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.
copyright © Margaret Carter 2012
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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]
(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
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.
from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index
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.
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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