Clayton & Whittle at War
Clayton & Whittle at War 

Those who served



George Berry

Killied in Action : 29 June 1942

Service number : 2620731

Rank : Guardsman

4 Battalion Grenadier Guards

Grenadier Guards


A stone laid below the gravestone reads







Son of Robert and Ellen Berry; husband of Ann Berry, of Whittle-le-Woods.


Think they had a daughter  - Norah Berry in 1942


Grave is at St Leonard Churchyard, Walton le Dale




Gordon Billinge aka possible other name Gordon Billing

Killied in Action : 

Service number :

Rank :

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Possible he was in the RAF


78 Sqdn.


Buried at St Andrews, Leyland




John Noval Burton

Killied in Action : 20 August 1944

Service number :  3861122

Rank : Private

1 Battalion Gordon Highlanders


Married Doris Wren in 1935

Children -

Unice June Burton 1935

William Melvyn Burton 1938

Michael Graham Burton 1940

Hazel Patricia Burton 1944



His wife and family would have these words inscribed on his stone -





(with a cross)


He is buried in Hermanville War Cemetery, Hermanville-sur-Mer


The village of Hermanville lies just beyond Sword beach


Husband of Doris Burton, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.




John Coupe

Killed in Action : 28 May 1940

Service Number : 1503488

Rank : Lance Corporal

Royal Engineers

62 Chemical Warfare Coy


Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 06 June 1940




Mr and Mrs C E Coupe of Swansey fold, Whittle le Woods, near Chorley, have recieved a letter from a company sergeant major now back in England saying that he was with their second son L/cpl John Coupe (21), when he was killed in action.


The letter stated L/cpl Coupe was killed in action by his side in a small wood at Mount Des Cats, north west of the French town of Bailleul.

 "a shell burst by us " and it was added "and he was killed instantly, with five others.  He was well liked in the company and was a good NCO".


Son of Charles Edward and Catherine Coupe, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire

The Dunkirk Memorial, which is part of the British War Graves Section of Dunkirk Town Cemetery.






Harold Dyke

Killed in Action :13 April 1944

Service Number : 797112

Rank : Warrant Officer Class II

Trade : BSM

Royal Artillery

510 Coast Regt.


510 (Tynemouth) Coast Regiment RA(TA)


Jul 40 part of Tynemouth Hvy Rgt stationed at Blyth
Jul 40 , Home forces (UK)
Nov 44 Inactive?

During the second world war this Regiment was based at Blyth as of 1940, serving
as a coastal defence.
It was also part of the 64 HAA  Regt RATA, serving in other places.
Born in Rochdale
Residence in Wigan




Norman Grime

Killed in Action : 28 August 1942

Service Number: 2198181

Rank: Lance Serjeant

Royal Artillery, 3/2 Maritime Regt


Born 1919


Served on a ship called City of Cardiff, a Steam Merchant. As a DEMS Gunner

The Ship was attacked on the 28 August 1942 by a U boat - U566


At 19.08 hours on 28 Aug 1942, a U boat called U556 fired a spread of three torpedoes at the convoy SL119 at west-northwest of Lisbon.


They heard three detonations and sinking noises and claimed two steamers sunk. The ships City of Cardiff, and Zuiderkerk.

Position - 40° 20'N, 16° 02'W

21 killed and 63 wounded\survivors


Son of Charles and Alice Grime; husband of Annie Grime nee Holding, of Clayton Green, Lancashire


Married Annie Holding in 1941 at St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods


Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire




Patrick Gregson

Killed in Action : 24 September 1945

Service Number : Lt/JX 277496

Rank : Seaman


He was serving aboard the H.M. Trawler Coverley (ASW) of the Royal Naval Patrol Service

A picture of the H.M. Trawler Coverley is in the Gallery


Udine War Cemetery at Tavagnacco, Italy


H.M. Trawler Coverley




James (Jim) Hall

Killed in Action: 14 October 1944

Service Number : 14254651

Rank: Gunner

Royal Artillery, 240 Bty., 39 Lt. A.A. Regt.


Son of Ralph and Mary Ellen Hall, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.


Florence War Cemetery, Girone, Itay




Joseph Heald

Air Mechanic 1st class

FAA/FX 75817

HMS Peregrine

Age 21

Killed at base during a german raid on 18 august 1940 


HMS Peregrine was a Royal Naval Air Base it was used for training pilots at Ford, Sussex. During the Summer of 1940 a German bomber raid, with Stuka bombers attacked the base killing 28 people and injuring more.




Ernest Holding

Kent Yeomanry

Killed in Action : 23 April 1947

Age 28

143rd Field Regiment, RA..(143 (The Kent Yeomanry) Field Regt.)

Royal Artillery


Son of Ernest and Annie Louise Holding, of Whittle-le-Woods; husband of Emily Holding, of Farington.


Married Emily Beardsworth at St Pauls, Farington in 1942

Children -

Doreen Holding 1942  

Glenys Holding 1944

Ernest Trevor Holding 1947 married Eva Neilson in 1966, chorley


Buried at St Johns, Whittle le Woods




Vincent Kellett

Rank: Private

Service No:3976558

Date of Death: 23/07/1944

Age: 29

4th Bn Welch Regiment

His gravestone has been inscribed with a few words by his family
He is buried at the Brouay War Cemetery. Brouay is a village in Normandy.
Son of James and Elizabeth Kellett; husband of Margaret Doris Kellett, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.
Lived with his mum at Spring Gardens.
Son called Dennis Kellett
Grew up with Derek Winter


Robert Leigh

Killed in Action: 24 September 1944

Service Number: 2210791

Rank: Serjeant

166 Sqn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Rear Gunner


Son of Henry and Mary Leigh, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.


Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Surrey


Found this information for him-


Leigh R



166 Sqd

Lancaster III

LM722.. AS-D

Left Kirmington at 1840

Target was Neuss



In W. R. Chorley's Bomber Command Losses 1944 Lancaster LM722 of 166 Squadron is listed as being lost without trace. Is it possible that this aircraft crashed and exploded? Possibly killing a German officer  as a result of the explosion, being hit by a house door.... This is not confirmed


Another version -


LM722 code AS_D failed to return from a raid on Neuss 23/09/44 - 24/09/44. No German anti aircraft gun or fighter claims were made and no wreckage ever found, so assumed crashed into the North Sea due to mechanical failure either going out or returning from the mission.



Serial Range LM301 - LM756 This aircraft was one of 350 Lancasters ordered from A.V.Roe (Yeadon) as Mk.111s except for the first 10 as Mk.1s (LM301-LM310), delivered from Oct42 to Oct44. Mk.1s had Merlin 20 engines, Mk.111s Merlin 38 engines initially installed. LM722 was delivered to 166 Sqdn 2Sep44. It is believed that this aircraft was lost on its first Raid. When lost this aircraft had a total of 46 hours. LM722 was one of two 166 Sqdn Lancasters lost on this operation. See: PB242 Airborne 1840 23Sep44 from Kirmington. Lost without trace. all are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/O Cameron of Portsoy, Banffshire. Also F/O J.G.Davies KIA, Sgt C.L.Caston KIA, Sgt A.Rollinson KIA,

F/O F.Cameron KIA, F/S J.McK Dillon RAAF KIA, Sgt R.B.Ward KIA, Sgt R.Leigh KIA.




Clarence Lowe

Killied in Action : 23 September 1944

Service number : 7907189

Rank : Trooper

Nottinghamshire Yeomanry , Royal Armoured Corps


Son of Richard Edward and Elizabeth Ellen Lowe, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire


Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Netherlands


It is located in a Wooded area that is called Jonkers Bosch.

And that is the name also given to the Cemetery.


He was killed in the Allied advance in to the Netherlands in September 1944.

The Germans had overtaken Netherlands on the 10th May of 1940 Bliztkrieg and remained in their hands until 1944.






Robert Magill

Born in Antrim, Ireland

Royal Artillery, 7/4 Maritime Regt.
Death - 15/10/1941

Age - 22
Service No - 1535753
Rank - Gunner

Robert Magill married Margaret Blogg

St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods on 7\3\1941

They had a one boy as far as I know called Alfred Magill born 1941, who married Olwin Davies
I think they lived at 2 Oak Cottages , Clayton le Woods

His son Alfred had two boys Paul Owen Magill (1963) and Leslie James Magill (1965)







Victor McIvor














Denis McManmon

Killed in Action - 4 October 1944

Rank: Private

Service No: 2390858

Date of Death: 04/10/1944

Age: 32

9th Bn Durham Light Infantry

Grave Reference: 12. A. 6.

Son of Denis and Alice McManmon; husband of Ann McManmon nee Clayton, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.
Married in 1938 to Ann Clayton at Chorley Reg Office.
Had a son called John McManmon in 1939

In his probate information of 20 March 1945. The address he lived at was 18 Swansey Fold

His probate went to James Clayton, a Machinist

Effects £144 2s 2d


On his stone his family would have these words inscribed -








(with a cross)


He is buried at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery





Albert Nicholson

Killed in Action : 19 September 1943

Rank : Driver

Service Number : T/218467

Royal Army Service Corps

53 Inf. Bde. Group Coy.


Son of Robert Ellis Nicholson and Edith Alice Nicholson, of Chorley, Lancashire; husband of Margaret Nicholson, of Chorley


Married Margaret Barker at St George, Chorley.

Children - Margaret Nicholson born 1941, chorley


Buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, This cemetery is connected to the famous Burma Railway built by the prisoners of war held by the Japanese.




Frank Riley

Killed in Action: 20 February 1944 

Age 20

Rank: Guardsman

Service number : 2701287

2 Battalion Scots Guards



Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 14 March 1944




Mrs Peter Riley, of 3 Halls Terrace, Whittle le Woods, has recieved news that her son, Guardsman Frank Riley (20) has been killed in action in the Middle East.

At the age of 13 he was awarded the Boys Brigade Cross for saving a boy at

Whittle le Woods.

Guardsman Frank Riley enlisted 17 months ago, and in August last there was a suprise meeting with his brother, Lance Bombardier Fred Riley, RA.

When the latter unexpectedly walking into his tent.





Son of Peter and Martha Riley, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.


Frank Riley was part of the operations in Italy


In October 1943 through to May 1944 and beyond, the allies were involved in operations against the Germans winter defensive position known as the Gustav Line.


Buried at Minturno War Cemetery, Marina di Minturno (Garigliano).





Frank Rothwell

Killed in Action : 15 June 1942

Rank : Corporal

Service Number: S/3857975

Royal Army Service Corps


Beirut War Cemetery, Jalloul, near Assas  which is to the west of the Forest of Pines.


Son of Herbert James Rothwell and Alice Rothwell, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.




Robert Snape

Killed in Action:  20 March 1944

Service Number: 974967

Rank: Bombardier

149 (The Lancashire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regt.


Son of Peter and Cecily Snape, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire


He is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery, Cassino, Italy




Arnold Tuson

Born 30 July 1914

Killed in Action: 27 May 1940

France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40

Reg no -

Enlisted at

Rank : Warrant Officer Class III (sergeant major)

Royal Artillery


Arnold was presumed Killed or Missing in Action at Dunkirk


Arnolds rank of Warrant Officer Class III was established in 1938 but by 1940 was put in suspension and never formally abolished.

The rank was only held by platoon, troop and section sergeant major.


His parent were William Tuson b: 25 Jul 1882 d: 5 Sep 1957 and Gertrude Melling

m: Jun 1912 in St. Johns, Whittle le Woods d: 5 Aug 1957

 Arnold Tuson b: 30 Jul 1914 d: 27 May 1940 in Dunkirk

  Hilary Tuson b: 31 Mar 1920

  ? Tuson who married John Anderton


His Gravestone is in St Bedes Churchyard






Robert Smith













Thomas Warbrick

Born: 1917

Killed in Action : June 1944

Age: 27

Sapper, Royal Engineers.



This may be the correct person



Beach Head War Cemetery, Italy





































































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