Also Served: Peter Hornby -
Private 240149 South Lancashire Regiment
Peter Hornby was born early in 1895 in Prescot, the son of Hannah Hornby. The 1901 census shows him living at 3, Carvers Court. By 1911, the family were living at Royal Hotel yard, Derby Street, Prescot. Peter, aged 16, worked as an Assistant in the Tool STores at the Wire Works.
It is not clear when he joined the army, but his service number with the South Lancashire Regiment is in the range issued after the renumbering of late 1916 so it appears that he would have volunteered to joint the regiment rather than be conscripted. He would probably have served with the 4th, or more likely the 5th, Battalion.
His Medal Index Card does not show an entry date for him going overseas, so this must have been after January 1916. He was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal. More specific details of his servce have not been located.
Peter's name is included in the list of men of the EFD who served.
After the war, Peter Hornby returned home and joined the Territorial Force, based in Aspinall Street, Prescot until about 1922. He lived until 1941/1942 but ultimately succumbed to cancer of the lungs, probably caused by the effects of gas in the war.
I am indebted to the family of Peter Hornby for providing much of this information.