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MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY WAR MEMORIAL

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BAILEY

Ernest

Second Lieutenant, 21st Battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action at Les Boeufs 28th October 1916. Son of Samuel Bailey, Beech field, Hornby Road, Blackpool. Born 1892 at Ashton-on-Ribble. Educated Hutton Grammar School, Manchester University: 1913; Student, Dentistry; Officer Training Corps, October 1913 to March 1915. Enlisted March 1915. 18th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted 4th August 1916 to 21st Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment). Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row W. Grave 6.

BAILEY

Frank

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion (Territorial), Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action near Ypres 6th September 1917. Son of William Bailey, Elloughton, BirchGrove, Rusholme. Born 1890 at Manchester. Educated Hulme, Monmouth Grammar School, Officer Training Corps, 1st December 1914 to 2nd March 1915. Chartered Accountant. Gazetted 2nd March 1915; 8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers; Lieutenant; served in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, and on the Western Front. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A.

BAIRD, MC, MiD

Leonard Barron

Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 1/10th Battalion, Manchester. Killed in action 20th April 1917. Aged 29. Son of Dr. W. J. and Mrs. A. A. Baird, of Springwells, Bury. Son of Dr. William James Baird, Springwells, Manchester Rd., Bury. Educated Manchester Grammar School, Manchester University: 1906; Student, Medicine. Enlisted September 1914; Gazetted 1st/10th Battalion Manchester Regiment; Captain; served in Egypt, Dardanelles, France. Awarded the Military Cross (MC) and Mention in Despatches twice (MiD). Buried in TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 18.

BALSHAW

Walter

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, attached 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at La Bassee 20th October 1914. Aged 24. Born 1890 at Bolton. Son of Florence E. A. Balshaw, of 571, Chorley Old Rd., Bolton, and the late Walter Balshaw (Solicitor). Educated Bolton Municipal Secondary School Manchester University: 1910; Student, Science; Officer Training Corps, October 1910 to July 1913. Assistant, Master Lancaster Grammar School. Gazetted 30th July 1913; No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 34 and 35.

Second Lieutenant Walter Balshaw
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BARKER

Percy

Second Lieutenant, 33rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action at Meteren 13th April 1918. Aged 19. Son of Samuel and Ada Livsey Barker, of Meadow Bank, Heywood, Lancs. Born 1898 at Heywood. Bury Grammar School; RossallS. Officer Training Corps, June 1916 to June 1917. Gazetted 1917. Buried in METEREN MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row N. Grave 330.

BARLOW

Harold Carver

Lieutenant (Observer), 9th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action flying in Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 when the aircraft was attacked by Manfred von Richthofen and shot down, it crashed and caught fire, 18th June 1917; flying with Lieutenant R. W. Ellis. Son of Frank and Mary Barlow, of Woodville, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire. Born 1891 at Marple. Syrrell House, Llandudno; Leighton Park S., Reading. Officer Training Corps, February 1915 to May 1915. Partner in Thomas Barlow & Bro., Eastern Merchants. Gazetted May 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

BARNETT

Charles Titus

[Listed as Lance Corporal on memorial] Private 43530, "A" Company, 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Beaumont-Hamel 26th November 1916. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Manchester. Son of John and Amelia Barnett, of 119, Chester Rd., Hulme, Manchester. Educated at Hulme; Manchester Municipal Secondary School, Manchester University: 1915; Student, Education; Officer Training Corps, July 1915 to January 1916. Enlisted 27th January 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

BARON

William

Second Lieutenant, 203rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 19th October 1917. Aged 32. Son of Matthew and Lucy Bacon, of Wigan; husband of Lucy M. Baron, of "Heathfield," Gathurst, Wigan. Born 1885 at Ince, Wigan. Educated at Wigan Pupil Teachers' Centre, Manchester University: 1905; B.A. 1908. Assistant Master Cockburn High School, Leeds. Buried in ZUYDCOOTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 10.

BARONIAN

Haron

Private 33006, 8th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action at near Deltawa, Mesopotamia, 11th April 1917. Aged 21. Born West Didsbury, Lancashire, enlisted Knutsford, Cheshire. Son of Zarch and Shushan Baronian, of Brae Cottage, Legh Rd., Knutsford, Cheshire. Cadet of Manchester University O.T.C. Born 1896 at Didsbury. Educated at Bowdon College, Manchester University: 1911; Student, Textile Industries; Officer Training Corps, November 1914 to October 1915. Enlisted December 1915. Previously wounded in Mesopotamia. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 14 and 62.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Three, page 16:

BARONIAN, HARON, Private. No. 33006, 8th (Service) Battn. The Cheshire Regiment., 2nd s. of Z. S. I. Baronian, of Brae Cottage, Knutsford. co. Chester, Export Merchant to China, by his wife, Shushan, dau. of C. Haronian; b. West Didsbury, 14 March, 1896; educ. Bowdon College, and afterwards was a student at Manchester Victoria University, for Chinese. and Manchester School of Technology; joined the University O.T.C. on the outbreak of the European War, and, finding he could not obtain a commission, enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment. 10 Dec. 1915; trained at Birkenhead; served with the Expeditionary Force in Mesopotamia from 30 June, 1916; was wounded 1 Feb. 1917, and admitted to hospital at Basra; rejoined his Regiment on recovery, and was killed in action between Deli-Abbas and Deltawa 11 April following. Buried there. His intimate friend, Sergt. Arthur King, wrote: “On 10 April we received the news that the Turks, in large force, were attempting to outflank us. At du (sic) the same day, we countered this movement by having a ten-hours' forced march towards this strong column of Turks. We were dog-tired to begin with but this march was the last straw. However, we staggered on somehow, and at dawn breakfast was served. This was the last time I saw Haron alive. We had breakfast together, and laughed and joked over the incidents of the march. When the fall-in was ordered, we had to separate. Then we marched into the attack, passing our batteries en route. Soon we got under shell fire, which became terribly hot as we advanced, so the order was given to extend, advancing in several waves. I got to know afterwards that I was in the wave immediately behind Baron, about ten yards between us. The advance continued steadily, in spite of the heavy shelling, and soon we came under extremely heavy rifle fire. There was a low ridge, a few feet high, in front of us so a company was rushed up to hold it at all costs, because it was of tremendous strategic importance. They only just got there in time, for the Turks were advancing on it in large numbers, and were only a short distance away. Baron's wave and mine continued to advance until we were within 100 yards of the ridge. Here Haron and his comrades were sent back for ammunition, and we were ordered to lie down. The ground was hard mud, baked by the strong sun, and was much too hard for us to dig in, so we had to lie there and wait orders. The Turkish artillery and rifle fire kept up its intensity, and we had a very warm time indeed. One bullet tore its way between my equipment and my heart and another took the edge off one of my pouches, but I was not touched. The sun was extremely hot, and I remember lying there hour after hour, wondering when and where I should be hit. There were thousands of locusts creeping over us and biting our hands and faces, but it was courting death to move. In the afternoon the rifle fire died down and the shelling was intermittent. As the wounded came past us, we asked them the usual questions—Who had been hit, and how many casualties, etc. I was very anxious about Haron, and wondered how he got on. Then one of the wounded said, 'Have you seen Baronian?' I said, 'No. Has he been hit?' He said, 'No, poor chap, he's been killed,' and he pointed to a dead man lying about ten yards away. At first I couldn't realize it, I was too dazed, but I rushed forward and bent down over him. Yes, it was poor Haron, lying just as if he had gone to sleep. His eyes were closed, and there was no sign of his being hit. Only a tell-tale little bullet hole in his tunic showed where he had been shot through the stomach." The Head Master of Bowdon College also wrote: “He was one of our best, and upheld a very high standard during his ascendancy as Prefect, captain of games, and hard-working member of the sixth form. I remember so well how he struggled and tussled with logic during his last year. He had no liking for the subject, and was yoked to another boy who had a taste for such matters. He certainly fulfilled my dictum: 'If you know it is your duty, take a pleasure in it.' He held, in a remarkable degree, the warm affection of masters and boys," and Professor Parker, of Manchester University: "Haron, who came with his brother Stephen when quite a boy to study Chinese with me for four years or more, from the very first impressed me by his delicacy in points of behaviour, and by his loyal attitude towards his elder brother. When he joined the O.T.C. he was naturally disappointed to find that there were difficulties in the way of obtaining a commission; but, as the war progressed and he heard that one of his class-mates with me had been killed, he announced to me that he had decided to enlist at the first possible moment. He came to dine at my house when in training at Birkenhead: cheerful under conditions of life so different from his comfortable Knutsford home, he was eagerly looking forward to 'the front' somewhere. That was the last I saw of him, though he several times wrote to me from Mesopotamia, always full of service and duty." Unm.

BARROW

Ernest Isaac

Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) attached 2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Guedecourt 23rd October 1916. Aged 27. Son of Isaac and Mary Barrow, of Brantwood, Westhoughton, Bolton. Born 1889 at Westhoughton. Educated at Bolton Municipal Secondary School; Manchester Grammar School, Manchester University: 1907; BSc. 1910 Assistant Master Penzance Secondary School and Luton Modern School. Enlisted 7th September 1914; 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted April 1915. Mentioned in Despatches. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 A and 7 B.

BARRY

Kenneth

Private SPTS/4774, 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at Delville Wood 27th July 1916. Aged 20. Born Coventry, enlisted Manchester. Son of O. W. and Amy E. Barry, of 83, Grafton St., Coventry. Born 1896 at Coventry. Bablake School, Coventry. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Textile Industries; Officer Training Corps, November 1914 to June 1915. Enlisted February 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

BATEY, DCM, Croix de Guerre (Belgium).

John [Percy]

Company Serjeant Major 106517, No. 3 Special Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds received in action near Armentieres 9th April 1918. Aged 29. Enlisted London, resident Weybridge, Surrey. Son of Robert and Georgiana Batey, of 221, Edgeley Rd., Stockport. Born 1889 at Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Educated at Manchester Municipal Secondary School, Manchester University: 1906; M. Sc. Tech. (Honours Applied Chemistry) 1909. Schuster Res. Fellowship. Res. Chemist. Enlisted January 1915; 16th Battalion Middlesex Regiment; R. E. (Chem. Corps). Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Croix de Guerre (Belgium). No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1.

BEDALE

Charles Lees

[Listed as C H BEDALE on SDGW] Reverend, Chaplain 4th Class, Royal Army Chaplain’s Department. Died 8th March 1919 at Cambridge, of influenza contracted on active service. Aged 39. Son of Thomas A. and M. Bedale, of Eccles, Manchester; husband of Dorothy Rendel Bedale, of "Fieldside", Barton Rd., Cambridge. Born 1879 at Eccles. Educated at Eccles Grammar School; Manchester Grammar School; Clare College, Cambridge, Classics and Theology. Manchester University: 1912; Lect. in Assyriology; Tutor at Didsbury College Author of Old Testament and Archaeology etc; Member of Council of Governors of John Rylands Library. Gazetted 17th January 1916; R.A. Chaplains Department. Buried in HISTON ROAD CEMETERY, CAMBRIDGE, Cambridgeshire. Grave reference 24. B. 26.

BEDDOW

John Frederick Heber

[Listed as BEDDON on SDGW] Captain, 1/4th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action at Gaza, Palestine 3rd November 1917. Aged 29. Son of George and Martha Mary Beddow, of 204, Henfold Rd., Tyldesley, Manchester. Born 1887 at Tyldesley. Educated at Leigh Pupil Teachers' Centre, Manchester University: 1907; M. A. (2nd Class History Honours) 1912; Officer Training Corps, June 1908 to September 1911. Jesus College, Oxford; Assistant Master Louth Grammar School; Senr. County School, Cambridge (O.C. School Officer Training Corps,). Gazetted 1911. Buried in GAZA WAR CEMETERY, Israel. Plot XXIX. Row D. Grave 4.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Five, page 12:

BEDDOW, JOHN FREDERICK HEBER, M.A., B.Litt. (Oxford), Capt., 4th (Territorial) Battn. The Essex Regiment., s. of George Beddow, Head Master of Tyldesley Council School No. 2, co. Lancaster, by his wife, M. Mary, dau. of C. Evans, of Point House, Neyland; b. Boothstown, near Manchester, 2 Dec. 1887 ; educ. Manchester University, and Jesus College, Oxford; was an active member of the O.T.C., Manchester University, 1907-10, and Oxford, 1910-12; obtained a commission on the Unattached List as 2nd Lieut. when a Master at King Edward VI. Grammar School, Louth, and was subsequently promoted to Lieut. and Capt. when in command of the County School, Cambridge, O.T.C. After the outbreak of war Capt. Beddow was gazetted to the Essex Regiment., and served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt and Palestine; was wounded Nov. 1917, in the advance on Gaza, but remained on duty, and refused to leave his post, and was killed the same day at Gaza. Buried in the Gaza Military Cemetery; unm.

BEDFORD

Alan William

Second Lieutenant, 2/6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)). Killed in action at Cambrai 20th November 1917. Aged 21. Son of William Isaac and Emily Bedford, of 4, Laisteridge Lane, Bradford, Yorks. Born 1897 in Bradford. Educated at Bradford Grammar School, Manchester University: 1914; Student, Textile Industries; Officer Training Corps, December 1915 to March 1917. Gazetted May 1917. Buried in HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row D. Grave 36.

BEDFORD, MiD

Robert Harold

Captain, 6th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action near Bapaume 25th March 1918. Aged 26. Son of W. H. Bedford, Ashton Old Road, Higher Openshaw, Manchester. Born 1893 at Openshaw. Varna St. Board S; Manchester Municipal Secondary School, Manchester University: 1911; M. A. (2nd CI. History Honours) 1917; Officer Training Corps, October 1911 to October 1914. Gazetted September 1914. Wounded twice. Mentioned in Despatches. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67.

BELL

John Murray

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action at Monchy near Arras 24th April 1917. Son of Reverend Benjamin Bell, B. D., Upton, Birkenhead. Born 1886 in Manchester. Educated at Woodlands School; Manchester Grammar School; Trinity College, Oxford. Manchester University: 1909; Teacher's Diploma 1st Class, 1910; Withers prize. Classical Master, Merchiston Castle S,; Lieutenant. School Officer Training Corps, Gazetted July 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Three, page 21:

BELL, JOHN MURRAY, 2nd Lieut., 19th (Service) Battn., attd. 10/11th (Service) Battn., The Highland Light Infantry, 3rd s. of the Rev. Benjamin Bell, B.D., formerly Minister of Withington Presbyterian Church, and now of Upton, Birkenhead, by his wife. Margaret Colqohoun, dau. of A. C. S. Murray Dunlop, of Corsock; b. Withington, Manchester, 24 Feb. 1886; educ. Woodlands School, Manchester, and Manchester Grammar School; proceeded to Trinity College, Oxford, with an open scholarship and the Brackenbury scholarship; graduated with Classical Honours 1909, and the next year took the Diploma in Education in Manchester University and the Withers Prize; thereafter, till he entered the Army, held the post of Classical Master at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh; was for some time an officer in the O.T.C.; obtained a commission in the Highland Light Infantry 20 July, 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 5 Sept. following, and was killed in action near Monchy 24 April 1917, during the Battle of the Scarpe. Buried there. Brother officers wrote: "Your son was a most gallant officer, and very popular with all ranks. He was a fine fellow, beloved and admired by all with whom he came in contact." "The battalion has lost one of its best officers; he was loved and respected by all, and I feel that I have lost one of my greatest friends. . . . It may prove of some consolation to you that your son died bravely at his post." His coolness under fire was a thing which we all admired and remarked on, for it was exceptional. It was not a spirit of recklessness which would have run himself and perhaps others into unnecessary danger, but a faculty or a stamina which carried him through everything."

BENTHAM

Richard

Captain, Central Flying School (Upavon, Wiltshire), Royal Flying Corps and 2nd/7th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in a flying accident while flying at Upavon, England, in De Havilland D.H.2 Serial No. 5982 8th November 1916 when he lost control that resulted in a spinning nose dive. Aged 21. Son of the late Robert Bentham. Born 1895 at Nethertown, Whalley. Educated at Accrington Municipal Secondary School, Manchester University: 1912. Student for Honours Engineering; Officer Training Corps, 1st October 1912 to 7th October 1914. Gazetted 7th Manchester Regiment, attached Royal Flying Corps. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, NEWCHURCH-IN-PENDLE, Lancashire. Row C. Graves 43 and 49.

BENTLEY

Basil

Second Lieutenant, 2/5th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action near Bapaume 11th September 1917. Aged 23. Son of George and Jane Bentley, of 219, Bolton Rd., Darwen, Lancs. B.Sc. Victoria University, Manchester. Born 1894 at Darwen. Educated at Darwen Tech. School, Manchester University:1912; BSc. (1st Class Geology Honours) 1915; Officer Training Corps, May 1916 to November 1916. Gazetted 16th April 1917. Buried in FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 6.

BERRY

James Frederick Wilkinson

[Listed as Captain on war memorial] Lieutenant, 17th Battalion attached 1/5th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Died of influenza at Wimereux 22nd November 1918. Aged 21. Son of George Frederic and Helen Berry, of Innellan, Portland Rd., Swinton, Lancs. Born 1897 at Pendleton. Educated at Manchester Grammar School, Manchester University: 1914; Student, Photography and Printing; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to October 1915. Gazetted 9th November 1915. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XI. Row D. Grave 4.

BERRY, MC

John Granville

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)). Killed in action nearZonnebeke 16th August 1917. Aged 20. Son of Mr. W. N. and Mrs. E. A. Berry, of Hawthorn House, Earby, Colne, Lancs. Born 1897 at Earby. Educatd at Skipton Grammar School; Colne Municipal Secondary School Officer Training Corps, May 1916 to October 1916 . Cotton Manufacturer. Gazetted 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 42 to 47 and 162.

 Second Lieutenant John Granville Berry
© IWM (HU 113753)

BICE

William Francis

Second Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action at Falfemont Farm, Guillemont 4th September 1916. Aged 20. Son of William Archer Bice and Matilda Isabel Bice, of 158, Heaton Moor Rd., Heaton Moor, Stockport. Born at Roehampton, Surrey. Educated at Liverpool College; Manchester Grammar School Officer Training Corps, January 1915 to January 1916. Gazetted December 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

BIGHAM

William

Second Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died in London of illness contracted on active service 19th September 1915. Aged 21. Son of W. H. Bigham, 2 Victoria Street, Basford, Stoke-on-Trent. Born 1894 at Stoke-on-Trent. Educated at Hanley Secondary School. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Chemistry; Officer Training Corps, Oct 1913 to December 1914. Gazetted December 1914. Buried in HARTSHILL CEMETERY, STOKE-ON-TRENT, Staffordshire. Grave 14931.

BILLINGTON

Leslie Charles

Second Lieutenant, 4th Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action near Ypres 9th July 1915. Aged 19. Only son of Charles and Annie Jane Billington, of Watlands House, Wolstanton, Staffs. Born 1895 at Wolstanton, N. Staffs. Bishop Stortford College. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Engineering; Officer Training Corps, November 1913 to October 1914. Gazetted 7th October 1914. Mentioned in Despatches. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 33.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part One, page 34:

BILLINGTON, LESLIE CHARLES, 2nd Lieut., 4th, attached 2nd, Battn. Lancashire Fusiliers, only s. of Charles Billington, of Heimath, Longport, co. Stafford, Metallurgist, by his wife, Annie Jane, dau. of George Richard Cockhead; b. Wolstanton, co. Stafford, 25 Dec. 1895; educ. Bishop's Stortford College, and entered Manchester University as an engineering student in Oct. 1913. He was in camp with the University O.T.C. at the outbreak of war, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the 4th Battn. of the Lancashire Fusiliers, 14 Oct. 1914. On going to the Front he was attached to the 2nd Battn., and was killed in action during the taking of German trenches at Pilken, near Ypres, 6-9 July, 1915; unm. Writing on Aug. 1. Major Bowes said: “I have been making enquiries from the N.C.Os. and men of his platoon, and from what I can gather he was leading a party of men up to the German trenches during the violent attack which lasted from July 6 to the 9th. His party was told off as bomb throwers. He fell on the parapet of the trenches and nothing was recovered from his body. One thing I can say and that is, he showed the greatest courage, and never flinched when he was told off for the dangerous job. It was a most ghastly time for us all, and during those three days and four nights we lost ten officers killed and eight wounded, including the Commanding Officer and Adjutant, and all the captains except one, and eighty-five men killed and 234 wounded and missing. The place where this fight took place is called Pilken, about three miles N. of Ypres. It was brought about this way. One of the German trenches was in such a position as to enfilade the front trench occupied by the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). This regt. with the Somersets were told off to take this trench, which they did on the morning of 6 July. My battn. relieved these two regts. on the 6th (midnight) and occupied the captured German trench. We had orders to hold the trench at all costs. The Germans counter attacked on the morning of the 7th with heavy artillery and bomb throwers, but in spite of heavy odds against us we held that trench for three whole days, until we were relieved at midnight on the 9th by another brigade. The regt. covered itself with honour in those three days, and it was due to such fine young fellows as your boy that we were able to hold our own "; and a few days later Corpl. Brereton wrote: “We were holding some trenches captured from the Germans, and our platoon, which was ably commanded by your son, were in support to the firing line. We were subjected to a very heavy shell fire, and early on your son inspired confidence in his men by the way he assisted in digging several of our men out who had been buried with debris, thereby saving, I know, two men's lives from suffocation, for which we all admired him. It is the most nerve-trying time you can get, to be under heavy shell fire, especially fresh out from England, but your son seemed to overcome it straight away, and turned out a brick, as it were. On the afternoon of the 7th we were ordered to reinforce the front line, and when we arrived there learned that our bomb throwers had retired from the advanced saphead temporarily, being short of bombs. The Germans had occupied it, so your son was ordered by Capt. Blencowe, who was in command (the Col. and several of our senior officers having got wounded), to retake the trench. I was the corpl. in charge of the section he selected to go with him. He led us up fearlessly, he himself yards in front of any of his men, and I saw him get up to the parapet and empty his revolver, then jump in the trench, and after the trench was retaken, he was most unfortunately hit with a shell, dying a brave soldier's death, staunch and fearless to the end. His platoon greatly feel the loss of so gallant an officer, and offer you their most sincere sympathy in your sad loss."

BILLINGTON

Whitworth Leonard

[Listed on memorial as North Staffordshire Regiment] Second Lieutenant, "Z" Special Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in acion at Lagnicourt 17th May 1917. Aged 23. Son of Whitworth and Sarah Arm Billington, of "Tilia," Dodds Bank, Shavington, Crewe, Cheshire. Born 1894 at Horwich, Lancs. Educated at Rivington and Blackrod Grammar School. Manchester University: 1912; BSc. 1915; Res. Student; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to July 1915. Gazetted July 1915; 11th Battalion N. Staff. R., attached York and Lancs. R. and R. E. (Spec. Sect. ). Buried in MORCHIES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 7.

BLACKLEDGE

William Gregson

[Listed as Cadet, Officers’ Training Corps on mmeorial] Private 29416, 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died of enteric at Bristol 3rd May 1916. Aged 19. Son of the Rev. R. T. Blackledge and his wife Ellen, of 33, Oaklands Rd., Swinton, Manchester. Born 1896 at Ardwick, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Arts; Officer Training Corps, October 1915 to February 1916. Enlisted 25th February 1916. Special memorial in CHRIST CHURCH CHURCHYARD, DENTON, Lancashire.

BLOY

Bertram William

Corporal 613205, "C" Company 1/19th Battalion (St. Pancras), London Regiment. Died of wounds 1st December 1917. Aged 22. Enlisted Hindley, resident Hindley Green near Wigan. Son of William Henry and Emma Bloy, of Hindley Green, Wigan, Lancs; brothr of Laurence (below). Formerly 6198, 10th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 8A.

BLOY

Laurence Henry

Captain, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 29th June 1916 of wounds received on 28th June at Blairville. Aged 23. Son of William Henry and Emma Bloy, of Glen Tarn, Hindley Green, Wigan; brother of Bertram (above). Born 1892 at Hindley Green. Educated at Hindley and Abram Grammar School. Manchester University: 1911; Student, Science; Officer Training Corps, October 1911 to 1914. Gazetted 14th October 1914. Buried in FILLIEVRES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 1.

BLUE

James Richard

Private 7231, 1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry). Killed in action 8th February 1917. Aged 21. Enlisted Staines, resident Ashford, Middlesex. Son of Emma Blue, of 3, Walpole St., Norwich, and the late James Blue. Born 1895 at Norwich. Educated aT City of Norwich School. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Engineering. Civil Engineer. Enlisted 18th March 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 A.

BLYTHE

Norman Harry

Second Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Delville Wood 4th August 1916. Aged 19. Son of Mr. Alfred James and Mrs. Emily Augusta Blythe, of Swinton Schools, Swinton, Manchester; brother of Percy (below). Born 1898 at Belmont, Surrey. Manchester Grammar School Officer Training Corps, 1913-1915. Gazetted 3rd August 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C.

BLYTHE, MC, MiD

Percy Alfred

Captain, 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 30th July 1916. Aged 21. Son of Alfred James and Emily Augusta Blythe, of The Schools, Swinton, Manchester; brother of Norman (above). Born 1895 in Sutton, Surrey. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Honours Chemistry; Officer Training Corps, Emerg. Gazetted 21st September 1914. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.) and Mention in Despatches (MiD). Buried in DELVILLE WOOD CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XXII. Row R. Grave 10.

BOLTON

John

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), East Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds at Helles, Gallipoli, 4th June 1915. Aged 26. Son of Henry Hargreaves Bolton and Florence Eliza Bolton, of "Heightside," Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay. Born 1889 at Accrington. Tonbridge S. Manchester University: 1906; Student, Engineering. Commercial Manager Accrington Collieries. Gazetted 19th June 1913. Buried in TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY, Turkey. Special memorial A. 67.

Note: There are now 3,360 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 2,226 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate many casualties known or believed to be buried among them, including 142 officers and men of the 1st Essex who died on 6 August 1915, and 47 of the 1st/7th Scottish Rifles killed on 28 June.

Extract from 'The Bond of Sacrifice', Volume 2, page 48:

LIEUTENANT JOHN BOLTON, 5th BATTN. (TERRIT.) EAST LANCASHIRE REGIMENT, second son of Henry Hargreaves Bolton, J.P., and Florence Eliza Bolton, of Height Side, New-church - in - Rossendale, Lancashire, was born at Accrington on the 6th January, 1889. He was educated at Tonbridge School, where he was in the Shooting VIII in 1906, and on leaving school he spent three years at Victoria University, Manchester. He was afterwards in charge of the Commercial Department at the Accrington Collieries of Messrs. G. Hargreaves and Co., of which firm his father is head, and joined the Territorial Force in June, 1913. He was a keen footballer and tennis player. In September, 1914, having undertaken Imperial Service obligations, he went to Egypt, and while there took a special course in Scouting, under Gurkha officers, and was appointed Scout Officer of his battalion, in which he was promoted Lieutenant in May, 1915. In that month he left for the Dardanelles. He was killed on the 4th June, 1915, by a shell bursting in a trench during the artillery bombardment which preceded an important advance of the Allies. This advance took place on the 4th June and succeeding days on Krithia and Achi Baba, in the southern part of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Major-General Douglas, Commanding the 42nd East Lancashire Division, wrote the following letter from the field, dated 25th June, 1915, to the young father: “The enclosed card was sent to your son Second Lieutenant J. Bolton, 1/5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment, to convey to him my congratulations on the very gallant manner in which he conducted himself in action on 12th May, but before it reached your son he had been killed in a later engagement with the enemy. I am forwarding the card to you now, and wish to express my deepest sympathy with you. Your son was a fine and promising young officer. He died fighting with the utmost bravery in defence of his country, and his loss will be deeply felt in his Regiment and throughout the Division." It has been ascertained that the gallant action referred to above was: fetching ammunition from the base under fire from the enemy, when short of supplies in the trenches.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part One, page 41:

BOLTON, JOHN, Lieut., 5th Battn. East Lancashire Rent. (T.F.), 2nd s. of Henry Hargreaves Bolton, of Heightside, Newchurch-in-Rossendale, co. Lancaster, J.P., etc. (see preceding notice); b. Accrington, co. Lancaster, 8 Jan. 1889; educ. Tonbridge School, and Manchester University. On leaving the latter, where he took the three years' mining engineering course, he was engaged at the Accrington and Rossendale Collieries, of which his father was Managing Director, and after a short time was placed in charge of the commercial department at Accrington, and was soon recognised as a capable and energetic business man. He was given a commission as 2nd Lieut. in the 5th (Territorial) Battn. of the East Lancashires, 19 June, 1913, and volunteered for Imperial service on the outbreak of war. His regt. went out to Egypt in Sept. 1914, and while there he took a special course in scouting under Gurkha officers, and was made Scout Master of the battn. He received his Lieutenant's commission 8 May, 1915, and sailed for the Dardanelles the same day. He was killed by a shell which fell in the front line trenches, in the bombardment before the advance on Krithia, 4 June. After his death his father received from General Douglas, commanding 42nd Division, the following card of congratulation which had been sent to him, but before it reached him he had been killed: "The General Officer commanding the 42nd (East Lanes.) Division congratulates Lieut. J. Bolton, 1/5 Battn. East Lancs. Regiment. on the gallant action performed by him on 12 May, 1915. Signed C. 0. W Donglas, Genl. Commd., 42nd Division." The action referred to was fetching ammunition from the base under fire of the enemy, when the battn. ran short in the trenches. He was unm. and was buried at Ghurka Bluff, Gallipoli.

BOLTON

Reginald Lightbown

Captain, 7th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Drowned on Transport "Warilda" torpedoed in the English Channel 3rd August 1918. Son of John Bolton, High Wray Banks, High Wray, Nr. Ambleside. Born 1888 at Eccles. Educated at Eccles Grammar School; Monmouth Grammar School. Manchester University: 1905; B. Com. 1909. Partner in John Bolton & Co., Manchester. Enlisted 3rd September 1914; 16th Battalion Manchester Regiment Gazetted 21st March 1915. Cremated at MANCHESTER CREMATORIUM, Manchester. Commemorated on Crematorium Panel.

BOND, DCM

Frederick aka Fred

Corporal 106125, No. 2 Special Company, Royal Engineers attached 4th Canadian Division. Died of wounds 11th April 1917 received on 9th April at Vimy Ridge. Born and resident Bolton, enlisted London. Son of John R. and Louisa M. A. Bond, of 56, St. George's Rd., Bolton, Lancs. Born 1897 at Bolton. Educated Private and Higher Grade Council School, Bolton. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Chemistry; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to June 1915. Enlisted 1915; R. E. (Chem. Corps). Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXII. Row F. Grave 9.

BORRELL

Lancelot

Second Lieutenant, 15th battalion attached to 12th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 10th July 1916 at Oxford, of wounds received on 3rd July at Fricourt. Son of Arthur Borrell, South Charlton, Alnwick. Born 1893 at Ilton, Yorks. Educated at Duke's School, Alnwick. Manchester University: 1912; BSc. 1915; Officer Training Corps, November 1913 to February 1915. Gazetted 24th February 1915. Buried in ST. JAMES CHURCHYARD, SOUTH CHARLTON, Northumberland. East Plot. Row 3. Grave 7.

BOSTOCK

Clifford

Captain, 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action inMenin Road Battle 20th September 1917. Aged 27. Son of John and Emily Bostock, of 10, St. Werburgh's Rd., Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. M.Sc. Tech. (Vic.). Born 1890 at Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Educated at Surbiton School, Chorlton-cum-Hardy; St. Margaret's, WhalleyRange. Manchester University: 1907; M. Sc. Tech. (Chem. ) 1911; Officer Training Corps, April 1908 to September 1911. Chemist with RobertClay of Cheadle. Gazetted 31st May 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A.

BOURN

John

[Listed as Second Lieutenant on SDGW] Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action t Klein Zillebeke 31st July 1917. Aged 25. Son of Margaret Bourn, of Gowtrees, Bleasdale, Preston, and the late John Bourn. Born at Bleasdale. Educated at Bleasdale School; St. Oswald's College, Shropshire; Keble College, Oxford. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Theology; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to January 1915. Gazetted 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 55.

BOUSKILL

Edward

[Listed as Second Lieutenant on SDGW] Lieutenant, 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Broodseinde, Ypres, 4th October 1917. Aged 21. Son of George Edward and Sarah Emily Bouskill, of Bramhall Grange, Bramhall Lane, Stockport. Born 1896 at "The Hollies," Buxton Road, Stockport. Educated at Stockport Comm. School; Manchester Grammar School; Manchester College of Technology. Officer Training Corps, 16th February 1915 to 6th May 1915. Gazetted April 1915. Buried in BUTTES NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, POLYGON WOOD, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Special Memorial Plot XII. Row AA. Grave 11.

Note: There are now 2,108 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Buttes New British Cemetery. 1,677 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials are erected to 35 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

BOWDEN

James

Second Lieutenant, 66th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action at Aubercourt 30th March 1918. Aged 20. Son of Mr. J. H. Bowden, of Woodfield, Grimsargh, Preston. Born 1897 at Cheadle, Cheshire. King Edward VII. S., Lytham. Manchester University: 1915; Student, Engineering. Officer Training Corps, 23rd January 1916 to 3rd October 1916. Gazetted 25th February 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 90 to 93.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Four, page 17:

BOWDEN, JAMES, 2nd Lieut., Machine Gun Corps, elder s. of James Herbert Bowden, of St. Anne's-on-Sea, co. Lancaster, by his wife, Annie, dau. of James Johnson, of Fairfield; b. Cheadle, co. Chester, 16 Dec. 1897; ethic. King Edward VII. School, Lytham, and the Victoria University, Manchester; joined the University O.T.C. 18 Dec. 1915; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 9 March, 1917; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from June, 1917, and was killed in action at Aubercourt, Amiens sector, 30 March, 1918. His Commanding Officer wrote: "He was everything a British officer is expected to be." Unm.

BOWES, MC

Roy

Lieutenant Acting Captain, 15th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of wounds 5th August 1917. Aged 23. Son of Maj. John and Mrs. C. A. Bowes, of Pen-y-Parc, Highbury Avenue, Prestatyn, Flints. Born 1893m at Failsworth, Manchester. Educated at Manchester Grammar School Manchester University: 1911; Student, Architecture. Enlisted 6th October 1914; 21st Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers Gazetted 5th August 1916. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 18.

Captain Roy Bowes © IWM (HU 114165)

BOWLER

Thomas Chesters

[Listed as Thomas Chesters on CWGC] Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 1/4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds at Givenchy 3rd October 1918, of wounds received on 1st October at Givenchy. Aged 19. Son of Samuel and Hannah Bowler, of "The Mount," Wirswau, Whitchurch, Salop. Born 1899 at Didsbury. Educated at Rhosand Chatham House, Ramsgate. Manchester University: 1916; Student, Chemistry; Officer Training Corps, October 1916 to January 1918. Gazetted 23rdJune 1918. Buried in LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XI. Row B. Grave 5.

BOX

Raymond

Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 11th July 1917 at Abbeville, of wounds received on 26th April 1917 at Arras. Aged 23. Son of George and Emily Box, of Manchester. Born 1893 at Manchester. Educated at Manchester Secondary School Manchester University: 1911; B.Sc. Tech. (Chemistry) 1914; Officer Training Corps, Emerg. Gazetted August 1914. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 19.

BRADBURY

Harry

[Listed as Captain on memorial] Lieutenant, Anti-gas Officer, 53rd Division Headquarters, Royal Engineers. Died of heart failure at Alexandria, Egypt, 3rd December 1918. Aged 25. Son of Bennett and Mary Bradbury, of 189, Windsor Rd., Oldham. Educated at Hulme Grammar School, Oldham. Manchester University: 1910; MSc. (1st Class Honours Chemistry) 1914; Leblanc Medallist (1913). Enlisted 12th August 1914; Gazetted 28th August 1914. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section B. Grave 99.

BRADLEY

Reginald Ernest

Second Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 25th December 1916 of wounds received 23rd December 1916 near Albert. Son of Dr. F. E. Bradley, M. A., "Stormarn," Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Born1892 at Prestwich Park, Manchester. Educated at Lawrence House, St. Annes-on-Sea; Haileybury. Manchester University: 1909; Student, Arts; Officer Training Corps, 1909 to 1911. Articled to Nield, Son& Lees, Chartered Accountants. Enlisted 7th October 1914; Corporal, Royal Engineers (Motor Cyclist), Despatch Rider. Gazetted 2nd July to Royal Engineers, Signals. Buried in AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 13.

BRAMWELL

Frederick

Pioneer 177786, 1st Battalion, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds near Doullens 25th August 1916. Aged 30. Born Little Lever, Lancashire, enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire. Husband of Gwendoline Bramwell, of 7, Church St., Farnworth, Lancs. B.Sc. Son of William Bramwell, Church Street, Farnworth, Bolton. Born 1885 at Little Lever, Bolton. Educated at Central Higher Grade School, Bolton. Manchester University: 1903; BSc. 1906. Assistant Master Burgess Street School, Harpurhey. Enlisted June 1916; Royal Engineers (Chemical Corps). Buried in COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row D. Grave 8.

BRINDLE

John Laurence

Captain, 4th Battalion (Territorial), Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Invalided out of the Army in January 1918 through sickness and subsequently died of the ill-health resulting, 13th March 1918 at Banchory. Son of F. W. Brindle, Beachhurst, Chorley. Born 1895. Educated at Shrewsbury School. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Textile Industries. Gazetted to 4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Buried in CHORLEY CEMETERY, Lancashire. Section A. Non-Conformist Grave 119.

BROCKLEBANK

Charles Cyril

Cadet, Officers’ Training Corps. Died November 1918 at Heat on Chapel, of influenza and pneumonia. Son of Charles T. Brocklebank, Wamgrowes, Ellesmere Road, Heat on Chapel. Born 1900 at Heat on Chapel. Hulme Grammar School Manchester University: 1918; Student, Textiles 5 Officer Training Corps, January 1918 to November 1918. With Greg Brothers, Manchester.

BRODRICK

Edward

[Listed as Lieutenant on SDGW] Captain, 13th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action near Ypres 31st July 1917. Aged 24. Son of Thomas and Margaret Brodrick, of Victoria Crescent, Eccles, Manchester (Secretary Cooperative Wholesale Society, Manchester). Born 1893 at Eccles. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1909; LLB 1912. Articled to Aston, Harwood & Somers, Solicitors. Enlisted September 1914; 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. Gazetted November 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53 and 55.

BROOKES

Percy

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion (Territorial), Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action at Gheluvelt 22nd November 1917. Aged 31. Son of R. D. and M. J. Brookes, of Handforth, Cheshire; husband of Mrs. E. M. Brookes, of "Sunnyside," Hall Rd., Wilmslow, Manchester. Born 1886. Educated at Stockport Technical School; Officer Training Corps, May 1916 to January 1917. Auctioneer and Valuer. Gazetted 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row K. Grave 1.

BROOKES, MM

Wilfred Da Cunha

Corporal 205684, Depot, Tank Corps. Died in Weymouth Isolation Hospital of cerebro spinal meningitis 2nd February 1918. Born and enlisted Sale, Cheshire. Son of Arthur and Annie Brookes, of Morningside, Prince's Rd., Sale, Cheshire. Formerly 38018, Machine Gun Corps. Born 1890, Sale. Educated at Sale Grammar School; Manchester Grammar School; Bolton Grammar School Manchester University: 1908; Student, Textiles; C. and G. of London Inst., 2nd year Certifcates, Spinning and Weaving. Officer Training Corps, 1st February 1909 to 30th September 1911. Assistant Man. in Cotton-weaving Factory; Inspect, of Municipal (Westinghouse). Enlisted 30th April 1916. Awarded the Military Medal (MM). Buried in WEYMOUTH CEMETERY, Dorset. Grave reference B. "C." 397.

BROOKS

Archibald Buckley

Captain, 2/6th Battalion, (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Zonnebeke 7th October 1917. Aged 27. Son of Buckley and Anna Maria Brooks, of The Manor House. Hale Barns, Cheshire. Born 1890 at Manchester. Educated at Dean Close School, Cheltenham. Manchester University: 1907; Student, Architecture. Architect. Gazetted 29th October 1914. Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row H. Grave 8.

BROOKS

Frank Smith

Second Lieutenant, North Staffordshire Regiment attached to 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Fricourt, Somme, 1st July 1916. Aged 23. Son of Arthur Percy and Edith Brooks, of "Redcot," Bramhall Lane, Stockport. Born 1893. Educated at Stockport Grammar School. Manchester University: 1912; Student, Law; Officer Training Corps, Emerg. Articled to Smith & Brooks, Solicitors. Gazetted September 1914. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot V. Row I. Grave 9.

BROWN

John

Second Lieutenant, 3rd (Garrison) Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Drowned when H.M.T. "Transylvania" on whcih he was being transported was torpedoed in the Mediterranean 4th May 1917. Aged 26. Son of George and M. A. Brown, of 28, Darley Grove, Farnworth, Bolton. Born 1890 in Farnworth. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University:1910; Student, Applied Chemistry; Officer Training Corps, October 1911 to September 1914. Oil Merchant. Enlisted 2nd September 1914 in 20th Hussars. Gazetted February 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on SAVONA MEMORIAL, Italy.

BROWN, MC

John

Captain, 2/7th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at St. Quentin 21st March 1918. Aged 29. Son of William and Florence Fannie Brown, M.B.E., of Longfield, Heaton Mersey, Manchester. Born 1888 at Heat on Moor, Stockport. Educated at Buxton College; The Leys, Cambridge. Officer Training Corps, February 1915 to May 1915. Director of Affleck & Brown, Ltd., etc. Gazetted May 1915. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67. See also Stockports Soldiers 1914-1918 for more details

BROWN

Tom

Second Lieutenant, "D" Company, 10th Battalion attached 7th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Grandcourt 13th November 1916. Aged 26. Son of the late John and Mary Brown, of 597 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester. Born 1888 at Manchester. Educated at Manchester Municipal Secondary School. Manchester University: 1907; BSc. 1910; M.A. 1912. Assistant Master James I. Grammar School, Bishop Auckland, Durham. Gazetted 2nd April 1915. Buried in GRANDCOURT ROAD CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 24.

BROWNRIDGE

Frederick Walter

Private 4421, 20th (University & Public Schools) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at High Wood 20th July 1916. Born Leeds, enlisted Manchester, resident Whalley Range, Manchester. Son of Walter Brownridge, I Whalley Grove, Whalley Range. Born 1893 at Leeds. Educated at Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Commerce. City Treasurer's Office, Manchester Corporat ion. EnlistedSeptember 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C, 9 A and 16 A.

BROWNSON

Alfred Reginald

Lieutenant, 11th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action near the Grande Couronne, Salonica, 18th September 1918. Aged 31. Son of George Brownson, J.P., and Alice Jane Brownson, of "Burnside," Hyde, Cheshire. Born 1887 at Hyde. Educated at Tettenhall College, Staffs. Manchester University: 1904; Student, Arts; Officer Training Corps, November 1915 to February 1916. Director of George Brownson Ltd., Hyde. Gazetted 1916. Buried in DOIRAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot V. Row F. Grave 16.

BUCKLEY

Edmund Maurice

Second Lieutenant, 7th (Merlometh and Montgomery) Battalion (Territorial), Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of wounds at Suvla Bay, 12th August 1915. Aged 29. Son of the late Sir Edmund Buckley, Bart., and of Lady Buckley, of 2, Marine Parade, Barmouth, late of Maesllan, Barmouth, N. Wales. Born 1880. Educated at Cheltenham College. Manchester University: 1904; Student, Engineering Honours Studied Engineering at the Humber Works at Beeston, Notts., and Coventry. Enlisted August 1914; Gazetted September 1914. Buried in LANCASHIRE LANDING CEMETERY, Turkey. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave 19.

BUDENBERG

Donald Harlow

[Spelt BUDENBURG on SDGW] Second Lieutenant Acting Captain, 4th Battalion attached 17th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 25th April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Budenberg, of Somerville, Marple, Cheshire. Born 1896 at Marple. Educated at Clifton College. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Engineering; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to October 1915. Gazetted January 1916. Buried in PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row H. Grave 4.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part Five, page 25:

BUDENBERG, DONALD HARLOW. 2nd Lieut. (Acting Capt.). 17th (Service Battn. The Manchester Regiment., 2nd s. of Christian Frederick Budenberg. of Somerville, Marple, co. Chester, M.Sc., M.Inst.M.E., Managing Director of the Budenberg Gauge Company Ltd., by his wife, Janet Somerville, dau. of the late Robert Harlow; b. Marple aforesaid, 13 July, 1896; educ. Clifton College; was an Undergraduate at Trinity College. Cambridge; joined the Cambridge University O.T.C. in Dec. 1915: entered the Gailes Cadet School 31 July. 1916. and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. The Manchester Regiment. 8 Dec. following; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Jan. 1917, and was killed in action near Voormezeele 25 April, 1918. His Commanding Officer wrote: "I had known your son for some little time when I was with the 17th Battn., and I saw and heard nothing but good of him. I have heard and seen examples of his personal courage, and have no hesitation in saying that he was the most promising officer in the battalion." - Unm.

BUDGE

Huyton Ernest Ulric

Lance Corporal 4584, "A" Company, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action at High Wood 20th July 1916. Aged 23. Born Cornbrook, Manchster, enlisted Manchester, resident Fallow Field, Manchester. Only son of Frank E. and Janet A. Budge, of 24, Albert Rd., Withington, Manchester. Enlisted Aug., 1914. Educated at The Hulme Grammar School and St. Margaret's School, Whalley Range, Manchester. Graduated B.Sc. (Victoria University) 1914. Enlisted 25th August 1914; 20th Battalion (University & Public Schools) Royal Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C, 9 A and 16 A.

BULLOUGH

Thomas Horrobin Stanley

Second Lieutenant, 11th Battalion attached 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at La Boiselle 7th July 1916. Aged 20. Son of Thomas and Esther Bullough, of "Sandfield," Hall Lane, Hindley, Wigan. Born 1896 at Hindley. Educated at Hindley Hall; Wigan Grammar School; Manchester Grammar School. Manchester University: 1914; Student, Medicine; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to August 1915. Gazetted 26th August 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11A.

BURGESS

Charles

Captain, (Territorial), Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action at Tilloy, Cambrai 11th October 1918. Aged 29. Son of Charles and Sarah Burgess, of Westholme, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire.Born 1889 at Plumbley. Educated at Manchester Grammar School Officer Training Corps, February 1915 to August 1915. Beith, Stevenson& Co., Manchester. Gazetted September 1915. Buried in ANNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 31.

de BURIATTE

John Philip

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle 12th March 1915. Aged 27. Son of William Warwick de Buriatte and Mary de Buriatte, of The Mill House, Wraysbury, Staines. Formerly Sergeant in Artists' Rifles. His brother Warwick Huxley de Buriatte also fell. Born 1887 at Aylesford, Kent. Educated Slough School; Dulwich College. Manchester University: 1905; Certificate in Tech. 1908. Employed Wraysbury Paper Mills, U.S.A. Gazetted 14th February 1915. Buried in MESSINES RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave 3.

Extract from 'de Ruvigny's ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-18', Part One, page 61:

DE BURIATTE, JOHN PHILIP, 2nd Lieut., 2nd Battn. East Surrey Regt., yr. s. of William Warwick de Buriatte, of The Mill House, Wraysbury, co. Bucks, by his 1st wife, Mary, dau. of James Edmund Huxley, M.D., and niece of Prof. Huxley ; b. Aylesford, Kent, 28 Oct. 1887 ; educ. Dulwich College, and Manchester University, where he studied in the Faculty of Technology, in chemical technology (paper manufacture) from 1905-8 ; joined the Artists' Rifles in 1912, and went to France as Sergt. with them, 28 Oct. 1914 ; was given a commission in the 2nd East Surrey Regt.. 14 Feb. 1915, and was killed in action leading his platoon at Lindenhoeck during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, 12 March, 1915, and was buried 20 yards behind the trenches.

Extract from The Bond of Sactrifice Volume 2 January to june 1915, page 124-125:

2nd LIEUTENANT (temp.) JOHN PHILLIP de BURIATTE, 2nd BATTN. EAST SURREY REGT., born on the 28th October, 1887, at Aylesford, Kent was the son of William Warwick de Buriatte, of Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire.

He was educated at Dulwich, and joined the Artists' Rifles in 1912, soon distinguishing self in bayonet fighting. He was chosen as one of the team which competed in the finals at Olympia in 1913, for which event each member of the team received a special bronze medal.

At the beginning of the war he went to the front as a Ser¬geant in the Artists' Rifles, and in February, 1915, was gazetted Temporary 2nd Lieutenant on the General List, joining the 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment, in the trenches on the 6th March, 1915.

It was but six days later, on the 12th March, at Lindenhoek, near Mount Kemmel, in the memorable Neuve Chapelle engagement, that he fell. His only brother, who was then serving in the ranks of the Battalion Scouts Artists' Rifles, near by, went up and gained the following facts from a Sergeant of Lieutenant de Bauriatte's platoon. He had been in the trenches with ten of his men for three days, when, at three o'clock, our artillery started a fierce bombardment of the German trenches, which continued for an hour and a half. During that period Lieutenant de Buriatte was getting his men ready for the assault, which was to be made as soon as the artillery ceased firing. He went about encouraging his men, and occasionally taking a shot at the Germans, only forty yards away. At 4.30, at a signal from the Commanding Officer, they got ready to leave their trenches. Lieutenant de Buriatte and five of his men were out and over first, but had only gone five yards before half of them fell, the young officer in front shot through the head. Despite the fierce fire, the Sergeant and two men got him back to the trench, and laid him safely away till the attack was over. That evening they laid him to rest with three brother officers and twenty men twenty yards behind scene of action.

The Captain of the Company wrote saying the stationed trench in which Lieutenant de Buriatte was stationed was the most dangerous of all ; in fact, a post of honour.

BUTTERWORTH

Benjamin

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battlion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds at Kizil Rolat 25th March 1917. Son of Alexander Butterworth, 429Bury Rd., Rochdale. Born 1889 at Rochdale. Educated at Rochdale Parish Church School. Manchester University: 1910; Certificate in Tech. (Mechanical Engineering) 1913; Officer Training Corps, 1911 to 1914. Apprenticed tofitter. Enlisted September 1914; Gazetted 17th February 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 31 and 64.

BYERS

Richard Knight

[Listed as Major on memorial] Captain, "D" Company, 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Killed in action at Bazentin-le- Petit 20th July 1916. Aged 20. Son of Richard Hoare Byers and Lorna Byers, of "Hazeldean", Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Born 1895at Weston -super- Mare. Educated at Brynmelyn School, Westonsuper-Mare. Scholarship to Dalton Hall. Manchester University: 1913; Student, Chem; Officer Training Corps, 1913 to 1914. Enlisted August 1914; Gazetted 8th Battalion Gloucester Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.

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