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Blackpool, Lancashire


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The portrait revealed on this beach was:

John Edward Arkwright

King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Date of Death: 26/08/1914

Husband of Isabel Arkwright, of 24, West Rd., Lancaster.

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Lance Corporal John Edward Arkwright (08 September 1890 – 26 August 1914)

John Arkwright was one of the first Lancastrians killed during the war. He was born in Lancaster and from 1906 to October 1913 he was a member of the 1st Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. From the available records, he then appeared to join the Lancashire Constabulary and in April of the following year married Isabella Beaty, living at West Road, then Clarence Street, Lancaster.

At the outbreak of war, John was a lance corporal with his unit stationed in Dover and quickly mobilised, arriving in France on 23 August 1914. Three days later, the regiment saw bitter action at Haucourt, during the battle of Le Cateau, a vital rearguard action following the Battle of Mons, itself the first major action the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) saw in France. Although the Germans were victorious, the battle allowed the bulk of the BEF to fall back to Saint Quentin. The regiment suffered many casualties and men taken prisoner. John himself was killed in action.