8th East Lancashire’s were involved in an assault on Pozieres near
Albert, they assembled on the La Boiselle-Contalmaison Rd. and were deployed
behind Contalmaison wood. The attack was launched after a 1 hour artillery
bombardment and was met with heavy machine gun and shell fire from the
Germans. The ground to be covered was approximately 1000 yards and they
suffered heavy losses as the Germans left their trenches and fought hand
to hand, driving back the East Lancashire’s who had 1 officer and
56 other ranks killed and 8 officers and 309 other ranks killed or missing.
Official news was received on Tuesday, by Mrs. Joll, of 14, Bivell-street, Burnley, that her husband, Lce-Sergt. (7266) William Joll, of the 8th East Lancashire Regt., had been killed in action in France on July 15. The sergeant, who was aged 28 years, and was employed by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co. as a guard, volunteered for service shortly after hostilities commenced. He had been out in France over twelve months, and shortly before coming home on furlough four months ago he was wounded in the hand. He attended St. Aidan’s Mission.