18808 A/Corporal Richard Langham,
1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.
Born Hapton, Lancashire, enlisted Burnley, Lancashire, whilst living at Hapton, Lancashire.
Killed in action, France/Flanders, 11 May 1917.
Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France. The Cemetery Register does not record any personal details.
Reported in the Burnley Express of 15 July 1916: -
HAPTON MAN'S NARROW ESCAPE.
Mrs Langham, of 45, Manchester Road, Hapton, has received a letter from her husband, Private Richard Langham, of the 1st East Lancashire's, stating that a shell burst near him on the 1st July, and though several were killed, he escaped being injured. He, however, suffered so much from shock that he was conveyed to hospital. Private Langham enlisted in February 1915, being sent to France six months later. The battles of the 1st July were, he states, indescribable, and though the stretcher-bearers went through their work of collecting the wounded in a praiseworthy manner, in some portions of the battle area they could not get at the wounded men for a good many hours. Previous to enlistment Messrs., John Riley and Sons, chemical manufacturers employed Private Langham.