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LITTLEBOROUGH METHODIST CHURCH, VICTORIA STREET WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2009

The Littleborough Methodist Church, Victoria Street, Littleborough, no longer exists. The Chapel was demolished and a nursing home replaced it. There are twelve names listed for those who died and then flanking these on either side names of those who served and returned. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease of research and reading.

From old postcards

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND
IN MEMORY OF
TWELVE BRAVE MEN WHOGAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US
ALSO AS AN EXPRESSION OF
GRATITUDE TO OTHERS
WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR

BOTTOMLEY Willie
probably Private 64046, 2nd Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) formerly 30649, West Riding Regiment. Killed in action 4 November 1918. Enlisted Halifax. Buried in LANDRECIES BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Row B. Grave 53.
DEEMER Sydney
Private 62815, 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 10 August 1918. Aged 20. Resident Littleborough, Lancashire, enlisted Bury, Lancashire. Son of Charles and Eleanor Ann Deemer, of 18, Bare Hill St., Littleborough, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 5 and 6.
HARRIS Norman
Private (Signaller) 49023 [SDGW][ or 40023 [CWGC], 10th/11th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry formerly 26900, Royal Scots. Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 24. Born Littleborough (SDGW states Settleborough), Lancashire, enlisted Rochdale, Lancashire. Son of the late William and Elizabeth Harris. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 8.
JACKSON Stanley
Private 241457, 1st/6th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 6 September 1917. Aged 24. Born and resident Littleborough, Lancashire, enlisted Rochdale, Lancashire. Son of Thomas and Emma Jackson, of 85, Todmorden Rd., Littleborough, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60 and 163A.
KERR Christopher James
Acting Corporal 15639, 1st Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in action 29 October 1917. Aged 26. Born and enlisted Rochdale, Lancashire, resident Littleborough, Lancashire. Son of Hall and Hannah Kerr, of 64, Summit, Littleborough, Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 38 to 40.
KERSHAW Tom
Private 49246, 17th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Died in United Kingdom 25 December 1918. Aged 31. Born Littleborough. Son of Solomon and Esther Kershaw; husband of Maud Eastwood (formerly Kershaw), of 7, Green Mount Terrace, Hanson Lane, Halifax. Buried in LITTLEBOROUGH (DEARNLEY) CEMETERY, Lancashire. Row/Section/Plot D. Grave 54.
LEE Henry Howarth
Corporal S/8033, 11th Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Died of wounds 19 September 1916. Aged 23. Born Littleborough, Lancashire, resident and enlisted Rochdale, Lancashire. Son of Isaac and Betty Lee, of Clough Field House, Hollingworth Rd., Littleborough, Lancs. Buried in GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 14.
LORD John
Private DM2/129937, 932nd Company and 621st Company, Mechanised Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died at the City of London Military Hospital of Lobar Pneumonia and Emphysema 23 June 1917. Born Littleborough, Lancashire, resident and enlisted Rochdale, Lancashire. Roadbinder prior to enlisting. Attested 5 October 1915 in Rochdale, aged 36 years, married Alice Annie Reeves 28 August 1900 in Wesleyan Church, Dearnley, Littleborough, resident 1 Harvey Street, Rochdale, two children, height 5 feet 5½ inches, chest 35½ inches. Joined at Osterley Park 6 October 1915, passed Motor Learner's Test 9 December 1915. With 932 Company in France 15 April 1917 to 11 June 1917, in hospital fro m 15 May to 11 June 1917. Buried in CALDERBROOK (ST. JAMES) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Row/Section/Plot G. Grave G3.
ROTHWELL Lincoln
Sergeant (Motor Mechanic - Engine Fitter) 12499, 35 Wing, Royal Air Force. Died on service in hospital Stamford of Septic Pneumonia 25 November 1919. Born Littleborough, Lancashire. Attested 1 November 1915, aged 22. Son of James H Rothwell, of 31, Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Joined Royal Flying Corps 1 November 1915, promoted Corporal 1 October 1917, promoted Sergeant (Mechanic) 1 May 1918. Heoght 5 feet 6½ inches, chest 33 inches. Buried 30 November 1918 in CALDERBROOK (ST. JAMES) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Plot/Row/Section II. Grave 5.
SHORE Walter
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WALKDEN Alfred
Private 3699, "C" Company, 8th (Service) Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 6 October 1915. Aged 21. Born Bacup, Lancashire, enlisted Bury, Lancashire. Son of James and Sarah Alice Walkden, of 35, Harehill Rd., Littleborough, Manchester. Buried in BLAUWEPOORT FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row C. Grave 13.
WILSON Horace Hargreaves
Private 9443, 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 24 September 1916. Aged 21. Born and resident Littleborough, Lancashire, enlisted Rochdale, Lancashire. Son of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

1914              1918
FOR THEY ARE WORTHY

Those below are listed as served and returned.

BAMFORD Frank
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BAMFORD Orlando
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BREARLEY Tom. S.
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BRIERLEY Fred
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BRIGGS Leonard
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BUTTERWORTH Fred
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BUTTERWORTH Hubert
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BUTTERWORTH Walter
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BUTTERWORTH Willie
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CHARLESWORTH James
Sergeant M2/106159, 35th Divisional Supply Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Attested 25 May 1915 in Nottingham, aged 36 years 11 months, resident Littleborough, Lancashire, Motor Engineer by trade, married, height 5 feet 5 inches, weight 126lbs, chest 36½ inches. Appointed Acting Lance Corporal 22 November 1915, appointed Acting Corporal 5 March 1916, promoted Corporal 14 May 1917, promoted Sergeant 27 february 1918. Married Annie Kershaw in Littleborough 17 December 1904, resident 145 Jarrow Street, Leicester; three children. Emabrked Avonmouth 26 January 1916, disembarked Rouen 28 January 1916. Trasferred to U.K. for release 24 March 1919; processed by No. 1 Dispersal Unit, Heaton Park, 26 March 1919; transferred to Army Reserve on demobilization 23 April 1919. Permanent address 2 Binns terrace, Littleborough, Lancashire.
COCKCROFT Edgar
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COUPE John E
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FEARNLEY George
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FIELDEN John R
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FIRTH Charley
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FIRTH Harry
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GIBSON Horace
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GRIMSHAW Tom
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HALL Peter
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HALL Willie
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HARRIS Eric
Gunner 165104, 325th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Attested 6 June 1916 in Rochdale, aged 18 years 11 months, resident 3 Taylor Terrace, Littleborough, born Littleborough, Lancashire, a Steel Trunk Maker (Tin Plate Worker) by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 8 inches, chest 34 inches. Son of Elizabeth Harris of 3 Taylor Terrace, Littleborough; brother of George Harris, of 5 Church Terrace, Milnrow; brother of Nevin (below). Mobilized and posted to Royal Garrison Artillery 5 June 1917, joined Depot 6 June 1917, transferred to No 1. Reinforcing Depot at Bethune 10 November 1917, joined 325th from Base 21 November 1917. Demobilized, transferred to Class "Z" Army Reserve 12 March 1919, home address 14 Central Avenue, Littleborough, Lancashire.
HARRIS John
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HARRIS Nevin
Gunner 85422, 119 Heavy Battery, 63rd Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery. Attested 8 December 1915 in Rochdale, aged 23 years 6 months, born Littleborough, Lancashire, resident 3 Taylor Terrace, Halifax Road, Littleborough, Lancashire, unmarried, height 5 feet 6½ inches, 128lbs, chest 36 inches Woollen Spinner by trade, religious denomination Methodist. Son of Elizabeth Harris of 3 Taylor Terrace, Littleborough; husband of Mary Harris (nee Leach), married at Whitworth 16 December 1916, resident 8 Mill Street, Whitworth, Rochdale; brother of Eric Harris (above). Mobilized 24 May 1916, served at Home 24 May 1916 to 13 June 1917, with B.E.F. in France 14 June 1917. Posted to 1st Reserve Battalion, R.G.A. 26 May 1917, then 4th Reserve Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery 4 June 1917, then 8 September 1918 114th Heavy Battery, Honourable Artillery Company. Posted to 119 Battery, 63rd Brigade, Royal Garrison Artillery 12 April 1919 (Army of the Rhine). Posted to U.K. for release 10 September 1919. Demobilized and transferred to Class "Z" Army Reserve 12 October 1919, home address given as his wife's, of 8 Mill Street, Whitworth, Rochdale.
HARTLEY Wilfred
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HOLT Edward S.
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HOLT Robert
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HOWARTH Ernest
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HOWARTH Henry W
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HOYLE James
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HUNTER William A. A.
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JACKSON Donald
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JACKSON Frank
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JACKSON Fred
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JACKSON G. Ernest
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JACKSON Harry
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JACKSON Herbert
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JACKSON J. Hubert
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JACKSON Leonard
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JACKSON Walter
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KELLY Frank
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KERSHAW Wilfred
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LAW Walter
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LAYCOCK Albert E
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LEACH Percy
Pioneer WR/42347, 33 Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers formerly Pioneer 466638, Eastern Command Labour Centre, 83rd Reserve Employment Company, formerly Private 405977, 26th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Grocers Assistant by trade. Attested 15 February 1917 at Bury, Lancashire, Territorial Force, aged 19 years. Son of Harry Leach, of 112 Stubley Brow, Littleborough, Lancashire. At Kelevedon with 'F' Company, 26th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 13 November 1917 to 11 February 1918. Transferred to Eastern Command Labour Centre 13 December 1917, transferred 363rd Reserve Employemnt Company 13 March 1918, transferred Railway & Road centre, Bordon 15 April 1918. Embarked for B.E.F. 19 April 1918, with B.E.F. 20 April 1917. Proficiency as Blockman as Pioneer WR/42347, 33 Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers 21 May 1919. Served in 'F', 'C' and 'D' Company, 26th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Transferred to Class "Z" Army Reserve 27 November 1919 in London. Home address 112 Stubley Brow, Littleborough.
LINDOP Harry
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LORD Fred
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MASON Fred
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MILLS Harry
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MILLS John A.
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MILLS Wilfred
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MILLS Willie
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MILNE Harold A.
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MINTOFT Fred
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PALEY Roger D.
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PICKLES Clifford [Stoff]
Private 3/29443, 3rd, 4th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Attested 9 December 1915 at Rochdale, aged 24 years 10 days, born Littleborough, resident 140 Featherstall Road, Littleborough, a Woollen Warehouseman by trade, religious denomination Wesleyan, unmarried, height 5 feet 3 inches, weight 101lbs, chest 34 inches. Brother of Emma Pickles, of 140 Featherstall Road, Littleborough; married Rosemary Brierley 26 September 1917 in Rohdale Registry Office, resident Mount Avenue, Dearnley, nr. Rochdale. Army Reserve 10 December 1915, posted 3rd Battalion 12 February 1916, transferred agin 31 August 1916. Gassed 13 April 1918, in 9 General Hospital Rouen 15 April 1918, transferred to England on Hospital Ship "St. David" 18 April 1918. Transferred to Class "Z" Army Reserve 26 February 1919.
PINE John W.
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REDMAN Percy
Seaman J/81461, H.M.S. "Hecla," Royal Navy. Born 18 September 1898 in Littleborough, Lancashire. Woollen Spinner by trade. Enlisted 28 November 1917 for the duration of hostilities. Height 5 feet 6 inches, chest 35½ inches, brown hair, hazel eyes, fresh complexion. H.M.S. "Vivid," 28 November 1917 to 20 February 1918, H.M.S. "Hecla," 21 February 1918 to 19 February 1919.
ROSCOE Tom Rigg
[Listed as ROSCOW in Army Documents] Acting Corporal DM2/230390, 620th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Attested 12 December 1915 at Blackpool, aged 29 years 11 months, born Littleborough, Lancashire, resident Blackpool, unmarried, height 5 feet 7½ inches, weight 130lbs, chest 34½ inchesby trade a Manufacturing Chemist Testing Shells. Son of Robinson Roscoe, of 58, Burlington Road, Blackpool. Married Mabel Marion Churchill in Leicester 28 March 1917. To Army Reserve 13 December 1915, mobilized 27 September 1916, posted 27 September 1916, joined A.S.C. Mechanised Transport at Grove Park 29 September 1916, transferred to learners Section, grove Park, 30 September 1916, posted A.S.C. Mechanised Transport, isleworth, 27 October 1916. Appointed Acting Lance Corporal 23 March 1917, appointed Acting Corporal 1 April 1917. Transferred to London List Sorting Station, Wellington Barracks, Regents Park, 30 January 1919 for demobilization, transferred to Class "Z" Amry Reserve 27 February 1919. Home address given as 58, Burlington Road, South Shore, Blackpool.
SCARR Ronald J.
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SCHOFIELD Ben W.
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SHAW Ernest
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SHAW Frank
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STOTT Arnold
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STOTT James W.
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TATTERSALL William H.
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TINKER Frank
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WATSON Christopher
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WATSON Henry William
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WHEATLEY John J.
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WHIPP Archie
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WILD Frank Rogerson
Signaller 92273, 2nd Depot, HASD Winchester, Royal Garrison Artillery. Attested 29 November 1915 in Manchester, aged 20 years 2 months, Costing Clerk by trade, unmarried, height 5 feet 7 inches, weight 126lbs, chest 35 inches, fresh complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair. Son of Edward Mild, of 93, Church Street, Littleborough, Lancashire. Mobilized 30 May 1916 at Bury, joined as Gunner, 2 Depot, R.G.A. 1 June 1916, with B.E.F. France from 17 September 1916, suffered from being gassed, 19 January 1918 admitted to 149 Field Ambulance, on 6 February 1918 he was admitted to 9 General Hospital, invalided to England on Hospital Ship "St. Andrew,", in hospital 4 May 1918 to 24 June 1918, finally posted to Signal Depot, Winchester, 9 July 1918. Transferred to Class "Z" Army Reserve 21 February 1919, home address same as his father's.
WILD Harry
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WILD John W.
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WILD W. Everett
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WILKINSON J. Reed
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WILLIAMSON Harold E.
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WINTERBOTTOM Clement
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Listed separately at the bottom of the memorial are three ladies
GRIMSHAW Sarah
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JACKSON Rhoda
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SALT Florence M.
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