Clayton & Whittle at War
Clayton & Whittle at War 

Those who served 

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PANEL ONE

 

 

Richard Atkinson

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 23 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg No - 25029

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

13 Battalion The King's (Liverpool) Regiment

 

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

the previous day.

 

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

It then took a north westerly turn to the centre of Longueval village were 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 sibblings 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

 

 

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John Bamber

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 25 September 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no - 23436

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

12 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

Enlisted on 8\11\1914

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

Embarked 20\8\1915

Joined Battalion 10\9\1915

Killed in Action 25\9\1915

 

Born in 1899 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

 

Admited to Seaforth hospital on 23\4\1915  to 8\5\1915 with Acut Hy ???

possibly acute hypothermia ?

 

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

 

He was  Killed in Action at Rue-Petilion

 

He is buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery

 

No inscription from his family.

 

 

 

 

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Thomas Bamber

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 7 October 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 23228

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

12 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

His Regiment would be in trenches near Gueudecourt, likely to be the

Gird Support Trenches etc

 

An advert found in the Preston Herald dated Saturday 14th October 1916 -

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS SOLDIER HONOURED -

 

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.

 

An advert found in the Lancashire Evening Post dated Saturday 21st Ocober 1916-

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION.

 

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

 

 

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Philip Baxendale

Born Wheelton, Lived at Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 29 June 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 61591

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

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

 

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 

 

 

Formerly 60024, S Manchester Regt

 

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

as of 1911.

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

 

ON HIS SOUL

SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY

 

 

His grave is at CINQ RUES BRITISH CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK

 

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Reginald Blackwell

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 30 June 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 31562

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Accrington Pals

 

Formerly 63042, Manchester Regt.

 

Another member of the Accrington Pals and also killed in action at the

Attack on La Becque Farm

 

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

and had sibblings 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

 

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John Bowling

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 4 June 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 67191

Rank : Gunner

Enlisted at Chorley

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

 

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 incription on his gravstone reads

 

RESTING TILL WE MEET AGAIN

 

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

 

He is buried at the Berks Cemetery Extension

 

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Hugh Bradshaw

Born at Kings Moss, Wigan

Killed in Action: 8 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 200073

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

B Coy of 1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

and docked 1 days 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 transfered to the 42nd Prov Btn from 25th June 1915 until 5th November 1915.

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

6th November 1915.

 

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

Back to duty from the 29th June 1916.

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

 

A Brush Maker empolyed at Philips Brush Manfc, 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.

 

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Francis P Brindle

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 25 April 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 81384

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

15 Battalion Durham Light Infantry

 

Formerly 45794, Lancs Fus.

 

Also known as Frank Brindle

 

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

Attested 18 September 1916

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, 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Sent to France on 2 April 1918

Transfered to 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 2.30am 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

 

 

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Christopher Brooks

Born Preston

Killed in Action: 25 September 1914

France and Flanders

Reg no - 8683

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

2 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

 

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

whilst in reserve.

On the 22nd September they recieved 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 -

AND WITH THE MORN

THOSE ANGELS FACES SHINE

 

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

 

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John Cannon

Born Glossop, Derby, Living at Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds: 18 November 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 680254

Rank :Gunner

Enlisted at

Royal Field Artillery

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

 

Born in Glossop, Derby

Lived at Water House Green, Whittle Le Woods in 1911

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

Whittle-le-Woods, Lancs as of 1918

 

His parents would have this inscription put on his grave stone -

 

MAY THE LORD

HAVE MERCY ON HIS SOUL

HOLY ST.BEDE

PRAY FOR HIM

 

Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery

 

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Hugh G Charnock

Born Whittle le Woods

Died : 8 November 1918

Home

Reg no - 67222

Rank : Sergeant

Enlisted at Sheffield

35 Coy, Royal Army Medical Corps

 

Enlisted at  on 31 August 1915

 

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

1 November 1918

Looking at whats left of the medical report I found he officially died of

Infuenza, Pneumonia, and Pleurisy

He had been previouly 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,  Born Adlington in 1913

Olive Broadhurst Charnock,    "           "        in 1914

 

 

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

 

His Gravestone is at St Johns, Whittle le Woods

 

 

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John J Clark

Born Preston

Died: 16 April 1917

Home

Reg no - M2/156141

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

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

 

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

 

It 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

 

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PANEL 2

 

 

Percy Clitheroe

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds: 10 October 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 8063

Rank : Corporal

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

Enlisted at Chorley

55 Coy, Machine Gun Corp

 

Formerly 21195, Liverpool Regt

 

 

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

 

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

 

Awarded the MM on 21st December 1916 in the London Gazette.

 

Nothing mentioned in the War Diary except -

 

Inspection of 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 admitted to 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- Company moved from SCHOOL CAMP to DIRTY BUCKET

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

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

proceed up line in motor lorries to HURST PARK.

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

6 killed, 11 wounded, 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 situation then proceeded up line to their sections at HURST PARK.

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

 

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

 

Coy Hd Qtr, HANNI BEEK FARM

 

Pte Finch returned off leave

 

operation orders for 12th.

 

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

 

Preston Herald - Saturday 18 November 1916 -

 

AWARDED MILITARY MEDAL

 

Lance-Corporal,  Percy Clitheroe of the Machine Gune Corps, who's home is at

Whiitle le Woods, has been awarded the Miitary 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, Scwaban Redoubt.

 

 

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William Cooper

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 16 April 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 41717

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

6 Battalion South Wales Borderers

 

Killed in Action during the heavy fighting for Ploegsteert Village

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

fighting a rearguard action.

But they proved that they could not only dig but they could also fight!

 

Son of Mr. R. and Mrs. J. Cooper, of Mount Pleasant, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs

 

His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial

 

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John Cotton - 1916

Born Blackburn

Killed in Action: 1 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no -

Enlisted at

Rank : Second Lieutenant

Royal Field Artillery

150th Bde.

 

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. 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 Blackburm in 1917.

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

Boothman.

Lawrence Cotton and  family would recieve Armenia Mill, and amost £40'000 from

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

 

Preston Herald - Saturday 15 July 1916 -

 

LIEUT. COTTON OF WHITTLE LE WOODS-

 

Many people will no doubt be grieved to hear of the death of Lieut John Cotton, eldest sone 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

 

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John Cotton - 1917

Born Chorley

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

North Sea

Rank: Ord Seaman

Royal Navy - HMS SIMOOM

 

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

Ralph was Millstone quarryman in 1911.

 

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

in the magazine.

The HMS SIMOOM sank of the Schouwen Banks, North Sea 

 

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

of Steam 1824-1962:

On the night of 22/01/1917 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 23/01 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

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS MAN KILLED IN NORTH SEA ACTION

 

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

 

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William Derbyshire

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 24 April 1916

Reg no - 62307

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

2 Battalion Prince of Wales West Yorkshire Regiment

 

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

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

Enemy 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 must 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?

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

His name is on Thiepval Memorial

 

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Thomas Dixon

Born Kirkham

Killed in Action: 11 April 1918

Reg no - 39323

France and Flanders

Rank : Private

1 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

 

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 April 1918, the 1 Battalion East Lancashire Regimen was in the line

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

No attack of any nature took place on the battalion frontand 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 discribed 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 unknown.

 

At about 2pm  on the 10th 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 April they again moved to a position on the south eastern outhskirts of Nieppe.

The 11th April is was discribed as "a day of continuous anxiety"....but moral seemed to be good.

 

At 7:30pm 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.

 

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

 

Panel 5 and 6.

 

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James Feeney

Born Blackburn

Died of wounds: 8 September 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 12075

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : Cpl

7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

James Feeney joined up on 31 August 1914 at Preston.

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 is picked up by 141 FA with a GSW to his Abdoman

 

He died of wounds at the 4 Canadian CC Station, France on 8 Septemeber 1918

 

 

 

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

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

letter and cards, and pencils on 14 January 1919

 

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

Punishment 8 days C B and docked 3 days pay and several other offences in

1918 of being absent.

 

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

MAY HE REST IN PEACE.

 

He is buried in Duisans Military Cemetery, Etrun, France

 

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Henry Fishwick

Born Whittle le Woods

Died : 10 October 1917

Reg no - 18189

Home

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

21st Battalion Welsh Regiment

 

Formerley T.R\4\ 18189

6 Battalion Training Reserve btn, Cheshire Regiment

 

Died of Heart Failure

 

Father was John Fishwick, (Chorley Road?)

 

He is buried at GALWAY (BOHERMORE) NEW CEMETERY

 

 

 

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William Henry Fishwick

Born Whittle le Woods

Death : 26 March 1917

Home

Reg no - 3/9748

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : Private

51 (G) Manchester Regiment

 

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

 

 

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Edward Gent

Born Whittle le Woods

Death : 1 December 1918

Home

Reg no - 466351

Rank : Sapper

Royal Engineers

13th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Sect

 

He died shorly after getting home suffering from influenza

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.

 

 Buried at St Johns, Whittle le Woods 

 

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William Gregson

Born Lostock Hall, Living in Whittle le Woods

Death : 7 June 1915

Home

Reg no - 21118

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : Private

11 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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 a 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 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.

But with the condition of the body, it seems he was beaten up and drowned.

Further evidence was heard about William Gregsons 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.

 

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

 

He is buried at ELSWICK CONGREGATIONAL CHAPELY

 

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Richard Grime

Born Clayton  le Woods, Living in Chorley

Killed in Action : 24 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no -  6658

Enlisted at

Rank : Private

73rd Coy, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

 

Formerly 32501 Ches.Regt

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

His brother Mr F Grime was living at 3 Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods.

 

His name is on the Thiepval Memorial.

 

 

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Thomas Grime

Born Whittle le Woods

France and Flanders

Reg no - 16917

Enlisted at Preston on 30 September 1914

Rank : Private

10 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment - See Below

 

Discharged from service and then enlisted again

 

Thomas Grime

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 20 September 1917

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

 

Casualties -

 

 

 

 

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

 

THY WILL BE DONE

 

 

He is buried at Bedford House Cemetery

 

Enclosure No.4 XII. H. 2.

 

Son of William and Fanny Grime.

 

 

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Robert Hall

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 4 October 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 19574

Rank : Serjeant

Enlisted at

21 Battalion Manchester Regiment

 

Robert Hall took part in the Battle of Broodseinde.

 

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

at Polygon Wood.  

In support of the 22nd Battalion

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

"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 6am and "A" was sent forward into action straight

away.

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

They were followed by "C"

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

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

relieved.

 

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

 

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Christopher Heap

Born Clayton le Woods, Living in Chorley

Killed in Action : 7 October 1916

Reg no - 32156

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

12 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

His Regiment would be in support trenches near Gueudecourt, likely to be the

Gird Support Trenches.

They were in reserve for the operations on the 7th October 1916.

 

 

His name is on the Thiepval Memorial

 

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Walter Heap

Born Whittle le Woods

Died: 18 February 1919

France and Flanders

Service no - 180125

Rank : Gunner

Enlisted at Chorley

335 Siege Bty Royal Garrison Artillery

 

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.

 

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.

 

Younger brother of Christopher Heap

 

His gravestone is in St Johns, Whittle le Woods

 

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Wilfred Henshaw

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds: 30 December 1914

France and Flanders

Reg no - 2645

Rank : L \ cpl

Enlisted at Preston

1 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

He was 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  recieved £124 from his probate.

 

IN LIFE, IN DEATH O LORD

ABIDE WITH ME

 

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

CAMBRIN.

However Wilfred Henshaw  died of wounds recieved on the battlefield after

being taken prisoner by the Germans after the battle of

Givenchy on the 22-23rd December 1914.

 

He died on the 30 December 1914. 

 

Preston Herald - Saturday 06 March 1915

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS SOLDIERS DEATH

 

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 awidow and one child. 

 

He is buried at COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY

 

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

 

There is a picture and newspaper article in the Gallery

Image © Johnston Press plc. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD

‘Image reproduced with kind permission of The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)’

 

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000283/19150224/087/0005

 

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George Hilton

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 26 October 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 243269

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Whittle le Woods

4th/5th Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

the Passchendaele Ridge.

 

According to the war diary -

 

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

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

passing through (enemy barrage stopped 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 7.20am, on moving towards DAVOUST FARM, a party of 100 enemy came out and

tried to counter-attack heading towards VAN DYCK FARM.

They were attackedand 40 or so enemy casualties caused 

By midday heavy rain had started

Through out 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 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

 

COMRADES TO THE END

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS SOLDIERS KILLED BY SAME SHELL

 

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 the Panel 102 to 104 at Tyne Cot Memorial

 

 

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John Hooper

Born Whittle le Woods

Died after an training accident: 16 October 1915

Home

Reg no - 24446

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

3 Battalion The Royal Welsh (Welch) Fusiliers

 

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

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

 

A training unit, it remained in 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, England
   

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 recieving a GSW to the left hip

 

A court hearing occured 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 galvanised ?.

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

realising that the ammo loaded was infact live and not the dummy rounds.

It was given to Private Williams from the stores man

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

had flattened out.

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

profusely.

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 -

 

THY WILL BE DONE  

 

 

Buried at Heapey Churchyard, on the south side.

 

 

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Henry Hopwood

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 23 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 14059

Rank : Sergeant

Enlisted at Preston

7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

He would be awarded MM for bravery in the field and reported in the

London Gazette on the 19 February 1917.

 

Joined up 3 September 1914

 

Lancashire Evening Post - Wednesday 16 August 1916

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS SERGEANT KILLED

 

Intimation was recieved 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 myself 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

 

 

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Frank Horrocks

Born Wheelton

Killed in Action : 16 August 1916

Reg no - 15334

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

8th Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

 

Frank Horrocks would be killed in action during his regiments attack on Lonely Trench.

The war diary entries for the action -

Heavy casualties from the machine gun and rifle fire as soon as the assalt had began. 

A renewed assault would also have the same result.

All officers and NCO's of B and C coy becomeing 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 a baby called Sally born 1911

He was 28 and his parents were Joseph and Ellen of 1 Bennett Row, Wheelton

 

He is buried at Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont

 

 

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Frederick Houghton

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 14 July 1916

Reg no - 23363

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

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

Holding positions they have captured.

 

Frederick was 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

 

His name is on Thiepval Memorial

 

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Jack Hull

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 2 July 1916

Reg no - 15857

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Accrington Pals

 

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...

 

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

 

 

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Jesse Hull

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 9 June 1917

Reg no - 202238

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

2/4 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

communcation. 

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 the second son to be killed serving in WW1.

 

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

 

 

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Augustine T Hunter

Born Liverpool

Died of Wounds: 2 June 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 706780

Rank : Gunner

Enlisted at Chorley

Y66 Medium Trench Mortar Bty, Royal Field Artillery

 

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

 

I WILL REST BENEATH

THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS

 

By Mr J Hunter of Springfield Cottage, Clayton Green

 

He is buried at Cambrin Military Cemetery, Cambrin

 

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George Irving

Born Chorley, Living at Whittle Springs

Killed in Action:15 June 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no - 219

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

 

Another soldier who is killed at Festubert. On the same day my relation is injured there

 

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

 

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Thomas Jackson

Born Leyland, Living Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action:  9 April 1916

Mesopotamia

Reg no - 17369

Rank :  Private

Enlisted at Chorley

6 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

Thomas Jackson was serving in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq)

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

fighting in Kut from about 6th December 1915.

 

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

 

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Arthur Jolly

Born Whittle le Woods, Living in Bamber Bridge

Killed in Action: 25 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 49195

Rank : Sergeant

Enlisted at Chorley

12 Battalion Manchester Regiment

 

Formerly 23216, Liverpool Regt

 

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

(trenches were just north of MONCHY WOOD)

 

At 3:30am, 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

 

 

 

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

of 14 School Lane, Bamber Bridge as of 1911

 

His name is on the ARRAS Memorial, Bay 7

 

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Herman Lancaster

Born Whittle le Woods

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

France and Flanders

Reg no - 13875

Rank : Serjeant

Enlisted at Preston

7 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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-

 

REPORTED MISSING

 

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

 

 

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Joseph Lancaster

Born Blackburn

Killed in Action: 20 October 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 23534

Rank :Private

Enlisted at

1/7 Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

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.

 

Previously attached to 12th and 17th Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

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

Enlisted from 20 August 1915

 

He is buried at Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt.

 

 

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Thomas Lancaster

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action:9 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 23214

Rank :Private

Enlisted at Chorley

13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

He lived at Spring Gardens, Whittle Le Woods in 1911

 

Thomas Lancaster was Killed in Action during the attack on Tilloy-les-Mofflaines,

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

 

His stone has inscribed

 

REST IN PEACE

 

By a Mrs A Lancaster of 37 Hollinshead Street, Chorley

 

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

 

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Clarence W Lane

Born Warrington, Living Clayton le Woods

Killed in Action: 24 September 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 27

Rank : (Acting) Sergeant

Enlisted at

Army Veterinary Corps

West Lancs Div. Vet. Hosp. attd

Royal Field Artillery

 

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 06 October 1916

 

KILLED BY AEROPLANE BOMB

 

Whittle le Woods Soldier's Death

 

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

Organist at Whittle le Woods Parish Church has recieved 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 10.20pm 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 ajoining 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 Deparmment, 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 sergean 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 a 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 a Ltd Liability Comany

 

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

 

CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE

 

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

 

 

 

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Frederick Leigh

Born Clayton le Woods

Killed in Action: 26 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 12929

Rank : Corporal

Enlisted at Preston

8 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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, seven 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

 

 

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Robert Leigh

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 2 March 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 15666

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

8 Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

 

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

 

 

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Edwin Lucas

Born Wheelton

Died : 13 November 1918 ?

France and Flanders

Reg no - 201091

Rank : Acting Sergeant

Enlisted at Chorley

1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

Joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 25 November 1914

Missing 9 April 1918...

Taken Prisoner

Died at the War Hospital at Halli, Belgium

His mother recieved unoffical 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

 

 

 

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Robert McClellan

Born Bolton le Sands

Killed in Action: 28 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 24529

Rank : L / cpl

Enlisted at Preston

10 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

Roux.

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

 

 

Name is on the Arras Memorial

 

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George McIver - 1916

Born Whittle le Woods, Chorley

Died: 24 August 1916

Salonika

Reg no - K21147

Enlisted at Chorley

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 Maleria and Dysentery, and his blood on

examination revealed the presence of maleria 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 upto 1915.

Then being part of the Med Exp Force 1915-1916

 

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

Clayton-le-Woods

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

kin.

Also a sister called Eleanor.

 

He was a weaver

 

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

 

 

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George McIver - 1917 - George McIvor

Born Chorley

Killed in Action : 22 October  1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 32097

Enlisted at Chorley

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

 

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, 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.

 

CLAYTON LE WOODS SOLDIER KILLED

 

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

 

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Thomas McIver

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds : 29 June 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 30104

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

1 Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

 

Formerly 17528, 61St T. Res. Battn

 

Thomas McIver died of wounds recieved 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 battalions trench line.

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

the line of the Plate Becque, a 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 alot of men

 

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

2 officers 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 -

 

IN THE MOST

HOLY NAME OF JESUS

PRAY FOR HIS SOUL

 

He is buried at Aire Communal Cemetery, Aire

 

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William McIver

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds: 8 September 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 21247

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Wigan

1/7 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

 

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,

and though the Battalion did not actually take part in an attack.

It was in support to 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 Lieutenent J. Murgatroyd was the most affected

 

Buried at Aeroplane Cemetery, Leper, Belgium

 

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William J McLaughlin

Born at Prughlisk, Tyrone, Ireland

Killed in Action: 23 Mar 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 215795

Rank: Gunner

Enlisted at Chorley

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

 

Also known as William J McLoughlin

 

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 artilllery were 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.

 

His name is on the Pozieres Memorial

 

 

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Joseph Monk

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 26 Oct 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 243270

Rank : L / cpl

Enlisted at Chorley

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

Original Reg\Service number was 7817

 

His trade was a Packer

 

He Enlisted at Preston on the 29 January 1916

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

Sent from Folkstone to Bologne, France 13February 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 dug out , 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 mans 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 throught the lines.

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

 

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 16 November 1917

 

COMRADES TO THE END

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS SOLDIERS KILLED BY SAME SHELL

 

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

 

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Charles Moorcroft

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 4 May 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 141346

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

25th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps

 

Formerly 21863, Loyal North Lancs Regt., 

 

 

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

The 25th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps are in the line in the La Clytte Sector

at a place called Ouderdom.

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

the transport line.

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

 

Awarded the M.M. on 12 June 1918.

 

His name is in the London Gazette 

 

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

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

 

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

 

REST IN THE LORD

 

He is buried at La Clytte Military Cemetery

 

 

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Lawrence Pearson

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action:15 May 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 10959

Rank : Corporal

Enlisted at Chorley

4 Battalion The King's (Liverpool) Regiment

 

A Bleachworks labourer born 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 NCO's on several occasions.......

 

Hospitalised when someone hit him over the head with a stick, and summoned

before a hearing.

 

Lancashire Evening Post - Friday 02 June 1916

 

WHITTLE LE WOODS SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION

 

Intimation has been recieved 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

 

 

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Tom Peel

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 7 October 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 23113

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank :Private

9th Bn Royal Fusiliers

 

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 (1.45pm)

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 on this day.

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

 

Panel Reference:

Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

 

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

 

Family grave stone is in St John the Evanglist 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

 

Tom Peels name is on the Thiepval Memorial

 

 

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James Prescot

Born at Brindle

Killed in Action: 4 Feb 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 27030

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

19th (Pioneer) Bn. Battalion Welsh Regiment

 

Formerly 18365, N. Lancs Regt

 

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 + accomodation at all billets.

 

2nd/3rd. Do do do.

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

His widow had this inscribed on his stone-

 

WE HAVE LOVED HIM IN LIFE

LET US NOT FORGET HIM IN DEATH

ST AMBROSE

 

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

near Elverdinge, Leper, Belgium

 

 

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Richard Robinson - also known as Richard Preston Robinson

Born Chorley, lived Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 15 June 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no - 8167

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

1 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

 

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 there.

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 offcer, a Brigader 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 Kings 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

 

 

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Joseph Sharples

Born Whittle le Woods

Died 22 February 1919

France and Flanders

Reg no - 15542

Rank : Private

Enlisted at

11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Accrington Pals

 

Bay tree Cottage, Whittle le Woods?

 

He died from influenza (spanish flu)

 

He is buried at St James, Brindle  

 

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Allan Shepherd

Born Rochdale, Living Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 21 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 35729

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley on 9 December 1915

100 company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

 

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 was overstayed his pass for 2 days until 6pm on 6.6.1916

And was forfeited 2 days pay on 7.6.1916

He was training to use ther Vickers Machine Gun.

 

 

Embarked from Folkstone on 15 July 1916

Disembarked at Boulogne on same day.

Joined Base Depot at Camiers on 16 July 1916

Joined "comany in the field" on 20 July 1916

Killed in Action on 21 July 1916

 

 

This corp joined 100th Brigade 33rd Division on the 28th of April 1916

As of 15 July 1916 this brigade consisted of -

 

1st Battalion, the Queens Royal (West Surrey)

2nd Battalion The Worchestershire 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

 

At 10.30 a message was given to the 1st Battalion, the Queens Royal (West Surrey)

asking them to move into a reserve position for an attack on HIGH WOOD and

SWITCH TRENCH on the morning of the 20th..supporting 19th Brigade

and the Worchesters.

The whole Brigade had been put on alert

 

 

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

Lived at Lukes Row, Whittle Le Woods

 

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

 

 

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John Shepherd

Born Chorley

Died of Wounds: 22 August 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 13339

Rank :Private

Enlisted at Chorley

10th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

Died of Wounds possibly recieved during attack on the Intermediate Line near

Bazintine le Petit

 

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

 

His father would have this incribed on the stone.

 

HE NOBLY DID HIS DUTY

 

He is buried at St Sever Cemetery , Rouen

 

 

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George Shorrock

Born Chorley, Living in Clayton le Woods

Killed in Action : 13 March 1915

Reg no - 9428

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : Private, Acting Cpl

1 Battalion Royal Irish Regiment

 

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 ive seen in other war diaries.

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

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

 

According to the War Diary -

 

12/3/1915

 

Battalion occupying trenches at VERMEZEELE & ST ELOI

Casualties 4 Killed, and 11 wounded of other ranks.

 

13/3/1915

 

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

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

Casualties, 3 Killed, 10 wounded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Son of the late Richard and Ann Shorrock.

 

Lived at Radburn Brow in 1911

 

His name is on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

 

 

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John Shorrock - 1918

Born Chorley

Died : 24 June 1918

Reg no - 6957

Home

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : L \ cpl

Depot, Seaforth Highlanders

 

Information i got from the 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 did lead 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

 

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John Snape - 1916

Born at Chorley

Killed in Action:  26 September 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 1023

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Bury

9 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

 

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

at in Constance Trench, opposite Mouquet Farm.

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

Stuff Redoubt and Hessian Trench.

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

John Snape would be killed in action.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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John Snape - 1918

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds: 4 June 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 37624

Rank : Sergeant

Enlisted at Chorley

63 Labour Corp, Cheshire Regiment

 

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 J Snape of New house, Bridge Street

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

Mesopatania, Salonika and Blackdown.

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

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

 

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

 

Enlisted on 11 Demenber 1915

 

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.

 

 

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Joseph F Southworth

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 9 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 23213

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

13 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment, 9th Brigade

 

Lived at 7 Victoria Terrace, Clayton Le Woods with 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,

Godleys Avenue and Auckland Cave.

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

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 gun fire

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

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

down on them.

They took 19 officers and 499 prisoners and captured alot of equipment

 

Battalion casualties

 

2 officers killed, 6 wounded

170 other ranks killed and wounded

 

 

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

 

 

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Thomas H Southworth

Born Whittle le Woods \ Clayton le Woods

Killed in Action: 24 January 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 204034

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Preston

2/5 Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment

 

Thomas Herbert Southworth

 

The 2/5th Battalion Kings Liverpool Regiment had moved into the front-line trenches

at Armentieres sector from the Waterland Camp on the 1st January 1918.until the

7th January.

 

With the exception of heavy fire on Armentieres.

 

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

 

 

 

He is buried at Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres

 

Brother of Joseph F Southworth above

 

 

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George Stephenson

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 20 September 1918

Palastine

Reg no - 34364

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Preston

134 Coy, Machine Gun Corp

 

Formerly 3294, 4th Btn N. Lancs Regt.,

 

Awarded the MM on 17th September 1917

 

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

Transfered to 42nd Prov Btn  on 25th June 1915

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

Transfered to Machine Gun Corp on 5th May 1916

 

He was disciplined 4 times for several offences 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 6pm

 

 

As of 18 November 1917 the 134 coy are with 7th (Merrrut) 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 Tabsor which started on the 19th September.

Just one battle as part of a wider set peice Battle of Megiddo.

 

Buried at Jerusalem Memorial Part Two M-Z

 

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

 

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Samuel Stirzaker

Born Bolton, Lived at Whittle le Woods

Died from wounds recieved in action: 24 Aug 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 53667

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley 13 November 1914

19 Battalion Durham Light Infantry

 

Originally he enlisated 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

 

A cloth looker by trade

 

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

called Edna born on 22 april 1913.

 

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 from 4 March 1918 

 

Whilst stationed at Billerikay on 23 June 1916 Was given punishment twice,

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

and 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, france

 

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

 

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

 

He is buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, Tincourt

 

 

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James Thompson

Born in Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action :  13 Jul 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - G/2108

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Blackburn

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

 

Born Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire, 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

20th June 1916 was wounded

 

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

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

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

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

and a line setup 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

 

 

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Robert C Thompson

Born Manchester

Killed in Action: 23 October 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 21269

Rank : L / cpl

Enlisted at Chorley

7 Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

 

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

11th and 13th Btn Royal Sussex at the freshly captured Stuff Trench, north east

of Thiepval.

Robert would be killed during this rotation of troops.

 

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

 

Buried at Grandcourt Road Cemetery not far from Albert, France

 

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Harold Tindall

Born Withnell, Living at Whittle Springs

Killed in Action: 21 March 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 12984

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

9 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

On the 21 st 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 if defence was intact except in places at Vaulx Woods and Maricourt Wood

where the enemy had some positions.'

Caualties were light throughout up until the evening of the 21st March 1918.

 

 

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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John Waddington

Born Heapey, Living in Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds:  21 June 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 25365

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

The 9th Battalion took part in the Battle of Messines

 

He is buried at Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Wulverghem (now Wulvergem)

 

The headstone notes on CWGC site mention a Mrs Issabelle Waddington,

c/o Mrs I Robinson, Moor View, Blackburn Road, Heapey

 

No inscription

 

 

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John Ward

Born Blackburn

Killed in Action: 2 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 15351

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

 

Another member of the Accrington Pals killed on the attack on Serre

 

Son of Thomas and Alice Ward of 2 County Terrace, Clayton le Woods

 

His brother Richard also fell.

 

His name is on the Thiepval Memorial

 

 

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Richard Ward

Born Blackburn

Killed in Action: 30 July 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no -  18117

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Blackburn

2 Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers

 

Richard Ward and the 2nd Battalion, were involved in the attack on Guillemont.

They assembled in an area east of Trones Wood, moving forward along the

Guillemont Road.

They entered the village from the south west taking a few casualties.

Later in the attack they became cut off

650 casualties out of attacking force of 750, majority dead or missing.

 

Brother of the above

Son of Thomas and Alice Ward of 2 County Terrace, Clayton le Woods

 

Married Cordelia Ellen Carr, St Matthews , Blackburn on 13 September 1913

 

Husband of Cordelia Ellen Hinton (formerly Ward), of 146, Higher Audley St., Blackburn.

 

Think they had a son Frank Clifford Ward in 1914 , he married Ella Ashton at

St Matthews, Blackburn in 1935. 

 

His name is on the Thiepval Memorial

 

Thank you to Allison Aspden (nee ward) for emailing me and providing

extra information. I have added it to the comments page.

 

 

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James Waring

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 11 April 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 19354

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

1 Battalion South Wales Borderers

1st Bn. attd. Trench Mortar Bty

 

On the 8th April 1918, the 1 Battalion South Wales Borderers set off on  a 5 hour

train journey from Fouquereil and then marched to Beuvry.

They arrived to a comfortable billet.

On the 9th April 1918 they were woken by shelling on the village,which lasted

until 10.30am.

The Germans had attacked the line from La Bassee Canal to Armentiers.

On the 10th April 1918 "the day was more or less quiet"

On the 11th April 1918 the Battalion was to relieve the front line at Hohenzollern.

But that order was cancels at 12 noon and they were ordered to the Canal Line.

With two companies holding the line at La Bassee Canal and two companies

in support.

 

 

Son of William and Amelia Waring, of The Cross Keys Inn, Whittle-le-Woods.

 

His gravestone reads

JESUS MERCY, MARY HELP

ETERNAL REST

GIVE UNTO HIM O LORD

RIP

 

Buried at Browns Road Military Cemetery, Festubert

 

The words are those of his father Mr William Waring

 

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George Weaver

Born Farington

Killed in Action: 27 March 1918 ??

France and Flanders

Reg no - 28789

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment

 

Lodgers at Naylors Fold, Whittle le Woods in 1911 with his wife Alice and their children
Ethel and Mary Hannah. 

George was a labourer at the Cotton mill

 

George Henry Weaver was previously Pte. 23223, King's Liverpool Rgt. It looks like

he was a draft transferred to the 9th Cheshires from the King's, possibly early 1916.

 

His recorded date of death is wrong, most likely because of the heavy fighting.

The 9th Battalion had been mostly withdrawn from the area.

And the war diary will not have been back dated accurate.

 

He is buried at SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.1

 

 

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William West

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds: 13 September 1915

Gallipoli

Reg no - 11417

Rank : L / cpl

Enlisted at Chorley

6 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

He may of been injured at the attack on Chunuk Bair

They were positioned at a place called the apex on the Chailnuk Dera.

The battalion after the attack was moved to Sulva and took over trenches at Green

Hill.

 

He is buried at the HAIDAR PASHA CEMETERY, Istanbul, Turkey

 

 

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John Westby

Born Chorley, Living at Clayton le Woods

Killed in Action: 28 April 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 24981

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Preston

10 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

The 10th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment was in action on the 23rd April.

Taking part in the 37th Division attacks on GREENLAND HILL during the Second Battle of the Scarpe.

On the 27th tthey recieved orders to attack GREENLAND HILL at dawn the next day!

At roughly 4.30 am the battalion attacked and managed to capture one of their objectives.

From the moment they attacked they had come under heavy fire and suffered serious casualties.. and only had 1 officer survive.

Their attack had failed  due to  a combination of poor weather conditions... the snow would'nt of helped.. and the Germans were dug into some very well defended positions. 

 

 

 

Son of the late Joseph and Mary Ann Westby; husband of Mary Westby, of

6, Pleasant View, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs.

 

of 3 Brownley Street, Clayton le Woods,

left £199 10s 7d to his wife Mary as of a probate date of 3 Sep 1917

 

He married Mary Crook in 1909 at Chorley Reg Office

Children -

 

Mary Veronica Westby born 1911 Died 1911

Mary Veronica Westby born 1913 married James Clayton at Chorley Reg office in 1934

 

His name is on the Arras Memorial

 

Robert McClellan was in the same Battalion and also killed on the same day

 

 

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Walter Westhead

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 29 October 1918

Italy

Reg no - 34155

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Chorley

8 Battalion Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princes of Wales' Own)

 

Formerly 34627, Ches. Regt

 

On the same day of the Austro-Hungarians asking for an armistice!

Walter Westhead would be Killed in Action at the Battle of Vittorio Veneto, which

was fought from the 24th October 1918 to 3rd November 1918.

 

This battle helped to end the first world war less than two weeks later.

 

 

He is buried at Plot 1. Row B. Grave 12. Tezze British Cemetery, Italy

 

 

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John Whalley

Born Chorley

Killed in Action: 13 March 1916

France and Flanders

Reg no - 5929

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Manchester

"D" Coy 20 Service Battalion Royal Fusiliers

 

At 5pm on 12 March 1916 the 20th Service Battalion, Royal Fusiliers relieved

the 5th Scottish Rifles in the Cuinchy Section, Cambrin Support Point

Relief complete at 11.35pm.

 

On 13 March 1916 the enemy blew a mine at 6.15am.

Crater ETNA and GIBBONS, No casualties. Somewhere near those previously blown

mine craters (c1915)

Attack by enemy in the evening

Captain E.T Wright killed by rifle grenade, 2nd Lt T.S Pope wounded.

4 OR killed, 8 OR wounded.

(1 remaining at duty)

We hold near lip of crater.

 

Living at Windfield, Whittle le Woods

 

Effects £105 5s 10d to wife Elizabeth Whalley on 5 June 1916

 

Son of George and Elizabeth Whalley, of Chorley, Lancs

 

His father of 52 Preston Road would have this inscribed on his stone -

 

THROUGH DARK TO LIGHT

 

He is buried at Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Cambrin plot L1. 10C

 

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Mark Wilson

Born Blackburn

Died of Wounds: 31st March 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 24968

Rank : L\Cpl

Enlisted at Lancaster

8 Battalion, Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

 

 

He married Alice Lyon on 2nd June 1902 at Christ Church, Blackburn.

As of 1916 they had children, Gladys, Albert, Ethel and Elenor. and lived at

26 Henrietta St, Blackburn.

 

He was a Paper Mill Labourer

 

Alice was living at No 3 Mount Pleasant, Rock Cottages, Whittle le Woods

as of his death

.

Enlisted on 25 August 1916

 

He died at the field hospital at Estrees on 31st March 1918

 

Alice would recieve a war pension of 33/9 a week for herself  and the four children.

 

He is buried at Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery

 

No inscription from his family

 

 

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Robert Withnell

Born Whittle le Woods

Age : 43

Died of Blackwater Fever: 19 January 1918

South Africa

Reg no - ME/184

Rank : Sapper

Enlisted at

South African Mounted Engineers

 

 

Lived at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods in 1901 with his wife Rachel, and their son

Norman William Withnell

He was a Carpenter and Joiner, and Rachel was a Cotton Winder.

 

Husband of Rachel Withnell, of Carwood Farm, Craighall, Johannesburg, South Africa

at the time of Roberts Death in 1918

Mrs R Withnell, PO BOX 5309, Johannesburg

 

He is Buried at Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania

 

His son Norman William Withnell born 1898 Whittle le Woods, Lancashire and would marry Kathleen Mary Cooper, who was born 24 April 1898, Pretoria, Transvaal

 

 

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Harold Bamber

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 21 July 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - 18692

Enlisted at Burnley

Rank : Private

7 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

 

The 7 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment was in the front line just north east of

Oostaverne.

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

and attacking towards Green Wood.

 

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

 

He is buried in Oostaverne Wood Cemetery

 

 

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George Beardsworth

Born Whittle le Woods, Living in Nelson

Killed in Action : 13 May 1917

Reg no - 16855

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Manchester

Rank : Sergeant

"C" Coy, 22 Manchester Regiment

 

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

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

 

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

 

His name is on the Arras Memorial , Bay 7

 

 

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Gerrald Bennett

Born Whittle le Woods

Reg no - 241226

Killed in Action : 10 April 1918

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Bolton

9th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

 

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

of Armentieres.

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Bolton County Borough roll of Honour 1914-1918

St James WW1 Memorial, Breightmet

 

His name is on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Berks Cemetery Extension

 

 

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Peter Bibby

Born Whittle Springs

Killed in Action : 22 October 1915

France and Flanders

Reg no - 12530

Enlisted at Blackburn

Rank : Private

7 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

 

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

was married to Florence, a cotton winder.

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

They lived at 1 Elizabeth Street, Blackburn 

 

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

a sniper.

 

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

the first journey.

 

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

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

and shelling.

 

On the 22nd October the war diary states-

 

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

Later did no damage but rifle grenades did considerable damage

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

 

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

 

There is a picture of him in the Gallery

 

 

 

 

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Henry Bennett

Born Whittle le Woods, Living at Great Harwood

Died at Sea : 3 October 1915

Reg no - 13160

Enlisted at Accrington

Rank : Private

7 Service Battalion,  South Staffordshire Regiment

 

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

 

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

On a liner called RMS Empress of Britain.

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

to the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

his family.

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

It is engraved DUTY NOBLY DONE by his wife

 

 

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Stanley Clitheroe

Born Chorley, Living in Farrington

Killed in Action : 14 June 1915

Reg no - 11650

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : GDSN

2 Battalion Scots Guards

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

His name is on the Le Touret Memorial

 

And also these more local ones -

Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane , Leyland

Mural Plaque in St Ambrose, Leyland

Scots Guards Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

 

 

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John Clitheroe

Born Whittle le Woods.. Aged 52

Died of Wounds : 2 May 1916

Reg no -  24001

Home

Enlisted at Chorley?

Rank : Private

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

 

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

providing guard duties on railways and other vunerable places etc

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

 

Preston Herald - Saturday 13 May 1916

 

DEATH FROM WOUNDS

 

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

The internment took place on Saturday at Whittle le Woods.

 

John Clitheroe  was father of Stanley Clitheroe above

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

with the colours

 

Died of Wounds at Shrewsbury Hospital. 

I wonder how and where he got wounded.?

 

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

 

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

 

Buried at St John, Whittle le Woods

 

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Thomas Riding Chadwick

Born Whittle Springs

Killed in Action :25 March 1918

Reg no - 17577

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : L/cpl

2nd Battalion Cameronian (Scotish Rifles)

 

 

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

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

Married Dorothy Ann Marsden in 1915 

 

Name: Thomas Riding Chadwick
Gender: Male
Father's name: Edmund Chadwick
Spouse's Name: Dorothy Ann Marsden
Spouse's Father's Name: Thomas Marsden
Marriage Date: 22 Jun 1915
Marriage Place: Brindle

 

NESLE, 25th MARCH

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

NESLE, 25th MARCH cont

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

 

He is buried in Ham British Cemetery, Muille-Villette

 

 

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William Cooper

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action:

France and Flanders

Reg no -

Rank :

Enlisted at

 

Possible mistake on memorial

 

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William Derbyshire

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action :

Reg no -

France and Flanders

Enlisted at

Rank :

 

Possible mistake on memorial

 

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Thomas Desoer

Rank : Private

Reg no - 23116

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action :25 Feb 1917

Mesopatamia (Iraq)

Enlisted at Chorley

6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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Thomas Fishwick

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 25th September 1916

Reg no - 29818 

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : Private

1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

Otherwise known as  Forresters Arms, the Fishwicks had the pub under Henrys name

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

 

His name is on the Thiepval Memorial

 

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

 

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John Eccles

Age 47

Born Preston, Living in Whittle le woods

Died of Heart Attack  : 14 June 1915

Home

Reg no - 19016

Enlisted at Preston

Rank : Private

11 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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

 

The 11th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment began training at Billericay in

May of 1915.

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

from the Doctor.

Within 30 minutes of John Eccles visiting the Doctor, he had collapsed and died

a little later. 

 

He previously lived at 20 Heatley Street, Preston

 

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

They had a son called John Allen Eccles born c1910

 

Buried at Preston New Hall Lane Cemetery

 

 

 

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Charles Gillett

Born Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds :15 July 1916

Reg no - 13244

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : L/cpl

8th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

Joined up on 6 September 1914

 

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

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

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

next day an punished with 5 days CB.

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

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

Died of Wounds on 15 July 1916

 

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

They were providing carrying parties during the attack on Ovillers.

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Christopher Heap

Born

Killed in Action :

Reg no -

France and Flanders

Enlisted at

Rank :

 

Possible another mistake on the memorial

 

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George Sharrock

Born

Killed in Action:

France and Flanders

Reg no -

Enlisted at

Rank : Private

 

Possible he Joined the Mercentile Marines and drowned?

 

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William (Justice) Jones

Born Whittle le Woods, Living in Chorley

Died : 21 February 1918

Reg no  - 35076

Enlisted in 1915

Rank : Private

India

3 Garrison Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment

 

Formerly 80215 RFA

 

 

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

Raised January 1917 in Bedford.

They arrived in India on the 12th June 1917.

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

Attended St Josephs Church, Chorley

 

 

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

 

He is buried at Jhansi Cantonment Cemetery in Jhansi, India

 

 

 

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George Riding

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action : 10 April 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no  - 16484

Rank : Sergeant

Enlisted at Blackburn

8th Battalion, Border Regiment

 

Joined up on 3rd November 1914 at Carlisle

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

 

Battle of the Lys

 

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

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

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

 

George Riding was a Loomer the cotton mill

 

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

 

His two older brothers also joined up -

 

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

reason given -  

"Discharged not likely to be a efficient soldier"

"Due to incontinence of urine"

 

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

and went over seas in 1916.

Transfered to the Labour Company on 23rd February 1918

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

Being no longer physically for the service

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

His name is on the Ploegsteert Memorial

 

 

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Jack (Cooper) Sharples

Born Whittle le Woods, Living in Leyland

Killed in Action :3 May 1917

Reg no  - 1614

Rank : TPR

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Leyland

Household Battalion, Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line

 

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

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

and only a few thousand yards from the Hindenburg Line.

The germans put up a very strong resistance and forced The Household Battalion

and other attacking units back.

230  casualties
 

His name is on the Arras Memorial

 

 

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Daniel Slater

Born in Whittle le Woods, living at Penwortham

Died of Wounds : 16 July 1917

Reg no - 123740

Enlisted at Preston

France and Flanders

Rank : Gunner

281st Siege Bty

Royal Garrison Artillery

 

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

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

Henry, and Emmanuel.

 

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

His Father would have AT REST inscribed on the gravestone

 

He is buried at Dozinghem military cemetery, Poperinge

 

 

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William Suter

Born in Eastbourne

Killeds in Action : 19 Sep 1917

Reg no - 201265

France and Flanders

Enlisted at Sheffield

Rank : Lance Cpl

4th Battalion,  Seaforth Highlanders

 

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

Elverdinge.

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

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

attack practice was given from 16th to 18th

On the 19th the batalion marched from SEIGE CAMP to Asembly position west of Langemarck.

Leaving at 8:30pm

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

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

 

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

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

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

Large numbers of germans killed; very few prisoners taken.

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

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

 

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

Other ranks, Killed 41, Wounded 153, Missing 15

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Evidence given to me by Willam Suters relations.

 

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

 

 

His name is on the Tyne Cot Memorial

And also on the plaque at St James, Chorley

 

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Willam (T) Walmsley

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 23 March 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 69474

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Aldershot

136th Field Amb,  Royal Army Medical Corp

 

Joined up on 6 October 1915

 

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

 

Living at  2 Spring Bank, Wheelton in 1911

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

Evelyn Mary (20 March 1915) in 1915

 

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

 

His name is on Bay 10 of the Arras Memorial

 

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Thomas Waring

Born Whittle le Woods

Killed in Action: 14 April 1917 Age 37

France and Flanders

Reg no - 34379

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Leyland

17 Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers

 

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

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

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

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

Casualties -

13 Killed

1 Officer and 34 other ranks wounded

 

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

 

 

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

He was 1 of 8 (living) children

He was a Clothiers Manager as of 1911 living in Chorley

 

 

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

of 52 Park Road, Chorley

 

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

 

 

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Thomas Wilkinson

Born Chorley, Living in Whittle le Woods

Died of Wounds : 1 November 1918

France and Flanders

Reg no - 13917

Enlisted at Chorley

Rank : Private

Army Cyclist Corp, XIII Corps Cyclist Bn

 

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

 

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

And im guessing Thomas Wilkinson was injured and taken to one of the CCS at Roisel.

 

Former service number 2783, Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

 

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

 

Buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension

 

Roisel is a small town 11 kilometres east of Peronne

 

 

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J T S  Ward

Born at Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland

Killed in Action: 19 Sep 1917

France and Flanders

Reg no - S/31343

Rank : Private

Enlisted at Dundee

7 Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders

 

Formerly 4028, Lovat Scouts

 

In the the war diary-

 

14th September 1917- Left Sector Trenches

 

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

Right sector of the Brigade front.

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

C Company, frontline and scabbard support.

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

Welford Trench.

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

HQ in Johnstone Avenue about H.30 D.1.4

 

18th September 1917-

 

B and A Companies relieved C and D respectively

 

Casualties- O.R, 4 Killed 6 Wounded

 

19th September 1917- not mentioned but in same place

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

After suffering heavy losses, relieved on 24 August 1917

Went to Erie Camp,near Poperinghe.

 

This is the only soldier i could find.

 

Also known as Edward John Ward

 

 

 

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