100th commemeration of the death of Paul Law

After nine month of conflict, the Luddenden Foot community had little in the way of casualty's. Up until now, just three men had died, William Finnigan of Milner Royd (Sept 1914) lost at sea when HMS Hogue was torpedoed in the north sea.

William Cavanagh of Ellen Holme (14 Jan 1915) who died on HMS Falmouth. Followed by pte William Rowan of the 2nd Duke of Wellington's regiment (5th May 1915) who died at the gas attack on hill 60 in the 2nd battle of Ypres. These three men were all reservists who had been recalled to the colours at the out break of the war. Pte. Rowan had previously served in the South African war, where he had been wounded.

On the 25th of April the local Territorial battalion (1/4 Duke of Wellington,s Regiment) of which a large contingent were from Luddenden Foot, arrived in France, and were sent up to the trenches for instruction, and to start the routine of trench warfare.

On the 10th of May 1915 at 5.30am Pte Paul Law, age 19 had just been relived from guard when the enemy started a bombardment of the parapet which brought down the sand bags and the trench walls. All available men were ordered to rebuild the parapet, It,s at this point that Paul and another soldier were killed by snipers. Paul Law was 19 years old and lived at 34 Burnley Road Luddenden Foot with his mother Hannah, He worked at at Whitworth,s &Co. Longbottom mill as a machine oiler A memorial service was held at the Congregational Church and he is commemorated on the plaque in the Civic Center. Paul Law was buried at Y farm military cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Flanders.

LuddendenFoot local history

To find out more about the activities arranged either contact Mrs Heather Hartwell – 01422 885 542/07591 952 134 or pop along on a Wednesday afternoon