5539 1st East Lancashire Regiment
90309 752nd Labour Corps
Lived at 16 Whittlefield Street
Burnley Express 14/4/1915
5539 Corporal William Glasgow, 1st East
Lancashire Regiment (Special Reserve), born Rawtenstall on the 28th August
1892, height 5ft 4ins, weight 133 lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes and
brown hair, resided at 7 Whittlefield Street, Burnley, only son of Mr
William & Mrs Lily Glasgow, before the War Billy was a Cotton Weaver
at Messrs Simpsons Mill, Trafalgar, Burnley, but work was slack so he
enlisted into the Special Reserve (3rd East Lancashire Regiment) on the
3rd February 1914 , on the 28th to the 29th March 1914, he lost two days
pay for absence, after 4 months his training was completed and on the
4th August he was appointed Lance Corporal.
When War broke out he was still at camp, his training was completed and
he was drafted to the front with the 1st East Lancashire Regiment, landing
in France & Flanders on the 17th December 1914 and being promoted
Billy was wounded in the right hand on the 27th March 1915 and went to
the First Scottish General Hospital, Aberdeen.
WOUNDED IN “PLUG-STREET”
BURNLEY CORPORAL HIT WHILST
(Burnley Express 14/04/15)
Corporal William Glasgow, of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment, is
expecting to visit his mother shortly, after recovering from a bullet
wound in the right hand. The Corporal, who is aged 22 years, is the only
son of Mrs Glasgow, of Whittlefield Street, Burnley and he formally worked
at Messrs Simpsons Mill on Trafalgar. Work being slack, he enlisted before
the war broke out in the Special Reserve and was at his first camp at
the time hostilities commenced. The Corporal was engaged at Le Gheer,
and was busy sniping through a loop hole in the trench called “Plug-Street”
on March 27th, when he was sniped himself, a bullet striking him on the
right hand. He has been in the First Scottish General Hospital, Aberdeen
and thanks to the good treatment he has received there, he is almost well
again. His mother on Monday received a letter to say he is doing very
nicely, and the Corporal expresses his thanks to the doctors and nurses
at the Aberdeen hospital for their kind treatment.
(The 1st East Lancashire Regiment were in trenches at Le Gheer on the
27th March 1915 and the War Diaries reported;
All quiet . 5th Lincoln Regiment attached for instruction. 2 LT W.T.H.
Hilpern joined on 27th. 1 wounded.)
While Billy was in the Plugstreet area (Belgium) he visited the town
of Poperinghe in the rear area were the troops could rest up. Here he
visited Toc-H leaving a message asking to meet up with his friends (Ned
Briggs or Billy Greenwood).
On recovering from his wounds Billy was posted back to the 3rd Battalion
East Lancashire Regiment on the 8th May 1915 then attached to the 6th
East Lancashire Regiment on the 21st September, sent to the Dardanelles
(Gallipoli, Turkey) and promoted to acting Sergeant, here he was wounded
again being shot through the right elbow on the 18th November 1915 and
hospitalised in Malta on the 26th November 1915, on arriving back home
he was sent to the Southbank Road Hospital, Southport.
BURNLEY MAN WOUNDED TWICE
(Burnley Express 01/01/16)
Sergeant Glasgow wrote
to the Burnley Express saying; “I would be glad if you would publish
this letter of thanks to the staff of this hospital (Southbank Road, Southport)
and to the Mayor and Mayoress of Southport for the manner in which I and
my comrades have been treated during the time I have been here, and also
for the fine time we all had at Christmas.”
He also said “He saw more shelling by the Turks in one day than
he saw in five months in France. The former sent 500 shells in one day,
and killed only one man. The more severe fighting of course was taking
place in France. Here, he remarked we had a decent lot of fellows in front
of us. We had the Saxons, and they would not fire unless we did. Last
Christmas Day (1914 Billy was in Plugstreet) we arranged with them to
have a football match, but for some reason or other it did not come off.
Englishmen and Saxons conversed and shook hands with each other. The latter
give us their word that they would not shoot unless they had orders to
do so, and they said they would fire in the air. January to March when
we were fighting the Saxons, we only lost 36 men killed and wounded; when
we moved away however, and met the Prussians we lost 500 men in a few
days.” He said about the Dardanelles “people had said it was
warm out there, but he had found it very much otherwise”.
After recovering Billy was posted back to the 3rd
Battalion East Lancashire Regiment then transferred to the 12th (Labour)
Devonshire Regiment (In April 1917 Battalion transferred to 152nd &
153rd Labour Company), No 3 infantry work, No 90609 on the 7th April 1916,
landing for a second time in France & Flanders on the 15th May 1916
and on the 8th July 1918 transferred to the 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
as a Sergeant, and then to the 1st East Lancashire Regiment on the 4th
April 1919. He was transferred to Special Reserve and demobilised on the
13th of May 1919.
His character is described as very good, and he was awarded two wound
stripes, he was also awarded 1 red chevron for his 1914 service and three
blue chevrons for the three years after.
He married Annie Halstead on the 5th August
1919, the witnesses being John W Walker and Sarah Anne Horne.
On the 11th August 1920 aged 28, he re-enlisted
into the 5th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment Territorial Force, No