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By artfullcomarts, Dec 6 2018 10:25AM

The Children from Brindle and Gregson Lane Primary School researched the very sad story of Matthew Livesey

He was born on March 19th 1889 at 2 Charnley Fold, Bamber Bridge he was a keen amateur footballer, he was a member of Higher Walton Albion's team

At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. He was killed on 1st July 1916 as his battalion marched to the Battle of the Somme . As he stopped by the roadside, the ammunition he was carrying accidentally exploded. He was killed instantly.

In August 1920 his younger sister Lizzie and father John set out to France to try and locate his grave. The War Office were unable to provide information of its location. Taking a bunch of flowers and a plastic wreath Lizzie and her father travelled, mostly on foot, from one cemetery to another, searching for Matthew.

In March 1921 Matthew's remains were located. He had been buried where he had fallen. His body was exhumed and buried at Blighty Valley Cemetery, three miles from the town of Albert. In June 1921 Lizzie returned to France with her father and little sister Hilda, to lay her plastic wreath on her brother's

By artfullcomarts, Nov 12 2018 10:25AM

The children at Brindle and Gregson lane Primary School researched James Miller who was born on 13th March, 1890 at Taylor’s Farm, Hoghton, near Preston, the son of George and Mary Miller.

How he had enlisted and as Number 12639, Private James Miller and joined one of Kitchener’s New Army Units, the 7th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

That he went overseas with the 7th Battalion King’s Own in July 1915 and saw action at Lens and Loos in the Autumn, prior to moving to the Somme in April 1916. The Battalion was in action at La Boiselle between 3rd-7th July and spent the end of the month consolidating a position near Mametz Wood and Bazentin-le-Petit.

Following the Battalion’s capture of enemy positions near Bazentin-le-Petit on 30th July, Private Miller was ordered to take a message during a break in communications.

We learn't that the 'London Gazette' recorded the subsequent act of gallantry for which Private Miller received a posthumous Victoria Cross:-

“For most conspicuous bravery. His battalion was consolidating a position after its capture by assault. Private Miller was ordered to take an important message under heavy shell and rifle fire, and to bring back a reply at all costs. He was compelled to cross the open, and on leaving the trench was shot almost immediately in the back, the bullet coming through his abdomen. In spite of this, with heroic courage and self-sacrifice, he compressed the gaping wound in his abdomen, delivered his message, staggered back with his answer, and fell dead at the feet of the officer to whom he delivered it. He gave his life with a supreme devotion to duty.”

By artfullcomarts, Oct 9 2018 08:25AM

We have been learning about Edith Rigby at Brindle and Gregson Lane Primary School today,

Preston’s own suffragette!

How she and others fought for women’s rights to vote and how they showed that they could work as hard as men during the war! Keeping the country running!!

We also saw a fantastic shadow puppet show about the life of Edith Rigby

By artfullcomarts, Aug 6 2018 01:42PM

We had a visit from Sergeant David Macaulay who talked to us about Private James Miller, who won the Victoria Cross. He was born at Taylors Farm Houghton and died at the Battle of the Somme while taking an important message to get re enforcements; he saved the lives of many others soldiers but died himself.

Sergeant Macaulay also showed the children how to go through a drill and how to march

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