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In Memory of

Company Sergeant Major F. Champion D.C.M.

8538
2nd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment
Died 17th June 1917

It is not certain if the above casualty is the one recorded on the Town Hall Memorial. C.S.M. F. Champion is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, in Plot III Row D Grave 45.

The Newton and Earlestown Guardian of 26th September 1919 described "presentations to local heroes". The list of men who had been awarded decorations whilst on active service included Lance-Corporal N. Champion of 33, Patterson Street, who, according to the newspaper, had received the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Those who had died during the War were identified on the list in the report. Lce.-Cpl. Champion is not so identified. However, it is possible that there was an error and N. Champion was receiving the presentation on behalf of F. Champion DCM. The Public Records Office have a medal card for F. Champion receiving a D.C.M. and one for a Corporal Lance Sergeant N. Champion receiving a medal.