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William Hall - updated 20\82021

Age 23

Reg no: 15439

Rank: Sgt

Chorley Pals, 11 East Lancashire Regiment



Cotton Weaver at Swansea Mill as of 1911 and lived at 8 Tootell Terrace, Clayton le Woods as of WW1

He went to St Bede's Church


Wounded on 1 July 1916 and sent to Leicester Hospital


Brother of Robert Hall KIA on the memorial





Peter Handley - Possible need to double check


Possible Royal Navy as of 15 April 1918 


Living at Clayton Green in 1911








Ernest Hargreaves

Enlisted 27 June 1916

Reg no: 192192

Rank: Driver



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




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


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.




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.






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






James Haydock - Possible need to double check


Born 1896 in Clayton le Woods

Died 1957


Son of Robert and Ann









William Heap



Pte William Heap serving with the Australians and once been wounded in the arm


Brother of Christopher and Walter both KIA


 also RF Heap (RFA) and Robert Heap (LNLR)











Herbert Hebblethwaite 

Age: 25, 4 mths

Born in 1890

Reg no: 205090

5 Lancashire Fusiliers


Herbert enlisted on 12 December 1915 at Leyland


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






William Heatley

Born c1880



Reg no: 276863

Manchester Regiment




Possible he was boarding at Brownley Street in 1911 




As of 20 May 2020, I found a W Heatley,  Reg no: 276863 in

the Manchester Regiment wounded section of the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 07 May 1918



I think he was discharged about 20 February 1919


Son of James Heatley and Nancy Heatley 





Walter Helme


No trace yet











Alfred Higham

Born  1896

Reg no: 15443

Chorley Pals, 11 East Lancashire Regiment


Transferred to 6 East Lancashire Regiment  


Alfred Higham lived at 10 Rock Villa Road, Whittle le Woods, and he used to go to St John's Church. 


He was a weaver on joining up.


Suffered from trench foot in the November of 1916


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


Died in 1981 aged 85


Brother of both below





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.






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


As of 9\3\2021, I have found his name in the wounded section for the RAMC in the WAR OFFICE WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST, OCTOBER 30th, 1917.



Not sure what date but he suffered GSW to Left Shoulder and admitted to Military hospital, Trent Bridge, Nottingham


Demobilized 19 July 1919






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









Joseph Hodkinson


Name is on the Clayton le Woods school Roll of honour











William Hodkinson - possible match

Born 1884 in Wigan

Age: 27 in 1911


 He lived at Swansey Fold in 1911 and he was  a cycle and motor repairer











Fred Hodgkinson

Age: 33

Reg no: 20009

Rank: Pte

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




Ernest Baxter Holland

Age: 20

Reg no:

Rank: Gunner?

Royal Artillery


Previously served in 3rd Lancashire RGA


Parents living at Whittle Springs


Married Clarissa Emma Snowdon at St Peter's, Chorley in 1909


Engineer by Trade


Demobilized on 8 June 1919 and living in Chorley




John G Hooley

Rank: Driver

Reg No: T4/060862



Previously R.A.S.C. T4/060862 Driver.





Lived at 6 Tootell Terrace, Clayton le Woods


In 1911 he was a Carter


Brother of Below




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


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





James Houghton - Updated as of 25\1\2021

Reg No: Tr/3/2868



Other possible No 28684, 3862 to check


Living at Swansey Fold, Whittle le Woods in 1911


With Wife, Margaret Ellen, and child, Mary.


He was a Cotton Weaver




Living at 10 Swansea Fold according to the Pension Ledger


Believe he may have died 12 Jan 1923


His name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915






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 (see picture)











A recently bought original picture of James "Jim " Irving




His name is in the Lancashire Fusiliers wounded list  in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 14 May 1918
















William Irving* 


Shop Assistant in 1911


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






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





Albert Thompson

Born 1881

Age: 36

Rank: Pte

Reg No: 45126

3rd Garrison Battalion, Cheshire Regiment

11th Battalion Royal Defence Corp


Originally from the Hesketh Bank area


Enlisted on 27 November 1915 

Transferred to Royal Defence Corp on 8 July 1917


Discharged on 14 November 1917 due to inflammation of spinal cord

Origin, Childhood in Ulverston

Discharged on 9 January 1919


Small thin arm and leg comparatively with the opposite side

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

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


His Pension Leger says he was living at Paradise Row, Whittle le Woods





Harry Jackson - Found more information at last as of 25\1\2021

Born in 1880

Reg no: 598438

Labour Corp


Also 17965 7 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


In 1911 living at Smiths Terrace, Whittle le Woods



Harry Enlisted on 30 September 1915 and I think he was Demobilized on 15 February 1919



Living at No 3 Smiths Terrace according to the Pension Ledger 




Albert Jackson

Born: 1882

Reg no:259212

Rank: Pte




Married Mary Alice Burscough on 3 April 1913 at St Bede's, Clayton Green

and had a daughter Agnes Jackson


Enlisted at Chorley on 9 December 1915


Had a medical examination on 3 May 1916


Has a fractured skull which happened a few years before enlisting


Discharged, no longer physically fit for war service on 6 January 1919


Brother in Law to another Whittle le Woods soldier, John Edward Duckett of the Labour Corp, Ex Kings Liverpool


He died in 1931



William Jewes


Think he was living at Shaw Brow, Whittle le Woods


Originally from Brierley Hill, Staffordshire


Married Isabella Williamson




In 1939 he is living at "The Square", Waterhouse Green


Gardener, R O F Chorley



Albert Edward Jolly 


Born 1889, Whittle le Woods

Service no: 251573

Air Mechanic, 2nd Grade



Enlisted from 5 Mar 1918



Served on President II  as of 5 March 1918

Tregantle as of 6 March 1918 until 31 March 1918 when transferred to RAF 


Fitter and turner as trade 


Father is James Jolly 





Edmund Jolly

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

Rank: Pte

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

Rank: L/Cpl

2/5 Lancashire Fusiliers






As of 9\3\2021, I have found his name in the Lancashire Fusiliers wounded list WAR OFFICE WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST, SEPTEMBER 25th, 1917. Daily List of September 20th



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

Born 1894

Age: 22

Reg no: 


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









Living in Bridge Street at of 1911



Son of William and Ann Johnson

Brother of Matthew, William and Lena






Samuel Jones

Age: 22

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






Edward Kane

Age: 29

Reg no: 92378

Rank: Gunner

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.






James Kellett


Possible brother of both below










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 Kellett's behalf regarding his work and character.


Demobilized as of 9 July 1919







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



Demobilized  as of 17 June 1919





Thomas Kenyon

Age: 39

Reg no:33186

Lancashire Fusiliers


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


His medical report says he had deformed toes on both feet


Weaver by Trade


Lived at Hill Syde, Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods






Joseph Kerfoot


Possibly of Higher Copthurst in 1911











Jack Kerfoot 

Age: 19

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







Richard Knight


No trace yet











Sydney Knowles

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







Stanley Knowles

Born 18 June 1900

Died 1976

Rank: Pte up to Acting Sgt

Service no:176790


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





William Knowles

Age: 22

Rank: Pte

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


Chemists Assistant


Discharged 1 February 1919 being physically unfit for war service after serving in 4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.





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. 



Son of Henry, a Canal Boatman and Ann Langton nee Blundell


Married ‎September 1921 Chorley to Annie Johnson


Died ‎Mar 1978 Prescot, Merseyside, UK‎, 83 years




John Langton

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





Henry Leigh


Father of Robert Leigh WW2 KIA on the memorial


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





John Leigh


Both he and Henry (above) are 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. 







John James Leach


The only person close .. is in 1901 census living at Swansey Fold.

With parents Thomas and Elizabeth.










Christopher Livesey

Born c1898

Rank: 241925

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





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 an efficient soldier on 14th January 1915 after having a medical examination.... he had a deformed right arm.






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


Parents are Lawrence Longton and Ann?


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

Defective vision


Think it's his brother Norman who won the M.M




Walter Lowe- Updated as of 25\1\2021



Reg No:

Berkshire Yeomanry Regt



71201, 14648, 14519, 5602


Says he is living in Clayton le Woods on the Pension Ledger



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


No Record yet


Possibly Born c1895




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