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Those who served 

Harold Bamber

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 21 July 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 18692

Enlisted at Burnley

Rank: Private

7 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment



The 7 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment was in the front line just northeast of Oostaverne.

The trenches were between Verhaest Avenue and Pioneer Road \ Preston Road

and attacking towards Green-Wood.


Son of Benjamin and Sarah Bamber, of 17, Hargher St., Burnley


He is buried in Oostaverne Wood Cemetery





George Beardsworth

Born Whittle le Woods, Living in Nelson

Killed in Action: 13 May 1917

Reg no: 16855

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Manchester

Rank: Sergeant

"C" Coy, 22 Manchester Regiment


10.05.17 22nd Manchester Regiment held in support, at Ecoust and on the railway
12.05.17 22nd Manchester Regiment ( British 173rd Brigade) relieved the AIF 58th
Battalion in Bullecourt. There objective was to capture German trenches Southwest of Bullecourt in an area called the Red Patch (called Red Patch
because it was red on the map).The British had control over the village of Bullecourt except for the Red Patch. 22 Manchester would attack the Red Patch from the north east, while 2/Royal Warwicks would attack from the south. The 2/7 Duke of Wellington’s would assault the Crucifix with the aim of cutting the German lifeline into their trenches in the Red Patch. British Artillery would fire their shells into the Red patch immediately before the British Units attacked the location from both sides.
The arrival of the 22nd Manchester Regiment only succeeded in overcrowding the communication trenches in which they were forced to take shelter until nightfall

13.05.17 03:40 Hours attack on Red Patch. 22nd Manchester Regiment attacked G1 trench, which protected the south-west corner of the village. Despite being isolated G1 trench refused to be captured and still controlled western portions of Bullecourt. The Germans held G1 trench with great strength. German patrol was seen approaching the British. Green SOS flares fired requesting protective barrage. Shells fell indiscriminately amidst the confusion. The Warwicks and Manchester’s were ordered to go in with the bayonet, fought ferociously.
Indiscriminate shells fell upon the Warwick’s, then the Manchester’s
causing heavy casualties to both. The protective barrage never reached the
Enemy trenches and the attack collapsed. As the remaining men went
the shattered brickwork and devastation towards the G1 trench they were
met by heavy machine-gun fire, both from the trench and also from
positions around the crucifix on their right.
Some parties of the 2nd Royal Warwickshires came along the road running
Bullecourt past the G1 trench and apparently run into some men from
D Company, 22nd Manchester Regiment, such was the disorientation
of the men and their officers. Both A and D company commanders were
wounded. Wounded men straggling back described the attack as having
failed. The survivors were scattered across ground still swept by machine
gun and aimed rifle fire. Men of the 22nd Manchester’s were pinned down
by machine guns in the Red Patch and by the crossroads. Casualties were
relatively light, two officers killed, two wounded, one missing believed
killed. 106 other ranks killed, wounded and missing.


Son of James and Annie Beardsworth, of 100, Brunswick St., Nelson, Lancs


His name is on the Arras Memorial, Bay 7



Gerrald Bennett

Born Whittle le Woods

Reg no: 241226

Killed in Action: 10 April 1918

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Bolton

9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




At the time of Gerald Bennetts death, he was with the 9th Battalion in the line south of Armentieres.

On the 10th April 1918, the battalion was part of a counter-attack in and around the village of Croix du Bac.


It was known as 'The Battle of Estaires', 9th to 11th April 1918.



Son of John and Ann Bennett, of 142, Oakenbottom Rd., Tonge, Bolton.


Bolton County Borough Roll of Honour 1914-1918

St James WW1 Memorial, Breightmet


His name is on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Berks Cemetery Extension





Peter Bibby

Born Whittle Springs

Killed in Action : 22 October 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no: 12530

Enlisted at Blackburn

Rank : Private

7 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment


In 1911, Peter Bibby a Boatman on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal

was married to Florence, a cotton winder.

They had four children, Ellen, William, Florence, and Mary Ann.

They lived at 1 Elizabeth Street, Blackburn 



Peter would join up on 17 July 1915, being killed 3 months later after being shot by a sniper.


His regiment would sail for France the day after, but I'm guessing he may have missed

the first journey.


Peter Bibby and his Battalion were in trenches at Rue Des Chavattes

On the days before the 22nd October, the enemy was sniping and using rifle grenades

and shelling.


On the 22nd October, the war diary states-


The enemy again very active with rifle fire, rifle grenades and HG shells.

Later did no damage but rifle grenades did considerable damage

Casualties 2/Lt Wilson and six men wounded and one man killed - possibly Peter Bibby


He is buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery, RICHEBOURG-L'AVOUE





Henry Bennett

Born Whittle le Woods, Living at Great Harwood

Died at Sea : 3 October 1915

Reg no: 13160

Enlisted at Accrington

Rank : Private

7 Service Battalion,  South Staffordshire Regiment


His date of entry shows 17 December 1914, first serving in France


I believe he was at Gallipoli with the battalion as part of the 33rd Brigade in 11th (Northern) Division and  on 1 July 1915 his battalion sailed from Liverpool

On a liner called RMS Empress of Britain.

The ship arrived at Malta on 8 July 1915 where it remained for three days prior to sailing for the Egyptian port of Alexandria where it arrived the following day. On 16 July the RMS Empress of Britain left Alexandria and arrived at Lemnos two days later finally reaching Mudros on 18 July 1915. At Mudros the battalion was transfered to the troopship Abassieh and sailed for Cape Helles on 20 July.

His battalion was attached to the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.

On 1 August 1915, the 7th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment embarked on the Osmanieh and sailed for Imbros.


I think Henry Bennett may have served at Suvla Bay, Chocolate Hill, Ismail Oglu Tepe, and near Scimitar Hill as of August 1915


He died on a Hospital Ship called HS GALIKA at Mudros on 3rd October 1915


In 1911, Henry Bennett was living at 3 Church Lane End, Altham, Accrington with

his family.


His parents were Absalam, an Engineer at the Brickworks and Mary Bennett.

He had come from a big family of 11. Although only 4 had survived up to 1911



Husband of F. McArdle (formerly Bennett), of 3, Hope St., Great Harwood, Lancs.


Buried at East Mudros Military Cemetery,  on the Greek island of Limnos (Lemnos)


It is engraved DUTY NOBLY DONE by his wife




Stanley Clitheroe

Born Chorley, Living in Farrington

Killed in Action : 14 June 1915

Reg no:11650

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : GDSN

2 Battalion Scots Guards


Lived at 9 School St, Farington as of 1911 to 1915.

At the time of this death he had been employed at Dialene rubber Works, Leyland 

A 5.9 "Jack Johnson" shell hit the trench killing him.


2nd SGs were in the area of Givenchy. The diary states:


Enemy's trenches opposite our line were bombarded all day by our artillery, some shells falling short into our trenches and causing casualties. German artillery replied by shelling our line heavily from 1.30pm til dark, F Coy suffering severely. Battn was relieved by the 21st Brigade after dark and marched by Coys to old billets in Essars. 8 killed, 15 wounded.'


Sadly it's as much chance he was killed by a British shell as a German one according to the above excerpt.


His name is on the Le Touret Memorial


And also these more local ones -

Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane , Leyland

Mural Plaque in St Ambrose, Leyland

Scots Guards Memorial, Edinburgh Castle





John Clitheroe

Born Whittle le Woods

Aged 52

Died of Wounds: 2 May 1916

Reg no: 24001


Enlisted at Chorley?

Rank: Private

24th Supernumerary Company 3rd/5th Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment


Supernumerary Companies had 120 men and were attached to an active regiment

providing guard duties on railways and other vulnerable places etc

Under the regulations, they also had to be between 32 and 50...which makes me wonder why he was still serving!


Preston Herald - Saturday 13 May 1916




Pte John Clitheroe, Kings Liverpool Regt, died from wounds on Tuesday in the Shrewsbury Hospital.  His home was at 9 School Street, Farington.  He had served 18 years in the Army and lost a son. Pte Stanley Clitheroe of the Scots Guards, at Festurbert in June last.

The interment took place on Saturday at Whittle le Woods.


John Clitheroe  was the father of Stanley Clitheroe above

He was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Clitheroe; husband of Martha Ann Clitheroe, of 9 School St., Farington, Preston. Born at Clayton le Woods. Served 16 years

with the colours


Died of Wounds at Shrewsbury Hospital. 


I wonder how and where he got wounded.?


3/5th Battalion formed in May 1915 and went to Blackpool in autumn that year. Early 1916 to Oswestry, and in April became a Reserve Battalion which did not go overseas.


With John Clitheroe being in the hospital in Shrewsbury. It is likely that he was training in Oswestry at the time


Found some new information, possibly his daughter


Miss Eliz: Ellen Clitheroe / 9 School St, Farington, Preston was a VAD associated with Cuerden Hall Auxiliary Hospital


His son Albert Edward Clitheroe also served, as did his nephew Frank Clitheroe and all 3 manes are on the Roll of Honour of Clayton le Woods C of E School.



Buried at St John, Whittle le Woods





Thomas Riding Chadwick

Born Whittle Springs

Killed in Action :25 March 1918

Reg no: 17577

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : L/cpl

2nd Battalion Cameronian (Scotish Rifles)



In 1911 Thomas R Chadwick was living with his family at 2 Crook Row, Wheelton

His parents were Edmund Chadwick a Publican, and Martha and other children Richard (Coldstream Guards), Bessie, Ernest, and Alice.

Married Dorothy Ann Marsden on 22 June 1915 at Brindle



The line held by the Battn. was from QUIQUERY on the R to the Railway on the left. It consisted of a trench (unwired) with a sunken road about 150x in the rear of it. 184 Bde. held line on our R. and a Unit known as Divl. Reinforcement Battn. were supposed to be on our left.
A marshy stream thickly wooded ran from our R back towards NESLE.
At daybreak patrols confirmed that there was nobody on our left, a report was made to brigade and a reply was received to the effect that the left was all right, As Germans could be seen moving around our flank in large numbers.
A Coy. under 2/LT H GRANT was turned back to form a defensive flank. At about 11 a.m. a French M.G. Coy. ( 10 guns) reported to us and came into action at QUIQUERY. The battery fixed (fired) over our heads onto the NESLE Road & gave invaluable assistance.

NESLE, 25th MARCH cont

2 p.m By noon the situation was critical. A Coy. after a gallant fight was driven back into the sunken road and the enemy now right on our flank kept up an intense M.G.fire on every part of our position.
No assistance was given by our artillery although the NESLE road was swarming with Germans.
The situation now desperate, enemy firing straight down the sunken road. The men began to get away by small parties up the stream towards NESLE. This was the only way of escape now open. By 2.15 The last man was out of the sunken road, but many were caught by M.G. or shell fire as they went up the valley.
Most of the survivors appear to have gone into NESLE and were probably captured by the Germans who had by this time got right round. Only 7 Officers and 55 men got back to the Brigade. The gallant fight made by the battalion undoubtedly barred the road to NESLE to the enemy for several hours after the troops on our left had fallen back. It may even have saved the Brigade on our Right whose flank would have been completely turned had the Germans succeeded in working up the stream towards NESLE.


He is buried in Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette





William Cooper

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action:

France and Flanders

Reg no -

Rank :

Enlisted at


 Mistake on memorial






William Derbyshire

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action :

Reg no -

France and Flanders

Enlisted at

Rank :


 Mistake on memorial





Thomas Desoer

Rank : Private

Reg no - 23116

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action :25 Feb 1917

Mesopatamia (Iraq)

Enlisted at Chorley

6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Thomas was killed in action fighting at the Second Battle of Kut, which was fought from 23 February 1917, between the British and Ottoman forces.


Thomas Desoer was born in 1890, to parents John Thomas Desoer and Selina Griffiths

They had married in 1886 at St John The Evangelist and their other children were George, Lily and James.


His name is on Basra Memorial, located 32 kilometres along the road to Nasiriyah






Thomas Fishwick

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 25th September 1916

Reg no: 29818 

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : Private

1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




Thomas Fishwick and the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment were

in the front line at Eaucourt l' Abbaye for four days from the 20th of September 1916

During a failed attack on the 25th, Thomas would be killed in action.



His probate says Thomas Fishwick of the Forresters Arms, Newton Street. Preston

and (with will) to Alice Fishwick, a widow. Effects £105


Son of Henry and Alice Fishwick, of 34, Newton St., Preston, Lancs

Otherwise known as  Forresters Arms, the Fishwick's had the pub under Henrys name

from 1917-1927, and then Alice from 1932-1940.


His name is on the Thiepval Memorial


And also on the Harris Museum \ Art Gallery Roll of Honour





John Eccles

Age 47

Born Preston, Living in Whittle le woods

Died of Heart Attack: 14 June 1915

Reg no: 19016

Enlisted at Preston

Rank: Private

11 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


John Eccles previously served in the Boer War, and he re-enlisted at the start of WW1.


The 11th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment began training at Billericay inMay of 1915.

After suffering from chest pains he was excused from his duties and given medicine from the Doctor.

Within 30 minutes of John Eccles visiting the Doctor, he had collapsed and died a little later. 


He previously lived at 20 Heatley Street, Preston


Husband of Florence Eccles, of 2, Herbert St., Preston

They had a son called John Allen Eccles born in c1910


Buried at Preston New Hall Lane Cemetery





Charles Gillett

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds:15 July 1916

Reg no: 13244

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank: L/Cpl

8th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Joined up on 6 September 1914


At Boscombe, on 2 January 1915 was absent off pass, from 12 midnight until 10 pm

At Boscombe, on 28 March 1915 was absent from Tattoo until 7.20 am Parade and punished with 7 days of CB.

At Aldershot, on 19 September 1915 was absent from 11.50 pm until 12 pm of the

next day and punished with 5 days CB.

Promoted to L/cpl on 21 May 1916 "in the field"

Wounded in Action on 8 July 1916 and taken to a CCS

Died of Wounds on 15 July 1916


On the 13th July 1916, Charles Gillett and his regiment were in dug-outs near La Boisselle.

They were providing carrying parties during the attack on Ovillers.

They would be fighting against the Prussian guards to capture the ruins.


Any of his belongings, inc Medals were to be forwarded to Mr Joseph Nicholas Gillett, of 1 Kem Mill Cottage, Whittle le Woods.


Son of Joesph and Margaret Ann. Brother to John, Margaret, George


He was a regular attendee at St Peter's Church


He is buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery, Warloy-Baillon  





Christopher Heap


Killed in Action :

Reg no -

France and Flanders

Enlisted at

Rank :


Another mistake on the memorial





William (Justice) Jones

Born Whittle le Woods, Living in Chorley

Died : 21 February 1918

Reg no: 35076

Enlisted in 1915

Rank : Private


3 Garrison Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment


Formerly 80215 RFA



There is very little information on the 3 Garrison Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment

Raised January 1917 in Bedford.

They arrived in India on the 12th June 1917.

On arrival they were boosted in number with men left behind from the TF battalions

who left India for the EEF.
They joined the Rangoon Brigade of the Burma Division in November 1917 remaining with the Burma Division throughout the war.



However I have recently been given some more information on William Jones


"Pte 3rd Berford Regt, attached G I P Ry [Great Indian Peninsula Railway]

Cause of death: Suffocation from submersion. (This seems to be terminology for drowning)

He was buried by a Fr. (signature) which probably indicates a Roman Catholic priest"


Attended St Josephs Church, Chorley



Husband of Elizabeth Jones, of 22, Black Stone Rd., Chorley, Lancashire.


He is buried at Jhansi Cantonment Cemetery in Jhansi, India





George Riding

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 10 April 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 16484

Rank: Sergeant

Enlisted at Blackburn

8th Battalion, Border Regiment


Joined up on 3rd November 1914 at Carlisle

Admitted to 1 CAN CCS after getting Influenza on 15 November 1916


Battle of the Lys


The 8th Battalion, Border Regiment was in front of Ploegsteert Wood on 10 April 1918.

There seemed to be no sign of any attack on the 25th Division front, and it was not until 5 am on the morning of the 10th that heavy bombardment of the front started to happen.
Heavy Artillery and also gas shells were fired and  roughly forty minutes later,
covered by mist, the Germans crossed over the river and attacked.

The Brigade line had the 8th Border Regiment on the right, 11th Cheshires to the left and the 2nd South Lancashire Regiment in reserve.


George Riding was a Loomer the cotton mill


His parents were William, a weaver, and Mary Ann Riding, a winder.


His two older brothers also joined up -


William Riding was discharged from the 8th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 2nd December 1914 after joining up in Chorley on the 31st August 1914

the reason is given -  

"Discharged not likely to be an efficient soldier"

"Due to the incontinence of urine"


Thomas Riding joined the Border Regiment at Carlisle on 2nd November 1914

and went overseas in 1916.

Transferred to the Labour Company on 23rd February 1918

Then discharged due to a shell wound to his thigh on 4th April 1918

Being no longer physically for the service




George Riding lived on Chorley Old Road, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Son of Mrs Mary Ann Riding, of 20, Kemp St., Crimshaw Park, Blackburn as of 1918


His name is on the Ploegsteert Memorial




George Sharrock


Killed in Action:

France and Flanders

Reg no -

Enlisted at

Rank: Private


Possible he Joined the Mercantile Marines and drowned?





Jack (Cooper) Sharples

Born Whittle le Woods, Living in Leyland

Killed in Action: 3 May 1917

Reg no:1614

Rank: TPR

France and Flanders

Household Battalion, Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line




He enlisted on 10 December 1915


Jack Cooper Sharples was killed on the 3rd May 1917 in the attack on Roeux Cemetery

which was a strong German defence on the bend of a river, about 1 mile from Fampoux

and only a few thousand yards from the Hindenburg Line.

The Germans put up very strong resistance and forced The Household Battalion and other attacking units back.


230  casualties



His name is on the Arras Memorial





Daniel Slater

Born in Whittle le Woods, living at Penwortham

Died of Wounds: 16 July 1917

Reg no: 123740

Enlisted at Preston

France and Flanders

Rank: Gunner

281st Siege Bty

Royal Garrison Artillery


The 281st Siege Battery was as of these dates, 22nd June to 2nd August part of 56th HAG.

Daniel Slater lived at Rock Villa Road in 1911 with his parents and sibblings Edith Ann,

Henry, and Emmanuel.


Son of John William and Grace Slater of 3, Caton Terrace, Lostock Hall, Preston.

His Father would have AT REST inscribed on the gravestone


He is buried at Dozinghem military cemetery, Poperinge





William Suter

Born in Eastbourne

Killeds in Action: 19 Sep 1917

Reg no: 201265

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Sheffield

Rank: Lance Cpl

4th Battalion,  Seaforth Highlanders



As of 12th September to 19th 1917, The 4th Battalion was at Siege Camp near


Spending most of this time cleaning clothes and kit, working parties with dull and good days being spent

An enemy aeroplane came over the camp and bombed it on the 15th causing some casualties and then was shelled at night causing a few more.

attack practice was given from 16th to 18th

On the 19th the battalion marched from SEIGE CAMP to Assembly position west of Langemarck.

Leaving at 8:30 pm

An attack on Langemark-Shellvelt system tomorrow (20th)

At 5:40 am as reported in the war diary the attack has commenced


WHITE HOUSE occupied without opposition, PHEASANT TRENCH very strongly held.

Trench entered and captured with very little opposition on left,  very fierce fighting on right.

At 6:10 am CEMETERY and PHEASANT FARM reported captured.

Large numbers of germans killed; very few prisoners taken.

By 7:20 pm on 21st Sept 1917, they were in the areas of WHITE HOUSE - PHEASANT FARM - CEMETERY.

Consolidating the line and repelling German counter-attacks until they were relieved by the 5th Seaforths during the night and returned to SIEGE CAMP


Casualties from 19th to 23rd are - Killed 4 officers, Wounded 4 Officers

Other ranks, Killed 41, Wounded 153, Missing 15


At the date given for William Suter being killed in action, the 4th Battalion, Seaforth.

were on their way to (or in) Siege Camp!

The war diary makes no mention of any enemy action on that day


So reading the email sent to me, it would seem William Suter was actually killed on the 20th to be exact ...  and as described by the Chorley Guardian archives he was killed while attacking a German stronghold, I believe it was PHEASANT TRENCH and being hit by a bomb and killed instantly.



According to the Chorley Guardian archives he was killed while attacking a German stronghold, being hit by a bomb and killed instantly. The 4 Seaforths were part of 154 brigades involved in the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge at the time of his death. According to the relevant passage in " Passchendaele A day by day account " by Chris McCarthy they were attacking the blue line around Pheasant Trench. This is supported by the relevant section in "The History of the Fourth Battalion The Seaforth Highlanders" by Haldane.


Evidence was given to me by Willam Suter's relations.


Son of Elizabeth Suter, of 30, Canterbury St., Chorley, Lancs., and the late John Charles Suter.



His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial

And also on the plaque at St James, Chorley




Willam (T) Walmsley

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 23 March 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 69474

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Aldershot

136th Field Amb,  Royal Army Medical Corp


Joined up on 6 October 1915





The entry for the 23 March 1918 gives no report of casualties, it is quite difficult to read but essentially the previous day the unit was evacuated, unfortunately, it doesn't help with individuals especially in the general chaos following the German attack.
22/3 9 pm Walking wounded?
All large ambulance cars sent to Ayette Evacuated all serious cases
Midnight. ? to hand over kit
23/3 Handed over to 93 Field Ambulance Unit moved to Ayette (37D F11 69?) arriving at 1.30 pm
17 ORs sent to report to OC 137 F A at Gomiecourt (57c a 23d Central) 3 ?? out of ?? Hamelinecourt


Living at  2 Spring Bank, Wheelton in 1911

Lived at Black Lion Brow with wife and children, Jessie (17 Sept 1913) and

Evelyn Mary (20 March 1915) in 1915


Husband of Eleanor Annie Walmsley nee slater, of Rye Bank Cottages, Wheelton.


His name is on Bay 10 of the Arras Memorial



Thomas Waring

Born Whittle le Woods

Age 37

Killed in Action: 14 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 34379

Rank: Private

Enlisted at Leyland

17 Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers


On the 14 April 1917, the 17 Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers the war diary finds them in the line at Fresnoy le petit, about 4,500yards north of Savy Wood.

They were ordered to take Gricourt, not by a direct assault but with converging attacks.

The original plan was not carried out due to rapid changes in the situation.

The war diary gives a good account and by 7.45 pm forward troops were ordered to consolidate.

Casualties -

13 Killed

1 Officer and 34 other ranks wounded


Over 5 enemy prisoners taken, 4 grenade throwers, and a number of boxes of ammunition.



In 1881 he lived with his family at Chorley Road, Whittle le Woods. 

He was 1 of 8 (living) children

He was a Clothier's Manager as of 1911 living in Chorley



Son of the late Henry, a Stonemason(1881) and Margaret Waring, Housekeeper 1881)

of 52 Park Road, Chorley


His name is on Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D. of the Thiepval Memorial





Thomas Wilkinson

Born Chorley, Living in Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds : 1 November 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 13917

Enlisted at Chorley on 30 September 1914

Rank : Private

Army Cyclist Corp, XIII Corps Cyclist Bn



Former service number 2783,4 Loyal North Lancashire Regt.


The role of the cyclist corp including providing reconnaissance and communication.


As of 1st November 1918 the XIII Corp are preparing to attack the area of Landrecies.

And im guessing Thomas Wilkinson was injured and taken to 44 CCS at Roisel.

Found he had a GSW to the back.


Letters, Photos, Watch in Case, Chain Badge,  Key, Wallet, Cards and more Letters and Note book all sent to family.




Born at 96, Harpers Lane, Chorley, Lancashire  on 22 April 1893


Sea View Cottages as of 1919



Father is William Wilkinson


Buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension


Roisel is a small town 11 kilometres east of Peronne




J T S  Ward

Born at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland

Killed in Action: 19 Sep 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: S/31343

Rank: Private

Enlisted at Dundee

7 Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders


Formerly 4028, Lovat Scouts


In the war diary-


14th September 1917- Left Sector Trenches


Battalion Relieved the 11th A.and SH, 45th Brigade on the left sector of the Division.

The right sector of the Brigade front.

Finding an isolated post at J.25.b.10.25.

C Company, frontline and scabbard support.

D Company, two platoons left front, 1 platoon scabbard support and 1 platoon at

Welford Trench.

B and A Companies in right and left reserves in Lancer Avenue.

HQ in Johnstone Avenue about H.30 D.1.4


18th September 1917-


B and A Companies relieved C and D respectively


Casualties- O.R, 4 Killed 6 Wounded


19th September 1917- not mentioned but in the same place


Sept. 14th  Ieft Sector Trenches Battalion relieved the nth A. and Pommem Redoubt;

2 platoons " A " Coy. and 2 platoons " B " Coy., and " C " and " D " Coys, in shell holes

in the neighbourhood of C.3o.a. and C.ag.b. H.Q. in Pommem Redoubt


On 20 August 1917, the 7th Camerons moved into lines east of St Julien


They prepared for an attack on a German strongpoint called Hill 35.

Moving out of their trenches at Pommern Redoubt, the battalion made progress but 

were soon held up by machine guns firing from Gallipoli Farm and Iberian Farm.

After suffering heavy losses, relieved on 24 August 1917

Went to Erie Camp,near Poperinghe.


This is the only soldier i could find.


Also known as Edward John Ward



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