DITCHFIELD, RICHARD 24724 Private 6th Battalion 38th Brigade 13th Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Bamber Bridge  Enlisted Leyland  Living Leyland

Died of Wounds  Mesopotamia  10th March 1917

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 12th May 1917

Mrs Ditchfield of Union Street, Leyland has received notification of the death of her husband, who died of wounds received in action in Mesopotamia on March 10th, 1917.

He was 33 years of age and had worked at the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Company, and was a worshipper at St. Mary’s, Worden Lane. He was a native of Bamber Bridge (a similar report appears in the Preston Guardian of the same date: his photo appears in both papers).

Richard Ditchfield’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Mary’s Memorial, Worden Lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Richard Ditchfield is commemorated on:-

THE BASRA MEMORIAL, IRAQ

The men of the 6th Loyals are commemorated on Panel 27. No next-of-kin information. The memorial is within Basra War Cemetery which is about 9 km north-west of Basra.

Leyland St. Mary’s Marriage Register

August 21st, 1915 Married: Richard Ditchfield of 61, Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge, son of John Ditchfield to Maria Helena Kelly, 39 Union Street. Witnesses:- John Hubert Burns, 40 Union Street and Elizabeth Joanna Ditchfield of 61, Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge.

Note:- Union Street house numbering in the above item was consecutive and not the present day ‘left odds’ and ‘right evens’: this only came about in the mid 1930’s when Leyland was re-numbered. Nos 39 and 40 above were both ‘Step Houses’; No. 39 is now 36 and No. 40 is now 34.

Ditchfield, Richard. WE Waring 2003