Served previous to 1914



Whilst researching for the men of 1914 - 1919 and 1939 - 1945,  the 1700 TO 1914 page was added because whilst sifting through the pages for WW1 and WW2 local men I came across earlier records and decided to create a new page and those men featuring here are from the pre Napoleonic War era, the Fenian Raids and up to the Boer Wars 






John Walmsley

Born c1779 in Whittle le Woods

Enlisted in 1810

Age 31

Sixth Regiment of Infantry


Discharged in 1827 Age 48



Henry Hacking

Born c1801 in Clayton le Woods

Reg no: 345

Rank: Pte

Enlisted in 1825

Nineteenth Regt Of Foot




Did he serve in Cephalonia, Greece


Discharged in 1846






J Clitheroe

Born c1862 in Clayton le Woods

Reg no: 1837

Enlisted in 1900

RNR Regiment?








John  Clitheroe DOW/KIA WW1 with PRE 1914 service


Possible is the same person as above!


He served for 17 years in the Shropshire Light Infantry and took part in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882 and also in the Gordon Relief Expedition, Khartoum, Sudan in 1884-85 

His funeral at Whittle was attended by representatives of the Regiment and also from the R.A.M.C


Shropshire Light Infantry


The regiment was based on the 53rd Regimental District - Shrewsbury. The 1st battalion embarked for Egypt in 1882, took part in the Egyptian war ("Egypt, 1882"), and by 1885 was stationed on Malta; returning to Egypt in that year, it took part in the Soudan expedition ("Suakin, 1885") and then was sent back to Malta in 1887. The battalion was sent on to Hong Kong in 1891, and transferred to India in 1894; in 1895 it was at Fort William. The 2nd battalion returned to England from Bombay in 1881, and in 1885 was at Woolwich. The battalion was sent to Ireland in 1886; back to England in 1894 (at Portland in 1895); and in 1899 off to South Africa, where it added: "South Africa, 1899-1902" and "Paardeberg" to the regimental honours.



John Tyrer

Born c1826 in Whittle le Woods

Reg no: 3738

Rank: Pte

Enlisted in 1855

Sixty-Third Regt of Infantry



Malta and Crimea



Possible he served in the Crimean War



Discharged in 1860





John Bamber

Born c1811 in  Whittle le Woods

First Regiment of Life Guards


Discharged in 1829 age 18









John Coppock

Born in c1876

Age: 20

Reg no: 5117

Royal Scots Fusiliers


Enlisted on 26 March 1896 at Preston



Previously in the 5 Battalion North Lancashire Regiment


Discharged Termination of engagement section 10(?) on 25 March 1912 

After 8 years and 331 days



A Printworks Labourer as Trade


Married to Mary Ellen Lowe


At Parish Church, Withnell in 1905


Father is Ivan Coppock of Town Lane




Edward Jolly

Born c1790 Whittle le Woods

Age: 16

25th Foot Soldiers, 2nd Battalion on 23 August 1806

25th Foot Soldiers, 1st Battalion on 16 February 1809



Also known as Kings Own Borderers




1808:February – Barbados; St Kitts; flank companies to Martinique

1809:4 companies in MARTINIQUE; battalion re-united in Barbados

1810:January – Guadeloupe; St Martin; St Eustacius; St Kitts

1811:Leeward Islands

1812:Leeward Islands

1813:Leeward Islands; March – Guadeloupe

1814:Guadeloupe; December – 2 companies to Antigua, rest to Barbados

1815:Barbados; May – re-capture of Martinique; August – re-capture of Guadeloupe

1816:Barbados; St Vincent; home in June 1817 after 16 years away.


Died on 23 July 1815/16 in Barbados, either as a result of disease or killed in action?




Trade is a Weaver




Robert Heap


Spent 16 years in the 47th Regiment


5 of his sons would serve during WW1








Thomas Roper -  as of 2\5\2020

Born c1790 Whittle, Lancashire

Age: 19

25th Foot Soldiers, 1st Battalion


In service about 18 February 1809







Lawrence? Possibly Lawrence Fawcett

Age: 22, rough guess he was born about 1784

Whittle le Woods

War of 1812


48th Foot Soldiers


Possibly enlisted circa 30 Dec 1806




A printer


The record is poor to read but it could be his pension date was about 1855




William Jelley ?

Born Whittle le Woods

Possible age is 56?

Rank: Sargeant

6th Battalion



9 Apr 1850



Bleacher as Trade



John Critchley

Born Whittle le Woods

Age: 19 3/4

Reg no: 1643

8th Foot


He was 5' 8 1/4


Deserted on 25 May 1870 at Burnley in Regimental Coat and Trousers


He took a waist-belt and part of Reg. nec


Trade was Collier




Richard Ollerton

Born in Whittle le Woods

Age 43

Reg no: 3290

Rank: Color Sergeant 

3 Royal West Surrey Regiment

Also Suffolks


Stationed in India


Height 5ft 9 1/2


Found from claims to pension book


Discharged 18 April 1893


Intending to live in Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey




Joseph Walmsley


Born in Whittle le Woods

Rank: Pte

94th foot


Pension/examination date was 6 January 1857


Chelsea Pensioner and living in 1871 in Chelsea with wife Charlotte Howick




Arthur Thurston Crosse

Age: 34 in 1881

Rank: Captain

Cowley Military Barracks

42nd Brigade Depot


Captain of the 52nd Light Infantry as of 1881




Born roughly in 1847 in Whittle le Woods to Thomas B Crosse and Ann Mary?


of Shaw Hill


He enlisted on the 10 November 1865 with the 37th foot (Depot) 


Married to Eleanor Maud Phillips


Died on 8 Apr 1922 in Middlesex




Henry Langton

Age: 36

Rank: Cpl

Reg no; 1445

38 Foot



Served for 18 years and 4 months


Most of it in India for 13 years and 6 months


His character is described as Vry Good, 3 Badges


He was discharged on 20 June 1876 due to Phthisis Pulm

I think this is now known as Tuberculosis (TB)

Aggravated by Military Service and Climate

Not able to contribute


Born in Clayton Green and was a Weaver



William Yates

Born in 1827, Whittle le Woods

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 3195

Army Reserve


In the Chelsea Pensioner Admissions and Discharges, there is a date of 30 July 1878





Wilfred Fielding

Born in 1882

Age: 19 and 10 months

Rank: Gunner

Reg no:19991

Royal Regiment of Artillery, RFA


Wilfred Fielding enlisted on 11 November 1901 in Preston and joined up at Glasgow on 13 November 1901.


He was first posted to No 2 Depot Bty then on 12 December 1901 he was posted to 10 Battery RFA.


He was Discharged on payment of £10 on 31 December 1902.


As far as I know, he only served at home and did not go overseas.


Originally a Weaver and at the time of enlistment, he lived at 4 Dickinson Terrace, Whittle le Woods.


In 1911, aged 29 he was living at Barracks Road, Whittle le Woods with his Mother Mary Ann, and his sister Elizabeth..


Family relations Elizabeth Blackledge (Mother of the head of house), and  Frederick Blackledge, nephew.




Born WHITTLE-LE-WOODS, Lancashire

Served in the 43rd Foot Regiment

Discharged aged 34


Rough date 1802-1817







Whittle-le-Woods -- relief for Mary Brooks, widow of a soldier in Scotland.
This record is held by Lancashire Archives
Reference: QSP/63/18
Title: Whittle-le-Woods -- relief for Mary Brooks, widow of a soldier in Scotland.
Date: c1652







Thomas Taylor - Need to check

Born c1849


Enlisted in 1860s

Loyal Lancashire Regiment


Named in a newspaper - reunion article in 1931 





James Houghton 

Born in 1877, Clayton Green

Age: abt 16\17

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 3862

1 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Served in the Second Boer War, South Africa Campaign and then enlisted during WW1


See his other profile in WW1 section


He Enlisted on 23 December 1892


3 Class

2 Class


Entitled to Kings South Africa Medal Medals- South Africa 1901, 1902


Defence of Kimberley

Orange Free State, Transvaal


Discharged on 22 December 1904


Army Reserve

T. Res Bn.


Mention In Despatches, London Gazette on 29 July 1902, page: 4846. Source: General Kitchener. 23 June 1902. Re: Final despatch & mentions


Died 12 January 1923, aged 46




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