Our People - Arthur Fazackerley
14 September 1914
#10577 Private Arthur Fazackerley
1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
2nd Brigade, 1st Division
Killed in Action 14 September 1914
La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France.
Son of the late Richard and Ellen Fazackerley.
Arthur Fazackerley was born 1889 in Leyland to Richard and Ellen Fazackerley. Richard was a Fireman in local printworks and was born in Tarleton in about 1855. Ellen was a native of Blackburn born about 1860. In 1891 the family were living at Aushaws in Leyland. Arthur also had five elder brothers and sisters; Mary A (10) born Withnell, a scholar, William (9), a scholar, James (7), a scholar, Ellen (5), a scholar and John (3). All the children from William down were born in Leyland.
By 1901, the growing family had moved to Shill Stone Farm in Brindle and Richard was working as a Farmer on his own account. Ellen may have died as she was not with the family (a death record has not been found). Mary A was working as a weaver, William a cotton spinner, James a cotton spinner, Ellen a ring spinner at a cotton mill, John a cotton weaver and Arthur was at home. There were three more children; Thomas (6), Joseph (4) and Henry (2), all born in Leyland which shows the move to Brindle had been quite a recent one. Richard employed a servant to help with farm and home, Jane Kettlewell (54) who was also visited by a relative, Jane Kettlewell (19), possibly her daughter.
The location of the family and of Arthur after 1901 is not exactly known, but it would seem that Richard may have married a Jane Caunce and settled at Lathom, Lancashire near to his birthplace of Tarleton.
Little is known of Arthur's military career, other than he disembarked with his battalion 12 August 1914 and was killed at the Battle of the Aisne, 14 September 1914. A detailed account of the battle and the 1st Battalions role in it can be found on the page belonging to Robert Cameron. A War Gratuity of £5 0s 0d was paid to his stepmother Mrs Jane Caunce and credits of £3 11s 11d and £3 8s 10d were shared among various members of the family.
Arthur's body was not recovered for burial and as such he appears on La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. Arthur also appears on the Tarleton Holy Trinity Memorial. He was awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.