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BARTON, BILSBORROW & MYERSCOUGH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Barton, Bilsborrow and Myerscough War Memorial Trust 2005

The memorial stone was erected in 1921. It contains 108 names – 14 men who fell in the Great War, 9 who fell in the Second World War and 85 who also served. The Barton, Bilsborrow and Myerscough War Memorial Trust is administered by two representatives of each of the three parishes, under the one Chairman. There is an Annual Civic Remembrance Service, at the War Memorial, on a date announced in the Garstang Courier. This is usually Armistice Day at 11 o’clock in the morning.

In 2003 Myerscough & Bilsborrow Parish Council led a move to improve access to the War Memorial grounds, especially for people with disabilities. Arising from this it was decided to widen the operation to incorporate matching stone plinths containing interpretative panels with biographical details of each of the twenty-three fallen men named on the Memorial; the general aim of this being to raise awareness, particularly among the young people of Barton, Bilsborrow and Myerscough, of what the Memorial stands for. For the ideas, design and planning to achieve this we are greatly indebted to landscape architects Alan and Valerie Shaw of Churchtown.

Led by our visionary Parish Clerk Mr Roy Bassnett JP and with the encouragement, active support and participation of many people, not least Barton Parish Council and the Trustees of the Memorial, it was agreed that this would be expanded further into a Community Project. The research into the biographic history of each man was undertaken by the Community Research Team comprising the three local schools — Barton St Lawrence C of E, Barton St Mary & St Andrew’s RC and Bilsborrow John Cross C of E — under the guidance of teachers and others. The children’s research involved them in visits to military museums and the study of relevant military campaigns as well as wartime social history. In this the Team was helped by military consultant Colonel J A C Bird OBE DL (lately The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment), historian Mr Duncan Mitchell of Garstang, researcher Mrs Karen Macauley of West Sussex (formerly of St Michael’s-on-Wyre) who had regular access to the Public Record Office, Kew and other sources and whose assistance has been invaluable, all driven and inspired by Roy Bassnett, Clerk of Myerscough & Bilsborrow Parish Council and of the Project.

A very special memorial focus was achieved with a Festival of Remembrance held at Preston Minster in July 2004. Based on the annual Festival held at the Albert Hall the content reflected the sacrifices of the two world wars. Participants came from a wide cross-section of the community and the school children played a major part with songs and playlets. The attendance was so good that there had to be an afternoon and an evening service. A retiring collection of over £500 given to the Preston branch of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association offers an indication of how well the Festival was supported. A video record has been made for private purchase.

THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

BARKER

 

Joseph

202188 Private 2nd /4th Battalion Territorial Force, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of William Robert Barker & Mary Barker of Myerscough. Killed in action 2nd July 1917 aged 23 years. Buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France

BATESON

 

William

3/19928 Private 6th (Service) Battalion, The East Lancashire Regiment. Son of Roger Kenyon Bateson & Dorothy Bateson of Brock. Died of wounds 21st April 1916 aged 21 years. Buried at Basra War Cemetery, Mesopotamia

BERRY

 

Robert

26750 Private Of Myerscough. 1st Battalion, The Lancashire Fusiliers. Son of Abraham Berry. Killed in action 1st October 1918 aged 25 years. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Passchendaele, Belgium

CARR

 

Edgar Joseph Austin

Lieutenant Of Hepgreave. 1st/5th Battalion Territorial Force, The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Husband of Winifred Alice Mary Carr. Died of wounds 18th May 1915 aged 41 years. Buried at St Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Kensal Green, London

CATTERALL

 

Charles

24259 Private 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of Robert Catterall & Elizabeth Catterall of Catforth. Killed in action 26th September 1916 aged 26 years. Buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery, Bapaume, France

HELMN

 

Walter

23579 Private Of Eaves. 10th (Service) Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of Thomas Helmn & Emma Helmn. Died of wounds 6th May 1917 aged 24 years. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France

HESKETH

 

Harold Robert

161072 Gunner Of White Horse Village. 223rd Brigade Territorial Force, Royal Field Artillery. Husband of Annie Hesketh. Killed in action 23rd March 1918 aged 23 years. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France

MOULDEN

 

Ernest Howard

S/11810 Private 1st Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Son of Thomas Alfred Moulden & Emily Kate Moulden of Fairhaven. Killed in action 3rd September 1916 aged 25 years. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Albert, France

NUGENT

 

John

23690 Private 7th /8th Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers. Son of John Nugent & Margaret Ellen Nugent of Brock. Died of wounds 31st October 1917 aged 19 years. Buried at St Thomas' Roman Catholic Churchyard, Claughton

PARKER

 

George Leonard

Captain 2nd Battalion, The Essex Regiment and formerly. 7th (Service) Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Son of Thomas Parker & Mary Parker of Mawdesley. Killed in action 1st September 1918 aged 23 years. Buried at Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, France

SIMPSON

 

 

Charles Vernon Martin

Captain 1st /5th Battalion Territorial Force, The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Son of Isaac Simpson JP & Emily Eddleston Simpson of Brock. Killed in action 31st July 1917 aged 25 years. Buried at Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

WAREING

 

Harold

259803 Pioneer No. 5 (Mortar) Battalion, Corps of Royal Engineers. Son of Thomas Wareing & Isabella Wareing of Barton. Died from illness 16th December 1918 aged 24 years. Buried at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, France

WILKINSON

 

Thomas

S/10336 Private 2nd Battalion, The Gordon Highlanders. Son of James Wilkinson & Caroline Wilkinson of Myerscough. Died of wounds 24th July 1916 aged 24 years. Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, France

WINSTANLEY

 

Thomas

R/8240 Rifleman 2nd Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps. Son of John Winstanley & Maria Winstanley of Weeton. Died of wounds 23rd July 1916 aged 21 years. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Albert, France

THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945

BROWN

 

Percy

3865783 Private 1st Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire). Son of Thomas George Brown & Beatrice Louise Brown of Woodplumpton. Killed in action 8th February 1944 aged 27 years. Buried at Anzio War Cemetery, Italy

COOKSON

 

Robert

1140823 Gunner 23rd Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Artillery. Son of Robert Cookson & Alice Cookson of Myerscough. Died of wounds 14th December 1944 aged 22 years. Buried at Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Riccione, Italy

ECCLES

 

Frank

4460247 Private 4th Battalion (Infantry Training Centre), The Durham Light Infantry. Son of Thomas Eccles & Annie Eccles of Barton. Accidental death while on leave 12th May 1940 aged 20 years. Buried at St Lawrence's Churchyard, Barton

MARSHALL

 

William Percival

1230365 Sergeant No. 20 Service Flying Training School, Rhodesia Air Training Group. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Son of Robert Marshall & Emma Elizabeth Marshall of Barton. Killed in air accident 7th July 1942 aged 21 years. Buried at Salisbury Cemetery, Rhodesia

MOSS

 

Halliwell Sutcliffe

Lieutenant 137th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Artillery. Son of Major the Revd John Moss TD SCF & Alice Moss of Bilsborrow. Died on active service 16th July 1942 aged 23 years. Buried at Kuala Lumpur (Cheras Road) Civil Cemetery, Malaya

MOSS

 

John Roger Stuart

891727 Gunner 88th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Artillery. Son of Major the Revd John Moss TD SCF & Alice Moss of Bilsborrow. Husband of Peggy Moss. Died on active service 20th June 1943 aged 27 years. Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Siam

RAINFORD, DFC & Bar

 

John Rawsthorn

Squadron Leader No. 83 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Son of Thomas Clarkson Rainford JP & Ann Rainford JP of Brock. Husband of Beryl Thirza Rainford. Killed in action 22nd February 1942 aged 28 years. Buried at Sola Churchyard, Stavanger, Norway

SOUTHWARD

 

Jack

3858618 Private 2nd Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire). Son of George Cowell Southward & May Aileen Southward of Barton. Died on active service 15th September 1943 aged 24 years. Buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Burma

WALLBANK

 

William

3603757 Private 1st (Airborne) Battalion, The Border Regiment. Son of William Wallbank & Ellen Wallbank of Barton. Killed in action 9th July 1943 aged 23 years. Commemorated on Cassino Memorial, Italy

13 August 2005

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