23455 L/Cpl Shadrach Duckworth, 2/East Lancs Regt.
Born at Royston, Lancashire, Shadrach was a weaver at Barden Mill, Burnley, Lancashire (where he resided on Pembroke Street) immediately prior to his enlistment.
He enlisted in Burnley into the East Lancs in June 1916 and was sent to the 2nd Battalion in France in late November of that same year. Holding the line near Bouchavesnes, Somme for practically all of his front-line service, Shadrach was severely wounded during the localised 'Action of Bouchavesnes' that was intended to chase and speed up the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line and move on to the village of Moislains.
This action cost the lives of 11 men from the battalion killed and left 4 officers and 29 other ranks (including Shadrach) wounded. Shadrach was moved to the 99th Field Ambulance where he died on 5 March 1917. Buried nearby, he is now interred in Hem Farm Cemetery, Somme, France.
5 March 1917 killed in action.
Research by David O'Mara.