Miscellaneous Personnel

This page is for names of Army, Royal Navy, RFC/RAF, Volunteers etc who I have found and recorded but are not on the memorial/cenotaph or in the 1914 - 1919, 1939 - 1945 or RETURNED FROM DUTY pages.

And also not mentioned on the 1914-1915 Roll of Honour (Parish of Whittle le Woods) or Roll of Honour Clayton le Woods C of E School. 

Some found living elsewhere...But have a mention of Clayton le Woods and Whittle le Woods in their profile







George Thornley

Age: 34

Reg no: 70831

Died or KIA: 29 March 1917

13 Labour Corp,  Kings Liverpool Regiment



Born in Salford I think?


His name is on St James Memorial, Leyland and also on the memorial at Church Road, Leyland 


Not on the Clayton\Whitlle Memorial 


Husband of Margaret Thornley of Sheep Hill Lane, Clayton Green 

She is still living at the address in 1918






John Tripp (also known as John Trippier\Trippett)

Rank: Private

Reg No: 16628

Killed in Action: 12/12/1915


9th Bn King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)




The 9th Battalion were ready for active service by the September of 1915, and served briefly in France.

However in October of 1915 they sailed towards Greece, and disembarked at Salonika on 7 November.

They were given the task of helping cover the retreat of the 10th Division from Serbia about 7th - 12th December.

One company of the 9th Battalion would be overrun by the Bulgarians.




Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Trippier, of Bridge St., Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancs.


He was born in Chorley and in 1911 age 14 was living at 10a Alfreds Court, Chorley.

with his parents


But it looks like his parents had moved to Whittle le Woods between 1911 and 1915



His name is on the DOIRAN MEMORIAL


His name is not on the memorial at Clayton\Whittle 




James Bateson Edleston- Need to research

Born in Whittle le Woods

Age: 34

Reg no: 15701

L/Cpl , Sapper

2 Field Company Engineers




Enlisted on 4 April 1916 at Sydney, NSW

Embarked from Australia on 21 October 1916 


Builder as a trade 


Have a PDF sent from someone in Australia who had written a book about the men listed on the Berowra War Memorial.



Francis Richard Edleston

Born in Whittle le Woods

B Coy, 36 Battalion AIF


Brother of the above






George Edleston

Born 22 April 1883 in Whittle le Woods

Age: 58 and 11 months

Rank: Pte

Army no: N303605

8 Battalion, VDE



Enlisted 15 March 1942 in Gordon, NSW

Discharged on 12 Septemebr 1945 due to disbandment of corps


Samuel Brown

Born c 1893

Age: 25

Service no: J/3673

Rank: Able Seaman

Royal Navy

HMS Vanguard




First joined the  HMS Ganges on 3 March 1909  


Killed in Action when the ship HMS VANGUARD exploded on 9 July 1917 whilst at Scapa flow


The eighth HMS VANGUARD of the British Royal Navy was a St Vincent class battleship, an enhancement of the ´dreadnought´ design built by Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness. She was launched in April 1909, commissioned into the Royal Navy at Devonport in October 1910, and spent her life in the Home Fleet. At the outbreak of World War I, she joined the First Battle Squadron at Scapa Flow, and fought in the Battle of Jutland as part of the Fourth Battle Squadron.

She was a part of the action from beginning to end but did not suffer any damage or casualties. Just before midnight on Monday, July 9, 1917, VANGUARD suffered an explosion in one of the two magazines which served the amidships turrets P and Q. She sank almost instantly, killing 677 men.


I found a paper in his file on fold3 .. says "lost with ship"


Mother is Emma R Brown of Oak house, Whittle le Woods, still there in the 1920s.


She was originally from Liverpool 



Joseph Cocker

Born 1897 in Farrington

Age: 21

Rank: A/Cpl

Reg No: 235247

Killed in Action: 30 August 1918

2 Btn, Suffolk Regiment





According to the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 he died "in action, France"



Formerly 5 East Lancashire Regiment  Reg no 2883 which ties in with him living in the Accrington area between 1911 and 1918


, Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929 for Joseph Cocker

Born in Farington

Lived with parents and siblings as of 1911 at 8 Newark St, Accrington


His trade\occupation was Lithographie Machine Minder \ Litorographie Tenter


But between 1911 and 1918 Joseph and Miriam Cocker moved to Whittle le Woods


Son of Joseph and Miriam Cocker of Waterhouse Green, Whittle le Woods


No known grave, but his name is on a plaque at the VIS EN ARTOIS MEMORIAL, close to the VIS EN ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY. Close to Haucourt


This is where I am intrigued as the 2nd Battalion Suffolks were actually in action on 30 August 1918 according to the evidence -


The 2nd Suffolks took part on 30th August 1918 in the attack on Ecoust St Mein and Noreuil. At dawn, they went forward and took the village of Ecoust St Mien quite easily, but were unable to maintain that forward position. They were forced after about six hours to fall back to the Ecoust trench. CSM Jones and Pte H H Roberts displayed outstanding courage in holding their position for five hours after the battalion had withdrawn, receiving the DCM and MM respectively.
The Suffolks lost 52 men killed on 30th August 1918, but unlike in earlier battles, all have identified graves, 37 are in Ecoust Military and 4 in the HAC Cemetery also in Ecoust.


52 - 41 = 11 names are elsewhere!


So my question is... If all men were accounted for as Died or Killed and buried in the above sites.

Then Joseph Cocker should have been among them


Another  version


At dawn on August 30 the battalion, under Lt Col Stubbs, attacked, the four company commanders being A/Capt G H Wainwright, 2/Lts H H Hammonds, and C Hills, MC, and Capt W J Nagle, MC. It appears that the village of Ecoust was taken easily, but that the battalion, unable to maintain itself in its advanced position, was compelled at the end of about six hours to fall back on the line of the Ecoust trench. In this action, great gallantry was displayed by CSM J H Jones, MM, and Pte H H Roberts, who held on to their ground for five hours after the battalion had withdrawn. This warrant officer and man were awarded the DCM and MM respectively. Pte Roberts, who had previously distinguished himself by stalking a machine-gun post and putting a bullet through the gun, was afterwards badly wounded at Flesquieres. The casualties, amounting to over 200, included the following - Killed: Lt K G Passman. DoW: Capt G H Wainwright and 2/Lt Hills, MC. Wounded and Missing (prisoner): 2/Lt H H Hammonds, MC. Wounded: Lt C Coley; 2/Lts A J Courtney, L Fricker, S E Leighton, T Mealand and A Tomkins. 2/Lt Hills had been given a commission in the previous May for gallantry in the field with the 11th Battalion.

At nightfall on August 31st, the battalion was resting in Mory Switch Trench



He is stated as having no known grave, but his name is on a plaque at the VIS EN ARTOIS MEMORIAL, close to the VIS EN ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY. Close to Haucourt


Not on the memorial in Clayton\Whittle either






William Henry Evans- Where was he originally from ?

Born in 1882

Age: 35 when he discharged in 1917

Rank: Sgt

Service Number 31536

."3A" Reserve Bde.

Royal Field Artillery


William Henry Evans enlisted in the army on 30 December 1903


Wiliam Henry Evans married Fanny Burgess in 1913, St George, Barrow in Furness


He joined the 45 Brigade, RFA as Bombardier and Disembarked on 6 November 1914


Discharged on 18 October 1917 due to sickness


According to one of the pension ledgers it says he has been admitted to an asylum

Another pension paper shows he was suffering from Neurasthenia, aka Shell shock.


Awarded Silver War Badge


Died 26/01/1921, wonder if this was related to his Neurasthenia?


In 1911, Fanny Burgess, born 1889, Barrow-in-furness, was in Bamber Bridge at the Snailham family house

I discovered that her sister Ruth Burgess, was married to James Snailham 


I have no idea where Wiliam Henry Evans came from! But perhaps his death and marriage certificate might help!



Husband of Mrs. Byers (formerly Evans, nee Burgess), of 4 Radburn Brow, Clayton Green


Records say they had 4 children.

Mary Evans, Barrow

Alfred Evans, Barrow

Hilda Frances Evans born, 1917, Barrow

Gladys Evans, born 1919 ,Radburn Brow, Clayton Green.

She who married Thomas Weaver in 1941 at St John The Evangelist, Whittle le Woods


Thomas Malcolm Weaver was born in 1943

Robert Graham Weaver  was born in 1944



Fanny Evans nee Burgess remarried in 1924 at St John The Evangelist, Whittle le Woods to William Osbert Byers


Son called Frank Byers was born in 1930, in Leyland

Stanley Byers 1934


They are living in Clayton le Woods in 1939




Name is not on the War Memorial 




British Red Cross - New discovery as of 21 January 2020


Voluntary Aid Detachment in WW1


To read it better


Miss Annie Nesta Evans

Address: Hill Top, Whittle Le Woods, nr Chorley

County: N/A

Age when engaged: N/A

Character: N/A

Service from:10/08/1918

Service to:11/02/1919

Hospital: N/A

Previous engagement: N/A

Rank at engagement: Probationer

Date of engagement: 15/08/1918

Pay at engagement: £15 annum

Rank at termination: Probationer

Date of termination:11/02/1919

Pay at termination: £15 annum

Particulars of duties:

Nursing & ordinary ward work 10% Bonus

Whole or part-time: whole-time

Additional information: County West Lancashire

Department: N/A


County Director's Office 72 Rodney St, Liverpool West Lancashire

Certificate no: N/A

Honours awarded: Nil


Nursing and ordinary ward work



Voluntary Aid Detachment in WW1


Mrs Cotton, either Francis Eleanor Cotton or Margaret Cotton


of The Pines, Clayton Green


Worked 43 half days per year

Working with Bandage Party No 4316

E. Lancs. Blackburn Comforts Section


She was awarded the V.W which I think will be the Volunteers Workers Badge


She was a member of the Blackburn Prisoners of War

lAlso a Member of Prisoners of War Help Committee - this may be the same as above


Thanks to Stuart Clewlow for mentioning Mrs Cotton



Edward Rogers

Born in 1893, Whittle le Woods

Rank: Cpl

HQ Co 318 Infantry

US Army


I think by 1903 he, and his parents and other sibbling are living in Fairhaven, Massachusette, USA




Harry Moorcroft - latest discovery as of 18\3\2020

Rank: Spr

Reg no: 463319

62nd Battalion, CEF

47th Battalion

also 51st Garrison Duty Battalion 

then 11th Bn Can Rly Troop and other Labour Coys to 30 Match 1918


Living or staying in Canada as of enlistment

Enlisted in Vernon, BC on 30th July 1915

62nd Battalion, CEF

47th Battalion

also 51st Garrison Duty Battalion 

To France  15 \3\1917 with

11th Bn Can Rly Troop and other Labour Coys to 30 Match 1918

28 December 1918 Transferred to England and posted to the 11 CRT Depot


Discharged after a court of inquiry on  26 June 1919 for being illegally absent since 15 May 1919 and deficiencies in his kit



Parents Thomas and Annie Moorcroft,

Butchers Row?

Bridge Street, Whittle le woods


Guessing he went back to Canada after the war 




Thomas Westhead - NEED TO CHECK

Age: 31

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 41107

4th Reserve Bn, East Lancashire Regiment


The address given at his time of enlistment is Whittle le Woods.


His name is not on the Whittle le Woods Roll of Honour for 1914 - 1915.

Could it be on a later Roll of Honour?


Enlisted on 10 December 1915

To Army Reserve on 11 December 1915 

Mobilized on 27 June 1918 at Preston



Married Mary Sherrington on 22 May 1915

No children on enlistment


By the end of the war and demobilized  on 4 March 1919, he was living at Blackburn Road, Heapey



Think he is another son of James and Ellen Westhead 


Thomas Feeney - NEW as of 26\12\2021



By chance, I found a notice in the Lancashire Evening Post from Wednesday 7 October 1914-


Among those drowned in the sinking of H.M.S Hogue was T. Feeny, Leading Signaller whose home was at Clayton Green

Feeney had been transferred to the Hogue three days before the ship was sunk.


I must investigate this more as by the time of his death his widow's address is 103 Alker Street, Blackburn.

in 1901 he was living at Clayton Le Woods with his parents and siblings including James Feeney (KIA and on local memorial).

He joined the Navy on 13 May 1904.

In 1911 he was single and stationed at the royal naval barracks, Chatham.

In 1914, perhaps he was living in Clayton Green and then moved with his new wife, Margaret, to Blackburn.


His mother Nellie Feeney is still listed as living in Clayton Green as of the 1915 electoral register.

he got married to Margaret Pemberton in 1914 at the Blackburn register office.


The newspaper clipping states -


Among those drowned in the sinking of H.M.S Hogue was T. Feeny, Leading Signaller whose home was at Clayton Green.
Feeney had been transferred to the Hogue three days before the ship was sunk.


So maybe the address, 103 Alker Street, Blackburn is where he intended to live after service, or she moved there after Thomas Feeney had died?

His name does not appear to be included on the Blackburn Roll of Honour, or the Whittle le Woods 1914 - 1915 Roll of Honour.

Nor is it on the Clayton le Woods, Church of England School 1914 - 1918 roll of honour or the Whittle le Woods Wesleyan Sunday School 1914 - 1918 Roll of Honour.


His name is on the St Bede's Catholic Church, Memorial Roll of Honour, WW1 and WW2


Only his brother James Feeney's name is on the Whittle le Woods 1914 - 1915 Roll of Honour.

He was Killed in Action in 1918


So why is Thomas Feeney not on the memorial? He was killed earlier

Was it because he was now in the Blackburn area!?


There must be a reason! 



John Harold Brown

Born 3 Sep 1893, Manchester

Reg no: 54331

Served with the 18th Battalion CEF  


Served in 6 Field Battery previous to signing up 





He enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force on 11 January 1915


Relative Clara Brown 


He married Dorothy J. Jones


In the 1939 census, they are living at Sibberlings Farm, Dawson Lane, Whittle le Woods



They have a son John Stuart Templeton Brown born on 4 June 1939

Later another son Howard Roderick Templeton Brown in 1940



Died 2 May 1947, aged 53


The address of Widow, Dorothy J Brown nee Jones, is Sibberlings Farm, Dawson Lane, Whittle le Woods


I wonder why they ended up in Whittle le Woods


Buried at St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods



Joseph Bruce

Also known as Joseph W Bruce

Born 1882, Croydon, Surrey, England

Age: 31

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 30359

Somerset Light Infantry





This soldier was Transferred to class Z on Demobilization as of 9 November 1919 and the address says

Westwood House, Clayton Green


Why did he stay in the area?


Living in Clayton le Woods in 1921




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