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








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.

Here are at least 251 names from WW1 collected so far as of 3 March 2019. And a few from WW2.


So adding up the names I have managed to find off the memorial and the returned from duty list just from WW1 alone gives a rough number of 379 so far

I believe this number should be a lot higher !


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.



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






Thomas Mather


Son of William and Catherine








Robert Macarthy- Latest discovery to check

Born in 1885

Rank: Gnr

Reg no: 57287



Discharged on 27 August 1918




Henry Marlborough


Possible he is also called James H Marlborough


Born in India


Domestic Servant at Crooke Hall in 1911




Albert McCourt


Living at Oakwood, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Son of George B McCourt and Elizabeth






Richard McClellan

Born in 1891

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 17280

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Brother of Robert McClellan KIA



16 Rock Villa road


A Print Labour in 1911


SDischarged as of 22 November 1917









Frank Melling


Son of John and Ellen

Brother of Sarah Ann, Maggie and Edgar. 


In 1911, they lived at Hawthorn house , Clayton Green


Not related to my branch of Melling's







Albert Miller 


Possibly Son of John and Ann

Penrith House, Clayton le Woods 1911







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.






James Moon


Married to Elizabeth Jane


Living at Dolphin Brow, Whittle le Woods



Brother of both below







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


Demobilized as of 17 March 1919







Herbert Moon

Born in 1893

Labourer at Dyers

17 Swansey Fold, Whittle le Woods


Brother of above


















Archibald Moorcroft

Reg no: 24619

Royal Field Artillery


Enlisted on 31 May 1916


Lived at Clayton Bottoms as of enlistment


Rubber mixer as trade


Wounded and admitted to 2 Can General Hosipital approx 20 March 1918


Moved to 40 Regent Street, Coppull sometime during the war





James Moorcroft


No record found yet












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.


Demobilized 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






Richard Moorcroft - Did he serve


Possible he was father of Charles Moorcroft KIA?












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 






Thomas Mossop


23 Victoria Terrace in 1911


Taper in Cotton Manufacturer


Parents are Jabez and Lenora Mossop







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 thats what that hospital was for.

In to 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 !









Could be wrong









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






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  







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







Joseph Pickup - new as of 14/2/2019

Rank: A/Cpl

Reg no: 243277

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Lived at Gardens ?, Whittle le Woods



Discharged on 1 October 1919







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






William Pickup, with Whittle Rose Football Team














George Philipson


I think he was born c1879 in Whittle le Woods

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










Richard Philipson


15 Rock Villa Road, Whittle le Woods in 1911


Brother of above






Harry Prescott


Possible his is also known as Henry Prescott ?











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 his 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.






John T Smith

Born in 1881

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 37295

Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Discharged on 17 January 1919


Living in Whittle le Woods









George Quibell


No trace yet








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