SQUIRES, Charles Henry Pte. 15674

Charles Squires was known as Henry Squires on the 1901 Census. Born in Horwich in 1879, he married Georgina Bird at St. James’ Church in Chorley during 1900, setting up home at 13 East Street and working as a Weaver. By 1911 he was living at 85 Eaves Lane in Chorley with two daughters and two sons; he described himself as a “Fish Hawker”.

He enlisted into the Pals under the name of Charles Henry Squires but was not on the list of Chorley men going to Caernarvon for training in February 1915. He had transferred, for whatever reason, to the Army Service Corps as Private N/353435 and served in Egypt (probably on the Suez Canal) in December 1915. On Henry Squires medal index card it shows that all his service medals were earned with the ASC, duly applying for a duplicate 1915 Star on the 19th May 1922 and giving his address as 32 Salehurst Road, Crofton Place, London.

Other Information: Henry Squires is one of a few original Chorley Pals to officially have the three First World War medals. By going to Egypt with the ASC on the 19th December 1915 he qualified for the 1915 Star.