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SHEVINGTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2012
extra details John Whiteley

The Shevington war memorial stands in the Memorial Garden, Church Lane, a nicely cultivated spot for the local War Memorial in the fork between the B5206 and Wigan Road. The memorial stands in the centre of the garden and takes the form of a two stepped, rough hewn, stone base upon which is placed a memorial stone cut to an apex upon which a plaque of containing the names from two world wars and an inscription is affixed. The names for each wear have been sorted here into alphabetical order for ease of reasearch and reading. There is another much smaller War Memorial in the nearby Church of St Anne’s that is dedicated to the men who worked in the pits in the nearby village of Shevington St Anne's who were killed in the World War 1. There is also a war memorial at the edge of Birley Wood for the employees of Johnpit mine who lost their lives in World Wars 1 & 2.

Photographs copyright © Margaret Carter 2012

ERECTED IN
GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO IN TWO WARS
(1914 - 1918 AND 1939 - 1945)
LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR FRIENDS
AND IN THE CAUSE OF
JUSTICE AND FREEDOM

1914 - 1918

BENTHAM Robert George
Private 58577, 13th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 3 May 1917. Born and resident Shevington, enlisted Wigan (spelt Sherrington on SDGW). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

DAVIES Robert Henry

Private 11410, 6th Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 26 November 1916. Born asnd enlisted Wigan. Brother of Mrs. Sarah J. Pemberton, of 70, Crooke, Wigan, Lancs. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 6 A and 7 C. See also Shevington St Anne's Pit Memorial

DEAN Edward
probably Private 11458 Edward Dean, 6th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia on 9 April 1916. Born and resident Wigan. No known grave. Commemorated on the BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 27.
GLADMAN Thomas
Private 11816, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action 16 May 1915. Aged 28. Born and enlisted Wigan, resident Shevington St Anne's. Son of Joseph Henry Gladman and Alice Pilkington, his wife, of Marsh Green. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 19 and 20.
GRUNDY John

Private 28327, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 15 December 1917. Born Crooke (SDGW states Bootle), Lancashire, enlisted Seaforth. In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Bootle, at school, son of James and Lurah Grundy, resident 17 Woodcock Row, Crooke, Shevington, Lancashire. Buried in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot V. Row D. Grave 4. See also Shevington St Anne's Pit Memorial

Information supplied by Bernadette Green:
John Grundy, Private, 28327, 4th battalion, Grenadier Guards, was born in Crooke in 1898 to James and Sarah Grundy who were boat people and lived in Woodcock Row for a number of years. John was unmarried and joined the Grenadier Guards. He lost his life on 15th December 1917 at the battle of Cambrai - he was 19 years old. He was the great uncle of Bernadette Green who supplied this information. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does not know his age. John is buried at the Le Cateau Military cemetery, approximately 27 kilometres east-south-east of Cambrai.

HALTON William
Lance Corporal 42978, 13th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 1 June 1918. Aged 21. Born Dalton-Lees, resident Appley Bridge, enlist Wigan. Son of Thomas and Hilda Halton, of Shevington Vale, Appley Bridge, nr. Wigan. Buried in SANDPITS BRITISH CEMETERY, FOUQUEREUIL, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 1.
HILL John James
Stoker 1st Class SS/116484, H.M.S. "Hampshire," Royal Navy. Died when his ship was sunk 5 June 1916 off the mainland of Orkney between Brough of Birsay and Marwick Head at 19:40 when an explosion occurred and she heeled to starboard; she had struck one of several mines laid by the German minelaying submarine U-75 on 28/29 May 1916, just before the Battle of Jutland. Aged 20. Born 7 March 1896 in Wigan, Lancashire. Son of Richard and Mary Ellen Hill, of 31, Moorfield Houses, Crooke, Wigan. Prior to enlisting he was a Labourer in Colliery. Enlisted 23 December 1914 for 12 years, height 5 feet 3 inches, chest 35 inches, brown hair, brown eyes, fresh complexion. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 18. See also Shevington St Anne's Pit Memorial
HODGES Frederick aka Fred

[Listed as HODGE on war memorial] Private 37530, 1st Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 3 May 1917. Aged 26. Born Parbold, enlisted and resident Wigan. Son of John Atherton and Mary Hodges, of Shevington, Wigan; husband of Catherine Hodges. of Hunter's Hill, Wrightington, Wigan. The 1911 census gives his occupation as labourer at the North West Lancs Floorcloth Company Ltd. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 3.

HOLLAND William

Private 9728, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 13 September 1914. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Wigan. Son of George and Esther Holland, of The Prince Albert Inn, Goose Green, Wigan; husband of Mary Holland, of 33, Bathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

HOOTON Richard
Lance Corporal 12921, 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 23 September 1917. Aged 38. Born Standish, Wigan, resident Wigan, enlisted Rotherham. Son of Mary Hooton and the late William Hooton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 125 to 128.
JACKSON Thomas
Acting Serjeant 49066, 2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, Died in mesopotamia 23 October 1918. Aged 28. Born Wigan, enlisted Dinnington, Northumberland. Son of William and Mary Ellen Jackson, of 10, Shevington Lane, Shevington, Wigan. Buried in BASRA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot III. Row G. Grave 6.
KITCHEN Harry
Private 3482, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusliers. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Liverpool. resident Wigan, enlisted Bury, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 23, born West Alton, Liverpool. a Drawer Under Surface, son of Edwin and Sarah Kitchen, resident 87 Crooke, Shevington, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.
MARSHALL John
Private 203309, 8th Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 20 September 1917. Aged 33. Born Skipton, Yorkshire, resident and enlisted Wigan, Lancashire. Son of James and Jane Marshall, of 47, Crooke, Wigan; husband of Elizabeth Ann Marshall (nee Gibbons), of 55, Crooke, Wigan, married in July to September Quarter 1907 in Wigan Registration District, Lancashire. In the 1891 census he was aged 6, born Yorkshire, son of James and Jane Marshall, resident Marshs Houses, Crooke, Shevington, Wigan, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 16, born Skipton, Yorkshire, a mate on canal boat, son of Jane Cullen, resident 7, Crooke Woodcock Row, Shevington, Wigan, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Skipton, Yorkshire, a Tunneler below surface. married to Elizabeth Ann Marshall with a son and a daughter, resident 66 Crooke, Shevington, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 31 to 34 and 162 and 162A and 163A.
STOPFORTH Edward
Private 4715, 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment formerly 2106, 4th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 22 November 1916. Aged 26. Born Shevington, near Wigan, enlisted Wigan. Son of Edward and Nancy Stopforth, of 79, Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan. Attested 6 August 1914 at Wigan, aged 25 years 93 days. General Labourer by trade, single, height 5 feet 6½ inches, weight 133lbs, chest 36½ inches, grey eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Posted 4th Battalion, Manchester Regiment 6 August 1914, transferred to 3rd Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 29 May 1915 then transferered to 1st Battalion 22 June 1915. Served in France from 22 June 1915 until his death. Attahec for a while to 180th Company, Royal Engineers. No known grave. Commemorted on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 A.
TAYLOR Harry Randolph
Rifleman 473947, 1st/12th (County of London) Battalion (The Rangers), London Regiment formerly 21435, Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action 27 November 1917. Aged 27. Born Wigan, enlisted and resident Bristol. Son of Matthew Butterworth Taylor and Hannah Taylor, of "Wellsdale," Gathurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 11.
WILSON Oswald

Private 109279, 4th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of wounds 29 November 1918, received 5th November 1918. Aged 20. Son of Christopher and Teresa Wilson, of Brook Side, Shevington Moor, Wigan. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section S. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 13. See also Shevington St Anne's Pit Memorial

Note: There was an interesting article in The Reporter of 29 November 2007. Oswald Wilson’s wooden battlefield cross was found in a shop in Todmorden, Lancashire, as a result of a house clearance. This grave marker would have been on Oswald’s grave before it was replaced a few years later with the normal headstone.

1939 - 1945
COPPOCK Colin Fazackerley

Marine PLY/X 100461, H.M.S. Neptune, Royal Marines. Died 129 December 1941. Aged 31. Son of Jack Fazackerley Coppock and Mary Ellen Coppock; husband of Edna Coppock, of Shevington, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Devon. Panel 59, Column 2.

Colin Fazackerley Coppock lived at 137 Shevington Lane, and was married to Edna. They were both musical, and Edna played the organ and trained the choir at Almond Brook Methodist Church, which is now a private house. They had one son, Alan.

Colin volunteered for the marines when war broke out, and was trained, like so many before and since, in Plymouth. In 1941 he was on board HMS Neptune which, as part of Force K, was sent to attack German and Italian convoys supplying German troops in North Africa.

On December 20th, 1941, twenty miles off the African coast, at one o’clock in the morning, HMS Neptune hit a mine which damaged her bow. She backed into another mine which blew off the propeller. At 4.00am, the ship hit a third mine and sank within five minutes. Since a storm was blowing, there was no possibility of rescue from the other ships, and there was only one survivor. Colin and 763 others were listed as MPK (missing presumed killed). He is remembered on our war memorial and at Plymouth. Some years later, Mrs Coppock remarried.

Alan was five when his father died, and he has memories of Colin coming home on leave and giving him chocolate bars. Alan, like both his parents, is an organist and for some years he has been the organist at a church in the Lake District. Now he lives in Southport, and this makes it possible for him to come to the Remembrance Day service in Shevington each year and leave a beautiful wreath.

Alan also joined the navy, and once, when his ship was in the Mediterranean, they passed over the spot where the Neptune went down. It was, as you can imagine, a poignant moment.

His devotion to Wigan seems to have begun early. He recalls that, when he was born in Barnet in North London where the family was living at the time, his parents bundled him into a car and drove through the night to bring him to Wigan to be registered!

FITZPATRICK Joseph
Private 4198452, 13th Battalion, King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Died as a Japanese Prisoner of War 21 October 1944, captured 18 April 1944 while operating behind enemy lines with Orde Wingate’s Chindits. Aged 24. Born 27 October 1919. Place of origin on POW Card is given as Lower Tinge, Wigan. Son of Stephen and Alice Fitzpatrick, of Appley Bridge. In the 1939 Register he was a Labourer Stone Quarry, unmarried, resident with his parents at 62, Broadriding Road, Shevington, Wigan R.D., Lancashire. Buried in RANGOON WAR CEMETERY, Myanmar (Burma). Plot 5. Row D. Grave 1.
HAGUE Cyril
[Listed as HAIG on memorial] Gunner 948338, 153 (The Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 1 January 1946. Aged 26. Born 15 February 1919, and resident, Wigan. Son of William Birchall Hague and Jane Hague; husband of Alice (nee Cheetham) Hague, of Crooke, Lancashire, married July to September Quarter 1939 in Ince Registration District, Lancashire. In the 1939 Register he was a Stone Breaker in Quarry (Heavy Worker), married to Alice, resident 52 Soho Street, Wigan, Wigan C.B., Lancashire. Buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Plot 6. Row F. Grave 13.
HENRY Alan Paul Telford
Sergeant 2204861 (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner), 1651 HCU, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Took off from Woolfox Lodge on a Training (night navigation exercise) flying in a Avro Lancaster I, serial number NG270, in rainy conditions, with slightly reduced visibility, and rashed near Upton in Northamptonshire due to very severe icing 11 December 1944. Aged 19. Son of Stephen and Hannah Henry, of Shevington. Buried in SHEVINGTON (ST. ANN) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Grave 724.
HIGHTON Frank Walker
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class C/MX77166, H.M.S. Sultan, Royal Navy. Died 16 February 1942 during the Japanese invasion of Singapore. Aged 26. Born 3 May 1915, baptised 6 June 1915 in Shevington, St Anne, son of James and Annie Highton, resident Standish Lower Ground. Son of James and Annie Highton, of Shevington, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL, Kent. Panel 83.
HOLCROFT John Henry

Serjeant T/121069, Royal Army Service Corps. Died as a Prisoner of War of the Japanese 31 December 1943. Aged 25. Born 29 September 1918. Son of Robert Henry and Elizabeth Holcroft, of Appley Bridge, Lancashire. In the 1939 Register he was a Motor Transport Worker, unmarried, living with his widowed mother at 37 Miles Lane, Shevington Moor, Wigan R.D., Lancashire. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand. Plot 2. Row D. Grave 49.

LAMB James
Sapper 3531273, 561 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died as a result of an accident 1 November 1944. Aged 29. Born and resident Wigan. Son of Henry and Mary Lamb; husband of Louisa Lamb, of Crooke, Lancashire. Buried in CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot XV. Row B. Grave 6.
LYON Eric
Flying Officer 104429 (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed while flight testing a Beaufighter in Scotland 4 October 1942. Aged 25. Son of James and Annie Lyon, of Shevington; husband of Margaret Lilian Lyon, of Gathurst. Buried in SHEVINGTON (ST. ANN) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Grave 738.
MAYERS Harry
Private 3523145, 5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in a road accident in Northumberland 28 October 1939. Aged 29. Son of Thomas and Annie Mayers; husband of Emily Mayers, of Whelley, Wigan. Buried in SHEVINGTON (ST. ANN) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Grave 808.
McNAMARA John
Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1512886, 214 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed 26 August 1944. One of an all-British crew of ten of an American Flying Fortress based at Oulton in Norfolk. Buried in HOTTON WAR CEMETERY, Luxembourg, Belgium. [Cannot locate on CWGC]
RANDALL John [Victor]
Sergeant (Air Bomber) 974663, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. The Avro Manchester I, serial number L7494, that took off from Woolfox Lodge on a nght raid to Boulogne, exploded and crashed into sea off Boulogne 7 December 1941. Born 21 September 1916, unmarried, a hop Assistant Groceries, resident with his parents, Robert I and Cecily Randall at 272 Miles Lane, Shevington Moor, Wigan R.D., Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 51.
RIGBY John Edward

Flying Officer (Pilot) 127881, 51 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died when when the Handley Page Halifax II, serial number HR386, took off from Snaith on night mission to Dortmund and was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed near Oegstgeest, Holland, 24 May 1943. Aged 21. Son of William Albert and Ethel Rigby, of Appley Bridge, Lancashire. Buried in OEGSTGEEST PROTESTANT CHURCHYARD, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. Collective grave 11-12.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

RIGBY John Edward of Crawford 48 Broad Riding-road Appley Bridge Shevington Lancashire died 24 May 1943 on war service Administration Liverpool 12 July to Ethel Rigby (wife of William Albert Rigby). Effects £145 5s. 3d.

SNAPE Ernest Lawrence
Guardsman 2618468, 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 5 December 1943 in Italy. Aged 27. Born Wigan, resident Lancashire. Son of William Lawrence Snape and Sarah Ellen Snape; husband of Elizabeth Snape, of Sherington Moor, Lancashire. He was part of the force which invaded Italy on 3 September 1943 and fought its way northwards. Buried in MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row F. Grave 6.

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