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Born: 1886, Bradford
Died: 6 November 1914
Address: 169 Moorside Road, Eccleshill
Parents: Joseph Richard & Elizabeth Ann
Siblings: Frances, Edith
Occupation: Apprentice tailor (1901)
Rank: Lance Sgt
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill; Ypres Menin Gate
Regiment: Loyal North Lancashire
Laurence Castley
When Mr Castley received the War Office notice that his son Lance- Sgt Laurence Castley had been killed in action on 16 November, he scoured the papers for more details. The family had hoped he would be home on leave for Christmas, not realising that as they waited he was already dead. In his research, Mr Castley, who lived at 169 Moorside, Eccleshill, found that his son’s North Lancashire Regiment had been ordered to defend a bridge ‘at all
costs’ against an attack by the Germans. In doing so, Laurence was killed. He had been in the army seven years before the outbreak of war. ‘Being a good penman he was selected as Quartermaster’s clerk in the stores department and by strict attention to his duties gained the rank of Lance-Sergeant.’ He was among the first men sent to the front and ‘one of the
fortunate 75 out of his regiment who survived the terrible ordeal at Mons. Since then he has been through several important engagements.’ In a letter home, written on 20 October, he said he was ‘pulling through all right, although feeling very fagged. ‘I regret to say that very few of my original chums are now with me in the firing line, the
battalion having suffered heavy losses. ‘On October 23rd we won a great battle, my regiment carrying distinct honours. I must admit we have had a very hard time but we carry a brave front. ‘Our experiences are numerous and I much regret I cannot relate them until the end of the war. Secrecy is the chief aim on this mission. Roll on England and then I will tell you all about it.’
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