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MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY WAR MEMORIAL

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BAILEY

Ernest

2nd Lieutenant, 21st Battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 28th October 1916. Buried in GUARDS' CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot XI. Row W. Grave 6.

BAILEY

Frank

Lieutenant, 8th Battalion (Territorial), Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 6th September 1917. 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. Awarded the Military Cross (MC) Mention in Despatches (MiD). Buried in TINCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot VIII. Row G. Grave 18.

BALSHAW

Walter

2nd Lieutenant, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 20th October 1914. Aged 24. Son of Florence E. A. Balshaw, of 571, Chorley Old Rd., Bolton, and the late Walter Balshaw (Solicitor). No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 34 and 35.

BARKER

Percy

2nd Lieutenant, 33rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action 13th April 1918. Aged 19. Son of Samuel and Ada Livsey Barker, of Meadow Bank, Heywood, Lancs. Buried in METEREN MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row N. Grave 330.

BARLOW

Harold Carver

Lieutenant, 9th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps and 20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 18th June 1917. Son of Frank and Mary Barlow, of Woodville, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire. 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 26th November 1916. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Manchester. Son of John and Amelia Barnett, of 119, Chester Rd., Hulme, Manchester. A Student at Victoria University, Manchester, O.T.C. Enlisted January 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

BARON

William

2nd 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. Buried in ZUYDCOOTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 10.

BARONIAN

Haron

Private 33006, 8th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action in 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. 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 Regt., 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 Regt. 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, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment) attached 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd October 1916. Aged 27. Son of Isaac and Mary Barrow, of Brantwood, Westhoughton, Bolton. 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 27th July 1916. Aged 20. Born Coventry, enlisted Manchester. Son of 0. W. and Amy E. Barry, of 83, Grafton St., Coventry. 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 9th April 1918. Aged 29. Enlisted London, resident Weybridge, Surrey. Son of Robert and Georgiana Batey, of 221, Edgeley Rd., Stockport. 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 Chaplainís Department. Died 8th March 1919. Aged 39. Son of T. A. and M. Bedale, of Eccles, Manchester; husband of Dorothy Rendel Bedale, of "Fieldside", Barton Rd., Cambridge. 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 3rd November 1917. Aged 29. Son of George and Martha Mary Beddow, of 204, Henfold Rd., Tyldesley, Manchester. 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 Regt., 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 Regt., 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

2nd Lieutenant, 2/6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 20th November 1917. Aged 21. Son of William Isaac and Emily Bedford, of 4, Laisteridge Lane, Bradford, Yorks. 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 25th March 1918. Aged 26. Mentioned in Despatches Mentioned in Despatches. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67.

BELL

John Murray

2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action 24th April 1917. 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, Royal Flying Corps and 7th Battalion (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed 8th November 1916. Aged 21. Son of the late Robert Bentham. Born at Nethertown, Whalley. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, NEWCHURCH-IN-PENDLE, Lancashire. Grave reference C. 43 and 49.

BENTLEY

Basil

2nd Lieutenant, 2/5th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 11th September 1917. Aged 23. Son of George and Jane Bentley, of 219, Bolton Rd., Darwen, Lancs. B.Sc. Victoria University, Manchester. Buried in FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 6.

BERRY

James Frederick Williamson

[Listed as Captain on war memorial] Lieutenant, 17th Battalion attached 1/5th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Died 22nd November 1918. Aged 21. Son of George Frederic and Helen Berry, of Innellan, Portland Rd., Swinton, Lancs.

BERRY, MC

John Granville

2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died 16th August 1917. Aged 20. Son of Mr. W. N. and Mrs. E. A. Berry, of Hawthorn House, Earby, Colne, Lancs. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 42 to 47 and 162.

BICE

William Francis

2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action 4th September 1916. Aged 20. Son of William Archer Bice and Matilda Isabel Bice, of 158, Heaton Moor Rd., Heaton Moor, Stockport. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D.

BIGHAM

William

2nd Lieutenant, 13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 19th September 1915. Aged 21. Pier and Face 1 C and 1 D. Buried in HARTSHILL CEMETERY, STOKE-ON-TRENT, Staffordshire. Grave 14931.

BILLINGTON

Leslie Charles

2nd Lieutenant, 4th Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 9th July 1915. Aged 19. Only son of Charles and Annie Jane Billington, of Watlands House, Wolstanton, Staffs. 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. 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] 2nd Lieutenant, "Z" Special Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in acion 17th May 1917. Aged 23. Son of Whitworth and Sarah Arm Billington, of "Tilia," Dodds Bank, Shavington, Crewe, Cheshire. Born at Horwich, Lancs. Buried in MORCHIES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section C. Grave 7.

BLACKLEDGE

W G

Cadet, Officersí Training Corps probably William Gregson BLACKLEDGE, Private 29416, 3rd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 3rd May 1916. Aged 19. Son of the Rev. R. T. Blackledge and his wife Ellen, of 33, Oaklands Rd., Swinton, Manchester. Born at Manchester. 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. Killed in action 29th June 1916. Aged 23. Son of William Henry and Emma Bloy, of Glen Tarn, Hindley Green, Wigan; brother of Bertram (above). Buried in FILLIEVRES BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 1.

BLUE

James R

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. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 A.

BLYTHE

Norman Harry

2nd Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 4th August 1916. Aged 19. Son of Mr. Alfred James and Mrs. Emily Augusta Blythe, of Swinton Schools, Swinton, Manchester; brother of Percy (below). 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). Awarded the Military Cross (MC) and Mention in Despatches. 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 4th June 1915. Aged 26. Son of Henry Hargreaves Bolton and Florence Eliza Bolton, of "Heightside," Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay. 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 2nd 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. Regt. 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 3rd August 1918. Cremated at MANCHESTER CREMATORIUM, Manchester. Commemorated on Crematorium Panel.

BOND, DCM

Frederick 'Fred'

Corporal 106125, No. 2 Special Company, Royal Engineers attached 4th Canadian Division. Died of wounds 11th April 1917. Born and resident Bolton, enlisted London. Son of John R. and Louisa M. A. Bond, of 56, St. George's Rd., Bolton, Lancs. Native of Bolton. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXII. Row F. Grave 9.

BORRELL

Lancelot

2nd Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 10th July 1916. 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 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.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 23 to 28 and 163A.

BOURN

John

[Listed as 2nd Lieutenant on SDGW] Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 25. Son of Margaret Bourn, of Gowtrees, Bleasdale, Preston, and the late John Bourn. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 55.

BOUSKILL

Edward

[Listed as 2nd Lieutenant on SDGW] Lieutenant, 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 4th October 1917. Aged 21. Son of George Edward and Sarah Emily Bouskill, of Bramhall Grange, Bramhall Lane, Stockport. 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

2nd Lieutenant, 66th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 30th March 1918. Aged 20. Son of Mr. I. H. Bowden, of Woodfield, Grimsargh, Preston. 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 at Failsworth, Manchester. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 18.

BOWLER

Thomas Chester

[Listed as Thomas Chesters on CWGC] 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 1/4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died of wounds 3rd October 1918. Aged 19. Son of Samuel and Hannah Bowler, of "The Mount," Wirswau, Whitchurch, Salop. 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. Aged 23. Son of George and Emily Box, of Manchester. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 19.

BRADBURY

Harry

[Listed as Captain on memorial] Lieutenant, D.G.O. 53rd Division Headquarters, Royal Engineers. Died 3rd December 1918. Aged 25. Son of Bennett and Mary Bradbury, of 189, Windsor Rd., Oldham. Buried in ALEXANDRIA (HADRA) WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Section B. Grave 99.

BRADLEY

Reginald Ernest

2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 25th December 1916. 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 25th August 1916. Aged 30. Born Little Lever, Lancashire, enlisted Farnworth, Lancashire. Husband of Gwendoline Bramwell, of 7, Church St., Farnworth, Lancs. B.Sc. 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. Died 13th March 1918. Buried in CHORLEY CEMETERY, Lancashire. Section A. Non-Conformist Grave 119.

BROCKLEBANK

C C

Cadet, Officersí Training Corps - No further information currently available

BRODRICK

Edward

[Listed as Lieutenant on SDGW] Captain, 13th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 31st July 1917. Aged 24. Son of Thomas and Margaret Brodrick, of Victoria Crescent, Eccles, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53 and 55.

BROOKES

Percy

2nd Lieutenant, 6th Battalion (Territorial), Cheshire Regiment. killed in action 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. Buried in HOOGE CRATER CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row K. Grave 1.

BROOKES, MM

William Da Cunha

Corporal 205684, Depot, Tank Corps. Died in United KIngdom 2nd February 1918. Born and enlisted Sale, Cheshire. Awarded the Military Medal (MM). Son of Arthur and Annie Brookes, of Morningside, Prince's Rd., Sale, Cheshire. Formerly 38018, Machine Gun Corps. Buried in WEYMOUTH CEMETERY, Dorset. Grave reference B. "C." 397.

BROOKS

Archibald Buckley

Captain, 2/6th Battalion, (Territorial), Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 7th October 1917. Aged 27. Son of Buckley and Anna Maria Brooks, of The Manor House. Hale Barns, Cheshire. Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row H. Grave 8.

BROOKS

F S

2nd Lieutenant, North Staffordshire Regiment. probably Frank Smith BROOKS, 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 23. Son of Arthur Percy and Edith Brooks, of "Redcot," Bramhall Lane, Stockport. Buried in DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH CEMETERY, MAMETZ, Somme, France. Plot V. Row I. Grave 9.

BROWN

John

2nd Lieutenant, 3rd (Garrison) Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Drowned 4th May 1917. Aged 26. Son of George and M. A. Brown, of 28, Darley Grove, Farnworth, Bolton. No known grave. Commemorated on SAVONA MEMORIAL, Italy.

BROWN. MC

John

Captain, 2/7th Battalion (Territorial) Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 29. Son of William and Florence Fannie Brown, M.B.E., of Longfield, Heaton Mersey, Manchester. Awarded the Military Cross (MC). No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 64 to 67.

BROWN

Tom

2nd Lieutenant, "D" COmpany, 10th Battalion attached 7th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 13th November 1916. Aged 26. Son of the late John and Mary Brown, of Longsight, Manchester. Buried in GRANDCOURT ROAD CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 24.

BROWNRIDGE

Frederick Walter

Private 4421, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 20th July 1916. Born Leeds, enlisted Manchester, resident Whalley Range, Manchester. 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 18th September 1918. Aged 31. Son of George Brownson, J.P., and Alice Jane Brownson, of "Burnside," Hyde, Cheshire. Buried in DOIRAN MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot V. Row F. Grave 16.

BUCKLEY

Edmund Maurice

2nd Lieutenant, 7th (Merlometh and Montgomery) Battalion (Territorial), Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of wounds 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. Buried in LANCASHIRE LANDING CEMETERY, Turkey. Plot/Row/Section K. Grave 19.

BUDENBERG

Donald Harlow

[Spelt BUDENBURG on SDGW] 2nd 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. 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 Regt., 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 Regt. 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 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). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C, 9 A and 16 A.

BULLOUGH

Thomas Horrobin Stanley

2nd Lieutenant, 11th Battalion attached 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 7th July 1916. Aged 20. Son of Thomas and Esther Bullough, of "Sandfield," Hall Lane, Hindley, Wigan. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11A.

BURGESS

Charles

Captain, (Territorial), Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 11th October 1918. Aged 29. Son of Charles and Sarah Burgess, of Westholme, Lower Peover, Knutsford, Cheshire. Buried in ANNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 31.

BURIATTE

J P De

2nd Lieutenant, East Surrey Regiment. - No further infomation currently available

BUTTERWORTH

Benjamin

2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battlion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 25th March 1917. 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 20th July 1916. Aged 20. Son of Richard Hoare Byers and Lorna Byers, of "Hazeldean", Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 5 B.

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