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Above is a picture of George Williams, one of the men who returned.

 

I am adding names and any information i can find about the men from both WW1 and WW2 on the memorial.

 

And as of 2018, more pages have been added.

Including the Returned from Duty page.

 

Discovering those who were demobolized, injured and too young to serve. 

 

 

 

In the Gallery there are  pictures of  their CWGC gravestones, family graves and more. 

 

Thanks John Melling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who served

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George Berry

Killied in Action : 29 June 1942

Service number : 2620731

Rank : Guardsman

4 Battalion Grenadier Guards

Grenadier Guards

 

A stone laid below the gravestone reads

 

IN MEMORY OF A COMRADE

GDSM G BERRY

NO 3 SQUADRON, 4TH ARMD BN

GRENADIER GUARDS

 

Son of Robert and Ellen Berry; husband of Ann Berry, of Whittle-le-Woods.

 

Think they had a daughter  - Norah Berry in 1942

 

Grave is at St Leonard Churchyard, Walton le Dale

 

 

 

 

Gordon Billinge aka possible other name Gordon Billing

Born in Farrington

Killied on Active Service : June 9th 1941

Service number :

Rank :Wireless Operator / Air Gunner

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

 

Possible he was in the RAFVR and part of the crew flying an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V no Z6571

Flew from Yorkshire to bomb Dortmund

 

Information i recieved via a relation and i also believe its listed on the Back to Normandy forum 

In the early hours of 9th June 1941 the crew of this 78 Squadron aircraft were returning to Middleton St.George after undertaking an operational flight to bomb Dortmund. The weather over North Yorkshire on this night was poor and 78 Squadron aircraft had initially been sent instructions to divert to land at Prestwick, the weather over Middleton St.George improved slightly and this diversion order was later cancelled but the weather was still poor at dawn when this aircraft was heading towards base, the aircraft appears to have drifted too far west and at the time of the crash the crew were descending through cloud probably to try and locate their position, the Whitley flew into a hilltop near Ellingstring at around 05.20hrs. Sadly all five airmen were killed but strangely three pilots are listed on the CWGC database and no navigator.

 

Pilot - Sgt Dennis Russell Simm RAFVR (1150677), aged 27, of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Buried Ashbourne Cemetery, Derbyshire.

Pilot - Sgt John Staley Tomkinson RAFVR (969697), aged 28, of Hazel Grove, Cheshire. Buried Taxal Churchyard, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire.

Observer - P/O Alfred Victor Snelling RAFVR (89600), aged ? Of Epsom Downs, Surrey. Buried Middleton St George Churchyard, Co.Durham.

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt John Bernard Stevens RAFVR (972788), aged 21, of Hornchurch, Essex. Buried Hornchurch Cemetery, Essex.

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - F/Sgt Gordon Elliot Chiswell Billing RAFVR (967253), aged 24, 

 

 

 

Buried at St Andrews, Leyland

 

 

 

 

John Noval Burton

Killied in Action : 20 August 1944

Service number :  3861122

Rank : Private

1 Battalion Gordon Highlanders

 

 

 

Married Doris Wren in 1935

Children -

Unice June Burton 1935

William Melvyn Burton 1938

Michael Graham Burton 1940

Hazel Patricia Burton 1944

 

 

His wife and family would have these words inscribed on his stone -

 

MY DEAR HUSBAND,

EVER REMEMBERED.

 

(with a cross)

 

He is buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Hermanville-sur-Mer

 

The village of Hermanville lies just beyond Sword beach

 

Husband of Doris Burton, of Whittle le Woods, Lancashire.

 

 

 

John Coupe

Killed in Action : 28 May 1940

Service Number : 1503488

Rank : Lance Corporal

Royal Engineers

62 Chemical Warfare Coy

 

 

 

 

Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 06 June 1940

 

WHITTLE SOLDIER KILLED BY SHELL

 

Mr and Mrs C E Coupe of Swansey fold, Whittle le Woods, near Chorley, have recieved a letter from a company sergeant major now back in England saying that he was with their second son L/cpl John Coupe (21), when he was killed in action.

 

The letter stated L/cpl Coupe was killed in action by his side in a small wood at Mount Des Cats, north west of the French town of Bailleul.

 "a shell burst by us " and it was added "and he was killed instantly, with five others.  He was well liked in the company and was a good NCO".

 

Son of Charles Edward and Catherine Coupe, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire

 

The Dunkirk Memorial, which is part of the British War Graves Section of Dunkirk Town Cemetery.

 

 

 

Harold Dyke

Killed in Action :13 April 1944

Service Number : 797112

Rank : Warrant Officer Class II

Trade : BSM

Royal Artillery

510 Coast Regt.

 

 

510 (Tynemouth) Coast Regiment RA(TA)

 

Jul 40 part of Tynemouth Hvy Rgt stationed at Blyth
Jul 40 , Home forces (UK)
Nov 44 Inactive?

 
During the second world war this Regiment was based at Blyth as of 1940, serving
as a coastal defence.
It was also part of the 64 HAA  Regt RATA, serving in other places.
 
Harold was killed by an explosion whilst tackling a gorse fire in Northumberland.
I found out out via a newspaper clipping sent to me. 
 
Born in Rochdale
Residence in Wigan
 
 

 

 

 

Norman Grime

Killed in Action : 28 August 1942

Service Number: 2198181

Rank: Lance Serjeant

Royal Artillery, 3/2 Maritime Regt

 

Born 1919

 

 

Served on a ship called City of Cardiff, a Steam Merchant. As a DEMS Gunner

 

The Ship was attacked on the 28 August 1942 by a U boat - U566

 

 

At 19.08 hours on 28 Aug 1942, a U boat called U556 fired a spread of three torpedoes at the convoy SL119 at west-northwest of Lisbon.

 

They heard three detonations and sinking noises and claimed two steamers sunk. The ships City of Cardiff, and Zuiderkerk.

Position - 40° 20'N, 16° 02'W

21 killed and 63 wounded\survivors

 

Son of Charles and Alice Grime, of Clayton Green, Lancashire

 

Married Annie Holding nee Grime in 1941 at St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods

 


Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire

 

 

 

Patrick Gregson

Age: 25

Killed in Action : 24 September 1945

Service Number : Lt/JX 277496

Rank : Seaman

 

He was serving aboard the H.M. Trawler Coverley (ASW) of the Royal Naval Patrol Service

 

 

Buried at Udine War Cemetery at Tavagnacco, Italy

 

H.M. Trawler Coverley

 

 

 

James (Jim) Hall

Killed in Action: 14 October 1944

Service Number : 14254651

Rank: Gunner

Royal Artillery, 240 Bty., 39 Lt. A.A. Regt.

 

Son of Ralph and Mary Ellen Hall, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.

 

Florence War Cemetery, Girone, Itay

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Heald

Air Mechanic 1st class

FAA/FX 75817

HMS Peregrine

Age 21

 

Killed at a base during a german raid on 18 August 1940 

 

HMS Peregrine was a Royal Naval Air Base it was used for training pilots at Ford, Sussex.

During the Summer of 1940 a German bomber raid, with Stuka bombers attacked the base killing 28 people and injuring more.

 

 

 

 

Ernest Holding

Kent Yeomanry

Killed in Action : 23 April 1947

Age 28

143rd Field Regiment, RA..(143 (The Kent Yeomanry) Field Regt.)

Royal Artillery

 

Son of Ernest and Annie Louise Holding, of Whittle-le-Woods; husband of Emily Holding, of Farington.

 

Married Emily Beardsworth at St Pauls, Farington in 1942

Children -

Doreen Holding 1942  

Glenys Holding 1944

Ernest Trevor Holding 1947 married Eva Neilson in 1966, chorley

 

Buried at St Johns, Whittle le Woods

 

 

 

Vincent Kellett

Rank: Private

Service No:3976558

Date of Death: 23/07/1944

Age: 29

4th Bn Welch Regiment

 

 

 

His gravestone has been inscribed with a few words by his family

 

"WE HAVE LOVED HIM IN LIFE.

LET US NOT FORGET HIM IN DEATH"

ST AMBROSE

 

 

He is buried at the Brouay War Cemetery. Brouay is a village in Normandy.

 

Son of James and Elizabeth Kellett; husband of Margaret Doris Kellett, of Whittle le Woods.

Lived with his mum at Spring Gardens.

 

Son called Dennis Kellett

 

Grew up with Derek Winter

 

 


 

Robert Leigh

Killed in Action: 24 September 1944

Service Number: 2210791

Rank: Serjeant

166 Sqn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Rear Gunner

 

Son of Henry and Mary Leigh, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.

 

Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Surrey

 

Found this information for him-

 

Leigh R

Sergeant

23-24-09-44

166 Sqd

Lancaster III

LM722.. AS-D

Left Kirmington at 1840

Target was Neuss

 

 

In W. R. Chorley's Bomber Command Losses 1944 Lancaster LM722 of 166 Squadron is listed as being lost without trace. Is it possible that this aircraft crashed and exploded? Possibly killing a German officer  as a result of the explosion, being hit by a house door.... This is not confirmed

 

Another version -

 

LM722 code AS_D failed to return from a raid on Neuss 23/09/44 - 24/09/44. No German anti aircraft gun or fighter claims were made and no wreckage ever found, so assumed crashed into the North Sea due to mechanical failure either going out or returning from the mission.

 

 

Serial Range LM301 - LM756 This aircraft was one of 350 Lancasters ordered from A.V.Roe (Yeadon) as Mk.111s except for the first 10 as Mk.1s (LM301-LM310), delivered from Oct42 to Oct44. Mk.1s had Merlin 20 engines, Mk.111s Merlin 38 engines initially installed. LM722 was delivered to 166 Sqdn 2Sep44. It is believed that this aircraft was lost on its first Raid. When lost this aircraft had a total of 46 hours. LM722 was one of two 166 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See: PB242 Airborne 1840 23Sep44 from Kirmington. Lost without trace. all are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/O Cameron of Portsoy, Banffshire. Also F/O J.G.Davies KIA, Sgt C.L.Caston KIA, Sgt A.Rollinson KIA,

F/O F.Cameron KIA, F/S J.McK Dillon RAAF KIA, Sgt R.B.Ward KIA, Sgt R.Leigh KIA.

 

 

 

Clarence Lowe

Killied in Action : 23 September 1944

Service number : 7907189

Rank: Trooper

Nottinghamshire Yeomanry , Royal Armoured Corps

 

Son of Richard Edward and Elizabeth Ellen Lowe, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire

 

Buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Netherlands

 

It is located in a Wooded area that is called Jonkers Bosch.

And that is the name also given to the Cemetery.

 

He was killed in the Allied advance in to the Netherlands in September 1944.

 

The Germans had overtaken Netherlands on the 10th May of 1940 Bliztkrieg and remained in their hands until 1944.

 

 

 

 

Robert Magill

Born in Antrim, Ireland

Royal Artillery, 7/4 Maritime Regt.
Death - 15/10/1941

Age - 22
Service No - 1535753
Rank - Gunner



Robert Magill married Margaret Blogg

St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods on 7\3\1941

They had a one boy as far as I know called Alfred Magill born 1941, who married Olwin Davies
I think they lived at 2 Oak Cottages, Clayton le Woods

His son Alfred had two boys Paul Owen Magill (1963) and Leslie James Magill (1965)

 

PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

 

 

 

Victor McIvor

 

No information yet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denis McManmon

Killed in Action - 4 October 1944

 

Rank: Private

Service No: 2390858

Date of Death: 04/10/1944

Age: 32

9th Bn Durham Light Infantry

Grave Reference: 12. A. 6.

 

Son of Denis and Alice McManmon; husband of Ann McManmon nee Clayton, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.

 

Married in 1938 to Ann Clayton at Chorley Reg Office.

 

Had a son called John McManmon in 1939

 

In his probate information of 20 March 1945. The address he lived at was 18 Swansey Fold

His probate went to James Clayton, a Machinist

Effects £144 2s 2d

 

On his stone his family would have these words inscribed -

 

IN THE MOST HOLY NAME

OF JESUS

PRAY FOR THE REPOSE

OF THE SOUL OF DENIS

RIP

 

(with a cross)

 

He is buried at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

 

COMING SOON  - More information coming soon on this soldier from a relative

 

 

 

 

Albert Nicholson

Killed in Action : 19 September 1943

Rank : Driver

Service Number : T/218467

Royal Army Service Corps

53 Inf. Bde. Group Coy.

 

Son of Robert Ellis Nicholson and Edith Alice Nicholson, of Chorley, Lancashire; husband of Margaret Nicholson, of Chorley

 

Married Margaret Barker at St George, Chorley.

Children - Margaret Nicholson born 1941, Chorley

 

As reported in the Lancashire Evening Port - dated Tuesday 1st June 1943

 

Driver Albert Nicholson, (30). RASC of 107 Lyons Lane, Chorley is a prisoner of war in Malai Camp.

He has been missing since February 15th 1942. He joined up in August 1940, before which he was a fish and fruit salesman.

He attended St James's School, and Church, Chorley.

 

Malai POW Camp 1 was in Thailand, he may have been transferred to Camp 2 with others to build the Burma Railway.

 


 

 

Buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, This cemetery is connected to the famous Burma Railway built by the prisoners of war held by the Japanese.

 

 

 

 

Frank Riley

Killed in Action: 20 February 1944 

Age 20

Rank: Guardsman

Service number : 2701287

2 Battalion Scots Guards

 

 

 

Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 14 March 1944

 

KILLED IN MIDDLE EAST

 

Mrs Peter Riley, of 3 Halls Terrace, Whittle le Woods, has recieved news that her son, Guardsman Frank Riley (20) has been killed in action in the Middle East.

At the age of 13 he was awarded the Boys Brigade Cross for saving a boy at Whittle le Woods.

Guardsman Frank Riley enlisted 17 months ago, and in August last there was a suprise meeting with his brother, Lance Bombardier Fred Riley, RA.

When the latter unexpectedly walking into his tent.

 

 

 

 

Son of Peter and Martha Riley, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.

 

Frank Riley was part of the operations in Italy

 

In October 1943 through to May 1944 and beyond, the allies were involved in operations against the Germans winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line.

 

Buried at Minturno War Cemetery, Marina di Minturno (Garigliano).

 

 

 

 

Frank Rothwell

Killed in Action : 15 June 1942

Rank : Corporal

Service Number: S/3857975

Royal Army Service Corps

 

 

 

 

Beirut War Cemetery, Jalloul, near Assas  which is to the west of the Forest of Pines.

 

Son of Herbert James Rothwell and Alice Rothwell, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Snape

Killed in Action:  20 March 1944

Service Number: 974967

Rank: Bombardier

149 (The Lancashire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regt.

 

 

His Probate says

 

Robert Snape of Lukes Row, Whittle le Woods, near Chorley, Lancashire. 

Died 20 March 1944 on war service.

Administration Llandudno 20 October to Peter Snape retired weaver.

Effects £181 13s 9d

 

 

Son of Peter and Cecily Snape, of Whittle le Woods, Lancashire

 

He is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery, Cassino, Italy

 

 

 

 

Arnold Tuson

Born 30 July 1914

Killed in Action: 27 May 1940

France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40

Reg no -

Enlisted at

Rank : Warrant Officer Class III (sergeant major)

Royal Artillery

 

Arnold was presumed Killed or Missing in Action at Dunkirk

 

Arnolds rank of Warrant Officer Class III was established in 1938 but by 1940 was put in suspension and never formally abolished.

The rank was only held by a platoon, troop and section sergeant major.

 

His parent were William Tuson b: 25 Jul 1882 d: 5 Sep 1957 and Gertrude Melling

m: Jun 1912 in St. Johns, Whittle le Woods d: 5 Aug 1957

 Arnold Tuson b: 30 Jul 1914 d: 27 May 1940 in Dunkirk

  Hilary Tuson b: 31 Mar 1920

  ? Tuson who married John Anderton

 

His Gravestone is in St Bedes Churchyard

 

 

 

 

Robert Smith

 

No information yet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Warbrick

Born: 1917

Killed in Action : June 1944

Italy

Age: 27

Reg no: 14246216

Sapper, Royal Engineers.

 

 

Property Repair as Trade

 

Son of John J Warbrick and Ann.

 

Brownley Terrace as of 1939

 

Beach Head War Cemetery, Italy

 

 

New Information -

 

Thomas Warbrick's Grandfather (Thomas Warbrick c1889) served during WW1 with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

He was a POW. 

 

 

 

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