A few words...


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

before 1914

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. 


Thank you

John Melling










I have lived in Clayton le Woods for 40 years and have an ancestral connection going as far back as the 1700s on my maternal side.


I have always had a keen interest in genealogy, local, WW1 and WW2 history.

Most of my spare time I spend researching war history which started originally whilst researching the war history of family members.








As an amateur genealogist, I have spent the past 20 years or so mostly on my own family tree.


However, as I became more experienced I began transcribing documents for Ancestry.co.uk and recently helping other such enthusiasts with research via websites such as The Great War Forum.


When I discovered TOM PEEL, a relative, on the war memorial at Whittle le Woods, it inspired and motivated me to research all the men on the memorial, something only the Parish Councils had done.


I have since discovered I am related to plenty more men and their families


My traditional and modern approach to research, piles of paperwork, emails, books and personal visits continue to help my ongoing progress


If I am not spending time on the "Clayton and Whittle at War" website development I am usually 

'Gone Fishing' or preparing for a trip to the battlefields.



John Melling, 2021















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