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Sylvester Scanlon from Salford

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I only have scant information about Sylvester Scanlon who was my grandfather. He was born in 1883, was a private in the Lancashire Fusiliers & died in 1915 as a result of injuries received - I think he died on his way home as a casualty. I also think that there may be a memorial plaque somewhere. - he worked for a newspaper, possibly Manchester Guardian.

I would be grateful for any information or hints about where to find it.

Ann :blink:


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Welcome to the Forum. I hope you get all the answers you want.

Is this the chap you are looking for?


Initials: S

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers

Unit Text: 2nd Bn.

Date of Death: 11/04/1915

Service No: 8575

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: K. R.C. 379.


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Soldiers Died in the Great War confirms that he died of wounds received. It records him being born in and enlisting in Manchester and living in Salford at the time. It spells his name, presumably wrongly, as Scanlan.

If he worked for the Guardian, there would have been bound to have been an obituary printed. Manchester Central Library holds microfilm copies of the Guardian and other local papers.

You might also want to contact the Lancs Fusiliers museum at Bury on the off chance they have some info about him. They will certainly be able to give you general info about the 2nd Battalion.

Good luck


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