Sergeant Francis Osborne McCaw
8th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Uncle of parishioner Linda McCaw, Francis was born in Leeds in 1892 the son of John and Amelia McCaw. The family later moved to Moss Side Manchester where John was employed as an insurance clerk.
We have been able to find out about Francis’s military career as his service records were not destroyed. He was one of the first to volunteer enlisting in the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment on 2nd September 1914. He remained in England until 7th November 1915 when the Regiment was posted to France and Francis had reached the rank of Corporal.
On 3rd May 1916, Francis returned to England and was admitted to hospital suffering from myalgia.This painful disease of the muscle was common amongst those serving in the trenches. After 50 days in hospital Francis was discharged and it was some time before he fully recovered. He returned to France on 29th August and was transferred from The Manchester Regiment to The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. On the 18th November 1916 he was promoted to Sergeant.
Francis was killed in action on 10th June 1917. His remains were never identified and he is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. This memorial is dedicated to the 54,896 British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient and whose graves are unknown.