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DOWNHAM AND TWISTON WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Michelle Linden 2018

The Downham and Twiston memorial takes the form of a wall mounted, rectangular, plaque consisting of contrasting marble borders with squares to the corners and a moulded laurel wreath and ribbon above with the inscription and names highlighted in black lettering. The memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of Whalley Dr Rawstorne and unveiled by Mrs Assheton, of Downham Hall, 7 August 1921; it lists seven names of those who gave their lives. In addition within St. Leonard's Church, Chatburn Road, Downham there are two framed rolls of honour for World War 1 listing the 39 personnel who served 1914-1919 and these are contained in a larger frame with a decorative border, and the shields of the four provinces of the United Kingdom; at the lower edge of the first roll of honour are a crossed Union Jack and White Ensign; 39 names are listed. A further roll of honour hangs nearby in the form of a rectangular framed, and glazed, roll of honour with a decorative foliate border and a crown surmounting the dates of World War 2; list lists the names of 23 persons who served in the Second World War. Those on the World War 1 Roll of Honour marked ' ' are listed on the memorial as well.

Photograph Copyright © Michelle Linden 2018

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL/R
REMEMBRANCE OF THE
MEN OF DOWNHAM AND
TWISTON WHO DIED FOR
THEIR COUNTRY IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1918

BURNS Fred
Sapper 61942, 11th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds at Gallipoli 29 September 1915. Aged 25. Born Downham, Lancashire, enlisted Clitheroe, Lancashire. Son of William and Alice Burns, of Cosy Cottage, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in HILL 10 CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot V. Row E. Grave 2.
HUDSON Edward Turner
Private 33461, 8th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died of wounds 6 June 1917. Aged 36. Born Blackpool, enlisted Preston. Son of James and Amy Harriet Hudson; husband of Margaret Hudson, of Hill Foot, Twiston, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXV. Row G. Grave 2A.
LEEMING J
Sapper, Royal Engineers. No further information currently available.
LONSDALE Benjamin Herbert
Private 180519, Machine Gun Corps. Died in United Kingdom 17 November 1918. Aged 19. Son of William and Sussannah Lonsdale, of Downham. Buried in South-West part of DOWNHAM (ST. LEONARD) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire.
ROBINSON William
Wheeler 123948, "A" Battery, 81st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 20 June 1916. Aged 31. Born and enlisted Clitheroe, Lancashire. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Robinson, of West Lane Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in CARNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Row D. Grave 7.
SMITHIES John Lyon
Acting Lance Corporal 434409, 549th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died in United Kingdom 7 June 1918. Aged 21. Born and resident Downham, Lancashire, enlisted Liverpool. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Smithies, of White House, Downham. Buried in South-West part of DOWNHAM (ST. LEONARD) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire.
WEBSTER Amos
Private 102554, 239th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 37536, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Died of wounds 4 August 1917. Enlisted Sabden, Lancashire. Son of Mr. J. Webster, of Green Lane Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 16.
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
  

1914 - 1919
ROLL OF HONOUR
NAMES OF THOSE MEN FROM DOWNHAM AND
TWISTON WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1919 FOR THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY AND JUSTICE.

BANKS Harry
Driver, Royal Field Artillery
BARRET Thomas
Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
BRADSHAW F T
C.F., R.A.C.D.
BURNS Albert
Bombardier, Royal Field Artillery
BURNS Arthur
Driver, Royal Engineers
BURNS Fred
Sapper 61942, 11th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds at Gallipoli 29 September 1915. Aged 25. Born Downham, Lancashire, enlisted Clitheroe, Lancashire. Son of William and Alice Burns, of Cosy Cottage, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in HILL 10 CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot V. Row E. Grave 2.
BURNS Hartley
Sergeant, Royal Army Service Corps
CLARK Frank
Private, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
DUCKWORTH Thomas
Air Mechanic 2nd Class, Royal Flying Corps
HUDSON Edward Turner
Private 33461, 8th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died of wounds 6 June 1917. Aged 36. Born Blackpool, enlisted Preston. Son of James and Amy Harriet Hudson; husband of Margaret Hudson, of Hill Foot, Twiston, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXV. Row G. Grave 2A.
IRVING E
Second Lieutenant, South Lancashire Reigment.
LEEMING J
Sapper, Royal Engineers. No further information currently available.
LONSDALE Benjamin Herbert
Private 180519, Machine Gun Corps. Died in United Kingdom 17 November 1918. Aged 19. Son of William and Sussannah Lonsdale, of Downham. Buried in South-West part of DOWNHAM (ST. LEONARD) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire.
LONSDALE Jas R
2nd Corporal, Royal Engineers.
LONSDALE John
Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
LONSDALE T R
Private, East Lancashire Regiment
PARKER Ben
Private Royal Army Service Corps
PARKER Isaac
Driver, Royal Field Artillery
PRESTON John
Private, Grenadier Guards
PROCTER J A
Captain, Sherwood Foresetrs (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
ROBINSON Ernest
Corporal, Grenadier Guards
ROBINSON, MM Fred
Sergeant, Rifle Brigade. Awarded the Military medal (M.M.).
ROBINSON Reg
Private, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
ROBINSON William
Wheeler 123948, "A" Battery, 81st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 20 June 1916. Aged 31. Born and enlisted Clitheroe, Lancashire. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Robinson, of West Lane Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in CARNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Row D. Grave 7.
ROBINSON W C
Second Lieutenant, Australian Infantry Force.
SHARP F W
Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
SHARP J G
Driver, Royal Field Artillery.
SMITHIES Arthur
Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers.
SMITHIES Harry E
Gunner, Royal Field Artillery
SMITHIES F J
Lance Corporal, Royal Engineers.
SMITHIES John Lyon
Acting Lance Corporal 434409, 549th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died in United Kingdom 7 June 1918. Aged 21. Born and resident Downham, Lancashire, enlisted Liverpool. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Smithies, of White House, Downham. Buried in South-West part of DOWNHAM (ST. LEONARD) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire.
TARVER Robert
Wireless Operaton, S.S. Borden?
TODD Richard I
Driver, Royal Engineers.
WEBSTER Amos
Private 102554, 239th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 37536, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Died of wounds 4 August 1917. Enlisted Sabden, Lancashire. Son of Mr. J. Webster, of Green Lane Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancs. Buried in GODEWAERSVELDE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 16.
WESTERN W B
Corporal, Royal Army Service Corps.
WIGGLESWORTH Alfred
Private, Royal Army Service Corps.
WILSON William
Private, Lancashire Fusiliers.
YATES J G
Private, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
YATES W A
Company Quartermaster Sergeant, Royal Engineers.
  

1939 - 1945
ROLL OF H0NOUR
NAMES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF DOWNHAM
AND TWISTON WHO SERVEDTHEIR KING AND
COUNTRY IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE CROWN

ASSHETON Bridget
Wren W.R.A.S.
BARKER Robert
A.B. Royal Navy.
BARKER William
Cpl R.A.F.
BOLTON John
Lieut. R.E.
BOLTON Maurice
Sub Lt. R.A.G.R.
CASTLEHOUSE Edwin
Pte R.A.F.
GARNETT George
Cpl. West Porks.
GUDGEON Edwin
Sgt. R.A.F.
HOTHAM Jocelyne
Sub. A.I.S.
HUDSON Edward
Sgt. R.A.F. (R.I.P)
JOHNSTONE Stanley
Sgt. Royal C. of Sigs.
LEACH John
Sub. Lt. R.A.G.R.
MACKENZIE Alan
Capt. 4th E.L.R.
MACKENZIE Myrra
Cpl. W.A.A.F.
MARTIN Charles
Rlfmn Z.E.F. (R.I.P)
MARTIN Wilfred
Sgt. M.D. Dog Section
ROBINSON Kenneth
Driver R.A.S.C.
SHARP Christopher
Gunner R.A.
SPENCE Parker
Gunner R.A.
TODD William
Pt Off. Royal Navy
WALKER Arthur
Pte Kings Own Lancs.
WATSON Tom
Capt. R.E.M.E
WILSON Stanley
Sglmn. Royal C. of Sigs.

Last updated 27 August, 2022

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