SINGLETON, Lawrence Cpl. 16064

Lawrence Singleton was probably one of the last men to enlist in the Chorley Pals, doing so at Chorley on the 7th October 1914 – he was actually under-age, being born in Croston in 1898. The 1901 Census had him living with his widowed mother, Jane and two sisters at Station Road in Croston and he was still at number 102 Station Road in 1911, working as a Cotton Weaver; the family worshipped at St. Michael’s Church in the village.

Lawrence was wounded sometime during 1917 or 1918 and stayed in the Army after the war, serving in the 3rd Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment. A single man, he died of sickness on the 23rd February 1921 being buried in St. Michael’s churchyard; his mother was living at Moor Lea on Moor Road in Croston.