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AINSDALE WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Paul Radford 2009
researched Martin Edwards

The Ainsdale War memorial can be found on the village green in Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside. It takes the form of a Celtic wheel cross with Celtic knotwork design carved in relief on the front face; the remaining sides are smooth, as is the tapering plinth and two stepped base that the cross surmounts. The main inscription is on one face of the plinth and the two bases, with the names inscribed on three remaing plinth faces, in flat lead lettering. There is a general dedication to those who died in World War 2 but no names are inscribed. The cross is surrounded by a paved area and a low stone wall with metal gates, benches and planted flower bed. Map reference SD 310 120. There are 44 names listed for World War 1 and none for World War 2.

Photographs Copyright © Paul Radford 2009

“True Love by Life
True Love by Death is Tried
Live Thou for England
We for England Died”

1914-1918

BALL [Robert] Ernest
Private 212072, Labour Corps. Died in United Kingdom 13 October 1918. Born and resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted Seaforth, Lancashire. Buried in BIRKDALE CEMETERY, Lancashire. Grave F. C.E. 278. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale.
BALL Leonard
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
BARRON Norman
Sapper 44930, 88th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died on service 13 September 1915. Aged 20. Born and resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted Seaforth, Lancashire. Son of Ellen Barron, of 39, Station Road, Ainsdale, Southport, and the late Thomas Barron. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 24 to 26 or 325 to 328. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
BATES [Samuel] Harold
Sergeant 617, 15th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 28 August 1916. Aged 26. Son of John Bates, of 22, Station Road, Ainsdale, Southport. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 9 A 9 B and 10 B. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
BOUE-BLANDY Claude [Reginald]
Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Died 18 April 1916. Aged 26. Son of Frank and Helen Blandy of Delamere Road, Ainsdale, Lancashire; husband of Ellen Blandy of Oak House, Leyland, Lancs. His sister Stella Rose Boue-Blandy also died (see below). Buried in BIRKDALE CEMETERY, Lancashire. Grave reference D. C.E. 1. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
CHARTERS James
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
CLARK Wilfred
[Transcribed as CLARKE from memorial] Private 427761, 58th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 8 October 1916. Aged 30. Born 31 August 1885. Son of George and Alberta Clark, of Massams Farm, Pinfold Lane, Ainsdale, Southport. Engineer by trade. Previously served 5 years in the British Navy. Attested 4 October 1915 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, aged 30 years 1 month, height 5 feet 5½ inches, chest 36 inches, medium complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Embarked Halifax, Canada 21 October 1915 with 46th Battalion, disembarked Devonport, 30 october 1915 taken on strength of 58th Battalion 17 June 1916. Buried in ADANAC MILITARY CEMETERY, MIRAUMONT, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 18. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1766 - 3
DRUMMOND Alan
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
ECCLES Robert
Private 28793, 6th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire Regiment). Died 22 November 1916. Aged 30. Son of John and Ellen Eccles, of Ainsdale, Southport, Merseyside. No known grave. Commemorated on KIRKEE 1914-1918 MEMORIAL, India. Face D. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
FLETCHER Joseph
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
GREEN Thomas
Driver 243944, 40th Division S.A. Section, Royal Field Artillery attached to North Staffordshire Regiment. Died 27 August 1918. Aged 34. Son of Jabez and Ellen Green, of Ainsdale, Southport; husband of Sarah Green, of 17, Hargreaves St., Southport. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 98. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
HACKETT Nicholas
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
HARRISON Frank [Cyril]
Second Lieutenant, 1st/5th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 4 May 1918. Aged 22. Son of Frank Harrison, of Southampton; husband of Clara E. Harrison, of 11, Station Road, Ainsdale, Southport. Buried in LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row F. Grave 13. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
HODGKINSON William
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
HOLDEN William
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
HOUGHTON E
No further information currently
JACKSON William
Private 48533, 4th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died 17 April 1918. Aged 21. Son of Peter and Clara Jackson, of 34, Leamington Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 to 34 and 162 and 162A and 163A. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
JENKINS William [Henry]

Mechanician 308004, H.M.S. "Warrior," Royal Navy. Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action 3 June 1918. Aged 34. Born 20 March 1883 in Liverpool. Son of Henry William and Emma Jane Jenkins, of 72, Leamington Road, Ainsdale, Southport. Buried in QUEENSFERRY CEMETERY, West Lothian. Grave 633. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale.

Note: HMS Warrior was a Warrior-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy in the first decade of the 20th century. She was stationed in the Mediterranean when the First World War began and participated in the pursuit of the German battlecruiser SMS Goeben and light cruiser SMS Breslau. Warrior was transferred to the Grand Fleet in December 1914 and remained there for the rest of her career. She was heavily damaged during the Battle of Jutland in 1916, after which she withdrew and was later abandoned and sank in a rising sea. Presumably William Jenkins was wounded during the action and died from those wounds.

LITTLE Thomas
Private 44611, "B" Comapny, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers formerly 1306, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 10 November 1917. Aged 21. Born Ainsdale, lancashire, enlisted Liverpool. Son of Thomas Royal Little, and Elizabeth Ann Little, of Goldrill House, Patterdale, Penrith. Born at Barrow-in-Furness. Buried in PASSCHENDAELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XII. Row C. Grave 9. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
LLOYD Peter
Sapper 146051, 152nd Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 15 November 1916. Born and resident Ainsdale, lancashire, enlisted Southport, Lancashire.No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 A and 8 D. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
MAKINSON Frederick
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
MARSHALL William
Private 36040, 20th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 1 August 1917. Aged 29. Born Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted and resident Southport, Lancashire. Son of Mr. Paul Marshall, of 14, Segars Lane Ainsdale. Southport. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 4 and 6. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
McLAREN Royal
Second Lieutenant, 16th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died 17 July 1916. Aged 35. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles McLaren, of "Dormi," Blundellsands, Liverpool; husband of Lisa McLaren, of "Ilsenburg," Ainsdale, Southport. Buried in DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAILLY-LE-SEC, Somme, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 18. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
NIXSON Anderson
[Listed as NIXON on this memorial and SDGW but NIXSON on the other memorials] Private 204120, 12th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 20 November 1917. Born Halsall, Lancashire, resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted Southport, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 4. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
PINNINGTON Richard
Private 204549, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment formerly 3796, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 15 October 1918. Aged 22. Born and enlisted Southport, Lancashire, resident Ainsdale. Son of Richard and Annie Pinnington, of 29, Leamington Road, Ainsdale, Southport. Native of Southport. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 35. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
PRESCOTT Arthur
Lance Corporal 8677, 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 19 May 1915. Aged 28. Born and resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted Southport, Lancashire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Prescott, of 670, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale, Southport. A Reservist. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panels 6 to 8. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
RIMMER Charles
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
RUSHWORTH Cyril
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
SAWYER Henry
Private 266049. 1st/7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 18 June 1918. Aged 36. Resident Ainsdale, Southport, enlisted Southport, Lancashire. Husband of S. J. Sawyer, of 168, Kew Road, Birkdale, Southport. Native of Ainsdale, Southport. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot LXVIII. Row E. Grave 28. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
SHAW Robert
Captain, 7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died 20 September 1917. Aged 25. Son of Robert and Annie Shaw, of Ainsdale, Lancs.; husband of Margaret Phyllis Dod (formerly Shaw), of 4, Buckingham Avenue, Sefton Park, Liverpool. Buried in DOCHY FARM NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row D. Grave 11. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
SNOWDEN Walter
Lance Corporal 13984, "C" Company, 12th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 16 August 1917. Aged 21. Born Hull, Yorkshire. resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, resident Southport, Lancashire. Son of Thomas William and Sarah D. Snowden, of 22, Segars Lane, Ainsdale, Southport, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 to 34 and 162 and 162A and 163A. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
SUMNER John
Acting Bombardier 112824, 216th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 15 August 1917. Aged 33. Born and resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted Southport, Lancashire. Son of Richard and Ellen Sumner, of Ainsdale, Southport. Buried in CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot H. Row 2. Grave 14. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
SUTTON Richard [Stuart]
Corporal 2043, "A" Company, 7th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 23 May 1915. Aged 23. Born Southport, Lancashire, resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted Bootle, Liverpool. Son of Robert and Betsy Sutton, of 20, Leamington Road, Ainsdale, Southport. Buried in LILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 11. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church
SUTTON Richard
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
SUTTON Thomas
Private 12002, 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died on service 17 November 1915. Born and enlisted Southport, Lancashire, resident Ainsdale, Lancashire. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row F. Grave 100. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
TAYLOR, MM William [John]
Private 357561, 2nd/10th Battalion attached to 1st/10th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died 27 April 1918. Aged 38. Son of Mary Taylor, of 73, Burnley Road, Ainsdale, Southport, Lancs. Awarded the Military Medal (M.M.). Buried in LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 12. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
THOMPSON George
Private 52340, 13th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 16 August 1916. Aged 20. Resident Ainsdale, Lancashire, enlisted Southport, Lancashire. Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, of 10, Station Road, Ainsdale, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 D 8 B and 8 C. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
WALL Sidney [F]
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
WALL Wilfred [Ewart]
Private 46503, 23rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment formerly 4032, D.L.O. Yeomanry. Killed in action 22 October 1917. Resident Aisndale, Lancashire, enlisted Southport, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
WHITTAKER Herbert
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
WILLIAMS Edward
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
WILSON, MM John
Trooper 357, Royal Canadian Dragoons. Died of wounds in No. 73 General Hospital, Trouville, 23 April 1918, septicaemia; originally wounded 26 March 1918 with gunshot wounds to left buttock, admitted to No. 10 General Hospital Ropuen, transferred 2 April 1918. Aged 28. Native of Blackburn. Born 23 September 1890 in Blackburn, Lancashire. Son of Arthur Dallas Wilson and Mary Wilson, of 47, Mill Road, Ainsdale, Southport. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.). Dyer and Cleaner by trade. Unmarried. Attested 29 December 1914 at Pond Farm Camp, England, aged 24 years 3 months, height 6 feet 1 inch, chest 37 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, blonde hair. Buried in TOURGEVILLE MILITARY CEMETERY, Calvados, France. Plot I. Row E. Grave 3. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10458 - 45
WYATT Arnold
No further information currently. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
 Note: Additional Name at Base of memorial
BOUE-BLANDY Stella [Rose]
Sister, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service serving in Palestine. Discharged but died 13 January 1919 in UK of the flu pandemic. Aged 32. Daughter of Frank Boue-Blandy and Helen Blandy of Valmetre, 4 Delamere Road, Ainsdale, Lancashire. Her brother Claude Reginald Boue-Blandy also fell (see above). Served from 29 September 1914 to 8 April 1915 in Laversine French Hospital No. 3 Red Cross Hospital Abbeville, Buried in BIRKDALE CEMETERY, Lancashire. Grave reference D. C.E. 1. Also on the scroll in the United Reform Church and St. John's Church, Ainsdale
 Greater Love Hath No Man than this;
That a Man Lay Down His Life For His Friends
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