Private Harry Stanworth
7349 1st East Lancashire Regiment
Killed in Action 6th July 1915, aged 26
Lived at 6 Grey Street
Buried in Talana Farm Cemetery, Belgium
Burnley Lads Club Memorial
Commemorated on the Cameron Mill Memorial

An appeal to stay at Homes, Burnley Bandsman’s Patriotism. (Burnley Express 1/5/1915)


A fine patriotic spirit has been shown by Pte. H. Stanworth of 6 Grey Street, Burnley who is now with the Expeditionary force in the 1st East Lancashire Regiment. When war broke out Pte. Stanworth, who was a territorial, was with a band in Wales, and although he came home as soon as possible he missed going away with the Territorials. Not to be out of the Army, he joined the East Lancashires, and at Plymouth they wanted him to join the band, but he said he would rather go to the front with the regulars. Pte. Stanworth has since forwarded these original verses for publication in the “Express”

Here am I just a private soldier,
There may be braver there may be bolder,
But I am doing my best like thousands more,
To keep the enemy from England's shore.

But often I think of those "stay at homes,"
Who care little for a soldier's wounds and groans,
I wonder if they will be termed as men
When peace reigns supreme again.

Here we struggle, day after day,
To victory we'll sure have our way,
But victory would be slow to come,
Has we all stayed at home like some.

We have good homes, we respect like you,
Parents, wives, and children too,
Yet we deny ourselves of all homely pleasures,
While you just take things at your leisure.

Come, brothers, come, just think,
And don't like cowards from the enemy shrink,
Just think what depends upon this war,
And think of us from home so far.

So come like men and rally round,
Don't let the old flag be torn to the ground,
Just help to keep old England's name,
And gain more glories and more fame.

"Parcel That Arrived Too Late". Brave Burnley Lad Killed. (The Burnley Express July 24th 1915)


Sergt. Albert Stanworth, steward of the National Reserve Club in Coal Street, Burnley, and who lives at 6 Grey Street, Burnley Lane has received the sad news of the death of his son Lance-Corpl. Harry Stanworth of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment.
Capt. F. W. Steele, commanding the National Reserve has sent Mr Stanworth the following letter:- 'Dear Sergt. Stanworth, - I regret to inform you that I have received a letter from Lieut. Sim, O.C. 'A' Company, 1st East Lancashire Regiment informing me that your son, Lance-Corpl H Stanworth was killed on the 6th July, 1915. He also states that, as to the parcel containing perishable goods, he divided the same amongst the men of your late son's company. Allow me to offer you my most sincere regret at the sad news, and my sympathy with yourself and your wife and family. I enclose Lieut. Sim's letter and the label from the parcel with the word 'killed' written across:- Yours faithfully, Fred W Steele, Capt., O.C.'
The label which was addressed to Lce-Corpl Stanworth, was endorsed "grocery" and has been sent back with the word "killed" and the date 6/7/15 written across.
Lieut. Sim's letter is as follows 'Dear Steele, I regret to inform you that Lance-Corpl. Stanworth was killed on the 6/7/15. We have divided the parcel amongst the men of his company, as they were perishable goods, as we thought to divide them was the best thing.'
Further confirmation comes from Pte.J Bracewell of 'C' Company, of the 1st East Lancashires who wrote on July 12th: 'Dear Mr and Mrs Stanworth and family, - just a few lines to inform your son's, Harry Stanworth's death. He got killed on Tuesday, July 6, with a shell. I did not see it myself but I was told about it. I have had many a talk with him out here, as we knew one another very well. I send you my deepest sympathy. I don't know what else to say, but I thought it was my duty to let you know as I knew your address. - with best respects to all the family, and with sorrow for you loss, your sincere friend, Pte. J Bracewell.'
Lance-Corpl H. Stanworth was 25 years of age. his father and grandfather before him were volunteers, and both in the band. his father was a cornetist, and his grandfather was at one time bandmaster.,The young man himself was also a cornet player, and had been away, fulfilling an engagement in Wales, for about 12 months before the war broke out. On his return he found the Territorials were made up, and he immediately joined the Army. Though invited to join the regimental band he preferred to do his duty in the trenches, going out about last November. He was very well known in Burnley Lane and was at one time connected with the Lad's Club."


Notes
Henry Stanworth was christened at St Peter’s Church on 8/5/1889. His parents were Albert Edward and Ada Stanworth of Peter Street. His father’s occupation was listed as plumber.

Henry Stanworth was admitted to St Peter’s Infant School on 26/2/1894. Born on 10/4/89. Father was Albert Stanworth of Church Street
Henry Stanworth was admitted to St Peter’s Junior School on 1/2/1897. Born on 10/4/89.
Henry Stanworth was again admitted to St Peter’s Junior School from Red Lion Street School on 22/4/1901. Born on 10/4/88? He lived at 6 Grey Street and left on 2/5/1902.

6th July 1915 – a total of 24 men from the 1st Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment were killed. Most of them are buried at Talana Farm Cemetery alongside Harry. The cemetery register states “In Plot II are buried many of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment who died in a small but successful attack on 6th July 1916.




 

 

 

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