8778 1st East Lancashire Regiment
Died 9th May 1915, aged 29
Lived at 81 Cog Lane
Commemorated on the Menin
Gate Memorial, Belgium
Burnley Express 15th May 1915, 12th June 1915
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REPORTED KILLED (Burnley
Express 15th May 1915) SOLDIER WITH SEVEN YEARS SERVICE
From a letter received
in Burnley this week it would appear the Lce. Corpl. James Catlow, who
resides in Cog Lane, Burnley, has been killed in action, but as his mother
has received no definite information she is still hoping that the report
may not be true. The soldier was engaged to be married.
Lce. Corpl. Catlow was
working at Barden Pit as a collier when he was called as a reservist,
and previously he had served seven years with the colours, four of which
were spent in India, one in South Africa, and two at Curragh Camp in Ireland.
He celebrated his 29th birthday on the battlefield, and before and since
had many narrow escapes from death.
Mrs. Catlow has two other
sons in the Army, Ptes. Edward and Willie, and one of them has been wounded
in action. Definite news as to the son reported killed will be eagerly
awaited by her.
THE PUBLIC ONLY NEW" ( Burnley
Express 12th June 1915)
DEAD BURNLEY SOLDER'S APPEAL
Reported as being
killed in action early in May, and announced in the "Express"
as such, definite news has not reached Mrs. Catlow, who resides at 123
Cog Lane, Burnley, as to the fate of her son James.
A private in the East Lancashire reserve, and called on at the beginning
of August last, Catlow was promoted to the rank of lance-corporal on arriving
in France, and the advance was fully deserved, the soldier having served
nine years in the Army, four of which were spent in India, one in South
Africa, and two at the Curragh Camp in Ireland. He celebrated his 29th
birthday on the battlefield.
The soldier was engaged to be married, and his young lady and his mother
had received indirect information of his death, but all doubts were set
at rest by the arrival of the War Office intimation on Monday, that date
of death being given as May 9th. Writing to his sweetheart two days previously
- May 7th - the lance-corporal said:
"You will have seen in the papers that the Germans have been using
gas. Well, they have not gassed me yet. We have all had issued out to
us respirators, and when we get into the trenches to-night we shall be
wearing them. I cannot tell you when I shall be able to write again, as
we don't know how long we are going in for. There has been some fierce
fighting of late on both sides, and many casualties. The public never
get the truth in the papers, for I am sure that if they did they would
not have to beg for recruits as they are doing. In my opinion, though,
this war will never end by fighting; money will tell in the end."
Quite a short time before he was killed Lce.-Corpl. Catlow sent home a
beautiful link of rosary beads and number of coins as mementoes of the
war. He was well known in the Cog Lane district, and the sympathy of all
who knew him will be extended to his relatives and fiancé. One
of the soldier's brothers, Pte. Wm. Catlow, is in Glasgow Hospital, with
shrapnel wounds in the leg.