Service to mark deaths of first soldiers killed World War One

The service for Pte John Blencowe in Norton
The service for Pte John Blencowe in Norton
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Norton residents commemorated the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Second Lieutenant John Litchfield and Private John Blencowe, who were among the first Allied soldiers to be killed in World War One on October 22 and 24, 1914.

Villagers and members of both men’s families held a short service on both days at the village war memorial, followed by the tolling of the church bell for two minutes. The great-nephew of 2Lt Litchfield planted a cross (bottom picture), while a large number of Pte Blencowe’s relatives attended along with a bugler and Royal British Legion standard bearer (top). The events were organised by the Norton History Society. They will be marking the 100th anniversary of every named man.