100 years ago: First World War Wound

The Preston Herald reported on 16 June, 1917, that Private H Walne L.N.L (Loyal North Lancashire Regiment) had been wounded.

“Pte Herbert Walne, L.N.L, whose parents reside in George Street, Longridge, has been wounded in the arm, and is in hospital in Chatham. He was called up in the early part of 1916 and has been in France five months. He was formerly employed as a weaver at Mr. R. Smith’s Victoria Mill, Longridge.”

(Page 8, Column 3)

The Walne family were already at George Street in the 1911 census. Herbert can be found with his parents, Richard and Annie, and four siblings: Wilfred, Bertha, Lily and Albert. Five other siblings had died by the time of the census. At the time, all the children were cotton weavers except Albert. At ten, Albert’s occupation of weaver was crossed out and replaced with ‘at school’. (1911 Census; Dilworth, Lancashire; ED 3; SN 235).

Images of Victoria Mill, Longridge, can be found on the Longridge Archive site.

Herbert returned from war and died in 1933, at which time he was still a resident of Longridge.

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