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BOLTON, FARNWORTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2014

Farnworth Grammar School, Bolton, was founded in 1715 and finally closed in 1982. It has since been demolished. These rolls of honour have been extracted from The History of Farworth Grammar School.

The 1914-18 War Memorial to 26 Old Boys lost in the War, consisting of a Memorial Window, Roll of Honour, a carved oak Lectern and a Turret Clock were unveiled by Dr. Laslett and Mr. William Watson, and dedicated in July 1931 by Dr. Guy Warman, Lord Bishop of Manchester. The World War 2 Tablet was unveiled and dedicated in July, 1951 by Dr. Greer, Lord Bishop of Manchester.

Lecturn
Hall Window

The Roll of Honour
World War I

ALMOND
William E
[Listed as Bomb'dr] Gunner 160854, 113th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 13 May 1918. Aged 29. Born Farnworth, enlisted Manchester. Son of John Almond, J.P., and Mary E. Almond, of Farnworth, near Bolton, Lancashire. Buried in TANNAY BRITISH CEMETERY, THIENNES, Nord, France. Plot 2. Row C. Grave 1.
BOOTH
John
[Memorial lists Lieut., R. F.] Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion attached to 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 7 October 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
BULLOUGH
Clifford
[Listed as Sergt. 4/5 L.N.L.] Private 202618, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial Force), The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Franworth, enlisted Bolton. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bullough, of 45, Albert Rd., Farnworth, Bolton. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 41 and 43.
BYRON
Arthur [Leslie]
[Spelt BYROM on CWGC] Private 109219, 3rd Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died at sea 10 October 1918. Born and resident Farnworth, enlisted Bury. Buried in GREAT LEVER (ST. MICHAEL) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Plot/Row/Section 2. Grave 36.
CLARE
George Thomas
Private 34662, 1st/4th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Killed in action 9 April 1918. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Farworth. Son of Thomas and Charlotte Clare, of 28, Worsley Rd., Farnworth, Bolton. Buried in VIEILLE-CHAPELLE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, LACOUTURE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 3.
CLAYTON
T
Pte., 51st Canadian Inf - there are two possibilities neither of which definitively fits this man either:

Clayton, Thomas - Private 437522, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 13 June 1916. Born Kinsley, Lancashire 21 September 1877. Teamster by trade. Served in South Africa in 1902. Married. Next of kin was his wife Anna Clayton. Attested and passed fit 16 August 1915. Enlisted aged 37 years 11 months. Height 5 feet 4½ inches, girth 37½ inches, complexion fair, eyes grey, hair brown; religion Church of England. In the 1891 census he was the son of Thomas and Jane Clayton, a Scholar, aged 14, born Ringley, Lancashire, resident with his paremts at 63, Trafford Street, Farnworth. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. National Archives of Canda Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1781 - 3

or

Clayton, Thomas - Private 102828, 54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 1 March 1917. Aged 41. Born 19 February 1877 in Lancashire. Son of William and Nancy Clayton; husband of Mary A. Clayton, of 1542, 8th Avenue East, Vancouver, British Columbia. Transferred to 21st Battalion from 67th Battalion. Carpenter by trade. Married with 7 children. Next of kin was his wife Mary Alice Clayton. Attested and passed fit 22 September 1915 at Victoria, Canada, aged 38 years 7 months. Height 5 feet 5 inches. girth 37 inches, complexion dark, eyes hazel, hair black; Religion Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on VIMY MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. National Archives of Canda Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1781 - 1

DUTTON
Charles
Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 7 July 1916. In the 1901 census he is aged 11, son of James and Jane H Dutton, born Farnworth and resident with his parents at 43, Bolton Road, Farnworth. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.
FISHER
Francis [William]
Private PLY/251(S), Plymouth Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Light Infantry. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 4 September 1915. Aged 19. Born 26 January 1895 in Farnworth. Son of the late James William and Ellen Fisher, of The Grove, Waterloo, Liverpool. Next of kin his mother, Mrs. E. Fisher, of Gladstone Villa, Farnworth, Bolton, Lancs. He was with the Plymouth Battalion MEF from 6 February 1915-16 May 1915 when he suffered a slight bullet wound to his arm, rejoined the Battalion 3 June 1915-4 September 1915 when he died. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 2 to 7.
GEE
Robert Briercliffe
Private 2539, 1st/4th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 10 December 1916. Born Kersley, Farnworth, Lancs, enlisted Reading, resident Bolton. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 34.
HALLIWELL
J
Pte., 1st L.N.L. - there are three possibilities but cannot determine which one
HELLIWELL
Henry Cartwright
[Listed on memorial as Pte., R.A.M.C.] Corporal 433, 2nd/1st East Lancs Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died at sea 13 August 1915. Aged 22. Enlisted Manchester. Son of the Rev. J. Uttley Helliwell and Harriet Helliwell, of 5, Brocklebank Rd., Fallowfield, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 199 and 200 or 236 to 239 and 328.
HODGKISS
Ellis
[Memorial states Pte., R.E.] Private 9001, 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 26 Otober 1914. Aged 26. Born Farnworth, enlisted Ashton-Under-Lyne, resident Bolton. Husband of Emma Hodgkiss, of 119, Plover St., Great Lever St., Bolton. No known grave. Commemorated onLE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 34 and 35.
HOLLAS
William
Able Seaman London Z/1408, Hawke Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 27 December 1915. Aged 19. Born 29 December 1896, Son of William and Alice Hollas, of 11, Seafield Rd., Lytham, Lancs [the Naval Casulaties list gives the address as 9 Seafield Road.]. Enlisted 22 February 1915, joined Hawke Battalion D/247 from 1st Reserve Battalion 4 May 1915-27 December 1915 when he died. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 8 to 15.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918:

HOLLAS, WILLIAM, A.B., NBo. Z 1408, Public Schools Coy., Hawke Battn., Royal Naval Division, yst. s. William Hollas, of Seafield Road, Lytham. Cotton Manhufacturer, by his wife, Alice, dau. of William Nuttall; b. Farnworth, near Bolton, 29 Dec. 1896; edic. Farnworth Grammar School, and King Edward VII School, Lytham, and, on leaving there, was employed in the firm of Hollas, Ltd., Cotton Manufacturers, Bolton; enlisted in the Public Schools Coy, of the Hawke Battn. 20 feb, 1915; went to the Dardanelles in May, and was killed in action at Caoe Helles, Gallipoli, 27 Dec. following. Buried there; unm.

MARTIN
Walter
Guardsman 20035, 4th Battalion, Grenadier. Guards. Killed in action 21 December 1915. Aged 24. Born Farnworth, enlisted Manchester. Son of T. Alfred and Ann Martin, of Farnworth, Bolton. Buried in RUE-DU-BACQUEROT (13TH LONDON) GRAVEYARD, LAVENTIE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section A. Grave 18.
MONKS
Charles Phethean
Lieutant, 112th Battery Special Reserve, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 17 June 1915. Aged 25. Son of Fanny Moiser Monks and the late John Phethean Monks, of 35, Bolton Road, Farnworth, nr. Bolton, Lancs. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row D. Grave 2.
NUTTALL
Charles
Lance Corporal 5384, "C" Company, 20th Battalion, Royal Fuiliers (City of LOndon Regiment). Killed in action 20 July 1916. Aged 26. Born and resident Farnworth, enlisted Manchester. Son of John and Elizabeth J. Nuttall, of Wellington House, Farnworth, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.
OAKES
John
Private 2511, "C" Company, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 22 October 1915. Aged 22. Born and resident Farnworth, enlisted Bolton. Son of John and Hannah Oakes, of III, Church Rd., Kearsley, Bolton, Lancs. Buried in HOUPLINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 29.
RICHARDSON
Fred
Lance Corporal 2699, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial Force), The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 18 October 1916. Aged 19. Enlisted Bolton. Son of Frederick and Martha Ann Richardson, of Great Lever, Bolton, Lancs. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row H. Grave 8.
ROBEY
Nathan
[Memorial lists Pte., 6th Manchesters] Private 39487, Depot, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 20 October 1916. Aged 19. Son of Mrs. Betsy Robey, of 3, Pine Avenue, Marton, Blackpool. Born at Kearsley. Buried in KEARSLEY MOOR (ST. STEPHEN) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 30.
ROYLEY
Harry
Second Lieutenant, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed in action 16 September 1916. Aged 23. Son of John and Hannah Royley, of 60, Church Rd., Farnworth, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 14 A and 15 C.
RUSHTON
Granville
Private 10234, 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action 7 October 1916. Born and resident Walkden, enlisted Bolton. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVIII. Row E. Grave 17.
STRONGE
Albert
Private 775564, 116th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 21 May 1917. Aged 26. Born at Kearsley 28 November 1890. Son of Albert James and Bridget Stronge, of 164, Lord St., Kearsley, Farnworth, Lancs, England. Attestation paper states that his mother is Mrs Annie Strong (note this is different to the CWGC details), of 164 Lord St, Toronto. Labourer by trade. Unmarried. Attested 23 December 1915 at Toronto, aged 25 years 1 month, height 5 feet 7½ inches, girth 34½ inches, complexion fair, eyes hazel, hair brown; religion Church of England. Buried in PETIT-VIMY BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 13. National Arcgives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9389 - 1
TYLDSLEY
Thomas
[Listed as Cheshires on memorial] Private 29200, 1st/4th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 9 April 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Franworth, enlisted Bolton. Son of Daniel and Ellen Jane Tyldsley, of 24, Leinster St., Farnworth, Bolton. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 89 to 91.
WATSON
Alfred
Serjeant 6569[SDGW] or 6559 [CWGC], 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 4 October 1917. Aged 23. Born Farnworth, enlisted Manchester, resident Walkden, Manchester. Son of William and Sarah Ellen Watson, of "Carleton House," 21, Park Rd., Walkden, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A.
WILLIAMSON
G
No further information currently available
WOOLMER
Stanley
Lance Corporal 16558, 18th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Aged 27. Born and resident Bolton, enlisted LIverpool. Son of the late James Newman Woolmer and Annie Woolmer, of Bolton, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C.

World War II.
1939-1945

BARROW
T
1926-33 - No further information currently available
BOTHAM
[James] Harold
1931-39 - Flight Lieutenant 124378, 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 3 March 1944. Aged 23. Son of Harold Botham, and of Edith Gertrude Botham, of Kearsley, Lancashire. Buried in ANCONA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot IV. Row K. Grave 17.
BRADBURY
H
1934-37 - No further information currently available
BUTLER
G R
1933-40 - No further information currently available
BYROM
H
1928-33 - No further information currently available
CLARKE
C
1930-33 - No further information currently available
CROOK
J
1927-33 - No further information currently available
DALE
W
1933-37 - No further information currently available
DOWD
Leslie
1933-35 - Lance Bombardier 872682, 1 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Died 15 July 1942. Aged 22. Son of Thomas and Minnie Dowd, of Moses Gate, Farnworth, Lancashire. Buried in EL ALAMEIN WAR CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot XIX. Row B. Grave 16.
FARNWORTH
Herbert
1928-33 - Bombardier 925411, 111 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 22 March 1943. Son of John and Elizabeth A. Farnworth, of Walkden, Lancashire. Buried in SFAX WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot VII. Row E. Grave 1.
FISHWICK
F
1927-34 - No further information currently available
GILLIBRAND
H
1925-30 - No further information currently available
GORTON
H
1924-32 - No further information currently available
HARDMAN
G B
1928-36 - No further information currently available
HURST
N
1926-32 - No further information currently available
JONES
L B
1930-35 - No further information currently available
LONGWORTH
William [Booth]
1927-32 - Second Lieutenant 103063, Royal Engineers. Died 8 June 1940. Aged 24. Son of Fred Booth Longworth and Bertha Florence Longworth, of Farnworth, Lancashire. P.A.S.I., A.M.I.M.E. Buried in NOLLEVAL COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Seine-Maritime, France. Grave 3.
PARKER
John [Allen]
1931-37 - Craftsman 2115914, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 12 May 1945. Aged 25. Son of John Norris Parker and Nora Adelaide Parker; husband of Mary Parker, of Kearsley, Lancashire. Buried in SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY, Antwerpen, belgium. Plot IV. Row B. Grave 32.
PARKER
Geoffrey [Albert Norris]
1933-38 - Pilot Officer (Pilot) 157408, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30 July 1943. Aged 22. Son of John Norris Parker and Nora Adelaide Parker, of Farnworth, Lancashire. Buried in HAMBURG CEMETERY, Hamburg, germany. Plot 10A. Row C. Grave 9.
PARKES
M
1933-40 - No further information currently available
PARTINGTON
A
1931-35 - No further information currently available
PETTY
E
1934-39 - No further information currently available
PYE
R C
1922-30 - No further information currently available
RIGBY
K W T
1932-37 - No further information currently available
SANTLEY
Ronald
1933-36 - Signalman 2370743, 78 Division Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 23 April 1945. Aged 26. Son of Samuel Joynson Santley and Margaret Santley; husband of Dora Lovatt Santley, of Farnworth, Lancashire. A.M.I.G.E. Buried in CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XII. Row G. Grave 5.
SEDDON
Norman
1925-31 - Serjeant 7911629, "B" Squadron, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Royal Armoured Corps. Died 28 June 1944. Aged 30. Son of George and Amy Seddon, of Farnworth, Lancashire. Buried in ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX, Calvados, France. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 1.
TAYLOR
H
1929-34 - possibly William Henry TAYLOR, Marine PLY/X 105767, H.M. L.C.F. 15., Royal Marines. Died 17 June 1944. Aged 21. Son of John and Lizzie Taylor, of Kearsley, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 92, Column 2.
TOZE
H
1932-37 - No further information currently available
WARREN
W T
1934-39 - No further information currently available
WYLDE
C H
1928-32 - No further information currently available
SUMNER
L
1926-31 - No further information currently available

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