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Harry Ramsbottom 

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


As of 19 May 2020, I have found his name in the RGA wounded list in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 04 December 1917


Whilst on furlong he was witness to 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.


An article in the local newspaper at the time described the heroic deed!


Married Beatrice Moorcroft and had children Margaret and Kathleen.


Discharged in 1918.





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 the time of death. 





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


Lived at 4 Waterhouse Green



His Wifes name is Margaret

Children- Margaret born 11 August 1913 


Demobilized on  8 January 1918




John Ramsbotham 

Reg no: 123663

Rank: Gunner


355 SB


Served with 32 Coy as of 8 October 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 the 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, the extra small note says thumb and face 

Invalided back to England


As of 19 May 2020 -

I found his name whilst looking in the RGA wounded list in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 16 July 1918


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





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




Bernard Richards

Born 12 June 1886 at Fence








In 1891 his family were living at the Schoolhouse in Whittle le Woods

In 1901 his family were living at 104 Park Road, Chorley

His parents were Arthur Jas Richardson, the School Master, and Emily Jane Willetts


He left home and joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in 1904


In 1909 he would get married to Alice Coates in Ireland


He fought in the retreat from Mon's, and on being invalided out of the army in 1918 he held the rank of Quarter Master Sargeant 


He would rejoin on 27 October 1939 and be posted to France on 9 December, ending up being Dunkirk and presumed dead.


He was found to be working at the War Office, going around the country using a van and loudspeaker for recruiting campaigns.


I wonder if he ever came back up to Clayton and Whittle?


Later he was posted to the Kings Own Liverpool Regiment ( this must be wrong!) at Chilmark, Salisbury with the rank of Company Sergeant Major


He was discharged in 1942 and started working at Whiteheads in Staines on munitions.until the end of the war


Returning to Weymouth he became a deck chair attendant and then a beach inspector during the season and at Roberts sweet factory in winter


Secretary of the Westham branch of the Conservative Association 

Also involved with the Salvation Army


Died Age 72 at Weymouth and was given a Semi-Military funeral




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 on 13 April 1915


Married to Margaret Whittle

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


An Overlooker by trade


On his Pension Ledger is says he lived at Mount Pleasant, Whittle le Woods






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


The reason was given -  

"Discharged not likely to be an efficient soldier"

"Due to the incontinence of urine"





Thomas Riding


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

Transferred 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 






Walter Riley

Born in 1877

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 670803

Labour Corp


Discharged as 26 Feb 1919 according to the pension card, likely due to illness or injury. 



Formerly 21794 Cheshire Regiment


He was a Machine Printer Labourer at the Calico works

Married to Ellen 

Children are Eleanor and Annie

Living at Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods in 1911





Stephen Robinson - possible

Born 1896



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








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 service caused 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




Charles Ronksley, Also known as John Charles Ronksley

Born in 1894

Rank: L/Cpl

Reg no: 13781

9 South Lancashire Regiment






Charles Ronksley enlisted on  6 September 1915


He was Demobilized on 23 April 1919 after serving in France 


Married Lillie Coles in 1921


Died in 1979



Brother of below





Isaac Ronksley

Born in 1883

Age: 31

Reg no: 13419

Rank: Pte

10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Enlisted at Chorley on 2 September 1914.

He is promoted to L/Cpl on 1 December 1914

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




Repatriated Prisoner of War on 26 December 1918 


As of 19 May 2020, I have found his name in the list of Loyal North Lancashire Regiment men released prisoners of war from Germany found in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) - Tuesday 14 January 1919


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




Fred Salisbury

Born 1898


Reg no: 216715

Rank: Loader





Enlisted at Chorley on 3 June 1916

Embarked at Southhampton on SS Connaught to Havre, France on 9\10th November 1916  

Home service until 2 October 1916 then to France as of 9 November 1916 to 9 November 1919


Demobilized 9 December 1919


Lived at Kem Mill


Father is John Henry Salisbury





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




William Schofield

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 8157

1 Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment



In a list of men wounded in June and July 1915


As of 10 November 1915 with the Expeditionary Force in France


Wounded in Action.



Town Lane, Whittle le Woods





John Sergeant

Age: 36

Reg no: 161772

Rank: Pte

2nd Garrison Battalion, Suffolk Regiment

Labour Corp

541 Agri Coy



Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Chorley

Demobilized on 25 December 1919 and was living at 3 Union Street


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





William Shorrock

Born in 1878

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 4478

3 Battalion Coldstream Guards


Enlisted at Bury on 4 December 1901

Joined at London on 6 December 1901


Transferred from "A" Reserve, Section A to Section B on 4 December 1905

Re-engaged for Section D on 22 October 1913 for 4 years from 4 December 1913.

Mobilized in London on 5 August 1914 and posted to the Reserve Battalion

Then posted to the 3 Battalion on 11 September 1914

4 Battalion on 5 March 1915

5 Battalion on 12 August 1915

1 Battalion on 5 October 1915

Continued in service under the Military Service Act of 1916



He was wounded  with GSW to the Right side near Guinchy on 14 February 1915

On 16 February 1915, GSW Chest, sent to 10 Gen Hospital at Rouen

On 3 March 1915, GSW to Groin, Sent to England

On the same day posted to 4 Battalion and admitted to the Royal Infirmary, Sunderland

On 5 October 1915 returned to "Field", Joining 1 Battalion

12 July 1917 on leave to the UK

17 August 1918 granted leave to the UK

21 September 1918 to 3rd Army Rest Camp

5 October 1918 has his war pay increased 

3 February 1919 at Heaton Park


Demobilized on 4 March 1919



Possible he was living at Clayton Green in 1911

A Cotton Weaver

Married to Mary Prescott

They had children Agnes, Ann and David


He is the brother of John Shorrocks, Killed in Action 






John Sharples


Possible of Holt Lane 










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 Tidworth - Offence Committed

Absent from Church Parade at 8.40 am 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 from impairment 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 siblings are

Alice, Florence, Elsie, and Gladys.



GSW to Left Leg

Slight Synovitis Right Knee


Moved to 39 Albert Terrace,  Lytham St Annes




Charles Singleton

Born c1880

Reg no: 147245

Rank: Pte



Service starts about  9 June 1916  


Discharged on 28 March 1919


Lived at Town Lane at the time and onwards to 1939


Married to Helena?

Daughter,  Bessie Wareing Singleton born 1911, possibly marrying Richard Prescott


Charles Singleton would pass away 1 month after the 1939 census was taken.





John Singleton


His name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915


A possible match for this man, found in the Electoral Roll

Living at Sheep Hill Lane, Clayton Green 








Herbert Slater

Born in 1894

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 203682

9 & 10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment



Herbert Slater Enlisted on 4 January 1917


Discharged as of 7 June 1919 from an injury I'm guessing

He did serve overseas


Living in Whittle le Woods





James Slater - possible


Think he lived at  Whittle Springs in 1911

Dark Lane as of 1914 - 1916


His name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915








Albert Smith


No record found yet


His name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915











Joseph Smith


No record found yet but as of 28\2\2021, I found this information in the Weekly Casualty List (War Office & Air Ministry ) for Tuesday 10 July 1918


J Smith 


1 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


The date of Embarkation is 27 April 1915 and he served in France


This ties in with a Joseph Smiths name being on the Whittle le Woods Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915



There is a Smith family living at Dark Lane in 1901 with an Albert Smith (above) and Joseph Smith

and a J T Smith 




James Snailham

Born on 13 March 1898

Reg no: 15349

11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.

And then 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment


He was 16 yrs, 4 months, 22 days as of 4 August 1914 when Britain declared war.





On 7th September, aged 16 yrs, 5 m, 24 days, 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.

Initially being turned away by the recruiting officer regarding his age, he took the hint and he returned later in the afternoon



Worked at Swansey Printworks.

A well known local soldier who had an interview and books written about him


His interview is worth listening to!



John Snailham

Born 5 January 1891



Name is on Clayton le Woods Roll of honour


He lived at 1 Bridge St, Whittle le Woods in 1911



He may have married Alice Withnell in 1915


Brother in law of Miles Weaver, who married Elizabeth Snailham


Perhaps he joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, just like Miles Weaver ?






William Snape* 

Age: 21


Served in Mesopotamia



Brother of below and his other Brother's KIA and his name on the memorial

Father is J Snape



Found another William Snape as of 24\1\2021 but with a different father's name, so will cross-reference and see if I can confirm!




James Snape*

Age: 19


Served at Blackdown


* Brother of above and another is on the memorial








John Swarbrick

Age: 20



Found via newspaper report of John Snape (KIA 1918)


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


All three above lived at Bridge Street in 1911







James Stainton


No Records found for him yet


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




However whilst searching for James Stainton I came across another "Stainton" from Whittle le Woods who was Killed in Action





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


Inscription on stone-




Buried at Salonika (Lambet Road) Military Cemetery


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


As of 15\10\2020, I found his name in the Electoral Register for 1832-1935. 

Living\Owning property at Clayton Green in 1915 and eligible to vote


New Information from a relation of his... 


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 100 years since his death.






Joseph Staniforth 

Born in 1892, Openshaw

Age: 27

Rank: Sgt

Reg no: 6707



formerly 32504 Cheshire Regiment


Also known as Joseph Edwin Staniforth


Lived at Swansey Lane, Whittle le Woods in 1911 


Enlisted sometime between 1914 and 1915 as his name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915

Demobilized on 24 April 1919


Possibly died soon after



Parents are Joseph Staniforth and Frances Heys



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

Mobilized and posted 18 April 1917


Posted to 1st Coy on 28 February 1918

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

Posted to another unit  on 22 July 1919

Transferred on 28 July 1919 to Class "Z" Army for Demobilization 


Lived at Preston New Road, Clayton le Woods


Discharged on 15 October 1919  with Dysentry.







Frank Stocks

Born c1898, Ireland



Lived at Sheep Hill Lane, in 1911 with siblings and parents Samuel and Catherine Stocks


His father served in the Navy from 1873 until 1909



Frank Stocks married Alice Hammond on 28 May 1925 at Todmorden Parish Church


He was still living at Sheep Hill Lane as of his marriage




Thomas Studholme


No Trace yet











Arthur Spivey 

Born 1899


Think he may have served in the RAMC as Pte 101696



Methodist Church info





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




Frank Spivey* 

Born 1895


Calico Printers Labourer in 1911







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





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


He married Bessie Savage in Prescot in 1918



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


The surname is also spelt SPIVY




Thomas Towers 

Born about 1895 in Clayton Green

Age 21 in 1916

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 15545


Y Company, 11 Battalion East Lancashire Regiment

Chorley Pals



Also served in 6 Battalion,  East Lancashire Regiment with the same number


Son of Richard, a Gardener, and Margaret Towers


Living in Clayton Green as of 1911.

He was a Labourer for a Twister. I believe he worked for Swansey  Mill


He attended St Bede's Church


Taken to Blackpool Hospital, After suffering from wounded to legs and arms on 1 July 1916 at Serre




John Turner


Name is on the Roll of honour


Possible he was born in 1886


Living at Lower Copthurst








Wiliam Turner

Born 1884

Reg no: Pte

Rank: 65944

South Lancashire Regiment


Demobilized on 18 April 1919








William (A) Turner



Reg: 332536

Rank: Gunner

Royal School of Artillery

Lancashire and Cheshire RGA (TF)


He previously served as Pte 201177 in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


Another number 3522 is mentioned  


When I first looked at the Whittle le Woods 1914 - 1915 Roll of Honour that Councillor Eric Bell had gifted me I originally thought either this is another name mistake or there really is another William Turner signed up!

But I could never find him!


As of 21\4\2021, over a year later after expanding my website research, I have discovered the other William Turner by chance.






William Tuson

Born c1883

Reg no: 4479

Enlisted at Bury, Joined at London

1 Coldstream Guards


Enlisted on 4 December 1901


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

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

Mobilized 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 Demobilised on 4 March 1919.


A Labourer as trade


His son Arnold served in WW2 being Killed in Action (27 May 1914)






Edward Tuson

Born c1876

Reg no: 45442

Rank: Pte

5 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Kings Liverpool Regiment

76 Labour Corp

543 Agri Coy


Labourer at a Cotton warehouse



Enlisted on 9 December 1915 possibly at Preston


Demobilized on 11 February 1919


Lived at Brownley Street, Clayton le Woods 


Wife Mary Ann, nee Clough with children Isabella and James


Has surgery to remove a Lipoma on his shoulder in July 1916





Edwin Walmsley 

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 







Septimus Walmsley

Born 1889



I have not found a WW1 service record for him but found a clue in the Lancashire Evening Post dated Friday 22 September 1916.

With a Pte S Walmsley, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment







Son of Robert and Elizabeth who were living at Mount Pleasant as of 1901



Brother of above and William Justice Jones 



Died 1970




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 siblings.

Henry(Served in WW1), Ellen, Isabella, Mary and Anastasia.







I have a picture of him 


Age: 19 as of 1895

Rank: Pte, Sergeant (1911) CSM, RSM up to 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 the attack on enemy to Venterdorp on 23 May 1901?

London Gazette on August 20th 1901?

Defence of Kimberley, Transvaal






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 being no longer physically fit for war service


Lived at Whittle Springs in 1911

Mother still there at the time of his enlistment 





Walter Waring

Born 1895


His name is on the Roll of Honour 1914 - 1915


Possible of Chorley Old Road


Parents are William and Amelia 


Married to Hilda 



Still alive in 1939


Possibly living at Smiths Terrace





Leo Waring

Born 1891

Victory II

Royal Navy



Enlisted about 5 August 1916


Demobilized as of 1 May 1919



Parents are William and Amelia




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





His wife Elizabeth Snailham is Sister to John Snailham


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



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.


Demobilized on 4 April 1919.


Married Sarah Cooper at St John's 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




Wilfred Westhead

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 15679

11 East Lancashire Regiment


Also served in the 8 East Lancashire Regiment, transferred either from injury or perhaps the need to boost numbers in other Battalion before returning to the 11 East Lancashire Regiment



Son of James and Ellen Westhead nee Yates 

Living at Lukes Row, Whittle le Woods in 1911

They had 6 children, Thomas, Leo, Edith, Wilfred, Clara and Ellen


A Labourer at the Bleach Works until prior to enlistment


In 1939 he and his wife Ellen, are living at Wilson Nook Farm, Town Lane

A Dairy farm





Daniel Withnell

Age: 29

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 16918

8 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

Then Bedford Regiment







Daniel enlisted on 30 September 1914 and joined at Preston on same day


On a casualty list C635, wounded on 19 October 1915


GSW on right side of face and neck


Discharged on 18 April 1919


Farm Labourer


Mother Hannah Withnell of Carwood House, Whittle le Woods




Thomas Withnell - another interesting soldier 

Born 1872, Whittle le Woods

Age: 18

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 2831

B Coy, Manchester Infantry



Attested at Ashton Under Lyne on 14 March 1890


Posted to 1st Battalion on 18 May 1890, then 2nd Battalion on 22nd May 1892 where he was sent to India for 5 years until 20 January 1898


He served at home from  21st January 1898 until 16 March 1900 when he is sent to South Africa

Serving in South Africa until 19 July 1902

He served at home again until he was demobilized on 12 August 1902 after 12 years and 152 days of service



Recalled to the Colours as of 26 December 1899 and posted the day after on 27th December 1899

and again 27 February 1902


In 1902 he received the sum of £6,10,0 as war gratuity I think on 1 November 1902. 


South African War 1900 -1902 


Awarded the South African Medal 1900 - 1902, clasps

Wittebergen, Cape Colony, Transvaal

Kings Medal Clasps, Sa 01 and Sa 02


First World War


Living at 4 Tootell Terrace and is age 43 3/12


Served at Home as of 26 April 1915 when he is considered fit by the medical examination for 4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment


He is posted to 2\4th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment from 26 April 1915 until 2 November 1915 when he is transferred to the 19th Western Battalion, Rifle Brigade which he should have been sent over to Egypt with in 1916.

But I guess he did not go as it's not mentioned on his record.

Then transferred and posted to 805(?) Area Coy, Labour Corp from 8th December 1917

Then the transfer is officially cancelled as of 1 January 1918

Demobilized on  22 March 1919


Served at home as part of the Expeditionary Force until 22 March 1919


At this point, he is about 47 years old! and done about 16 years service


Father William Withnell, Whittle le Woods

Mother Isabella


His family was living next door to my relations the Peels in 1901 


I also believe I am related to him




John Withnell


Possibly Jack Withnell



No record yet








Richard Withnell


A Gardener


Possible he is the husband of Ada,

Father of Ellen and William


Possible brother of Thomas Withnell above 


In 1939 living at "The Glen", Preston Road





Charles Williams 

Born 1894


Reg no: 13835

Rank: Pte




His pension card says he was Discharged as of 12 March 1919 due to 


It was a common diagnosis during the war for "shell shock"


He also suffered from Heart Palpitations 



Cotton Weaver


He was living at 10 Smiths Terrace, Clayton le Woods


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



Brother of below




George Williams 

Born 1896

Age 19

Lived at 10 Smith Terrace, Whittle le Woods

Reg no- 28906

Enlisted at Chorley on 11 December 1915

18th Lancashire Fusiliers


During his service, he is wounded in action and his name is in the 

Daily List of June 28th 1918 as mention in the WAR OFFICE WEEKLY CASUALTY LIST of JULY 2nd, 1918.


Daily List of June 28th





He was 5ft 2 inches


Father is Joseph Williams




John Wilson



Reg no: 66294

S Lancs



Living at Halls Square, Whittle Springs in 1911 and up to 1919


A Labourer for a Canal Company




John Whittle

Enlisted: 14 November 1914 

Reg no: 15933

8 Kings Own Lancaster Regiment


John Whittle was born on 28 April 1899

He enlisted on 14 November 1914 at Chorley and joined the 8th Battalion  of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment


He claimed to be 19 years and 7 days old and 5ft 2 3/4 inches.


However, he would be discharged under Para 292 VI Kings Regulations having made a misstatement as to age on enlistment on 31 May 1915. 


Age on his papers says he is actually 16 1/12 as of Discharge (16 years and 1 month)


So he was only aged 15 years, 6 months and 18 days when he enlisted


He managed 6 months 18 days of service out of the 3-year term of service he signed up for


I am wondering if he signed up later on?


Father is John Whittle of Bridge Street, Whittle le Woods


He was a Weaver




John Wilding


Name is on Clayton le Woods Roll of Honour


Possibly born 1885

The one from county Terrace as of 1911


Son of  John and Margaret




Need to Check




William Wilding


Could it be William Henry Wilding? born 1880


Name is on Clayton le Woods Roll of Honour


Possibly this is the one from Brownley Street as of 1911

Married to Louisa



He is likely to be the brother of above and son of John and Margaret


As the 1891 and 1901 census's tie in



Need to Check



John Wilkins

Reg no: 9812

Rank: Pte

Scots Guards


Enlisted as of 2 April 1915

His  card says he served in France


Discharged with Disability


Lived at Fern Villa, Whittle le Woods according to pension ledger





William Wilkinson

Born c1868 

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 7212



Discharged as of 1 March 1918


Living in Whittle le Woods





Frederick William Wood

Rank: Pte

Reg no: M/349456




Discharged on 13 April 1920 due to suffering from Hammer Toe


Living at Springwell, Whittle le Woods




Samuel Wood

Born in 1892

Reg no: S/382993

Rank: Pte



Discharged on 9 April 1919 due to GSW and loss both testicles and also suffered pul tub, which I believe means Pulmonary Tuberculosis 




He lived at 2 Swansey Fold, Whittle le Woods


Son of Joseph And Elizabeth Wood





Henry Wrennall

Born in 1887

Age: 28

Rank: Pte

Reg no: 326681


488 Coy RASC on 31 May 1919


Enlisted 9 December 1915 at Clayton le Woods


Demobilized on 21 October 1919


Cotton weaver by Trade


Married Ada Lucas 14 August 1918



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


Henry Wrennall of 340 Preston Road, Clayton le Woods, died on 2 February 1974



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