Unsworth War Memorial

Unsworth Pole War Memorial, Bury, Lancashire
 

 
Photo courtesy of Carol Spencer
 
 
 
This Cross was erected by the people of Unsworth

as a token of deep gratitude to those

who laid down their lives in the

Great War

1914-1918 A.D.

"Greater love hath no man than this".

 I have compiled this list of men detailed on the Memorial and investigated a little as to their details:
 
 
 

Unsworth Hero awarded the D.C.M
Manchester Evening News 27th September 1916.

 
 
 
 
 
                      
John ALLEN (entered beneath Eckersley)

Born about 1876
 
John Allen was a Private in the 2nd Sherwood Forresters, service number 260022. He was born in Radcliffe, Lancashire and enlisted in Bury. He had previously served with the number 210744, also in the Lancashire Fusiliers. John was killed in action when he was 43 on the 18th April 1918 and has no known grave. His name is recorded on Tyne Cot Memorial. The entry in the CWGC gives his Father as James Allen and John was the husband of Elizabeth Allen of 136 Georgina Street, Bury. 

The 2nd Sherwood Forresters were part of the 71st Brigade in the 6th Division. You can read the history of the 6th Division free online at:


An extract from the above "25th March 1918 the Division went north to join the Second Army in the Ypres Salient. On the 13th April the 71st Brigade which was in reserve, had to be rushed off to join the 49th Division on the Neuve Eglise front. It returned to 6th Division 26th April after a pretty rough time, during which it suffered considerable casualties (about 750), but earned great praise."

In 1911 John was living in Unsworth:

77 Blackford Brow, Whitefield, Lancashire. House with 2 Rooms. Schedule completed by John Allen
Head John Allen married 35 Cloth Damper at Bleachworks born Radcliffe, Lancashire
Wfie Eliz. Ann " married 35                                             born Crane Moor, Yorkshire (married 9 years, 3 children, 2 living, 1 died)
Son Albert Allen              1                                              born Whitefield, Lancashire
 
John married Elizabeth Ann Doodson in 1901 in the Bury district. 

Their children were: ? child died, ? child away from home in 1911 and John 1912 and Elsie born 1914.
 
 
Herbert ASHWORTH Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers 1st/5th Battalion, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Died 3rd September 1917.  Buried at Aeroplane Cemetary, Belgium. Service Number: 204514. Son of Sidney and Susy Ann Ashworth of 20 Marlborough Street, Heywood, Lancashire.
 
 1901 11 Charles Street, Heywood, Birch, Lancashire
H Sidney Ashworth M 50 Police Constable Todmorden
W Sarah E                M 40                                 Heywood
S Herbert                  U 20 Piecer Cotton Mill Bury
S Frank                          13 Warehouse Boy Cotton Mill Heywood
S James E                     7                                  Heywood
D Dora                            4                                  Heywood
D Lilian M                       2                                  Heywood
 
 
The 42nd Division:
The 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers
 
August 1914 at Castle Armoury, Bury

25 September 1914 arrived in Egypt to defend the Suez Canal against the Turks.

25 April 1915 landed in Gallipoli. They were involved in 3 attempts to capture the heights surrounding Krithia on 6th-8th May, 4th June and 6th - 13th August. Withdrew 8 January 1916.

August 1916, Egypt. A long march from Mudros to the Battle of Rumani, a victory. Also, acting as guards whilst work was undertaken on defence works for the Suez Canal, left Egypt February 1917 for the Western Front.

February - March 1917 42nd Division entered the line at Epehy, then moved to Havrincourt where they stayed till 8 July 1917.
 
9 July 1917 - 22 August 1917 Ytres Sector
 
23 August 1917 - 1 September 1917 Near Ypres for training.
 
1 September 1917 - 18 September 1917 Ypres, Belguim (3rd Battle of Ypres)

September 1917 moved north to Ypres and joined the Battle of Passchendaele.

6 September 1917 - Lancashire Fusiliers attack German Pillboxes at Iberian, Borry and Beck House Farms.

15 September 1917 - East Lancashires attack Sans Souci.

Late September 1917 - Moved to the Belgian Coast, Nieuport (a quiet area), to assimilate new drafts.

November 1917 - Moved to Givenchy near Bethune, an area heavily groundmined. Here they constructed concrete defence works which helped stop an attack the following April.

21st March - 5th April 1918 The first Battles of the Somme: Bapaume and Arras.

21st - 23rd August 1918 The Battle of Albert (Somme).

31st August - 3rd September 1918 The Second Battle of Bapaume.

27th September - 1st October 1918 The Battle of Canal Du Nord (Hindenburg Line)

9th - 12th October 1918 The persuit to the Selle.

17th-25th October 1918 The Battle of the Selle.

16th March 1919 Division mostly demobilised. Herbert had died during the advance of the 42nd Division to the Battle of Passchendaele on 3rd September 1917.
 


James APPLEBY Driver in the Royal Field Artillery "C" Battery, 149th Brigade. Died 15th October 1916 age 19. Thiepval Memorial, no known grave. Service Number: 10089. Son of Richard and Sarah Appleby of 3 Prospect Place, Hollins, Whitefield. He was in the 50th (Northumbrain) Division (a Territorial Force) which moved to France 16th April 1915. 

Manchester Evening News 25th October 1916.


Activities of the 50th Division: 
24th April - 4th May 1915 The Battle of St. Julien (Ypres)
8th - 13th May 1915 The Battle of Frezenbry (Ypres)
24th - 25th May 1915 The Battle of Bellewaarde (Ypres)
15th - 22nd September 1916 The Battle of Flers-Courcelette                          
1st - 18th October 1916 The Battle of Transloy, James died during this Battle.
 
 
 
Richard APPLEBY Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 5th Battalion. Died 24th October 1918 age 23. Buried at Unsworth North Methodist Chapel. Son of Richard and Sarah Appleby of 3 Prospect Place, Hollins, Whitefield. In the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division.
 
Details about 1/5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers:
4.8.14 Castle Armoury, Bury: Lancashire Fusiliers Bde. East Lancs. Div. 20 Aug. to Turton (Bde camp). 9.9.14 embarked at Southampton. 25.9.14 arrived Alexandria. 5.5.15 landed at Gallipoli. 26.5.15 formation became 125th Bde. 42nd Div. 28.12.15 Mudros. 15.1.16 arrived. Alexandria. Feb. 1917 to France, landing Marseilles 27.2.17. 11.11.18 125th Bde. 42nd Div. France; Hautmont, near Maubeuge.
 
Notes from Pension Record:
 
Born Unsworth, age 17 years 6 months, Bleacher at J.Lewis Livesey, Hollins Vale. Address 3 Prospect Place, Hollins. Examined 18 November 1912 at Bury. 5'9", chest 33 1/2 inches. Good Vision and good physical development. Training 10/3/13 - 14/6/14. Embodied 5/8/14/ Discharged no longer fit 14/4/16 with good character. Invalided to UK with Pulmonary TB, also had emphysema. Attributed to exposure on active service and during training. Present Condition - has a scar of tubercular abcess on right side of jaw, suffering from TB in sputum, to be discharged. Served Home 5/8/14-2/5/15, France 3/5/15 - 13/7/15. Date and origin of disabilty: 4/7/15 France " Got a chill and pain in left side which was diagnosed as pleurisy the next day. Sent to hospital and operated on 3 weeks later. Remained in hospital for about 4 months and was discharged with wound healed". Opinion as to origin of disability: Empyema - caused by exposure of active service in a susceptible individual. (He was operated on 5 years ago for the same condition). Condition now: Looking rather pale, has lost flesh, still some cough and shortness of breath. Left side of chest shows restricted movement. Operation - Thoractomy and drainage. Disharged permanently untfit Western General Hospital. Description on dishcarge: 20 years if age, chest 34 1/2 inches, Fair complexion, brown hair and eyes. 3 operation scars on back.
 
British War and Victory Medals and the 15 Star. Death Dec Q 1918 Bury aged 23.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Tom ARMITAGE Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 7th December 1918 age 34. Buried in Unsworth St. George Churchyard Extension. Service Number: 13181. Husband of Rebecca Armitage of 58 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Tom had at least 3 children: John 1912, William 1914 and Ethel 1916, he had married Rebecca Lever 1908 Prestwich.  Battalion unknown.
 1911 56 Holland Street, Prestwich. 4 Rooms. Filled in by Thomas Armitage.
Head Thomas Armitage M 27 Fly Maker (spindle flyer) worker Manchester
Wife Rebecca              M 25                                                Manchester - married 3 years, 1 child, 1 living
Daur Elizth Ann                 3                                                Manchester
Boarder Sara Ann Ackins W 26                                            Manchester - 3 children, 3 living.


 
 
 
 
 

 

Alfred BERRY Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 11th Battalion, 25th Division. Died 11th July 1916 age 20. Thiepval Memorial. Service Number: 28447. Son of Fred and Annie Berry of 267 Hollins Lane, Whitefield. The 25th division attached to the 74th Brigade in September 1914.

 

21st May 1916 German attack on Vimy Ridge.

1st - 13th July 1916 The Battle of Albert (Somme), where Alfred died on the 9th day of battle.
 
11th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers details: 
Formed at codford Sept. 1914-K3-Army Troops, 25th Div. at Codford but soon to 74th Bde. 25th Div. Dec. 1914 to billets at Boscombe. April 1915 Hursley. May 1915 Malplaquet Barracks, Aldershot. 25.9.15 landed at Boulogne. 12.8.18 disbanded near Dieppe.
 
1911 267 Hollins Lane, Unsworth, Whitefield. 5 Rooms. Fred Berry.
Head Fred Berry M 42 Cotton Cloth Dryer Bleaching & Finishing worker Unsworth
Wife Annie         M 42                                                                       Unsworth - married 18 years, 4 children, 2 living, 2 died.
Son Alfred             14 Cotton Cloth Opener Bleaching & F|inishing worker Unsworth
Daur Amy              11 School                                                               Unsworth
 
 
 
 
Arnold BOOTH Pte 2614 1st/8th Bn Manchester Regiment. KIA 7 Aug 1915 age 24. Born Whitefield, enlisted Manchester, resident Morcambe. Son of Late Amos Booth and Jane Booth of 156 Westminster Road, Morcambe, Lancaster. Helles Memorial. 
 
Battalion Details:

Regiment, Corps etc.: Manchester Regiment Battalion etc: 1/8th

4.8.14 In Ardwick, near Manchester: Manchester Bde. East Lancs Div. Subsequent record similar to 1/5th Bn. to Feb. 1918 and then 19.2.18 to 126th Bde. 42nd Div. 11.11.18 126th Bde. 42nd Div. France; Hautmont, S.W. of Maubeuge.

1901 Hopper Lane, Droylsden, Lancashire
Head Amos Booth M 31 Packer at Bleachworks Prestwich
Wife Jane             M 29                                    Ramsbottom
Son Arnold               10                                    Hollins
Son Arthur                 6                                    Hollins
Son Harold                5                                    Hollins
Son Peter                  2                                    Hollins

Another sibling Florence born 1907 Droylsden

In 1911 Arnold was living with his parents and sibling at 146 Moorside Street, Droylsden. Arnold was unmarried, 20 years old and working as a Parcel Maker in a Bleachworks.

 

Harry BRADSHAW Born 1888/9 Hollins. Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 20th Battalion, 35th Division. Died 24th October 1917 age 29. Tyne Cot Memorial. Service Number: 24473. Husband of Annie Bradshaw of "Holme Lea", Bury New Road, Whitefield. 20th Battalion formed in Salford on 23rd March 1915. In August they attached to the 10th Brigade and became part of the 35th Division. Married Annie Holmes 1914 Bury district, no children in birth index. 1901 son of Squire and Elizabeth Bradshaw of 347 Hollins Lane, Unsworth.


Actions of the 35th Division

 January/Early February 1916 Moved to France.

1st - 13th July 1916 The Battle of Albert (Somme).

14th March - 5th April 1917 Germans retreated to the Hindenburg Line.

26th October - 10th November 1917 The Battle of Passchendaele. Harry died 2 days before this battle began.
 
 
 
20th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers details:
Raised at Salford on 23.3.15 by Mr. Montague Barlow, M.P. and the Salford Brigade Committee as a bantam bn. July 1915 to Conway. Aug. 1915 to Cholderton, Salisbury Plain. in 104th Bde. 35th Div. 27.8.15 taken over by the War Office 30.1.16 landed at Havre. 16.2.18 disbanded at St. Jean, near Ypres.
 
1911 347 Fern Bank, Hollins, Whitefield. 5 Rooms. For Squire Bradshaw by H. Bradshaw
Head Squire Bradshaw M 53 Dryer of Bleached Cloth. Cotton Bleachers Finisher worker Whitefield
Wife Elizabeth             M 49                                                                           Hollins - married 26 years, 2 children, 2 living
Daur Amy                   U 26 Looker Over of Cloth in Bleachworks. Cotton Bleachers Finisher worker Hollins
Son Harry                   U 22 Salesman for Silk Merchants. Silk Merchants. Worker. Hollins
Bro In law William Appleby U 40 Beetler in Cloth Bleachworks. Cotton Bleachers Finisher. Hollins

 
Alfred B. BRIGGS
 
 
SDGW: Alfred Barlow Briggs. Pte G/4014 13th Middlesex Regiment, born Whitefield, lived Bury. Killed in action 18th August 1916. CWGC: Died age 26, Thiepval Memorail, no known grave. Son of Mrs Maria Briggs of 322 Hollins Lane, Unsworth.
 
Notes from service record:
 
Attested Bury 5th September 1914 4014 13th Middlesex Regiment. Born Whitefield, age 23 years and 10 months. Bleacher.Lived in fathers house, unmarried. Posted to 13th Middlesex Regiment 5/9/1914 and again on 12/9/1914 as Private.
Medical at Bury 5/9/1914: 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall, 121 lbs, chest 35 1/2 inches. Good physical development. 3 vaccination marks left. Blue eyes, fair complexion, light brown hair. Church of England.
Wounded at duty 30/4/1916, wounded in action and missing 18/8/1916. Death presumed 18/8/1916. Total of 1 year 348 days service.
 
Mother in recept of 12/- separation allowance in respect of Alfred.
Home 5/9/1914 - 31/8/1915
BEF France 1/9/1915 - 18/8/1916
Father John Thomas Briggs of 322 Hollins Lane, sent information on relatives of Alfred in 1919, his mother was Maria and he had no brothers or sisters.
Plaque, scroll and medals to father. British War Medal, 14-15 Star and Victory Medal.
 
 
 
 
 
Robert BROWN Pte G/4008 Duke of Westminsters Own (Middlesex Regiment). Died in UK 9th Feb 1916. Born Whitefield, Enlisted Bury. Buried in St George Graveyard Extension, Unsworth. Grave Number 26. Died from wounds received in France, Lincoln Hospital Feb 1916. He was 24 at death. 15 star, British War and Victory Medals. Entered France 1/9/1915. 

           


1901 son of Thomas and Mary J Brown of 682 Manchester Road, Redvales, born Unsworth.

1911 130 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. 
Head Thomas Brown M 61 Cloth Stamper. Bleachworks. Worker. Little Lever
Wife Mary Jane        M 54                                                         Bury - married 34 years, 10 children, 8 living, 2 died.
Daur Hannah Slater M 30 Straightener. Bleachworks. Worker. Unsworth - married 9 years, 1 child, 1 living.
Daur Mary Brown U 27 Straightner. Bleachworks. Worker. Unsworth
Daur Harriet Brown U 16 Straightener, Bleachworks. Worker. Unsworth
Son Tom Brown U 22 Hair Dresser. Worker. Unsworth
Son Robert Brown U 18 Plaiter. Bleachworks. Unsworth
Grandson Jack Slater 8                                 Bury

 
Battalion details 13th Middlesex Regiment:
Formed at Mill Hill Sept. 1914-K3-to South Downs in 73rd Bde. 24th Div. Dec. 1914 Hove. May 1915 Shoreham. June 1915 Pirbright. 2.9.15 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 73rd Bde. 24th Div. France; moving to Le Louvion, east of Bavai.
 
 
 
 
 
Percy BUCK Private 200862 (formerly 2754) in the Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd/5th Battalion, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Died 28th June 1916 age 20. Arras Memorial. Son of Walter and Bertha Buck of 21 Roach Street, Blackford Bridge, Bury. Percy was killed in between the Battles of Arras (finished 5th April) and Albert (began 21st August).  



1901 Percy at 9 Alfred Street, Droylsden, Percy was 4 years old and his father was working as a Foreman Driver.

1911 2 Elms Street, Whitefield. 6 Rooms. Walter Buck
Head Walter Buck M 48 Road Foreman. Urban District Council. Worker. Ashleydelford, Leicestershire
Wife Bertha          M 50                                                                     Goldenhill, Stoke On Trent
Daur Ethel May     U 18 Weaver.             Cotton Weaving.         Worker.  U.S. America
Son Percy            U 15 Plater                 Cotton Cloth               Worker. Burslem, Staffordshire
Son Harold               11 School                                                             Clayton, Manchester
Son Ernest                7 School                                                             Bury, Lancashire
 
 
 
 


Jack BUTTERWORTH Cpl 200127 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 6th September 1917 France at The Battle of Passchendaele. No known grave, Tyne Cot Memorial. Son of Arthur and Betsy Butterworth of 36 Heaton Street, Unsworth. Born 1896.

1911 316 Hollins Lane, Hollins, Whitefield. 4 Rooms. Arthur Butterworth

Head Arthur Butterworth M 39 Cloth Dyer In Bleachworks. Bleachers & Finishers. Worker Unsworth

Wife Betsy                   M 40                                                                                        Bury

Son Jack                        15 Plaiter in Bleachworks          Bleachers & Finshers  Worker Unsworth

Daur Sarah                     14 Cotton Cloth Weaver             Cotton cloth Manufacturers Worker Unsworth


 

Tom CALDERBANK Pte 51863 Liverpool Regiment 13th Battalion. Died of Wounds 19th October 1918. Born and Resident in Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Buried Couin Bristish Cemetery, France. Son of Louis and Mary of Unsworth. Brother of Fred listed below.

 
Battalion Details 13th Liverpool Regiment:

Formed Oct. 1914 at Seaforth, Liverpool-K3-to Salisbury Plain; Army Troops 25th Div. Nov. 1914 to Bournemouth in billets. Feb. 1915 to 76th Bde. 25th Div. May 1915 to Aldershot. 27.9.15 landed at Havre. 15.10.15 76th Bde. to 3rd Div. 23.10.15 to 8th Bde. 3rd Div. 4.4.16 to 9th Bde. 3rd Div. 11.11.18 9th Bde. 3rd Div. France; Le Grand Sart, east of Le Quesnoy.


 
 
Fred CALDERBANK Private in the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Died 20th April 1921 age 26. Buried in Unsworth St. George Churchyard Extension. Service Number: 50924. Son of Louis and Mary Calderbank of 67 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. Brother Tom, above, also fell. 


1911 67 Chapel Lane, Whitefield. 4 Rooms. Louis Calderbank
Head Louis Calderbank M 54 Bleachers Mangler Worker Whitefield
Wife Mary                   M 56                                         Whitefield - married 34 years, 8 children, 7 living, 1 died.
Daur Elizabeth             U 28 Bleachers Lengthener Worker Whitefield
Daur Maggie                U 23 Bleachers Parceller Worker Whitefield
Son Thomas                U 21 Bleachers Paster Worker Whitefield
Son Fred                     U 19 Bleachers  Labourer Worker Whitefield
 
 
William Rothwell CONSTERDINE Serjeant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1st/5th Battalion, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Died 7th August 1915. Helles Memorial.
 
25 September 1915 Egypt, the defence of the Suez Canal against the Turks. 6 May 1915 Gallipoli, 3 attempts by the Fusiliers to break out of the Helles Bridgehead around the village of Krithia to dominate the surrounding heights. 1st attempt 6th - 8th May 1915, 2nd attempt 4th June 1915, last attempt 6th - 13th August - William was killed in this last action (officially kown as The Battle of Krithia Vinyard). 

 
1911: 15 Pleasant View, Hollins, Whitefield. 3 Rooms. Written by William Rothwell Consterdine
H William Rothwell Consterdine m 47 Block Cutter & Stamp Maker Paper and cloth printing Own Account At Home. Born Newton Heath, Lancashire
W Mary                                   m 45                                                                                                          Manchester, Lancashire (married 24 years, 7 children, 5 living, 2 died)
D Annie Elizabeth                    u 23 Paper Bag Maker                   Paper Bags Employed born Manchester
D May                                     u 21 Paper Bag Maker                       "      "           "                      "
D Elsie Agnes                          u 18 Silker                                   Bleach Works    "                      "
S Richard                                u 15 Spindle Maker                        Cotton Industry "                  Hollins
D Gertrude                              u 11                                                                                        Hollins
 
 
Fred COURTNEY Serjeant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1st/7th Battalion, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Died 18th June 1917. Buried at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand. The 1st/7th Battalion formed in Salford in 1914. Fred was killed at Havrincourt, four months after arriving on the Western Front. Son of William and the late Julia Annie Courtney of 342 Hollins Lane, Unsworth 1901. Died of wounds, lived Whitefield, enlisted Turton. Died aged about 27.

1911 338 Hollins Lane, Hollins, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Elizabeth A Turner
Head Elizabeth A Turner W 73                              Henstridge, Lancashire
Son William Turner U 49 Calico Beetler. Bleachworks. Henstridge, Lancashire
Son Fred Turner U 45 Calico Beetler. Bleachworks. Henstridge, Lancashire
Grandaur Annie Jackson M 26 Calico Looker Over Bleachworks. Hollins
Grandson Fred Courtney U 21 Calico Hooker         Bleachworks. Hollins



Photo courtesy of and copyright to Carol Spencer


Manchester Evening News 14th July 1917:






 
Walter R. ECKERSALL  Lance Corporal in the East Lancashire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 8th Division (primarily). Died 20th November 1917 age 28. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Service Number: 29593. Son of James Thomas and Selina Eckersall of 680 Manchester Road, Bury. Actions of the East Lancashire Regiment: Killed in action France and Flanders. Enlisted Manchester. 1901 of 34 Croft Lane, Unsworth.

1911 52 Croft Lane, Hollins, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. James Thomas Eckersall
Head James Thomas Eckersall M 49 Foreman calico Bleaching Worker Unsworth
Wife Selina                             M 52                                                   Leek, Stafford - married 23 years 2 children, 2 living
Son Walter Rider Eckersall      U 22 Clerk Calico Bleaching Worker Unsworth
Daur Dorothy                          U 19 Milliners Assistant       Worker Unsworth

 
August 1914 In Wijnberg, South Africa.
30th October 1914 Landed at Southampton, England and attached to the 24th Brigade, 8th Division.
November 1914 Moved to the Western Front as replacement troops.
10th - 13th March 1915 Battle of Neuve Chapene.
9th May 1915 Battle of Aubers.25 September - 19th October 1915 Battle of Loos.18th October 1915 Walter moved to the 23rd Division, who didn't see action until The Battle of Albert (began 1st July 1915)
15th June 1916 Walter moved back to the 8th Division, where he stayed and fought with them at The Battle of Albert (Somme) 1st - 13th July 1916.
14th March - 5th April 1916 Involved in forcing the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line.
31st July - 2nd August 1917 Battle of Pilckem (Ypres).
16th - 18th August 1917 Battle of Langemark (Ypres)
Walter died in November 1917 after the above Battles, but before his Division went on to The First Battles of the Somme (began 21st March 1918).
 
 Battalion Details 2nd East Lancashire Regiment:

4.8.14 Wynberg, South Africa. 1.10.14 sailed from Cape Town 30.10.14 landed at southampton and to Hursley Park in 24th Bde. 8th Div. 6.11.14 landed at Havre. 18.10.15 24th Bde. to 23rd Div. 15.7.16 24th Bde. returned to 8th Div. 3.2.18 to 25th Bde. 8th Div. 11.11.18 25th Bde. 8th Div. France; Pommeroeul, west of Mons.



Frank ECKERSLEY Pte 1430 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Born and enlisted Bury, died of wounds 13th May 1915 Gallipoli. Helles Memorial. No known grave. Medal roll index cards shows 14 Star, British War and Victory Medals and 3 theatres of War - First entered therein on 25th September 1914. Brother of James W below who also fell.

Manchester Evening News 7th June 1915




1901 35 Chapel Lane, Unsworth aged 5 born Unsworth son of Sarah Eckersley, widow age 47.
 
1911 96 Carr Fold, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Sarah Eckersley
Head Sarah Eckersley W 58                                            Prestwich
Son James W.             U 22 Beetler. Cotton Cloth Bleachworks  worker Unsworth
Son Alfred                    U 21 Dryer.        "       "           "             worker Unsworth
Daur Nellie                   U 17 Washer      "       "           "             worker Unsworth
Son Frank                    U 15 Plaiter         "      "           "             worker Unsworth
Son John                      u 20 Machine Minder Cotton cloth Bleachworks worker Unsworth
 
 
James William ECKERSLEY Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 5th Battalion, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Died 19th July 1918 age 29. Buried at Unsworth Methodist Church. Number 201004. British War and Victory Medals. Married Ellen Winward 1913 Bury District, son Norman born 1917 Bury. Brother of Frank above.

 
Notes from Pension Record:
 
Formerly No. 2960 2/5th Lancs Fus. Attested at Bury 4th November 1914 of 102 Parr Fold, Unsworth. Transferred to reserve 6/11/17. Discharged no longer physically fit 16/5/18. Served in France 3/5/15 - 26/11/15.Medical: age 27 years and 4 months. 5 foot 3 3/4 inches, chest 39" 4/11/14. Description on discharge: age 30 years and 10 months same height, chest 40". Beetler. A sober, steady and reliable man.King George Hospital, London 26/11/15 - 3/4/16 130 days with rheumatism and myalgia. Has had rheumatism several times, often up to knees in water. In beginning November had pain in back and shoulders and general weakness. Knees stiff but no fluid. Exposure on active service. Pain in dorsal region, very stiff in mornings and in damp weather. Heart normal. 50 % disability for 3 months and 25 % after.
Death James William Eckersley July - Sep 1918 Bury age 30.
 
 

 
 
 
 



Frank FIELDING Born 1894/5 Radcliffe. Second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers 1st/7th Battalion, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Died 4th October 1917. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Frank died before the First Battles of the Somme, probably at Givenchy where they had been hepling with the construction of concrete defence works.

1911 38 Croft Lane, Hollins, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Richard Fielding
Head Richard Fielding M 51 Mangler in Bleachworks Calico. Radcliffe
Wife Sarah Ellen         M 53                                               Radcliffe - married 25 years, 3 children, 3 living
Daur Florence              U 24 Looker Over in Bleachworks Calico Radcliife
Son Reginald               U 18 Clerk at Bleachworks Calico Radcliffe
Son Frank                   U 16 Solicitors Clerk                     Radcliffe
 
Albert FITTON Albert Edward, 26622 Pte Lancashire Fusiliers 18th Battalion. KIA 26th March 1918. Born Heywood, enlisted Whitefield. Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Brother of Tom T Fitton who also fell.
 
Battalion Details 18th Lancashire Fusiliers:

Raised at Bury on 13.1.15 by Lieut. Col. G.E.Wike, and a committee as a bantam bn. 8.4.15 to Garswood Park, Ashton-in-Makerfield. June 1915 to Masham, Yorks. and 104th Bde. 35th Div. Subsequent record similar to 17th Bn. 11.11.18 104th Bde. 35th Div. Belgium; Paricke, west of Grammont.


See below for 1911

 

Tom Taylor FITTON Private in the East Lancashire Regiment, 8th Battalion, 37th Division. Died 6th October 1917. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Service Number: 38661. Son of Emily Fitton of 25 Hollins Vale, Whitefield and the late Albert Fitton. Brother of Albert E Fitton, above, who also fell.

 September 1914 8th Battalion formed at Preston and attached to 74th Brigade (25th Division).
November 1914 They became Divisional troops to the 112th Brigade (37th Division).
13th - 18th November 1916 Battle of Ancre (Somme).
9th - 14th April 1917 The First Battle of Le Scarpe (Arras), where they captured Monchy Le Preux.
23rd -24th April 1917 The Second Battle of Le Scarpe (Arras).
28th - 29th April 1917 Battle of Arleux (Arras)
20th - 25th September 1917 Battle of Menin Road (Ypres).
26th September - 3rd October 1917 Battle of Polygon Wood (Ypres).
4th October 1917 Battle of Broodseinde (Ypres).
6th October 1917 Battle of Poelcapelle (Ypres). Tom died in between these two Battles on the 6th October.
 
Battalion Details 8th East Lancashire Regiment:

Formed at Preston Sept. 1914-K3-to 74th Bde. 25th Div. at Codford. Nov. 1914 to Bournemouth in billets and became Army Troops 25th Div. Mar. 1915 to 112th Bde. 37th Div. at Ludgershall. End July 1915 landed at Boulogne. 21.2.18 disbanded in France; 20 officers and 400 men to 11th Bn.

 
1911 25 Hollins Vale, Whitefield. 6 Rooms. Albert Fitton
Head Albert Fitton      M 46 Engineer (Stationary) Bleachworks Worker Whitefield
Wife Emily                 M 46                                                               Hollins Vale
Son Tom Taylor Fitton U 19 Stamper                          "           Worker Besses  - married 20 years, 7 children, 6 living, 1 died
Son Albert Edwin        U 18 Crofter                            "            Worker Besses
Daur Kathleen Maria   U 17 Stitcher                           "            Worker Hollins Vale
Son Leslie                  U 16 Crofter                            "            Worker Hollins Vale
Daur Florence Gladstone Fitton U 11 School                                       Hollins Vale
Daur Emily Margaret                U 4                                                    Hollins Vale


Harold FOSTER L/Cpl 28170 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 28th October 1917 France and Flanders. Berlin South-Western war cemetery. Born Prestwich, lived Whitefield, enlisted Bury. 1901 Thurston Fold Farmhouse, Unsworth aged 6 born Pendleton son of William and Eliza Foster.

 
Battalion Details 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers:

4.8.14 Dover: 12th Bde. 4th Div. 20.8.14 landed at Boulogne. 4.11.15 12th Bde. to 36th Div. and returned to 4th Div. on 3.2.16 11.11.18 12th Bde. 4th Div. France; Artres, south of Valenciennes


1911 Haywood Farm, Little Heaton, Heaton near Middleton. 7 Rooms. William Foster
Head William Foster W 49 Farmer Own Account. At Home. Salford - 13 children, 8 living, 5 died.
Son Harry               U 26 Farmers Son working Farm. Worker. Salford
Daur Mary Jane       U 23 Household Duties                           Salford
Daur Lily                U 21 Weaver                               Worker Salford
Daur Clara             U 17 Weaver                               Worker Salford
Son Tom                U 16 Apprentice Tool Maker         Worker Salford
Son Harold                14 Office Boy                          Worker Prestwich
Son Albert Edward      11 School                                         Unsworth




Tom GREENHALGH Tom Lawrence Cpl Middlesex Regiment "A" Coy 13th Battalion. KIA 23rd June 1917 age 27, born Unsworth, enlisted Bury, resident Manchester. Son of Joseph and Harriet Greenhalgh. Buried Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Belgium. Brother of Norman (below), who also fell.
 
13th Middlesex Bn. details:
Formed at Mill Hill Sept. 1914-K3-to South Downs in 73rd Bde. 24th Div. Dec. 1914 Hove. May 1915 Shoreham. June 1915 Pirbright. 2.9.15 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 73rd Bde. 24th Div. France; moving to Le Louvion, east of Bavai.
 

1911 Hollins, Whitefield. 4 Rooms. Joseph Greenhalgh.
Head Joseph Greenhalgh M 58 Cloth Maker Up Bleachworks Bolton
Wife Harriet                    M 55                                            Bolton - marriedd 36 years, 6 children, 5 living, 1 died
Daur Clara Alice             U 28 Cloth Lengthener Bleachworks Rainow, cheshire
Son Thomas Lawrence    U 21 Cloth Stretcher   Bleachworks Hollins
Son Norman Wood Greenhalgh U 18 Butchers Apprentice Hollins
Daur Dorothy Janet                  U 15 Cotton Bander Dye Works Hollins

Norman Wood GREENHALGH Lance Serjeant in the Lancashire Fusiliers "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Division. Died 28th March 1918 age 27. Arras Memorial. Son of Joseph and Harriet Greenhalgh of 276 Hollins Lane, Whitefield. Details of the 4th Division:  Killed in action. British War and Victory Medals. Born Hollins, resident Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Brother of Tom (above) who also fell.

 August 1914 2nd Battalion formed at Dover, part of the 12th Brigade (4th Division)
4th November 1915 Moved with Brigade to the 36th Division.
3rd February 1916 Moved back to the 4th Division
4th Division then moved to France and was one of the first to arrive there.
1st - 13th July 1916 Battle of Albert (Somme)
1st - 18th October 1916 Battle of Transloy (Somme)
9th - 14th April 1917 The First Battle of Le Scarpe (Arras).
3rd - 4th May 1917 The Third Battle of Le Scapre (Arras).
26th September - 3rd October 1917 Battle of Polygon Wood (Ypres).
4th October 1917 Battle of Broodseinde (Ypres).
18th April 1918 Battle of Bethune (Lys). Norman must have died on the way to this battle on the 28th March.
 
Battalion Details 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers:

4.8.14 Dover: 12th Bde. 4th Div. 20.8.14 landed at Boulogne. 4.11.15 12th Bde. to 36th Div. and returned to 4th Div. on 3.2.16 11.11.18 12th Bde. 4th Div. France; Artres, south of Valenciennes

 

 
Albert HALL 201341 Pte 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 2oth November 1918 age 25 at home. Death Dec Q 1918 Bury district. Husband of Miriam Hall of 5 Fields Road, Stoneclough, Lancashire. Buried Ringley St Saviour. 1901 75 Blue Bell, Blackford Brow, Unsworth aged 9 born Unsworth son of William Hall Beerseller and Sarah Ellen. British War and Victory Medals. Formerly 3583 Lancashire Fusiliers.



Albert married Miriam Wardle in 1917 at Ringley St Saviour. 

Pension record notes: 201341 Pte Albert Hall 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Discharged 4/8/1917 Preston age 24 years and 1 month. 5 feet 9 inches tall, pale complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. Address on discharge - 5 Folds Road, Ringley, Stoneclough.

Home 4/1/15 - 22/6/16
BEF France 23/6/16 - 14/9/16
Home 15/9/16 - 4/8/17

Cause of discharge: Spinal Concussion (medical board 6/6/17) - In September 1916 France, he was buried in a trench. Permanent disability, prevents 1/2 for 6 months. Will require outpatient treatment. Result of active service when buried in a trench.

1911 83 Rose Bank, Gigg Lane, Bury. 5 Rooms. William Hall
Head William Hall M 53 Cloth Finisher Bleachworks Unsworth
Wife Sarah Ellen Hall M 56 Housekeeper (deleted) Little Lever
Son Edward Hall U 28 Stoker Mortar Waggon Bleachers Hollins Vale
D Lela Hall         U 23 Housekeeper (deleted)          Unsworth
S Albert Hall      U 19 Joiner in Iron Foundry            Unsworth
D Eleanor Hall        15 Calico Cotton Weaver   Cotton Unsworth



 

Robert HASLAM Second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 12th Battalion, 22nd Division. Died 29th March 1918. Buried at Sarigol Military Cemetery. Son of Anderson and Annie Haslam of The Pole, Unsworth.

1911 Bay Horse, Unsworth, Whitefield. 9 Rooms. Robert Hampson
Head Robert Hampson M 63 Publican Worker Whitefield
Wife Jane           "       M 63                           Unsworth
Daur Ada Lord             U 27 Assisting in Business Worker Unsworth
Grandaur Annie Haslam U 38 Assisting in Business Worker Unsworth
Grandson Robert Haslam  12 School                                  Unsworth

September 1914 12th Battalion formed in Bury and attached to 65th Brigade, 22nd Division.

September 1915 Crossed to France, but soon moved to Salonika and stayed there.

Robert was killed just before a major offensive was launched there which was intended to end the war in the Balkans (began in July 1918).
 
The only man from Unsworth to be entered on De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
"Robert Haslam, 2nd Lieut 12th Service Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers. Son of Anderson Haslam of Canada by his wife Annie, dau of the late Thomas Lord; born Whitefield 20th July 1898 - educated at Bury Grammar School; gazetted 2nd Lieut July 1917. Served in the Salonika Army from the following December and died there from wounds accidentally received. Buried in Military Cemetery, Janes, Macedonia. His commanding officer wrote "his platoon also wish me to say they regret his loss, as he was one of the best officers they had".
 
 
 
 
Percy HEYWOOD SDGW: Arthur Percival Heywood, Pte 8129 11th Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 4092 Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916 France and Flanders. Born and lived Unsworth, enlisted Bury. CWGC: Died age 21. Thiepval Memorial. Son of Herbert and Emma Heywood of 16 Sykes Avenue, Unsworth. Brother of William listed below.

Manchester Evening News 4th August 1916.


 
Medal Roll Index: 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Killed in action 1/7/16. One theatre of War: France - entered 26th July 1915.
 
 
Battalion Details 11th Royal Fusiliers:

Regiment, Corps etc.: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Formed at Hounslow 6.9.14-K2-to Colchester in 54th Bde. 18th Div. May 1915 Salisbury Plain. July 1915 to France. 11.11.18 54th Bde. 18th Div. France; near le Cateau.

 

William HEYWOOD (Willie) Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, "A" Company, 10th Battalion, 25th Division. Died 22nd December 1915 age 22. Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Service Number: 4083. Son of Herbert and Emma Heywood of Sykes Avenue, Unsworth. Brother of Percy above.

 

September 1914 10th Battalion formed in Bury and attached to the 74th Brigade (25th Division)

25th - 30th September 1914 Joined the BEF at Verdun. William died December 1915 before the Division went into any major battle.

 
Battalion Details 10th Lancashire Fusiliers:
 

Formed at Bury Sept. 1914-K2-to Bovington in 52nd Bde. 17th Div. 1 June 1915 Hursley. 15.7.15 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 52nd Bde. 17th Div. France; Beaufort, south of Maubeuage.

  

 
1911 89 Chapel Lane, Unsworth, Whitefield. 4 Rooms. Herbert Heywood
Head Herbert Heywood M 44 Stretcher Bleachworks. Heaton Mersey, Lancashire
Wife Emma                 M 44                                    Unsworth - married 21 years, 9 children, 6 living, 3 died
Son William                 U 17 Plaiter     Bleachworks Unsworth
Son Arthur Percival      U 16 Flat Beetler Bleachworks Unsworth
Son James                  13 Apprentice Spindle Fly Maker Unsworth
Son Edwin                   11 School                            Unsworth
Daur Alice                      3                                      Unsworth
Son Jesse                   6 months                             Unsworth




William Edward HEYWOOD Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 2nd/5th Battalion, 55th (West Lancashire) Division. Died 9th April 1918 age 27. Loos Memorial. Service number: 202861. Son of Alfred and Mary Ann Heywood of 371 Ivy Bank, Hollins Lane, Whitefield.


1911 28 Croft Lane, Hollins, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Ewart Heywood

Head Ewart Heywood M 30 Maker Up of Cotton Cloth Bleachworks Unsworth

Wife Mary Jane         M 30                                                          Unsworth

Brother William Edward Heywood U 20 Cab Driver Unsworth

Brother Alfred Heywood u 18 Cotton Cloth Doubler Bleachworks Unsworth

 
The 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers:

9th September 1914 The 2nd/5th Battalion was formed in Bury.

8th February 1915: attached to the 197th Brigade (66th Division).

17th April 1915: attached to the 3rd Highland Brigade.

12th May 1915: became the 154th Brigade (51st Division)

7th January 1916: attached to the 164th Brigade (55th Division)

3rd - 6th September 1916 Battle of Guillemont (Somme).

9th September 1916 Battle of Ginchy (Somme).

15th - 22nd September 1916 Battle of Flers Courcelette (Somme).

25th - 28th September 1916 Battle of Morval (Somme).

31st July - 2nd August 1917 Battle of Pilckem (Ypres).

20th - 25th September 1917 Battle of Menin Road (Ypres).

 

20th November - 3rd December 1917 Battle of Cambrai.

9th - 11th April 1918 Battle of Estaires (Lys), where the division successfully fought the first defence of Givenchy. William was killed here on the opening day of battle.
 
 

Herbert HOLMES Born 1893/4 Horwich, in Unsworth in 1901. 202785 Pte Lancashire Fusiliers 2/5th Battalion. KIA 20 June 1918 age 24. Born Horwich, enlisted Bury, resident Whitefield. Son of the late Joseph and Alice Holmes. Loos Memorial. 1901 314 Hollins Lane, Unsworth.


1911 314 Hollins Lane, Hollins, Whitefield. 4 Rooms. For Alice Holmes by H.Bradshaw (possibly Harry Bradshaw on this memorial)

Head Alice Holmes W 53 Cotton Cloth Weaver Cotton Cloth Manufacturers Worker Bolton - married 23 years, 2 children, 2 living
Daur Annie Holmes U 22 Cotton Cloth Piece Lengthener Bleachers Finisher Worker Radclifffe
Son Herbert Holmes U 17 Clerk in Silk Merchants Office. Silk Merchants Worker Horwich.



William HOLT 200180 Cpl Lancashire Fusiliers 1/5th Bn (T.F). Died 4th April 1918. Born and enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. Arras Memorial. Son of Joshua and Alice Holt of 24 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. Brother of Joseph below.
 
1911: 24 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Written by Joshua Holt
H Joshua Holt m 52 Cloth Calenderer Bleachworks. Worker. Unsworth
W Alice          m 59                                                           Bury - married 5 years, no children from present marriage.
S Joseph        u 18 Cloth Flat Beetler Bleachworks. Worker. Unsworth
S Willie          u 16 Cloth Hooker       Bleachworks. Worker. Unsworth
Step D Alice Horrocks u 16 Paper Bag Maker. Papermill. Worker. Bury


 
Joseph HOLT 4481 Pte Lancashire Fusiliers 10th Bn. KIA 18th August 1915. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Buried Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Belgium. 1901 son of Joshua Holt of 24 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. Brother of William (above).
 


See William Holt above for 1911 census.
 
 
Battalion Details 10th Lancashire Fusiliers:
 

Formed at Bury Sept. 1914-K2-to Bovington in 52nd Bde. 17th Div. 1 June 1915 Hursley. 15.7.15 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 52nd Bde. 17th Div. France; Beaufort, south of Maubeuage.

 
 

John HOWARTH 39496 Cpl Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died in UK 9th July 1918 buried St Mary Churchyard, Radcliffe. Born Radcliffe, enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. Formerly 1646 Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of pneumonia after influenza, at Bury Hospital 1918. Previously wounded by shrapnel in left hip 4/8/15. Says wounded again by GSW Right leg 9/8/15 and wounded 27/3/1918. Father Joseph, mother Margaret. British War and Victory Medals. Attested 12/2/14 Bury, age 18 years and 7 months. Born Radcliffe, living at the Blue Bell, Blackford Bridge an apprentice spindle maker employed by TA Fitton and sons. 5 foot 6 1/2 inches, chest 37 1/2 inches. 1901 at Eton Hill Road, Radcliffe. 

Manchester Evening News 24th Aeptember 1915 Wounded at the Dardanelles.


Telegram: Regret to inform that 39496 Sergt J. Howarth of 42 MGC died this morning at Bury Infirmary Military Section from pneumonia. Relatives Informed Wounded.

Conduct sheet: 14/7/17 Inattention in the ranks 4 days Confinement

Medical Sheet: 3/7/18 Pneumonia, patient sent from military barracks on Weds 3/7/18. He had an attack of influenza a week previously but overcame that infection. He got up out of his bed rather...... .....might (likely rather sooner than). On the Saturday previous to admittance here he stated he fell ill again and was admitted to Military Hospital, Bury. Patient has signs and symptoms of acute lobal? pneumonia involving the whole of the left lung.

Patient dead after 4 years 149 days service.

He served at home, Egypt and France.

1911 Blue Bell Inn, Blackford Brow, Nr Whitefield, 11 Rooms. Joseph Howarth
Head Joseph Howarth M 56 Publican (Beerhouse) Worker. Home. Unsworth
Wife Margaret            M 53                                                        Unsworth
Daur Nellie                U 19 Winder (Cotton Mill) Worker Radcliffe
Son John                  U 15 Picker Scraper (Paper Mill) Radcliffe
Grandson Joe Howarth 6                                            Radcliffe
 

George JACKSON 7342 2nd Royal Fusiliers Pte. Killed in action 7th August 1917 age 23, buried Artillery Wood Cemetery. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury. 1901 census - 11 Statter Street Unsworth son of Oswald and Mary Louisa aged 6 born Unsworth. 

Manchester Evening News 23rd August 1917.

1911: 11 Statter Street, Hollins, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Oswald Jackson
Head Oswald Jackson W 53 Calenderer at Bleachworks Hollins
Daur Sarah                 U 23 At Home                            Hollins
Son Percy                  U 20 Plaiter Bleachworks            Hollins
Son George                U 16 Plaiter Croft                        Hollins
Son Walter                      8 School                               Hollins
Grandaur Mary Louisa Jackson 9 months                      Hollins


 
Battalion Details 2nd Royal Fusiliers:

4.8.14 Calcutta. Jan. 1915 landed in England and to Stockingford, near Nuneaton joining 86th Bde. 29th Div. Mar. 1915 embarked at Avonmouth. 28.3.15 Alexandria. 11.4.15. Lemnos. 25.4.15 landed at Gallipoli. 8.1.16 Egypt. Mar. 1916 landed at Marseilles. 11.11.18 86th Bde. 29th Div. Belgium; St. Genois, S.E. of Courtrai.



 
 

William JACKSON Born 1885/6 Unsworth. Working in Telephone service in 1901 at Unsworth. Private in the East Yorkshire Regiment, 11th Battalion, 31st Division. Died 12th July 1918 aged about 32. Buried at Petillion Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix. Son of William and Ellen Jackson of 365 Ivy bank, Hollins, Whitefield. Formerly 10784 Army Catering Corps. 

Manchester Evening News 14th may 1917.


2nd September 1914 11th Battalion formed at Hull (The Hull Tradesman's Battalion or 2nd Hull)
June 1915: attached to the 92nd Brigade (31st Division)
December 1915 Went to Egypt to help defend the Suez Canal from the Turks.
March 1916 To the Western Front in France.
1st - 13th July 1916 The Battle of Albert (Somme).
The division then took part in the assault on Serre, suffering high casualties, they were withdrawn for several months.
13th - 18th November 1916 The Battle of Ancre (Somme).
3rd - 4th May 1917 The Third Battle of Le Scarpe (Arras).
21st - 23rd March 1918 The Battle of St. Quentin (Somme).
21st March - 5th April 1918 The First Battles of The Somme (Bapaum and Arras).
9th - 11th April 1918 The Battle of Estaires (Lys).
12th - 15th April 1918 The Battle of Hazelbrouk (Lys).
18th August - 6th September 1918 The Advance in Flanders. William was killed before the advance on Flanders on the 12th July 1918.
 
 Battalion Details 11th East Yorkshire Regiment:

Raised at Hull on 2.9.14 by Lord Nunburnholme and East Riding T.F. Assn. Subsequent record similar to 10th Bn. but taken over by the War Office on 1.9.15 11.11.18 92nd Bde. 31st Div. Belgium; near Flobecq, east of Renaix.

 1911 365 Ivy Bank, Hollins, Whitefield. 5 Rooms. William Jackson
Head William Jackson M 57 Colour Maker Calico Printers Worker Holcombe
Wife Ellen Ann           M 56                                                       Padiham
Son Albert                 U 28 Wheelwrights Blacksmith Worker Stubbins
Son William              U 25 Calico Printers Dryer         Worker Unsworth
Daur Alice                 U 22 Sheeting Looker Over Bleachworks Worker Bury
Son John Richard      U 15 Apprentice Joiner         Builders Unsworth
Son Harold                    12 School                                    Unsworth

Re: John R. Jackson brother to William

Manchester Evening News 23rd June 1915.


Tom A. KAY Born 1899/1900 Unsworth. Tom Alford, 67402 Pte Cheshire Regiment 15th Bn. Died of Wounds 12th October 1918 aged 9. Born Hollins, enlisted Bury, resident Whitefield. Son of Susanna and the late Robert Kay. Buried Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium. 1901 at 360 Hollins Lane, Unsworth with father Robert. 

1911 296 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. 5 Rooms. Harry Kay

Head Susannah Kay W 52                                      Manchester

Son Harry Kay U 24 Code Clerk Shipping Merchants Unsworth

Son Fred Kay U 22 Grocers Assistant Unsworth

Son Frank Kay U 18 Gardener (Domestic) Unsworth

Son Tom Alford Kay 11 School Unsworth

Daur Annie Kay U 19 Lengthener in Cotton FInishing Works Unsworth

Daur Maria Kay U 15 Stitcher in Cotton Finishing Works Unsworth

Daur Edna Kay U 13 Weaver Cotton Mill Unsworth

Notes from service record: Joined from army reserve 8/3/17. Number 18277 61 Training Reserve Bn. Of 296 Hollins Lane, Whitefield age 18 years 0 months. To Cheshire Regiment 8/3/17 from Bury. Next of Kin Mother Suzannah of same address. British War and Victory Medals. Enlisted Pte 31/1/17, called up 8/3/17, posted to Cheshire R 18/7/17 and 1/11/17. To BEF France 2/4/18 15th Cheshire Regiment. 12/10/18 Died of wounds received in action at 105 Field Ambulance, France. Effects sent to mother: medals, photos, cards, letter and one identity disc 20/5/19. Info on relatives from mother 9/11/1920 Father deceased, brothers Harry (34) of 19 St Annes Road East, St Annes, Fred (31) of 8 Hough Hill Road, Stalybridge. Frank (27) at mothers address. Sisters all at home: Annie (29), May (25) and Edna (23).
Casulalty Form, active service Pte Tom Kay, Wesleyan, a pattern lad in shipping. 20/7/18 admitted with influenza, rejoined 9/8/18.
Telegram to mother: Deeply regret to inform you your son 61402 Pte T. Kay Cheshire Regiment died from wounds 12th october at 105 Field Ambulance, France. I am to express the sympathy and regret of the army council in your sad bereavement..
 
 Battalion Details 15th Cheshire Regiment:

Raised in Birkenhead 18.11.14 by Alfred Bigland, M.P. as a Bantam Bn. To Hoylake. June 1915 to Masham, Yorkshire in 105th Bde. 35th Div. Aug. 1915 to Salisbury Plain and taken over by the War Office on 15.8.15. Jan. 1916 landed at Havre. 11.11.18 105th Bde. 35th Div. Belgium; Audenhove, N.E. of Renaix. 


Fred KIRKMAN Born 1894/5 Unsworth. Serjeant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1st/5th Battalion, 42nd Division. Died 15th October 1918 age 23. Buried at Brest (Kerfautras Cemetery). Service Number: 200491. Son of William and Harriet Annie Kirkman of Unsworth. Fred died at the Selle before the battle started on 15th October 1918.  See Bury Virtual War Memorial.


1911 Baron Hill, Blackford Brow, Whitefield. 5 Rooms. William Kirkman

Head William Kirkman M 43 Master Painter Employer Unsworth

Wife Harriet Annie      M 42                                       Owestry, Salop

Son Albert                 U 22 House Painter Worker Unsworth

Son Walter                U 18 House Painter Worker Unsworth

Son Fred                   U 16 Clerk at Paper Mill Worker  Unsworth

Son Wilfred                   13 School                     Unsworth

Daur Lily                        5 School                     Unsworth

Daur Nellie                    3                                 Unsworth

Manchester Evening News 15.7.16 Walter Kirkman wounded.



Henry LLOYD 7360 Pte Royal Fusiliers 11th Bn. KIA 1st July 1916 age 22. Born Llanwyllan, enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. Son of J. and Elizabeth Lloyd of 114 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Formerly 4098 Middlesex Regiment. Thiepval Memorial. See above for entry in Manchester Evening News.

Battalion Details 11th Royal Fusiliers:

Formed at Hounslow 6.9.14-K2-to Colchester in 54th Bde. 18th Div. May 1915 Salisbury Plain. July 1915 to France. 11.11.18 54th Bde. 18th Div. France; near Le Cateau.


1911 64 Common Lane, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. James Lloyd
Head James LLoyd M 39 Farm labourer Guilsfield, Wales
Wife Elizabeth        M 39                      Burgedin, Wales
Son Thomas Henry LLoyd U 17 Bleachers Plaiter Burgedin, Wales
Daur Mary Lizzie              U 15 Cotton Mill Hand Llynelys, Wales
Son Albert James                  6 At School Morton, Wales


William H. McMAHON Private in the Lancashire Fusiliers, 1st/5th Battalion, 42nd Division. Died 13th January 1918. Buried at Gome Britsih and Indian Cemetery. Service Number: 201417. Son of Mr W. McMahon of 95 Park lane, Whitefield. William was killed at Givenchy (which was heavily mined), whilst helping to construct concrete defence works.  British War and Victory Medals.

1911 Meadow Croft, Birch. 4 Rooms. William McMahon
Head William McMahon M 52 Teams Man on Farm Ireland, Co. Down
Wife Sarah J                 M 50                                Ireland, Co. Down
Son Francis E                   14 At Home                 Ireland, Co. Down
Son William H                   11 At Scholl                 Glasgow, Scotland
Boarder Charles Rodgers U 18 Cow boy on farm    Manchester
 
 
George MARSHALL Pte 281001 1/7th Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 13th December 1916. Buried Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery. Born and enlisted Bury, lived Whitefield. Died Gallipoli.
 
1901 47 Blackford Brow, Lancashire:
H William Marshall 38 Beetler at Bleach Works Stockport
W Margaret Marshall 33                            Rhodes
S George Bailey Marshall 5 born Unsworth
S William Marshall 1 born Unsworth
 
1911 67 Blackford Brow, Whitefield. 4 Rooms. William Marshall
Head William Marshall M 48 Beetler Worker Stockport
Wife Margaret             M 43                        Rhodes
Son George                U 15 Plaiter  Worker Whitefield
Son William                    11                       Whitefield
 

Humphrey MASSEY Born 1897/8 Unsworth. Private in the Machine Gun Corps (infantry), 49th Company. Died 25th April 1918. Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Service Number: 58669. Still searching for his Division. Formerly 137200 RFA. 

1911 34 Albert Road, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Mary Massey

Head Mary Massey W 53                    At Home Unsworth

Son William           U 22 Plater Bleachworks WE Buckleys Unsworth

Daur Mary             U 19 Weaver Cotton Mfrs Nelson&Greenhalgh Unsworth

Son James           U 17 Light Porter Bleachworks WE Buckleys Unsworth

Son Humphrey         13 Croft Boy Bleachworks WE Buckleys Unsworth

Son in law Herbert Pragnell M 25 Rubber Proofer Rubber Works Turner Bros. Walmersley

Daur Hannah Pragnell M 25               At Home Unsworth

 

Fred MATHER Born 1892/3 Hollins. Serjeant in the Lincolnshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion. Died 20th September 1918, buried St. Sever Military Cemetery. Service Number: 32963. Awarded MM. Husband of E.A. Mather of "The Nook" Abden Street, Radcliffe. Died of wounds. Born Unsworth, lived Radcliffe, enlisted Bury. Formerly 35347 Lancashire Fusiliers. Son of Joseph and Alice Mather of 2 Prospect Place, Hollins 1901.

 Battalion Details 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment:

4.8.14 Bermuda. Sept. to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 3.10.14 sailed for U.K. and landed at Devonport. To Hursley Park, near Winchester to 25th Bde. 8th Div. 6.11.14 landed at Havre. 4.2.18 to 62nd Bde. 21st Div. Joining 1st Bn. 11.11.18 62nd Bde. 21st Div. France; Aymeries, north of Aulnoye.

 

Pension Record Notes: No 1008 5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Discharged 1916 after 1st period of engagement. Originally attested 1910. 5 feet 8 inches, chest 34 1/2 inches. Served Home 16/3/1910 to 9/9/14, Egypt 10/9/14 - 21/3/16. Home 22/3/16 to 5/4/16, wounded 12/7/15. 15 star, British War and Victory Medals. Father J Mather of 2 Prospect Place, Hollins. He had married Eliza Green 1916.
Embarked Southampton - Egypt 10/9/14
Embarked Alexandria for Dardanelles 2/5/15
22/3/16 Proceeded to England for original discharge.
 
August 1914: Regiment in Bermuda. Returned to England 3rd October 1914 and attached to the 25th Brigade (8th Division).
November 1914 Moved to the Western Front as badly needed reinforcements for those lost at Ypres, stayed at the Front for the whole war.
10th - 13th March 1915 Battle of Chapelle.
9th May 1915 Battle of Aubers.
Battle of Bois Grenier
1st July - 2nd August 1916 The Battle of Albert (Somme).
14th March - 5th April 1917 involved in forcing the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line.
31st July - 2nd August 1917 The Battle of Pilckem (Ypres).
16th - 18th August 1917 The Battle of Langemark (Ypres).
4th February 1918 transferred to the 62nd Brigade (21st Division).
21st March - 5th April 1918 the Somme Battles: Cambrai, St. Quentin and Bapaume.
10th - 11th April 1918 The Battle of Messines (Lys).
17th - 19th April 1918 The Battle of Kemmel (Lys).
27th May - 6th June 1918 The Battle of Aisne.
21st - 23rd August 1918 The Battle of Albert (Somme).
31st August - 3rd September 1918 The Battle of Bapaume (Somme)
                         
 18th September 1918 The Battle of Epehy (Hindenburg Line). 
  29th September - 2nd October 1918 The Battle of St. Quentin Canal (Hindenburg Line).Fred died between Epehy and Quentin Canal on the 20th September.
 
1911 Hollins, Whitefield. 4 Rooms. Joseph Mather
Head Joseph Mather M 42 Beetler Bleach works Radcliffe
Wife Alice                 M 43                                Bolton
Son Fred                  U 18 Machinist Bleach Works Unsworth
Daur Annie                   12                                Unsworth
Son Harry                    10                                Unsworth
Daur Nellie                       3                              Unsworth


 
 
 John MELLOWES 201516 Pte 2/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 9/9/1916 age 19. No known grave. Thiepval Memorial. Son of James and Mary C. Mellowes of 21 Halsbury Street, Frenchwood, Preston. 1901 33 Mill Street, Bury. John F.  4   Bury, Lancashire.


Manchester Evening News  13th September 1917.


 
 
 

John MOORE 25763 RAF No 2 ARD Sergeant (Mechanic). Died 6th June 1918 age 23. Son of John Henry and Louisa Moore of 27 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. Served in Gallipoli. Buried St George Churchyard Extension, Unsworth. 


1911 47 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. John Henry Moore

Head John Henry Moore M 42 Spindle and Fly Maker Worker Manchester

Wife Louisa                  M 42                                                Manchester - marriedd 17 years, 5 children, 3 living, 2 died

Son John                      U 15 Spindle and Fly Maker Worker Manchester

Son Wilfred                    11 School                                        Manchester

Son Herbert                    7 School                                        Manchester

Father George Moore W 73 Spindle and Fly Maker Worker Manchester


Arthur REDFORD 35619 Pte Lancashire Fusiliers 20th Bn. KIA 15th April 1917. Born Hollins, enlisted Bury, resident Whitefield. Formerly 142324 RFA. Buried Bellincourt British Cemetery, France.

 Battalion Details 20th Lancashire Fusiliers:

Raised at Salford on 23.3.15 by Mr. Montague Barlow, M.P. and the Salford Brigade Committee as a bantam bn. July 1915 to Conway. Aug. 1915 to Cholderton, Salisbury Plain. in 104th Bde. 35th Div. 27.8.15 taken over by the War Office 30.1.16 landed at Havre. 16.2.18 disbanded at St. Jean, near Ypres.

 2 Possibles in 1911

i) Arthur age 21 Cloth Plaiter son of George and Mary Ellen Redford of 30 Parr Lane, Unsworth  (brother of Percy below)

ii) Arthur age 20 Cotton Cloth Stretcher (Bleacher and Finisher) son of Joseph and Lydia Redford of 40 Heaton Street, Hollins, Unsworth.

 

Percy REDFORD Born 1896/7 Unsworth. Private in the South Wales Borderers, 2nd Battalion. Died 11th July 1916. Buried in Unsworth St. George Churchyard Extension. Service Number: 25147. Died of wounds received in action. Son of George and Mary Ellen Redford of 47 Parr Lane, Unsworth in 1901 born Unsworth. Enlisted Bury. Formerly 4019 Middlesex R. 

Manchester Evening News 15th July 1916.


 
Battalion Details 2nd South Wales Borderers:

4.8.14 Tientsin. 23.9.14 landed at Lao Shan Bay for operations in conjuction with Japanese against Tsingtao. 4.12.14 embarked at Hong Kong and landed at Plymouth 12.1.15. To Rugby and 87th Bde. 29th Div. 17.3.15 sailed from Avonmouth. 29.3.15 arrived Alexandria. 11.4.15 Mudros. 25.4.15 landed on Gallipoli. 11.1.16 Egypt. 15.3.16 arrived Marseilles. 11.11.18 87th Bde. 29th Div. Belgium; near Lessines.

 
 
August 1914 in Tientsin, China.
 
23rd September 1914 Landed at Lao Shan Bay for operations against the German territory of Tsingtao.
 
4th December 1914 Embarked at Hong Kong, landing at Plymouth 12th January 1915.
 
12th January 1915 Attached to 87th Brigade (29th Division).
 
16th March 1915 Sailed from Avonmouth to Egypt, landing 2 weeks later.
 
10th April 1915 Move to Mudros.
 
25th April 1915 Landed on Gallipoli at Cape Helles - Battles for Krithia and the Achi Baba Heights.
 
2nd January 1916 Withdrawn from Gallipoli to Egypt.
 
29th March 1916 Landed at Marseilles and proceeded to the Western Front.1st - 13th July 1916 The Battle of Albert (Somme). Percy died near the end of this battle on the 11th July.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

James ROBERTS CWGC: No 3987 Pte Middlesex Regiment 13th Bn. Died 31/8/1916 age 29, Thiepval Memorial. Son of the late Samuel and Ellan Roberts of 324 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Lived at 348 Hollins Lane Unsworth 1901 aged 12 Scholar born Unsworth. 


Battalion Details 13th Middlesex Regiment:

Formed at Mill Hill Sept. 1914-K3-to South Downs in 73rd Bde. 24th Div. Dec. 1914 Hove. May 1915 Shoreham. June 1915 Pirbright. 2.9.15 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 73rd Bde. 24th Div. France; moving to Le Louvion, east of Bavai.

 

Service Record Notes: Born Unsworth age 25 years and 8 months attested 4th September 1914 Bury. An unmarried Stretcher in the Bleachworks. Description: 5 feet  3 1/2 inches tall, chest 36 inches, weight 122 lbs. Grey eyes and brown hair.

Home 4/9/1914 - 31/8/1915

BEF France 1/9/1915 - 31/8/1916

Note, next of kin changes from mother to sister between 1914 and 1919.

5th August 1916 Tried by Court Martial for Forgery, found guilty and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour. The charge was later deleted and 6 months hard labour suspended

31st August 1916 Reported missing

31st August 1916 Presumed dead.

Medals: 14-15 Star, British War and Victory medals.

Relatives form completed by sister Sarah in 1919:

Parents deceased, not married and no children. Brother, William Roberts 28 of 324 Hollins Lane. Sisters: Sarah A Roberts 34, of 324 Hollins Lane, Elizabeth A. Worrall 32, of 29 South Heywood Street, Bury and Florence Parker 24, of 324 Hollins Lane.

On receipt of medals in 1921 sister Sarah A. was married and her name was Mrs Sarah A. Pickup.

 

 

 1911 224 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Mrs Ellen Roberts

Head Ellen Roberts W 53                                Radcliffe - married 27 years, 5 children, 5 living

Daur Florence         U 16 Cotton Cloth Stampers Assistant Bleachworks Unsworth

Daur Elizabeth Ann    U 24 Lengthener Bleachworks Radcliffe

Son James               U 22 Hoistman Bleachworks Unsworth

Son William             U 20 Maker Up Dye Works Unsworth


Alfred SHEPARD CWGC: 202713 Pte 3/5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 13/7/17 Coxyde Military Cemetery. Son of William and Fanny of 83 Daisy Bank, Unsworth. Born and enlisted Bury. Killed in action France and Flanders. At 83 Hollins Lane, Unsworth 1901 aged 20 a doubler in bleach works - living with parents. 

1911 83 Daisy Bank, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. William Shepherd

Head William Shepherd M 53 Drier in Bleachworks Worker Bury

Wife Fanny                      M 56                                       Bury - married 17 years 0 children

Son Alfred                        U 30 Maker Up Bleachworks Worker Bury

 
Samuel SNAPE 10800 Pte 8th Seaforth Highlanders. Guemappe British Cemetery, Wancourt. Killed in action 23/4/17 during the capture of Guemappe. Born Manchester, enlisted Bury.
 

Regiment, Corps etc.: Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs Battalion etc: 8th Bn.

Formed at Fort George Sept. 1914-K2-to Aldershot in 44th Bde. 15th Div. Nov. 1914 Petersfield. Feb. 1915 Chisledon. May 1915 Tidworth. July 1915 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 44th Bde. 15th Div. Belgium; near Huissignies, south of Ath.

1911 54 Hillock Lane, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Roger Snape
Head Roger Snape M 46 Carter Coal Merchants Worker Unsworth
Wife Mary Jane     M 43 Housekeeper                           Unsworth - married 25 years, 9 children, 6 living, 2 died
Son Sam               U 19 Bleachers Hooker Worker Unsworth
Daur Nellie            U 17 Cotton Weaver Worker Unsworth
Daur Annie       U 15 Cotton Weaver Worker Unsworth
Daur Edith           12 At School Unsworth
Daur Lily               4 At School Unsworth
 

Jack TAYLOR Born 1894/5 Unsworth. 30332 Pte Border Regiment 2nd Bn. KIA 20th March 1917 age 22, Arras Memorial. Son of Alfred and Sarah Taylor of 77 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. Formerly, 29600 Lancashire Fusiliers.

 Battalion Details 2nd Border Regiment:

4.8.14 Pembroke Dock. 5.9.14 to Lyndhurst and 20th Bde. 7th Div. 6.10.14 landed at Zeebrugge. Nov. 1917 to Italy arriving 23 Nov. 4.11.18 20th Bde. 7th Div. Italy; Pozzo, on River Tagliamento, east of Pordenone.

 
 1911 85 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Albert Taylor
Head  Albert Taylor M 48 Stretcher Bleach Works Radcliffe
Wife Sarah Maria    M 50                                     Unsworth - married 19 years, one child, one living
Son Jack Taylor U 16 Hooker Bleach Works Unsworth



Russell TAYLOR G/5984 Cpl Middlesex Regiment 13th Bn. KIA 14th March 1916. Born and resident in Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Buried White House Cemetery, Belgium. 



1911 17 Well Brow, Stoneclough. 3 Rooms, Russell Taylor

Head Russell Taylor M 29 Warehouseman Bury

Wife Elizabeth         M 24 Card Room Hand Whitworth

Mother Martha Taylor W 60                      Summerseat


Battalion Details 13th Middlesex Regiment:

Formed at Mill Hill Sept. 1914-K3-to South Downs in 73rd Bde. 24th Div. Dec. 1914 Hove. May 1915 Shoreham. June 1915 Pirbright. 2.9.15 landed at Boulogne. 11.11.18 73rd Bde. 24th Div. France; moving to Le Louvion, east of Bavai.

 

 

Fred WALKER Born 1886/7 Unsworth. 1901 Plaiter at Bleachworks.

There are two SDGW entries for Fred Walker enlisted Radcliffe, but only one commemorated there. One SDGW entry gives Ainsworth as his place of birth - I think perhaps this should have read Unsworth. He was Pte 34803 Maching Gun Corps who was killed in action 19th October or December 1918. Tyne Cot Memorial. Formerly 8357 Lancashire Fusiliers. There were no Fred Walker's born Ainsworth in the 1901 census.

Manchester Evening News 8th November 1917

 
Notes from Service Record: 8357 Lancashire Fusiliers (later 34803 Machine Guns Corps) of 106 Hollins Lane, Unsworth age 30 years and 1 month when he attested in Bury on the 11th December 1915. Fred was married to Ada and worked as stamper in the bleachworks. Ada received his medals (British War and Victory) on 9th February 1922 at 106 Hollins Lane. Ada was receiving separation allowance of 9/- per week and 3/6 from Fred's army pay. Her pension as a widow was 13/9 a week from 13th August 1918.
Medical on enlistment: 4/9/1916 Age 29 years and 9 months. Bleachers stamper 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall, chest 35 1/2 inches, 128 lbs. Good physical development. Upper denture.
Transferred to Machine Guns Corps as Private 2/2/1917. To BEF France 10/4/1917.
Embarked Folkstone 10/4/1917
Disembarked Boulogne 10/4/1917
Joined E. Depot Camiers 11/4/1917
Joined Company in the Field 17/5/1917
Admitted to hospital 12/6/1917
Casualty Cleaaring Station 14/6/1917 with P.U.O = general term for Trench Fever
Admitted Hospital Rouen 16/6/1917
To OC 2 Con Depot Rouen 10/7/1917
To OC 11 Con Depot Buchy 16/7/1917
Joined OC base 28/9/1917
 
From OC Base Depot "Killed in Action in the Field 19/10/1917"

1911 108 Daisy Hill Cottage, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Edward Thomas Walker
Head Edward Thomas Walker M 47 Beetler in Bleachworks Unsworth
Wife Annie                            M 47                                    Manchester
Son Fred                              U 24 Packer in Bleachworks Unsworth
Son John Presley Walker U 19 Pattern Cutter in Bleachworks Unsworth
 
 

George WALKER Born 1890/1891 Unsworth. Cpl 2nd Queens West Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 29/10/1918 age 27. Buried Tezze British Cemetery. Died in Italy. Formerly 2439 Sussex Regiment. Born and enlisted Manchester, resident Unsworth. 1901 30 Hillock Lane, Unsworth aged 10 born Unsworth son of Richard and ME Walker.

 Battalion Details 2nd West Surrey Regiment:

4.8.14 Pretoria. 27.8.14 sailed from Cape Town. 19.9.14 landed at Southampton and joined 22nd Bde. 7th Div. at Lyndhurst. 6.10.14 landed at Zeebrugge. 20.12.15 to 91st Bde. 7th Div. 18 to 24 Nov. 1917 to Italy. 4.11.18 91st Bde. 7th Div. Italy; west of Udine.

1911 28 Hillock Lane, Unsworth, 6 Rooms, Richard Walker

Head Richard Walker M 62 Bricklayer Contractors Worker Unsworth

Wife Mary Ellen      59                                     Unsworth - married 38 years, 5 children, one living, 4 died

Son George Walker U 20 Clerk Stock Share Broker Worker Unsworth


 
Harry WALKER I am unsure whether the details below are for this man. The Harry Walker below should have been on Stand Memorial and he is! Perhaps we have another here from Unsworth, there are possibles in 1911, but I can not find any military records to match a Harry Walker with Unsworth.
 
36114 Pte Leicestershire Regiment 7th Bn. KIA 24th December 1917 age 20. Born and resident Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Son of Fred and Elizabeth Ann Walker of 5 Wilton Street, Whitefield. Formerly 12902 Lancashire Fusiliers. Buried Villers-faucon Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.
 Battalion Details 7th Leicestershire Regiment:

Formed Sept. 1914 at Leicester-K2-Army Troops attached 15th Div. at Aldershot. April 1915 to 110th Bde. 37th Div. Subsequent record same as 6th Bn.

 1911 14 Ducie Street, Whitefield. 4 Rooms, Fred Walker
Head Fred Walker M 42 Bricklayers Labourer Radcliffe
Wife Helen       M 40                                  Stonehaven, Kincardineshire
Son Edwin         16 Hooker Bleachers Whitefield
Son Harry           13 Crofter Bleachers Whitefield
Daur Ann       8                           Whitefield

Roland WARBURTON Born 1894 Unsworth (my Great Great Uncle). Lance Bombardier in the Royal Field Artillery, 211th Brigade, "C" Battery, 42nd (East Lancashire) Division. Died Monday 21st October 1918 age 24. Buried at St. Aubert British Cemetery, Nord, France Grave V.E. 14. Service Number: 706592. Son of Fred Warburton and Hannah (nee Fitton) of Number 1 Pole Lane, Unsworth. Roland was killed near the end of the Battle of the Selle in October 1918. From my Grandmother: "Roland was a really nice person and I know why he would have gone. In the old days there was nothing in Unsworth - Nothing going on. Anyhow, for a young man aged 20 in 1914, whose peers were all volunteering, it seemed an exiting thing to do. An opportunity to travel, as people just didn't in those days, so he volunteered too. His Mother was heartbroken when he died and my Mother Elsie said that's what killed her. She was in her sickbed and watched them putting up the War Memorial at Unsworth Pole. She died in 1923 and is buried at Unsworth St. George. Roland passing was terrible for another reason too: In those days it was a big deal to have a son, as the eldest son inherited everything. Roland was the only son (two sisters) and there was his Fathers business, with nobody to take it over (The Smithy on Pole Lane). Roland was close to my Mother Elsie and I have some postcards that Roland sent to Elsie from Alexandria, Egypt. Also, it was such a shame, as Roland had the business there waiting for him. When I was a young girl, it was not at all unusual to see all these men with legs and bits missing. They'd been in the war and when they returned there was no work for them, or they were too disabled (work would be heavier then). I use to see ex-soldiers standing at Victoria Station when my Mother used to take me to Manchester. They would be selling matches and such like. This was because there was no Welfare State, nothing to rely on at all. And there was Roland, with all he had to come back to and he would probably have gone over the top and died. And that was a horrible place to go - the trenches."



 
Roland Warburton

1911 Wheelwright. 11 Castle Road, Unsworth
Head Fred Warburton M 50 Employer Wheelwrights Unsworth
Wife Hannah         M 52              Simister Lane - married 22 years, 3 children, 3 living
Son Roland         U 17 Blacksmith's Apprentice Wheewrights Worker Unsworth
Daur Elsie               14 Bleachworks Hand Looker Over Cloth Worker Unsworth
Daur Alice               12 School      Unsworth



Roland with his brigade (I think he is the man third from the left on the back row). Training at Portmaddoc.
 


Roland's grave at St Aubert British Cemetery, Nord - thanks to my in-laws who visited in 2009


Warburton Gravestone at Unsworth St. George


Alfred WARBURTON Born 1891/2 Radcliffe, in Unsworth 1901. Son of John and Sarah Ann Warburton. It's very likely that he was related somehow to Roland (above) as both their Father's were Blacksmiths and worked together. Likely death Jun Q 1922 Bury district age 30 - confirmed by Pension record:
 
Alfred Warburton L/Cpl 33013 56th Labour Corps. Examined 8/12/1915 Bury - 24 years and 3 months, clerk 5'8"m chest 34", 133lbs. Formerly 21st Lancashire Fusiliers, then 18th Cheshire Regiment, then 56th Labour Corps (former number 37380). Good Character, demobilised 30/9/19 to 67 Gigg Lane, Bury (other address listed as 327 Hollins Lane, Unsworth). Born 1891 Radcliffe. Leicester War Hospital 30/9/18 - 17/10/18 18 days due to Gun Shot Wound to middle finger of right hand, discharged to furlough.
 
15/9/1920 50 % disability: Cough, weakness and pain in back. Heart Normal, states loosing weight  -  attributable to Bronchitis and Pulmonary TB after Trench fever.
7/3/1922 Pulmonary TB - formerly Bronchitis.
23rd April 1922 died.
 
Notes from service record: 37380 21st Lancashire Fusiliers of 327 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Age 26 years and 3 months an unmarried clerk when attested 8th December 1915 at Bury. 5 feet 7 3/4 inches tall, chest 34 1/2 inches. No distinctive marks. Next of kin Mrs S.A. Warburton 327 Rose Bank, Hollins, Mother.
Campaigns: BEF France 1916. British War and Victory Medals.
 
Mobilized 9/2/1916
18th Labour Bn Cheshire Regt Transferred Pte 16/3/1916
18th Labour Bn Cheshire Regt BEF France posted 3/4/1916
18th Labour Bn Cheshire Regt Appointed paid Lance Corporal 6/4/1916
56th Labour Corps Transferred 14/5/1917
24/8/1918 overstayed leave by 2 days till 26th.
Demobilized 30/9/1919 to 67 Gigg Lane, Bury. Good Character.
 
Next of kin changed (Alfred married during the war): Maud Warburton of 104......,......, Bury
 
ID card for demobilization born 1892, medical category B3, less than 20% disability due to Trench Fever attributable.
 
Notification of death: Alfred Warburton 33013 L/Cpl died at Aitken's Sanitorium, Ramsbottom 1922.

1911 327 Rose Bank, Hollins, Whitefield. 5 Rooms. John Warburton
Head John Warburton M 51 Motor Repairer Bleachworks Radcliffe
Wife Sarah Ann         M 49                               Radcliffe
Son Alfred                 U 19 Clerk Bleachworks Radcliffe
Son Arthur                14 Weaver of coloured cotton goods Radcliffe
Daur Elsie                12 Elementary School Unsworth
 

Ellis WHARMBY 201296 Pte 1st Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 15/10/1918 age 35. Dunhallow ADS Cemetery. Son of Edward and Martha; husband of Ada. Born Manchester. SDGW: born and enlisted Bury, lived Manchester. 1901 at 15 Clare Street, Salford with father aged 17 Labourer in Corn Mill born Leathwaite, Cumberland. He married Ada Jackson 1904 Manchester - children: Ellis, Albert and Percy born between 1910 and 1913 all at Bury.


Battalion Details 1st Lancashire Fusiliers:

4.8.14 Karachi. Oct. to Aden. Dec. sailed for England. 2.1.15 landed at Avonmouth and went to Nuneaton joining 86th Bde. 29th Div. 16.3.15 sailed from Avonmouth 29.3.15 Alexandria. 10.4.15 Mudros. 25.4.15 landed at Gallipoli. 2.1.16 left Gallipoli for Egypt arriving Alexandria. 8 Jan. Mar. 1916 to France landing Marseilles 29.3.16 11.11.18 86th Bde. 29th Div. Belgium; Moen, S.E. of Courtrai.

 

 1911 7 Pleasant View, Nr Whitefield. 3 Rooms. Ellis Wharmby

Head Ellis Wharmby M 28 Lamp Lighter Parish Council Slowett, Yorkshire

Wife Ada                  M 32               Hollins - married 7 years, 5 children, 4 living, 1 died

Son John                       6                        Hollins

Son Herbert                    5                         Hollins

Son Fred                        3                          Hollins

Son Ellis                    8 months                 Hollins

Lodger James Malone U 28 Labourer Urban District Council Co. Mayo, Ireland


John WOOD 200186 Sergeant Lancashire Fusiliers 1/5th Bn (TF). Died of Wounds 31st December 1917. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Buried Bethune Town Cemetery, France. 1901 son of James and Elizabeth Wood of 116 Hollins Lane, Unsworth age 5 scholar born Unsworth.


1911 116 Hollins Lane, Unsworth

Head James Wood M 46 Coth Stamper Bleachworks Woker Salford

Wife Elizabeth        M 44 Householder    Liverpool - married 27 years, 12 children, 9 living, 3 died.

Daur Ada             U 24 Silker (Cloth) Bleachworks Salford

Daur Bella             U 18 Paper Bag Maker Paper Mill Unsworth

Son John              U 15 Crofter (Cloth) Bleachworks Unsworth

Daur Alice       12 School    Unsworth

Son Arthur          9             Unsworth

Daur May            6            Unsworth

Son Frank           3 Home   Unsworth

Son Harold        2              Unsworth


 

Philip WORRALL Born 1881/2 Unsworth. In 1901 "Crozser" at bleach works. Private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 1st Battalion. Died 9th August 1918 age 35. Buried at Calvetto British Cemetery, Italy. Son of the late Henry and Mary Worrall of 199 Park View, Unsworth.

Died of wounds in Italy. 1901 197 Park View, Unsworth - age 19 Crofter Bleachworks born Unsworth.

1911 199 Park View, Unsworth. 4 Rooms. Philip Worrall
Head Philip Worrall U 28 Crofter Bleachworks Unsworth
Sister Clara          U 35 Machinist Bleachworks Bury
Boarder Sarah Lakin U 36 Machinist Bleachworks Stoke, Stafford
 
 Battalion Details 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers:

4.8.14 Malta. 3.9.14 sailed for England and on arrival joined 22nd Bde. 7th Div. at Lyndhurst. 7.10.14 landed at Zeebrugge. Nov. 1917 to Italy. 4.11.18 22nd Bde. 7th Div. Italy; west of Udine.

 
August 1914 In Malta.

3 September 1914 Arrived in England at Southampton and was attached to the 22nd Brigade (7th Division)

Went to Italy and made frequent successful raids on the Austrian trenches between June and September.

Philip was killed at the Italian Front in 1918 fighting alongside the Italians, who had declared war on Austria.
 
Service Record Notes: Joined Army Reserve class B 1/5/1916 of 199 Park View, Unsworth age 32 years and 8 months. Operative Bleacher, Unmarried. Attested 10/12/1916 Bury. 5 feet 6 inches tall, chest 37 inches, 128 lbs. No distinctive marks, next of kin Clara Worrall of same address, sister.
Medical: Good physical development, 3 vaccination marks on left arm from infancy, upper dentures, varicose veins in right leg and flat feet. Not enough to cause rejection.
 
Campaigns BEF France and Italy, awarded the British War and Victory medals.
 
Home 10/12/1916 - 11/3/1917
BEF 12/3/1917 - 9/8/1918 
died after 2 years 243 days service.
 
From 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers "Pte died of wounds received in action at 24th Casualty Clearing Station, Italy 9/8/1918".
 
Telegram to Clara "Regret to inform you your brother No 2.....98 Pte P.Worrall Royal Welsh Fusiliers reported died 9th August at 24th CCS, Italy from gunshot wound to back."
 
Information on relatives from sister Clara 10/3/1920 - Philips parent were deceased - only Clara age 43 of 199 Park View, Unsworth and a half sister Mrs Greaves of 26 Glen Grove, Royton Near Oldham.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Soldiers who died in the 2nd World War:
 
 
 
 
Fred ASHWORTH Second Engineer Officer (Officer) Merchant Navy, SS Jessmore, Liverpool. Died 2nd March 1941 age 53, buried Unsworth North Methodist. Son of Noah and Margaret Ashworth.
 
Grave at Unsworth Methodist Chapel.


 
Richard N. BERRY  Richard Martin Berry PLX 100149 Marine, Royal Marines, H.M.S. Repulse. Died 10th December 1941 age 24. Plymouth Naval Memorial. Son of Alfred and Louie Berry of Hollins, Lancashire.
 
HMS Repulse from Wikipedia:

"At the end of 1941, as the threat of war with Japan loomed ever larger, Repulse was detached to the Far East as a deterrent to Japanese aggression. This force, long envisioned in Admiralty strategic planning as a large battle fleet designed to act as a Fleet-in-being and as a counter to Japanese intentions, eventually was despatched to Singapore as an under-strength squadron. Its inability to act as a deterrent would soon be exposed.

Initially designated as Force G, this squadron was sent without the planned for aircraft carrier to Singapore. Shortly after the outbreak of war in the Pacific on 8 December 1941, Repulse left Singapore in company with the other major element of the Eastern Fleet, the fast battleship HMS Prince of Wales, and 4 destroyers, to try and intercept Japanese invasion convoys heading towards Malaya.

The commander of the fleet (known as Force Z), Admiral Sir Tom Phillips, flying his flag in Prince of Wales, knew that British forces could not guarantee to provide air cover for his forces, but elected to proceed anyway because he thought that Japanese forces could not operate so far from land, and he also thought that his ships were relatively immune from fatal damage via air attack, since up to that point, no capital ship at sea had ever been sunk by air attack. The largest unit which had been sunk solely by aircraft up to this time was a heavy cruiser.

HMS Repulse leaving Singapore

However, on 10 December 1941, after failing to find any Japanese invasion forces, and turning south, Japanese aircraft were spotted. The fleet was attacked by 86 Japanese aircraft from the 22nd Air Flotilla based in Saigon, which attacked both Prince of Wales and Repulse. In the ensuing attacks, Repulse was ably handled by her Captain, Bill Tennant, who managed to comb several torpedo attacks. However Repulse's luck was not to hold out and she was caught by a skillfully synchronised Japanese pincer attack and hit by four or even five torpedoes in rapid succession.

Repulse was fatally hit and soon developed a severe list to port over a period of about six minutes. It was clear that she was sinking, and sinking fast, resulting in Tennant ordering abandon ship. Repulse finally rolled over and sank at 12:23. The story of the sinking of the Repulse was told in the 1942 book, Suez to Singapore, written by CBS Radio  war correspondent Cecil Brown. 

Although an older ship than the Prince of Wales, the Repulse survived a bomb hit and managed to dodge 19 torpedoes before being sunk in 20 minutes after receiving 5 torpedo hits. However unlike Prince of Wales, when Repulse's end came it was far quicker and resulted in a greater loss of life."

 
 
Wilfred BRIGGS WW2 Able seaman RN HMS Ilustrious died 14th January 1941. Son of Stanley and Jane Briggs of Unsworth. Imtarfa Military Cemetery
 
HMS Ilustrious Aircraft Carrier: On 10 January 1941, HMS Illustrious was heavily damaged by air attack by German dive-bombers, when the armoured flight deck armour was penetrated by an 1100lb (500kg) bomb. That and six other bomb hits kept her out of action until the following December. She had temporary repaired at Malta 10-23 January 1941, and further repairs at Alexandria between February -March 1941. Major repairs were undertaken at Norfolk, Va.(USA) between May-December 1941. (from uboat.net).
 

Sidney ELSTON Trooper in the Royal Armoured Corps, 4th Queen's Own Hussars. Died 26 April 1941 age 22. Buried at Athens Memorial Cemetery, Greece. Service Number: 7899641. Son of James and May Elston of Hollins Vale, Lancashire.

Eric EVANS Private in the 3rd Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment (Infantry). Died 28th February 1945 age 24 in the Western European Campaign 1944/45. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. Born Bury 1920 or 1922. Service Number 4462018.
 
William HALL Fusilier 4189292 Royal Welch Fusiliers (Infantry). Died 10th November 1944 age 32 in Burma. Born Flintshire, lived Bury. Son of Charles and Mary Finchlett Hall of Great Crosby, Liverpool. Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery.
 

Alfred MAXWELL Leading Seaman, Royal Navy, H.M.S Armadillo. Died 22nd May 1943. Commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial, no known grave. Service Number: P/JX 161055. Son of William and Annie Maxwell of Whitefield.

 
Harry PICKLES First Radio officer, Merchant Navy, S.S. Blairatholl (Glasgow). Died 27th November 1942 age 38. Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London, no known grave. Son of Tom and Leah Pickles of Unsworth, Lancashire.
 
SS Blairatholl: The BLAIRATHOLL was a 3.319 gross ton tramp steamer, length 351.5ft x beam
48.9ft, built 1925 by Napier & Miller Co, Glasgow for Nisbet Shipping Co,
Glasgow. On 26.11.1942 she was in collision with the JOHN BAKKE and sank at
position 51.25N 48.30W. The JOHN BAKKE was a 4718 ton Danish vessel.
 
 
 
 
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Men of Unsworth who are not commemorated on this memorial who died in WW1:

 
Adam ARMSTRONG 9168 Pte 17th Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds age 29 18th August 1916. Born Unsworth, lived Manchester, enlisted Bury. Son of Emily Armstrong of 18 Yates Terrace, Elton, Bury. Buried Choques Military Cemetery.
Medal Rol: 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
1901 15 Parkhills St, South Bury aged 14 a doffer in cotton mill born Bury, son of Thomas and Emily.
 
 
Walter BUCK 201789 Gunner RGA Died 12th March 1920, buried at Unsworth Methodist WW1. Likely son of Walter and Bertha Buck of Droylsden 1901 and brother to Percy Buck who is commemorated above. Formerly number 59496 RFA.

 
 
John CROMPTON 14710 L/Cpl 7th East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 5th July 1916. Thiepval Memorial. British War and Victory Medals. Born Unsworth, lived Darwen.
1901 67 Chapel Lane, Unsworth age 6 son of John Crompton. 
 
 
George DARBYSHIRE 10801 Sergt 15th Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 24th February 1921 buried Unsworth St George. British War and Victory Medals.

 
 
Fred EMERSON 7291 L/Sgt 11th Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 4462 Middlesex regiment. Died of wounds 19th November 1917 age 29, buried Dozinghem Military Cemetery. Born Unsworth, lived and enlisted in Bury. Husband of Maria Emerson of 34 Andrew St, Bury.
Military Medal and Bar.
 
 
Arthur HAMILTON 6111 Pte 3rd Middlesex Regiment. Died 11th March 1915 age 30. Son of Williama and Margaret of Chapel Lane, Unsworth; husband of Sarah Massey (formerly Hamilton) of 21 Coomassie Street, Radcliffe.
 
 
Samuel JAMESON 8148 Pte 11th Royal Fusiliers. Formerly 4395 Middlesex Regiment. Born Unsworth, lived and enlisted Bury. Killed in action 17th february 1917 age 25. Thiepval Memorial. Son of John and Hannah of 81 Gigg Lane, Bury; husband of Nellie Jameson of 1 Shepherd St, Bury.
 
 
Percy Mellor McCLELLAN 25270 Air Mechanic 2nd Class. RAF. 12th Training Depot Station. Died 13th December 1918 age 20. Son of Martha and the late Richard of Sykes Avenue, Unsworth. Greenmount Independent Churchyard.
 
 
Frederick William SHEPHERD 242954 Pte 5th Yorkshire Regiment. Died 28th March 1918 age 31. Son of Thomas and Mary Ann of 8 Ladyburn Lane, Withinton, Manchester. Born at Unsworth, Whitefield. Pargny British Cemetery.
 
 
Harry WILKINSON 8850 Pte 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 10th November 1914 age 29, buried Prowse Military Cemetery, Belgium. Born Hollins, lived Bury. Husband of Eva Wilkinson.
 
 
Albert WOOD 11129 Pte 4th Liverpool Regiment. Died 25th May 1916 age 28. Son of James and Ada Wood of 116 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Le Treport Military Cemetery.
 
 
 
 
Men of Unsworth who appear in the WW1 Service and Pension Records:
 
Harry BARNES 28080 4th Lancashire Fusiliers "D" Coy. of 71 Pole Lane, Unsworth. Age 20 years and 11 months when attested in Manchester November 1915. An unmarried Mechanic. Son of Sarah J Barnes widow of same address in 1901. 5feet 7 1/2 inches tall, chest 34 inches, 114 lbs. Light brown hair, grey eyes and fresh complexion. Served 38 days at home before being discharged as unlikely to become an efficient soldier due to "Pes Cavus - This man is unable to walk more than a few yards without collapsing. He has been sent off parade on the only two occasions he has been on". Pes Cavus = Literally a hollow foot - a foot with too high an arch. 1915 gave next of kin as Thomas his brother of same address.
 
Joseph BELGIN 6077 5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Of 27 Hollins Vale, age 33 years and 7 months, married (not married been crossed out). A cloth Mangler. Wife Rachel Belgin of 25 Bolton Road, Elton, Bury. Joseph attested 10th December 1915 at Whitefield. Joseph married Rachel Eddys 26th April 1916 at Bury Register Office. This was 5 days before he was called up for service.
Home 1st May 1916 to 31st July 1916, 92 days
France 1st August 1916 to 25th July 1917, 259 days 
Home 26th July 1917 to 13th February 1918, 203 days
France 14th February 1918 to 26th July 1919
 
Medal Roll: British War and Victory Medals. Lancashire Fusiliers Number 203023
 
Address on attestation changed to 25 Bolton Road, Elton, Bury.
 
Medical: 33 years and 7 months of age. 5 feet 6 1/2 inches, chest 40 1/2 inches.
Wounded: 10/9/1916 and again on 13/7/1917
 
Discharged: 18th August 1919 at Preston to 25 Bolton Road, Elton.
 
1901 27 Hollins Vale, Unsworth
H Martha Belgin w 60                     Hensbridge, Somerset
S Charles            u 40 Stretcher Bleacher Hensbridge, Somerset
S George             u 26 Joiner                       Hollins Vale
S William            u 23 Hawker                      Hollins Vale
D Bessie            u 21 Hooker, Bleachworks Hollins Vale
S Joseph            u 18 Beetler, Bleachworks Hollins Vale
 
 
William BERRY 161187 Royal Field Artillery. of 142 North View, Common Lane, Unsworth. Aged 19 years and 11 months an unmarried Butcher who attested 29th August 1916 Preston. Son of James Berry of same address. RFA Driver born 1895.
 
Service History: Home 29th August 1916
India: 29th November 1916
12th - 19th June 1918 In hospital in India with Malaria (first attack 1917) admitted for 7 days.
5th - 14th September 1917 Admitted with Constipation and Pyrexia for 10 days.
Home 1st June 1919 to clearing office 14/6/19. Discharged 14th October 1919 Woolwich.
Medical: 5 feet 5 1/2 inches, chest 35 inches. Large scar on right arm and a slight goitre.
 
Medal Roll Index Card: RFA Driver British War Medal.
1901 Parr Brook Farm, Unsworth - living with the in-laws.
Son in Law James Berry m 28 Startch Mixer, Bleachworks Unsworth
Daughter Ellen Berry m 29                         born Unsworth
GD Elsie Berry 7 born Unsworth
GS William Berry 4 born Unsworth
 
 
 
Tom BLEAKLEY (not WW1) Attested 1900 - fought in the South African Campaigns of 1901-1902.
 
 
 
Herbert BOOTH 135284 Pte Army Service Corps of 4 Heaton Street, Hollins, Whitefield. Aged 26 years and 9 months an unmarried Motor Driver when he attested on 26th October 1915 Manchester. 5 feet 6 3/4 inches, chest 35 1/2 inches. Church of England. Hazel eyes, brown hair, fresh complexion and a mole of left side of neck. Failed first driving test at Grove Park and agreed to join the training depot as learner.
Was in BEF 4th January 1916 - 3rd July 1916.
16th August 1916 Discharged as no longer physically fit for war service.
1901 5 Croft Lane, Unsworth
H James Booth 42 Stoker, bleach works Radcliffe
W Mary            41                                Tonge
S Herbert           12                               Rhodes.
 
 
 
James BRADSHAW 38969 Pte of the 66th Training Reserve Bn. Aged 22 years and 6 months, a Warper of 144 North View, Unsworth.
Born 6th February 1895 Radcliffe. 5 feet 2 3/4 inches, Dark brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. Church of England. Slight defect - not enough to cause rejection: Mitral Systolic compensation, fair. States he is subject to epilepsy - no medical certificate. Enlisted Unsworth 8th June 1916.
 
Discharged no longer physically fit for wa service 26th September 1917 after 83 days due to: VDH Mitral Regurgitation which originated 1905 Radcliffe. Not the result of or aggravated by military service. Capacity not lessened by enlistement.
 
In 1905 James would have been 20 years old - I had wondered why so many young men had mitral valve trouble, it could have been caused by contacting Rheaumatic Fever earlier on in life.
 
1901 117 Eton Hill Road, Radcliffe son of Jesse and Emma Bradshaw - aged 6 born Radcliffe.
 
Frank Hilton BROWN _9622 attached to No 6 Officer Cadet Bn. Oxford. Aged 17 years and  ? months of 13 Croft Lane, Hollins. Was discharged presumably on demob' 8th January 1919.
Attested aged 18 years and 5 months, an Articled Clerk. Next of kin: Mother, of 13 Sunny Bank, Hollins, Whitefield.
 
1901 17 Croft Lane, Unsworth aged 1 born Unsworth, son of Charles Augustus and Annie Brown.
 
William BROWN 10770 Royal Field Artillery. Born Unsworth aged 18 years and 3 months when attested 29th October 19??, a Labourer. Mother Alice Brown of Union Hospital, Bury (crossed out), wife, Elizabeth Watson Brown (nee Baxter) of 12 Henderson Street, Glasgow.
 
Description on enlistment:  5 feet 5 1/4 inches, brown hairm blue eyes. Church of England. Distinguishing marks: Circular scar base of ring finger on right hand, triangular scar on left index finger, 3 small scars on back of left shoulder blade, small mole back of axilla. Pulse 100. Declared fit 28th October 1910 Aberdeen.
2/12/1914 Out of .......... 7 days confined to barrack (CB).
7/4/1915 Absent from 8:20 - 9:25 PM, fined 4 days pay.
18/5/15 Using improper language to an NCO, 7 days Field Punishment (FP) Number 1.
18/9/15 Neglecting to obey an order 7 days CB.
22/9/15 Admitted with Albuminaria.
26/9/15 Invalided to England with Nephritis.
12/7/16 Admitted to Hospital in Alexandria with Lumbago.
30/7/16 Embarked at Alexandria.
4/8/16 Disembarked at Salonika.
19/9/16 Admitted with Dysentry.
8/10/16 Embarked at Salonika for Malta.
15/12/1916 Invalided to England.
25/2/16 Wife forwards marriage certificate.
3/5/17 Wounded.
9/4/18 Reported Missing.
9/4/18 Reported to be prisoner of war.
26/12/18 Repatriated and posted L/Cpl with the Lancashire Fusiliers.
4/4/19 Discharged on demobilization.
31/3/20 Discharged termination of period of engagement.
 
4/4/19 Medical Report on Demobilization:
Valvular disease of the heart (mitral systolic).
Mustered 1917, character Fair.
Aged 36 years and 5 months, 5 feet 4 1/2 inches, 120 lbs. Chest 35 1/2 inches.
 
Total Service: 9 years and 157 days.
 
Medal Roll Index Card: William Brown 6th DAC RFA Driver Number 10770: 15 Star and Victory Medal marked Returned, and British War Medals.
 
 
 
Arthur BUTTERWORTH 159902 Cpl RFA of 313 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Aged 28 years and 4 months, a married Clerk. Attested Whitefield. Wife Annie Christabel Butterworth of same address. Attested 19th Decmeber 19_ _.
Description: 5 feet 5 1/2 inches, chest 34 ". Born 1887 Unsworth.
Married Annie C. Grimshaw 10th July 1915 Unsworth.
BEF France (cannot make out dates).
Discharged 16th October 1919, made no claim to disability.
Medal Roll Index: RFA Driver 159902 British War and Victory Medals
 
1901 333 Hollins Lane, Unsworth
Arthur son of William and Elizabeth Ruth Butterworth, aged 13 born Unsworth, an Opener Out at Bleachworks.
 
 
 
James BUTTERWORTH not WW1 - served with Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1898 - April 1914 S. Africa and India.




W. COLE 

Manchester Evening News 27th September 1917.

 
James DEAN 42258 Sapper Royal Engineers. Attested 22nd January 1917 at Bury aged 17 years and 11 months, an unmarried Turner.
Chest 35 1/2/ inches, Brown hair, blue eyes and fresh complexion. Fair physical development. Born 1899. Religion: Wesleyan.
Private then Sapper.
Posted at Woolwich 9th April 1918 aged 19 years and 2 months, medical category A1.
Dishcrged on Demob' 28th February 1919 in London, made no claim to disabilty.
Disciplined 15/4/1918 at Bardon - 3 days confined to barracks for being unshaven on 8:30 am parade.
Trade: Turner skilled, served 2 years apprenticeship with Fittons of Unsworth and 3 years with Whitehead and Poole, Radcliffe. Fitters Turner. Employed in civil life as a general turner (Millwright and Screw Cutter).
No 1901 Unsworth and no medal card.
No mention of service overseas.
 
 
Edmund EASTWOOD formerly 7143 then, 10278, then 331949 Labour Centre. Attested 17th October 1916 Bury to Liverpool Regiment, aged 36 years and 2 months. A married Warehouseman of 292 Hollins Lane, Unsworth.
Description: 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall, chest 35 inches. Born August 1880.
Next of kin: Wife, Ellen Eastwood of same address, married Ellen Marsh 22 June 1915 Unsworth St George.
Discharged No longer physically fit for war service 23rd November 1917 due to: VDH.
Military Character Very Good.
 
VDH seems to be Valvular or Vascular Heart Disease.
 
Statement: VDH originated 1900 Bury Man States: When 18 years old had an attack of severs rheumatism in bed 4 weeks, since has always suffered from shortness of breath on effort. Since being in the army he has not been able to do any but light duty.
Opinion as to cause: Rheumatic Fever.
 
1901 41 Bankfield Terrace, Heaton Fold, Bury - aged 20 unmarried Labourer in Builders timber yard. Son of Edmund sr and Mary J Eastwood.
 
 
 
Harry ENTWISTLE 19442 L/Cpl 11th Lancashire Fusiliers. Attested Manchester December 1915 aged 31 years and 9 months. A married postman of Higher House Farm, Unsworth. British War and Victory Medals. 5 feet 5 inches tall, chest 36 inches. Born 1884. Fair hair, brown eyes and a fresh complexion. Good physical development. Slight defects: artificial upper teeth. Husband of Bertha (nee Hulme) of the same address - they married at Unsworth Primitive Methodist 27th May 1909.
Children: James Hulme Entwistle born 1st December 1909 Prestwich.
BEF 19th December 1916 to 8th June 1917.
Demobilized 6th November 1919 at Preston to Higher House Farm (new regimental number 160802), passed fit.
Daughter Marie born 1921 Prestwich.
 
 
 
Alfred FIELDING 16207 Gunner RFA (Blackburn Brigade). Attested 19th April 1915 at Haslingden. An unmarried Labourer aged 25 years of 11 Hollins Vale, Unsworth.
Description: 5 feet 7 inches, chest 36 1/2 inches. Next of kin; sister Sarah Berry of 11 Hollins Vale, crossed out - wife, Mary Jane Fielding (nee Robinson) of 14 White Lea Road, Swinton. Married by licence 31st October 1915. Church of England. Born Stubbins, Lancashire.
19/4/15 Posted Gunner, home until 10/6/16
11/1/16 - 6/3/16 MEF
To BEF France 7/3/16
To reserve 20/3/19 on deombilization.
 
Became Cpl at some point.
Son John Alfred Fielding born 28th July 1916 Rotherham.
ID Certificate: Born 1890, medical category B2 to Halsingden, Southern Theatre of War. Specialist Military Qualification: Gunner Seiges. Stamped at Number 1 Dispersal Unit, Heaton Park.
Wife in receipt of seperation allowance, changed her address to 86 Holden Road, Haslingden 11th September 1918. She moved again 12/4/18 to 407 Holcombe Road, Helmshore.
 
Their son John Alfred Fielding died 3rd November 1917 at the Butchers Arms, Mosborough aged 15 months, he was of 68 White Lea Road, Swinton. Son of Alfred Fielding 16207 Gunner RFA. John died of brocho pneumonia. The informant was Eliza Berry, Aunt, present at the death of 5 Garbutt Street, Bolton on Deane, Rotherham and she registered the death on 5th Spetmeber 1917.
 
Summary of Service:
Home 19/4/15 - 10/1/16
MEF 11/1/16 - 6/3/16
France 7/3/16 - 20/8/17 Wounded - reported 21/8/17.
Home 31/8/17 -
Demob' 29th March 1919
 
Wounded - cannot make out the writing as to how.
 
Post Office Telegraph from the War Office, London to Woolwich Dockyard received 10:15pm: 62 Cas P77317 OC 23 Casualty CLG Station, France telegraphs 21st August 1917. Dangerously wounded 89791 A. Valerie and 16207 Cpl. A. Fielding C. Batt 165 Bde RFA. Proclicas.
 
Medal Roll Index:  British War and Victory Medals.
 
1901 52 Church Road, Ramsbottom Alfred aged 11 born Ramsbottom - son of Robert and Martha A. Fielding.
 
 
 
John Edward GARSIDE 150227 Royal Garrison Artillery of 66 Common Lane, Unsworth. Aged 24 years and 10 months, a married Electrical Meades Man. Called up 18th March 1917, attested 19th March 1917 at Bury.
Rank: Gunner.
Description: 5 feet 9 inches tall, chest 39 inches. Wife, Elizabeth Alice Garside of same address. Children: Jack 1913 Unsworth and Colin 1916 Unsworth. Married Elizabeth Alice Holt 23rd March 1913 at Unsworth St. George.
Other children from birth index: Kenneth 1920 and Dorothy 1927.
Medal Roll Index: RGA Gunner 150227 British War and Victory Medals.
 
Service History:
18th March 1917 Called up for service.
19th March 1917 Posted Pte.
3rd September 1917 Operation for right ingenual hernia - Bassineis radical sure - 1 deep suture, collodion.
9th November 1917 wound quite strong, to convalesce.
9th November 1917 - 24th January 1918 Convalescence.
14th May 1918 Passed as 1st class signaller.
24th May 1918 - 11th November 1919 BEF 1 year 178 days.
20th June 1919 Gunner signaller with 303 Seige Bty - surrenders claim to discharge to serve until 1st December 1919, appointed L/Bdr.
13th November 1918 Reverts to Gunner.
9th January 1920 Demobilized.
 
 
Electrical Fitter on discharge, made no claim to disability. Approved Society Liverpool Victoria. Age on discharge 27 years and 6 months.
 
Birth: John Edward Garside Sep Q 1894 Chorlton, Lancs.
 
1901 36 Hardy Street, Gorton aged 6 born Manchester son of Adam and Harriet Garside.
 
 
Sydney GRUNDY 10247 Pte 16th Manchester Regiment. Aged 28 years and 6 months, an unmarried Beetler born Unsworth. He attested 5th September 914 at Manchester. Description: 5 feet 9 inches, chest 37 inches. Fair hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. Church of England. Marks: secratrix on left leg from 1914. Next of kin: Mother, Mary Grundy (brothers Albert and Will.) of Springfield House, Unsworth.
 
 
Medal Roll Index Card: 10247 Manchester Regiment, 59752 York and Lancaster Regiment. 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Theatre of war (1) France, entered therein 9th November 1915. Demoblized 13th April 1919.
 
Service history:
BEF 9/11/1915 - 2/6/1918
14/9/1918 Leave to home address from 16th Manchesters "A" Coy.
9/12/1918 - 20th Leave to Abbey View, Muchamore, County Antrim, Belfast.
To entries to conduct for overstaying periods of leave and one for being absent from tattoo whilst on active service.
3rd June 1918 record stamped Western General Hospital.
20th March 1919 59752 York and Lancaster Regiment Pension: received disability pension of 8/3 to be reviewed in 39 weeks for 30% disability due to: varicose veins and trench fever both attributable to active service.
16th July 1919 Address still Springfield House, Unsworth.
 
1901 39 Parrs Lane, Unsworth Sydney aged 15 a crofter and brothers, mother Mary a widowed cotton weaver aged 41.
 
 
Lawrence HALL 42344 RAMC. Aged 19, a stitcher. He attested at Bury 15th October 1914 and gave his address as Park Lane, Whitefield.
Description: 5 feet 4 3/4 inches, chest 35". Good physical development and good vision. Declared fit 4/1/1915 at Bury.
 
2nd May 1915 after 118 days home service discharged as unlikely to become an efficient soldier.
 
During this time, Lawrence seems to have transferred to No. 3582 5th Lancashire Fusiliers. He was with them for 16 days at home before being declared unlikely. He gave his next of kin as mother, Sarah Hall of 53 Blackford Brow, Unsworth.
 
 
 
Harry HAMILTON 4011 Middlesex Regiment. Aged 25 years and 5 months an Assistant Dryer of Unsworth. Harry attested 5th September 1914 at Bury.
Description: 5 feet 4 inches tall, chest 39 inches. Brown hair, blue eyes and a ruddy complexion. Religion: Baptist or Congragationalist.
Father William Hamilton of 6 Chapel Lane, Unsworth.
 
5th October 1914 Discharged after 31 days home service as not lilely to become an efficient soldier.
 
1901 6 Chapel Lane, Unsworth, Harry aged 12 born Unsworth son of William and Margaret Hamilton.
 
 
 
Frank HAMPSON 19098 Pte Grenadier Guards of Blackford Bridge, Bury. Aged 21 years and1 month, an unmarried Carter when he attested in Bury 16th September 1914. Description: 5 feet 5 inches, chest 37 inches. Brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. Church of England. Father Thomas Hampson of 606 Manchester Road, Bury.
 
Service History:
Home 16/9/1914 - 30/4 1915
BEF France 1/5/15 - 28/9/1916
25/9/1916 Wounded - Gunshot wound to L. Finger, compound fracture.
29/9/16 - 20/10/1916 Admitted to Perth War Hospital 22 days for GSW to left hand and GSW Right Test.
20/10/16 - 16/11/1916 - Admitted to Rubershaw Military Hospital for 27 days, had a small piece of shrapnel removed from left hand on 27th October.
29/9/1916 Transferred to 5th Bn, Grenadier Guards.
21st January 1917 married Florence Simms at St Luke's, Chelsea.
15th November 1917 Son Frank William Hampson born at Chelsea.
BEF France 3rd April 1917 - 14th August 1917:
31/7/1917 - Wounded in action at Belgium, GSW Right Thigh.
1/8/1917 - at Abbevilla for GSW R. thigh.
13/8/1917 Invalided from Panama to Southampton.
Home 15/8/17 - 11/9/1918
City of London Hospital 40 days
24/9/17 To Reading Hospital for convalescence. 12/10/18 Wond healed, general condition improved, some stiffness of knees after sitting.
13/8/1917 Posted to Bn to Base Depot 12/9/1918
BEF France 12/9/18-29/3/1919
Embarked Folkestone 12/9/18 to Bologne.
14/9/1918 Joined base depot at Harfleur.
17/9/1918 to 2nd Grenadier Guards in the field.
22/9/1918 Joined Bn.
30/3/1919 Home
30/3/1919 Admitted to Hospital Garrowford VDG
3/5/1919 Declared Fit to rejoin unit.
24/5/1919 No Claim to disability.
24/6/1919 Demobilized.
 
Medal Roll Index Card: 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Theatre of War, France, entered 1st May 1915.
 
 
 
Fred HALSAM 438956 of 346 Egerton Terrace, Hollins. Attested 30/8/1918 at bury. Aged 23 years and 7 months an unmarried Assistant Mangler.
Previous Service: 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers enlisted 16/9/1912 discharged 19/4/1915.
Re-enlisted 14/6/17 GSTRB Reg. on discharge 27/7/1917.
Description: 5 feet 6 inches tall, chest 34 1/2 inches, Church of England. Mother, Elizabeth Haslam of 346 Egerton Terrace, Hollins.
 
16/10/1918 Man discharged from hospital, was also discharged from military service due to DAH not aggravated or caused by military service.
 
1901 102 Parr Fold, Unsworth Fred aged 6 born Unsworth, son of Abbot anf Elizabeth A Haslam.
 
 
 
Harry HAYES G/4021 Pte Middlesex Regiment Depot. Attested aged 20 years and 11 months, a Bleacher of 57 Blackford Brow, Unsworth.
Description: 5 feet 5 inches, chest 34 inches. Black hairm hazel eyes.
Service History:
BEF France 1/9/1915 to 12/5/1916 (2 years and 268 days).
Discharged no longer physically fit for war service. Charater Very Good. Has served overseas, a stitcher (Bleaching) by trade.
Medal Roll Index card: 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Served in France, entered 1st September 1915.
 
 
 
William HAYES 32001 Pte Gloucestershire Regiment. Aged 18 years and 11 months, an unmarried Plaiter of 21 Hope Terrace, Unsworth. William attested 19th January 1916 at Bury. Description: 5 feet 2 inches, chest 29 1/2 inches. Next of kin, sister, Gwendoline Hayes of same address. He was born in 1897. Medical Category A1.
Medal Roll Index: Pte Gloucester Regiment 32001, Pte Labour Coy 116200 (257 AE Coy). British War and Victory Medals.
Service History:
Home: 28th March 1916 - 22nd September 1916
BEF 23/12/1916 - 8/2/1919
Demobilized 9/2/1919 at Nottingham.
Pension of 12/- a week due to 30% disability caused by Reynaud's Disease which was attributed to war service.
 
1901 58 Hollins Bank, Unsworth. William aged 4 born Unsworth, son of John and Emma Hayes.
 
 
 
James HEYWOOD 10088 Lancashire Artillery of 89 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. Aged 19 years and 6 months an unmarried Flymaker. James attested 18th March 1915 at Bury.Description 5 feet 5 3/4 inches, chest 35 inches, mole left shoulder. Mother Emma Heywood of 89 Chapel Lane, Unsworth.
19/3/1915 to 20/6/1919 Royal Field Artillery 49th Bde.
19th July 1919 Demobilized.
Medal Roll Index: James Heywood, RFA Driver L/10088 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, theatre of war (1) France, entered 28th November 1915.
 
1901 89 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. James aged 3 born Unsworth, son of Herbert and Emma Heywood.
 
 
 
John HEYWOOD 29430 Lancashire Fusiliers. Aged 24 years and 7 months, an unmarried Greengrocer of 23 Brook Lane, Hollins, Unsworth. John attested 10th December 1915. Description: 5 feet 6 inches, chest 32 inches. Next of kin, Pater Heywood, crossed out, wife, Emma Heywood of 4 Trinity Street, Bury. Church of England. Slight defects: dental treatment, very slight knock knees. Description on dishcarge 5 feet 7 inches, chest 31 1/2 inches and 101 lbs.
 
Service Record:
31/5/1916 Embarked at Folkestone and disembarked at Bologne.
1/6/1916 Joined at Etaples.
12/6/1916 Joined Bn. in the field.
12/9/1916 to 14 Stationary Hospital with an alveolar abcess.
16/9/1916 Rejoined Bn in the Field.
25/10/1916 75 Field Ambulance, admitted with Influenza.
1/7/1917 deprived 3 days pay for absence from 11 am muster parade.
15/9/1917 Leave to UK.
19/7/1918 - 2/8/1918 Leave to UK.
14/8/1918 Joined at Etaples (medical category B2).
24/9/1918 Compulsorily and permanently transferred to Labour Corps, number 616339.
25/1/1919 Made no claim to disability.
2/3/1919 Demobilized at Prees Heath, Pte, Good Character.
 
Medal Roll Index: Lancashire Fusiliers Pte 29430, Labour Corps 616339 British War and Victory Medals.
 
 
Frederick HILTON 5429 5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Of 319 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Aged 32 years and 10 months, a Cloth Packer, no entry as to whether married. Attested 10th December 1915 Whitefield.
Descrption: 5 feet 4 inches, chest 35 inches. Father Henry Hilton of 319 Hollins Lane.
Campaigns:
Home 21/3/1916 - 24/7/1916 when discharged under OC 11011 (1) after 227 days home service.
No medal Roll Index Card
1901 368 Hollins Lane, Unsworth, Frederick aged 18 born Unsworth, son of Henry and Margaret Hilton.
 
 
 
Harry HILTON 2573 7th Lancashire Fusiliers, of 42 Parr Lane, Unsworth. Attested 3rd September 1914 at Bury. Description: 5 feet 8 inches, chest 35inches. Born 1890. Next of kin, Clara Hilton, wife of 42 Parr Lane.
Medal Roll Index: 2573 Pte Lancashire Fusiliers, 350698 Cpl RAMC, 20261 Rifle Brigade, 358028 Labour Corps. 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
Service History:
3/9/14 - 9/9/14 Home
10/9/14 - 7/3/1919 Egypt
8/3/1919 - 20/4/1919 Home, then demobilized and discharged from the RAMC, character - Very Good.
 
Pension: 9/- a week to be reviewed in 52 weeks due to 30% defective vision, attributable.
 
Letter from Harry 24/9/1919
Sir, I received my army form B2079 and I think there is an error, regarding my wounded stripes, which only states one. I received my first wound 5th July 1915 at the Dardanelles and was sent to the Citadel Hospital Cairo. I received my second wound 7th August 1915 and returned to the Citadel Hospital. I received my third wound on the 19th December.....rest missing...
 
 
 
Ernest HOLT 1690 deleted, 270162 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers, then the Royal Engineers. Of 67 Parr Lane, Unsworth. Born Unsworth. Aged 17 years and 1 month when attested 12th February 1914 at Bury, an unmarried Croft Lad for WE Buckleys, Hollins Vale.
Description: 5 feet 2 1/2 inches, good vision and fair physical development.
 
Service History:
12/2/1914 - 9/9/1914 Home
10/9/1914 - 9/5/1915 Egypt
19/5/1915 Message from HMT Franconia "GSW Right side on 9/5/1915 Dardanelles, admitted to Citadel Hospital.
9/6/1915 Message from HMS Goorkha "Invalided to England from Alexandria".
21/6/1915 Admitted to General Hospital in Wandsworth until 23/6/1915. Gun Shot wound, left hyperchondrium. Bullet has been removed, no permanent disability.
16/3/1917 Cleaner, Pioneer on transfer to 5th Cheshire Regiment RE Railway Operating division 270162 as Wagon Repairer. Passes proficient on 18/12/1917.
5/9/1917 Pioneer in field, When on active service, absent from 3.55 am parade until reporting himself for duty at 5.45 am, 3 days CB.
9/11/1917 Admitted to 39 Stationary Hospital.
9/12/1917 Discharged from Hospital.
18/12/1917 Remustered, Sapper, Wagon Repairer "Croft".
27/3/1918 Joined Unit
9/4/1918 Absent from 9.30 pm till 5.30pm, open arrest. 3 days confined to barracks and 1 days pay.
8/6/1918 14 days leave to UK.
26/6/1918 At St. Etienne, classified medical category B1 permanently.
11/4/1918 Dispatched to UK as long server.
10/5/1919 Demobilized.
16/6/1921 Ernest signed the receipt for the 14-15 Star.
 
Certificate of identity: 13/4/1919 Heaton Park. No. 271930 Sapper RMT Coy Royal Engineers. Born 1897. Medical category B1. Theatre of war BEF. Address for pay: 67 Parr Lane Unsworth.
 
Transfer details:
"I was transferred from 2/5th Cheshire Regiment (242269), previously served with 1/5th Lancashire Fusiliers (1690). Transferred at home.
Transferred to Cheshires 11/10/1916
       "        to Royal Engineers 25/5/1917, as near as I can remember."
 
Medal Roll Index Card:
Pte Lancashire Fusiliers 1690
Cheshire Regiment 5775
Cheshire Regiment 242269
Royal Engineers 270162
Royal Engineers Spr 179114
15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
Theatre of War first served in (3)
Date fo entry: 10th January 1915.
 
1901 67 Parr Lane, Unsworth Ernest aged 4 born Unsworth son of Harry and Eliza Holt.
 
 
 
Harry HOLT 192732 Pte 1st Labour Bn. Labour Corps of 9 Castle Road, Unsworth. Aged 39 years and 3 months, an unmarried Dyer, attested 1st March 1916 at Bury. Description - missing. Father, John Holt of 9 Castle Road, Unsworth.
 
Service Record:
Campaigns: Home 24/4/1917 -
BEF 16/5/1917 - 23/9/1917 (131 days)
Injury by active service: Fractured Radius, admitted to Hospital in Bologne September 1917.
7/12/1917 Discharged with good character, being no longer physically fit for war service after 287 days due to:
               Deafness, hernia and VDH (mitral stenosis compensated).
Silver War badge received, aswell as British War and Victory Medals.
Discharge proceedings: 367 Labour Corps discharged 7/12/1917 at Nottingham aged 40 years and 11 months. 5 feet 5 inches, dark brown hair, hazel eyes and fresh complexion. No longer physicallt fit for war service, good character during short service. Pte, Church of England, A Bleachworks Dyer.
Medal Roll Index: Harry W. HOLT 192732 BW and V medals.
 
To France 16/5/1917 to base at Bologne
24/6/1917 34 Field Ambulance - transferred to 10 Stationary Hospital in field.
4/8/1917 Admitted to the above Hospital.
17/9/1917 Classified U.S.F.
24/9/1917 To Aldershot.
 
1901 9 Castle Road, Unsworth Harry aged 24 son of widower John Holt aged 48.
 
John HOPKINS 23327 Pte Lancashire Fusiliers of 20 Brook Lane, Hollins, Unsworth. Aged 19 years and 1 month, an unmarried Plaiter, attested 19th August 1915 at Bury. Description: 5 feet 6 1/4 inches, chest 34 inches, 116 lbs. Mother Margaret Hopkins of same address.
 
Service History:
19/8/1915 Appointed Pte Lancashire Fusiliers.
19/8/1915 - 10/8/1915 Home.
4/8/1916 Appointed Driver RFA.
11/8/1916 to BEF.
 
Conduct Sheet: No entries, Church of England, Bleacher born Parrs.
Casualty Form active service:
Embarked 11/8/1916
22/8/1916 Joined Bn.
26/1/1916 Joined Bn. in Field.
31/1/1917 Admitted, field, impetigo, 53 Field Ambulance
1/2/1917 Admitted, field, impetigo, 2/2 Ldn CCS
8/2/1917 Admitted, field, 11 SH
9/2/1917 Admitted, field, 2 Con Depot
12/3/1917 Arrived at Etaples.
4/4/1917 Rejoined Bn in field.
8/8/1917 Wounded in action in the field
9/8/1917 89th and 88th Field Ambulances - reported admission for wounds caused by being buried by a shell.
22/8/1917 Rejoined Bn in field.
19/8/1917 Granted 1st class proficiency pay.
11/10/1917 - 21/10/1917 Leave to UK
29/10/1918 - 12/11/1918 Leave to UK
16/11/1918 Rejoined Bn.
13/6/1919 Bn to UK
 
Discharged at Preston, character V. Good. ID papers: John Hopkins of 271 Hollins Lane, Theatre of war, France. Born 1897. Medical Category A1. Made no claim to disability.
 
21/1/1921 Lancashire Constabulary wrote to army records requesting a reference as he had applied for a position.
Medal Roll Index: Pte 23327 Lancashire Fusiliers. British War and Victory Medals.
 
1901 8 Gigg, South Bury, John aged 4 born Bury, son of Daniel and Margaret Hopkins. 
 
William HOPKINS 54020, 83835 both deleted for 193466 Machine Gun Corps. Aged 18 years and 1 month, an unmarried Labourer, William attested 4th June 1918 of 20 Brook Lane, Hollins. He was the brother of the above man.
Description: 5 feet 6 inches, chest 33 1/2 inches. Mother Margaret of same address. Dark brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. Good physical development, slight varicocele and slight knock knees.
 
29/8/1919 Embarked at Calais for Folkestone. Total service 1 years 323 days.
ID Cert: Pte 193466 MGC to 271 Hollins Lane. Born 1900. No claim to disability.
No medal roll index card.
1901 8 Gigg, South Bury, aged 10 months son of Daniel and Margaret Hopkins, born Bury.
 
 
 
Abil Henry JACKSON 11449 Rifleman Kings Royal Rifle Corps of 83 Chapel Lane, Unsworth. Attested 7th April 1915 at Rochdale, aged 19 years and 2 months, an unmarried Cotton Operative.
Description: 5 feet 5 3/4 inches, chest 34 1/2 inches, weight 112 lbs. 3 vaccination marks on right arm. Mother Mary Alice Jackson of 83 Chapel Lane, Unsworth.
Posted as Rifleman 16/4/1915.
Discharged 9/6/1915 para 392 (iii) (6) Not Misconduct. Under age ! he was 15 or 16 when he attested.
1901 Abel Jackson aged 1 born Unsworth. Mother MA Jackson, widowed age 36.
 
  
 
Charles Owen JACKSON 59938 Gunner Royal Field Artillery of Higher Parrs, Unsworth. Aged 30 years and 3 months, married Beetler and Farmer, attested 12th December 1915 at Bury.
Description: 5 feet 6 inches, chest 38 inches, 138 lbs. Wife Francis Jackson of same address. Married Frances Whitworth (spinster) 19th June 1915 at St. James, Heywood.
BEF France 1917
25/10/1921 recieved his British War and Victory Medals address 4 York Street, Heywood.
Military Hospital Sutton Veny, 15/3/1917 - 22/3/1917 Influenza, slight attack.
Born 1883. No claim to disability on discharge 11/9/1919.
Service History:
10/8/1917 To 30 Bty 39 Bde RFA
28/9/1917 To Hospital Sick admitted PUO
5/10/1917 Rejoined unit
14/2/1918 Leave to UK via Calais until the 28th Feb
31/5/1918 To Hospital Sick, admitted Inf. Stomach
10/10/1919 Transferred to Amry Reserve class Z
 
 
 
 
John JOLLY (not WW1) Served in Gibraltar and South Africa 1899 - 1901. Father Richard Jolly of 335 Rose Bank, Hollins.
 
 
 
John KAY 2/4th Yorkshire Regiment. Of 205 Park View, Unsworth aged 39 years and 9 months. Stamper at Bleachworks, unmarried. Attested 10th December 1915 at Bury.
Description: 5 feet 8 inches, chest 38 inches, 143 lbs. Sister Elizabeth Ellen Kay of same address.
Own statement to disability on transfer to class T Reserve: "I suffered from synovitis of the right knee and varicocele."
Born Horwich, Lancashire 22nd March 1876. Brown hair, blue eyes, pale complexion, scar right hand. Father: appears to be Cornelius, mother Alice. Stamper at Buckley and Co Ltd, Pilsworth.
Defects on enlistment: upper denture, varicose veins, synovitis right knee.
Discharged 29/1/1919. Church of England. 6450 2/4th Yorkshire Regiment.
Attested 1915, to reserve 1916. Good character. Dates/places hard to read but appears to have no overseas service.
 
 
 
Frank LEES 316423 Pte 4th Monmouthshire Regiment (TF). Enlisted 25th January 1914 at Bury. The following from discharge documents:
 
Discharged 14/8/1917 at Shrewsbury as no longer physically fit for war service. Aged 26 years and 11 months, 5 feet 2 1/2 inches, fair hair, light blue eyes and fresh complexion. An Assistant Beetler at Bleach works of 100 Hollins Lane, Unsworth. Character Very Good.
 
"A steady, sober, honest, reliable man - he served with the BEF 1914-1915 for a period of 1 year 19 days and was promoted at the Dardanelles 27/8/1915. Prior to enlistment he was employed for 10 years at Messrs W.E. Buckley the Pilsworth Bleachery, Unsworth."
 
ID papers: Born January 1891. A Hooker by trade.
 
Medical report on invalid: 316433 Pte 4th Monmouthshire Regiment. Age last birthday 26. Disability: epilepsy. Place and date of origin uncertain. "The man states that he first had a fit in Cairo in 1914 and when in the Dardanelles in 1915 he was blown up by a shell and afterwards the fits became worse and he now has 2 or 3 fits in succession 2 or 3 times a week. Capacity not lessened."
 
24/7/1917 Special medical board recommend pension on basis of 60% lessened capacity for 6 months. Conditional.
21/8/1917 Special medical board states "The disability has been aggravated by active service. Pension 8/3 for 52 weeks."
18/12 1918 Special medical board, Manchester "Prevents nil, present pension to be final".
 
Medal Roll Index Card: Lancashire Fusiliers Pte 1641, Monmouth R 316423. 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Theatre of war first served in: 2G entered 2/5/1915.
 
More than one possible man in the 1901 census.
 
 
 
Thomas LORD 6440 10th Liverpool Regiment of 213 Parr Lane, Unsworth. Aged 19 years and 5 months, an unmarried Clerk, attested 12th December 1915 at Bury. Description: 5 feet 8 1/2 inches, chest 34 inches, 141 lbs. Father Henry Lord of same address.
Home 2/5/16 - 13/7/16
France 14/7/16 - 16/12/16
Home 17/12/1916
Cpl 169 Area Engagement, Liverpool Regiment number 280803.
British War and Victory medals.
No claim to disbility 5/9/1919. Born 1896.
 
War hospital Norwich 17/12/1917 PUO and 1/1/17 - 27/2/17, 27/2/17 - 17/5/17 Orchitis
 
3/10.1918 Admitted to 48 CCS with scabies.
20/1/1919 - 13/2/1919 Leave to UK.
 
Medical: 12/5/17 Orchitis, 8/10/17 VDG, 26/11/16 Tachycardia, 25/1//16 Orchitis, 2/1/17 PUO = Trench fever.
 
 
John Edward MAWSON 4010 Middlesex Regiment. Aged 23 years and 11 months of Unsworth. Attested 5th September 1914 Bury an unmarried Mechanic.
Description: 5 feet 8 inches, 122 lbs, chest 34 1/2 inches. Black hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. Church of England. Good physical development.
Discharged 21st October 1914 medically unfit after 47 days home service.
No medal card
1901 John aged 10 born Unsworth son of Edward and Julia A Mawson.
 
William MAXWELL (wounded)

Manchester Evening News 15th July 1916.

 
 
John MOONEY 4564 5th Lancashire Fusiliers. Church of England. Machine minder in a Bleachworks of 30 Roach Street, Blackford Bridge, Bury. John attested 25th October 1915 at Bury Drill Hall.
Description: aged 23 years and 8 months, 5 feet 2 1/2 inches, 112 lbs. Good vision and physical development. Decalred fit 25/10/1915 Bury. Father Daniel Mooney of 30 Roach Street, Blackford Bridge.
 
Service History: Posted Pte 25/10/15 - 24/7/1916. Discharged 24/7/1916 after 274 days home service. No reason given.
No medal roll entry.
 
1901 30 Old Bridge End, South Bury John aged 9 born Bury son of Daniel and Agnes Mooney.
 
 
 
Robert MAYOH 18388 deleted for 70785 transfered from Kings own RLR to Machine Gun Coy on 2/12/1916. Of Malvern House, Unsworth aged 19 years and 11 months an unmarried Labourer, he attested 20th April 1915 Manchester.
Description: 5 feet 5 3/4 inches, chest 35 inches. Mole left chin, 124 lbs. Father John Mayoh of same address. Born 1898.
Discharge 7/3/1919.
 
Info from father March 1922: Mother Fanny, brothers: Thomas, Albert age 30, sister Anne.
 
14 Star, British War and Victory Medals.
 
Home 20/4/1915 - 2/10/1915
France 3/10/1915 - 5/3/1919
Wounded list 1917 - left hand hospital in Rouen, Scabies 1918.
Home 6/3/1919
Demob' 4/4/1919 no claim to disability.
 
1922 Sister wrote for late brothers character - told they would not release details.
 
Robert was killed in an accident at work after leaving the army. She also requested the BW and V medals.
His father received the war medals in June 1922.
 
Death July - September 1921 Bury aged 24.
 
 
 
James McDONOUGH 50549 4th Lancaster Regiment. Attested 26/9/1918. 19 years and 2 months old, 5 feet 1 1/2, chest 30 1/2 inches, 96 lbs. Roman Catholic. Brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion. Father Luke of 44 Hillock Lane, Unsworth. Crofter Lad for Bleachworks.
Home Service Medal.
Transferred ro reserve 29/11/1919 at Preston.
15/9/1919 absent off 6.45 am parade 5 days CB.
 
Medical: 6/11/1918 Blepharitis both eyes.
Defective teeth.
History of fits in infancy, states had a fit 5 weeks ago.
 
 
Fred MITCHELL 288520 Army Service Corps. Of the Post Office, Unsworth. Aged 23 years and 5 months, a married Wagon Driver. Attested 1st June 1916 Bury. Description: 5 feet 9 inches, chest 36 inches. Wife Jane (nee Clayton) of same address. Married 30th January 1915 at Bury Register Office. Church of England. Son Charles William born 5th April 1915 Whitefield.
 
Service History:
Home 9/2/17 - 30/8/17
27/5/1917 Passed learners test at Grove Park
BEF France 31/8/17 - 28/9/1918
Demobilized 16/12/1919, character very good.
 
14/9/18 Leave from France (15 days)
19/10/1918   ? (33 days)
15/12/1918 Invalided to UK with Influenza
11/11/1918 - 15/7/1919 Home
16/7/1919 - 7/11/1919 Army of the Rhine (125 days)
18/11/1919 - 15/12/1919 Home.
 
 
 
Robert NUTTALL 30320 20th Training Reserve Bn. transfered to 473 HSE Coy. Of Mosely Terrace, Unsworth, aged 25 years and 10 months an unmarried Copper Stamp Maker, he attested 18/6/1917 Bury. 5 feet 4 1/2 inches, chest 36 3/4 inches.
Next of kin - mother crossed out, wife - Lily of 64 Knowles Street, Radcliffe. Married Lily Olive 5/10/1918 Bury.
Home 18/6/1917 - 16/5/1919, number 389833.
Discharged 14/5/1919
Medical: Admitted to hospital at some point, large Right Ing. hernia and dental treatment. 
 
 
 
Fred JACKSON 159885 Gunner RFA. Of 354 Hollins Lane, Whitefield. Aged 28 years and 5 months, a married Beetler, attested 9th December 1915 Whitefield.
Description: 5 feet 7 inches, chest 36 1/2 inches, 144 lbs. Wife Jane (nee Bates) of 2 Howard Hill, Hollins. Married 10th June 1911 Unsworth North Wesleyan Chapel. Daughter Alice born 17/7/1914 at Whitefield. Born 1887. Medical category A1 on return. No mention of injury.
 
1916 BEF France.
To reserve 10/12/1915
Mobilized 1/9/1916 to 2 Depot RFA.
Posted 2/9/1916 to 9th Reserve Bty RFA Gunner.
8/12/1916 to France.
1/5/1918 Posted Bombardier
9/8/1918 Promoted Cpl 74th Bde.
17/6/1919 Promoted Acting Sgt 74th Bde.
22/10/1919 Demobilized to 2 Howard Hill, made no claim to disability.
One entry to conduct 23/11/1917 Gunner in field, overstayed leave to UK by 24 hours, 3 days FP no 2 and 2 days pay.
 
Served France 2/12/1916 - 1/4/1919
Served Germany 2/4/1919 - 19/9/1919.
 
 
 
Joseph RAMPLEY 3301 7th Lancashire Fusiliers. Of 1 Rye Hill, Hollins Vale, Whitefield. Attested 8th January 1915 at Bury Drill Hall.
Description: 5 feet 4 inches, chest 33 inches. Next of Kin: Mary Jane Rampley of same address.
22/10/1915 Discharged no longer fit for war service after 291 days home. Character Good, cause of discharge - eplilepsy.
Details on discharge: Turner, bornHarpuhey, 36 years old on commencement of pension.
Medical Report - Originated since childhood at Manchester. 1903 was treated for a broken wrist and fractures skull. Not result of Military service but aggravated by intemperance. Permanent 25% prevents.
 
24th November 1917 Joseph appealed by letter against the decision.
Medal Roll Index Card: 3301 Lancs Fus. Pte enlisted 14/4/1915, discharged 26/11/1915.
 
1901 9 Gorton Street, Manchester. Joseph aged 22 born Manchester a Spindle Fly Maker, son of Joseph and Mary Rampley.
 
 
 
Walter SCHOLES 10326 3rd garr? bn. Of Unsworth (born there) aged 34 years and 3 months. Walter was an unmarried Bleacher and did not live with his parents. Attested Manchester 5th September 1914.
Description: 5 feet 6 inches, chest 34 1/2 inches, 114 lbs. Church of England. Dark brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion.
 
Discharged: 26th May 1916 no longer fit after 1 year 265 days home service, from the 3rd Manchester Regiment with good character.
Cause: Otitis Media "Originated 1910. Had scarlet fever 1896 followed by otitis media, slight deafness at present - watch not heard within ear, much loss of hearing by bone conduction in both ears. Not result of or aggravated by military service. Permanent disability, capacity as before enlistment.
 
No Medal Roll Index
 
1901 191 Park View, Unsworth aged 20, stretcher at bleachworks born Unsworth, son of James and Alice Scholes.
 
 
 
Seddon WALMSLEY 63303 RAMC of 5 Howard Hill, Hollins, Whitefield. Attested 25th August 1915, Bury aged 19 years and 1 month, a Cotton Operative.
Description: 5 feet 3 3/4 inches, chest 34 inches, 109 lbs. First finger, first joint of right hand stiff. Mother Eliza Ann Walmsley of 5 Howard Hill.
15/9/1915 Discharged having made a mis-statement to age on enlistment.
1901 6 Prospect Place, Unsworth aged 1 born Unsworth son of Alexander and Eliza Ann Walmsley. 
 
 
 
Ernest WEBB Husband of Sarah nee Warburton daughter of Edmund and Alice. 1428 ASC. Attested for 1 year aged 38 on 3/5/1913. A married Motor Driver of Unsworth. Discharged 2/5/1916 due to termination of period of engagement (character very good).
Description: 5 feet 8 inches, 167 lbs, chest 41 inches. Brown hair, brown eyes. Church of England. Scar around joint of ring finger, left hand. Attested Bury. Wife Sarah Webb of 1 Pole Lane, Unsworth. Married Sarah Warburton 4th August 1900 Unsworth St. George witnessed by E and W Warburton.
 
BEF 15/8/1914 - 16/4/1916
15/4/1915 Promoted L/Cpl Catterick
16/4/1916 Transferred to England for discharge.
2/5/1916 Discharged at Aldershot.
 
Medal Roll Index: ATSC, ASC 1428 Pte and A/Sgt. 14 Star, British War and Victory Medals, entered theatre of war 15/8/1914.
 
1901 Pole Lane, Unsworth aged 26 Carter born Little Stoneham, Suffolk a Bleachers Carter, husband of Sarah - living with Alice Warburton widow of Edmund in the cottage next to the smithy.
 
Harvey WHATMAN 29912 Lancashire Fusiliers of 195 Park View, Unsworth. Aged 29 years and 6 months, attested 11/12/1915 Bury an unmarried Stitcher employed at the Bleachers Association, Pilsworth.
Description: 5 fett, 1 1/2 inches, chest 34 1/2 inches. Next of kin James Whatman of Carlton Ave, Whitefield (brother crossed out). Sarah Whatman of 28 Gigg Lane, Bury - married Sarah Cowley 23/10/1916 United Methodist, Parkhills, Bury.
Home service: 11/12/1915 - 9/8/1917 - discharged after 1 year 242 days at home due to hernia: aggravated by ordinary military service. Eligible for pension 28/8 1917.
No medal roll entry.
Not found in 1901 census.
 
 
 
To do:
Service Records surnames N-Z, awaiting their availability.
Find details of Eric Evans and William Hall WW2.
Any Remaining 1901.
 
 
 
Research Sources:
CWGC
SDGW with help from Rod Gibson
Army Pension Records A-Z
Army Service Records A-N
Medal Roll Index
1901 census
Other internet - listed alongside any quotes