Remembering a Pal killed at Ypres 100 years ago

Remembering today, Chorley Pal Private 15845 Henry Calderbank who was killed in action on the Ypres Salient on the 3rd August 1917. He was wounded on the 1st July 1916 at Serre on the Somme, being treated for his wounds back in the U.K. at Eastleigh Hospital in Hampshire and then Pendlebury Hospital, near Manchester. Instead of returning to the Chorley Pals (11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment) he was transferred to the 7th Battalion and given a new Army number of 35446.

On the 3rd August 1917 his new unit attacked German positions at Green Wood near Hollebeke, south of Ypres. He was killed in a action and would appear to have been buried as his effects were returned to his widow in Chorley in November 1917. However, Henry Calderbank’s grave was lost in subsequent fighting and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ypres.

He was born in Chorley in 1884 and married Mary Jane Riley in 1911, having six children. Henry worked as a Collier at Chorley Colliery, living at Duke Street in the town and worshipped at Sacred Heart R.C. Church. Henry’s youngest child, Kathleen (known to many as Sister Francis) is still alive – now aged 101, she resides in a Care Home in Walton-le-Dale, near Preston.