K is for killed in action

Sadly the effects of war have touched Springhill as they have every community in the UK. Much of this remains to be discovered but today’s entry pays tribute to the following men who died during World War One.

Harry Dawson
Rifleman, R/9916, 8th Btn King's Regiment d 24/08/1916 age 21. Commemorated Pier and Face 13A and 13B, Thiepval.
Address 1911 22 Dobbin Lane, cotton weaver, single, two older sisters at home.
He left 'all I have to my mother'.
CWGC records 'son of Thomas and Mary Jane Dawson of Springhill Lodge'.

Harry was (to the best of my knowledge) the only true resident of Springhill to die in WW1 - remember Springhill only comprised 10 houses at the time. The men below lived in the immediate area around Springhill and would have been known to each other.

James Driver
Private, 28981, 2 Bn East Lancashire Regiment, d 15/03/1917 aged 28 (the local paper has age 37). Commemorated Pier and Face 6C, Thiepval.
Address 1911 Meadow Head Farm, Stone Mason, single, 4 sisters and 3 brothers at home.
He left 'all of my property and effects to my mother'.
CWGC records 'son of James and Margaret Driver of Cross Farm, Cloughfold'.

Thomas Harvey
Private, 44257, 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashires, d 2/10/1918 aged 34 (RFP has 36).
Commemorated A 46 Senquehart 1.
Address 1911 3 Lodge Fold, carter, married, no children.
CWGC 'husband of Mary Harvey, 5 Cherry Tree Cottages, Cloughfold'.

William Place
Private, 325131, 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, d 13/05/1918 age 20. Commemorated I F 14 Robecq.
Address 1911: 5 Nuttall Row Dobbin Lane, cotton weaver, single, 1 younger sister at home.

Joseph Taylor
Private, 35136, 2nd Bn East Lancashire Regiment, d 02/04/1918 age 28. Commemorated Panel 42 and 43 Pozieres Memorial.
Address 1911 Edge Lane Farm, house painter, single, 1 sister at home.
CWGC 'son of Mr and Mrs E Taylor of EdgeLane Farm, Higher Cloughfold, husband of Sarah Ann Caygill of 8 Cunliffe Buildings, Cloughfold, Manchester. A member of Manchester City Police. Chester'.

Rest in Peace, gentlemen.

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