Returned from Duty


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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.


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, and a few were eventually found to be too young and removed from service.



George Ainscough

77th Labour Corp

Age: 28 and 10 months

Reg no: 37650

Rank: Pte

12 Border Regiment



Also 20478


He was given notice by Edward Coxhead



Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley (Whittle le Woods) and joined up on the 10th December.

Posted to the 12 Border Regiment on 5 March 1916.

Transferred to the Labour Coy, Cheshire Regiment

Served as part of the Expeditionary Force as sent to France on 3 April 1916

As of 12 June 1916, George is with the 18th Labour Battalion

Transferred to 56 Coy, Lab Corps on 14 May 1917

He was posted to the 77th Labour Corp on 31 December 1918 and was still with the 77th Labour Corp as of being demobilized on 28 March 1919.


His character described as good.


He is a Cotton Weaver by Trade as of enlistment


Lived at Chorley Old Road


He married Ada Lancaster in 1920


George Ainscough died in 1929



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


He was discharged or Demobilized on 26 February 1919


He would marry Lucy Mildred Ormerod in 1925 at the register office in Chorley


Died on 20 Mar 1982 and at that time he was living at Heeley View, Botany Brow

Probate not exceeding £25000.


He is the Brother of above



Son of Richard a Calico Printers Labourer (1901) and Ann Ainscough

There were 10 of the family living at Chorley Old Road, Whittle le Woods in 1901

Hugh, John, Henry, George, Fred, Jane, Walter and Tom. 




Henry Allison*

Born 1892 I think


I believe he may have married Lily Hanson 


Son of Francis and Mary Jane Allison, out of a family of 2 adults and at least 10 living children.





I think he married Lily Hanson


Brother of below




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 at least 10 living Children.


They lived at Hawksclough Farm, Clayton le Woods


He married Margaret Fowler


I think he died on 27 September 1983

He lived at 717 Preston Road



Henry Allsopp

Born c1876

Age 39

Reg no: 8559

Rank: Pte

5 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment




Previously served in 4 Battalion Loyal North Lancashire (Vol)

Also 21 Manchester Regiment as Reg no:19577






Enlisted on 10 December 1914 at Manchester

Joined at Manchester on 11 December 1914

Appointed to L / Cpl

Discharged on 2 March 1915 as not likely to become an efficient soldier.


Enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Chorley

Discharged on 7 September 1916


He suffered from Chronic Synovitis, probably in his legs


Trade is an Overlooker


Married Elizabeth Ann Pearson on 10 July 1902 at Brownedge RC Church 


Lived at Tootell Terrace according to his military records


Although I believe they are also recorded in the 1911 census as living at 57 

Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge, 



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 and Buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Pawtucket, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA




In the picture left to right are Percy, Arthur, Charles and James




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 



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


Became a Police Officer

Emigrated to the USA in  c1921


Married Annie Weaver in 1922


Died 1966




Arthur Allsup*

Born on 2 March 1899

Reg no:  27542

14 Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment



Arthur Allsup was born on the 2 March 1899.

He was one of the sons of James and Susanna Allsup who lived at Clayton Green as of 1911



He enlisted on the 20 November 1915 at Chorley and claimed to be 19 years and 8 months old


Joined at Glencorse on 23 November 1915


He was actually 16 years, 8 months, 19 days on enlistment


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

When his true age was discovered!


He was 16 years, 9 months, 24 days on Discharge



His father James Allsup was sent a letter regarding his Discharge, and other letter suggested James Allsup wanted Arthur to remain in the Army for Home Defence (5 sons went to the front)




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.








John Ed Allsup


No service record found so far


Possibly of Bay Tree Cottage in 1911


A clerk at Cotton Spinning Mill


Member of the Freemasons as of 1921


Think he married Nellie Sharples


Living at 184 Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall as of this death in 1966


Likely to be the cousin of the above Allsup's




Edward Almond

Born in 1870

Age: 40

Reg no: 47954

Rank: Pte

17 Cheshire Regiment


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley. He was a Calico Printers Labourer

Lawrence Cotton would be the present


He would join the 17 Cheshire Regiment on 5 August 1916



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

Children are Elizabeth Ellen born 1909, Robert born 1911 and Thomas born 1914 



They lived at Delph Cottage, Whittle le Woods


Slight Deafness and Stiff movements


He was a member of the Bleachers Society


Discharged as surplus to Military Requirements on 21 January 1919




Horace Ambrose


Can't confirm yet who he served with during WW1.







He 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.





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



Matthias Astley


Reg no:  33032

Rank: Pte

8 Welsh Regiment


Also posted to 19th Welsh Regiment



Enlisted possibly on 4 August 1915

Possibly Demobilized on 27 February 1919


PrintWorks Labourer in 1911 

Living at Waterhouse Green, 

Interesting to see William West KIA is bordering there



Thomas Baker


His name is on the Roll of Honour for 1914 - 1915











Henry (Frederick) Bamber

Age: 33 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, Whittle le Woods


Cotton Weaver as Trade


Married Lilian Malley

Children, Annie born 23 December 1916


Demobilized on 6 November 1919





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





Percy Bamber

Service no: F43987



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

with RNAS

Then with the RAF at Lowestoft as of 1 April 1918 until 22 November 1918

B W Medal ? and LS and GCM w.e.f  as of 18 December 1935 




Grocer by trade



Grocer's Assistant in 1911


Married Amelia Cross in 1920


Lived at Watkin Rd in 1939, a Grocer




Related to him via a marriage on PEEL side




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 Demobilization, he was with Royal Welsh Fusiliers


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

But Widowed by the time of enlistment!

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

Living at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods

And Union Street during the 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 Salonika



Thomas Beaver 25\1\2021

Born: 1881


Reg No: 21662

Machine Gun Corp



His name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915 and could never find any other proof until this day scouring through pages and pages on ancestry to come across him by chance!


So hope its the correct Thomas Beaver!


His pension record says he lived at Paradise Row, Chorley Old Road, Whittle le Woods


In 1911 there is a Thoma Beaver age 30, a Domestic Gardener and married to a Mary Jane ?

And they have 1 surviving child, Maggie Beaver out of 3 children born. 





George Bishop


His name is on the Whittle le Woods Roll of honour 1914 - 1915



No record of him so far







Richard Blackburn

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 53465

Labour Corp


His name is on the wounded list WAR OFFICE WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST, MARCH 12th, 1918. Daily List of March 4th 1918



Discharged on 23 May 1918


Living at the Navigation Inn, Whittle le Woods










Arthur Blogg

Born 24 February 1880

Reg no: 27645

Rank: Pte

10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 


Disabled whilst serving in WW1


According to his Pension Ledger, Arthur Blogg suffered from Chronic Hepatitis that led to a coma


And he died on 28 April 1921  



Adam Blogg 

Born 1896

Died 1987

Reg no: 23219, (RE)360904

Rank: Pte \ Pioneer

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


Enlisted at Chorley on 14th November 1914



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

Passed his Signal test, 1st Class Signaller

Transferred to class "Z" army reserve on demobilization on 11th July(?) 1919


5 Tootell Terrace as of 1919


Brother of above


Father is Barness Blogg




James Baxendale

Born c1898

Reg no: 4044

Rank: Sgt

8 Royal Irish Regiment






He also served with the 9 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, as Cpl,  Reg no 13523 as of 25 September 1915


Transferred to A Reserve as of 18 March 1919


He lived Lukes Row, Whittle le Woods in 1911



Brother of Philip Baxendale KIA




Lawrence Baxendale

Reg no: 229161

Rank: Pte

657 HS Employment Company, attached 2nd Reserve Cavalry Regiment

Labour Corp


Enlisted on  9 December 1915


Serving in Newbridge, Co Kildare Ireland


Discharged due to Diseased Cavical glands on 19 March 1918


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


Employed as a Coal Bagger


Father is Robert Baxendale




William Baxendale


No Trace of him yet!



His name is on the 1914 - 1915 Roll of Honour








John Bell - updated as of 25\1\2021

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 207774

Labour Corp


Also 19619, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted as of 25 September 1915


Discharged or Demobilized on 27 Feb 1919 possibly due to an injury



I have found a John Bell living at North Bank, Whittle le Woods between 1914 - 1916 in the Electoral Register


No record of him yet only a Pension Record, however, his name is on the 1914 - 1915 Roll of Honour




James Berry

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 601854

Labour Corp


formerly 40446 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 



Disability \ Injury





John Bishop

Age: 27 and 1 month

Rank: Pte

Reg no:77887




He enlisted on 2 November 1915 at Chorley and then joined up at Aldershot



About mid-1916 It looks like he was also transferred to the 33rd Squadron RFC at Gainsboro during his service



He lived at Chorley Old Road and was Labourer

Married Alice Riley on 9 December 1911 at St John's Church, Whittle Le Woods Nr Chorley.


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

Infection of the stomach.


Received the Silver War Badge


Within John Bishop records it states on a letter replied he served 3 years and 13 days in the RAMC   



Arnold (Ainsworth) Blackwell

Born c1891

Age: 24, 10 months

Rank: Sapper

Reg no: 241240

8 Provost Coy, Royal Engineers


Before enlisting he was a Joiner. 



And it appears he did the same occupation, during service from 5\2\1917 until 12\9\1919


He enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Chorley, 

Army Reserved as of 10 December 1915

According to his service record, he was serving as part of the NREF in 1919, also known as the North Russian Expeditionary Force 

Mobilized on 5 February 1917 as Sapper (Carpenter and Joiner, Superior)

On 23 February 1917, he is transferred to 487th East Anglican Field Company, Royal Engineers

On 5 November 1917, he is transferred again to 492nd  Field Company, Royal Engineers with a promotion to a/Cpl

He reverts back to Sapper

OC Unit - As of 9 November 1918, he is Attd to No 2 Hospital 

Returns to Unit on 17 January 1919

On 10 May 1919 with 492nd  Field Company, he is again promoted to a/2\Cpl

On 28 July 1919 after being ill, he is admitted to the 134th Field Ambulance, suffering from Diarrhoea at Meduya(?)

On 1 August 1919, he is Discharged to duty, at Gora (?)

10 August 1919 he is sent home to England on HMS Izar (?), via Murmansk.


On 16 August 1919, he joins the 8 Provost Coy, Royal Engineers, as 2/Cpl


Transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve upon Demobilization on 11 October 1919




Extracted from his record-


Brought to the notice of the Secretary of State for War, by Gen H S, Lord Rawlinson, for valuable and distinguished services rendered in conjunction with the operations in North Russia during the period

1st March to 12th October 1919

London Gazette, 3\2\1920 


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



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


His father was James Blackwell, of Preston New Road, Clayton le Woods 




Victor (Boothman) Blackwell

Born c1894 in Clayton le Woods

Rank: Pte then L/Cpl

Reg no:14504

4 Kings Liverpool Regiment


Served in France



Date of Disembarkation is 4 March 1915


He was Demobilized I think in 1919


Brother of above and Reginald Blackwell KIA




John Blackledge

Age: 18, 2 months

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 55683

B Coy, 22 Labour Battalion.Cheshire Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on 22 May 1916


Transferred to 280829, 299 Labour Coy on 30 July 1917


Transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on Demobilization on 1 December 1919


He was living at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods


His father was Thomas Blackledge



John Bowling

Born 1894

Reg no: 204053, other numbers 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 !!



Walter Bowling


Possible Brother of below


Town Lane in 1911









William Bowling

Reg no: 67193

Rank: Driver



Enlisted 19 December 1914 at Chorley

Joined at Preston


As of 3 November 1915, he was serving with 20 Reserve Battalion, RFA


Admitted to 7 Canadian GH with GSW to Back and Chest penetrated at Etaples, also Abdomen  on 4 May 1917


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 !!






William E Borsay

Age: 33

Reg No: 19378

Rank: Pte

14 Kings Liverpool Regiment


Enlisted at Southport or Liverpool on 7 September 1914



Served in France and Salonika


Debility following malaria


Discharged on 13 February 1919 from Army Service Corps S/445498


Lived at Swansey Lane


Lived at 33 Church Hill, Whittle le Woods as of his death on 16 January 1965 



Possibly married Marjorie Grime, whose brother's were killed in action!




Sydney (Arthur) Bradley

Born in 1893


Reg no: 204331

Rank: L/Sgt

4 South Lancashire


Church House\Cottage, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Parents were Frederick Justice Bradley and Mary Hoddy

He married Annie Whalley


He lived at Fern Villa, as of him being Demobilized on 2 May 1919


According to his Pension Ledger he suffered from a GSW to his right leg and DAH



Died in 1978





John Brindle

Age: 30 years 9 months

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 39905

3 (Garrison) Cheshire Regiment


The 3rd Battalion was a training unit and remained in the UK throughout the war, providing drafts for other battalions, although it also took part in the Mersey Defences at Birkenhead


He was a Warehouseman and Cloth Looker and of good character


Married Ann Young and had two known children- William, 1914 and Walter James in 1915 both born at Mount Pleasant

He enlisted on 11 December 1915 at Chorley and was still living at Mount Pleasant as of enlisting


He may have joined at Preston


He was put up to a medical board examination and the report dated 22 November 1916 states his cause of discharge as Physically unfit, Disseminated Sclerosis

Not fit before he joined the service, Preston

His vision is very defective. He is not able to walk in the dark, except with difficulty.

Not a result of & not aggravated by service.



Discharged on 13 December 1916 at Shrewsbury as no longer physically fit for war service




Nicholas Brindle

Born in Brindle c1894

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 13294

7 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 



Disembarked on the same day as Edmund Fiddler on 17 July 1915


Class Z res and Demobilized on 21 February 1919


Living in Clayton Green in 1911






Peter Brindle


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.






William Rawlinson Brindle

Age: 23

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 64800

9 Battalion MGC


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley


Joined on 4 January 1916


He is living at 14 Rock Villa Rd


Demobilized as of 30 August 1919


Mother is Annie Rawlinson Brindle






William Brindle - NEED TO CHECK

Born in c1898

Rank: Rifleman

Reg no: 50720

2/6  (Rifle) Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment






Joined the Battalion on 18 August 1917, when the Battalion received a draft of 384 men some had been destined for the 2/8th KLR.

They were inspected on 21st August by Brigadier-General Bray.


William Brindle as "Wounded" on 13 November 1917,  at Louches


It was described as a time of rest for the Battalion, trips out to Calais or to the baths at Nielle

However, they still did plenty of training and I am wondering if William Brindle may have been wounded by accident



Discharged on 20 May 1918


Possible son of Thomas Brindle and Elizabeth Walmsley




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






Joseph Burton

Born in c1892

Age: 26

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 45058

WCLC, Labour Coy


Formerly in  Labour coy, Kings Liverpool, possible no 69453


Enlisted at of 9 December 1915



Discharged on 27 May 1918 and he had served oversea's


Entitle to Silver War Badge


Living in Whittle le Woods


Died on 18 February 1921


Wife was Eliza and they lived at 12 Dickinson Terrace

Possible daughter called Emma



William Burscough


The only person that comes to a close match lived at St Helens Fold, Brindle in 1911 











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





Frank Cannon, Francis Cannon

Age: 18 ?........... Nice Try Frank

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 32791

2/4 Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment






Frank Cannon enlisted on 17 April 1915 at Chorley stating he was 18 years old


His birthday is supposed to be 7 June 1899 as if correct then he was actually 15 years, 10 months, 11 days when he enlisted.


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


However as of his Discharge, if his date of birth is correct then his age was in fact 16 years, 3 months, 11 days


He managed 6 months of service


However on 3\1\2021 whilst sifting through the newspaper, looking at casualties I found his name again in the War Office Daily List of July 18th, part of the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 23 July 1918.




He must have re-joined when old enough and was serving as Pte 74429, 1/7 Manchester Regiment, and been wounded



Frank and the other Cannons below are Brothers of John Cannon KIA on the war memorial



As of 24 May 2020, I have discovered that Frank, or Francis as he was also known as lived in Whaley Bridge until his death about 1974

He had married Lois Gertrude Irving, the sister of fellow Whittler Jame B Irving, another local who came back from the war 

Took in some evacuee children during WW2, surname Priest 


The picture is c1974 



James Cannon

Born on 2 June 1893

Age: 24

Reg no: 38306

Rank: Pte

3 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted 2 July 1917


He lived at 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.


Originated 6 years previously and not a result or aggravated by military service.





Hermon Cannon

Born 1896

Reg no: 12532

Rank: Gdsm

Irish Guards


Enlisted as of 13 August 1915




Also in Royal Horse Guards as Tpr 2025


Brother of the above


His name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915





William Cannon

Born 1891

Reg no: 15160

11th East Lancashire Regiment (Accrington Pals)


Wounded at Serre in July 1916


Lived at Waterhouse Green, Whittle le Woods


Was a frequent member of the St Chad church


Married Frances Cuerden (sister of Austin Cuerden - below)


Son John Cannon born in c1920


Died on 21 April 1966



Other Cannon Brother's see above



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


He is living at Swansea Fold on Enlistment

Father is James Carter


His name is in the wounded list for the Lancashire Fusiliers in the Daily list for 20th Septemeber 1917

within the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 25 September 1917


Discharged as no longer physically fit on 17 April 1918




William Carter

Born in 1893, Whittle le Woods





Son of James and Annie Carter

And Brother of the above soldier

Lived at Swansea fold in 1911.

They were a family of 11 and all worked in Cotton and Calico printing.   



Enlisting between 1914 and 1915





Richard Chadwick

Age: 24

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 11245

Coldstream Guards



Enlisted on 30 August 1914 at Blackburn



Joined the 4th Battalion Coldstream Guards

Promoted to L/Cpl on 11 November 1914

Posted with the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards on 24 February 1915

Knocked back down to Pte on 23 March 1915

Posted with the 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards on 8 November 1918

GSW to buttock on 4 November 1918 in the field

Transferred to  Class Z for demobilization on 22 June 1919


He was a Papermaker


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


Son of Edmund and Martha Chadwick




James Christian

Born c1877 in Yorkshire

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 after fainting at work


Wife is Sarah Ann and has children Edith, Ellen, Susannah, Doris and Emily 







Albert Edward Clitheroe

Reg no: 98321

Rank: Pte

Machine gun corp


Enlisted on 10 December 1915


Suffered from dysentery 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





Albert Clitheroe*




See below







Frank Clitheroe*


Both sons of Joseph and Isabella, living at Clayton Bottoms,


He lived next door to Daniel Slater and Frederick Leigh.


Nephews of John Clitheroe 







Thomas Clitheroe

Born 1893

Rank: Cpl

Reg: 15265

11 East Lancashire Regiment


Kings Liverpool Regiment as 48198


Disembarked 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







Fred Cuncannon

Age: 29

Reg no: 165741

Rank: Gunner

472 Siege Battery, RGA


Married  to Sarah Jane Miller on 18 April 1911 at St John's, Whittle le Woods


Had a Daughter called Bessie in 1917


Enlisted from 4 December 1915 in Whittle le Woods

Paperwork signed by Lawrence Cotton! 


Demobilized 23 October 1919


A letter dated 16 January 1919 to the Army from Robert Peel says he would welcome back Fred Cuncannon into his employment on his return to civil life! 



He lived at Shaw Brow and his Trade is a Grocer's Assistant


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.





Thomas Corless* - Need to double-check





All brothers and I think some moved to Canada after 1911. Serving in Canadian forces etc






Alfred Corless*

Reg no: 25507

Grenadier Guards until c1920 










Arthur Corless*














Nuttall Cotton

Born c1894

Died 8 February 1921


He is also known as James Nuttall Boothman Cotton


 After joining up between 1914 - 1915, he was injured in a training exercise and transferred out.

And died 8 February 1921 



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



Married Gladys Harling in 1918 and their daughter Frances Coatsworth Cotton was born in 1918



At the time of his death on his probate, they were living at Edenhurst, Preston New Road, Blackburn

Effects £1074 7s 6d



Brother of John Cotton Killed in Action on the memorial




James Coupe

Age: 29, 10 months

Reg no: 435670

Rank: Pte

Kings Own Regiment






Prior to enlisting, he worked as a Solid Tyre Builder

He enlisted on 8 December 1915 and was mobilized on 7 April 1916

He is at 23 Infantry Base and then posted 1 Battalion at Etaples on 16 March 1917

To "D Company",  1 Battalion "In the Field" on the same day

He is wounded on 10 April 1917 and admitted to 27 Field Amb with a "burns wound"

The day on the 11 April 1917, he is sent to 18 General Hospital with "burned back" whilst fighting at Pomiers

Sent back to the UK on the 13 April 1917 and joins the 535 Employment Company \ Labour Corp on 23 October 1917

Then 362 Res Company

Compulsory transferred to the ASC (MT)  on 6 March 1918

Passed the learner test for a senior vulcanizer on 15 April 1918 

Possibly Transferred to 978 Coy, RASC, no 275885


Transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve when demobilised on the 25 September 1919,  age 34 and was noted with disability due to the effects of being burned.



Married Margaret Ellen Slater on 2 September 1918 at St Chad's


Lived at 1 Spring Bank, Wheelton later at the end of the war


His mother was called Margaret, living at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods on enlistment


As of 27 May 2020, I discovered there are two James Coupes serving in the war from whittle le woods

The NEW James Coupe is now added to the Returned to Duty extra names A - Z  list



John Cowell


His name is on the Roll of Honour


However, just to make me suffer, I have discovered there are two John Cowells living in Clayton le Woods\Whittle le Woods as of 1911





There is John Cowell c1880, of Brownley Street in 1911 who married Margaret Heatley, Had a Daughter Rose in 1909

Brother-in-law of William Heatley, Which makes him related to me!


The other is John Cowell c1870, a Cotton Weaver of County Terrace in 1911, married to a Margaret Cranshaw











John/James Craven

Reg no: 14303 other number 3436930

1 Lancashire Fusiliers


Enlisted 29 December 1914 at Chorley. Joined up at Bury


Lived at Mount Pleasant as of joining up, then moved to the Blackburn -Burnley area sometime before September 1916



He is mentioned as wounded on the same advert as Paul Gent, dated 8 September 1916




Ronald Cross


Also known as Sir Ronald Hibbert Cross, 1st Baronet, KCMG, KCVO, PC

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


His name is on the Roll of Honour 


His family live at Crooke Hall in 1911


His family are still there in 1917


The most famous person to be associated with Whittle le Woods to serve WW1 and then have a very high powered political career. during WW2, serving alongside Winston Churchill.



He married Louise Marion Green-Emmott on the 7th January 1925 at St Peter's parish church, Pimlico, Middlesex


Five children



George Crook


No record of him yet



Possible he lived at  Brownley Street, parents James and Mary







Alfred Crook


No record of him yet



There is an Alfred Crook living at Swansey Fold as of 1914 -1916







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.






James Scott Curwen

Born in 1896

Age: 19 4mths

Reg no: 044367


2/3 ASC (Horse Transport)


Enlisted 20 January 1915 at Chorley



As of 10 Septemeber 1915, he is admitted to County of London War Hospital at Epsom until 23 September 1915 suffering from "Nervous Shocks" Debility


Living at Taylors Row, Whittle le Woods


Driver (Horse) by Trade



Father is William Curwen





Charles Dillon


No record for him yet










Percy Dollin


No record for him yet











Percy Dixon

Born in 1894

Reg no: 139453



Lived at The Square, Waterhouse Green


Discharged 26 April 1919 due to a GSW to the Chest







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

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 494349

Training Reserve

599 Agri Company


I think he enlisted on 29 June 1917

Demobilized on 28 February 1919


A Brewers Labourer

Lived at Waterhouse Green, Whittle le Woods in 1917

Married Eliza Seddon at St John's in 1911

Children are Selina, Thomas, George and Lily


Their daughter Lily would die on 20 February 1918 age 9 months because of Whooping cough and Bronchitis. Certified by Dr Charles Peddie






Alfred (Alf) Desoer

Born c1894

Service no: 5182

Royal Naval Reserve


Last ship on before demobilized on  was the Victory on 11 ? 1917


Lived at Shaw Brow


Son of Richard and Elizabeth





John Edward Duckett

Born in c1877

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 41514

Labour corp

ex Kings Liverpool 46329


Enlisted on 23 June 1916


Discharged as of 22 November 1917 after being wounded


In 1911 he is living at Bridge Street with his wife Sarah (nee Jackson) and children Margaret and Edward


Albert Jackon, Brother in Law, is also staying over and he also served in WW1


He was a Labourer in the Printworks


Died c1923




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


Discharged on 8 December 1914



James Fairhurst


Reg no: 680255 

Rank: Gnr, Sig 

Royal Field Artillery



Enlisted in 1914 - 1915

Disembarked  on 30 September 1915



In the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 04 September 1917 he is stated as wounded


Also in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 23 October 1917


Likely Brother of the above



Edmund Fidler (Fiddler)

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 13299

Possible 9 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted about 17 July 1915




Repatriated Prisoner of War arrived at Dover on 3 December 1916


Possible again Prisoner of War 27\5\1918 Maisy 


Both POW pieces of information are from


Demobilized on 25 February 1919


In 1939 he is a Cafe Proprietor in Preston, Widowed



Son of William Fidler and Ann (nee Worthington) 


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

I also have connections to the Fidler's






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.

Permanent 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



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



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

I also have connections to the Fidler's






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




Thomas Fielding

Born in 1887

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 the heart.


"Should never have been harassed into the army" is the last comment on one of the papers by the Medical Officer


Married to Ellen 


Weaver by trade


Lived at Naylors Fold, Whittle le Woods




Frank Fishwick- Found in the Methodist church file

Born c1880

Age: 38

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 456868

300 Reserve, Labour Corp





Possibly of Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods according to 1914 - 1916 Electoral roll.


1 Spring Gardens as of Discharge


Discharged 18 March 1918 due to Bronchitis






John Fish

Age: 19

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 2164

11 Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment


He was only 5ft 4 1/2  


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


Lived at Town lane on Enlistment and he was a Weaver by trade


Suffered from Influenza and Bronchitis during service after sleeping in tents without floorboards as of December 1916

Admitted to St Johns Hospital, Etaples and also No2 Stationary, !st Australian, at Abbeville? 

His record shows that he was pretty much unfit throughout his service.


Transferred to Reserve on around 16 March 1919


Father is John William Fish





George Fletcher .. 88


William Fletcher..89


Peter Fletcher* ..90


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






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





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


Demobilized on 9 September 1919


Wife is Margaret Little and they married in 1911 at St John the Evangelist

Have two children Harry Standish Fowler born on 10 July 1912 and Raymond Critchley Fowler 23 April 1915

Lived at Dolphin Cottage in Enlistment


Living at 3 Shaw Brow in 1919 




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



John Gerrard

Born 1898


Living at Higher Copthurst

A Cotton Loom Weaver


Son of John and Ellen Gerrard







John W Gillett


Son of Joseph and Margaret Gillett who was living at 

1 Kem Mill Cottage


Brother of Charles Gillett DOW \ KIA


He married Florence Morris in 1916


Died in 1954




Charles Grainge

Born in 1884 in Boroughbridge, Yorkshire




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

Emily, Annie, Edith, William and Mabel






John William Grass

Age: 41 on Enlistment

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 128991



Enlisted 10 December 1915, and joined on the 10 May 1915 staying in the Army Reserve but was mobilized on  10 May 1918 with the Medical Corps.


Was with the 154th F A in North Russia at Murmansk?




Married Susanah Nelson on 27 August 1898 at St Johns Church, Whittle le Woods


Had children, Annie, Emily, Jane, Isabella and Elizabeth Ellen.



Lived at Clayton Bottoms


Also, his papers mention Mill Street, Clayton Le Woods


Demobilized on 17 September 1919



Thomas Gregson

Born in 1878

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 John's in 1909

Children, Evelyn and William


Lived at 9 Rock Villa Road



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 Concussion" and transferred to Spingsfield War Hospital, Tooting, London SW 17


He stayed there until 21 January 1918 suffering from the "Shell Concussion" and Neurasthenia.


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


Living at Waterhouse Green


Weaver by Trade



John (Jack) Grimshaw- new as of 14/2/2019

Born c1878

Reg no: 17065, 61642

Rank: Gunner

2 Royal Lancashire Regiment



Also 103065 Royal Garrison Artillery


His name is not on the 1914-1915 Roll of Honour !!



Married Elizabeth Hart at St John's, Whittle le Woods in April 1899



Entry into the theatre of war is 18 May 1915.

Discharged on 17 March 1919 


Waterhouse Green on Pension Ledger


The Fort was to defend the Mersey Estuary and was manned by about 100 men


Died 1948 at 10 County Terrace, Clayton le Woods







 Fred Grime 


Brother of Thomas and Richard  both Killed in Action


Two other brothers served







James Grundy

Reg no: 2287

RA (mct) / 2 London Sanitary 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.





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