Here's a rather interesting medal which was given to me by a family friend who lives in Eccles, Manchester. The medal is to Pte James Taylor of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Apologies for not checking before posting, but I seem to recall that he was aged 43 at the time of his death - having originally joined the regulars around the 1890's. it was last year when I originally looked him up.
My friend found the medal underneath some clothes at the bottom of a drawer at her house. It has no family connection, it didn't belong to her late husband - he didn't collect such things. And she has never seen it before.
The Loyal North Lancashires took part in the retreat to the Marne. On September 10th, the battalion fought alongside the 2nd Royal Sussex at Priez. On September 13th, they advanced towards the Chemin des Dames - and the following day they launched an attack at Troyon. Their casualties were quite severe with nine officers killed and five wounded, and more than 500 other ranks killed and wounded. On September 19th the survivors were relieved by the 1st East Yorks Regt, but remained on the Aisne until late October when they transferred to the Flanders sector.