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  • Sandra Hamer (Sunday, April 12 20 09:33 pm BST)

    Hi John

    I came across your website 'Clayton and Whittle at War when researching my family history. I believe you have a relative of mine on there named Thomas Mossop, 23 Victoria Terrace Whittle-le-Woods as returned from war 1939-1945. Thomas was my grandfather's younger brother, he is on the 1911 census at that address which was his brother and sister in laws address, after the death of their father Jabez in 1908. However, Jabez was married to Nancy, not Leonora. I was wondering where you came across the information and to let you know Thomas' parents were Jabez and Nancy.

    Also, can you tell me whre I an find furthr information on Thomas' military enlistment and service?

    Many thanks

    Kind regards

    Sandra Hamer

  • Margaret Gordon (Friday, February 01 19 09:49 pm GMT)

    Hello just been reading your website and saw that two of my great uncles Frederick and Robert Leigh in world ward one. And my uncle Robert Leigh in world war 2 are on there.
    Killed in action.
    My grandfather also fought in the First World War and went on to run the Duke of York public house with his wife a Mary in the forties and fifties. In Whittle le Woods. They had 2 more children Agnes my Mother and Hilda my aunt who with her husband Thomas carried on the tradition of running the Duke of York until the early eighties. Thought you might like to find this interesting.

  • Liz (Monday, November 19 18 04:10 pm GMT)

    On 19 November 2018 at 15:42 Liz
    Dear John,
    I am wondering if you have any information on a John Coupe who is on the roll of honour at the Whittle -le-Woods memorial. I believe he may be one of the deceased from world war 2.

    My maiden name is Coupe and I am intrigued to know if he is one of my ancestors as I know they came from Whittle le Woods/ St. Helens well area.

    Many thanks in anticipation .
    Liz Fogarty

  • Robin Moore (Wednesday, November 14 18 08:40 am GMT)


    I'm putting together pen pictures of relatives who served in WW1. I came across Joseph Sharples who died in 1919. The following is from WW1 redords on Ancestry:
    11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.
    Died 22 Feb 1919 after discharge.
    Credit of £2 7s 6d paid to his sister Annie Walmsley on 12 May 1920.
    War Gratuity deposited in POSB (Post Office Savings Bank).
    Awarded British War and Victory Medals.

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

  • stef kitchen (Thursday, October 25 18 02:40 pm BST)

    I would like to get in contact with Dave Bowyer who has commented about James Bamber, James is my mums great uncle and I would like to find out more about James

  • Linda Gillbanks and Ginnette Mason (Saturday, October 13 18 05:02 pm BST)

    Dear John

    Manor Road School are holding a Remembrance/ Peace Concert, to mark 100 years since the end of WW1. I have been looking at your website to get the names of soldiers from the area, who sadly lost their lives. The School Council will be presenting information and each class will be singing a song. Groups of children will also be dancing. Refreshments will be served after the concert. In the run up to our concert the children are making a display of poppies, using recycled materials. These will be placed by the silhouette of a soldier. As well as a Remembrance for the sacrifices made , we are also focussing on the children's hopes for peace. If you and a friend would like to attend, you are more than welcome.
    Kind Regard
    Linda Gillbanks and Ginnette Mason (School Council Coordinators)

  • Martin Ellison (Tuesday, April 17 18 03:53 pm BST)

    Nice to see my grandfather, Charles Cadden on here.

  • Dave Bowyer (Tuesday, November 22 16 10:03 pm GMT)

    Hi there,
    Regarding a post on your site regarding 23436 Private John Bamber, 12th Bn Kings Liverpool Regiment, l have read on this site that John Bamber actually survived the war? I would be very interested in exploring this claim as l am the custodian of John's medals and service papers, and would welcome any light that could be shed on this.
    Best Regards

  • Berenice (Sunday, November 20 16 10:17 pm GMT)

    re. Private John Tripp. The report of his death in the Chorley Guardian of 15.1.1916 gives his parents' (and presumably John's also, as he was only 18) address as Water Street, Chorley.

  • W. Suter (Saturday, April 09 16 06:57 pm BST)

    Spotted your post on the Gt War Forum from last July.
    Wm Suter was my great uncle and I am effectively named after him. Apparently he was my grandad's favourite brother so when my dad was born in 1920, he was named after him. Although not the eldest boy
    in my family, I ended up being called William after my dad. I have done some limited research on my Gt uncle but cannot add much to what you already know. According to the Chorley Guardian archives
    he was killed while attacking a German stronghold, being hit by a bomb and killed instantly. The 4Seaforths 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. Unfortunately I have not been able to see the relevant war diary as yet.
    If you have any further information I'd be very grateful to see it.
    I did spend some time a few years ago trying to find mention of him on memorials in Chorley, without success. Never thought to try Whittle since by the time of his death the family were in Chorley!
    With hindsight I should maybe have thought about it since my great grandfather had moved up to Whittle in the 1890's from Eastbourne. I'll have to pop over the border sometime and have a look at
    I have a few mementos of my Gt uncle, including his death plaque and some photographs.
    I am still intrigued by how he ended up in the Seaforths. At the time of his enlistment he was working in Rotherham I understand.
    William Suter
    Sent from my iPad

  • Andrew Hosken (Wednesday, March 16 16 07:02 pm GMT)

    Dear John,

    Hope you don't mind me bothering you.

    I'm researching an officer, 2nd Lt. Norman Cecil Collins, only 18, who was killed in action with the 7th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment on either August 8th or the 9th 1916.

    I've been to the National Archives at Kew and neither his service record nor the campaign record gave any details about how he died. He's not from your villages but I thought I'd try you as it seemed
    you knew your way around this subject!

    I just wondered if you knew anything about where the battalion would have been fighting? I have an idea it was possibly at the French village of Pozieres during the Battle of the Somme. Is there some
    better record of what happened with the 7th Suffolk in August 2014?

    best wishes Andrew

  • Les Magill (Wednesday, March 16 16 06:56 pm GMT)

    Hello John

    Robert Magill was my grandfather he moved from Country Antrim, he was a catholic, and married my Grandmother Margret, she was protestant. This caused his family to disown him.

    My father lives in Blackburn now. Do you have any more information on Robert Magill? All I know is he met Margret when he came to Preston Barracks.


    Les Magill,

  • Michael Blackwell (Friday, October 30 15 08:14 pm GMT)

    Hi John

    I received your message on Ancestry regarding Reginald Blackwell.
    I have had a look and he is my 2nd cousin twice removed and I am afraid I do not have much information to share with you.
    I have had a look on your website and the information on there matches the information I have but I do not
    have any pictures of him Im afraid. I am currently working my way down that
    line of the family so if I come accross any living relatives more closely
    related I will pass this information on incase they have any pictures.

    Sorry I could not have been anymore help.

    Michael Blackwell

  • Tony Hawkins (Saturday, June 27 15 11:25 pm BST)

    Dear John,

    I am pleased that the info I provided was of interest.

    Several years ago I paid a visit to the trenches in Serre, France where the Pals served of the 1st July 1916 and saw the memorial there.

    It is only very recently that I learned of William Justice Jones. Many years ago I recollect meeting some of my Grandfathers other siblings but William was never mentioned.

    So it was fascinating to discover that he served in central India and probably died of disease rather than KIA.

    I'm going to try and access the Bedfordshire Regiment diaries to research this further so will share any further information I obtain with you.

    Best of luck.

    Tony Hawkins

  • Cllr J E Bell (Tuesday, January 27 15 11:17 pm GMT)

    We have lots of info on the lads who lost their lives in the 1st War. Just ask.

  • John Melling (Sunday, January 04 15 11:31 am GMT)

    Good morning John,I came across your website last night as I begin my journey into searching for my family.I was very impressed by the quality and content of your website and was delighted that it
    provided me with information regarding the Ward family.My Great Grandfather was Richard Ward of whom I have very little knowledge as he was killed in action 1916 and my Great Grandmother remarried a
    lovely Scottish chap called Martin Hinton from Maybole who I believe was a friend of Richards.I would like to add that I have seen Richard Wards name in The Scottish National War Memorial Roll of
    Honour at Edinburgh Castle p 206.It read WARD RICHARD 18117 Pte b.Blackburn Lancs Died F and F 30/07/16 2nd Bn 21st The Royal Scots Fusiliers.The family knew Richard had a brother but we did not know
    a name until last night thanks to your information.Many thanks,Allison (Aspden nee ward)

  • John Melling (Monday, November 03 14 08:04 pm GMT)

    Hello Ronnie,
    Thanks for visiting the website.
    Your comments are most welcome. Glad you arrived home safe and sound after our Battlefield Tour. I shall email you those pictures we talked about featuring my relation.

  • Ronnie Pigram (Monday, November 03 14 12:48 pm GMT)

    Hello John
    Clear, precise and user friendly website. Well done.
    Keep the history of WWI and WWII alive. We owe it to the fallen and everyone who became part of it.

  • John Melling (Tuesday, September 02 14 12:10 pm BST)

    Hello Derek,
    Thank you for visiting the website.
    Its all work in progress and hope it evolves.
    At the moment I am putting all the names on I can find just from WW1 and its really interesting finding a little bit extra about these men.....
    I shall have a look for Vincent Kellett

  • Derek Winter (Friday, August 29 14 11:42 am BST)

    John, there is a name that should be included. Vincent Kellett. He was the father of Dennis and husband of Doris, both now deceased. I dont know any details, only i was brought up with Dennis who
    lived all his life with his mum at Spring gardens, Birchin Lane. Because Dennis had no dad and his mother needed to work at a mill, he spent a lot of time with us, so much so he was like a brother. I
    looked at the list here and noticed Vincent Kelletts name is not included. Cheers, BTW nice website, congratulations.

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