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Remains of WW1 soldier are identified

At the Sheffield Park memorial, a cross placed to remember the men of the Accrington, Barnsley and Sheffield Pals who died here
As above (NB. The graves here show a Yorkshire Regiment who advanced alongside the Accringtons)

At the Sheffield Park memorial, a cross placed to remember the men of the Accrington, Barnsley and Sheffield Pals who died here As above (NB. The graves here show a Yorkshire Regiment who advanced alongside the Accringtons)

A new branch was added to a Garstang family tree when a fallen soldier from World War One was finally identified.

The remains of 15 soldiers were found during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny in 2009 and were formally identified after their surviving relatives provided DNA samples.

One of the soldiers was Private Herbert Ernest Allcock, the Great Uncle of Mrs Marlene Jackson, from Garstang.

Mrs Jackson, a retired teacher, said: “I had a phone call out of the blue from the Ministry of Defence asking if I had any relatives named Allcock.

“I didn’t think I had but then realised it was my Grandmother’s maiden name and it turned out her brother had been found.

“It was quite a surprise because I never knew about him and when all the families met up at the meeting in Sheffield, it was quite moving to hear about the whole process of them being identified.”

Mrs Jackson, who is married to husband, Philip and has two grown-up children, Jonathan and Nichola, added: “I have also discovered some distant cousins that I had never knew I had.

“We’re going to meet up again when we go over to France for the burial.”

The remains of Private Allcock, who was of the ten soldiers to be identified, were found during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny in 2009.

All ten, serving with 2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment when they were killed on October 18, 1914, will be re-buried with full military honours at Y Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier in Northern France this October.”

 

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