Since 2014 I have been adding names and any information i can find about the men from both WW1 and WW2 on the memorial.
And as of 2018 and into 2019, more pages have been added.
Including the Returned from Duty pages.
Whilst doing my research I have found evidence of some soldiers who served
So i have started a new page called Pre 1914
to record their names.
These pages show my progress in researching all the men who are on the memorial or served and returned from duty from not only from WW1 and WW2, but any other war.
A few pictures are also included.
Discovering those who were demobilized, injured and found too young to serve.
In the Gallery there are extra pictures of their CWGC gravestones, family graves and more.
To help your search use the Ctrl key and press F
Enlisted 27 June 1916
Reg no: 192192
Enlisted at Chorley
As of 2 October 1917 joined 2 Water Tank co
Demobilized 24 February 1920
Married in 1910
As of 1920 living at Millstone Hill, Whittle le Woods
Wife is Elizabeth nee Pass,
Children are Bessie and William Peterson Hargreaves
Reg no: 72003
157 Battery, RGA
Married Lily Pearson
Living at 8 Smiths Terrace, Clayton le Woods
Discharged on 16 December 1919
As of 2\12\2020 I have made a discovery ... I've related to Fred Hargreaves wife Lily Pearson, she is my 3rd cousin 3 x removed via her maternal grandmother Eliza Peel.
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
Married Emily Anna Wilcox.
Children - Mabel and Eva
Discharged as being no longer being physically fit for war service.
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
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
Reg no: 205090
5 Lancashire Fusiliers
GSW to Back, Pent to Chest on 21 September 1917
His name is in the wounded list in Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 13 November 1917
Lived at Woodcock Farm, Clayton le Woods as of enlistment.
Mother is Jemima Emily Hebblethwaite, Woodcock Farm
I believe he is living in Club Street, Bamber Bridge in 1939 with a relative.
He is incapacitated
Reg no: 20009
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Transferred to several units 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 the time of enlistment, he lived at 2 Lukes Road, Whittle Springs
Reg no: 528176
579 and 550 Labour Corp
Previously in Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Enlisted at Chorley on 5 September 1914
Demobilized 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
Reg No: R/359212
3rd Garrison Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
11th Battalion Royal Defence Corp
Enlisted on 27 November 1915
Discharged on 9 January 1919
Due to inflammation of the spinal cord, not a result of military service
Married Emma Leader at Woodplumpton Parish Church in 1907
Children are Phyliss and Mark
Living at Town Lane, Whittle le Woods as of enlistment
Labourer by trade
No service record found yet
Living at Shaw Brow, Whittle le Woods in 1911
Possibly married Ann Worthington
Had one known child, Hilda Alice Jolly b1905
If that marriage is correct then I am related to him via his wife
Living in Lytham st Annes as of 1939
Daughter Hilda and her husband are there too
Thomas Jolly, possibly also known as Thomas Amos Jolly
Reg no: 15732
8 Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
Enlisted some time near 29 April 1915
As of 19 May 2020 I have found his name in the corrections section of the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 07 January 1919
He is listed amongst soldiers who were prisoners of war in Germany and have been released
In the War office daily list for 2 January
Demobilized as of 6 March 1919
J C Johnson, DCM
Reg no: 37439
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
I have the War Diary page describing the day's events
John Robert Johnson - NEED TO RE-CHECK THIS
B coy, 1 Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Enlisted 23 August 1914 at Preston
Was he Killed in Action as of 1 August 1918 or did he survive and live on until the 1970s!?
As there was a mix up with his details during WW1 between a Joseph Johnson and himself
IN THE EVENT OF MY DEATH I GIVE ALL MY
PROPERTY TO MY MOTHER ANNIE JOHNSON OF
6 BRIDGE STREET, WHITTLE LE WOODS, NR CHORLEY, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND
PRT J R JOHNSON
1ST BTN L N L REGT
Living in Bridge Street at of 1911
Son of William and Ann Johnson
Brother of Matthew, William and Lena
Reg no: 243276
5 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Enlisted 8 December 1915 at Chorley
Wounded GSW to the 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
Father is William Henry Jones
Samuel Jones is a cousin to William Justice Jones KIA and Edwin Walmsley
Reg no: 92378
Royal Garrison 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 children, Hubert and William, Joseph E Kane
Described as Hardworking, Smart and Capable.
Demobilized from 7 Siege Battery on 17 August 1918
**Whilst looking into Edward Kanes family tree I have discovered I am related to him via my 3 x Great Aunt Caroline Peel's side who married John Heatley.
Reg no: 021999
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 Kellett's behalf regarding his work and character.
Demobilized as of 9 July 1919
Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley
Transferred 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
Enlisted at Preston
Reg no: 55823
B Battery, RFA, 105 Brigade
Jack Kerfoot enlisted at Preston on 26 November 1914.
Posted to No 2 Depot, RFA
Posted to B Battery, RFA, 105 Brigade on 7 January 1915
He was then "Discharged on 28 July 1915 having made a misstatement as to get on enlistment"
He had done 245 days (8 Months or so)
As of 21 November 2020 I have discovered more about him and explains why he was discharged!
Taking the above information into account -
Over a year later Jack re-enlists and his record this time says he enlisted on 11 October 1916 aged 18
He is actually 18 years 9 months 12 days
He joins up as 123774 in the RGA and serves in France from 18 May 1917 to 16 February 1918 as a Gunner
On the 16 February 1918, he is then transferred to the RFC as 127868
Possibly 59 Squadron
Transferred over to the RAF on 1 April 1918 as 127868
From either 1 ASU or 1 ASD (Aeroplane Supply Depot (ASD) to either 39 or 59 Squadron RAF
So I used a handy calculator on the internet and worked out that Jack Kerfoot was only 16 years and 10 months old when he first joined up
Lived at Town lane, Whittle le Woods as of 1911 and according to his date of birth
Father is Matthais Kerfoot
Born c1901 in Whittle le Woods
Possibly joined the Mercantile Marines in 1914?
Received the Mercantile Marines Medal and Ribbon 16 October 1919
British Medal and Ribbon
His family lived at Fern Villa in 1911
Son of William and Clara, and had a sister Audrey
Think he may have lived at Canning Place, Liverpool as of 1919
Born 18 June 1900
Rank: Pte up to Acting Sgt
Joined the RAF from 14 May 1918
Promoted Acting Sgt on 23 November 1918
Discharged from 16 January 1919
Lived at 20 Swansey Fold, Whittle Le Woods
Formerly a Brewers Clerk
Father was Thomas Knowles of 20 Swansey fold
Reg no: 5308
11th Lancashire Regiment
Also 4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Enlisted on 10 December 1915 at Chorley
Lived at Fern Villa, Whittle le Woods
Discharged 1 February 1919 being physically unfit for war service after serving in 4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
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.
Son of Henry, a Canal Boatman and Ann Langton nee Blundell
Married September 1921 Chorley to Annie Johnson
Born in 1896
Also known as John Thomas Blundell Langton
Lived at 16 Brownedge Lane, Bamber Bridge at the time of his death as of 16 April 1960
Brother of the above, Albert.
Son of Henry, a Canal Boatman and Ann Langton nee Blundell
Married in March 1915 to Elizabeth Bamford
They had children, Henry born 1915 and Elizabeth Lilian born 1919
1/5 East Lancashire Regiment
2/5 East Lancashire Regiment
His name is in the War office Daily list on 2 October 1918 for the East Lancashire Regiment within the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 08 October 1918
Awarded the MM on 13 February 1919
10 Rock Villa Road Whittle-le-woods Lancs
Brother of Below
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 an efficient soldier on 14th January 1915 after having a medical examination.... he had a deformed right arm.
Reginald (James) Longton
Reg no: 23312
Kings Liverpool Regiment
Enlisted at Chorley on 16 November 1914
Lived at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods
Parents are Lawrence Longton and Ann?
Discharged on 16 April 1915... not likely to become an efficient soldier.
Think it's his brother Norman who won the M.M