Richard & Paul Kershaw

Service Number: 18351 / M/15752
Date of Birth: 1893 / 1890
Date of Death: 1916 / 1918

The Kershaw brothers both died. Richard was in the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was a Lance Corporal. He died on 4th April 1916 in “Mesopotamia” (modern day Iraq), aged 33.  He had started off with the rank of Private and was sent to The Balkans on 24th October 1915.  The Register of Soldiers’ Effects shows that the army owed £5 10s d on his death and this was paid to his mother, Ruth. This suggests that Richard had never married.  His will shows that he left a total of £338 13s 0d to his mother and that he was killed on board the Steamboat P23 at sea at Amara (Persian Gulf). He received all three medals: the Victory Medal, the British Medal and the 1915 Star (for having been in action before 31st December 1915) and is remembered on the Bolton County Borough Roll of Honour.

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