Territorial charge with the bayonet – ex-footballer killed


May 3, 1915
The 5th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (Territorial) during the hard fighting on the 23rd and 24th ult., when they acted in co-operation with the Canadians in the second battle of Ypres and were in at the taking of the enemy’s trenches with the bayonet, after advancing over half a mile of open country raked by shrapnel, machine-gun, and rifle fire, sustained in total casualties eight officers and 175 men killed, wounded or missing.

The hard worked surgical staff have had ten days without rest.

Lieutenant Frank D. Huntington, son of Alderman Huntingdon; J.P., an ex-Mayor of Lancaster, a well-known golfer, is in hospital at Brentwood, Essex, suffering from a scorched face through bursting shells. Two shells burst within a few yards of him. He has another brother, Corporal William Huntingdon, well known in the timber trade, in hospital in Boulogne.

Private A. Clowes, a former well-known Rugby footballer, landlord of the Cross Keys Hotel, Lancaster, had the butt of his rifle blow to bits, but he escaped.

Three very popular officers lost their lives in the bayonet charge; Captain Carter, Fleetwood; Lieutenant Coupland, Lancaster, and Lieutenant Gerald Kirk, Carnforth, the well-known ex-centre half of Bradford City and Leeds City.

Three assistant schoolmasters are among the wounded. The battalion were expected to have relief on the 25th, but they have been in action again since April 27th.
(Source: Manchester Courier: May 3, 1915)

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