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
Reg no: 80184
Enlisted on 16 November 1915 at Chorley
5 Waterhouse Green
Shrapnel wounds to feet
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.
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.
Reg no: 123663
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
Reg no: 33078
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
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
Reg no: 17963
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
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
Born in 1877
Reg no: 670803
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
Reg no: 12772
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,
Lived at 5 Town Lane, Whittle le Woods as of enlistment
Born in 1883
Reg no: 13419
10 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Enlisted at Chorley on 2 September 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
Reg no: 216715
ASC / RASC
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
Reg no: 161772
2nd Garrison Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
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
Born in 1878
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
Born in 1893
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
Reg no: 147245
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.
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
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
Reg no: 15349
11th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.
On 7th September, 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.
He was only 16 years old.
Worked at Swansey Printworks.
A well known local soldier who had interviews and books written about him
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 ?
Thomas Matthew Stainton
Born in Sedbergh
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-
PEACE PERFECT PEACE
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.
Born in 1892, Openshaw
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 191 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
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.
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
Born 25 April 1896
Reg no: 13237, 158055
8 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Machine Gun Corp
Embarked 25 September 1915
Either Discharged or Demobilized as of 5 April 1919
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
Reg no: 45126
3 Cheshire Regiment
Originally from the Hesketh Bank area
Enlisted 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
Small thin arm and leg comparatively with the opposite side
His vision 6/24 6/60 and has a double squint.
Married Emma Leader and had children Phyllis and Mark
Lived at Town Lane, Whittle le woods
Labourer by Trade
William (A) Turner
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.
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.
Mobilised 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)
Reg no: 45442
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
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
Reg no: 13916
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.
Walter Waterhouse - MORE RESEARCH NEEDED, AS THIS SOLDIER HAS SEEN SOME ACTION !!
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
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
Reg no: 23367
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
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
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
Mother Hannah Withnell of Carwood House, Whittle le Woods
Thomas Withnell - another interesting soldier
Born 1872, Whittle le Woods
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
His family was living next door to my relations the Peels in 1901
I also believe I am related to him
Reg no: 13835
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
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
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
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
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
Born in 1887
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