2059 Royal Field Artillery
Died of illness 25th June 1916, aged 35
Lived at 42 Red Lion Street
Buried in Burnley Cemetery, UK
St Peters Memorial,
Burnley Express 1st July 1916
Michael Cain was born
at Burnley and was the husband of Annie Cain of 42 Red Lion Street, Burnley.
He enlisted at Blackburn and served as Driver 2059 in the 3rd/1st East
Lancashire Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery. He died at home after
illness aged 35 on Sunday, 25th June 1916.
The Burnley Express
of July 5th 1916 reported that:-
“Driver Michael Cain was buried last Thursday at Burnley Cemetery.
He died at home the previous Sunday whilst home on sick leave. Although
he was with the Royal Field Artillery at Whitchurch at the time he fell
ill about seven weeks ago, he had seen 2years 4 months service in the
Boer war in the 3rd Battalion., East Lancashire Regiment and had also
been in service with the local Territorials at the beginning of the present
war so that he had given good service.
Driver Cain was 35 years of age. As stated he went through the Boer War.
At that time he was in the 3rd East Lancashire Regiment and though not
wounded in that campaign he was slightly injured through a fall from a
horse. At that time he was about 19 years of age. Since then he has been
a moulder at Proctor’s Mechanical Stoker Works, Hammerton Street
and was a member of the Moulders’ Union and a Roman Catholic attending
St. Mary’s Church.
When this war broke out Cain rejoined the Territorials in September 1914.
He was in Egypt for nearly 9 months before being invalided with lung trouble
just before the 1st/5th Bn East Lancs Regiment went to Gallipoli. The
sand in Egypt had an irritating effect on him. He was soon better on arriving
home and immediately re-enlisted in th R.F.A. having been in training
at Whitchurch about a year. Some 7 weeks ago he was invalided home and
subsequently died from a lung complaint a week last Sunday. He leaves
a wife and 3 children..
At the funeral last Thursday, the coffin was covered with the Union Jack,
and several soldiers attended, including two who had served with him in
South Africa and Egypt. These along with four members of the Moulders
Union acted as bearers, and the Roman Catholic Rector from Lowerhouse
officiated at the graveside.
November 2001 Michael Cain – a white cross in memory placed for
Remembrance Sunday outside the Thompson Centre.
Michael Cain was also commemorated on the Pickup Croft Sunday School Memorial
which was dedicated on 16th September 1922. Pickup Croft was a mission
church of St Peter’s Parish and was also used as an Infant School.