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Lance corporal Westmoreland is sitting in the middle of the front row. This photograph was probably taken at Wellington Barracks in Chelsea.
 

Marshall Ivan Westmoreland was one of the 64 men from Oulton and Woodlesford who died during the First World War. He was a lance corporal in the 3rd battalion of the Grenadier Guards. Shortly before he was killed in action on 27 Nov 1917 he had been awarded the Military Medal. He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial.

 

Marshall came from a large family of 7 brothers and 5 sisters. Before the war they lived at Railway Cottages on Pottery Lane. His father, Alfred, was a miner and several of his brothers were also pit workers. Descendants of the Westmoreland family still in the Woodlesford and Rothwell area.

 
Lance corporal Westmoreland.
 
Alfred and Theresa Westmoreland with their family in about 1910 when baby Vincent was about one year old. Marshall is standing on the far right. Next to him is Donna, The girl on the far left is Lavinia, known as Vinny. The older brothers at the back are Ariel, Louis, Leonard and Alfred, although it's not known which is which. Kathleen and Hugh are standing between their parents whilst Carmelita is sitting in front of her mother and Mona is in front of her father.