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
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Killied in Action : 29 June 1942
Service number : 2620731
Rank : Guardsman
4 Battalion Grenadier Guards
A stone laid below the gravestone reads
IN MEMORY OF A COMRADE
GDSM G BERRY
NO 3 SQUADRON, 4TH ARMD BN
Son of Robert and Ellen Berry; husband of Ann Berry, of Whittle-le-Woods.
Think they had a daughter - Norah Berry in 1942
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
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,
(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.
Killed in Action : 28 May 1940
Service Number : 1503488
Rank : Lance Corporal
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.
Killed in Action :13 April 1944
Service Number : 797112
Rank : Warrant Officer Class II
Trade : BSM
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?
Killed in Action : 28 August 1942
Service Number: 2198181
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Royal Artillery, 3/2 Maritime Regt
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
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
Air Mechanic 1st class
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.
Killed in Action : 23 April 1947
143rd Field Regiment, RA..(143 (The Kent Yeomanry) Field Regt.)
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
Doreen Holding 1942
Glenys Holding 1944
Ernest Trevor Holding 1947 married Eva Neilson in 1966, chorley
Buried at St Johns, Whittle le Woods
Date of Death: 23/07/1944
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"
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
Killed in Action: 24 September 1944
Service Number: 2210791
166 Sqn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Son of Henry and Mary Leigh, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.
Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Surrey
Found this information for him-
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.
Killied in Action : 23 September 1944
Service number : 7907189
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.
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
Killed in Action - 4 October 1944
Service No: 2390858
Date of Death: 04/10/1944
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
PRAY FOR THE REPOSE
OF THE SOUL OF DENIS
(with a cross)
He is buried at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery
COMING SOON - More information coming soon on this soldier from a relative
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.
Killed in Action: 20 February 1944
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).
Killed in Action: 20 March 1944
Service Number: 974967
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
Born 30 July 1914
Killed in Action: 27 May 1940
France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40
Reg no -
Rank : Warrant Officer Class III (sergeant major)
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
Killed in Action : June 1944
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.