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Who is Private Riley? – part two

Who is Private Riley? – part two

This post is a follow-up to last week’s post Who is Private Riley?. You may want to read last week’s post first, if you have not done so yet.

After my publication of Who is Private Riley?, Andrew Gill, author of Burnley in the Great War, kindly added a page about Private Joseph Riley to his website. It contains an obituary transcript from the Burnley Express & Advertiser, and a photo. Apparently Private Joseph Riley, 4429, of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment, was a PoW since 1915, released after the war, and died from pneumonia on his way home. I still don’t know (and would like to find out) where he was held prisoner, and why he stranded in Amersfoort.

Private Joseph Riley was survived by his wife, parents, and a brother. He was a catholic, attending St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Burnley, and is buried in the R.C. Onze Lieve Vrouwe (Our Lady) cemetery in Amersfoort.



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