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Remembering our forgotten heroes

Richard Thornton Atkinson

Born 1896,  Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 19 on enlistment

Age at death: 20:

Killed in Action: 23 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg No: 25029

Rank: Private

13 Battalion The King's (Liverpool) Regiment



Enlisted about 26 September 15 at Chorley


Richard Atkinson would be killed in action near Delville Wood, after arriving

the previous day.


The British positions at this point ran from the southeastern edge of Delville Wood to an irregular line crossing King Street, Campbell Street, and Buchanan Street to the southwestern corner of the wood.

It then took a northwesterly turn to the centre of Longueval village where it followed the line of Clarges Street to Pont Street.


In Pont Street (the portion between Duke Street and Clarges Street) the attacking battalions of the 9th Brigade were to assemble (13th Battalion in the Sunken Road west of Longueval  Village) 


Richard Atkinson was living with his parents George and Dinah and siblings at 

Higher Copthurst in Whittle Le Woods as of 1911.

Son of George Steel Atkinson, of Whittle Springs, Chorley, Lancs as of 1916


His name is on Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.of the Thievpal Memorial





John Bamber

Born 1890, Whittle le Woods

Age: 24 at Enlistment:

Age: 25 at Death

Killed in Action: 25 September 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no: 23436

Rank: Private

12 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment




Born in 1890 in Whittle le Woods, his parents were John and Isabella Bamber.

He lived at Bridge Street in 1911.


Married Ethel Bisby at the parish church in Brindle on 21 September 1912.

He was a Weaver


They had a son called John Bamber on 7 January 1913


Enlisted on 8 November 1914, at Chorley


Originally posted to "A" Coy, 15 Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment 

Admitted to Seaforth Hospital on 23\4\1915  to 8\5\1915 with Acute Hy ???

possibly acute hypothermia?

Embarked 20\8\1915

Joined Battalion 10\9\1915 

Killed in Action, 10 days later on 25\9\1915


He was Killed in Action at Fleurbaix and reading the War Diary-


The past couple of days they had been bombarding the Germans.


On the 24 September 1915-

Bombardment continued Enemy very quiet, Heavy rains.

Brigade moved up to Advanced Hqtrs

Germans shelled our support lines and caused a few casualties in the morning.

German aeroplane bought down to left of our line

Heavy bombardment on both sides early in the night of 25th

Enemy shelled right of our line with 8 inch shells damaging the parapet and breaking down a front of about 50 yards

"D" Coy suffered the most casualties and "B" and "C" Coys sustained a few.

Lieutenant D K Wolly-Dod killed and Captain Charsley wounded

16 NCOs and men were killed, and 27 NCOs and men wounded


The heavy rains had been making the trenches almost impossible



His wife Ethel was living at 1 Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods as of 1916


He is buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery


No inscription from his family.





Thomas Bamber

Born 1893, Whittle le Woods

Age: 21 on Enlistment

Age: 24 when killed

Killed in Action: 7 October 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 23228

Rank: Private

12 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment



Enlisted in 1914 at Chorley


Thomas Bamber and Christopher Heap served together and were killed on the same day


No mention of him in the War Diary-


On the 6 October 1916, the 12 Kings Liverpool Regiment would be in the assembly trenches south of Gueudecourt.

On 7 October 1916, they attacked RAINBOW and CLOUDY trenches at 1.45 pm

Later trench about 1000 yard from our frontline

Both objectives taken and several prisoners.

6 officers hit, 1 of whom was killed

Spent all night consolidating


Total casualties- 19 killed, 125 wounded, 4 missing believed killed, 67 missing



Preston Herald dated Saturday 14th October 1916 -




Pte Thomas Bamber, connected to the Kings Liverpool Regiment has been awarded the Military Medal for converying messages under heavy shell and rifle fire from the front line trenches to his battalion headquarters.

He was hit by a bullet which struck a buckle, otherwise he would have been wounded.

He was formally employed at Kem Mill Manufacturing Company.

He enlisted just after the outbreak of war.


Lancashire Evening Post dated Saturday 21st October 1916-




Private Thomas Bamber (24) King's (Liverpool) Regiment who's home was at Ribblesdale terrace, Whittle le Woods, was killed in action on October 7th.

He was recently awarded the Military Medal for conveying messages under heavy shell and rifle fire from the front line trenches to his battalion headquarters.

Prior to enlistment in 1914 he was the Kem Mill, Whittle le Woods.





Thomas Bamber is the younger brother of John Bamber mentioned above.

And witness to his brother John's marriage in 1912

Previously employed in the Print Works.


His name is on Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. of the Thiepval Memorial





Philip Baxendale

Born 27 May 1899, Wheelton, Lived at Whittle le Woods

Age: 18 on enlistment

Age:  19

Killed in Action: 29 June 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 61591

Rank: Private

15/17 Battalion Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment


Formerly 60024, S Manchester Regt


Enlisted on 4 August 1917 at Chorley


Philip Baxendale was at the Attack on La Becque Farm.

Their objective was to capture La Becque Farm and then onto the Plate Becque stream

Other units like the Accrington Pals, and 10th and 11th East Yorkshires backed up with

our Australian Artillery which was creating a creeping barrage.

The 15/17 Battalion Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment only

encountered light resistance from the enemy. 

However, they got caught up in the barrage and this caused some 170 plus casualties 


Son of Samuel and Esther Baxendale nee Livesey, living at Lukes Row, Whittle Springs

as of 1911.

He had this inscribed on this headstone by a Mrs. S Baxendale










Reginald Blackwell

Born in 1899, Clayton le Woods

Age: on Enlistment

Age: 19 at death

Killed in Action: 30 June 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 31562

Rank: Private

11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, Accrington Pals


Enlisted at Chorley


Also served as 63042, 51st Grad, Bn,  Manchester Regt.

And 17 Cheshire Regiment 45692


Another member of the Accrington Pals and also Killed in Action at the Attack on La Becque Farm


As of 19 May 2020, I have found his name in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 06 August 1918

War Office Daily list of 2nd August for East Lancashire Regiment as being killed


Son of James and Martha Blackwell, of Preston New Rd., Clayton le Woods

Had siblings Arnold (8 Provost Coy, Royal engineers), Victor, and Jenny


His mother would have TILL THE HAPPY EASTER MORN inscribed on the stone


He is buried in Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin





John Bowling

Born in 1896, Whittle le Woods

Age: 19 in 1915

Age: 21 at death

Killed in Action: 4 June 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 67191

Rank: Gunner

"A" Bty. 38th Bde,  Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery


In 1911 he was a Labourer at the Cotton Mill


Enlisted at Chorley

Date of Disembarkation is 12 July 1915



At the time of John Bowling being Killed in Action, "A" Bty 38th Brigade was in the area of Ypres.

They were positioned in Le Veau about 9 miles east of Ploegsteert


On 1 June 1917, they were attached to "J" Group 3rd New Zealand Divisional Artillery.


On 4 June 1917 the war diary states-


Batteries heavily shelled.... 24th Bty had 3 men wounded and 9 men were admitted to hospital suffering from gas poisoning.

Lt W J Heldon ( or Weldon) and 2 gunners of the 72nd Battery were killed.

A\38 had a gunner killed and 3 men wounded.



Son of the late John and Mary Bowling, of Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs

The description on his gravestone reads




By a Miss A Bowling of Taylors Cottages, Preston Road, Whittle le Woods


He is buried at the Berks Cemetery Extension





Hugh Bradshaw

Born 1887 at Kings Moss, Wigan

Age: 27

Age: 29 at death

Killed in Action: 8 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 200073

Rank: Private

B Coy of 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




Enlisted at Chorley


On his enlistment into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, he was already previously

attached to the Lancs Field Artillery, a Militia unit. Reg no 164


Whilst posted in Swindon, he was punished on the 8th of September 1914 for being

absent from 6.30 pm to 12.30 am - punishment 7 days CB

On 3 October 1914, he is again found absent, this time from the Tattoo until 10 pm

on the 4th October 1914.... punishment 7 days CB

On 21st October 1914, he was again absent... from the roll call until 6 pm

on the 22nd October 1914... over 20 hours..punishment 7 days CB

and docked 1-day pay on each occasion. 


His service record shows he was posted with the 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 

on 4th August 1914 until 24th June 1915.

Then transferred to the 42nd Prov Btn from 25th June 1915 until 5th November 1915.


According to a newspaper report- 


Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 06 August 1915


Hugh Bradshaw, Whittle le Woods, was ordered to await an escort at Chorley today on a charge of being an absentee from the 4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment stationed at Herne Bay.


And transferred again back to 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on

6th November 1915.


Admitted to a field hospital for boils on the left leg from 13 June 1916 until 27 June 1916

Back to duty from the 29th June 1916.

Missing, presumed Killed in Action on 8th August 1916.  


According to the War Diary-


After a night in bivouacs, preparations were made to go over the ground prior to an attack on GUILLEMONT on the 8th. The Battalion returned to the line that night and assembled in trenches east and west of the road which ran south from the east corner of TRONES WOOD, C Company being detailed to consolidate the right of the enemy line and D Company the left on the west side of GUILLEMONT. A and B Companies acted in conjunction with the 1/4th Royal Lancasters and the 18th Liverpool Regiments respectively. The attack was not a success. The right was held up from the start by the switch line which had been reported by our patrol on the 6th, such report has been either overlooked or ignored, and the men had to fall back to the original line, though the 18th Liverpools went through the village on the left, and D Company of our Battalion commenced to consolidate but were driven off by the enemy coming behind them and cutting them off from the Liverpools. Considerable confusion was caused owing to the mist and the employment by the enemy of smoke bombs, the four platoons in reserve not being called upon for this reason, though all their officers were killed and they suffered many other casualties.


The operation was a costly one according to the War Diary- 9 Other Ranks were killed, 97 wounded, and 107 reported missing;


Officers, Captain E. M. Rennard and Captain H. Lindsay were killed. Second Lieutenants O. H. Ducksbury and J. H. Holden missing (afterward found to be prisoners of war), and Lieutenants De Blaby and A. T. D. Evans and Second Lieutenants E. L. Fairclough and T. A. Bigger were wounded. Lieutenant De Blaby died the following day.




A Brush Maker employed at Philips Brush Manufacturer, Chorley


Living at Union Street, Whittle le Woods


He was married to Edith Walmsley in 1906 at St Johns, Whittle le Woods 

and lived at 32 Burnaby St, Bolton in 1911 with a daughter called Emily.


Edith would be remarried by 1919


His name is on The Thiepval Memorial.




Francis P Brindle

Born 1899 Whittle le Woods

Age: 18 on enlistment

Age: 19 at death

Killed in Action: 25 April 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 81384

Rank: Private

D coy, 15 Battalion Durham Light Infantry


Formerly 45794, Lancs Fus.


Enlisted 15 September 1917 at Chorley

Attested 15 September 1917

Also known as Frank Brindle


Lived at 14 Rock Villa Road, Whittle le Woods in 1911 with family

Mobilized at  home from 17th October 1917 to 1 April 1918 with the reserves

of the Lancashire Fusiliers

Posted on 18th\19th October 1917 to D Company, the 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Sent to France on 2 April 1918

Transferred to the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 3 April 1918 and I think he could have arrived as early as the 4th at Hollebeke as part of  200 replacements drafted in.


According to the 15 DLI Battalion War Diary - hard to clearly read


25 April 1918 - DICKEBUSCH


At 2.30 am the enemy opened an internal(?) bombardment in all back.

using a percentage of gas shells. The Battalion was forced to leave the camp and took up a position in shell holes etc a few hundred yards west of the camp.

The enemy attacked and made a breach in the line. And the battalion immediately moved forward in support of 9th Batt KOYLI. 

1 coy filling a gap in the line.


25 April 1918 - KEMMEL


Holding a line in CHEAPSIDE ROAD,  North of KEMMEL


Capt M R Pease wounded.




He was 5ft 3 inches, so must have been classed as a Bantam.

And had black hair and blues eyes

A copy of his will states...In the event of my death, I give all my property  and affects

to my mother.


His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial


As of 20 May 2020 I have found his name mentioned in the Daily List of 15 June 1918, as Killed whilst with the Durham Light Infantry within the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 18 June 1918




Christopher Brooks

Born 1882, Preston

Age: 32

Killed in Action: 25 September 1914

France and Flanders

Reg no: 8683

Rank: Private

2 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers



Enlisted in 1914 at Chorley


He was a Reservist and worked at the Whittle Springs Brewery before the outbreak of war



The 2 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, was in Ste Marguerite, Aisne from the 14th of September 1914, using the church as a regimental aid post. and doing digging duties.

Whilst in reserve.

On the 22nd of September, they received two machine guns to replace the only ones they had and lost a month earlier.

Over the next few days, they moved to Missy-sur-Aisne, 2 miles away.

Digging and being shelled every day.




He was the son of Adam and Jane Brooks; husband of Sarah Brooks

of 4, Hall's Terrace. Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs.


Buried at Ste Marguerite, Aisne


His stone has this written on it -




By a Mrs S Brooks, of Halls Terrace, his wife.


His wife was Sarah, and they had children, Ronald born 1911 and Margaret Elizabeth in 1913.



John Cannon

Born 1897, Glossop, Derby, Living at Whittle le Woods

Age: 18 on enlistment

Age: 22 on death

Died of Wounds: 18 November 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 680254

Rank: Gunner

Royal Field Artillery

H.Q. 377th Bde., attd. H.Q. 8th Div. Art.


Other Gnr, RFA No 1297



Born in Dinting, Glossop, Derbyshire in 1897


Son of Thomas a Machine Printer, Calico Works, and Mary Byrom, of Shaw Brow

Whittle-le-Woods, Lancs as of 1918


Thomas Cannon and Mary Byrom were married in 1888 and had 7 children-


Elizabeth 1889

William 1891

James 1894

Herman 1895

John 1897

Frank 1899

Jesse 1901


They moved from Derbyshire and are living at Water House Green, Whittle le Woods in 1911


John Cannon, Enlisted about 30 September 1915 at Chorley


He initially joined  "A" Battery of 276 Brigade, part of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division

He was in France as of the 30 September 1915


His number in 1917 was changed to 680254


During this time he was posted to H.Q. 377th Bde which was attached to HQ 8 Divison artillery. The 377th doesn't exist and so this is a mistake by the person who typed the information!


By using the Great War Forum website to help others and myself I managed to get some more clues-


It seems that he may have been really 'unlucky'. Forces War Records appear to have an MH 106 transcription for him from 31 Ambulance Train which says that he "Entrained Corbenhem. Detrained Carnieres" suffering from Influenza. Original ailment 3rd November 1918. Discharged to duty 4th November 1918.


The CRA 8 Division diary seems to read that HQ was based:


5th November - Marchiennes

10th November - Harchies

12th November - Tertre

16th November - Tournai


As of 19 May 2020, I have found his name in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 27 November 1917

In the RGA section for 21st November, he is listed as wounded


He is again mentioned in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 07 January 1919

as having died



He had been suffering since early November and was discharged back to duty! 

He was obviously ill again and moved to Etaples

Died at Étaples on 18 November 1918, very likely due to the Spanish Flu Pandemic (Influenza) that swept through the huge British base of about 100,000 soldiers



His parents would have this inscription put on his gravestone -







Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery




Hugh G Charnock

Born 1889, Whittle le Woods

Age: 26 on enlistment

Age: 29 on death 

Died: 8 November 1918

Reg no: 67222

Rank: Sergeant

35 Coy, Royal Army Medical Corps


Enlisted on 31 August 1915 at Sheffield


After dying at 8:50 pm of Influenza at London General Hospital being admitted on

1 November 1918

Looking at what's left of the medical report I found he officially died of

Influenza, Pneumonia, and Pleurisy

He had been previously ill in 1915 and 1916 of the same illnesses whilst in Sheffield.

Married Sarah Broadhurst Schofield in 1912 at Chorley Reg Office


Known children were -


Harry Broadhurst Charnock was born in Adlington in 1913

Olive Broadhurst Charnock,    "           "        in 1914



His widow and children were given a pension of 36\3 a week.


His grave is in St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods 



John J Clark

Born in 1888, Preston

Age: about 27 on enlistment

Age: 29 at death

Died: 16 April 1917

Reg no: M2/156141

Rank: Private

373rd M.T. Coy. (Bedford) , Army Service Corp


373 Coy ASC was formed on 21 Jun 1915 and disbanded on 30 Jun 1920.


Enlisted at Chorley



Served in England and was based in Colchester, Bedford, and Hitchin.

As an auxiliary Mechanical Transport Company


Husband of Ellen Clark, of Radburn Brow, Clayton Green


Died at the Military Hospital, Preston

Which could have been Whittingham Military Hospital.





His Gravestone is in St Bedes Churchyard, Clayton Green




Percy Clitheroe

Born 1893, Whittle le Woods

Age: 22 in 1915

Age: 24 at death

Died of Wounds: 10 October 1917

Reg no: 8063

Rank: Corporal**

France and Flanders

55 Coy, Machine Gun Corp




** (His promotion may not have been made formal and given stripes in  time)


Enlisted at Chorley between 1914-1915


Formerly 21195, Liverpool Regt



On 29th August 1916 whilst billeted at ROCOURT the War Diary says


Corporals reverted to ranks of their own accord - Cpls Bowen and Clitheroe


According to his pension ledger card, he was posted as "missing" on 12 November 1916 so must have

either been found or got back in touch with his Company 


Awarded the Military Medal on 21st December 1916 in the London Gazette. I think with the Liverpool Regiment


A letter from his commanding officer sent to his parents stating that "He had continued firing when all of his men were lying dead around him"


As for Percy in 1917 - 


Inspection of the company by GOC.


12th February 1917-  CHQ at MOQUET FARM

16th February 1917 at MARTINSART 

17th February 1917 at MARLBORO' HUTS \ NAB VALLEY ROAD

18th February 1917 -  Cpl Clitheroe and Pte Lay were admitted to the hospital  

20th June 1917 - ROSSIGNOL FARM - Reinforcements arrived and included

Cpl Clitheroe


On 19th August 1917, Cpl Clitheroe was recommended to be promoted to Sgt.

On 9th September 1917 - Church Parade - the following proceeded on leave

2/Lt T Moore, **Sgt Clitheroe, Ptes Davey & Fewell.


On 9th October 1917- The company moved from SCHOOL CAMP to DIRTY BUCKET

On 10th October 1917 - They are at DIRTY BUCKET CAMP -

Section Officers reconnoitered line in the morning and at 2 pm "A" and "D" sections

proceed up line in motor lorries to HURST PARK.

"A" section had the following casualties as timbers were being unloaded -

6 killed, 11 wounded, and the remainder stayed the night at HURST PARK.

"D" section had the following casualties while unloading timbers

2 killed, 3 wounded.

"D" section relieved 4 guns of 32nd MG Coy in Poelcapple near the church.


2/Lts Moore & Rumble returned to transport lines to report the situation then proceeded up the line to their sections at HURST PARK.

2/Lt Moore returned to transport lines with the remainder of "A" section (5 OR)


Situation at night as follows - "D" Section in line, "B" & "C" Sections transport line.




Pte Finch returned off leave


Preparation orders for 12th.


Percy Clitheroe's award of the Military Medal that was awarded to him on 21st December 1916


Preston Herald - Saturday 18 November 1916 -




Lance-Corporal,  Percy Clitheroe of the Machine Gun Corps, whose home is at

Whittle le Woods has been awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct and devotion to duty on October 1st at the capture of Thiepval.


Son of Robert and Elizabeth Clitheroe nee Edmonson of 1 County Terrace, Clayton le Woods.


Buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Diksmuidseweg Road, Boezinge


Death Plaque to 8063 Cpl Percival Clitheroe 55/Coy MGC (Infy).

Died of Wounds 10/10/1917, born Whittle-le-Woods, Lancs.

Buried Bard Cottage Cemetery. Entitled to the Military Medal L/Gazette 21/12/1916.

Heavily involved in operations on the Somme including 1st Day.

Also Trones and Delville Wood, Schwaben Redoubt.





William Coopers Medal and Memorial Plague


Found as part of good efforts to collect information including medal and pictures of local armed forces personnel and contact any descendants. 



Courtesy of Ian Cooper and Stuart Clewlow

William Cooper

Born 1900, Whittle le Woods

Age:  on Enlistment

Age: 18 at death

Killed in Action: 16 April 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 41717

Rank: Private


6 Battalion South Wales Borderers


Also Training Reserve 2785




Enlisted at Chorley, Possibly after 1915


In Action during the heavy fighting for Ploegsteert Village

Between 10th - 15th April 1918, the battalion suffered over 400 casualties

fighting a rearguard action.



As of 20 May 2020, I have discovered new information regarding William Cooper which changes the circumstances surrounding his death.

Whilst looking in the  Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 01 October 1918 I came across

The War Office Daily List for 23 September 1918  - Prisoners of War 

Previously missing, now reported by the German government as previously missing, now reported killed

Cooper 41417 W. (Whittle le Woods)




Son of Mr. Richard. and Mrs. Isabella. Cooper, of 9 Mount Pleasant, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs


His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial


His name is also in the Welsh Book of Remembrance 1928



John Cotton - 1916

Born 2 May 1887, Blackburn

Age in 1915: 27, and 10 months

Age: 29 at Death

Killed in Action: 1 July 1916

Reg no: 1343

Rank: Pte,  Second Lieutenant

Royal Field Artillery

150th Bde.


John Cotton first Enlisted as Pte\Gunner 1343 with 2/1 East Lancashire Regiment

R.F.A Brigade

4 Battery


Served at home from 14 November 14 until 7 March 1915




Discharged on 7 March 1915 at Southport, having obtained a commission in the Regular Army 

Character, Very good, Very Ready, and Reliable man



Grave of Cotton family in St John's, Whittle le Woods


According to the War Diary of a soldier in the same battery...

8553 Driver Riley, D Sub Section, A Battery, 150th Brigade [CP]
Royal Field Artillery, 30th Division, BEF France.










Jul 3. Am back with my Battery, or all that is left of it.

We have been practically wiped out.

Killed, Major Grayham, 2nd Lt Rowit, Sgt Fecitt, 2nd Lt Cotton.

Wounded, Gr Cook, Gr Ormerod, etc, etc

Further notes say ...All our officers have been killed or wounded or in hospital

and temp officers have been brought in.


Son of Lawrence and Frances Eleanor Cotton; the husband of Margaret Cotton

of  "The Pines," Clayton Green, Chorley. A native of Blackburn.

Eldest brother of Mrs Parker, Cornfield Cliffe, Darwen.


His father was a well known Cotton Mill owner and became a director of Blackburn

Rovers in 1891. He also became Mayor of Blackburn in 1917.

They were related via marriage to the previous owner of "The Pines" Mr James


Lawrence Cotton and  family would receive Armenia Mill and almost £40'000 from

his will, and would be the new owners of "The Pines".


Preston Herald - Saturday 15 July 1916 -




Many people will no doubt be grieved to hear of the death of Lieut John Cotton, eldest son of Mr L and Mrs Cotton of the Pines, Clayton le Woods, and manufacturer of Swansea Mill, Whittle le Woods who had died of wounds received in action whilst with his regiment, Lord Derby's County Palatine, RFA, as a private and later became a lieutenant.  He was 29 years of age and was a popular member of the Pleasington and Whilpshire golf clubs, and Longshaw Lawn Tennis Club.




He is buried at Dive Copse Cemetery, Sailly-le-Sec




John Cotton - 1917

Born 1896, Chorley

Age: 20 on enlistment

Age: 21 at death

Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action: 23 January 1917

Killed in Action with T.B.Ds

Official no port - J.56029 (Po)

Service no - J/56029

Rank: Ord Seaman

Royal Navy - HMS SIMOOM

North Sea


Enlisted in 1916


His parents Ralph and Winifride Cotton were living at Hill Foot Farm, Whittle-le-Woods.

Ralph was a Millstone quarryman in 1911.


The U-boat S50 fired a torpedo during a firefight, striking the HMS SIMOOM

in the magazine.

The HMS SIMOOM sank off the Schouwen Banks, North Sea 


The Admiralty Regrets/Dictionary of Disasters at Sea During the Age

of Steam 1824-1962:

On the night of 22 January 1917 the Harwich Force put to sea to intercept the

German 6th Destroyer Flotilla en route from Heligoland Bight to Zeebrugge.

On paper the British possessed significant superiority: 6 cruisers and 18 destroyers.

However, in the confusion of the night the Germans got through, and the destroyer

S.50 torpedoed HMS SIMOOM [Cdr Inman].

She was hit in the magazine but remained afloat.

The destroyer HMS MORRIS took off all of SIMOOM's survivors.

At 10:40 hours on the 23 January, she was sunk by HMS NIMROD.
Under the orders of Cdr Tyrwhitt.

There was a complement of 90 of which 47 were casualties.


Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 22 January 1917




Among those who lost their lives in the naval action in the North Sea last week was

John Cotton (21) who was the only son of Mr R Cotton, Hillfoot Farm, Whittle le Woods.  Cotton joined the Navy last year after having completed his course of studies at the Hamersmith Training College in preperation for a scholastic career.

He was previously a student at Ushaw college.  Among the survivors from the same vessel was Stoker Murphy, Ingolborough View, Withnell. The first named was in the fore part of the ship and the latter aft when the explosion occurred.

A newpaper article relating to John Cotton is in the Gallery


His name is on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial 1917





William Derbyshire

Born 1900, Whittle le Woods

Age: 18

Killed in Action: 24 April 1916 or 1918

Reg no: 62307

France and Flanders

Rank: Private

2 Battalion Prince of Wales West Yorkshire Regiment


His name is not on the Whittle le Woods 1914-15 Roll of Honour


Enlisted at Chorley


Depending on the correct death date


From 17 April 1916 to 23rd April 1916 - War Diary


The 2 Battalion Prince of Wales West Yorkshire Regiment was at Albert in Brigade Reserve. They were doing Daily Training, Physical Drills, and Bombing always

with live bombs.

Bayonet Training and Company Drill


On 23rd April 1916 (to 29th April the NAB portion" X 710 X 1 3. 17th HLI, 32nd Div was on our Immediate left, 2nd Middlesex on our right. ) at 3 pm they relieved the 2nd Scottish Rifles in the trenches - " 

Distribution of Companies, left C, right B,  in support A and D.

The enemy is not offensive except with MG fire at night.

In spite of this, only 2 men were killed and one wounded


One of these men killed could be... William Derbyshire


What is puzzling is that with not much going on and only 2 soldiers being killed How did his body happen to not be seen?


As of 20 May 2020, I have found his name in the West Yorkshire Regiment section of the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 25 June 1918

Under the 19 June 1918 subheading?

But some paperwork has him as killed on 24 April 1916! A transcription error of either 1916 or 1918



From alternative death on 24 April 1918-


On the 24th of April, the Germans, attacking with infantry supported by tanks, managed to capture the village. As part of the 23rd Brigade, the 2nd West Yorkshires were in the front line near Monument Wood, south-east of Villers-Bretonneux. On the morning of the 24th of April, their line was broken by six German tanks and infantry. Quickly outflanked, the survivors retreated along the railway line to defences west of the village  Commencing that evening, however, the Australian 13th and 15th Brigades, with support from British units, counter-attacked and retook Villers-Bretonneux.





William Derbyshire was the son of George, a Printers Back Tenter, and Ann Derbyshire nee Cooper?

a Cotton Weaver.

As of 1911, they were living at Ribblesdale Terrace, Whittle Le Woods.



His name is on the Thiepval Memorial





Thomas Dixon

Born in 1899 in Kirkham

Age: possibly 18 on enlistment

Age: 19

Killed in Action: 11 April 1918

Reg no: 39323

France and Flanders

Rank: Private

1 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment



Enlisted at Chorley


Thomas Dixon was born in 1899 in Kirkham

In 1911, Thomas Dixon was at home with his family.

His parents William Dixon, a Taper, and Sarah Jane, House duties 

There were also 8 children

They lived at Swansey Fold, Whittle le Woods


On the 9th of April 1918, the 1 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment was on the line

A very large bombardment was heard on the right at 4:45 a.m.

No attack of any nature took place on the battalion front and the shelling died down.

At night "C" company moved from Rue Marle to Streaky Bacon Farm.


The battalion was now holding a front line of some 1400 yards.

At nightfall, the situation was described as full of possibilities.

But on the following morning of the 10th, the enemy attacked the line.

Rations were not delivered on the 9th or 10th, and Brigade HQ had moved and its whereabouts were unknown.


At about 2 pm on the 10th of April, the battalion retired through the streets of Armentieres which was being shelled and they crossed over the River Lys, to a position at Pont de Nieppe.


Men of every unit were walking the streets in every direction and civilians hampered the troops.


On the 10/11th of April, they again moved to a position on the southeastern outskirts of Nieppe.

The 11th of April was described as "a day of continuous anxiety"....but morale seemed to be good.


At 7:30 pm the battalion commenced to retire to a position called La Creche but found it under enemy control.

So they moved to a position 1.5 east of Baillaul, near the Baillaul - Armentieres Road.


On 11 April 1918, he was reported missing. And death presumed.


His name is on the Ploegsteert Memorial, within the Berks Cemetery Extension.


Panel 5 and 6.





James Feeney

Born 1890, Blackburn

Age: 24 on enlistment

Age: 28 at death

Died of wounds: 8 September 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no:12075

Rank: Cpl

7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Was he a Preston Pal?

Did he join D Coy?


James Feeney enlisted and joined up on 31 August 1914 at Preston.


5ft 5


On 4 May 1915, he was in trouble for being absent from 12 until 9 am for 3 days

Punishment 8 days C B and docked 3 days pay

(Several other offenses in 1918 of being absent).


On 23 November 1916, he was appointed unpaid to L / Cpl

​On 1 April 1917, he is promoted to Cpl


As of 4 November 1917, he was posted to the 3 Battalion


The 7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was disbanded on 10 February 1918 in France


On 21 March 1918 moved from Folkstone to Boulogne and joined 25 Inf Base Depot at Etaples.

And posted to 9 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

At "N" Depot he then joined the 1 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in the field on 30 March 1918

On 7 September 1918, he was picked up by 141 FA with a GSW to his Abdomen


He Died of Wounds at the 4 Canadian CC Station, France on 8 September 1918



Mother Helen Feeney of Clayton Green sent his wallet, notebook, religious book

cigarette case, razor in case, cap badge & rosary, two religious emblems, photos,

letter, cards, and pencils on 14 January 1919





Miss Sarah A. Feeney, of Clayton Green had inscribed on the stone



He is buried in Duisans Military Cemetery, Etrun, France





Henry Fishwick

Born 1899, Whittle le Woods

Age: 17\18 on enlistment

Age: 17\18 at death

Died: 10 October 1917

Reg no:18189

Rank: Private

21st Battalion Welsh Regiment



Formerly T.R\4\ 18189

6 Battalion Training Reserve Battalion, Cheshire Regiment



Enlisted at Chorley


Died of Heart Failure at the Military Hospital, Galloway?



Father was John Fishwick, of Lytham View, Whittle le Woods

Mother is Annie




Bohermore Cemetery
Galway, County Galway, Ireland





William Henry Fishwick

Born 1899, Whittle le Woods

Age: 18 on enlistment

Age: 18 at death

Death: 26 March 1917

Reg no: 3/9748

Rank: Private

51 (G) Manchester Regiment





Enlisted at Preston


He died of pneumonia


William was the son of Ralph, who worked at Calico Print Works, and Mary

Jane Fishwick, a Cotton Warper.


In 1911 they were living at Chorley Old Road, Whittle le Woods, also with

a daughter, Jane Hannah Fishwick.


Buried at St John, Whittle le Woods





Edward Gent

Born 1884, Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 31 on Enlistment 

Age: 34

Died: 1 December 1918

Reg no: 466351

Rank: Sapper

Royal Engineers

13th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Sect



Served 3 years


His name is not on the Whittle le Woods 1914-1915 Roll of Honour


I have family connections to the Gent family

And have previously been in contact with Liz Gent and others



He died shortly after getting home, during a few days of leave suffering from influenza


From the brilliant website

This description sums it up...


Edward (Ned) was employed as a blacksmith by Mr B Harrison in Chorley,

(He worked as a blacksmith for Mr B. Harrison in Chorley before enlisting)

was born on 11 November 1884 and died, aged 34, on 1 December 1918.  He was a Sapper (466351) in the Royal Engineers – 13th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Section and died from influenza, followed by pneumonia at Paradise Row, Whittle le Woods whilst on leave at the end of the First World War. He is buried with his wife Annie, who died aged 87 on 28 October 1971, in the churchyard of St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods.


I believe he married Annie Knowles on 14 April 1909 at St John’s, Whittle le Woods, and lived at Lytham View, Whittle le Woods. 

They had a daughter called Bessie born November 1914.

He was also a Bell Ringer at St John's Church, Whittle le Woods

Son of John Gent and Mary Garstang



Buried at St Johns, Whittle le Woods `

He is my paternal 1st cousin of the husband of 1st cousin 4x removed

PEEL side



William Gregson

Born 1892, Lostock Hall, Living in Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 22 on enlistment

Age 23

Death: 7 June 1915

Reg no - 21118

Enlisted at Preston

Rank: Private

C coy, 11 Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted in 



William Gregson was with the 11 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment which was training in Billericay, Essex as of May 1915.








William Gregson was found dead in a pond in Drummonds Wood, Mountnessing.

On 12th June 1915, a fellow Private was walking near the pond when he saw

a body floating in the pond.

He went for help and found Sergeant Major Lassam and a few other men.

They brought the body out of the pond and noticed bruising on parts of the body

and face.

The body was identified by a Lance Corporal who was in the same section and

tent as William Gregson.

On the 14th of June 1915, an inquest was heard at the union workhouse.

The local GP gave evidence, stating the death was likely caused by asphyxia

by drowning.


Further evidence was heard about William Gregson's state of mind from

a Private W G Berry

It appeared he no longer wanted to be in the army and had drifted

into a morbid state of mind.


But with the condition of the body, it seems to me that he was beaten up and drowned!


Son of Adam and Margaret Gregson, of Rose Cottages, Wrea Green, Kirkham, Lancs.







Richard Grime

Born in 1885, Clayton le Woods, Living in Chorley

Age: abt 30 on enlistment

Age 31 at death

Killed in Action: 24 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 6658

Rank: Private

73rd Coy, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)


Richard Grime Enlisted at


Formerly 32501 Ches.Regt


In 1901 he lived at County Terrace and was a Calico Printer Labourer 

In 1911 he is living at West View with his mother Fanny a Widow and siblings



Richard Grime was in the 73rd Machine Gun Corps(Infantry)


I think they were positioned to the south of Delville Wood


At the time he was killed in action, they were part of the attempted capture of Delville Wood and to consolidate from Beer Trench to Hop Alley and Wood Lane.


At 11 a.m. on the 22nd of August 1916, the 73rd Coy were at HAPPY VALLEY

Having been relieved by 60th M.G. coy. The 73rd Coy moved to SAND PIT

5.30 pm, Warned to have 4 guns ready to go with the line again.


At the SAND PIT on 23rd August 1916

The line held by 105th M.G. coy

At 7.30 pm, No 3 Section took over from 105th M.G. coy

Relief greatly interfered with by heavy enemy shelling 

Casualties - 1 OR wounded (shock, shell)


At the SAND PIT on 24th August 1916

Heavy shelling of front and support trenches by enemy

Casualties M.G.C - 2 OR killed, 1 wounded, 1 attached OR wounded 


Looks like Richard Grime is killed here!


The remainder of Coy, Reorganising, and overhauling equipment






His brother Thomas Grime will also be killed almost a year later.


His brother Frederick Grime was living at 3 Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods and he survived the war


His Parents are William and Fanny


His name is on the Thiepval Memorial.





Thomas Grime- in 1914

Born 1887, Whittle le Woods

Age: 27 on enlistment 

France and Flanders

Reg no: 16917

Rank: Private

10 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment - See Below



His name is on the Whittle le Woods 1914-1915 Roll of Honour


Enlisted at Preston on 30 September 1914

Discharged from service and then Enlisted again


Thomas Grime- later in 1917

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 20 September 1917 aged 30

France and Flanders

Reg no: 25503

Enlisted at Preston?

Rank: Private

 "C" Company 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Thomas Grime Lived with his family at West View Terrance, Whittle le Woods in 1911.

And was still there when he joined up.

His occupation was a coachman for the Cotton Bleach Works in 1911.


At the time he joined up, he was a Gardener on 30 September 1914


He was originally discharged on 2 November 1914 suffering from defective vision

"Discharged as not being likely to become an effective soldier"

"Unfit for service"

Then joined "C" Company 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


On the 20th of September 1917, the 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was taking part in The Battle of the Menin Road.


According to the Regimental War history- 


Zero Hour was at 5:40 am at which time the artillery barrage opened up.

The enemy was fully prepared for the attack as they fired on the assembly positions

A creeping barrage by the British Artillery was used for the first time here

At 8.17 am a message was received saying the attack appeared to be going well

Enemy Machine guns were causing problems on the flanks.

HILL 37, GALLIPOLI, and SULVA were some of the objectives to capture


As of the afternoon, an effort was made to reorganize the Battalion, which was now reported to consist of only four Officers and 60 rifles in the firing line.


As well as all the officers killed-

Other Ranks - Killed 23, Wounded 161, Missing 11; Total 195. 


Plenty more to add but the above gives a gist of the events on the day


New information found as of 18 May 2020 as reported in the weekly casualty list (War Office & Air Ministry on Tuesday 20 November 1917 states Thomas Grime was previously reported wounded, but is now reported as wounded and missing.


Brother as next of kin is Frederick Grime of  3 Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods, and would have these words inscribed on his gravestone -





He is buried at Bedford House Cemetery


Enclosure No.4 XII. H. 2.


Son of William and Fanny Grime.




Robert Hall

Born in 1896 in Darwen

Age: 19 on enlistment

Age: 21

Killed in Action: 4 October 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 19574

Rank: Serjeant

21 Battalion Manchester Regiment


Robert Hall Enlisted on 10 November 1915


Robert Hall took part in the Battle of Broodseinde.


On  the evening of the 3rd of October 1917, the Battalion moved up to their position

at Polygon Wood.  

In support of the 22nd Battalion

German artillery started shelling them at about 2 am until their own attack started at 6 am.

"A" Company was quickly attached to the 22nd Battalion and came under its orders.

"C" and "D" Companies took up positions in the Jetty Trench.

 "B" Company was near The Butt and would provide support with ammunition etc

 The allied attack (Zero hour) was 6 am and "A" was sent forward into action straight


At 9.30 am the men from "D" went forward.

They were followed by "C"

This attack was also in conjunction with the 1st South Staffordshire

By the 7th of October they managed to hold on to the position held and were then



Son of Richard and Sarah Hall, of 8, Tootell Terrace, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley


His name is on Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A. at Tyne Cot Memorial





Christopher Heap

Born in 1891, Clayton le Woods, Living in Chorley

Age: abt 24 on enlistment

Age: 25

Killed in Action: 7 October 1916

Reg no: 23156

France and Flanders

Rank: Private

12 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment





Name is on the Clayton le Woods Church of England School 1914-1918 Roll of Honour


Enlisted at Chorley

The date of Disembarkation was 20 August 1915


27 Victoria Terrace, Clayton Le Woods in 1911 with family

He was a Cotton Weaver


Thomas Bamber and Christopher Heap served together and were killed on the same day


No mention of him in the War Diary-


On the 6 October 1916, the 12 Kings Liverpool Regiment would be in the assembly trenches south of Gueudecourt.

On 7 October 1916, they attacked RAINBOW and CLOUDY trenches at 1.45 pm

Later trench about 1000 yard from our frontline

Both objectives taken and several prisoners.

6 officers hit, 1 of whom was killed

Spent all night consolidating


Total casualties- 19 killed, 125 wounded, 4 missing believed killed, 67 missing



According to his Father,  Christopher was missing for 3 years and presumed dead



His name is on the Thiepval Memorial


Son of Robert and Jane Heap




Walter Heap

Born 1897,  Whittle le Woods

Age: 19 on enlistment

Age: 22

Died: 18 February 1919

France and Flanders

Reg no: 180125

Rank: Gunner

335 Siege Bty Royal Garrison Artillery




Enlisted at Chorley


Enlisted on 14 February 1916

Son of Robert and Jane Heap, of 24, Swansey Fold, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley.

He was a Newsagent

Was admitted to Mile End Military Hospital, London with GSW to his right thigh on

27th April 1918, until 10th October 1918.


As of 19 May 2020, I have found his name in the RGA wounded list in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 02 July 1918

I am wondering if this is just a routine notice as I'm sure he was in Mile End Military Hospital, London at this time


Died at own residence of Influenza and Pneumonia, buried by relations

His brother Robert Heap was present at his death, according to his death certificate.


A newspaper article from his father about the family was in the Lancashire Evening Post on 24th January 1919


The younger brother of Christopher Heap


Son of Robert and Jane Heap



His gravestone is in St Johns, Whittle le Woods




Wilfred Henshaw

Born 1881, Whittle le Woods

Age: 33 with 8 years of previous service then volunteered in August 1914

Age: 33

Died of Wounds: 30 December 1914

France and Flanders

Reg no - 2645

Rank: L \ cpl

1 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Enlisted on 6 August 1914 at Preston

Into France as of 22 September 1914


Previously in the King's Own Lancaster Regiment for 8 years, doing foreign service then became a Police Constable, married to Nancy Alice Henshaw Living at 9

Stafford Street, Nelson about 1911


Husband of Nancy Alice Henshaw, of Waterhouse Green, Whittle-le-Woods in 1914

His widow Nancy Alice Henshaw received £124 from his probate.





written on the headstone by his widow.








I have now found new evidence relating to Wilfred Henshaw.. see below


On 30 December 1914, the 1 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment is at


However, Wilfred Henshaw  died of wounds received on the battlefield after

being taken prisoner by the Germans after the battle of

Givenchy on the 22nd-23rd December 1914.


He died on 30 December 1914. 


Preston Herald - Saturday 06 March 1915




The relations of W H Henshaw of Whittle le Woods, have just recieved word that he has died from wounds after being seriously wounded while in action with his regiment, the 1st Batt. L.N.L Regiment.  He volunteered for active service on the outbreak of war.

He leaves a widow and one child. 



In the Chorley Guardian - 1 January 1916


In loving memory of Lance-Corporal Wilfred Howard Henshaw, late of 9, Stafford-street, Nelson, who died on December 30th, 1914, from wounds received in action- 
He sweetly sleeps in Jesus
Beyond the fear of ill
His is the blessed resting
Ours is the watching still
From wife and child



The cemetery address is:-
Sudfriedhof Koln
Honinger Platz
50969 Cologne






George W Hilton

Born 1895, Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 21 on enlistment

Age: 23

Killed in Action: 26 October 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 243269

Rank: Private

4th/5th Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted at Whittle le Woods


George Hilton was killed on the 26th of October 1917, during an assault on

the Passchendaele Ridge.


According to the war diary -


Their attack started at 5.00 am, zero hours. At 5.45 am the enemy artillery hit just

behind the advancing battalion causing a few casualties in the reserves who were

passing through (the enemy barrage stopped at about 7.45 am).

14 enemy aircraft also caused a few casualties

They had problems with their rifles and machine guns being clogged up with mud...

so had to use their bayonets.

Due to the enemy fire, they had to lie in the shell holes

They had the idea of attaching cords onto the machine guns (MG) to help locate them and pull out of shell holes. This was untried as no MGs had been dropped. 

At 7.20 am, on moving towards DAVOUST FARM, a party of 100 enemies came out and

tried to counter-attack heading towards VAN DYCK FARM.

They were attacked and 40 or so enemy casualties caused 

By midday heavy rain had started

Throughout the day the 4th/5th Btn and supporting Btns held on.

But with deteriorating conditions, including rifles and MGs out of action due to the mud.

And men were reduced in number and exhausted and cold from being held up in

water-logged shell holes for 2 days.

It was decided they would withdraw to their original line


2 officers and 63 other ranks killed


George Hilton would be included.


Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 16 November 1917






Word has been recieved that Lance-Corporal Joe Monk (24) and George Hilton (23), both of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, were killed in action on October 26th.

They were formerly employed at the Leyland Rubber Works. and joined up together close on two years ago. They trained together, served at the front together, and it is stated, were killed by the same shell.  The two lads came from ajoining houses in Spring Gardens, Whittle le Woods.  and were connected with St Bede's, Clayton Green.



Son of John and Mary Ellen Hilton, of 4, Spring Gardens, Whittle-le-Woods.

Formerly a Labour At Print Works


His name is also on Panel 102 to 104 at Tyne Cot Memorial





John Hooper

Born 1894, Whittle le Woods

Age: 20

Age: 21

Died after a training accident: 16 October 1915

Reg no: 24446

Rank: Private


3 Battalion The Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers


Enlisted at Chorley


Enlisted on 21st December 1914, at Preston and posted to the 20th Reserve Brigade


Transferred to Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers on 21 May 1915


A training unit, it remained in the UK throughout the war and was based at

Litherland in May 1915.






He was the son of John Hooper a Boot Maker and Ellen Halsall who married on

25 Mar 1871 at Lydiate, St Thomas, Lancashire

He Lived at Higher Copthurst in 1911

He was a Cotton Loom Weaver


Died at 6 Military Hospital, Seaforth of Tetanus as a result of a Gun Shot Wound.

He was admitted on 2 October 1915 after receiving a GSW to the left hip


A court hearing occurred and it seems during a Machine Gun instruction course.

A private 5313 W. Williams had fired a round of ammunition which went through

the door and a galvanized?.

The document is hard to read but it seems there was confusion with people not

realizing that the ammo loaded was, in fact, alive and not the dummy rounds.

It was given to Private Williams from the store's man

The wound was a small entry hole but the exit was a gaping wound as if the bullet

had flattened out.

The doctor was called to one of the latrines and found a soldier lying there, bleeding


The hearing found Pte Hooper was in no way blame and the firing of the live round

was an accident with no proof to suggest otherwise. 


A relation, Mr. R Hooper of 239 Lyons Lane, Chorley would have this written

on his gravestone -




Buried at Heapey Churchyard, on the south side




Henry Hopwood

Born Whittle le Woods

Age: 25 at enlistment 

Age: 27

Killed in Action: 23 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 14059

Rank: Sergeant

7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Was he a Preston Pal?

Did he join D Coy?


Enlisted at Preston


Henry Hopwood joined up on 3 September 1914


He would be awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field and reported in the

London Gazette on the 19 February 1917.



Whilst looking in the War Diary for 7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on and around the 23 July 1916


As of 1.35 am on the 22nd of July 1916, the 7 Battalion is in the trenches at Bazentin le Petit.

Near Crucifix Corner


At 3.45 on the 23rd of July 1916, suffering very heavy casualties with 3 or 4 attempts to attack the German line. They withdrew to their original positions to reorganize

As of 9..45 am on the 23rd of July 1916, estimated casualties were 10 officers and 200 ranks 


I think when Henry Hopwood got killed he likely taken to the HUN AID POST




Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 16 August 1916




Intimation was received yesterday of the death in action on July 23rd, of Harry Hopwood, North Lancashire Regiment, who's home was in Union Street, Whittle le Woods.  Sergt Hopwood, who was 27 years of age, joined the Army soon after war broke out.  Formerly he was employed at Low Mill printworks.

He was formerly a choir boy at Whittle Church and well known in football circles, having played full-back for Chorley and Burnley Reserve.  He was unmarried.




Son of Jane Johnson (formerly Hopwood), of 10, Union St., Whittle-le-Woods,

and the late William Hopwood.


This soldier is of interest to me as I have distant connections to him.


In the 1911 census he is staying at Rivington View, Whittle Le Woods.

The home of Arthur and Ellen Blogg nee Hopwood.


Arthur Blogg came from a big family originally from Norfolk and settled in

Whittle le Woods

And his older brother Barness Blogg features in a few of the local books

on Whittle le Woods

For example.. on his horse and cart outside PEEL's corner shop on

Rock Villa Road.


Henry Hopwood is buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval






Frank Horrocks

Born 1888, Wheelton

Age: abt 26 on enlistment

Age 28

Reg no: 15334

Rank: Private

Killed in Action: 16/18 August 1916

France and Flanders

8th Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment


His name is on the Whittle le Woods 1914-1915 Roll of Honour


Enlisted at Chorley


Frank Horrocks would be," presumed dead" on or since 16/18 August 1916, later being identified as killed in action during his regiment's attack on Lonely Trench.


The war diary entries for the action -


Heavy casualties from the machine gun and rifle fire as soon as the assault had begun. 

A renewed assault would also have the same result.

All officers and NCO's of B and C coy becoming casualties,

Attack by D coy also failed



Frank, a Vapor maker and his wife Ada Kenyon married in 1910,

A cotton warper of Whittle le Woods lived at 3 Union Street.

He left £143 to Ada in his probate in 1917

They had children, Sally born 25 January 1911 and Marjorie born 2 July 1914


Ada would receive a pension of 22/11 per week from 18 June 1917

His parents were Joseph and Ellen of 1 Bennett Row, Wheelton


He is buried at Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont





Frederick Houghton

Born 1888, Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 27

Age: 28

Killed in Action: 14 July 1916

Reg no: 23363

France and Flanders

Rank: Private

13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley about 29 December 1915


Name is on the Whittle le Woods 1914 - 1915 Roll of Honour 


Frederick Houghton would be killed in action, in the attack at Bazentin-le-Grand


Frederick was the son of George and Susannah Houghton. 

As of 1911, he was living at 5 Victoria Terrace, Clayton Le Woods.

His occupation was a Cotton Weaver


Married to  (Celina) Selina Hart ? born 15 Nov 1887

Married in 1913, Chorley Reg Office

Mary, born 5 Aug 1914


His name is on the Thiepval Memorial



Jack Hull

Born 1896, Whittle le Woods

Age: 18 on enlistment

Age: 20

Killed in Action: 2 July 1916

Reg no: 15857

France and Flanders

Rank: Private

11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Accrington Pals


Before the war, Jack Hull was a Weaver at Kem Mill


Enlisted at Chorley on the 23rd September 1914


Jack (John) was the son of Amos Hull a retired Cotton Weaver, living at Mount Pleasant.

He would enlist in one of the most famous Battalions and Regiments......

The Accrington Pals... and would be killed at the attack on Serre.


Jack (John) would not be the only son to be killed.

His brother Jesse Hull would follow him almost a year later...


Parents are Amos Hull and Mary Peel


He is related to me via the PEEL side


Burried at Serre Road Cemetery No.3,  Serre Les Puisieux






Jesse Hull

Born 1884, Whittle le Woods

Age: 31, 10 months

Age: 33

Killed in Action: 9 June 1917

Reg no: 202238

France and Flanders

Rank: Private

2/4 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Previously 5129, 2/4 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on 7 December 1915 

8 December 1915, to Army Reserve


Posted 19 March 1916


In the February of 1917 the regiment landed at Le Havre.

On 3rd June 1917 they were detached from their own division and with the 2/5th both 

attached to the 3rd Australians.

They spent ten days sharing duties and suffering heavy artillery fire and very little to no


The purpose was to hold the front from the River Lys to St. Ives.  So that all future

operations can be conducted.

150 casualties


Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 03 July 1917


Official noticification has been recieved by Mr Amos Hull, Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods, of the death in action of his son, Pte Jesse Hull, L.N.L Regiment.

He was formerly employed at  Kem Mill.  Another brother Pte John Hull , East Lancashires, was killed a year ago


Jesse Hull was the son of Amos Hull and Margaret Rigby

She died in 1893 and Amos remarried to Mary Peel

So he was Half brother of John (Jack)

And the second son to be killed serving in WW1.


He is buried at Motor Car Corner Cemetery, its not far from Ploegsteert, Belgium




Augustine T Hunter

Born 1898, Liverpool

Age: abt 18 on enlistment

Age: 19

Died of Wounds: 2 June 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 706780

Rank : Gunner

Y66 Medium Trench Mortar Bty, Royal Field Artillery


In 1911, Augustine T Hunter was aged 13, and a School Bread and Van Lad, Part Time

Living at 6 New Road, Blackpool

Looks like the family was connected to Higher Walton as well

Maybe moving between the war to Clayton Green


Enlisted at Chorley


Y.66 Medium Trench Mortar Battery, RFA part of the 66th Division  after arrival in France,

On 22nd February 1917 , King George V inspected the 66th Division

And in late February through into March the Division was moved to France and found themselves in the GIVENCHY sector.


Overall this was a quiet sector, except some very heavy Minenwerfer fire and awful weather


Shortly after the Division would move to the LA BASSEE sector


Son of Thurston, a Coal Carter and Elizabeth Hunter of Clayton Green


His father would have this inscribed on the stone





By Mr J Hunter of Springfield Cottage, Clayton Green


He is buried at Cambrin Military Cemetery, Cambrin





George Irving

Born 1889, Living at Whittle Springs

Age: abt 25 on enlistment

Age: 26

Killed in Action:15 June 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no - 219

Rank : Private

1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


In 1911, he was living at Springs Terrace, Whittle Springs

He was a Cotton Spinner


Enlisted at Chorley

Qualifying date 4 May 1915



He Served in "D" Coy. 1st/4th Bn.


Another soldier who is killed at Festubert. On the same day my relation Richard Isles from "C" Coy is injured there.

I wonder if they knew each other.


Son of Robert and Mary Jane Irving, of Springs Terrace, Whittle Springs.


His name is on the Le Touret Memorial, within the  Le Touret Military Cemetery





Thomas Jackson

Born 10 January 1879(?), Leyland, Living Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 35 on enlistment

Age: 37

Reg no:17369

Rank: Private

Killed in Action:  9 April 1916


6 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley


Thomas Jackson was married to Margaret Cooper she was born 10 Jul 1879 and they lived on Chorley Old Road, Whittle le Woods.

I think they lived at Mount Pleasant in 1901 having just been married at St John the Evangelist 


They had children-

Elizabeth born 1 Oct 1902

Elsie born 17 Aug 1906

Annie born 13 Oct 1909

Fred born 12 Jan 1914, Married Bessie ?



Thomas Jackson was serving in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) being killed in action at the second attack on Sannaiyat.

His pension card actually says he was presumed dead on 9 April 1916



He was with the 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and had been

fighting in the Siege of Kut from about 6th December 1915. 


The 6 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was part of the 38th Brigade, Tigris Corp. 

They managed to break through the Turkish positions but failed to link up with other units and the 38th ended up being forced back.



Margaret was given a 25/- per week pension after Thomas died.


His name is on the Memorial in  BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Panel 27





Arthur Jolly

Born 1894, Whittle le Woods, Living in Bamber Bridge

Age: 20 on enlistment

Age: 23

Killed in Action: 25 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 49195

Rank: Sergeant

12 Battalion Manchester Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley with Kings Liverpool Regiment in November 1914 


Formerly 23216, Liverpool Regt


According to the War Diary - On 25th April 1917 In the field

(trenches were just north of MONCHY WOOD)


At 3:30 am, the Battalion made a surprise attack on RIFLE TRENCH on a three-company front (one company in support)

RIFLE TRENCH guns parallel to the position held by this Battalion and 300 to 400 yards from it and between BIT and HARNESS lanes.


A  newspaper report in the Lancashire Evening Post on Wednesday 20 June 1917 that I found

It's hard to read but I may be able to extract some information-




The parents of Sergt A Jolly, 3 Countyy Terrace, Clayton le Woods, have been informed that he has been missing since ? (April I guess)

He joined the Kings Liverpool Regiment in November 1914 and quickly rose up to musketry instructor.

At his own request, he was transferred to the 12 Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, which went to France on March the 3rd.

He was  a good marksman

A younger brother in the Kings Liverpool Regiment and another became an engine room artificer in the Navy 




Arthur Jolly was the son of George, Engine Driver at the Cotton Mill and Nancy Jolly

of 14 School Lane, Bamber Bridge as of 1911


3 County Terrace 


His name is on the ARRAS Memorial, Bay 7





Herman Lancaster

Born in 1891, Walton le Dale, Lived at Clayton le Woods

Age: 23 on enlistment

Age: 25

Reg no: 13875

Rank: Sergeant

Killed in Action: 23 July 1916... presumed dead as of that date

France and Flanders

7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Was he a Preston Pal?

Did he join D Coy? I'm pretty sure his record says D Coy


He enlisted on 2 September 1914 at Preston



Herman Lancaster would be presumed dead as of 23 July 1916 after the 7th Battalion 

attacked the Intermediate Line.

They withdrew to Mametz Wood after heavy casualties


He was in D company

Attested and posted on 2 September 1914 as a Private and promoted as Sergeant

as of 11 July 1915 and 15 July 1916

Sent to France on 17 July 1915


Preston Herald - Saturday 02 September 1916-




Sergeant Herman Lancaster L.N.L Regiment is officially reported as missing.

His home is at Victoria Terrace, Clayton le Woods.

He was a member of the Whittle le Woods cricket team and a ringer at St Johns Church

He enlisted at the outbreak of war, and formerly worked at Swansea Mill.



Herman Lancaster was the son of Thomas and Eleanor Lancaster

of 14 Smiths Terrace, Clayton le Woods

His family given his British War Medal and Victory Medal in 1921.


His name is on the Pier and Face 11 A. at Thiepval Memorial





Joseph Lancaster

Born 1889,  Blackburn

Age: 26 on enlistment

Age: 29

Killed in Action: 20 October 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 23534

Rank :Private

1/7 Kings Liverpool Regiment


Previously attached to 12th and 17th Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted at Blackburn 

Desembarked on 20 August 1915


The 7th King's left Bethune on the morning of the 3rd October and on the

7th took over the outpost line from the 6th Battalion at Hantay, from which they were

relieved by the 5th Battalion on the 10th.

On the 18th the battalion took over the duties of Advance Guard from Seclin and

led the brigade through Fretin-Cyosnig-Froidmont as far as Willemeau and Marniere,

when strong opposition was encountered.

It was now the the 20th October and the battalion was relieved at 6pm.


Married and living at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods, 1911

With his wife Mary and their daughter Mary Alice 

His occupation was a General Labourer


Husband of M. Lancaster, of 7, Taunton St., St. Anne's Rd., Blackpool

at time of Josephs death


He is buried at Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt.





Thomas Lancaster

Born in 1898, Whittle le Woods

Age:  on Enlistment

Age: abt 19

Killed in Action:  9 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 23214

Rank: Private

13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment


His name is in a list of local men serving with the 15th Kings Liverpool Regiment in 1915 and AWOL


Enlisted at Chorley


He lived at Spring Gardens, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Thomas Lancaster was Killed in Action during the attack on TILLOY

It was captured during the Battle of Arras on 9 April 1917


The War Diary states-


On 8 April 1917, the Battalion commenced to move up to the Assembly Trenches, by Companies at internals; the first Company left at 9.10 pm, at the others at 10-minute intervals: Battalion Headquarters was established in ICELAND TRENCH.

2/Lt Wynne was killed in Assembly Trenches by a shell


On 9 April 1917, at 7 am, the Battalion attacked. The right-assaulting company took HARFLEUR TRENCH without difficulty, but the left company owing to the heavy fire were at first unable to enter the trench.

the fact that they did so eventually is due to the sound leadership of the officers and the undeniable spirit of the men.

Difficulty was experienced in advancing through TILLOY WOOD owing to the fact that it was strongly wired, and little of the wire had been cut. Hostile snipers caused a number of casualties owing to their good shooting and good positions., which could not be readily discovered.

The barrage put up by our artillery was very effective and greatly assisted the men to gain their final objective; i.e. the village of TILLOY by 8.30 am.

19 Officers and 449 men of the enemy were taken prisoners by this Battalion; also 7 machine guns, 2 trench mortars

1 bomb thrower, and vast quantity of M.G ammunition in belts.

S.A.A-bombs and trench mortar ammunition 


2 Officers were killed and 6 wounded

Casualties in other ranks were 170


Battalion Headquarters moved up to the captured German Third Line at 9 am.


His stone is inscribed




By Mrs. A Lancaster of 37 Hollinshead Street, Chorley


Son of James Lancaster and Alice

Siblings are James, Peter, Florance


He is buried at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines





Clarence W Lane

Born 1894,  Warrington, Living Clayton le Woods

Age: 21 on enlistment 

Age: 22

Killed in Action: 24 September 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 27

Rank: (Acting) Sergeant

Army Veterinary Corps

West Lancs Div. Vet. Hosp. attd Royal Field Artillery



Enlisted Decemebr 1915 at ?



Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 06 October 1916




Whittle le Woods Soldier's Death


Mr T B Lane, Oak Villa, Clayton le Woods.

Organist at Whittle le Woods Parish Church has received the news of the death of his son, Sergt Clarence W Lane (22) Army Veterinary Corps.

Who was killed by a bomb from a hostile aeroplane on September 24th.

In a letter, Q.M.S Thomas states the bomb was dropped about 10.20 pm and Sergt Lane

who was asleep in his shack, was struck on the left side. and died after being removed to hospital. Sergt Lane was buried in the cemetary close by, along with a comrade killed in the adjoining shack.

Lieut Cleaver, in command of the battery, has written.

" I am more grieved than i can say, as a harder working and better fellow never belonged to a battery."


Sergt Lane was formally a clerk with Mr G F King, Chorley, and afterwards with Messrs

Moore and Smalley, chartered accountants, Preston.

For 2 years prior to enlistment, he was an audit clerk in the National Insurance Audit Department, Preston.  He had been preparing for the examination for the Incorporated

Society of Accountants.  He joined the A.V.C in December last and was promoted sergeant and went to France early in May.

He was a prominent member at the Whittle le Woods Parish Club, and for some time was secretary.  He was also formerly in the Whittle Parish Church Choir.



Clarence William Lane son of Thomas Burgess Lane an Organist Music Teacher

and Clara Lane

They lived at Oak Dene Clayton Le Woods in 1911 and Clarence

was an Accountant's Clerk 

Clarence lived at Oak Villa  as of 1916

His probate of £132 14s 5d would go to his father and to a Samuel J Rowe,

assistant secretary to an Ltd Liability Company


His mother of 106 Park Lane, Chorley would have an inscription put on his stone-




He is buried at Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, near Albert






Frederick Leigh

Born 1895, Clayton le Woods

Age: 19, and 5 months

Age: 21

Killed in Action: 26 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 12929

Rank : Corporal

8 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




Enlisted 2 September 1914 at Preston


Frederick Leigh was killed in action when the 8th Battalion made an

unsucessful attack on the Hindenburg Trench at 7pm on the 26 August 1916


Frederick Leigh was born in 1897 at Wigan  His parents were Frederick and

Agness Ann Leigh.

He was 1 of 10 children. In 1911, 7 of those children still survived.


Fredericks occupation was a Reacher at the Cotton Manufacturers.


His name is on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11 A





Robert Leigh

Born 1892, Wigan 

Age: about 23

Age: 24

Killed in Action: 2 March 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 15666

Rank: Private

8 Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment




Enlisted at Chorley in 1915


Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 31 March 1916


Lance-Corporal Robert Leigh, 8th Battalion Royal Lancaster Regiment who's home was at Swansea Fold, Whittle le Woods has been killed in action in France.  Formerly he was a weaver at Swansea Mill.  He enlisted over 11 months ago.  Deceased was a bellringer at the Parish Church and a member of the Young Men's Bible Class.


Robert Leigh was killed in action at the battle for the recapture of THE BLUFF,

It was near Ypres and had views of HILL 60 and other surrounding places


Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Leigh, of 19, Swansey Fold, Whittle-le-Woods


 His name is on the YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Panel 12





Edwin Lucas

Born 1895, Wheelton

Age: 19 on enlistment

Age: 23

Died: 13 November 1918 ?

France and Flanders

Reg no: 201091

Rank: Acting Sergeant

1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




Enlisted at Chorley

Joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 25 November 1914


Missing 9 April 1918...Battle of Givenchy.


Extracts from the war diary -


Morning was extremely foggy, the limit of vision being about 30 yards at the best.

At 8.45am the frontline companies sent up the SOS from Company and Battalion HQ at Southmoor Villa.

The enemy entered the line in several places. But were quickly driven out of all except GIVENCHY KEEP, BATTALION HEADQUARTERS, and WINDY CORNER.

The enemy looted the Divisional Canteen and esablished his Battalion Headquarters.

Successful counter attacks were given but not before the enemy had captured our aid post and some 50 prisoners from WINDY CORNER.

At 10.45am the situation had been stabilised.


Edwin Lucas was taken prisoner and had likely been injured and being treated at the aid post-

WINDY CORNER position and was captured.

Or he could have been  captured when the 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and other Regiments started counter attacking.



Died at the War Hospital at Halli, Belgium


His mother recieved offical information that he had died and was buried at Halle Communal Cemetery via the Red Cross and the Whittle le Woods War Committee


The letter and information was used at evidence to offically confirm Edwins death


Son of John and Elizabeth Lucas, of 17, Victoria Terrace,

Clayton-le-Woods, Lancs.


His father John Lucas would have "HE GAVE ALL" incribed on the stone


He is buried at Halle Communal Cemetery





Robert McClellan

Born 1888, Bolton le Sands


Age: 28

Killed in Action: 28 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 24529

Rank: L / cpl

10 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Enlisted at Preston


According to the War diary -


Taken out of the line for a rest and were next in action on 23 April 1917

They took part in an assault on Greenland Hill , part of th Second Battle of the Scarpe.


On the 27th orders were received to attack Greenland Hill at dawn the next day.


At 4.27am on 28 April the 10 Battalion LNLR attacked and reached a enemy trench

The war diary records that ‘By this time the Battalion had suffered heavily and only

one officer was left.

Casualties were high because of the stiff German defence of the Chemical works at


Caused by their enfilading fire.


Robert McClellan would be Killed in Action


Robert McClellan was living at 16 Rock Villa Road, Whittle le Woods in 1911.

With his brothers, James (Head), Isabella and Richard

These three young men were Printer Labourers at the Calico Printers

Their sister Isabella was a Cotton Weaver.


Roberts parents were present in the 1901 census, their names were Robert,

a Retired police Sergeant and Ann McClellan.


Robert was husband of  Alice Maud Hill ( formerly McClellan) of

23 Meadow Street , Wheelton



Annie born 8 Feb 1913

Ellen born 2 Jan 1915



His name is on the Arras Memorial





George McIver - 1916

Born 1888, Whittle le Woods, Chorley

Age: 26 , and 11 months

Age: 28

Died: 24 August 1916

Reg no:  K21147

14 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on the 7th November 1914.




A letter from 28 General Hospital, Salonika states


"No 21147 Pte Mciver, G, 14th Battalion Kings Liverpool Regt was

admitted to this hospital on 9-8-16.

He was found to be suffering from Malaria and Dysentery, and his blood on

examination revealed the presence of malaria parasites of the benign tertian variety.

The patient suffered from exhaustion and weakness, consequent on being unable to 

retain nourishment, and gradually sank.

He died on 24-8-16.

CERTIFIED that the disease was contracted on active service"




Was part of the BEF, France in 1915.

Then being part of the Med Exp Force 1915-1916


Brother of Mr. John Thomas McIvor, and Wilfred McIver, of 15, Victoria Terrace


A Sister called Annie, who lived at 2 Swansea Fold, Whittle le Woods named as next of


Also, a sister called Eleanor.


He was a weaver


He is buried at Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Thessaloniki, Greece





George McIver - 1917 - George McIvor

Born 1897,Whittle le Woods

Age: 19 on enlistment

Age: 20

Killed in Action: 22 October 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 32097

14th (Service) Battalion (West of England) Gloucestershire Regiment





Enlisted at Chorley in February 1916


This Battalion was raised as a Bantam Battalion in Bristol.


As a rough guess, I believe this Battalion was at a position just south of 

Panama House, the southern edge of Houthulst Forest, Ypres.

And on the 22nd October 1917, attacked the German line


Formerly 033326,  Lancashire Fusiliers


Son of Richard and Mary McIver, of 2, Ribblesdale Terrace, Whittle-le-Woods.


New information found as of 19 May 2020-

Whilst looking through the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 27 November 1917 in the Gloucestershire Regiment section

George is mentioned as being killed.  


Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 16 November 1917




Mr R McIvor, 3 Brownley Terrace, Whittle le Woods, has been informed that his son,

Pte George McIvor, machine gun corps, had been killed.

Pte Gorge McIvor joined the Gloucester Regt in Feb 1916. He was previously employed at the Leyland Rubber Works.




His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke





Thomas McIver

Born 1899, Whittle le Woods

Age:  aout 18 on enlistment

Age: 19

Died of Wounds: 29 June 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 30104

Rank: Private

1 Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry


Formerly 17528, 61St T. Res. Battn


Enlisted at Chorley


Thomas McIver died of wounds received from fighting at La Becque.

On 28th June 1918 at 6 am, Artillery began hitting German positions which were

200 yards in front of the battalion trench line.

For four minutes the shell rained down then with a creeping barrage moved towards

the line of the Plate Becque, 100 yards per 4 minutes.


At 6.04 am, the 1 Battalion DCLI advanced

It was recorded in the diary that they advanced with little or no opposition

By 7.30 am all objectives were being consolidated.

One pile of enemy soldiers numbered no less than 37

The Germans admitted they had lost a lot of men


Losses for 1 Battalion DCLI were 40% of total strength., the majority being wounded

2 officers were killed and 6 others wounded, Other ranks, no numbers recorded.




Son of John and Margaret McIver, of Bridge Street, Whittle-le-Woods, Lancs.


His father would have inscribed on his stone -






He is buried at Aire Communal Cemetery, Aire





William McIver

Born Whittle le Woods


Died of Wounds: 8 September 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 21247

Rank: Private

1/7 Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers


Also served in the 2 Lancashire Fusiliers 


Enlisted at Wigan


On August 20th we moved to the Ypres front going into support on August 30th.

The march from Gommiecourt was of great interest, passing as it did through the

scene of some of the hardest fighting of the Somme battle.


On the evening of the 22nd, we entrained at Albert and reached the fair-named town of Godeswaerswelde, resting near this place for a week.


After two days in support, we held the front line in front of the Frezenberg ridge

and witnessed very heavy barrages for the first time.

Until the 18th of September, we alternated between the front and support lines, though the Battalion did not actually take part in an attack.


It was in support of the 5th Lancashire Fusiliers on September 6th,

and suffered a good many casualties, particularly among a carrying party

acting for the 5th. 2nd Lieutenant H. W Heaton was killed;

2nd Lieutenant Green was wounded and several officers suffered

from gas, of whom 2nd Lieutenant J. Murgatroyd was the most affected


Buried at Aeroplane Cemetery, Leper, Belgium


Did he live at Swansea Fold, Whittle le Woods





William John McLaughlin

Also known as William J McLoughlin

Born 1888 at Prughlisk, Tyrone, Ireland

Age:  at enlistment

Age: 30 at death

Reg no: 215795

Rank: Gunner

Killed in Action: 23 Mar 1918

France and Flanders

409 battery, 96 Brigade of Royal Horse Artillery, and Royal Field Artillery



Enlisted at Chorley




His wife was called Bridget Kane. Married in 1910 at Langfield, Ireland, and they had a son William born on 12 November 1916

They lived at Tannery Farm, Whittle le Woods

He was a Quarryman

Bridget would receive a pension of 20/5 per week from 21 October 1918 


I believe William McLaughlin was killed in action during the Battle of St-Quentin, which

started on the 21st March 1918, within the 18th Division area.


"On the 22nd, two batteries 410th and 409th of the 96 Brigade, RFA were also sent

to us, and were attached to the 82nd Brigade RFA and 5th Brigade RHA, respectively 

but these did not come into action until about dusk"

Heavy artillery was in action on the road from Faillouel to Jussy.

Most of the artillery still in action was brought behind the canal and positioned

in the Bois Hallot.



As of 3\1\2022 I found his name in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 14 May 1918


His name is on the Pozieres Memorial


I think Bridget died in 1951





Joseph Monk

Born Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 22 at enlistment

Age: 24 at death

Killed in Action: 26 Oct 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 243270

Rank: L/Cpl

4/5th Battalion (Territorial Force) Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Previous Reg\Service number was 7817



His trade was a Packer


He Enlisted at Chorley or Preston on the 29 January 1916

And was at home from 29 January 1916 until 12 February 1917

Sent from Folkstone to Bologne, France 13 February 1917 until he was KIA


Was in trouble a couple of times -

8 January 1916 for being Absent, given 8 days CB

And again when in the field on 8 April 1917  for lighting a cigarette when

on a fighting patrol whilst in a dugout, given 14 days FP no 1

Conduct to the prejudice of military discipline.


On 25 August 1917 was appointed to L/Cpl



Joseph Monk was killed in action when the 4/5th Battalion (Territorial Force) of the

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment who had been in the assembly trenches at 4.30,

went over top about an hour later and crossed no man's land.

This was another attempt to capture the village of Passchendaele.

The sniper and MG fire and enemy aircraft hampered attempts as well as the rain

which had turned everything to mud and filled the shell holes.

They lost almost all communication and any runners sent to BHQ were being shot

whilst attempting to get through the lines.

They decided to withdraw to their original line by 9 pm.


Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 16 November 1917






Word has been recieved that Lance-Corporal Joe Monk (24) and George Hilton (23), both of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, were killed in action on October 26th.

They were formerly employed at the Leyland Rubber Works. and joined up together close on two years ago. They trained together, served at the front together, and it is stated, were killed by the same shell.  The two lads came from ajoining houses in Spring Gardens, Whittle le Woods.  and were connected with St Bede's, Clayton Green.


Son of William and Elizabeth Monk, of 2, Spring Gardens, Whittle-le-Woods,


His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke





Ellen, Richard ( parents), Charles ( Back Middle), Frederick, and  Emily.


Charles Moorcroft on the 

Richard Moorcroft, Father

Not sure who the child is yet!


This picture was sent to me, by Colin Moorcroft

Charles Moorcroft

Born in 1892,  Whittle le Woods

Age: 22 on enlistment

Age: 26

Killed in Action: 4 May 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 141346

Rank: Private

25th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps



Formerly 21863, Loyal North Lancs Regt.


Enlisted at Chorley


Enlisted 7th September 1914 with 11 Btn Lancashire Fusiliers as Reg no 7395

Discharged on 16th October 1914 for being Physically unfit for service




Charles Moorcroft is killed in action on 4th May 1918.

The 25th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps is in the line in the La Clytte Sector at a place called Ouderdom.

On the 3rd of May 1918, two companies came out of the line and withdrew to the transport line.

On the 4th May 1918, the remainder of Btn to the transport line at HOOGGRAF CABERET.


Awarded the M.M. on 12 June 1918.


His name is in the London Gazette 



His parents were Richard  and Ellen Moorcroft living at Bridge Street,

Whittle le Woods in 1911


Son of Richard and Ellen Moorcroft:

Husband of Margaret Moorcroft nee Walmsley of

7 Rock Villa Road, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs as of his death.


They had a son called Jack Moorcroft in 1916


His parents had this inscribed on his stone




He is buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery






Lawrence Pearson

Born in 1874, Whittle le Woods

Age: 40 in 1914


Killed in Action:15 May 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 10959

Rank: Corporal

4 Battalion The King's (Liverpool) Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley


A Bleachworks Labourer born in 1874


Formerly Reg no 3994 North Loyal Lancashire Regiment joining in 1893.


He was a soldier with a bad reputation. Always drunk and disorderly

AWOL, and abusive to NCOs on several occasions.......


Hospitalized when someone hit him over the head with a stick, and summoned before a hearing.


Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 02 June 1916




Intimation has been received of the death in action of Corporal Lawrence Pearson, Kings Liverpool Regiment, who belonged to Whittle le Woods. Pearson was an old soldier, having first enlisted in 1893, and after 12 years service he went to Canada, subsequently returning home.  He wore the South African medal.  A week before he was killed Pearson was over on leave and attended the funeral of an old friend, Private John Clitheroe at Whittle Church.  The two men formerly worked next to each other at the Low Mill printworks.  Prior to enlisting for the present campaign Pearson was employed at Whittle Springs Brewery.  He was 42 years old and unmarried.


Son of William and Martha Pearson


A Mrs S W Pearson of 1 Smith Terrace, Clayton le Woods 

is mentioned on the CWGC notes.


He is buried at Cambrin Military Cemetery





As of August 2022 I managed to win a bid on ebay for Tom Peels memorial scroll



Tom Peel

Born 1890, Whittle le Woods

Age: on enlistment

Age: 26

Killed in Action: 7 October 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 23113

Rank: Private

9th Bn Royal Fusiliers


Enlisted at Chorley in 1916? rough guess!



Previously in 26 Fusiliers from 7 July 1916 until 14 July 1916

Then joined 9 Royal Fusiliers from 15 July 1916 until 7 October 1916



The Germans knew something was going to happen and hit the assembly line of

the 12th Division with artillery a few minutes before zero hour (1.45 pm)

The 8th and 9th Royal Fusiliers got pinned down by MG fire.

Only 20 men of the 8th Royal Fusiliers managed to get into Bayonet Trench but had to turn back.


Tom Peel would be killed in action attacking Hilt / Bayonet Trench


I believe the future Prime Minister Anthony Eden was watching them attack this day.

whilst serving with the 21st (Yeoman Rifles) Battalion of the Kings Royal Rifle Corp.


Listed as "Previously reported missing" on the Casualty List issued by the War Office.on 3rd Dec 1916


Tom Peel was the son of James Peel and Grace Wareing

of Kem Villas, Whittle-le-Woods as of 1911


His father was a manager at the cotton mill


The family gravestone is in St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Whittle Le Woods


With my interest in family and WW1 history, I found that Tom Peel is my

3rd cousin 3 x removed.


In 2013 I found his name on the Thiepval Memorial whilst on a WW1 Battlefield trip which gave me the idea of creating this website


Tom Peels name is on the Thiepval Memorial



James Prescott

Born 1879 at Brindle

Age: abt 36 on enlistment

Age: 38 at death

Killed in Action: 4 Feb 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 27030

Rank: Private

19th (Pioneer) Bn. Battalion Welsh Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley


Also served with 8 Welsh Regiment


I am not sure of his date of Enlistment as his name is not on the Whittle le Woods 1914-1915 Roll of Honour


However, his Date of Disembarkation with the 8 Bn Welsh Regiment, is stated as 4 August 1915, and two weeks later James Prescott was wounded on 20 August 1915, whilst serving with the 8 Bn Welsh Regiment.

They were at Chunuk Bair on the Gallipoli Peninsula 


The 19th (Pioneer) Bn. Battalion Welsh Regiments war diary at the time of James Prescot being killed have them being in the Ypres Salient.


February 1917


1st. HQ + C & D Coys in dugouts Canal Bank W. B Coy in farm PALLISIER.  A Coy at Chateau des TROIS TOURS. Transport Lines at Hospital Farm.


All Coys employed on work in trenches and small parties building new dugouts + accommodation at all billets.


2nd/3rd. Do do do.


4th. Do do do. casualties 1 OR killed - must be James Prescott


His Medal Rolls Index Card actually states Killed Accidentally 4\2\1917 



Lived at Kem Mill Fold, Whittle le Woods with his wife Elizabeth now widow,

They had a son, James born on 11 Feb 1908

and David born in 1900


The probate shows he had a will and effects given to Elizabeth of £101 13s 7d.



His widow had this inscribed on his stone-






He is buried at Plot 2. Row J. Grave 7 in the Ferme-Olivier Cemetery,

near Elverdinge, Leper, Belgium





Richard Robinson - also known as Richard Preston Robinson

Born in 1884 Chorley, lived in Whittle le Woods

Age: abt 30 on being Mobilized 

Age: 31 at death

Killed in Action: 15 June 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no: 8167

Rank: Private

1 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment


Old Contemptible 


A reservist at the start of the war and mobilized straight away


In 1911, he is living at Taylor Row, Whittle le Woods

He is a Labourer



Enlisted at Chorley?


The 1 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment was positioned on the west side

of the Yser Canal on 12th June 1915. It was a support line and it was their

first day.


The weather was described as fine and hot on this week 

According to the war diary," there was a certain amount of shelling"

2 killed and 7 killed.

The battalion was engaged in defence works throughout that night

On 13th June, two more soldiers were wounded.

And the commanding officer, a Brigadier General of the 11th Infantry Brigade

came to inspect the men, and commented on their smartness

On 14th June the usual amount of shelling caused 5 wounded

On June 15th 1915, it was a quiet day, a certain amount of shelling with the enemy

still enfilading our line.

1 officer, a Lt attached from King's own Reg was wounded in the left leg

Also killed -

8167 Pte R Robinson "A" coy

and another pte

6 others wounded


Although not clear in the diary.... these men could have been part of a carrying party

with the Royal Engineers who were constructing a bridge over the Ypres Canal.

Which was suddenly shelled.



He is buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery not far from Boezinge





Joseph Sharples

Born  3 Dec 1893, Brindle

Died 22 February 1919

Age: abt 21 on enlistment

Age: 25

France and Flanders

Reg no:15542

Rank: Private

11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Accrington Pals


Chorley Pal


Enlisted in 1914, Chorley


Name is on the Whittle le Woods 1914-1915 Roll of Honour




He died from Influenza (Spanish flu)


A credit of £2 7s 6d paid to his sister Annie Walmsley on 12 May 1920.
War Gratuity deposited in POSB (Post Office Savings Bank).


Awarded British War and Victory Medals.

He was 1 of 7 children to his parents Robert and Alice (nee Horrocks); his father was a farmer at Bay Tree Farm.


He used to work on the farm


Parents are Robert Sharples and Alice Horrocks


He is buried at St James, Brindle  





Allan Shepherd

Born in 1892, Rochdale, Living Whittle le Woods

Age: 23 at enlistment

Age: 24 at death

Killed in Action: 21 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 35729

Rank: Private

100 Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)



Enlisted at Chorley on 9 December 1915


Joined 100 Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) part of BEF, France on 25 April 1916  


At Belton Park Training Base, Lincolnshire on 5 June 1916 whilst on active service he overstayed his pass for 2 days until 6 pm on 6.6.1916

And was forfeited 2 days pay on 7.6.1916


He was training to use their Vickers Machine Gun.



Embarked from Folkstone on 15 July 1916

Disembarked at Boulogne on the same day.

Joined Base Depot at Camiers on 16 July 1916

Joined "company in the field" on 20 July 1916

Killed in Action on 21 July 1916 - One day of being on the battlefield



The 100th Machine Gun Corp joined 100th Brigade 33rd Division on the 28th of April 1916

As of 15 July 1916, this brigade consisted of -


1st Battalion, the Queen's Royal (West Surrey)

2nd Battalion The Worcestershire Regiment

16th Service Battalion (Church Lads Brigade) The Kings Royal Rifle Corp

1/9th Battalion TF (Glasgow Highland) Highland Light Infantry

No 100 Machine Gun Company

No 100 Trench Mortar Battery


Looking at the War Diary - I managed to translate some of the writing-


At 3.30 am on the 20 July 1916, the 100th Machine Gun Company was at HIGH WOOD in the brigade reserve, getting ready for a divisional attack on HIGH WOOD and trenches in the vicinity

At 5.50 am the west of Wood was taken with heavy casualties

At 2.30 pm a draft came up and it was impossible to distribute them amongst gun teams as they were so scattered 

They had no steel helmets and reportedly they were ill-trained!

No officers, only very junior ones remaining further fit for active work without rest.

Similarly, remaining NCOs and men absolutely worn out with constant action

? Heavy shell fire continued until 2 pm from position behind CONTALMAISON VILLA

6.30 pm, Another 5300 rounds fired on SWITCH TRENCH and MARTINPUICH vicinity

Orders to relieve 22nd Bde between BAZENTIN LE GRAND and LONGUEVAL


On the 21 July 1916, the 100th Machine Gun Company is at BAZENTIN WOOD


Relived 22 MG Coy in the frontline and support BAZENTIN WOODS

Very heavily shelled chiefly 5.9 " all day and all night


Casualties- 2 OR killed, 1 OR wounded 

Owing to very heavy bombardment


Darkness in woods


Relief was not complete until 3 am on the 22nd




Son of Amos and Margaret Ellen Shepherd, of Town Lane Farm, Whittle-le-Woods

Lived at Lukes Row, Whittle Le Woods in 1911 and he was a Piecer In Cotton Mill


His name is on Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C of the Thiepval Memorial.





John Shepherd

Born in 1893, Chorley

Age: 21, and 2 months on enlistment

Age: 23 at death

Died of Wounds: 22 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 13339

Rank: Private

10th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 4 September 1914 at Chorley


Wounded in Action on 13 August 1916,"field"NEED TO LOOK UP IN WAR DIARY

19 August  1916, 1 FA admitted with G.S.W to Head

38 CCS "     "

Died of Wounds at 12 General Hospital after possibly received during the  attack on the Intermediate Line near Bazintine le Petit


Another son of Amos and Margaret Ellen Shepherd, of Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods.

He was a Harness Builder as of enlisting


His father would have this inscribed on the stone.




He is buried at St Sever Cemetery, Rouen




George Shorrock

Born 1891, Clayton Green, Living in Clayton le Woods

Age:23 on enlistment 

Age: 24

Killed in Action: 13 March 1915

Reg no: 9428

France and Flanders

Rank: Private, Acting Cpl

1 Battalion Royal Irish Regiment



Enlisted on 19 December 1914 at Preston

Killed 3 months later



The 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment joined up with the 27th Division and took part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle around the 13th - 15th March 1915.


It looks like the 1 Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment War Diary was written with more detail than I've seen in other war diaries.

There is a Roll of Casualties... officers and other ranks

George Shorrock's name is among the many casualties, he was in "B" Company and killed in the trenches whilst fighting at St Eloi


According to the War Diary -




Battalion occupying trenches at VERMEZEELE & ST ELOI

Casualties 4 killed, and 11 wounded of other ranks.




4 am... Rapid-fire with grenades and bombs directed on German sap in front of trench 17, effect,  enemy was driven out.

About 7 pm Battalion relieved by DCLI and return to billets near DICKEBUSCH


Casualties, 3 Killed, 10 wounded.




Son of the late Richard and Ann Shorrock.

Sister Ellen Roberts?


Lived at Radburn Brow in 1911


His name is on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial





John Shorrock - 1918

Born in 1881,  Chorley

Age:  37

Died: 24 June 1918

Reg no: 6957

Rank: L \ cpl

Depot, Seaforth Highlanders


I think he also served in South Africa 1899-1902 Campaign as 6957


Queens South Africa Medal and clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1902

Notes- 1 Battalion, India 16 December 1902 


Enlisted at Preston


Information I got from the Highlanders Museum


John enlisted in Preston and as you know, died at Fort George Hospital in June 1918. The register of his death indicates that he was 37 years old and died of bronchitis and fatty degeneration of the heart.

There are no details of his parents on the entry in the register but he left his effects to sisters Ellen, Margaret, and Sarah and brother William.


I was unable to find a medal card for him on Ancestry which led me to wonder whether he had served abroad during the war.


Died at Fort George Hospital, Ardersier, Inverness

Fort George was the Depot for the Seaforth Highlanders


John Shorrocks Gravestone is at St Bedes Churchyard, Clayton Green





John Snape - 1916

Born  in 1887 at Whittle-le-Woods 

Age:27 on enlistment

Age: 29 

Killed in Action:  26 September 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 1023

Rank: Private

Enlisted at Bury

9 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers


I believe he previously served in the 2nd and 3rd Lancashire Fusiliers about 1905 ?


He enlisted on 22 August 1914




Preston Herald - Saturday 12 June 1915




The relatives of Private J. Snape of Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods

have been informed that he has been wounded, and is at present an inmate

of Birmingham Hospital. Private Snape was a reservist of the Lancashire Fusiliers

and previous to the outbreak of war was employed at Kem Manufacturing Cotton Mill.



Manchester Courier - Saturday 14 August 1915


He is on the wounded list for the 2nd Battalion, from an unpublished list occurring in April and May 1915




On the 25th of September 1916,  John Snape and his regiment were on the frontline

at Constance Trench, opposite Mouquet Farm.

They attacked the farm and surrounding positions, Zollern Redoubt and Trench

Stuff Redoubt and Hessian Trench.

Between the 25th and 28th of September, they had almost 400 casualties. 

John Snape would be killed in action.


A pension card states his regiment as 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers(?)  and he was "missing"

Relationship to the soldier - Mother

Dependant - Mrs. Ann Clitheroe, nee Snape.

Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods

She married Lenard Clitheroe in 1892


Death assumed on 26 September 1916


He is buried in plot VIII. G. 6. in Serre Road Cemetery, Serre-les-Puisieux.





John Snape - 1918

Born in 1888 in Whittle le Woods

Age: 27 on enlistment

Age: 30

Died of Wounds: 4 June 1918

Reg no: 37624

Rank: Sergeant

 63 Labour Corp, Cheshire Regiment





Enlisted on 11 December 1915 at Chorley

France and Flanders


Formerly 27000, 10th Btn S. Lan. Regt.

Also in the 21st Cheshire Reg which as of April 1917 converted into 62nd and

63rd Labour Companies of the Labour Corps.


He was a weaver at the time of his enlistment

Father was Mr James Snape of New House, Bridge Street

His father James Snape married twice-

1884 to Alice Warburton

1907 to Ellen Swarbrick


He had 2 brothers and a half-brother also serving in the Army in

Mesopotamia, Salonika and Blackdown.

According to his service record, he was wounded on 30 May 1918, and he

died of wounds on 4 June 1918 at 30 General Hospital, Calais


30 General Hospital was one of five within the town, all together providing 2500 beds



Lancashire Evening Post - Saturday 22 June 1918


Sergt J Snape (29)  Labour Battalion, who's home was in Bridge street, Whittle le Woods, died from wounds on June 7th, at Calais.  He was formerly employed at Kem Mill.




He is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, on the west side of Calais, IV. A. 10.





Thomas H Southworth

Born 1898, Whittle le Woods \ Clayton le Woods

Age: 20

Killed in Action: 24 January 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 204034

Rank: Private

2/5 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment



Thomas Herbert Southworth, Enlisted at Preston on or about 25 December 1915


According to the War Diary- In the Armentieres sector.


From the 13th of January until the 21st of January 1918, the 2/5th Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment moved to the Reserve Camp at MENEGATE CAMP and occupied themselves with supplying working parties on defences in the vicinity of ERQWINCHEM and cable trenches in the same district

Training days special training of signallers, Lewis gunners, and patrols.


Then they moved to Armentieres Sector and relieved the 2/4 South Lancashire Regiment


On the 24 January 1918-


After a quiet time in the line, the Battalion was relieved by the 2/8th Kings Liverpool Regiment


Our casualties were 2 killed and 4 wounded, all other ranks


The Battalion moved into the subsidiary line and relieved the 2/7th Kings Liverpool Regiment


Battalion Headquarters moved to billets between ARMENTIERES and ERQWINCHEM




With the exception of heavy fire on Armentieres.


"Extremely quiet and nothing doing" were some of the words used to describe the lack of action



He is buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres


Son of Joseph Southworth and Ann ?,  7 Victoria Terrace, Clayton le Woods


Brother of Joseph F Southworth above



Joseph Frederick Southworth

Born 1896, Whittle le Woods

Age 19 in 1915

Age: 20 at death

Killed in Action: 9 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no:23213

Rank: Private

13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment, 9th Brigade



Enlisted at Chorley

Disembarkation on 29 December 1915



In 1911 he lived at 7 Victoria Terrace, Clayton Le Woods with his parents Joseph

a Grocer's assistant and Ann Southworth a Cotton Weaver.


Joseph F Southworth and the 13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment were

billeted in Arras as of the 17th March 1917 until 9.10 pm on the night of 8th April

When they began moving towards the assembly trenches via Crinshon sewer,

Godley's Avenue and Auckland Cave.

All troops of the 9th Brigade were in place by 3.40 am.

With the 13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment being in Iceland Trench.

At 5.30 the whole Brigade ( inc 4th Royal Fusiliers, 2nd Suffolks, 12th West Yorkshires

, and 1st Northumberland Fusiliers) began the attack behind a barrage of artillery

Apart from the 13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment all other advancing units

had captured their first and second objectives... a party of Germans held the 13th up.


Their right company took Harfleur Trench, but the left company was held up

with machine gunfire

Working through Tilloy and towards Tilloy Wood which was tough going as snipers

picked off many men until the barrage engaged them and a machine gun brought

down on them.

They took 19 officers and 499 prisoners and captured a lot of equipment


Battalion casualties


2 officers killed, 6 wounded

170 other ranks were killed and wounded



He is buried at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines





George Stephenson

Born 1895,  Whittle le Woods

Age: 19 on enlistment 

Age: 23 on death

Killed in Action: 20 September 1918


Reg no: 34364

Rank: Private

134 Coy, Machine Gun Corp


Enlisted at Preston

Prior to joining up, he was a Weaver at Kem Mill


Enlisted at Preston on 12 November 1914 with 4th Btn LNLR


Formerly 3294, 4th Btn N. Lancs Regt.




Transferred to 42nd Prov Btn  on 25th June 1915

Transferred to D coy, 2/4 Btn LNLR on 7th September 1915

Transferred to Machine Gun Corp on 5th May 1916


He was disciplined 4 times for several offenses including


Absent from church parade on 26 June 1916 and 26 November 1916

On 14 July 1918, he was WOAS, disobeying Coy orders, wearing shirt sleeves

up after 6 pm


He is mentioned in the Lancashire Evening Post on Wednesday 20th June 1917 and was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving in Mesopotamia

Coming under heavy fire whilst fighting at the Sanna-i-Yat position

As of 18 November 1917, the 134 Coy are with the 7th (Meerut) Division (HQ at Samarra)


19th Brigade:

1/Seaforth Highlanders

28th Punjabis

92nd Punjabis

125th Rifles

No. 134 Machine Gun Company

19th Brigade Supply & Transport Company


George Stephenson would be killed in what was known as the Battle of Mount Ephraim which started roughly on the 19th of September 1918

Just one battle as part of a wider set-piece strategy.


Buried at Jerusalem War Memorial Part Two M-Z


Son of William and Elizabeth Stephenson, of Preston New Road, Clayton le Woods.


Lancashire Evening Post - Monday 14 June 1915








At Chorley, this morning, George Stephenson was charged with being an absentee from the

2/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, stationed at Oxted.

P.C. Spencer stated that in consequence of a telegram received from the commanding officer

he went to Stephenson's residence Preston New-road, Clayton-le-Woods, last night and apprehended him.


Stephenson said he was under the impression that Dr. Peddie had a free hand, and that he

could remain at home until called upon.

He was sent for on Friday but had gone to Blackpool on the Thursday for sea water baths.

He got a telegram from his people and reported himself at Preston on the Saturday, and had to walk back to Whittle le-Woods.


He again went on the Sunday and should have gone back to Oxted tomorrow.

D.S. Parry said there was evidently some misunderstanding.

Stephenson came on the 5th, and since then had been under Dr. Peddie,

suffering from an injury to the knee.

Dr.Peddie, Whittle-le-Woods, said that immediately before the regiment left Blackpool

Stephenson came for a week-end home. He was suffering then from

acute inflammation of the knee. He (Dr Peddie) wrote to the authorities

pointing out the serious nature of the injury, stating that the lad was anxious to

go on soldiering, and did not want any permanent injury which would cause his discharge.

He received a letter approving of his treatment, but the lad was so keen that he went off to Oxted.

His knee was still bad even when he came over three weeks ago. He (Dr. Peddie) again wrote to the authorities and received a letter a fortnight ago asking how the lad was going on. He replied

that he expected to see him cured in about ten days' time. The ten days would have expired tomorrow.

He did not hear again from the authorities. Last Thursday he ordered Stephenson to Blackpool, telling him to stay until Saturday, do plenty of wading, and keep the knees well bathed.

Meanwhile, a wire came on Friday to report to Fulwood Barracks at 2.30. even if he had been at home

it would have been impossible to be there at the time, as the nearest station was Bamber Bridge.

He considered that the authorities gave him full power to deal with Stephenson and that there had been a misunderstanding, which would affect enlistment.

He also thought a grave injustice had been done to a lad who was keen on soldiering, that he should be taken away on Sunday night and lodged in a cell. It showed a want of tact and consideration for the worker's feelings.

Dr. Harris (the magistrate): It is not the fault of the police.

Dr. Peddie: I quite understand that. He was not an absentee in any sense of the word.

In ordering Stephenson to await an escort, Dr. Harris said he did not consider him an absentee in intention.

He ordered that the facts of the case should be sent to the authorities.




Samuel Stirzaker

Born in 1887, Great Lever,  Bolton, Lived at Whittle le Woods

Age: 27 on enlistment

Age: 30 at death

Died from wounds received in action: 24 Aug 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no: 53667

Rank: Private

19 Battalion Durham Light Infantry


Enlisted at Chorley 13 November 1914

A cloth looker by trade 


Originally he Enlisted in the 11th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was 

transferred to 19 Battalion Durham Light Infantry.


The 19 DLI was raised as a Bantam Battalion and you had to be between 5ft to 5'3ft tall

Later as the war went on, the recruitment weights were more flexible


Whilst stationed at Billericay on 23 June 1916 he was given punishment twice,

Overstaying his pass for Telford (?) until 6 pm on 26 June 1915 .. (4 days)

And being absent off parade at 5.30 on 10 June 1916 at Seaford


Died from Gun Shot Wounds to Arm and Neck at 5 Casualty Clearing Station, which at that time had recently been opened up at Tincourt


According to the War Diary -


The Bn was relieved by the 18 HLI and on relief moved into cellars in LEMPIRE, W coy remaining in CAT POST.

Relief carried out without incident

So far as this Bn was concerned. HLI suffered casualties 



He married Beatrice Brindley at St Peters, Chorley in 1911 and had a girl

called Edna born on 22 April 1913.


Beatrice and Edna were living at 6 Charnock Street, Chorley. at some point

I think Edna Stirzaker married Tom Harrison in 1935 at St John The Evangelist, Whittle-le-Woods


His wife was living at Shaw Brow, Whittle le Woods


His belongings...  wallet, card, photos, 2 razors and book, cap badge, and 3 coins


Edna was awarded  a pension of 5/- a week as of 4 March 1918 


His will stated all property and effects to go to his mother at Shaw Brow.



He is buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, Tincourt



James Thompson

Born in Whittle le Woods


Killed in Action: 13 Jul 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: G/2108

Rank: Private

7th Bn Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)




Enlisted at Blackburn

He Enlisted 8th September 1914

He was 5ft 3 inches tall, so could have been put in a Bantam Battalion  

He lived at 12 Arkwright Road, Preston, Lancashire. 

Formerly he was a  weaver


On the 22nd November 1914 at Bethus Park, insubordinate conduct, absent

from Church Parade, forfeited 7 days' pay

On 1st May 1915, for making an improper remark to an NCO, 7 days confined

to his barracks

26 July 1915


On 20th June 1916, he was wounded


Listed as "casualty reported: wounded" on the Casualty Lists issued by the War Office from 8th and 9th July 1916.


This man was entitled to wear a "Wound Stripe" as authorized under Army Order 204 of the 6th of July 1916.


James Thompson and the 7th Bn Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) moved to

positions near Bernafay and Trones Woods on the 11th of July 1916.

On the 12th of July...they attacked Trones Woods at 7 pm

On the 12/13th of July, they reached the railway line in the centre of the wood

and a line set up along the eastern edge.

They were surrounded and cut off, and several isolated parties fought into the night

until they were relieved by the 12th Middlesex and 6th Northamptonshire.

The casualties numbered 250  


I found this information dated 26th June 1917, in a War Office letter.


With reference to the disposal of any medals which may be awarded in respect

of the service of the late No.2108. Private James Thompson, 7th Battalion,

Royal West Kent Regiment.

I am directed to inform you that any such decorations should be forwarded to

Mr Thomas Rand, 12 Arkwright Road, Preston, Lancashire.

In trust for the deceased soldier's elder nephew, John Rand, whose property

the medals will be and to whom they must be handed when he is of an age

to appreciate their value.



His name is on Pier and Face 11 C of the Thiepval Memorial





Robert Charles Thompson

Born 1888,  Manchester

Age: 28

Killed in Action: 23 October 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no: 21269

Rank: L / Cpl

7 Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment



Enlisted at Chorley


Between 21st-24th October 1916, Robert C Thompson and the 7th Battalion relieved the

11th and 13th Btn Royal Sussex at the freshly captured STUFF TRENCH, northeast

of Thiepval.

Robert would be killed during this rotation of troops.


After starting to consolidate the new front line on the 23rd of October 1916


The War Diary states-


23 October 1916- STUFF TRENCH


Consolidating new front line- bringing up bombs SAP (?) & RE stores and preparing for further advance.

One deserter from 109 RIR surrendered to us.

Continued shelling of frontline and communication trenched by enemy


24 October 1916- STUFF TRENCH


Night comparatively quiet - work on consolidation carried on. a new CT was cut during the night 

At 10 am  7 E Lancs R arrived to relieve us. The relief was a slow and different process but was successfully completed by 1 pm and the Battn moved back into Brigade reserve. 

Had ? and 1 Coy in  WOOD POST and 3 Coys in LEIPZIG REDOUBT.

Our casualties during this tour in the trenches were OR 2 killed, ? Wounded



Husband of Alice Harling (formerly Thompson), of 7, Meadow St., Wheelton, Chorley

Children are

Robert, born 20 Oct 1911

Margaret, born 21 Mar 1913




Buried at Grandcourt Road Cemetery not far from Albert, France




Harold Tindall

Born 1895 either Withnell or Leeds, Living at Whittle Springs

Age: 19 and 9 months on Enlistment

Age: 23 at death

Killed in Action: 21 March 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no: 12984

Rank: Private

9 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


His name is on the Whittle le Woods 1914-1915 Roll of Honour


He was a Labourer


5ft 3


Enlisted on 3 September 1914 at Chorley and joined up in same day


Posted to A Coy, 8 Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Then posted to 9 Battalion


On the 21st March 1918, the 9 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was

sent forward to support the 153rd Brigade of 51 Division, near the Beetroot factory

on the north of the Cambrai - Bapaume road.

Their line of defence was intact except in places at Vaulx Woods and Maricourt Wood

where the enemy had some positions. Casualties were light throughout up until the evening of the 21st of March 1918.

Posted as Missing



Son of Samuel and Eliza Tindall, of Town Lane, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs.


His name is on the Arras Memorial




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