Ackerley, Harold – Private

Son of Alfred Vernon Ackerley and Clementina Ackerley, of 17, Regent Square, Salford, Lancashire. In an article found in the Salford Reporter it is reported that Harold was accidently shot “in the line” after cleaning his rifle. He was handling the rifle butt end first, that is the muzzle pointing towards him, having forgotten to apply the safety catch the rifle discharged shooting Harold in both legs. He was taken to the field hospital but died shortly after. He was buried at Rue-David Military Cemetery Fleurbaix where Reverend H Williams presided over his funeral. Prior to the war he worked at St Bartholomew’s and was secretary of Salford Junior Conservative Association. Brother of Sydney.

Ackerley, Sydney – Lance Corporal

Son of Alfred Vernon Ackerley and Clementina Ackerley, of 17, Regent Square, Salford, Lancashire. Prior to the war he worked at Thomas Collier and Sons, High St, Manchester. Sydney was awarded the Military Medal for placing a German machine gun out of action under heavy fire. Brother of Harold Ackerley.

Bedgood, Archie – Private

Prior to the war Archie had worked at Smith and Coventry Engineers and attended St Clements Church. Archie fought at Gallipoli where he contracted dysentry and enteric fever causing him to be sent to a hospital in Malta then London. In 1916 he was sent to serve in Mesopotamia where he died. He lived at 20 Coronation Street, Salford, Lancashire.

Brearley, James Shaw – Private

Son of James and Nellie Brearley, 41 Regent Square, Salford, Lancashire; husband of Emma Simpson (formerly Brearley) 4 Hollingwood Street, Salford, Lancashire. James died at sea, along with 59 other Border Regiment soldiers, when the Royal Edward was sunk after being hit by a torpedo.

Cooper, Charles – Stoker First Class

Son of the late Charles and Charlotte Cooper; husband of Henrietta Bradley (formerly Cooper), of 9, Florin Street, High Street, Pendleton, Lancashire. Served at Antwerp and on Gallipoli.

Cotton, Alfred – Private

Son of Mrs. Alice Thompson, of Salford; husband of Sarah Cotton, of 101, Sunnyside Street, Ordsall Lane, Salford, Lancashire.

Daniels, Elijah – Private

Son of Elijah and Ann Jane Daniels. Prior to the war Elijah lived with his wife Ada (Atkinson) at 41 Oxford Street, Salford, Lancashire and had worked at Lloyd’s Packing Warehouse as a case maker. The second-lieutenant of Elijah’s Battalion writes to Mrs Daniels: “After the gallant and dashing charge of the Manchesters (sic) on March 2, your husband, Private Daniels, failed to answer the roll call and he was listed as missing, and as he failed day after day to put in an appearance he has now been reported as killed” “I hope you will make the best of it, for your husband died doing his duty as a soldier.”

Dutton, Thomas – Corporal

Son of Frederick and Rebecca Dutton, 18 Amy Street, Regent Road, Salford, Lancashire. Formerly 10633, Manchester Regiment.

Fowler, Joseph – Corporal

Son of Richard and Catherine Fowler, of Salford, Lancashire; husband of Elizabeth Fowler, of 41, Rudman Street, Salford, Lancashire. Joseph was badly injured whilst sleeping in a house close by the firing line. At 11.40 p.m. a German shell burst through the roof, fragments piercing his thigh. The Doctor gave all possible aid and he was removed to a field ambulance, where he died at 2.30 a.m. Joseph was an experienced soldier having served through the South African campaign under General Warren. He had enlisted at the age of 18.