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Remembered Today:

Pte Edwin A. Stokes 6 Loyal North Lancs Regt

Will O'Brien

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As per CWGC


Initials: E A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Unit Text: 6th Bn.

Age: 25

Date of Death: 14/03/1917

Service No: 23055

Additional information: Son of Charles and Fanny Stokes, of 80, Wright St., Horwich, Bolton, Lancs.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 27.


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& the memorial info


Country: Iraq

Location Information: Until 1997 the Basra Memorial was located on the main quay of the naval dockyard at Maqil, on the west bank of the Shatt-al-Arab, about 8 kilometres north of Basra. Because of the sensitivity of the site, the Memorial was moved by presidential decree. The move, carried out by the authorities in Iraq, involved a considerable amount of manpower, transport costs and sheer engineering on their part, and the Memorial has been re-erected in its entirety. The Basra Memorial is now located 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah, in the middle of what was a major battleground during the first Gulf War. The Panel Numbers quoted at the end of each entry relate to the panels dedicated to the Regiment served with. In some instances where a casualty is recorded as attached to another Regiment, his name may alternatively appear within their Regimental Panels. Please refer to the on-site Memorial Register Introduction to determine the alternative panel numbers if you do not find the name within the quoted Panels.

Historical Information: The Basra Memorial bears the names of more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known.

No. of Identified Casualties: 40659

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SDGw adds that he was born in Horwich and enlisted in Bolton and his cause of death was "Died of Wounds".

On the day of his death, the battalion was encamped at Es Salekh near Bagdhad after being involved in actions during the Crossing of the Diyala between 8th and 10th of March. Casualties for the 6/Loyals numbered 3(?) officers and 31 OR's killed, 2 DOW (Pte Stokes being one of them?), 65 wounded and 2 missing.


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