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UNSWORTH POLE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Laura Vizard 2008
Researched Martin Edwards

The memorial is to be found in Unsworth Pole, part of Unsworth, at the junction of Pole Lane and Sunnybank Road, Unsworth. It takes the form of a cross on a shaft standing on a two-stepped octagonal base. There are 55 names for World War 1 and 3 for World War 2.

Note: The Pole or "Pow" (as it was known locally in the Lancashire dialect) was named after the pitch pole fixed there by the Earl of Derby which would be greased each year for the village's pot fair. Local men would then try and clamber up it to grab a side of bacon attached to the top; the successful contestant could keep the ham. Parr Lane, nearby, takes its name from Parr Brook which snakes through the area before joining the River Roch at Blackford Bridge.

This cross was erected by the people of Unsworth
as a token of deep gratitude to those who laid down
their lives in the Great War 1914-1918
AD "Greater love hath no man than this"

1914-1918

ALLEN

John

No further information currently available

ASHWORTH

Herbert

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APPLEBEY

James

Driver 10089, "C" Battery, 149th Briagde, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 15th October 1916. Aged 19. Born Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Son of Richard and Sarah Appleby, of 3, Prospect Place, Hollins, Whitefield, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 A and 8 A.

APPLEBY

Richard

No further information currently available

ARMITAGE

Tom

Private 13181, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 7th December 1918. Aged 34. Husband of Rebecca Armitage, of 58, Hollins Lane, Unsworth, Whitefield, Manchester. Buried in ST. GEORGE CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, UNSWORTH, Lancashire. Grave 7.

BERRY

Alfred

Private 28447, 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 9th July 1916. Aged 20. Born Unsworth, enlisted Whitefield. Son of Fred and Annie Berry, of 267, Hollins Lane, Whitefield, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

BOOTH

Arnold

Private 2614, 1st/8th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Gallipoli 7th August 1915. Aged 24. Born Whitefield, enlisted Manchester, resident Morecambe. Son of Jane Booth, of 156, Westminster Rd., Morecambe, Lancaster, and the late Amos Booth. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 158 to 170.

BRADSHAW

Harry

Private 24473, 20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 24th October 1917. Aged 29. Born Unsworth, enlisted Whitefield. Husband of Annie Bradshaw, of "Holme Lea," Bury New Rd., Whitefield, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A.

BROWN

Robert

Private G/4008, 13th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (middlesex Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 9th February 1916. Born Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Buried in ST. GEORGE CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, UNSWORTH, Lancashire. Grave 26.

BUCK

Percy

Private 200862 (originally 2754), 2nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 28th June 1916. Aged 20. Born Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Son of Walter and Bertha Buck, of 21, Roach St., Blackford Bridge, Bury, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

BUTTERWORTH

Jack

No further information currently available

CALDERBANK

Thomas 'Tom'

[Spelt COLDERBANK on SDGW] Private 51863, 13th Battalion King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 19th October 1918. Born and resident Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Buried in COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 9.

CALDERBANK

Fred

Private 50924, Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). Died 20th April 1921. Aged 26. Son of Louis and Mary Calderbank, of 67, Chapel Lane, Unsworth, Whitefield, Manchester. Buried in ST. GEORGE CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, UNSWORTH, Lancashire. Grave 12.

CONSTERDINE

William R.

No further information currently available

COURTNEY

Fred

Sergeant 280631, 1st/7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 18th JUne 1917. Enlisted Turton, resident Whitefield. Buried in FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND, Somme, France. Plot V. Row F. Grave 6.

ECKERSALL

Walter R

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ECKERSALL

Frank

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ECKERSALL

James W

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FIELDING

Frank

No further information currently available

FITTON

Albert [Edward]

Private 26622, 18th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 26th March 1918. Born Heywood, enlisted Whitefield. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 32 to 34.

FITTON

Tom Taylor

Private 38661, 8th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 10th October 1917. Aged 26. Born Heywood, enlisted Whitefield. Son of Emily Fitton, of 25, Hollin's Vale, Whitefield, Manchester, and the late Albert Fitton. Formerly 37412. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 77 to 79 and 163A.

FOSTER

Harold

No further information currently available

GREENHALGH

Thomas 'Tom' [Lawrence]

Corporal G/6046, "A" Company, 13th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 23rd June 1917. Aged 27. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury, resident Manchester. Son of Joseph and Harriet Greenhalgh. Buried in PERTH CEMETERY (CHINA WALL), Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row G. Grave 37.

GREENHALGH

Norman Wood

Lance Sergeant 37834, "A" Company, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 28th March 1918. Aged 27. Born Hollins, enlisted Bury, resident Whitefield. Son of Joseph and Harriet Greenhalgh, of 276, Hollins Lane, Whitefield, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

HASLAM

Robert

No further information currently available

HEYWOOD

William 'Willie'

Private 4083, "A" Company, 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 22nd December 1915. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. Son of Herbert and Emma Heywood, of Sykes Avenue, Unsworth, Whitefield, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 33.

HEYWOOD

William Edward

Private 202861, 2nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 9th April 1918. Aged 27. Born and resident Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Son of Alfred and Mary Ann Heywood, of 371, Ivy Bank, Hollins Lane, Whitefield, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 45 and 46.

HOLMES

Hebert

Private 202785, 2nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 20th June 1918. Aged 24. Born Horwich, enlisted Bury, resident Whitefield. Son of the late Joseph and Alice Holmes. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 45 and 46.

HOLT

William

Corporal 200180, 1st/5th Battalion (T.F.), Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 4th April 1918. Born and enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

HOLT

Joseph

Private 4481, 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 18th August 1915, Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Buried in RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row J. Grave 11.

HOWARTH

John

Corporal 39496, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died in United Kingdom 9th July 1918. Born Radcliffe, enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. Formerly 1646, Lancashire Fusiliers. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, RADCLIFFE, Lancashire. Grave reference 29. 39.

JACKSON

George

No further information currently available

JACKSON

William

Private 36526, 11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 12th July 1918. Aged 33. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury, resident Hollins, Whitefield. Son of William and Ellen Ann Jackson, of 365, Ivy Bank, Hollins, Whitefield, Manchester. Formerly 10784, Army Catering Corps. Buried in RUE-PETILLON MILITARY CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 59.

KAY

Tom Alford

Private 67402, 15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died of wounds 12th October 1918. Aged 19. Born Hollins, enlisted Bury, resident Whitefield. Son of Susanna and the late Robert Kay. Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row E. Grave 3.

KIRKMAN

Fred

No further information currently available

LLOYD

Henry

Private 7360, 11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 1st July 1916. Aged 22. Born Llanwyllan, enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. Son of J. and Elizabeth Lloyd, of 114, Hollin's Lane, Unsworth, Manchester. Formerly 4098, Middlesex Regiment. No known grave. Commmeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

MARSHALL

William H

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MASSEY

Humphrey

Private 58669, 49th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 25th April 1918. Born Bury, enlisted Manchester, resident Whitefield. Formerly 137200, Royal Field Artillery. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.

MATHER, MM

Fred

Sergeant 32963, 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 20th September 1918. Aged 25. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury, Radcliffe. Husband of E. A. Mather, of "The Nook," Abden St., Radcliffe, Manchester. Formerly 35347, Lancashire Fusiliers. Awarded ther Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section R. Plot II. Row Q. Grave 4.

MELLOWES

John

No further information currently available

MOORE

John

Sergeant (Mechanic) 25763, No. 2. A.R.D., Royal Air Force. Died 6th JUne 1918. Aged 23. Son of John Henry and Louisa Moore, of 47, Chapel Lane, Unsworth, Manchester. Served on Gallipoli. Buried in ST. GEORGE CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, UNSWORTH, Lancashire. Grave 32.

REDFORD

Arthur

Private 35619, 20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 15th April 1917. Born Hollins, enlisted Bury, resident Whitefield. Formerly 142324, Royal Field Artillery. Buried in BELLICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 6.

REDFORD

Percy

Private 25147, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Died of wounds in United Kingdom 11th July 1916. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Formerly 4019, Middlesex Regiment. Buried in ST. GEORGE CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, UNSWORTH, Lancashire. Grave 27.

ROBERTS

James

No further information currently available

SHEPARD

Alfred

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SNAPE

Samuel

No further information currently available

TAYLOR

Jack

Private 30332, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 30th March 1917. Aged 22. Born and resident Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Son of Alfred and Sarah Taylor, of 77, Chapel Lane, Unsworth, Manchester. Formerly 29600, Lancashire Fusiliers. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6.

TAYLOR

Russell

Lance Corporal G/5984, 13th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). Killed in action 14th March 1916. Born and resident Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Buried in WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY, ST. JEAN-LES-YPRES, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row R. Grave 30.

WALKER

Fred

No further information currently available

WALKER

Harry

Private 36114, 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 24th December 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Whitefield, enlisted Bury. Son of Fred and Elizabeth Arm Walker, of 5, Wilton St., Whitefield, Manchester. Formerly 12902, Lancashire Fusiliers. Buried in VILLERS-FAUCON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 2.

WARBURTON

Roland

Lance Bombardier 706592, "C" Battery, 211th Brigade (Territorial Force), Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 20th October 1918. Aged 24. Born Unsworth, enlisted Manchester. Son of Frederick and Hannah Warburton, of 1, Pole Lane, Unsworth, Whitefield, Manchester. Buried in ST. AUBERT BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 14.

WARBURTON

Alfred

No further information currently available

WHARMBY

Ellis

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WOOD

John

Sergeant 200186, 1st/5th Battalion (T.F.), Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 31st December 1917. Born Unsworth, enlisted Bury. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row H. Grave 70.

WORRALL

Philip

Private 266898, 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusliers. Died of wounds in Italy 9th August 1918. Aged 35. Born Hollins, enlisted Bury, resident Unsworth. Son of the late Henry and Mary Worrall, of 199, Park View, Unsworth. Buried in CAVALLETTO BRITISH CEMETERY, Italy. Plot 1. Row B. Grave 7.

1939 - 1945

ELSTON

Sidney

[Spelt Sydney on CWGC] Trooper 7899641, 4th Queen's Own Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 26th April 1941. Aged 22. Son of James and May Elston, of Hollins Vale, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on ATHENS MEMORIAL, Greece. Face 1.

MAXWELL

Alfred

Leading Seaman P/JX 161055, H.M.S. Armadillo, Royal Navy. Died 22wnd May 1943. Son of William and Annie Maxwell, of Whitefield, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 73, Column 3.

PICKLES

Harry

First Radio Officer, S.S. Blairatholl (Glasgow), Merchant Navy. Died 27th November 1942. Aged 38. Son of Tom and Leah Pickles, of Unsworth, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London. Panel 17.

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