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Forename(s): Richard

Place of Birth: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire

Service No: 10845

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1914-08-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: ---

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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Richard Halstead was the son of Thomas and Bridget Halstead, née Courtney and brother of Driver Robinson Lancaster Halstead (T/294466) (q.v.). A third brother, Private Tom Halstead, 3057, 1/5th Bn East Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on the 1 September 1915. Their father was born at Haslingden, Lancashire and mother at Dublin, Ireland.

1911 Rawtenstall, Lancashire Census: 5, Bank Row, Goodshaw Fold - Richard Halstead, aged 20 years, born W-----, Yorkshire, son of Bridget Halstead (married).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Richard Halstead, 10845, 1st East Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: ( - ) [France]. Date of entry therein: 22 August 1914.

In the 'Burnley Express' (14 November 1914), an article headed: EAST LANCASHIRE LOSSES - ANOTHER HEAVY LIST, Pte. R. Halstead (10845) is listed under those wounded.

The three brothers are named and commemorated on the following: Municipal War Memorial (Rawtenstall); St James the Less RC War Memorial (Rawtenstall); Municipal War Memorial (Haslingden) and St Mary’s RC War Memorial (Haslingden).

Photograph: 'Rossendale Free Press' (30 October 1915). Kindly supplied by Ian Cameron.

Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records


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Private Richard HALSTEAD

Private Richard HALSTEAD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Forename(s): Richard

Born: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Residence: Crawshawbooth, Lancs

Enlisted: Burnley, Lancs

Number: 10845

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 26/08/14

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Richard

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 10845

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 1st Bn.



Died Date: 26/08/1914

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1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Richard Halstead lost his life in the Battle of Le Cateau, which took place on the 26th August 1914 during the retreat from Mons (23rd August – 5th September, 1914). The History of the East Lancashire Regiment records 4 officers wounded and 257 other ranks killed, wounded and missing.

Observations - 10845 Pte Richard Halstead - Regular Enlistment? By Ian Cameron

The Records of the 1st and 2nd Regular Battalions East Lancashire Regiment show those who enlisted from 1st May 1912 were allocated numbers from 10706 and those who enlisted from 28th March 1913 were allocated numbers from 10863. As 10845 Richard Halstead falls in the period just before 28th March 1913. This Regimental number issue date, and Richard's deployment with the 1st Battalion as a part of the BEF at such an early stage in the war, indicates he was serving in the Regular Army at the outbreak of the war.




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