LANG, Austin Leo Sgt. MM 15657

Austin Lang

Austin Lang

Austin Lang was killed at Serre on the 1st July 1916 and was awarded a Military Medal posthumously for his actions that day (London Gazette, 19th February 1917).

He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

The Chorley Weekly News for 21st April 1917 reported that Austin’s medal was put on display at Messrs. G.H. Warburton Steel & Co in Bolton Street, Chorley. Born in Chorley in 1885, Austin Leo Lang joined the Pals in the town on the 22nd September 1914, having already served in the Loyal North Lancashire Militia.

Austin was a Coal Miner at Chorley Colliery and lived with his wife Mary and two children, Thomas and Mary at 185 Pall Mall; they attended St. Gregory’s Church in the town. Mary remarried in 1920 and had two more children.