Accrington Cemetery

Local prominent people buried in the cemetery – Henry Lightbown

A memorial headstone for Henry Lightbown


Corporal Henry [Harry] Lightbown of 6th Battalion The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment died on 19 August, 1915 aged 18 years. He was the son of John and Isabella Light bown of Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.
At the beginning of the First World War, Lord Kitchener made an appeal for 100,000 volunteers. The King’s Own Royal Lancaster’s raised four battalions from the men who volunteered in Lancaster. After training at Tidworth, they joined the 38th Brigade and were sent to Gallipoli where they fought from July to December 1915.
Henry was killed a few days after the Battle of Sari Bar (6-10 August, 1915)
The Sari Bar ridge was a key point in the Turkish defences on the Gallipoli peninsular. The 6th battalion suffered heavy casualties stopping the Turkish counter-attack on the last day of the battle because their trenches were too shallow.
Like John Bury, Henry is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.