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Forename(s): Walter

Place of Birth: Preston, Lancashire

Service No: 20151

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 13th (Western) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-04-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 19.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

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

Additional Information:

Walter Clitheroe was the son of John and Margaret Clitheroe, née Crook. Both parents were born at Preston, Lancashire.

1881 Preston, Lancashire Census: Honeysuckle Row - Walter Clithero, aged 9 years, son of John Clithero (married).

Walter enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 4 March 1891. He served in India with the 1st Battalion and was discharged 19 March 1895.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Walter Clitheroe, 20151, 6/E. Lan. R. Theatre of war first served in: (2b) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 16.8.15. K. in A. 9.4.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Walter Clitheroe, 20151, 3rd East Lancs.; 6th East Lancs.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Walter Clitheroe, 20151, 6th Batt East Lancs Reg. Date and Place of Death: 9.4.16 Mesopotamia in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - John. £11 17s. 1d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Walter. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mr John Clitheroe, born 1845. Relationship: Father. Address 1. Craven Working Mens Home, Barnoldswick. Address 2. C/o J. Sparks Lodging House, 258, Fylde Road, Preston. Address 3. 42, Commercial Skipton.

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


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

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Forename(s): Walter

Born: Skipton, Yorks

Residence: Barnoldswick, Yorks

Enlisted: Preston, Lancs

Number: 20151

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 09/04/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Mesopotamia


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Forename(s): Walter

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20151

Rank: Private

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 09/04/1916

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6th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

The position had been assaulted on April 6th by the 7th Indian Division and this had failed.

Sannaiyat is on the southern edge of Suwaikaiya Marsh, 2 miles from the River Tigris.

The troops moved forward on the evening of the 8th April, deploying on the line of the British trenches 650 yards from the Turks. Every man carried 200 rounds of ammunition . . . all were confident of success.
It was a cold night and when all were in position the troops- lying motionless in the open, for all movement and noise were strictly prohibited- soon became benumbed, and the keen edge of their anticipation was blunted. At 4.20 a.m. [9th] the advance began, but collision with a Turkish patrol had already given warning to the enemy; when the leading line was still 250 yards from the hostile trenches a red flare went up from a spot near the marsh. Almost at once the whole scene was lit by flares, and a devastating fire from artillery, and from machine-guns and rifles, opened up on the British. This did not check the front line in spite of the losses inflicted, but only groups of men were able to reach and enter the first Turkish trench where for a time they maintained an unequal struggle.

. . . As dawn came and the British artillery opened, it was clear that the attack had failed. Turks and Arabs were seen to leave the hostile trenches and club the British wounded, until driven in by fire. Casualties were 9 officers and 137 other ranks of which 67 were reported as ‘missing believed killed’.

[Walter Clitheroe was killed on the 9th April.]




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