Pte of East Lancashire Regiment killed in Kut
 Pte Dennis Byrne

5179 Pte.Dennis Cyril Byrne, 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

A labourer in a pipe-works in his civilian life, Dennis was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1894.

He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in October 1914 and, after training was allocated to the 1st Battalion.

Arriving on the Western Front on 25 October 1915, he joined his battalion at Hedauville, Somme and was soon in the frontline near Mesnil.

Wounded in the arm and leg soon after arrival, Dennis was evacuated to the UK for treatment and ,after being discharged from hospital in Liverpool in early 1916, was transferred to the 6th Battalion following a period of recuperation.

Sent to his new battalion in Mesopotamia, Dennis was killed in action during operations around Kut on 19 April 1916.

His grave later lost, he is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

19 April 1916 killed in action.

'Remember: On This Day' researched by David O'Mara.

A diary account of 19 April 1916 during The First World War is provided in 'The Times Diary and Index of the Great War’.

References:

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:

Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association.

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls; Class: WO 329

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries; Class: WO 95

The History of the East Lancashire Regiment in the Great War- Maj.Gen Nicholson (ed) Pub. 1935

The Burnley Express 17th June 1916

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920

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