord, of Penlan, Wynnstay Rd., Colwyn Bay. Born 6th June 1897 in Colwyn Bay. Baptised 11th July 1897 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, son of Robert Ellis and Elizabeth Margaret Lord. Educated at Clive House School, Old Colwyn; Haileybury College. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Medicine; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to February 1915. Gazetted January 1915. Previously wounded. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, son of Robert E and Elizabeth M Lord, resident Pentan, Conway Road, Colwyn Bay, Llandrillo Yn Rhos (Denbigh), Conway, Denbighshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, a student at Haileybury college, resident Haileybury, Hertford, Great Amwell, Hertfordshire. Buried in MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 9. See also Colwyn Bay

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 3, page 176:

LORD, ARTHUR, Capt., 3rd (Special Reserve), attd. 15th (Service), Battn. The Welsh Regt., eldest s. of Robert Ellis Lord, of Fenian, Wynnstay Road, Colwyn Bay, M.D., J.P., by his wife, Elizabeth Margaret, dau. of William Williams, of Brecon ; b. Colwyn Bay, co. Denbigh, 6 June, 1897 ; educ. Clive House School, Old Colwyn ; Haileybury College (Entrance Scholar), and University of Manchester (Entrance Scholar), where he was a medical student, being a member of the O.T.C. both at Haileybury and Manchester; was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Welsh Regt. 6 Jan. 1915 ; promoted Lieut. In June, and Capt. the following Dec.; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from June, 1915 ; was wounded at the Battle of Loos in Sept. while serving with the 1st Battn. ; returned to France in June 1916, being then attached to the 14th Battn. ; was invalided home in the autumn ; went back to the firing line in Jan. 1917, when he Joined the 15th Battn., and died at Ypres 12 Feb. following, from wounds received in action there. Buried in Mendinghem British Cemetery, Proven, west of Ypres ; unm.

LORING, DSO

Walter Latham

Lieutenant Colonel, Commanding 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action at the 1st Battle of Ypres 23rd October 1914. Son of the Rev. Edward Henry (Rector of Gillingham, Norfolk) and Charlotte Loring. Born 3rd April 1868 in Gillingham; husband of Violet Loring. Baptised 10th May 1868 in Gillingham, Norfolk, son of Edward Henry and Charlotte Loring. Educated at Fauconberge School; Marlborough College; Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Manchester University: 1908; Adjt. and Comdt. Officer Training Corps. Gazetted March 1888. Mentioned in Despatches (twice). Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 8.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2, page 205:

LORING, WALTER LATHAM, Lieut.-Col., Commanding 2nd Battn. (6th Foot) The Royal Warwickshire Regt., s. of the late Rev. Edward Henry Loring, Vicar of Cobham, and afterwards Rector of Gillingham, Norfolk, by his wife, Charlotte, dau. of William Watson ; brother to Major C. B. Loring and Capt. W. Loring, and uncle to 2nd Lieut. R. N. Loring (q.v.) ; b. 3 April, 1868 ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. Warwickshire Regt. 23 March, 1889, and was promoted Lieut. 1 Dec. 1890, Capt. 6 April, 1898, Major 3 Feb. 1904, and Lieut.-Col. ; was Adjutant (attached General Staff) O.T.C. 18 Nov. 1908, to 17 Nov. 1912.; served (1) in the South African War 1902, with Mounted Infantry ; took part in operations in the Transvaal May, 1902 (Queen's Medal with four clasps); and (2) with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action 24 Oct. 1914. The 2nd Royal Warwicks had been almost continuously engaged with the enemy. On one occasion a large force of the enemy suddenly appeared on the flank, and it was with great difficulty and after severe fighting that the Warwicks were extricated from their dangerous position. Col. Loring was struck on the foot by a shrapnel ball. He was urged to go back to hospital, hut refused to do so, had his wound attended to, and continued to command the battalion. Being now unable to wear a boot, the Colonel had his damaged foot tied up in a puttee. and he led his men mounted, and therefore more exposed. The General Commanding the Division went to see the battalion after its retirement. and highly complimented Col. Loring upon his skill, and the battalion upon their bravery and endurance. On the 24th the battalion was again hotly engaged, and the fighting was thus described by a general officer : "Again an attack on the line, and at 8 a.m. news that the line was broken. The Warwicks were sent up. They behaved splendidly—drove back the Germans, cleared a wood, and saved the situation. They lost 105 men and several officers, including the Colonel. Such a good sort 1 His death is a terrible loss to us." A staff officer now in England, who was present, described the general admiration among officers and men of Col. Loring's courage and example, and the devotion of both officers and men of the Warwicks to their Colonel. Death came instantaneously to Col. Loring. Both his chargers were killed under him. He m. Violet (48, St. John's Park, Blackheath), dau. of (—).

Extract from Bond Of Sacrifice: Officers Died In The Great War 1914-1916, Volume 1, page 233-234:

LIEUTENANT- COLONEL WALTER LATHAM LORING, COMMANDING THE 2nd BATTN. ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REGIMENT, was the sixth son of the Rev. E. H. Loring, Rector of Gillingham, Suffolk, and was born at the Rectory there on the 3rd April, 1868. He was educated at the Fauconberge School, Beccles, and Marlborough College, where he gained a scholarship, and at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. As a boy he had lived with his mother at Ewshot, where all the members of the family were held in high esteem. He had the misfortune to lose his mother and sister by the foundering of the steamer in which they were going to Australia to visit a brother of the Colonel.

Joining the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1889, he served with it in India, Malta, and, with the Mounted Infantry, in the Transvaal. He obtained his steps as follows : Lieutenant in 1890 ; Captain, 1898 ; Major, 3rd November, 1904, succeeding to the command of the 2nd Battalion in 1914, and was antedated in his rank two years.

The history of the 2nd Warwicks, led by their gallant Colonel, forms one of the many stirring episodes in the earlier part of the Great War. The battalion returned from Malta in September, 1914, and after a few weeks at home landed at Zeebrugge early in October. From the 19th of that month they were almost continually engaged with the enemy, near Ypres and Menin. On the 23rd October the Warwicks and Welsh Fusiliers were on the left of the line. A large force of the enemy unexpectedly appeared on the flank, and it was with difficulty, after severe fighting, that the Warwicks were liberated from a dangerous position. During this action Lieutenant-Colonel Loring was struck on the foot. by shrapnel, and, though urged to go back to the hospital to have his wound attended to,' refused to do so, and continued in his command, with his foot bound up in a puttee, as he could no longer get a boot on. After the action the General commanding the Division came to see the battalion, and highly complimented their Colonel for his skill, and the battalion generally for its bravery and endurance. Next day, the 24th October, 1914, the battalion was again hotly engaged, near Becelaere, and the fighting was thus described by a General Officer " October 24th. Again an attack on the line, and at 8 a.m. news that the line was broken. The Warwicks were sent up. They behaved splendidly : drove back the Germans, cleared a wood, and saved the situation. They lost one hundred and nine men and several officers, including the Colonel. Such a good sort, his death is a terrible loss to us." In this action, being no longer able to walk, Lieutenant-Colonel Loring insisted on leading his battalion on horseback, thus, of course, exposing himself to far greater risk. Two of his chargers were shot under him, and he himself was killed instantaneously.

A Staff Officer, who subsequently returned to England, and who was present during the fighting, described the general admiration among officers and men of Lieutenant-Colonel Loring's courage and example, and the devotion of both officers and men of the Warwicks to their Colonel.

A wounded N.C.O., who was in the action, wrote of him : " I am sorry to say our gallant Colonel was killed the same day, and, my word he was a brave man. He was always in front of his regiment. I have only written what I have seen with my own eyes, and it is enough to make anyone's heart bleed."

While in England Lieutenant-Colonel Loring had been, from 1908-12, Staff Officer of the Officers' Training Corps for the Birmingham and Bristol Universities and the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester. He was known as one of the best types of Englishmen, a gallant soldier, a fine gentleman, and a Churchman who took his faith with him into everyday life. He was particularly interested in lads, and did much valuable work in connection with the C.E.M.S. For his services in the Great War he was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch of the 14th January, 1915.

Lieutenant-Colonel Loring married the youngest daughter of the Rev. R. M. Marshall, lately Rector of Hedenham, Norfolk, and left ten children : Constance and Grace (twins), born 1899 ; Henry, born 1900 ; Edward Christopher, born 1901 ; Patience, born 190I ; Madeline, born 1905 ; Faith, born 1910 ; Marion, born 1912 ; and David and Joan (twins), born 1914.

LOVEDAY

Charles Norton

Second Lieutenant, 54th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action at Poelcappelle 12th october 1917. Aged 27. Son of Herbert and Edith Loveday, of "Sunnyside," Old Buckenham, Attleborough, Norfolk. Born 2nd September 1889 in Attleborough. Baptised 1st December 1889 at Old Buckenham, Norfolk, son of Herbert Elisha and Edith Ann Loveday. Educated at Banham Grammar School, Norfolk. Manchester University: 1907; B.Sc. (1st Class Honours Engineering) 1910. H.M. Inspector of Factories. Enlisted April 1915; 21st Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 12th September 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159.

LOVELL

Leslie Graham

Second Lieutenant (Observer), 48th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and General List. Killed in action flying in a Bristol F.2b Fighter Serial No. A3318 11th April 1917, the Pilot 2Lt R E Adeney also died (reported by the Germans who dropped a message). Son of Arthur H. and Alice M. Lovell, of Aberfoyle, Chesham Place, Bowdon, Cheshire. Born 28th February 1896 in Croydon. Educated at Sussex House School; Wadham House School, Hale; Bowdon College, admitted January 1911, aged 14, left December 1911. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Architecture. Enlisted 29th September 1914; 2ist Battalion (University & Public Schools), Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 19th August 1916. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Croydon, Surrey, son of Arthur H. and Alice M. Lovell, resident 33, Edge Lane, Chorlton cum Hardy, Chorlton, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

LOWE

William

Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at La Boiselle 5th July 1916. Son of Robert Lowe, of 257 Hindley Road, Daisy Hill, Bolton. Born 1890 in Westhoughton. Educated at Daisy Hill School, Westhoughton; Bolton Secondary School. Manchester University: 1909; B.Sc. 1912; Officer Training Corps, February 1910 to October 1914. Gazetted November 1914. In the 1891 census he was new born, born Westhoughton, lancashire, son of Robert and Ann Lowe, boarding at Hoskers Nook Farm, Hindley Road, West Houghton, Bolton, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Westhoughton, son of Robert and Ann Lowe, resident 257, Hindley Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Westhoughton, a Student, son of Robert and Ann Lowe, resident 257, Hindley Road, Westhoughton, Lancashire. Buried in GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row G. Grave 7.

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