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 I have found  evidence of some soldiers who served

before 1914

There fore 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.



And to date I have over  378 names.


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







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Considering we had so many losses from both Clayton and Whittle.

I thought it would be worth trying to discover and record all those who served and Returned from Duty both from WW1 and WW2 or any other War since. Here are at least 247 names from WW1 collected so far as of 7 December 2018. And a few from WW2.

All men and women are born / living in or associated with Clayton le Woods and Whittle le Woods at the time of enlistment. All names are listed roughly alphabetical by surname. 



Some of the men served until the end of the war and they were demobilized, others however were medically unfit and injured, one or two were even too young and removed from service.








1) George Ainscough

Age: 28

Reg no: 37650


Border Regiment


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley (Whittle le Woods)


Cotton Weaver by Trade

Lived at Chorley Old Road


77th Labour Corp as of being demobilized on 28 March 1919.



164) Tom (Wilson) Ainscough

Born 13 January 1896

Reg no: 15839

Rank: Pte

11 East Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 22 September 1914

Transferred to 17 Btn Hampshire Regiment as of 29 May 1917 as Reg no 38592

Then to 6 Btn Wiltshire Regiment  as Reg no 47868


Discharged or Demobilized on 26 February 1919



Died in 1982


Possible he is Brother of above



Son of Richard and Ann Ainscough

Lived at Chorley Old Road




2) Henry Allison*


3) William Allison*

Royal Navy

Victory I



Enlisted 6 February 1918

Discharged \ Demobilized on 16 April 1919


*Both sons of Francis and Mary Jane Allison, out of a family of 2 adults and 10 living Children.


They lived at Hawksclough Farm, Clayton le Woods


I think he died on 27 September 1983

He lived at 717 Preston Road



159) Henry Allsup

21 Manchester Regiment


Lived at Tootell Terrace



4) James Allsup*

Reg no: 15525

Rank: Cpl


11 East Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 19 September 1914

Wounded whilst in Z Company on 1 July 1916, admitted to No 2 GH at Le Havre with GSW to shoulder on 4 July 1916 and lucky for him, sent home.

Transferred to 8 Btn East Lancashire Regiment, Reg no 35433

Retrained and joined the MGC


Married Jessie Gollegdge on 8 May 1920

Emigrated to USA in c1921

Died in 1962


5) Percy Allsup*

Born 28 July 1897

Reg no: 15524

Rank: Sgt

11 East Lancashire Regiment

Accrington Pals


Enlisted on 19 September 1914, both he and brother James signed up at the same time.

Wounded on 1 July 1916. And again in 1917  on patrol from MG fire 


Became a Police Officer

Emigrated to USA in  c1921


Married Annie Weaver in 1922


Died 1966








6) Arthur Allsup*

Born on 2 March 1899

Reg no:  27542

14 Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment


Enlisted 20 November 1915 at Chorley

Joined at Glencorse on 23 November 1915


Discharged as of 25 December 1915, having made a mis statement as to age on enlistment 

When his true age was discovered !




7) Charles Allsup*


All brothers and sons of James and Susanna Allsup. Living at Clayton Green in 1911

They all emigrated after WW1 about 1921 to the USA. 


204) John Ed Allsupp




8) Edward Almond

Age: 40

Reg no: 47954


Cheshire Regiment


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley


Married Sarah Alice Marsden at St Andrews, Leyland in 1905.

Children are Elizabeth Ellen, Robert and Thomas. 



Calico Printers Labourer


Delph Cottage, Whittle le Woods


Discharged as surplus to Military Requirements on 21 January 1919




9) Horace Ambrose


Can't confirm yet who he served with in WW1


Lived at 25 Victoria Terrace, Clayton le woods as of 1911


Married Elsie Alice Yates in 1914 at Brindle


In 1939 they lived at Holt Lane Farm, Brindle


Horace was a Poultry Farmer. He was also an Air Raid Warden During WW2




141) Edwin Ainsworth


Can't confirm yet who he served with in WW1


Son of John and Margaret Ainsworth, Brother is Herbert, 


Living at 2 County Terrace, Clayton le Woods


A Cotton Mill Clerk in 1911


Think he was living in Blackpool in 1939





124) Matthias Astley


Reg no:  33032

Rank: Pte

8 Welsh Regiment


Also posted to 19th Welsh Regiment


Enlisted possibly on 4 August 1915

Possibly Demobolized on 27 February 1919


Print Works Labourer in 1911 

Living at Waterhouse Green, 

Interesting to see William West KIA is boardering there



195) Thomas Baker


No trace yet




10) Henry (Frederick) Bamber

Age: 33

Reg.no: 343589


Royal Engineers, Transportation Branch


Ended up as a Pioneer in the Inland Water Transport, Royal Engineers


Enlisted 25 February 1916 at Chorley

Lived at 14 Bridge Street


Cotton Weaver as Trade


Married Lilian Malley

Children , Annie born 23 December 1916


Demobolized on 6 November 1919


11) William Bamber

Reg no: 24631

Rank: Pte

10 Coy,  Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Discharged on 29 October 1917 because of GSW on Right Arm caused on 11 April 1917


Lived at 22 Swansea Lane


12) Percy Bamber

Service no: F43987



Served on\at HMS President II from 18 December 1917 until 31 March 1918.


Grocer by trade



175) Thomas Barton

Born 1885 in Brindle

Age 30


Reg no: T/1733, also 96714


11 Royal Welsh Fusiliers



First enlisted into West Lancashire Reserves on 7 November 1904?

Discharged to join regular ASC

At time of Demobolization he was with Royal Welsh Fusiliers


Married Mary Jane Hopwood at St Mary's, Brownedge on 2 June 1906

But Widowed by time of enlistment!

Children are, John, Agnes, Robert,Thomas, Mary Jane, Catherine?

Living at Bridge Street, Whitle le Woods

And Union Street during time of Enlistment


At the time of Demobilization he stated his address was 1 Radburn Brow, Clayton Green on 30 April 1919

His son John was at the St Vincents Orphanage in Preston



Served at Home and Selonika



132) Thomas Beaver - POSSIBLE, NO RECORD FOUND YET ?


Son of a Clogger, 

Chorley Old Road, Whittle le Woods in 1911



126) George Bishop



13) Arthur Blogg

Born c1880

Died 1921

Disabled whilst serving in WW1


14) Adam Blogg 

Born 1896

Died 1987

Reg no: 23219, (RE)360904

Enlisted at Chorley on 14th November 1914

11th Kings Liverpool Regiment and 14th Signal Company, Royal Engineers

Rank: Pte \ Pioneer


He was  in the Kings Liverpool Regiment and saw action in the Somme, Ypres and other key battles, But as with many soldiers said very little about his experiences


Adam was a Signaler in the 14th Signal Company, Royal Engineers as of 26th April 1918.

Passed his Signal test, 1st Class Signaller

Transfered to class "Z" army reserve on demoblization on 11th July(?) 1919


5 Tootell Terrace as of 1919


Father is Barness Blogg.




163) James Baxendale

Born c1898

Reg no: 4044

Rank: Sgt

Royal Irish


Lukes Row, Whittle le Woods in 1911



Brother of Philip Baxendale KIA


Demobilized as of 18 March 1919


15) Lawrence Baxendale

Reg no: 229161

Rank: Pte

657 HS Employment Company,attached "2nd Reserve Cavalry Regiment

Labour Corp


Enlisted  9 December 1915


Serving in Newbridge, Co Kildare Ireland


Discharged on  Extensive Stumons Diseased Cavical glands on 19 March 1918


 He lived at 11 Dickinson Terrace, Whittle le Woods as of enlistment


Employed as a Coal Bagger




192) William Baxendale


No Trace of him yet?





208) John Bell


No Trace of him yet?




16) John Bishop

Reg no:77887


Enlisted 2 November 1915 at Aldershot

Chorley Old Road

Married Alice Riley


Discharged from the Military Hospital, Kirkham on 14 November 1918 as no longer fit for war service

Infection of stomach, 



17) Arnold Blackwell

Born c1891

Reg no: 241240

8 Provost Coy, Royal Engineers


In 1939 he was living with his wife Pheobe and daughter Margaret are living on Preston Road


Arnold was a Joiner Builder, Pheobe,  Unpaid Domestic Duties, and Margaret was at school


120) Victor (Boothman) Blackwell

Born c1894 in Clayton le Woods

Reg no:14504

4 Kings Liverpool Regiment


Brother of above and  Reginald Blackwell KIA




18) John Blackledge

Age: 18


Reg no: 55683

B Coy, 22 Labour Battalion.Cheshire Regiment


Transfered to 280829, 299 Labour Coy on 30 July 1917


Demobilized on 10 February 1919


Enlisted at Chorley on 22 May 1916


Living at Town Lane




178) John Bowling- 

Born 1894

Reg no: 204053, other rnumbers 042079

Rank: Driver, Cpl, Sgt


100 Field Ambulance 



Enlisted on 4 January 1915 at Chorley

Joined at Aldershot



Living at White Hill Farm

A Driver, Teams man



Demobilized on 1 June 1919


Father is Ralph Bowling to help distinguish the John Bowlings !!



179) Walter Bowling


Possible Brother of below


19) William Bowling

Reg no: 67193

Rank: Driver



Enlisted 19 December 1914


GSW to Back and Chest


In Rouen on 19 April 1919 when he is demobilized.


Trade was a Weaver 

Lived at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods


Father is James Bowling to help distinguish the Bowlings !!



133) William Borsay

Age: 33

Reg No: 19328

Rank: Pte

14 Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted at Southport or Liverpool on 7 September 1914


Debility following malaria


Discharged on 13 Februay 1919


Lived at Swansey Lane




164) Sydney (A) Bradley


Reg no: 204331

Rank: L/Sgt

4 South Lancashire


Church Cottage, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Demobilized on 2 May 1919


20) John Brindle

Age: 30


Reg no: 39905

3 Cheshire Regiment


Enlisted on 11 December 1915


Married Ann Young and had two known children- William, 1914 and Walter James in 1915


Lived at Mount Pleasant


Demobilized on 13 December 1916




152) Nicholas Brindle

Born in Brindle c1894

Rank: Pte

Reg no:

7 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 



Dis-embarked on  same day as Edmund Fiddler


Demobilized on 21 February 1919


Living in Clayton Green in 1911





21) Peter Brindle

Age: 3

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 250868

Labour Corp


Lived at Chorley Old Road


Married Catherine R Young and had children John and Clara.

Weaver by Trade


Discharged on 11 November 1917 as Physically Unfit due to a Hernia that originated in 1897, when he was lifting a weaving skip.


22) William Rawlinson Brindle

Age: 23

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 64800

9 Battalion MGC


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley


14 Rock Villa Rd


Demobilized as of 30 August 1919



145) Willie Brown

Born 1888


Son of Joseph and Martha Brown


Print Labourer in 1911

Married To Esther  in c1911


Lived at Mount Pleasant as of 1911





173) William Burscough


Only person that comes a close match lived at St Helens Fold, Brindle in 1911 ?




23) Charles Herbert Cadden

Born 1887 Shifnal, Shropshire

Moved to Whittle le Woods 

Died 1949

Rank: Pte

Reg no: GS/116019

Royal Fusiliers


Previously served in


HQ Co 31 Div Train

RASC - Driver T4/160021

1 Co 31 Div Train


Married Amelia (Millie) Pass, Daughter of Henry Pass, Licensee of the Old Millstone Inn


24) Frank Cannon

Age: 18 ??

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 32791

2/4 Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment


Enlisted on 17 April 1915 at Chorley



Discharged on 17 September 1915 as found to be underage being only 16 years 1 month!



Brother of below and of John Cannon KIA on war memorial



25) James Cannon

Age: 24

Reg no: 38306


3 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted 2 July 1917


Shaw Brow, Whittle le Woods



Discharged being no longer physically fit for war service on 26 October 1917 due to VHD (Heart), according to the medical report.



125) Hermon Cannon

Born 1896

Reg no: 12532

Rank: Gdsm

Irish Guards


Another brother



26) William Cannon

Born 1891

Reg no: 15160

11th East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals)


Lived at Waterhouse Green, Whittle le Woods


Married Frances Cuerden (sister of Austin Cuerden- below)


Died 21 April 1966



27) Edwin Carter

Age: 30

Reg no: 14304

Rank: Pte

17 Service Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers


Enlisted 1 December 1914

Joined at Bury on 2 January 1915


Swansea Fold on Enlistment

Father is James Carter


Discharged as no longer physically fit on 17 April 1918




187) William Carter


I believe he may be the brother of the above


Enlisting between 1914 and 1915




28) Richard Chadwick

Reg no: 11245

Coldstream Guards



GSW to buttock on 4 November 1918


Richard is the brother of Thomas R Chadwick KIA on the memorial.


Son of Edmund and Martha Chadwick


121) James Christian

Reg no: 12433

Rank: Pte

8 Border Regiment



Enlisted 7 September 1914, Joined at Preston


Lived at the "Barracks", Whittle le Woods in 1911, a Printworks Labour

Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods as of enlistment

Had six children


Discharged on 28 May 1915 for being no longer physically fir for war service

Disordered action of the heart , started 4 years previous. (Add more)



29) Albert Edward Clitheroe

Reg no: 98321

Rank: Pte

Machine gun corp


Enlisted on 10 December 1915


Suffered from dysentry as of 17 January 1918

Believed to have been released as of 24 July 1918 still suffering.


Brother of Stanley, and Son of John Clitheroe both KIA on the war memorial



30) Albert Clitheroe*


31) Frank Clitheroe*


Both sons of Joseph and Isabella, living at Clayton Bottoms, in fact next door to Daniel Slater and Frederick Leigh.


152) Thomas Clitheroe

Born 1893

Rank: Cpl

Reg: 15265

11 East Lancashire Regiment


Kings Liverpool Regiment as 48198


Dis - embarked on 19 December 1915




Served in Balkan Campaign


Also at Serre on 1 July 1916 being injured in head and arm.


Parents are Robert and Alice nee Walsh. of Shaw Brow in 1911



I believe I am related to Thomas "Tom" Clitheroe, 

His Grandmothers maiden name is PEEL






31) Fred Cuncannon

Reg no: 165741


472 Siege Battery, RGA


Service dated from 9 December 1915

Demobilized 23 October 1919



Lived at Shaw Brow

Trade is a Grocer


Just a quick glance through his record and I discovered that he was employed by ROBERT PEEL.

And as I am related to the PEEL's, I believe this to be the Robert Peel of 1 Rock Villa Road, Chorley Old Road.


33) Thomas Corless* - Need to double check

34) Arthur Corless*

35) Edwards Corless*

36) Alfred Corless*


All brothers, and i think moved to Canada after 1911. Serving in Canadian forces etc



37) Nuttall Cotton

Born c1894

Died 8 February 1921


I believe he is also known as James Nuttall Boothman Cotton


Son of Lawrence Cotton who died a few months later on 7 May 1921


Married Gladys Harling in 1918

and Francess Coatsworth Cotton was born in 1918


Brother of John Cotton,, Killed in Action




38) James Coupe

Reg no: 275885

Rank: Pte

Kings Own Regiment


Transfered to 978 Coy, RASC


Wounded in Action as reported on Saturday 17th June 1916.


Demobilized 25 September 1919


Prior to enlisting he worked at Low Mill Printworks and enlisted in September 1914.


Married Margaret Ellen Slater on 2 September 1918 at St Chads


Lived at 1 Spring Bank, Wheelton



141) John Cowell




39) John/James Craven

Reg no: 14303 other number 3436930

Enlisted 29 December 1914 at Chorley. Joined up at Bury

1 Lancashire Fusiliers


Lived at Mount Pleasant as of joining up, then moved to Burnley



131) Ronald Cross, possibly Sir Ronald Hibbert Cross, 1st Baronet.

Rank: Second Lieutenant, then Temp Lieutenant as of 3 December 1915

Duke of Lancaster Own Yeomanry

Then joined No 23 Squadron, RFC and flew with Eddie McKay

They flew the DH2 and then SPADs


of Crooke Hall in 1911


His family are still there in 1917





129) George Crook

130) Alfred Crook



40) Austin Cuerden

Reg no: 15850

Rank: Pte

11th East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals)


As a stroke of luck I believe i have managed to find Austin Cuerdens name in the PALS book

(William Turner).

He is listed within the C Company list, as advertised in the Accrington Observer & Times on Tuesday, February 23, 1915.



41) James Scott Curwen

Age: 19

Reg no: 


2/3 ASC (Horse Transport)


Enlisted 20 January 1915 at Chorley


Driver (Horse) by Trade


Taylors row, Whittle le Woods


Demobilized some time in 1919?



156) Charles Dillon


191) Percy Dollin



42) George (E) Desoer - Possible, but hard to tell which George Desoer !?

Training Reserve


A Brewers Labourer

Lived at Waterhouse Green, Whittle le Woods in 1917

Married Eliza Seddon




43) William Fairhurst

Age: 22 and 5 months

Reg no: 5184

Manchester Regiment


I think it could be the 17th Battalion


He enlisted at Chorley on 9th September 1914


He lived at 6 Rock Villa Road, Whittle le Woods

Father was called John Fairhurst.

Discharged for medical reason - Spinal Disease



44) James Fairhurst

Age: 20

Reg no: 104829


Royal Field Artillery



Enlisted on 31 July 1915

Joined at Preston


Brother of the above



45) Edmund Fidler

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 13299

Possible 7 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted about 17 July 1915


Prisoner of War 27\5\1918 Maisy


Demobilized on 25 February 1919


In 1939 he is a Cafe Proprietor in Preston, Widowed



Son of William Fidler and Ann (nee Worthington) 



46) Oliver Bateson Fidler

Age: 43

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 3529

3 Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (SR)

Enlisted at Chorley


Oliver was 43 years old when he signed up again with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 31st August 1914,  having previously done 6 years with them.


He was Discharged after 2 years on the 30th August 1916 after being discharged for no longer physically fit for war service. - Deafness

The medical board report stated-

Originated about 25 years ago.

Not the result of nor aggravated by service.

Permanant capacity as on enlistment.


No foreign service.


Lived at 16 Smith Terrace, Clayton le Woods.  He was a Weaver.


Related to my friend Melanie (Mel) Chadwick and family of Moss Lane, Whittle le Woods.

I also have connections to the Fidler's




220) William Henry Fidler

Born 1900

Age: 18

Service no: 245465


Think he was enlisted as of 2 May 1918

Served in the RAF


Father is Oliver Fidler




148) Isaac Fielding

Age: 34

Reg no: 10997

Rank: Pte

8 Border Regiment


Enlisted at Preston on 9 Septemeber 1914

Joined at Carlisle on 16 September 1914


Living at Bridge Street in 1911, with wife, Isabella and their son John.


Due to an old injury of his elbow he was discharged as not being likely to become an efficient soldier on 4 November 1914



47) Thomas Fielding

Age: 27

Reg no: 23224

 C Coy,15 Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted on 13 November 1914 at Chorley


Discharged as not likely to become an efficient soldier on 12 February 1915.

Had valve disease of heart.

Should never have been harrased into the army is last comment.



Lived at Naylors Fold, Whittle le Woods



218) Frank Fishwick- Found in the Methodist church file

Born c1880


Rank: Pte

Reg no: 456868



Discharged 18 March 1918


48) John Fish

Age: 19

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 2164

11 Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment


Enlisted on 13 November 1915 at Chorley. Joined at Lancaster.


Suffered from Influenza and Bronchitis during service

Lived at Town lane on Enlistment


Transfered to Reserve on around 16 March 1919



49) George Fletcher *


144) William Fletcher*


50) Peter Fletcher*


All Brothers lived at Dove Cote Farm,  Clayton Le Woods as of 1911



51) Thomas Gardner

Age: 39

Reg no: 70362

Rank: Pte

Cheshire Regiment


118 Labour corp


Enlisted 11 December 1915


Rubber Worker by Trade


Union Street, Whittle le Woods


Married Margaret Ann McIver in 1906

Children- Jane, Fred, Robert, James.



Demobilized on 23 March 1919



52) John W Fowler

Reg no: 351433

Rank: Sapper

Enlisted 2 November 1915



Posted to 73 Brigade HAG on 12 October 1916


Compulsory transferred to Royal Engineers on 28 April 1918


Demobolized on 9 September 1919


Wife is Margaret and they have two children born in 1912 and 1915


Living at 3 Shaw Brow in 1919 



191) Thomas Gent

Born 1895 ?

Reg no: 62261

Rank: Pte

Worcestershire Regiment



Enlisted 25 March 1915 ?


Possible he was also in the 8 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with Reg no: 19038



I think he is the son of Walter and Mary Gent


A Cotton Weaver 


Living at Waterhouse Green, Whittle le Woods


Discharged as of 24 April 1919



177) John Gerrard- Ask for family picture 

Born 1898


Living at Higher Copthurst

A Cotton Loom Weaver


Son of John and Ellen Gerrard



53) John W Gillett


Brother of Charles Gillett KIA



137) Charles Grainge

Born in 1884 in Borobridge, Yorkshire




Son of William and Sarah Grainge who lived at Dog Brow in 1911 with their other children

Emliy, Annie, Edith, William and Mabel



54) John William Grass

Age: 41 on Enlistment

Reg no: 128991



Enlisted 10 December 1915

Married Susanah Nelson

Clayton Bottoms, Clayton le Woods



Served in North Russia


Demobilized on 17 September 1919



55) Thomas Gregson

Age: 37


Reg no: 67084

Cheshire Regiment


Also Kings Liverpool and 193 Labour coy


Enlisted on 9 December 1915(hard to read)


Discharged as no longer physically fit for war service on 23 February 1918


Married Elizabeth Alice Walmsley at St Johns in 1909

Children, Evelyn and William


Lived at 9 Rock Villa Road




56) Cecil Griffiths

Age: 27

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 23748

3 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Chorley


During service he suffered from Contusion Back, Trench Foot, between 29 January 1917 and 24 April 1917 whilst at 2nd NGH \ Highfield, Macton ?

Then admitted to hospital again on 27 July 1917 suffering from "Shell Concusion" and tranfered to Spingsfield War Hospital, Tooting, London SW 17


He stayed there until 21 January 1918 suffering from the "Shell Concusion" and Neurasthemia.


Discharged being no longer physically fit for war service on 11 February 1918


Living at Waterhouse Green


Weaver by Trade



57) Fred Grime


Brother of Thomas and Richard who were both KIA


58) John Grime


Brother of Thomas and Richard who were both KIA


171) Joseph Grime 


Brother of Thomas and Richard who were both KIA




59) James Grundy

Reg no: 2287

RA mct / 2 London Sanitory Coy

Enlisted on 14 January 1915 at Chelsea.


Discharged on 6 April 1916 as not likely to become an efficient soldier on medical grounds.  


Lived at Blackburn Road, Whittle le Woods. 

A Mason by trade


Sister Annie Grundy, same address as next of kin.



153) William Hall


Cotton Weaver as of 1911

Tootell Terrace


Brother of Robert Hall KIA on the memorial




60) Peter Handley - Possible need to double check


Possible Royal Navy as of 15 April 1918 


Living at Clayton Green in 1911





61) Ernest Hargreaves

Enlisted 27 June 1916

Reg no: 192192

Rank: Driver



Demobilized 24 February 1920


As of 1920 living at Millstone Hill, Whittle le Woods


Fred Hargreaves

Reg no: 72003

Rank: Sergt

157 Battery, RGA


Married Lily Pearson

Living at 8 Smiths Terrace, Clayton le Woods




Discharged on 16 December 1919


62) William Hargreaves

Age: 33

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 226692

Army Service Corp (MT)


Enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Whittle le Woods, over seen by "Lawrence Cotton" 


Bank House, Preston Road

Taxi Proprieter


Married Emily Anna Wilcox. 

Children - Mabel and Eva


Discharged as being no longer being physically fit for war service.


63) Arthur Hartley

Age: 36

Reg no: 25107

3 The Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted 22 December 1914 at Chorley


Married Alice Bamber

Lived at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods

Children - Arthur Hartley Born 21 February 1912


A Labourer


Discharged on 5 August 1916 as no longer physically fit for war service. With Double Hernia


As of 1918? is living at 3 Ribblesdale Terrace



64) James Haydock - Possible need to double check


Born 1896 in Clayton le Woods

Died 1957



65) William Heap(s)


Brother of Christopher and Walter who were both KIA




66) Herbert Hebblethwaite 

Reg no: 205090

5 Lancashire Fusiliers


GSW to Back, Pent to Chest on 21 September 1917


Lived at Woodcock Farm, Clayton le Woods as of enlistment.


Mother- Jemima Emily Hebblethwaite, Woodcock Farm


I believe he is living in Club Street, Bamber Bridge in 1939 with a relative.

He is incapacitated



123) William Heatley


Possible he was boarding at Brownley Street in 1911 




194) Walter Helme


No trace yet


161) Alfred Higham 

Born  1896

Died 1981



In 1939 he was working as an Explosive Worker at the ROF 


Brother of both below





67) David Higham

Reg no:13419

3rd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



David Higham was discharged after previously having fits and became violent towards others and became a nuisance in the company.


68) James Higham

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 77886

Enlisted at Chorley

11 Field Amb, RAMC


Lived at Diamond Villas 

Lived at 10 Rock Villa Road

Enlisted on 3 November 1915

GSW to Left Shoulder and admited to Military hospital, Trent Bridge, Nottingham


Demobolized 19 July 1919



69) Henry Hilton


On the Roll of Honour for Clayton le Woods C of E School


Possibly born c1889 in Clayton le Woods and died 1962, living at 79 Lancaster Lane, Clayton le Woods



199) William Hodkinson


Possible he lived at Swansey Fold in 1911


A cycle and motor repairer




200) Fred Hodgkinson

Age: 33

Reg no: 20009

Rank: Pte

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Transferred to several unit including reg no 47324 to  163 RDC, 4 Battalion Royal Defence Corp



Enlisted on 1 February 1915 


Living on Moss Lane in 1911

A Cotton Weaver


Married Dora Dugdale

Children are William, Ada, Ronald



At time of enlistement he lived at  2 Lukes Road, Whittle Springs





70) Ernest Baxter Holland

Age: 20

Reg no:

Rank: Gunner?

Royal Artillery


Previously served in 3rd Lancashire RGA


Married Clarissa Emma Snowdon at St Peters, Chorley in 19091


Engineer by Trade


Demobilized on 8 June 1919 and living in Chorley



198) John G Hooley



Name: John Greenhalgh Hooley
Military Year: 1914-1920
Rank: Driver
Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
Regiment or Corps: Army Service Corps
Regimental Number: T4/060862
Previous Units: R.A.S.C. T4/060862 Driver.




In 1911 he was a Carter


Lived at 6 Tootell Terrace, Clayton le Woods


Brother of Below




147) Joseph Hooley

Age: 19

Reg no: 528176 

Rank: Pte

579 and 550 Labour Corp


Previously in Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on 5 September 1914


Demobolised on 21 February 1919


Lived at 6 Tootell Terrace, Clayton le Woods


GSW to left leg and right arm, and right thigh. on 10 July 1916




138) James Houghton


Living at Swansey Fold, Whittle le Woods in 1911

With Wife , Margaret Ellen, and child, Mary.

He was a Cotton Weaver



209) William Irving*


Shop Assistant in 1911


210) Herbert Irving*



Cotton Weaver in 1911


Think Herbert lived at Sandy Lane cottage in 1939 with his wife Ellen


*Both likely brothers of George Irving KIA

Living at Springs Terrace, Whittle Springs



50) James Irving, also known as James Boswell Irving


Reg no: 305576

Rank: Pte

1/8 Lancashire Fusiliers


Also Reg no 2576, Lancashire Fusiliers


Served in the Balkans and Dardanelles.


Married Elsie Mills


Died in 1982, Sefton


As of 6\12\18 I have bought a new picture of him




71) James Jackson

Age: 19

Reg no: 15882

8 Service Battalion, Kings Own Lancaster Regiment

Enlisted on 12 November 1914 at Chorley


Discharged on 7th June 1915


Trade given as a Labourer


Father was John Jackson of Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods



174) Harry Jackson




Born in 1880

In 1911 living at Smiths Terrace 



222) R Jackson - name on Methodist Church Roll 




185) William Jewes


Think he was living at Shaw Brow, Whittle le Woods




72) Albert Edward Jolly ---- NEED TO DOUBLE CHECK

Born 1889, Whittle le Woods

Service no: 251573



Service from 5 Mar 1918




165) Edmund Jolly


Shaw Brow, Whittle le Woods in 1911



170) Thomas Jolly, possibly also known as Thomas Amos Jolly

Reg no: 15732

Rank: Pte

8 Kings Own Royal Lancaster


Enlisted some time near 29 April 1915

Demobilzed as of 6 March 1919




73) J C Johnson, DCM

Reg no: 37439

Rank: L/Cpl

2/5 Lancashire Fusiliers


Lived in Whittle le Woods



Awarded the DCM -


For conspicuous gallantry and resource

During an advance he observed a party of

the enemy with a machine gun about to

open fire on his men. He at once attacked

them and captured the gun. He showed

splendid coolness and determination 





John Robert Johnson - NEED TO RE-CHECK THIS

Born 1894

Reg no: 202162


B coy, 1 Battallion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted 23 August 1914 at Preston











Living in Bridge Street at of 1911



Son of William and Ann Johnson

Brother of Matthew, William and Lena




74) Samuel Jones

Age: 22

Reg no: 243276

5 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted 8 December 1915 at Chorley


Wounded GSW to neck, severe on 12 April 1917


Discharged on 10 November 1917


Record also says DECEASED. So he must have died after coming home 


Lived at Shaw Brow, Whittle le Woods as of joining up.


Trade was a Weaver




75) Edward Kane

Age: 29

Reg no: 92378

Rank: Gunner

Royal Garrision Artillery


Enlisted on 10 December 1915 at Leyland


Living at Ribblesdale Terrace, Whittle le Woods at time of enlistment

Rubber Worker as Trade


Married *Ellen Heatley and had known children, Hubert and William


Described and Hard working, Smart and Capable.


Demobolized from 7 Siege Battery on 17 August 1918


*Whilst looking into Edwards family tree I have discovered I am related to him via my 3 x Great Aunt Caroline Peel's side who married John Heatley.




203) James Kellett


Possible brother of both below


201) Joseph Kellett

Born c1890

Reg no: 021999

Rank: Pte

ASC (Mechanical Transport)


Enlisted at Chorley on 12 December 1914


Embarked on SS MOKLA with the BEF


Sheep hill, Clayton Green


Parents are Henry Kellett


His employer GEORGE LOWES & CO LTD( Royal Oak Hotel Yard) sent a letter on Joseph Kelletts behalf regarding his work and character.


Demobilized as of 9 July 1919



76) William Kellett

Age: 24

Reg no: 029507

Rank: Cpl,Driver 

Army Service Corps (Horse Transport)


Enlisted at Chorley on 19 November 1914


Lived at Shaw Hill Farm, Whittle le Woods

Grocer by Trade



Demobolized  as of 17 June 1919



77) Thomas Kenyon

Age: 39

Reg no:33186

Lancashire Fusiliers


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley


Transfered to 2/1 Herefordshire Regiment on 2 May 1916. as 5198 


Discharged on 10 July 1916 suffering from Arthritis and Mentally Deficient


Weaver by Trade


Lived at Hill Syde, Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods



207) Joseph Kerfoot


Possibly of Higher Copthurst in 1911





78) Jack Kerfoot

Age: 19

Enlisted at Preston

Reg no: 55823


B Battery, RFA, 105 Brigade



Enlisted at Preston on 26 November 1914.

Posted to No 2 Depot, RFA

Posted to B Battery, RFA, 105 Brigade on 7 January 1915


Discharged on 28 July 1915 having made a mis statement as to get on enlistment.



Lived at Town lane, Whittle le Woods.


 Father is Matthais Kerfoot



196) Richard Knight


No trace yet



79) Sydney Knowles

Born c1901

Possibily joined the Mercantile Marines in 1914



Fern Villa in 1911

Son of William and Clara




80) Stanley Knowles

Born 18 June 1900

Died 1976

Service no:176790


Joined the RAF from 14 May 1918

Discharged from 16 January 1919


20 Swansey Fold, Whittle Le Woods


Formerlty a Brewers Clerk


Father was Thomas Knowles



81) William Knowles

Age: 22

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 5308

11th Lancashire Regiment

Also 4 Loyal North Lamcashire Regiment..


Enlisted on 10 December 1915 at Chorley


Fern Villa, Whittle le Woods


Chemists Assistant


Discharged 1 February 1919 being physically unfit for war service after serviving in 4 Loyal north Lamcashire Regiment..


81) Albert Langton

Rank: Driver



Lived at Whittle le Woods


Was a boxer starting in 1913  whilst in the RFA and when posted to Folkstone up until 8 May 1915 had won 7 fights out of 8. 


124) John Langton


Brother of the Above



83) Henry Leigh


Father of Robert Leigh WW2 KIA

Fought in WW1 and went on to run the Duke of York in 1940s and 1950s


Married to Mary ?

Had other children Agnes and Hilda, who married Thomas 


Hilda and Thomas would carry on the tradition of running the Duke of York until the 1980s



85) John Leigh


All brothers of Frederick Leigh, and Robert Leigh KIA


By 1911 their family of 9 was living in Whittle le Woods.

With 4 of the 7 boys joining up.

The only known surviving girl in the family was Mrs Agnes Ann Leigh. 




211) John James Leach


Only person close .. is in 1901 census living at Swansey Fold.

With parents Thomas and Elizabeth.



86) Robert Livesey

Age: 20 and 9 months

Reg no: 5181

Enlisted at Chorley on 9th September 1914

12th Manchester Regiment


A weaver by trade

Father was Henry Livesey


Discharged as not likely to become a efficient soldier on 14th January 1915 after having a medical examination.... he had a deformed right arm.



123) Reginald (James) Longton

Born: 1895

Age: 19

Reg no: 23312


Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on 16 November 1914


Lived at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods


Discharged on 16 April 1915... not likely to become an efficient soldier.

Defective vision


153) Walter Lowe




136) Matthias Mason

Reg No: T4-056114

Rank: Dvr




Enlisted between 1914-15 as his name is on the 1914-15 Roll of Honour. (Picture)



In 1901 , Lived with his parents, Samuel and Mary,also 5 sisters at Carwood Farm, Whittle le Woods

In 1911 he lived at Sandy Lane, Whittle le Woods and was a Drayman at the Brewery.

With his wife Honor and children, Samuel and Mary

In 1939 he was a widowed, Drayman at the Withy Trees Inn





150) Thomas Mather


Son of William and Catherine




151) Henry Marlborough


Possible he is also called James H Marlborough

Born in India

Domestic Servant at Crooke Hall in 1911


122) Albert McCourt


Living at Oakwood, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Son of George B McCourt and Elizabeth



189) Richard McClellan


Brother of Robert McClellan KIA


16 Rock Villa road

A Print Labour in 1911




87) Frank Melling


Son of John and Ellen

Brother of Sarah Ann, Maggie and Edgar. 


In 1911, they lived at Hawthorn house , Clayton Green



202) Albert Miller ?


Possibly Son of John and Ann

Penrith House, Clayton le Woods 1911




88) Alfred Monks

Age: 40

Reg no: 25554

Enlisted on 9 December 1915 

3 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Discharged on medical grounds. Not likely to become an efficient soldier. On 31 August 1916.


Married Elizabeth Alice Blundell at Leyland, St Ambrose on 28 Jun 1900

and lived at Union Street 

Had 3 Children, Lily, Ada and Elsie.




166) James Moon


Married to Elizabeth Jane


Living at Dolphin Brow, Whittle le Woods



Brother of both below



88) John Moon


Enlisted on 8 January 1917

Reg no: 43737

C Coy, 2/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Formerly 5th and then 1st Border Regiment then posted to 2/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 2 September 1918


On 12 April 1918 he is Wounded in Action with GSW to the head (flesh wound, no fracture) and taken to 17 CCS and then to 22 GH

Possibly at a place called Camiers


Lived at 17 Swansea Fold, Whittle-le-Woods

Worked at the Rubber Works


Demobolized as of 17 March 1919



140) Herbert Moon

Born in 1893

Labourer at Dyers

17 Swansey Fold, Whittle le Woods


Brother of above




89) Archibald Moorcroft

Reg no: 24619

Royal Field Artillery


Enlisted on 31 May 1916


Lived at Clayton Bottoms as of enlistment




168) James Moorcroft




127) Edward Moorcroft

Born in 1876

Age: 38

Reg no: 29177


Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (SR)



Then Transferred to  1 Garrisson Battalion, Cheshire Regiment on 9 August 1915


Enlisted at Chorley on 31 August 1914


Served at Home, France and Gibralter.


Demobolised on 27 March 1919


A Weaver by trade and 5ft 3 in height


Married Annie Mayo and as of being in service had four children.







Lived at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods



214) Richard Moorcroft


Possible he was father of Charles Moorcroft KIA?



213) Henry Morris

Age: 28

Reg no: 076296, 12779





Trade is a Motor Driver 


Halls Square, Whittle Springs


Enlisted on 19 September 1914 at Preston

Joined at Woowich


Father is John Morris, and in 1901 he is a Boatman on the canal

Henry and James are also Boatman on the canal.

Next of Kin as of Enlistment is Brother James Morris of Halls Square, Whittle Springs



Discharged belng no longer physically fit for further war service on 20 July 1915 



176) Thomas Mossop


23 Victoria Terrace in 1911


Taper in Cotton Manufacturer


Parents are Jabez and Lenora Mossop




181) John McIvor- NEED TO CHECK

Age: 25

Reg no: 29316 ?

Rank: Driver

207 ASC, Horse Transport


Enlisted 16 November 1914 at Chorley

Joined at Aldershot


On 7 December 1914 he is forfeited 6 days pay

Absent on 25 May 1915, Returned to duty on  3 June 1915


Embarked on SS Menominee from Marseilles on 7 January 1916 

Disembarked with 80 Field Ambulance in Salonika on 16 January 1916


More punishments -


7 days CB for absenting himself from stable duty without permission on 6 March 1916

5 days CB for using disrespectful language to an NCO on  31 March 1916

possible more punishments inbetween dates

On 2 March 1917 he is given 7 days CB for being absent from morning stables

On 20 April 1917 he joins 112 Coy  

14 July 1917 admitted to 28 CCS with a Malaria relapse

22 August 1917 discharged to CAMP SUMMER HILL?

3 September 1917 he is admitted to 48 General Hospital, likely to be with Malaria as that what that hospital was for.

Into 1918 he is transferred several times including, 209 Coy ASC, 8 Con Dept and also sent home

File states he was affected by MALARIA and not to be sent to a theatre of war other than France or Italy


On 13 November 1918 refused to obey an order

AWOL, from 3.30pm until 9.30pm same date

Deprived 3 days pay


Served in France and Salonika


Demobilized on 16 February 1919



Married to Ada Pearson


At time of enlistment he is living at Gorse Hall Cottage, Whittle le Woods

With Children Mary and James




An interesting soldiers record !



182) John McIvor- NEED TO CHECK



90) Richard McIver

Age: 21

Reg no: 39581

Lancashire Fusiliers,


3 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment,  posted 5 April 1916

Was in "A" Reserve as 11 December 1915 until 2 April 1916

Enlisted at Preston on 3rd April 1916



Went to France as of 20 July 1916 until 14 September 1919 when he was discharged.


Suffered from a Gas attack on 22 November 1916, also recorded as missing. 

Im guessing he either found his way own back to his trenches or was found by others.

I think he may have been in the 15th Lancashire Fusiliers as of this date, which means he was at Beaumont-Hamel.


Lived at 3(?) Brownley Terrace, Clayton le Woods.


Mother as next of kin, Mary McIver.


Died on 27 July 1926

Buried St Bedes Chapel, Whittle le Woods



91) Hardman Myers (Hardy Myers)

Born in 1899

Service no: 167943


Served in the RAF as of 15 May 1918


Married Doris Fishwick in 1927

As of 1939 he is a Waterworks Engineer 

Lived at 371 Preston Road

Died 16 March 1983  



91) John James Parkinson

Age: 36

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 470225

77 Coy, Labour corp

Late Liverpool Regiment


Discharged on 10 July 1917 at Nottingham with Degeneration of Cornea, which originated in 1896.

Not due to any miliary service


Gardener by trade


Lived at Shaw Hill Cottage, Whittle Le Woods


93) William Pickup

Age: 20?

Rank: Pte

Enlisted on 12 November 1914 at Chorley 

Reg no: 23220

E Coy , 3rd Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment


Inflamation of Glands (Neck) from 1909 and TB


Discharged on 16 November 1915


Trade was a Twister 


Father was Roger Pickup




158) George Philipson


I think he was born c1879 in Whittle le Woods

In 1911 he is living on Sandy Lane, Whittle le Woods


154) Richard Philipson


15 Rock Villa Road, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Brother of above



183) Harry Prescott


Possible his is also known as Henry Prescott ?



94) Richard Thomas Prescott

Rank: Gunner

Reg no: 92788 

Enlisted on 10 November 1915 at Preston 

110 Siege Battery, RGA


Was gassed and reported in sick, taken to Huddersfield War Hospital on 16 October 1917 until 17 December 1917, Bronchitis


Whilst at Scotton Camp on 20 February 1918 is punished whilst on active service for overstaying embarkation leave from  6.60am on  20.2.18 to 6.30am on 22.2.18

(Absent 47hrs and 50 mins)

Punishment - 4 days FP no 2

Forfeits 3 days pay RW 


Demobilized on 17 July 1919


Lived at Swansey Fold, Whittle le Woods

Married Isabella Crook at St Bedes Church in november 1909


Children are 

Daniel Gerrard born 1 February 1911

Mary born 20 February 1912


Worked at Wood-Milne LTD, Leyland since August 1914 according to letter of recomendation from his employer.



188) George Quibell


No trace yet



95) Harry Ramsbotham 

Age: 31

Reg no: 80184

Rank: Gunner



Enlisted on 16 November 1915 at Chorley


Skilled Labourer

5 Waterhouse Green


Shrapnel wounds to feet

GSW Head


Witness to a theft, and gave chase, but due to his wounds could not carry on until a taxi pulled up and he managed to overtake and arrest them. Article in local newspaper.


Married Beatrice Moorcroft and had children-Margaret and Kathleen.


Discharged in 1918.


96) Edward Ramsbotham


Reg no: 51362


1/5 East Lancashire Regiment

As of 26 November 1918


Enlisted on 9 December 1915

As of Enlistment he is living at Sea View Cottages, Whittle le Woods


Married Edith Stringfellow


Demobilized on 20 February 1919 Living at Shaw Hill Cottage


Water House Green in 1949 at time of death. 



97) James Ramsbotham

Reg no: 3318

2/4 Kings Own Royal Regiment


Enlisted 22 April 1915 at Chorley


Wounded in Action with GSW Right Shoulder on 30 September 1918


4 Waterhouse Green



Wife , Margaret

Children- Margaret born 11 August 1913 


Demobolized on  8 January 1918



John Ramsbotham - Just found this person as of 5/2/2019

Age: 30

Reg no: 123663

Rank: Gunner


355 SB


Served with 32 Coy as of 8 Ocober 1916 then 355 SB as of 19 January 1917.



Enlisted at Chorley on 15 November 1915


On 1 December 1917 is taken to hospital with Influenza

Granted leave to UK about 1 March 1918

On 5 April 1918  posted to 282 SB

3 May 1918 admitted as wounded


Wounded a couple of occasions-

1 May 1918 - Legs, face and left hand

And then again on 7 June 1918 with GSW to leg, right thigh, extra small note says thumb and face 

.Invalided back to England


Next of kin is his Sister, M E Ramsbotham of the Bay Horse Hotel, Whittle le Woods


As both his parents James Ramsbotham and Margaret nee Tuson had died


His trade was a licenced victualler


Demobilized as of 10 February 1919 i think.


Died 27 March 1947 , of the Sea View Inn



98) James Carr Reynard

Age: 19

Reg no: 33078

Rank: Driver

170 Brigade RFA


Enlisted on 8 November 1915 at Chorley


A Clerk by trade


Born in Accrington


In 1911 his family lived at West View Terrace, Whittle le Woods



On enlistment he is living at East Grove, Whittle le Woods

Moved to Manchester ? during service.



Suffered from Influenza in 1916 and sent to  Newcastle on tyne Hospital.




Demobilized on 21 January 1919



167) Bernard Richards


Son of the Headteacher at Whittle le Woods school


Joined the Army in 1909

Served at MONS etc in WW1 and then Dunkirk in WW2


Newspaper clipping?




168) Henry Riding

Born 1877

Age: 37

Reg no: 17963

Rank: Pte

7 Loyal north Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 10 November 1914 at Chorley


Discharged  for being physically unfit for further war service in 13 April 1915


Married to Margaret

Children are Sarah, Alice, George, Amelia, Harry, Nellie 



99) William Riding


He was discharged from the 8th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment on 2nd December 1914 after joining up in Chorley on the 31st August 1914

reason given -  

"Discharged not likely to be a efficient soldier"

"Due to incontinence of urine"


100) Thomas Riding


Joined the Border Regiment at Carlisle on 2nd November 1914 and went overseas in 1916.

Transfered to the Labour Company on 23rd February 1918

Then discharged due to a shell wound to his thigh on 4th April 1918

Being no longer physically for the service


Both older brothers of George Riding, KIA 



186) Walter Riley


Living at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods in 1911

He was a Machine Printer Labourer

Married to Ellen 

Children are Eleanor and Annie




197) Stephen Robinson

Born 1896



Living at 1 Mount Pleasant in 1911 with parents George Henry, and Alice Robinson








128) William Robinson

Age: 28

Reg no: 12772

Rank: Pte

3 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 1 September 1914 at Chorley


Discharged on 31 July 1917 as no longer physically fit for war servicecaused by GSW to hand



Trade was a Calico Printers Labourer


Married Sarah Alice Todd


Lived at Waterhouse Green as of 1911,

Children are

Albert Lewis






Lived at 5 Town Lane, Whittle le Woods as of enlistment



135) Charles Ronksley

Born in 1894

Rank: L/Cpl

Reg no: 13781


9 South Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on  6 September 1915

Demobilized on 23 April 1919



Served in France since  





Brother of below



134) Isaac Ronksley

Born in 1883

Age: 31

Reg no: 13419

Rank: Pte

10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on 2 September 1914.

Reverted to Private for being drunk on duty on 11 April 1915



Promoted to L/Cpl on 1 December 1914


Pepatriated Prisoner of War on 26 December 1918 


Demobilized on 1 April 1919


Claimed for disability with GSW to Left(?) Lung


Married Elizabeth Hall on 1 May 1909 at Sacred Heart, Chorley

Children, Sarah Ellen, John, May

Lived at Sea View Cottage as of 1914

Must have moved to 41 Blackstone Road, Chorley in 1919


Parents are John and Sarah Ronksley of New Road Parade? in 1911

All the family are Calico Printers\Weavers


101) Fred Salisbury

Born 1898


Reg no: 216715

Rank: Loader



Enlisted at Chorley on 3 June 1916


Demobilized 9 December 1919


Lived at Kem Mill


156) Wilfrid Schofield 

Born 1887 Carrbrook, Cheshire


Parents are George and Rachel Schofield of Shaw Brow in 1901

In 1911 he is married to Margaret Eleanor Braithwaite ?

With children, Fredrick, Francis and Wilfrid.


Living at Lancaster Lane, Clayton le Woods


A Labourer at the Rubber Works



102) William Schofield

Rank: Pte

Town Lane, Whittle le Woods

1 Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment


As of 20 November 1915 


Wounded in Action.


103) John Sergeant

Age: 36

Reg no: 


Labour Corp


Enlisted 9 December 1915


Lived at Mount Pleasant as of enlistment

Married Else Maud Morris and had children Doris, Gladys, Ella and Olive.


Moulder at rubber works


Moved to Abbey village



157) William Shorrock



Possible he was living at Clayton Green in 1911

A Cotton Weaver

Married to Mary

children are Mary Agnes, and Ann




153) John Sharples


Possible of Holt Lane 



142) Robert Sherrington

Born in 1893

Age: 21

Reg no: 11672

Rank: Pte , then promoted L/cpl, Sgt

6 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Enlisted at Chorley on 25 August 1914 

Joined at Preston on 25 August 1914


Whilst at Tidsworth - Offence Commited

Absent from Church Parade at 8.40am on 18 October 1914, punishment - reprimanded



Last posting to 3 Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment before being discharged for being surplus to military requirements having suffered with imparment since entry into service on 26 February 1919


Lived at Moss Terrace, Whittle le Woods in 1911

Weaver by trade

His parents are William, a Drayman at the Brewery, and Susanna, and his sibblings are

Alice, Florence, Elsie and Gladys.



GSW to Left Leg

Slight Synovitis Right Knee


Moved to 39 Albert Terrace,  Lytham St Annes



172) John Singleton



180) James Slater


Whittle Springs in 1911



155) Albert Smith


143) Joseph Smith




104) James Snailham

Reg no: 15349

11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.



On 7th September, after hearing about the recruitment from some of his friends, for the Chorley Pals. James Snailham walked the 3 miles from Whittle le Woods to the recruitment office at 17 Market Street, Chorley.

He was only 16 years old.


Worked at Swansey Printworks.

Had interviews and books written about him


184) William Snape*

Age: 21

Served in Mesopotamia


222) James Snape*

Age: 19


Served at Blackdown


* Brother was KIA


223) John Swarbrick

Age: 20



Found via newspaper report of John Snape (KIA 1918)

Half Brother of John Snape (KIA 1918) and to both above 


All three above lived at Bridge Street in 1911


205) James Stainton


No Records found for him yet

The only James Stainton in the area c1911 is too young being born 1909?


However whilst searching for James Stainton I came across a KIA



***Thomas Matthew Stainton

Born in Sedbergh

Age: 40

Reg no: 17234

Died 26 October 1916

"B" Coy, 2nd Battalion, Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment


Husband of Elizabeth Stainton, of Sheep Hill Lane, Clayton Green


Inscripton on stone-




Buried at Salonika (Lambet Road) Military Cemetery


His name is not on the Roll of Honour or Memorial at Clayton\Whittle




New Information from a relation... 


I too wondered why my grandfather was not on the Whittle and Clayton war memorial. After a search I discovered that his name appears on the memorial inside St. Saviours church in Bamber Bridge, even though it seems to appear on that as JM Stainton, it is rather worn. I do now remember being taken there, as a child, by my aunt who was his daughter.
The James Stainton that you found, who was too young, was probably my Uncle Jim, Thomas’ son who was born in 1906.
Thomas Matthew was born in Cautly near Sedbergh in 1876. He married Elizabeth Birkett also from Sedbergh,in 1901. He was a farmer.They had 4 children John Birkett, Margaret Agnes, John Robert and my father Thomas William.
They moved to Bamber Bridge after they got married as my grandfather worked on the Cuerden Hall estate as a farmer. They attended St Saviours church and continued to do so after they moved to Sheephill Lane. We presume that my grandmother chose to have his name put on the memorial there because they would see it every week when they went to church.
My grandfather joined the Kings Own Lancashire Regiment in 1915 and he died of malaria in Salonica on 26th October 1916.
My husband and I went to visit his grave in Lembet Road cemetery in 2016, as it was 100years since his death.


105) Joseph Staniforth - Need to double check


Also known as Joseph Edwin Staniforth


Lived at Swansey Lane , Whittle le Woods in 1911



106) Mathias Stephenson

Born 1897

Age 23

Reg no: 35347 \ 51736

2nd Cavalry Regiment

Hussars of the Line

Kings Own Royal Lanc's Regiment

Royal Lanc's Depot


Enlisted 11 December 1916

To Reserves 12 December 1916

Mobilised and posted 18 April 1917


Posted to 1st Coy on 28 February 1918

Transfered to 803 AE Coy, Labour Corp on 13 December 1918

Posted to another unit  on 22 July 1919

Transfered on 28 July 1919 to Class "Z" Army for Demobolization 


Lived at Preston New Road, Clayton le Woods


Discharged on 15 October 1919  with Dysentry.



206) Frank Stocks

Born c1898, Ireland



Lived at Sheep Hill Lane, with sibbling and parents Samuel and Catherine Stocks


190) Thomas Studholme


No Trace yet


217) Arthur Spivey, (methodist Church info)* 

Born 1899



118) Frank Spivey* 

Born 1895


Calico Printers Labourer in 1911



119) George Spivey*

Born 25 April 1896

Age: 18

Reg no: 13237, 158055

Rank: Pte

8 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Machine Gun Corp


Embarked 25 September 1915

 Either Discharged or Demobilized as of 5 April 1919


Cotton Weaver


Possibly married Bessie Savage in Prescot in 1918


* Sons of George and Emily, other sibblings are Amy , Emily, Lilian, originally from the Askham, Nottingham area coming into Whittle le Woods between 1901 and 1911.


The surname is also spelt SPIVY




107) Albert Thompson

Age: 36

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 45126

3 Cheshire Regiment



Originally from the Hesketh Bank area


Enlisted 27 November 1915


Transfered to Royal Defence Corp on 8 July 1917


Discharged on 14 November 1917 due to inflamation of spinal cord

Origin, Childhood in Ulverston


Small thin arm and leg comparatively with opposite side

His vision 6/24  6/60 and has a double squint.


Married Emma Leader and had children Phyllis and Mark

Lived at Town Lane, Whittle le woods


Labourer by Trade



131) Thomas Towers - NO RECORD YET


Born 1895 in Clayton Green

Son of Richard, a Gardener,and Margaret Towers

Living in Clayton Green as of 1911

Labourer for a Twister


149) John Turner


202) Wiliam Turner

Born 1884

Reg no: Pte

Rank: 65944

South Lancashire Regiment


Demobilized on 18 April 1919


215) William Turner


Either this is a mistake or there is another William turner signed up !


108) William Tuson

Born c1883

Reg no: 4479

Enlisted at Bury, Joined at London

1 Coldstream Guards


Enlisted on 4 December 1901


Transfered to Army Reserve as of 4 December 1904 on his expiration of his army service 4 December 1905.

Re-engaged as of 5 September 1913, for four years from 4 December 1913.

Mobolised at London on 5 August 1914.

Poste to various CG Battalions 

"Wounded in the field" at least 3 times with GSW and shrapnel wounds

Finally Demobolised on 4 March 1919.

A Labourer as trade



221) Edwin Walmsley - Have a a picture

Born 1893, Died c1971

Reg no: 15865


11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Chorley Pals


Enlisted on 22 September 1914 at Chorley


He worked at Kem Mill up until he enlisted !



Married Sarah Entwistle


Son of Robert and Elizabeth


Brother of Below and William Justice Jones 


109) Septimus Walmsley

Born 1889, Died  1970



WW1 service ?


Worked at the ROF in 1939


Married Ellen Bamber


Son of Robert and Elizabeth


Brother of above and William Justice Jones 


219) Thomas Warbrick

Born 1889

Reg no: 13916

Rank: Pte

9 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 2 September 1914 at Preston


Posted as Missing on 11 June 1918 

Taken as Prisoner of War

Repatriated on 9 December 1918


Demobilized as of 6 March 1919


Living at Radburn Brow, Clayton Green in 1911 with his father William Warbrick and five sibblings.

Henry, Ellen, Isabella, Mary and Anastasia.





I have a picture of him 


Age: 19 as of 1895

Rank: Pte, Sergeant (1911) CSM, RSM upto 1919

Reg no: 4929

1 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted on 15 August 1895

Joined at Preston on 16 August 1895

Promoted to L/Cpl on 11 March 1898 with extra pay

Promoted Cpl on 14 March 1900

Extended to complete 12 years with the colours on 3 November 1902

Promoted Sergeant on 9 February 1906

Promoted Company Q M Sergt as of 9 June 1914

Relinquished his new appointment and goe's back to CSM on 30 June 1914

Posted as missing

Prisoner of War as of 30 November 1914

Repatriated Prisoner , as CSM  on 18 November 1918

Elected to draw pension whilst serving as of 23 January 1919



Promoted on 20 June 1919 to (T)emp/ RSM


Discharged 19 April 1920 after approx 25 years of service 


Stationed away at Burtpore Barracks, Hants in 1911

Born in Accrington

Family is living in Whittle le Woods as of 1891 to 1911

Parents are David and Mary Waterhouse


Living at Rockleigh, Horns Road, Stroud, Glos. as of Discharge


Living on a Pension of £92, 13, 7 per annum as of 23 June 1948 


South African Campaign


Wounded at Kalfontien on 23 May 1901


South African Medal & 3 Clasps

Kings Medal & 2 Clasps

Awarded Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct in 1914 

Entitled to wear to Clasp on his 1914 Star Medal and the Roses on the Star ribbon ( I think)


A bar clasp inscribed "5 Aug. to 22 Nov. 1914" was given to all those who qualified for the 1914 Star and who served under fire. Since the same ribbon is used with the 1914-15 Star, holders of the 1914 Star were permitted to wear a small silver rosette on their ribbon when the decoration itself is not worn. On the medal index cards this is usually noted as the "Clasp and Roses" or "C&R" .It was necessary to apply for the issue of the clasp.



Mentioned in Sir John French's Despatches 8\10\1914?

London Gazette on 9\12\1914

Mentioned in Lord Kitchener's Despatch to Secretary of State for War dated Pretoria 8 July 1901

For good service during attack on enemy to Venterdorp on 23 May 1901?

London Gazette on August 20th 1901?

Defence of Kimberley, Transval





211) James Waring 


Possible son of William and Amelia

Chorley Old Road


203) Clement Waring - NEED TO CHECK

Rank: Pte

Reg no:19985

Grenadier Guards

Think he enlisted at Leeds on 26 October 1914


Did not serve in the BEF


Discharged on 1 August 1916 as bering no longer phisically fit for war service


Lived at Whittle Springs in 1911

Mother still there at the time of his enlistent 





169) Walter Waring


Possible of Chorley Old Road

Parents are William and Amelia 


Married to Hilda 



Leo Waring

Born 1891

Victory II

Royal Navy



Enlisted about 5 August 1916

Demobilized as of 1 May 1919




111) Miles Weaver

Age: 35

Reg no:17960

7 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Enlisted at Chorley on 10th November 1914 


Formally in the Volunteer Artillery, Preston for 7 years


Discharged as physically unfit for further war service on 13th April 1915


112) Walter Weaver

From Farrington

Age: 33

Reg no: 23367

Rank: Pte

15 Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on 17 November 1914


Then posted as 28790 to 3 Cheshire Regiment on 12 November 1915 and then 9th Cheshire Regiment on 18 December 1915.


Demobolized on 4 April 1919.


Married Sarah Cooper at St Johns on 1 September 1900 and they had four children, William, Edith,Elizabeth and Thomas.

Living at Naylors Fold.

In 1920 they lived at 5 Dickinson Terrace.


Related to Jack Cooper Sharples KIA


116) Wilfred Westhead


Son of James and Ellen Westhead nee Yates 

Living at Lukes Row, Whittle le Woods in 1911

A Labourer at the Bleach Works



162) Daniel Withnell

Reg no: 16918

8 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Then Bedford Regiment



Farm Labourer


Enlisted on 30 September 1914

Joined at Preston on same day


On a casualty list C635, wounded on 19 October 1915



215) Thomas Withnell



216) John Withnell



175) Richard Withnell


A Gardener


Possible he is husband of Ada,

Father of Ellen and William


In 1939 He and is living at "The Glen", Preston Road


146) Charles Williams - Have a picture

Born 1894


Reg no: 13835

Rank: Pte



Discharged as of 12 March 1919



Brother of below


Cotton Weaver


Mayor of Chorley in 1951 and also a founding member of the Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society


113) George Williams - Have a picture

Born 1896

Age 19

Lived at 10 Smith Terrace, Whittle le Woods

Reg no- 28906

Enlisted at Chorley on 11 Decemeber 1915

18th Lancashire Fusiliers


During his service he is wounded in action


He was 5ft 2 inches


Father is Joseph Williams


117) John Wilson


Possibly of Halls Square in 1911




114) John Whittle

Enlisted: 14 November 1914 

Reg no: 15933

8 Kings Own Lancaster Regiment


Discharged on 31 May 1915


After making a miss statement as to age on enlistment

(Correct age on enlistment is actually 16 1/2 but he lied to get in)


Father is John Whittle of Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods


He was a Weaver



124) Samuel Wood

Reg no: S/382993

Rank: Pte



Dischaged on 9 April 1919


He lived at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods


Son of Joseph And Elizabeth Wood




115) Henry Wrennall

Age: 28

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 326681


488 Coy RASC on 31 May 1919


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Clayton le Woods


Demobolized on 21 October 1919


Cotton weaver by Trade


Married Ada Lucas 14 August 1918

Swansea Lane


Living with Ada at 27 Swansea Fold in 1939, a Farm Labourer






1) Richard Dean (Liz Dean info)


2) Anthony Eastham (Greg Eastham info)

Drove an ambulance\ medical corp

Worked at Mount Street Hospital.


3) William Harrison


Preston Road




4) John Griffith




160) Joseph Hodgkinson


5) Kenneth Hodkinson

Home Guard


Later became an author. Writing about his youth and local history.



6) Sydney Tuson WW2

7) Dick  Tuson "

8) David Tuson "



9) Harry B Waring

Living at Preston Road

He was a Joiner and also a Air Raid Warden


10) Fred Green




11) Ann Prescott








































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