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








Life on the Homefront, 1914 - 1919

Reaching as far back as the 1870s, the unrest in Europe and its borders comes to a tipping point as the Balkan War of 1912-1913 had fanned the embers of ethnic rivalry

Franz Ferdinand, the archduke of Austria-Hungary and his wife are assassinated on 28th June 1914

By 23 July 1914, Austria's patience was running out and they gave the Serbians an ultimatum!

This put the cat amongst the pigeons and was a fatal misjudgement by Austria.

Mutual Treaties and friendship will drag in the European powers Germany, France, Russia, and Great Britain.

Neutral powers like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, under a treaty, are being threatened.



On 28th July 1914, only a month since the Archduke’s assassination, Austria-Hungary with the support of Germany declared war on Serbia. 
On 1st August, Germany declared war on Russia, and on 3rd August,  Germany declared war on France.

On 4th August 1914, German troops marched on France, taking a route through Belgium. 

Britain had agreed to guarantee Belgium’s neutrality, and immediately declared war on Germany.



Every part of life in Clayton le Woods and Whittle le Woods would be forever changed


Our communities spirit and patriotism tested to the limit





Postcard sent from Whittle le Woods to Chorley in September 1918



In 1911 the address 92 Eaves Lane is home to a Mr James Jackson, and Family.


So Lizzie Darbyshire or her family must obviously have moved into the above address after the 1911 census. 

The Postcard reveals a

Miss Lizzie Darbyshire  recieving news.

from her friend Maggie as of  the 18th September



No mention of the war!


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