Returned from Duty, Continued ...

Due to running out of space in some of my pages and sections.

This new page will run roughly with new names discovered.



Remembering our forgotten heroes


Thomas Standish Atkinson

Born 1892

Age: 24 in 1916


Reg no: K35478 ?


The last ship served on Victory X


Enlisted from 5 August 1916

Demobilized 17 February 1919




Died 3 January 1961 at Deepdale Hospital


Lived a Diamond Villa, Whittle le Woods


Wife Gertrude nee Silcock


Married someone else, possible Bigamy


Brother of Richard Atkinson, Killed in Action




Robert Barton

Born c1876

Age: 39 and 1 month

Rank: Gunner

Reg no: 165301

6 Siege Bty, RGA


Also ASC, 45301


He enlisted on 11 December 1915 at Chorley


Living at Clayton Green


During service on 31 July 1918, whilst returning from watering the horses, a squadron of airplanes came over, flying very low! The horse became startled and bolted to the woods and Robert Barton collided with a tree throwing him to the ground!


Suffered Contusion of Chest 



Demobilized on 10 April 1919



His Sister is Mary Elizabeth Williams




Christopher Blundell

Born c1897

Age: 18 and 11 months

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 24447

6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



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



His service record is incomplete due to fire damage so I can only extract so much information



Enlisted on 12 December 1915 in Chorley and put into the Army Reserve on the next day.

Christopher Blundell I believe joined the 6th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 30 May 1916


Whether he was posted to another Battalion etc is unreadable\missing


Lewis gunner


Demobilized in 1919


Served in India and Mesopotamia


Lived at Somerset House, Whittle Springs




Finch Blundell - was he underage for service?

Born 29 May 1899

Age: 17 and 8 months

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 68174 also 312765

107 Training Res Battalion



Transferred to 104 TR battalion then Royal Engineers (inland water)



Enlisted on 19 March 1917 at Chorley


He was 17 years 9 months 21 days


On 4 June he has a medical examination with a declared age of 18 years and 1 month.


Actual age- 18 years 0 months 6 days


Demobilized on 30 January 1919


The end of the middle finger on the left hand missing.

Deformed chest



Boatman as trade

Lived at Somerset House, Whittle Springs


Finch Blundell married Maria Moon in 1913 at Chorley


By 1939, Finch and family are living at 29 Railway Road, Withnell and he is still a Boatman 


Brother of above




Harold Borsay

Born in 1891

Age: 28 at the time of discharge

Reg no: 37477

Rank: Pte



Enlisted some time about 29 June 1915


Also served with the East Lancashire Regiment as C/11451



Discharged on 6 March 1919 with a disability



Harold would get married in 1920 to Alice Lyon

They had two children, John, born 1921 and Vera born 1925  


I believe they lived in the Boston, Lincolnshire area


Harold died on 5 March 1981




Edward Corless* another brother 


His name along with his brother's names are on the Clayton le Woods Church of England School Roll of Honour












William H (Henry) Evans


Reg no: 31536

Rank: Sgt

3A Reserve Bde.

Royal Field Artillery


Think his name is missing off the Roll of Honour, as I believe he had joined up as of 30 December 1903 


Date of Dis-embarkation is 6 November 1914 



William H Evans served with the 45 Brigade, RFA.

Firstly as a Bombadier then was promoted


Discharged on 18 October 1917, due to a disability.

I think it says Leurasthenia but maybe it was miss-spelled and meant Neurasthenia also known as Shellshock


According to one of the pension ledgers it says he has been admitted to an asylum, and its unlikely he could have attended the 1919 reunion.


Living at Radburn Brow, Clayton Green 


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



William H evans died on 26 January 1921




Harry Johnson

Reg no: 5871

Rank: Pte, 

10 (Scottish) Kings Liverpool Regiment

166 Brigade



Promoted top L/Cpl then reverted to Pte



Enlisted 30 November 1915

Demobilized on 17 February 1919


Injured in a bomb training exercise, involving 25 men on 22 November 1916.


A court of inquiry assembled on 23 November 1916




Nicholas Rigby

Born in 1891, Bamber Bridge

Age: abt 27

Reg no: 24738

Rank: Fitter



4 B Reserve Brigade, RFA


Enlisted on 3 September 1914


Nicholas Rigby was Discharged on 3 May 1918 due to a complete fracture of the Phalanges on his right hand 


He did not serve overseas according to his SWB record


Lived at Clayton Brook, Clayton le Woods


In the 1921 census, Nicholas Rigby, aged 29, 6 months is a Fitter at Leyland Motors Ltd

Parents are Nicholas Rigby (a Joiner and Wheelwright in 1921) and Ellen ? a Housekeeper


He is married To Ellen Abbott


Died 4 January 1970



William Snape - a different one

Born 1900

Age: 18

Reg no: 83324

Rank: Pte

52 and 53 Training Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment



Enlisted on 27 Match 1918 at Preston


No foreign service


Discharged on 13 September 1918 as found no longer physically fit for war service

Had an issue with his heart muscles, shortness of breathe


Complained of palpitations of the heart and dizziness after his first drill and had to often fall out.


The medical report states he has a Systolic Murmur at the base of the heart, perhaps muscular in origin.

And a Haemic Systolic Murmur over the Pulmonary Artery.


Lived at Tootell Terrace, Whittle le Woods, Father is William Snape 


A warehouseman by trade




Harry Tuson

Age: 28 and 9 months

Reg no: 85187

Rank: Gunner

24 Siege Battery, RGA






As of his enlistment on 9 December 1915 at Whittle le Woods, he is living at Brownley Terrace, Clayton le Woods

And he joined on 23 May 1916


On 25 July 1917, he is picked up by 46 CCS and then admitted to Hospital, which I think says No1 SA General Hospital 

Sent to England via St-Denis, I think St-Denis is a Hospital ship

His record then says Albuminuria, which ties in with his latter Kidney issues


He was admitted to the hospital for 69 days from 3 October 1917 to 11 December 1917 suffering from Nephritis, which includes the inflammation of the kidneys.


Demobilized on 12 October 1919


He was a Warehouseman


He married Lilly Desoer


Parents are James Tuson and Isabella Dewhurst




Leo Westhead

Born in 1889

Age: 28


Reg no\Service no: 235482



I think he served from 13 August 1917 as PRESIDENT II and other places

Until 31 March 1918



Trade was a Grocers Manager


In 1911, Leo Westhead a Shop assistant at the Co-op was living at Lukes Row, with his parents and siblings


In 1921, Leo Westhead, now aged 32, 1 month, is married to Rose Franey.

They had married in 1919 in Chorley

He is a Grocery Manager at the Excelsior Co-op, Whittle le Woods

Rose, age 33, 10 months is a School Teacher, at St Chads, South Hill, Whittle le Woods


They are living a Higher Copthurst


In 1939 he lived with his own family at The Gables. Wigan Rd 

With wife Ellen and children Lilly and Leo  


Trade still was a Grocers Manager


Son of James and Ellen Westhead 


Brother of Wilfred and Thomas who also served and Mary, Edith, Clara, and Hellen


He died 1948




John (Sagar) Reynard

Born on 4 Dec 1899, Chorley, roughly age 14 as of WW1 starting






Not sure who he served with!

Perhaps the uniform can be identified





Either an underage soldier or enlisted late in the war 



He and brother (J)ames (C)arr Reynard is on the Methodist Church Roll of Honour


No Service Record found yet



He lived at West View Terrace, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Their father Benjamin is a Mechanic, Living on Preston Road in the General & Commercial Directory of Preston 1917


Son of Benjamin and Elizabeth


In the 1939 census, he is married to Gertrude Mabel Collier, and living at Arundel Street,  Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire

He is an Engineer, Sheet Metal Worker



John D Reynard, born 23 April 1929






Arnold Hart




Reg no:


An Arnold Hart is living at Towns Brow Clayton Le Woods as of the 1911 census, aged 11.


Official name Thomas Arnold Hart





Possible war service -


31426 Transport Sergeant with the Border Regiment,

also 58687 21st Manchester Regiment




Ernest Hart




Reg no:





Likely the brother of the above


Born 1900, no sign of him yet in the census




274, 275


Henry Warbrick

Born in 1896

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 201759

1/5 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


 Another no is 4520, same Regiment




Enlisted and served from 10 November 1915

Discharged as of 4 April 1919 due to injury

He got gangrene whilst in the trenches


Married Mary Prescott

Children are Betty, Monica, and Bill


Died aged 76 on 24 August 1972


Younger Brother of Thomas Warbrick (Born 1889) 

Uncle of Thomas Warbrick (Born 1917, Killed in Action in 1944) 




Paul Gent

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 76418

Devonshire Regiment


Formerly 29036 with 20th Lancashire Fusiliers


Lived at Whittle le Woods according to the article in the Lancashire Evening Post dated Friday 8th September 1916 which says he was wounded with the Lancashire Fusiliers


Further research has found he later served with the Devonshire Regiment Reg no 76418


And was demobilized on 5 October 1919




J T Little, also known as James Thomas Little

Born 3 March 1882

Age  Age 35

Reg no:







Enlisted August 1917


Married Sarah A Schofield in 1904

Their children are Frederick, Thomas, and Herbert



He was a well-known Whittle le Woods overseer.

However, he was possibly also involved in allegations of press-ganging local men into joining up



An advert in the Preston Herald, Saturday 18 August 1917

stated he was shortly leaving to join the colours - no mention of who he would be joining


Lived at Shaw Brow, Whittle Le Woods as of 1911




Walter Snape - to check

Age: 39 and 1 month

Reg no: 190039

Rank: Gunner

1 Depot, Royal Field Artillery



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



He enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Chorley


Suffered from Pneumonia and Empyema caused to being at Blackpool on 6 February 1917

Discharged as of 22 September 1917 at Preston


His military character is described as good, steady, and sober



An Insurance Agent by trade



Married Alice Smith and had children -

Veronica Snape was born on 21 January 1915

William Standing Snape was born on 10 September 1916


Living at Rose Cottage, Whittle le Woods as of enlistment.




T Bouskill - think this is either correct or a spelling mistake!




Reg no:

His name is on the Methodist Church Roll of Honour 



A Bouskill family lived at 15 Smiths Terrace in 1911, but no sign of a T Bouskill though






Alfred Laytham - as of 18 May 2020

Reg no: 164873

Rank: Spr

Royal Engineers


His name  is posted in the wounded list for Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 09 October 1917

3rd October Daily List 


Whittle le Woods


The 1921 Census has Alfred Laytham, born in 1887, in Blackburn, living in Whittle le Woods





Herbert Stirzaker - As of 18 May 2020

Born in 1891, Whittle le Woods

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 53658

1/5 Lancashire Fusiliers






I found him by fluke as I was searching the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) dated 22 October 1918

And found his surname and initial and number under the Lancashire Fusiliers wounded section after a long time sifting through

Listed as Wounded as of 14 October 1918


Looking at the War Diary as of 13 October 1918 the 1/5 Lancashire Fusiliers had two companies holding an outpost line, on the west side of the RIVER SELLE.




He was the son of Samuel Stirzaker and Jane Becconsall

Living at Ladys Row, Whittle le Woods as of 1911


A laborer in the Calico Printers as of 1911


Died in 1970, Rochdale




Norman Longton- as of 18 May 2020



Rank: Pte

Reg no: 34626

Cheshire Regiment


Awarded the M.M before 12 June 1918


Found his name in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 18 June 1918



His M.M. (Military Medal). mention is In the UK, British Army Recipients of the Military Medal, 1914-1920 


Gazette issue 30476. Military Medal.

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned None Commissioned Officers and Men:-


34626 Pte. N. Longton, Ches. R (Whittle le woods)


The Gazette Date is 11 January 1918
The Gazette Page is 839
Cheshire Regiment



Need to try and trace it


On the service medal and award roll, it's said he served with -

6th Cheshire Reg

10th Cheshire Reg

7th Cheshire Reg


remarks- Infantry Base Depot


Possibly married Alice Bisby in 1920, Brindle


Think his father is Lawrence Longton




R F Heap

Rank: Gnr

Reg no: 334648



Found his information at last whilst looking through the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry )- Tuesday 18 December 1917

Also mentioned on 8 December 1917


He is listed with the RGA as wounded.


Another Brother of Christopher and Walter, KIA



Living in Clayton le Woods




Frederick Hilton - new as of 19 MAY 2020

Rank: Cpl or Pte

Reg no: 11976

6 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Whittle le Woods


Service reckons from 15 July 1915?


Medal card says he served in the Balkans



Posted at missing in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 28 May 1918


Name is in the list of men from the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment  who were released prisoners of war from Germany  in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 24 December 1918


Class Z was demobilized on 19 February 1919



William Roscoe - New as of 19 May 2020

Born in 1894

Reg no:201934

Rank: L/Cpl

2/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted as of 2 December 1915

Discharged as of 18 August 1918


Formerly Reg no 4744, 2/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




Luke Row, Whittle Springs


Listed as Wounded


As of 19 May 2020 I found this new soldier with his name listed under the wounded section of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in the Daily list of 26 November in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 04 December 1917


GSW to Right elbow


Discharged on 18 August 1919


Entitled to the Silver War Badge



Robert Heap- Updated on 26\12\2023

Born 1885

Age: 30, 10 months on enlistment

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 202527

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


More to add


Before enlisting in the army, Robert Heap was employed at J N Boothmans

Swansea Mill as a Bricksetter Labourer


Lived at 24 Swansea Fold,  Whittle le Woods


He enlisted on 4 August 1916 at Preston


He was posted for duty on 12 February 1916 at Preston


Joined the 25th Base Depot, Etaples on 29 December 1916


When he joined the 4 Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

He was given the number 5546.


25 February 1917 he is sick and on the 3rd and 4th of March 1917 he is sent to the 1/3 West Lancashire Field Ambulance due to being sick, with a septic right forearm

On 14 March 1917, he is with 12 CCS with his forearm

As of 30 March 1917, he is sent back on Duty


The number 202527 is allocated to him between now and 14 July 1917


He is sent to 2/1 West Lancashire Field Ambulance suffering from Myalgia

Rejoins the Battalion as of 28 July 1917




He was severely wounded in the left shoulder and the bullet passed out near the spine. on 31 July 1917

But posted as Missing!

Officially accepted as a Prisoner of War on the German Authority List No PM 209 as of 14 September 1917


He was taken prisoner on 31 July 1917 at Ypres, Belgium, and spent time as a POW in Germany for 17 months



Sent to Langensalea, known to be the worst camp in Germany


Transferred to Class Z Army Reserve and Discharged on 5 March 1919



In 1921, Robert Heap, age 36, 2 months, a Road Worker for the Lancashire County Council, and his wife Ellen Brindle a Cotton Weaver, was out of work, at J N Boothman Cotton Manufacturer, Swansea Mill

Step Daughter, Mary Ellen Swarbrick


They are living at Barracks Row, Whittle le Woods


Robert Heap died in 1955


See Brothers profiles




Walter Houghton-  Updated as of 29\1\2024

Born in 1898, Whittle le Woods 


Rank: Pte

Reg no: G/52016

2 Battalion, Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge´s Own)






Walter Houghton was born in 1898, in Whittle le Woods

He was the son of George Houghton and Susanna Westhead

They had married in 1879 in Chorley

In the 1911 census, it shows he was originally 1 of 8 children, but two had died

His father had died between 1901 and 1911, leaving his mother Susanna to bring up the 6 children 



They were all Cotton Weavers and lived at 5 Victoria Terrace, Clayton le Woods

As of WW1, they are still at the same address


At the same address In 1921, Walter Houghton, aged 23, 1 month is still at home

He is employed as a Brewer's Labourer at Whittle Springs Brewery


Walter Houghton was Discharged on 18 March 1918


Awarded the Silver War Badge, confirming the below newspaper report of an injury


I believe he died in 1948



Found his name in the Wounded section of the Middlesex Regiment


While looking through the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 21 August 1917

The daily list of 13 August 1917






John Thomas Smith

Born in 1881


Reg no: 37295

Rank: Pte

10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

2/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




8 October 1918?


Entitled to wear a "Wound Stripe" as authorized under Army Order 204 of the 6th July 1916.


In the wounded section of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 15 October 1918



Moss Lane Cottage, Whittle le Woods


GSW to Right Hand


Discharged 17 January 1919



W Cuerden - likely to be Wilfred Cuerden, as of 20 May 2020

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 60562

Manchester Regiment


Whittle le Woods


Brother of Austin Cuerden


I found his name in the Machester Regiment wounded list of the War Office Daily list of 10th July 1918 within  Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 16 July 1918



I have then found his name in the medal roll which shows he joined the Labour Corp as Pte 621350



James Coupe

Age: 27, 3 months

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 14192

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Previous to enlisting he was employed at Low Mill Printworks


He enlisted on 4 September 1914 and joined at Preston the day after.


Posted to 8 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Wounded on or about 8 May 1916


Preston Herald - Saturday 17 June 1916 




The wife of Pte James Coupe, of the Loyal North Lancashire Regt, has been informed that he has been wounded in action.

Prior to enlisting, he was employed at Low Mill Printworks and enlisted in September 1914.



He was Absent Without Leave (AWOL) many times and received various punishments

Also, drunk and causing disturbances in the camp

He was also arrested and awaited for a trial, then found guilty of Deserting HMS and guilty of AWOL


He suffered from a GSW to the head and concussion, date unknown


Discharged on 2 August 1918


Not sure why they put good down for character reference!


Lived at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods 

He was married to Isabelle Bamber on 5 October 1907

Had a daughter Florrie born on 11 January 1909



T Taylor


The name is on the Methodist Roll of Honour


Possibly lived at Butchers Row, Bridge Street in 1911?


The 1921 Census has a T Taylor, born in 1882, living in Whittle le Woods







John Grime


Brother of Thomas and Richard both Killed in Action

Brother of Fred.








Joseph Grime 



Brother of Thomas and Richard both Killed in Action

Brother of above and Fred.



Born 1891

Living in Whittle le Woods as of 1921 Census




Frank Ward - New as of 13\10\2020

Born in 1897

Age: 19

Reg no: 80032 

Rank: Gnr

141? Siege Battery, RGA


Height 5 ft 7


A weaver by trade




Enlisted on 1 March 1916 at Chorley


GSW on the right arm and is a patient at Cambridge Hospital as of 13 June 1918 and brought before a medical board


Discharged about 17 June 1918 from service being no longer physically fit for "War Service"


Brother of John and Richard who had both been Killed in Action


Son of Thomas and Alice Ward of 2 County Terrace, Clayton le Woods






John Cottam Bleasdale

Age about 23?

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 4514

16 Kings Liverpool Regiment



Also 2/7 Kings Liverpool Regiment

And 7 RW Fusiliers


He enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Preston and was posted on the 12 April 1916 to 16 Kings Liverpool Regiment

On 29 April 1916, he was transferred to the 2\7 Kings Liverpool Regiment


And then Discharged on the 21 July 1916 with Sickness


He lived at Coupes fold, Clayton le Woods with his wife Elizabeth nee Brownrigg


They had married on 19 July 1913 at St Saviours, Bamber Bridge


Chillren - Hilda Bleasdale born 18 November 1915


In 1939 the family are living in Walton le Dale




George John Rose - new as of 21\11\2020 more research to be added

Age: 34

Rank: Driver

Reg no: M2/134204




As of his enlistment on 28 October 1915 in Preston, he is living at 1 Sheephill Lane, Clayton Green



His wife Susanna Rose nee Roberts is listed as next of kin


They were married on 10 June 1914 at  St Silas Church, Liverpool 


And they had children-

Lillian Mary was born 12 June 1913

Nina Maud was born 17 July 1916

Both were born at 1 Sheephill Lane



Discharged on 9 April 1919 possibly due to Bronchitis 





John Eccles- new as of 22\11\2020

Born in 1876 Clayton le Woods

Age: 39 and 5 months

Reg no: 39729

Rank: Pte

67 Labour coy, Labour Corp






Almost missed this man as there is also a John Eccles on the war memorial

so thought it was him! 

It is another person and a new name on the list


John Eccles was born in 1876, in Clayton le Woods.

He married Sarah Thompson at St Bede's, Clayton Green on 18 October 1909

They are living at Brownley Street and John Eccles is a Weaver


He enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Chorley and was posted to the 5 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment roughly on 

2 August 1916, joined them in Preston.


Then transferred to either 1 or 7 Garrison, Royal Welsh Fusiliers on roughly 23 January 1917 as no 66004


He is transferred to the 2 Labour Coy, Kings Liverpool Regiment  as of 5 February 1917


Then transferred to 67 Labour Coy on 14 May 1917 


His casualty form is damaged but shows as of June 1917 he is still active but not much further information can be read 

On 12 June 1917, he is admitted to the Hospital, possibly via 2/1 West Lancashire Field Ambulance

5 CCS ?

23 Field Ambulance?


I think he is Discharged or Demobilized as of 26 February 1919 




James Whittle aka James A. Whittle 

Born about 1880 

Age: 35 when he joined up

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 572695

Labour Coy



Served in Gallipoli and Aegean Islands



Previously served as 13649 in 1 Lancashire Fusiliers

Lancashire Fusiliers 3rd Bn. transf to (572695) 120th Coy Labour Corps.

Service Number 13649.


His date of Disembarkation says 14 May 1915


Which means James Whittle was on Y Beach, Gallipoli Peninsular


And a few days later the War Diary states-


17 May 1915

Y Beach, Gallipoli Peninsular


In reserve, Lt Lowther + 47 other ranks 1st reinforcements from England joined Bttn 


He was married to Mary Ann Predergast in about 1907 and they lived at Higher Cophurst, Whittle le Woods


Son of Thomas and Alice Whittle


He was Demobilized about 12 February 1919


Died afterwards

Not sure what the cause of death was!

Not mentioned on pension details 


Died at age 40, on 29 September 1919 and his gravestone is in St John the Evangelist, Whittle le Woods 



Thomas Wignall

Born 1891 Walton le Dale

Age 20 in 1911


Living at 3 Grosvenor Place, Clayton Green



He is single and is a Farm Labour


Parents are Stephen and Ann Wignall



His name is on the Clayton le Wood, Church of England School Roll of Honour


The only person that I can see that fits  


And I think he may have served with the Australian Imperial Force,  Embarkation Roll 1914-1918


22 Sweeney (? wrong) Lane, Whittle Woods Near Chorley


Henry Blackburn



Living at Lancaster Lane, Clayton le Woods in the Electoral Register

for 1914 -1916. 







His name is on the Clayton le Woods Church of England School Roll of Honour



David Tustin

Born in 1879, Gloucestershire

Age: 37, 11 months

Rank: Driver

Reg no:188634

14 Brigade





According to John Tustin, his grandson who emailed me -

David Tustin was a groom and well familiar with horses; the guns were pulled by horses


He married Mary Elizabeth Cadwallader and they had children Fred and Mary, and in 1916 David George, my father. George as he was known, lived with his parents in Kem Mill Cottages (part of the Crook Hall Estate); He was conscripted into WWII eventually serving as Brigade Ordnance Warrant Officer Class 1 in the 5th Indian Beach Army, recovering Malaya from the Japanese. My parents married in 1942 and after the war lived out their lives in Whittle. 

Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie)'s brother, Sgt William (Bill) Cadwallader returned from WWI (R Lincs Regiment) but this is going outside your area. He appears on the family tree clip attached.

My mother, Alice Pearson, lived at Prospect House on what is now Chorley Old Road.

You have details of my Great Uncle Lawrence Pearson KIA WWI. He had a chequered history.


There are other connections such as my Uncle Jim Pearson who also served in WWII,


Brilliant to read up on the TUSTIN family!


Living in Whittle le Woods in 1911 at the Lodge, Crook Hall, Whittle le Woods


He is married to Mary Elizabeth Cadwallader and they had children, Fred and Mary Elizabeth as of the census


He Enlisted on the 5 June 1916  at Chorley

Joined up at Preston on 13 October 1916



He was demobilized about 27 June 1919



Richard Henry Catterall - New find as of 23\1\2021

Born in 1881 at Wigan

Age: 30 in 1911


Service No: 11596, 38071

RAF, Training Reserve?


In 1911, Richard Henry Catterall was single and aged 30



He is living at Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods with his Aunty Ann Banister

and likely sister Mary Elizabeth Catterall


He was a Weaver


Whilst having a quick look through the names on I came across his Pension Ledger, nothing else service-wise seems to be available



Demobized about 14 April 1919



Frederick Byrne - New find as of 23\1\2021

Service No: 83681

2nd Air Mechanic 



Lived at Town Lane Whittle le Woods 


Need to research more





Samuel Carter New find as of 23\1\2021

Born in 1892


Rank: Pte

Reg No: 37297

10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Living at Swansea Fold, Whittle le Woods




As of 8\3\2021, I have found his name in the Wounded section of WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST, NOVEMBER 12th, 1918.

The daily list of Nov 9th, 1918 


GSW on Left Arm


He was discharged on 15 February 1919




Nathan Brindle - New find as of 23\1\2021

Born in 1889

Age: 28

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 339653


Army Service Corp


He enlisted at Chorley on 24 June 1916


Living at Carwood Lane, Whittle le Woods is on his record.


He is married to Penelope Bolton


I believe they had a son called Ernest.



Discharged on 12 September 1917, as being no longer physically fit for war service

Diagnosed as Melonchonic




Clarence Bouskill - New as of 23\1\2021

Born on 26 Aug 1900

Age: 18

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 637221

T R Batallion, Labour Corp 



Living at 1 Brownley Terrace, Clayton le Woods


Clarence Bouskill, Enlisted on 26 August 1918, on his Birthday! Age 18

However, he was Discharged on 10 October 1918 due to disabilities from his childhood, including the curvature of his spine, large varicoceles, and defective vision. Poor Physique.


Good Character


His occupation was a Weaver


He served 31 days


He was a Wesleyan Methodist.


There is a Bouskill on the Methodist Church 1914 - 1918 Sunday School Roll of Honour but it Says " T" as the first initial so there may either be a mistake on the roll or is related somehow to Clarence!


His parents were William Bouskill and Jane Ann Borsay


Sister's called Elsie and Maria


Died on 24 December 1984 and lived at 372 Preston Road, Clayton le Woods at the time of death



Frederick George Bradley - New as of 24\1\2021

Born about 1884 in Lavenham, Suffolk

Age: 27

Rank: Spr

Reg No: 506699, 202966

Royal Engineers


Also served with Royal Engineers (T) as 2326



He lived at Church Cottage, Whittle le Woods in 1911 and he was a House Painter.


On his Pension Ledger, it shows in 1919 he was living at 12 County Terrace, Clayton le Woods


Married Jane E Wignall


He is is the Brother of Sydney (Arthur) Bradley who also served




Hugo Swift - New as of 24\1\2021

Born 1880

Age 35 in 1915

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 22959, also 22119

1 East Lancashire Regiment


Hugo Swift originally lived at Yarrow Farm, Charnock Richard as of his enlistment on 2 August 1915


But some time before 2 November 1917 and as of 1918 he was living at Kem Mill Fold Farm, Whittle le Woods


During his service, he was punished for being AWOL a few times


He was discharged from Fulwood Military Hospital after appearing before a medical board on the 13 April 1918 and being declared no longer physically fit for war service


Discharged from the Army on 4 May 1918  to his address in Whittle le Woods



Peter Snape

Born in 1882 at Wheelton

Age: abt 33

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 27527

1 Kings Shropshire Light Infantry


Also 14 and 16 Welch Regiment as 291587




Peter Snape Enlisted on 11 November 1915


He serves oversea's 


Demobilized on 24 April 1919


Living at Lukes Row, Whittle le Woods on his WW1 Pension Record


Still living there in 1939 and he is married to Cecily and I think two sons, William and Robert



Dennis Robinson

Born in 1899 in Whittle le Woods 

Age: about 16\17 in 1916

Rank: AB, Airman Basic

Service Number: L.Z/3105

Drake Battalion, 63rd Davison 


He is the son of William Robinson and Phoebe Simms  as of 1901




But by 1911, now living at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods, Pheobe is widowed and Dennis, well he is a student at Bolton and County of Lancaster Industrial School for Boys,

Living in I am guessing! and not at home with Phoebe and brother Harry Robinson


His mother Phoebe is living at West View, Whittle le Woods as of the 1914 -1916 Electoral Roll


He was awarded the Victory Medal, Britsh War Medal, and Silver War Badge

No mention of the 1914-15 Star, meaning he must have enlisted after 31 December 1915


Silver War Badge was awarded on 27 January 1919, No 32377


On the WW1 Pension Ledger for Dennis Robinson, it says 2 West View, Whittle le Woods 


Dennis Simms Robinson would continue to serve after WW1 and on 1 January 1930 he is awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Issue no: 390653


i think he died in 1942



Absalom (Ellison) Prescott - New as of 25\1\2021

Born in 1898 in Clayton le Woods

Age: 18 by 1916

Rank: Rflm

Reg No: 45313

7 Royal Irish Regiment


Also Pte  6834, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


In 1901 he is living at Preston Road, with his parents Daniel and Margaret, and 7 other siblings.


He is living at Brownley Terrace as of 1911 and he is a Cotton Weaver


His mother Margaret E Prescott a Widow is looking after 9 children from a total of 11

9 born alive, 1 elsewhere, and 2 died. 


His medal card shows he enlisted 24 May 1916 with the Royal Irish Regiment

And Discharged due to being Wounded on 29 November 1918


He also has another Reg No 6834 with the 4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment suggesting an earlier enlistment


In 1939 he is living at 4 Brownley Terrace and there is Florence, Absalom mentioned as incapacitated perhaps from the war? Margaret and Veronica.


Died 24 February 1943 still living at 4 Brownley Street.

He died at the Coronation Hospital, Brinscall

Probate to Veronica Prescott, Spinster

 Effects £1139 16s 11d




Joshua Monk

Born in 1889 in Whittle le Woods


Rank: Pte

Reg No: 670929

540 Coy, Labour Corp





Formerly 57848 Northumberland Fusiliers as he is in their wounded list in WAR OFFICE WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST, JANUARY 15th, 1918. Daily List of January 1Oth 


Discharged on 21 May 1919


GSW of Left Land


Another son of Wiliam and Elizabeth Monk of Spring Gardens, Whittle le Woods.


He was a Plasterer in 1911


Brother of Joseph (Joe) who was Killed in Action and his name is on the Memorial


He lived in Town Lane, Whittle le Woods in 1939



James Livesey - New as of 25\1\2021

Born in 1899



Reg No: 644756




Discharged on 23 November 1919


Lived at Chorley Old Road on his Pension Ledger, so likely to be 10 Rock Villa Road 


Brother of Christopher and Robert who both served



William Livesey - New as of 26\1\2021


Rank: Gunner

Reg No: 211739



Previously RFA 116683


A Cotton Weaver


Pension Ledger says he lived at Chorley Old Road.


So I think he is the brother of the above James Livesey, Christopher, and Robert

In that case in looking at the 1911 census, he is at home with the rest of his family at

10 Rock Villa Road 




William Hooley- New as of 26\1\2021

Born in 1891


Rank: Pte

Reg No: 203777, 7556

10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


or  4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


I think he enlisted on 16 January 1917


William Hooley was discharged on 12 July 1918


He had served overseas 


GSW of Left Shoulder


His brothers John and Joseph also joined up


Living at 6 Tootel Terrace, Whittle le Woods



Ernest Holding - New as of 26\1\2021

Born in 1896

Age: 19

Rank: Pioneer

Reg No: 146226

Labour Corp


Other number's 506529 Rail Troops, Royal Engineers




He Enlisted on the 9 December 1915 at Chorley

Under the watchful eye of Lawrence Cotton


Joined the 3 Battalion S W B on 21 January 1916 then transferred  to 23 Kings Liverpool Regiment on 1 June 1916 until posted to 3 Labour Battalion on 28 April 1917

Transferred to Royal Engineers as of 16 April 1918 post to a troop I think it says the next day.


On 2 November 1918, he is admitted to Hospital via 332 RCC no mention of what injury



Demobilized on 16 May 1919 and his address is "Ashwood", Town Lane, Whittle le Woods


Hugh Holding is his father




John (Thomas) Houghton - New as of 26\1\2021

Born in 1880


Rank: Pte

Reg No: 28390

7 Border Regiment


Also 1 Border Regiment



John Thomas Houghton enlisted as of 12 December 1915


As of 9\3\2021, I have found his misspelled name in the wounded section of the   WAR OFFICE WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST, JANUARY 8th, 1918. Daily List of January 4th, 1918



He was discharged on 4 March 1918, Likely due to being wounded


He did serve overseas


GSW to Right Femur



Pension Ledger says he is living at 5 Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods


Brothers Walter, James, and Frederick (Killed in Action) also served



James Astley


Age: Possibly 20?

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 34610

7 Border Regiment


Other No 41077



He enlisted on 15 December 1916


Discharged on 18 November 1918


Most likely due to being wounded whilst serving overseas.


Award the Silver War Badge


Living at 5 Mount Pleasant according to his Pension Ledger


Possibly the Son of James and Elizabeth



Joseph Hilton - New as of 26\1\2021

Born in 1898

Age: 18 and 2 months


Reg No: 84761



He enlisted at Chorley on 10 May 1916


Discharged on 17 September 1919


He was suffering from Synovitis of the right knee, originating in November 1918 from a Sprain



Son of John Hilton and Mary Ellen?


Brother of George Hilton, Killed in Action


Lived at 4 Spring Garden, Whittle le Woods


He was a Mixer at Wood Milne Ltd, Leyland prior to enlisting



John Dewhurst - New as of 27\1\2021

Born in 1885

Age: 30

Rank: Clerk

Reg No: 290789

Army Service Corp





He enlisted on 9 December 1915 in Chorley

Moved to Army Reserves on the 10 December 1915

Mobilized on 5th (?) February 1917


Discharged for no longer being fit for war service on 16 April 1919 



He was living at 12 Swansea Fold and was a Cashier in Cotton Mill


Married to Edith Murray on 6 February 1911 at St James Church, Blackburn


Children are John and Fred




Harry Crankshaw

Born in 1896

Age: 19

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 50817

11 Lancashire Fusiliers



Harry Crankshaw, Enlisted on the 8 November 1915


Also served as 37001, 1/5 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as he is in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 30 October 1917


He was Discharged on 11 April 1919



In 1901 and 1911 he is living on Leyland Lane, Whittle le Woods


He lived at 2 Kem Villa, Whittle le Woods according to the Pension Ledger


His Parents are John Charles Crankshaw and Jane Tuson



Thomas Clitheroe

Born in 1896

Age: 18

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 23218

12 Kings Liverpool Regiment



In 1911, Thomas Clitheroe was living at 9 Victoria Terrace Clayton Le Woods

He is the son of Robert Clitheroe and Elizabeth Edmonson


Thomas Clitheroe, Enlisted on 14 November 1914 and I believe he was Mobilized on 20 August 1915



He was discharged on 26 January 1917 due to being wounded whilst serving in France suffering from GSW (shrapnel) Abdomen.


Tom was severely wounded by a German sniper whilst at a rest camp and was treated back in England at a military hospital, from where he was honorably discharged as unable to fulfill army physical requirements.


Living at Clayton le Woods according to his Pension Ledger



Brother of Percy Clitheroe who won the MM and was Killed in Action 


I am related to Thomas Clitheroe and Percy Clitheroe via their sister Gertrude



Fred Pearson - Confirmed as of 5\2\2021 

Born in 1892, Whittle le Woods



Reg no:




Son of John Thomas Pearson and Mary Brindle, 


Fred's maternal Grandmother Eliza Peel and her family are how I am related to him 


Fred had a sister Lilly born in 1889, she married Fred Hargreaves

They had a son Harold P Hargreaves

And a Brother Harold Hargreaves born in 1895, who died young. 


In 1911, Fred Pearson lived at Smiths Terrace, Clayton-le-Woods


Fred Pearson married Dora Ethel Stirzaker on 1 December 1920 at St John the Evangelist Church, Whittle le Woods



He died in 1929




James Pearson - confirmed as of 5\2\2021

Born on 27 May 1880 at Paradise Row



Reg no:


Thanks to the relations of John Pearson, they believe he did not serve in France


Brother of Lawrence Pearson, Killed in Action


Cousin of the above 










Jack Smith - New as of 28\2\2021

Born: 1887?


Rank: Pte

Reg no: 65266

9 & 14 Welsh Regiment


TR4/31249 Training Reserve 




Found Jack Smith in the Welsh Regiment wounded section of the WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST, JULY 16th, 1918.
The daily list of July 10th.


Whittle le Woods



Entitled to wear a "Wound Stripe" as authorized under Army Order 204 of 6th July 1916


Found his name by mistake as I was looking at someone else's name and decided to scroll about on the page and came upon this man!



James Tuson


Rank: Pte

Reg no: 63472

Machine Gun Corp


Found his name in the Weekly Casualty List  for Tuesday 16 July 1918



Demobilized as of 16 June 1919



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