242768 Private Harry Longworth, MM.

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1/5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. Awarded the Military Medal in the London Gazette of 21 October 1918. Awarded a bar to his Military Medal in the London Gazette of 11 February 1919. Longworth was a native of Burnley, Lancashire. The Burnley Express of 2 November 1918 reports: - GALLANTRY UNDER HEAVY SHELL FIRE. Among a list of local soldiers who have been awarded the Military Medal and published in the "Express" was Private Harry Longworth, of the R A.M.C., attached to the 1/5th East Lancashire Regimernt. He won the distinction for carrying wounded comrades during heavy enemy shell fire for a period covering the whole of one day and until 10 p.m. the following evening. Private Longworth who was 26 years of age last April has had the ribbon presented to him. Since then he has been wounded in the arm and chest, but, happily, the latest accounts recently received; show he was in a convelesant depot at Tronville. He joined the East Lancashire's on May 24th, 1916, going out to Egypt the February following and was the drafted to France, having transferred to the R.A.M.C. Private Longworth in civil life was a weaver at Browhead Mill.

The Burnley Express of 10 December 1919 reports: - MAYOR PRESENTS EIGHT MEDALS. BRAVE DEEDS OF BURNLEY MEN. On Saturday at the Town Hall, a pleasing ceremony took place in the Mayor's Parlour, when his worship the Mayor formally presented to eight Burnley men medals, which they had been awarded by the Military authorities for gallant conduct in the field. Mr. D. Irving, M.P., the Rev T.H. Taylor, Mr. J. Thornber, J.P., and the Deputy Town Clerk (Mr. Ritchie) were among those present. The Mayor, before pinning on the decorations, said on behalf of the citizens of the town of Burnley, he thanked those eight men for all they had done to help in saving this land from being crushed under the heel of the Hun. They had played their part and done their duty faithfully and well. They were true British's and deserved the thanks of all British subjects. The decorations he was about to present, small as they were, should not be estimated by their intrinsic worth, but for the manner in which they came into their possession. He knew that many other lads deserved decorations for deeds, which were probably not seen by those who could send their names forward. There was every reason to believe those lads, whether they gained decorations or not, went into the war with one determination to do their duty, and the people of Burnley were proud of them. In years to come, when they and their descendants came to look back on the gaining of these decorations, he hoped they would value them chiefly for the part they had played in helping civilization to be free from the cruel Hun, and to save the women and children of this land from the terrible ordeal of having to be at the mercy of those terrible bounders as the women and children of Belgium had been. he hoped they would play their part as nobly in civil life, and that they would help to make this a better England and a land fit for heroes to live in. That was what they all desired it should be, not an England with a wide gulf separating different classes, but one in which the classes should more than ever stand shoulder to shoulder to make it a country of which they could all be proud. The names and descriptions of the men and their particular deeds are as follow: - No. 242768 Private H. Longworth, 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment, of 42, Queen Victoria Road, Burnley, Military Medal and bar: - "For gallantry on the night of 18/19 June 1918, near Hebuterne. During a successful raid on the enemy trenches he was acting as stretcher bearer, and after the raiding party had returned he went out into No Man's Land under heavy rifle and machine gun fire and worked along the whole front on which the company had advanced, taking in four wounded who had been missing." Harry Longworth died at Burnley, Lancashire on the 17 April 1951.

Photo of medals and citation courtesy of Steve BARKER