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By William Turner
Follow the footsteps of the friends of their trip from Lancashire to their education camps in England and Wales and to the villages and battlefields of France. A complete account, with maps and images, of a acquaintances Battalion's carrier during the battle.
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Pte. Thomas Jackson 15935 of Clayton-le-Moors and Pte. Robert Pickering 15942 of Darwen, are buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colicamps, Grave numbers 1H 53 and 54 respectively. 2. Pte Percy Crabtree – June On 24 June 1916, a week before the attack on Serre, the Battalion received at Louvencourt a final draft of fifty-eight other ranks and one officer from 12 (Reserve) Battalion at Prees Heath, Shropshire. Amongst them was 24799 Pte. Percy Crabtree, age 28. Pte. Crabtree enlisted in Nelson in March 1916.
I wondered if I had been wise taking the job but I quickly realised it was not just the extra sixpence a day I was getting but the freedom of missing parades which was the real reward. Furthermore, a good cup of tea in the early morning had become important to me. Bill (Lt. Frank Heys’ batman) dreaded making early morning tea as officers were fussy in their little demands. No one, however, could clean and polish like Bill so we came to an amicable arrangement. , and take both lots of washing to the laundry.
For a more detailed story of the Pals read Pals: The 11th (Service) Battalion (Accrington) East Lancashire Regiment, published by Leo Cooper Pen and Sword Books, the book to which this Accrington Pals Trail is a companion volume. Acknowledgements My first acknowledgement, without doubt, must be to Percy Crabtree and Fred Sayer. My special thanks go to Percy’s daughter, Mrs. Barbara Brown, and to Fred’s daughter, Mrs. Judy Langton, for allowing me to use extracts from their fathers’ material. For more years than I care to remember I have been a member of Lancashire County Library and its various branches.
Accrington Pals Trail by William Turner