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COTTON COLLEGE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Peter Glynn, Researched Peter Glynn & Martin Edwards 2007

The war memorial was erected for Cotton Roman Catholic College and stands just inside the entrance to the grounds of St Wilfreds Church, Cotton. The college closed in 1992, the building has been sold and the intention is to redevelop as a hotel. The memorial takes the form of an oak wood crucifix with canopy and octagonal shaft on a cylinderical stone plinth and stepped base. There are 40 names for World War 1 and 18 for World War 2.
Photographs copyright © Peter Glynn 2007

SOLIDAVUS QUI CONTRA INFINTESSIMUS HOSTES FETITER
DIMICANTES PRO PATRIA FRTISBUSQUE ANIMAE NON
PEPPEVIERE? FILII S. WILFRIDUS AD PERPETUAM
BENEFICII MEMORIAM GRATISSIMI DEDICARUNT

1914-1918

ARNOLD

Joseph

Rifleman A/1332, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 24. Born Tipton, enlisted Birmingham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Arnold, of 5, Wills St., Smethwick, Staffs. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

ARNOLD

William

No further information currently available.

ASPINALL

John [Vincent]

Captain, 11th Squadron, Royal Air Force. Killed 15th May 1918. Accounted for 7 enemy aircraft before himself being shot down. Commemorated on ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France.

AVERY

Joseph

No further information currently available

BICKERDIKE, MC

Robert

Captain, 6th Battalion (Territorial), West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Killed in action 20th November 1917. Aged 29. Son of Thomas and Ann E. Bickerdike, of Barkston Ash, Yorks. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in SAINS-LES-MARQUION BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 15.

BLAKE

Robert

No further information currently available

BUTLER

Vincent

Private 43698, 2/8th Battalion, Worcesters Regiment. Died of wounds 22nd April 1918. Aged 18. Born and resident Hanley, enlisted Oxford. Son of John and Annie Butler, of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 24.

CAIN

Benjamin

Private 3129, 1st/7th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 16th May 1915. Aged 34. Enlisted and resident Bootle, Liverpool. Son of Benjamin Cain, J.P. and Charlotte Cain, of Trelawne, Formby, Lancs; brother of Harold (below). No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 6 to 8.

CAIN

Harold [Joseph]

Private , 1/10th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 9th April 1918. Enlisted and resident Bootle, Liverpool. Aged 33. Son of Benjamin Cain, J.P. and Charlotte Cain, of Trelawne, Formby, Lancs; brother of Benjamin (above). No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 27 to 30.

CAMPBELL

Cyril

No further information currently available

DALE

Albert

No further information currently available

DALE

Stephen [Francis]

Sick Bay Steward 351553 (PO), HMS Birkenhead, Royal Navy. Killed 27th September 1918. Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Dale of Stafford. Buried in LYNESS ROYAL NAVAL CEMETERY, Orkney. Plot/Row/Section O. Grave 36.

DAY, MC

Shirley [Cuthbert]

Lieutenant (Acting Captain), 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 12th october 1917. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.

DAVIS

Charles

possibly Charles Henry DAVIS, 2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers), London Regiment. Killed in action 28th August 1918. Born and resident Leytonstone, London, enlisted Stratford. Formerly 596418, 18th Battalion, London Regiment. Buried in BRONFAY FARM MILITARY CEMETERY, BRAY-SUR-SOMME, Somme, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 18.

DEAN

Edwin

Private 44648, Depot, South Wales Borderers. Died 16th March 1918. Aged 28. Son of Walter and Mary Dean, of 67, Zetland St., Southport. Buried in SOUTHPORT (DUKE STREET) CEMETERY, Lancashire. Ref: XII. C.E. 256.

DRINKWATER

[Edward] Oscar

Lieutenant, Royal Air Force. Died 23rd August 1918. Aged 23. Husband of Ruby F. Drinkwater, of "The Firs," Labumham Rd., Maidenhead. Buried in BROWN'S ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, FESTUBERT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row H. Grave 10.

EVANS

Oswald

probably Oswald Albert EVANS, Private 35469, 4th (Special Reserve) Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th April 1918. Aged 20. Born Birmingham, enlisted Smethwick. Son of Oswald Havard Evans and Ellen Evans, of 109, Ada Rd., Smethwick. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A.

GORE

William

No further information currently available

HASKEW

Clement [Charles]

Flight Cadet 1958, Royal Air Froce formelry 80549, 3rd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Killed 25th July 1918 in a flying accident. Aged 20. Enlisted Burton. Son of Mary Hatton (formerly Haskew) of The Hollies, Snarestone, Burton-on-Trent, and the late Charles Haskew. Buried BURTON-UPON-TRENT CEMETERY, Staffordshire. Roman Catholic Grave 164.

HATCH

Norman [Claud]

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion Prince of Wales's volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Killed in action 21st October 1916. Son of Thomas Hatch, of 19 Weld Rd., Birkdale, Southport. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, , . plot IV. Row C. Grave 12. Still awaiting his photo courtesy of Peter Hale.

HOWELL

Charles [Joseph]

Lieutenant, York and Lancaster Regiment attached achine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 25th January 1917. Aged 23. Born Birmingham. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Howell, of Abbotsford, Pedmore, Stourbridge. Buried in the AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XVIII. Row B. Grave 8.

Charles Joseph Howell has a plaque dedicated to his memory in St. Wilfrid's Church, Cotton. Also attended Alton Castle School.

ILES

John

No further information currently available

IVES

Reginald [Percy]

Gunner 203555, "B" Battery, 311th Brigade. Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 16th August 1918, Aged 20. Enlisted Stoke on Trent, resident Oakmoor, Staffordshire. Son of Walter and Bertha Ives. of 35, Weston Rd., Bearwood, Smethwick, Birmingham. Buried in ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row A. Grave 9.

KELLY

Leo

No further information currently available

LUBY

Thomas [William]

Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion attached 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 5th October 1916. Buried in BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILE WOOD, Somme, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 18.

McCLAFFERTY

James

No further information currently available

McDONALD

Austin

Private 41990, 8th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Killed in action 16th August 1917. Aged 30. Born Stockport, enlisted Chester, resident Seacombe. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter McDonald, of 152, Lowfield Rd., Stockport; husband of E. Ida McDonald, of 31, Hillcroft Rd., Wallasey, Cheshire. Educated at St. Wilfrids College, Oakamoor, Staffs. Formerly 62382, Cheshire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 70 to 72.

MOLLOY

John

No further information currently available

MOORE, MC & Bar

Stuart

Captain, 50th Battalion, Canadian Battalian (Alberta Regiment). Killed 2nd September 1918. Born Stoke on Trent 27th May 1886. Awarded the Military Cross (MC.) and Bar. Nephew of Bernard Moore, The grange, Draycott, Stoke on Trent. Cleark by trade. Unmarried. Spent 7 years with the Royal North-West Mounted Police. Enlisted and passed 11th September 1915 at Calgary, enlisted as Lieutenant, aged 24 years 4 months. Height 5 feet 9½ inches, girth 37 inches, complexion dark, eyes blue, hair dark, religion Roman Catholic. Buried in DURY CRUCIFIX CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row K. Grave 1. National Archives Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6337 - 36

MURPHY

James

No further information currently available

O'BRIEN

Vincent [Bernard]

Private 18497, 7th Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of wounds 4th September 1916. Born Wellingborough, enlisted Northampton. Buried in ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row D. grave 18.

ROGERS

Francis "Frank" [Joseph]

Private 109118, 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 27th May 1918. Aged 19. Born Welshpool, Montgomery, enlisted Ironbridge, resident Oswestry. Son of Stephen and Sara Rogers, of Bryn Castell, Oswestry, Salop. No known grave. Commemorated on SOISSONS MEMORIAL, Aisne, France.

SCANLON

Bartholomew [Charles]

Sergeant S/15050, 5th Baattalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 31st January 1916. Aged 21. Born Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire, enlisted Birmingham, resident Edinburgh, Midlothian. Son of Maurice Bartholomew Scanlon and Caroline Low Scanlon, of 53, St. Paul's Rd., Manningham, Bradford, Yorks. Buried in HYDE PARK CORNER (ROYAL BERKS) CEMETERY, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot/Row/Section C Grave 15.

SEDGWICK

Joseph

No further information currently available

THOMPSON

[Albert] Adair

Private 28074,  1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1916. Aged 23. Born and enlisted Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Thompson, of 41, Church St., Ashbourne; husband of Mary Philomena Thompson of 41, Church St., Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Formerly 2239, Royal Sussex Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 B and 6 C.

DE VERTEUIL

Fernand [Louis] Joseph [Marie]

Surgeon, HMS Good Hope, Royal Navy. Died 1st November 1914. Aged 35. Son of Ferdinand Aime de Verteuil and Aline Charlotte de Verteuil (nee Larbanet), of Port-of-Spain; husband of Francesca de Verteuil (nee Urich), of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, British West Indies. Born at St. Pierre, Martinique, Windward Islands. M.D. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 1.

WARD

Oswald [William]

Private 898494, 9th Reserve Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Died 22nd February 1917. Born 8th November 1881 at Neston, Cheshire. Son of Maud Ward, of Wavertree, Liverpool. Rancher by trade. Unmarried. Passed fit 27th June 1916 and enlisted 28th June 1916 at Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, aged 35 years; height 5 feet 7½ inches, girth 35½ inches, complexion fair, eyes blue, hair light; religion Roman Catholic . Buried in PANTASAPH (ST. DAVID) MONASTERY CHURCHYARD, Flintshire, near the gate. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10085 - 36

WHITE

George

The first Cottonian to be killed in the Great War.

WILKS

Harold

No further information currently available

WOODALL

[William] Bernard

Private 35760, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 27th September 1918. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Stourbridge. The only son of William Bridge Woodall and Mary Adelaide Woodall, of 28, South Rd., Stourbridge. A cousin to the O'Dowd boys who also attended Cotton. Formerly 313935, Warwickshire Yeomanry. Buried in GOUZEAUCOURT NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot VII. Row E. Grave 2.

1939-1945

BYATT

John

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 627950, 82 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 8th June 1940. Buried in UTTOXETER CEMETERY, Staffordshire. Roman Catholic Grave 86.

CLIBBERY

Peter [Thomas]

Lieutenant, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 11th October 1944. Aged 21. Son of Thomas William and Florence Clibbery, of Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Buried in FAENZA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row F. Grave 20.

FEATHERSTONE

Gerald

Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30th March 1942. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 69.

FIRKINS

Peter [Heritage]

Second Lieutenant, 1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 10th July 1943. Aged 22. Son of Charles Raymond and Philippa Marguerite Firkins, of Edgbaston, Birmingham. Buried OLTON FRANCISCAN CEMETERY, SOLIHULL, Warwickshire. Section G Grave 482.

FIRKINS

Philip [Charles]

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Forfar & Fife Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 22nd September 1944. Aged 21. Son of Charles R. and Philippa M. Firkins, of Edgbaston, Birmingham. Buried in MIERLO WAR CEMETERY, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands. Plot C. Row A. Grave 12.

FLYNN

Terence

Guardsman 2723426, 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 7th September 1944. Aged 23. Son of Mrs Ellen Flynn, Warrington. Buried HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY, Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium. Plot 6. Row B. Grave 11.

FLYNN

Wilfrid [Theodore]

Lieutenant, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 25th March 1945. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 52. Row C. Grave 5.

GATELEY

Bernard [Basil]

Flying Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 6th April 1944. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 206.

GOODYER

William

Sergeant 1462152, 65 (The Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 13th December 1941. Aged 28. Son of William and Agnes Goodyer; husband of Barbara Joyce Goodyer. No known grave. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt. Column 39

Sgt. WILLIAM GOODYER, R.A.

(O.C. 1926-30). We were very grieved to hear in the Christmas holidays that Sergeant William Goodyer had been killed in action in the Middle East. He was at Cotton from 1926-1920 and immediately on arrival showed himself to be a boy of quick intelligence. He did all his lessons well but in other respects was somewhat shy and retiring. Nevertheless lie had a quiet sense of humour and always seemed to be happy. On leaving school he went to St. Mary's College, Strawberry Hill, where he gained his teaching certificate. He was then appointed Physical Training Instructor at the Hellesdon Central School, Norwich. About a year before the war lie joined the Norfolk Yeomanry, and was soon promoted Sergeant. He came through Dunkirk safely and went to the Middle East in November 1940. We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife and to his parents. R.I.P.

HAYES

John

No further information currently available

HERMOLLE

Philip [Joseph]

Flight Sergeant (Pilot) 1354399, 114 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4th January 1944. Aged 23. Son of Gerald Anthony and Norah Hermolle, of Birmingham. Buried in MORO RIVER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XII Row B Grave 8.

KNOWLES

Mark

Gunner 14274891, 431 Battery, 126 Heavy A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 22nd December 1944. Aged 33. Son of Edward and Jane Ann Knowles; husband of Mary Knowles, of Radcliffe. Buried in RADCLIFFE CEMETERY, Lancashire. Plot H. Square 2. Grave 2597.

O'CONNOR

Armel [Gordon]

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1896465, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 11th April 1944. Aged 19. Son of Gordon and Edmee O'Connor; the ward of Miss I. Teeling, of Guildford. Buried in GUILDFORD CEMETERY, Surrey. Block J. Grave 116.

SOLON

Paul [Gerard]

Flying Officer (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 116679, 98 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.Died 22nd January 1943. Buried in EEKLO COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Eeklo, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave 17.

WALKER-LUTZ

Robert [William]

Flying Officer (Pilot - Typhoon) 141363, 247 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21st September 1944. Aged 23. Son of Eugen Christian Lutz and Ellen Mary Ann Lutz, of Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Buried APELDOORN (UGCHELEN-HEIDEHOF) GENERAL CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 4. Grave 309.

WILKINSON

Edward

No further information currently available

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