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Let us not forget our Local Lads and hard working women of WW1

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

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