Since 2014 I have been adding names and any information i can find about the men from both WW1 and WW2 on the memorial.
And as of 2018 and into 2019, more pages have been added.
Including the Returned from Duty pages.
Whilst doing my research I have found evidence of some soldiers who served
So i have started a new page called Pre 1914
to record their names.
These pages show my progress in researching all the men who are on the memorial or served and returned from duty from not only from WW1 and WW2, but any other war.
A few pictures are also included.
Discovering those who were demobilized, injured and found too young to serve.
In the Gallery there are extra pictures of their CWGC gravestones, family graves and more.
To help your search use the Ctrl key and press F
Killed in Action: 29 June 1942
Service number: 2620731
4 Battalion Grenadier Guards
A stone laid below the gravestone reads
IN MEMORY OF A COMRADE
GDSM G BERRY
NO 3 SQUADRON, 4TH ARMD BN
As part of 6th Guards Tank Brigade -
This Brigade became one of the eight Independent Tank Brigades at the disposal of 21st Army Group for use as a flexible reserve when it was re-assigned to 15th Scottish Division in the autumn of 1942
Son of Robert and Ellen Berry
Born in Blackburn
Husband of Ann Berry nee Dixon, of Whittle le Woods.
I think they had a daughter - Norah Berry in 1942
Gordon Billinge aka Gordon Billing
Born in Farrington
Killed on Active Service: June 9th 1941
Service number :
Rank: Wireless Operator / Air Gunner
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Possible he was in the RAFVR and part of the crew flying an Armstrong Whitworth Whitley V no Z6571
Flew from Yorkshire to bomb Dortmund
In the early hours of 9th June 1941, the crew of this 78 Squadron aircraft were returning to Middleton St.George after undertaking an operational flight to bomb Dortmund. The weather over North Yorkshire on this night was poor and 78 Squadron aircraft had initially been sent instructions to divert to land at Prestwick, the weather over Middleton St.George improved slightly and this diversion order was later cancelled but the weather was still poor at dawn when this aircraft was heading towards the base, the aircraft appears to have drifted too far west and at the time of the crash the crew were descending through cloud probably to try and locate their position, the Whitley flew into a hilltop near Ellingstring at around 05.20hrs. Sadly all five airmen were killed but strangely three pilots are listed on the CWGC database and no navigator.
Pilot - Sgt Dennis Russell Simm RAFVR (1150677), aged 27, of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Buried Ashbourne Cemetery, Derbyshire.
Pilot - Sgt John Staley Tomkinson RAFVR (969697), aged 28, of Hazel Grove, Cheshire. Buried Taxal Churchyard, Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire.
Observer - P/O Alfred Victor Snelling RAFVR (89600), aged? Of Epsom Downs, Surrey. Buried Middleton St George Churchyard, Co.Durham.
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt John Bernard Stevens RAFVR (972788), aged 21, of Hornchurch, Essex. Buried Hornchurch Cemetery, Essex.
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - F/Sgt Gordon Elliot Chiswell Billing RAFVR (967253), aged 24,
Buried at St Andrews, Leyland
John Noval Burton
Service number: 3861122
1 Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Killed in Action: 20 August 1944
Married Doris Wren in 1935
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 -
MY DEAR HUSBAND,
(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.
Service Number: 1503488
Rank: Lance Corporal
62 Chemical Warfare Coy
Killed in Action: 28 May 1940
Lancashire Evening Post - Thursday 06 June 1940
WHITTLE SOLDIER KILLED BY SHELL
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.
Killed in Action:13 April 1944
Service Number: 797112
Rank: Warrant Officer Class II
510 Coast Regt.
510 (Tynemouth) Coast Regiment RA(TA)
Jul 40 part of Tynemouth Hvy Rgt stationed at Blyth
Jul 40, Home forces (UK)
Harold Dyke was killed by an explosion whilst fighting a gorse fire in Northumberland
Worked at Leyland Motors Ltd for two years before being called up as a reservist in June 1939
He originally joined the army after leaving school
He severed 17 years, including 7 years in India
During WW2, this Regiment was based at Blyth as of 1940, serving as a coastal defense.
It was also part of the 64 HAA Regt RATA, serving in other places.
Born in Rochdale and Residence in Wigan
Service Number: 2198181
Rank: Lance Serjeant
Royal Artillery, 3/2 Maritime Regt
Killed in Action: 28 August 1942
Served on a ship called the City of Cardiff, a Steam Merchant. As a DEMS Gunner
The Ship was attacked on 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 the City of Cardiff, and Zuiderkerk.
Position - 40° 20'N, 16° 02'W
21 killed and 63 wounded\survivors
Son of Charles and Alice Grime, of Clayton Green, Lancashire
Married Annie Holding nee Grime in 1941 at St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods
Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire
Service Number: Lt/JX 277496
Killed in Action: 24 September 1945
He was serving aboard the H.M. Trawler Coverley (ASW) of the Royal Naval Patrol Service
Buried at Udine War Cemetery at Tavagnacco, Italy
Air Mechanic 1st class
Killed at a 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.
Killed in Action: 23 April 1947
143rd Field Regiment, RA..(143 (The Kent Yeomanry) Field Regt.)
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
Doreen Holding 1942
Glenys Holding 1944
Ernest Trevor Holding 1947 married Eva Neilson in 1966, Chorley
Buried at St Johns, Whittle le Woods
Date of Death: 23/07/1944
4th Bn Welch Regiment
His gravestone has been inscribed with a few words by his family
"WE HAVE LOVED HIM IN LIFE.
LET US NOT FORGET HIM IN DEATH"
He is buried at the Brouay War Cemetery, Normandy.
Son of James and Elizabeth Kellett; husband of Margaret Doris Kellett, of Whittle le Woods.
Lived with his mum at Spring Gardens.
Son called Dennis Kellett
Grew up with Derek Winter
Killed in Action: 24 September 1944
Service Number: 2210791
166 Sqn Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Son of Henry and Mary Leigh, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire.
Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Surrey
Found this information for him-
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 a 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.
Service number: 7907189
Nottinghamshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
Killed in Action on 23 September 1944
Son of Richard Edward and Elizabeth Ellen Lowe, of Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire
Buried at 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 into the Netherlands in September 1944.
The Germans had overtaken the Netherlands on the 10th May of 1940 Blitzkrieg and remained in their hands until 1944.
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)
PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Service No: 2390858
9th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Killed in Action: 4 October 1944
Grave Reference: 12. A. 6.
Son of Denis and Alice McMamnon; husband of Ann McMamnon 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 -
IN THE MOST HOLY NAME
PRAY FOR THE REPOSE
OF THE SOUL OF DENIS
(with a cross)
He is buried at Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery
COMING SOON - More information coming soon on this soldier from a relative
Killed in Action: 20 February 1944
Service number: 2701287
2 Battalion Scots Guards
Lancashire Evening Post - Tuesday 14 March 1944
KILLED IN MIDDLE EAST
Mrs Peter Riley, of 3 Halls Terrace, Whittle le Woods, has received 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 surprise 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).
Killed in Action: 20 March 1944
Service Number: 974967
149 (The Lancashire Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regt.
His Probate says
Robert Snape of Lukes Row, Whittle le Woods, near Chorley, Lancashire.
Died 20 March 1944 on war service.
New Information sent to me as of 14/2/2019-
Page 231 of ‘Shabash-149’ says of Cassino on 20 March 1944, ‘In one murderous ‘stonk’ two men in Bob Foden’s gun pit went up with all the ammunition’. From the information available, I would guess these were Bombardiers Snape and Ashman.
Administration Llandudno 20 October to Peter Snape retired weaver.
Effects £181 13s 9d
Son of Peter and Cecily Snape, of Whittle le Woods, Lancashire
He is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery, Cassino, Italy
Born 30 July 1914
Rank: Warrant Officer Class III (sergeant major)
France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40
Killed in Action: 27 May 1940
Arnold was presumed Killed or Missing in Action at Dunkirk
Arnold's 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 a platoon, troop, and section sergeant major.
His parents are 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
Reg no: 14246216
Sapper, Royal Engineers.
Killed in Action: June 1944
Property Repair as Trade
Son of John J Warbrick and Ann.
Brownley Terrace as of 1939
Beach Head War Cemetery, Italy
New Information -
Thomas Warbrick's Great Uncle (Thomas Warbrick c1889) served during WW1 with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
He was a POW.