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.
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
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
DOUCHY LES AYETTE BRITISH CEMETERY, France
John Tripp (also known as John Trippier\Trippett)
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
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.
Born c 1893
Service no: J/3673
Rank: Able Seaman
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
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 would move 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 are 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 amongst them
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
Service Number 31536
."3A" Reserve Bde.
Royal Field Artillery
William Henry Evans enlisted in the army on 30 December 1903
He Joined 45 Brigade, RFA as Bombadier 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
I wonder what the cause could have been
Husband of Mrs Byers (formerly Evans), of Radburn Brow, Clayton Green, Chorley.
I think they had a daughter in 1919 called Gladys Evans
Fanny Evans nee Burgess was his wife and she remarried in 1924 to William Osbert Byers
Not on the memorial in Clayton\Whittle
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
Age when engaged: 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
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
Born in 1893, Whittle le Woods
HQ Co 318 Infantry
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
Reg no: 463319
62nd Battalion, CEF
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
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,
Bridge Street, Whittle le woods
Guessing he went back to Canada after the war
Thomas Westhead - NEED TO CHECK
Reg no: 41107
4th Reserve Bn, East Lancashire Regiment
Address given at his time of enlistment is Whittle le Woods.
Enlisted on 10 December 1915
To Army Reserve on 11 December 1915
Mobilized on 27 June 1918 at Preston
His name is not on the Whittle le Woods Roll of Honour for 1914 - 1915.
Could it be on a later Roll of Honour
Married Mary Sherrington on 22 May 1915
No children on enlistment
By the end of the war and demobilized on 4 March 1919, he is living at Blackburn Road, Heapey
Think he is another son of James and Ellen Westhead