CARNFORTH BIOGRAPHIES

ALBERT HARRY ARMER

Lance Corporal
R/850
6th Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
who died on
Thursday 12 August 1915 . Age 27 . Son of Henry and Hannah Armer, of Carnforth, Lancs. YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium V. AA. 1.

From October 1914 to the autumn of 1918, Ypres (now Ieper) was at the centre of a salient held by Commonwealth (and for some months by French) forces. From April 1915, it was bombarded and destroyed more completely than any other town of its size on the Western Front, but even so certain buildings remained distinguishable.

From: Lancaster Observer date, 27 August 1915 page 5

Armer A H Lance Corporal 6th Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry killed in action, 12 August 1915, age 27. Native of Carnforth, he served his apprenticeship with Messrs Mansergh and Sons, Drapers and has resided in London for six years. He was connected with all kinds of sport especially rowing. His brother is Mr Armer of Carnforth Post Office.

R ABBOTT
Enlisted Lancaster. Private 3427 1st/4th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died of wounds on Saturday 9 September 1916 .

BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERYSomme, France D. 19.

WILLIAM ATKINSON

Born Warton, enlisted Wigan resided in Carnforth.

33232 Private 1916 Manchester Regiment 22nd Battalion.

Killed In Action France 15 July

Lancaster Guardian date 14 April, 1917 page 8,

Atkinson W Private Manchester Regiment missing 15 July, 1916, presumed killed in action, address 12, Edward Street, Carnforth, employed as a farm labourer. He has two brothers serving in France and one in training, all with the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

JOHN BAINES MM

Born Carnforth enlisted in Lancaster

Private 241416 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on
Thursday 8 August 1918 . Age 22 .
Son of George and Mary Baines, of Carnforth, Lancs.

PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France III. B. 4.

John Baines is the Uncle of Herbert Dumbleton who was killed in the Second World War. His entry is shown in that section.. Both are commemorated on the Carnforth War Memorial.

The PERNES cemetery was not begun until April 1918 when the 1st and 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Stations came to Pernes, driven back by the German advance. In May, the 6th and 22nd Clearing Stations arrived and in August, they were joined by the 13th. Almost all the burials were made by these units, but a few of the graves were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice. There are now 1,075 First World War burials in this cemetery and 18 graves from the Second World War, all of the latter dating from 3/4 September 1944. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

SAMUEL BALDERSON

Private 242423 "A" Coy. 8th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

who died on Friday 27 April 1917 . Age 19 .

Son of Thomas and Sarah Balderson, of 35, Highfield Terrace, Carnforth, Lancs.

DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN Pas de Calais, France

Extract from the Lancaster Guardian

Mr and Mrs Balderson have received intimation from the Matron of a French Hospital that their 4th son Samuel died of wounds on 27 April. He was aged 19 and joined up in 1916. His eldest brother was killed in September 1916. Two other brothers are serving, one in Salonica and the other in France. He was apprenticed to Mr Moon ,Tailor and later worked for Mr T G Berry coalman.

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

21st: Battalion in ARRAS. Coys practised rapid wiring. 22nd: Coys practised rapid wiring and making up deficiencies. 23rd: Bn left ARRAS by companies for trenches in the NW corner of HARP. Night 23-24 spent in theses trenches. 24th: 4.30 am Bn left HARP occupied part of BROWN LINE to the CAMBRAI ROAD. During occupation 4 men killed. At 9.30 pm Bn proceeded to relieve Border Regt in trenches east of MONCHY. Owing to disorganised state of their troops relief very difficult. 25th: Bn took up positions A, B, C Coy in front D in support. R Welch Fus joined our HQ their (sic) being heavily shelled. Front line support and HQ heavily shelled intermittently. Lt Jay killed. Movement between HQ and Coys impossible owing to snipers and machine gun fire. Communication with Bn HQ maintained with difficulty, wire frequently cut by shellfire. C Coy relieved a Border Coy and Bn took up and consolidated a trench running from ARROWHEAD COPSE to SE corner of TWIN COPSES. Night 25/26th. D Coy brought up into line . Capt LYONS established with 1 NORFOLKS a post on BIT LANE . Work of consolidation continued. Enemy very active with rifle and machine gun fire. I Gordon Highlanders joine our HQ. 26th: Intermittent shelling of front and support trenches and Bn HQ. Night 26/27th: At 11.30 enemy attacked on our right flank. C Coy repulsed this attack with rifle and machine gun fire. Bn stood to all night in case of another attack. 27th: Capt LYNS wounded. During daytime Bn heavily shelled/

It is likely that three CARNFORTH men were killed in this same action. Edward WATSON 26 April and Edwin PENSWICK 27th April. See below.

THOMAS BALDERSON

Corporal 1870 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Wednesday 27 September 1916 .

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Grave or Reference Panel Number: Pier and Face 5 D and 12 B
Born Cumbria enlisted in Barrow probably before the war.

He is the brother of Samuel above.

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

23rd Sep: . . . The companies marched independently to a bivouac area adjoining POMMIER REDOUBT and arrived by about midnight. Before relief Capt T C OWTRAM MC was detailed by Brigade to take out a party to dismantle the TANK which was lying about 250 yds in front of our lines. This was successfully accomplished.

24th: Weather good, day spent cleaning up. Brigadier visited and thanked Capt OUTRAM for the previous nights work. The sum total of casualties for the whole (sic) tour was reckoned up and found to be: Officers killed 2, Other Ranks Killed 8, wounded 41.

25th: Weather again good. Day spent in rest and reorganisation.

26th: Reorganisation continued. Fatigue party of 2 officers 100 Other Ranks left at 7pm to work on construction of light railway and returned by 3am. No casualties.

27th: Weather unsettled . A fatigue party left at 12 noon to continue work on the light railway Intermittent shelling retarded the work and the party did not return till about 9 pm

ROBERT BARTON

Second Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps
who died on Wednesday 12 January 1916
. Son of Mrs. Margaret Barton, of Welltown, Boscastle, Cornwall.

LAVENTIE MILITARY CEMETERY, LA GORGUENord, France I. B. 15.

From The Lancaster Guardian of July 8 1916"A gold cigarette case which belonged to the late 2LT R Barton R.F.C. of Carnforth in whose possession it was when he was unfortunately killed in an aerial combat and fell into the German lines, has been forwarded through the American Ambassador and the War Office to his father Mr A E Barton of Red Court Carnforth." Chivalry in action!

Lancaster Guardian date 19 February, 1916 page 8,

Barton Robert Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps killed in action 12 January, 1916. Educated at Glenalmond school and in Germany. Employed as a metallurgist in Alabama USA. Enlisted with the 7th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, and attached to the RFC. Shot down by Lieutenants Boelks and Immelman piloting Fokker aircraft. Only son of Mr and Mrs Albert Edward Barton of Red Court Carnforth. His cousin was lost with the 'Clan McNaughton' sinking.

HERBERT BEATTIE

Private 10485 12th Bn., Royal Fusiliers
who died on Saturday 25 September 1915 . Age 31 .
Son of George Beattie, of Carnforth

Husband of Maria Coulton Braithwaite (formerly Beattie), of 22, Preston St., Carnforth, Lancs.

LOOS MEMORIAL Pas de Calais, France Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 25 to 27

Beattie Herbert Private 12th Battalion Royal Fusiliers killed in action c. 25-28th September, 1915, age 31. Employed as a clerk at Carnforth Post Office. He was captain of Carnforth Association Football Club, and leaves a wife and three children. His father in law is Mr John Blackburn, Fishmonger, of 11, Hunter Street, Carnforth.

ERNEST BECK

Born and enlisted (probably 1908/09) in Carnforth.

Private 384 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Tuesday 27 April 1915 .

POPERINGHE OLD MILITARY CEMETERY Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium II. M. 15.

Lancaster Observer date 28 May, 1915 page 5

Beck E Private 5th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment wounded 23 May 1915 at St Julien, died of wounds 27 April 1915. He met his brother in law, who is serving in a Canadian Regiment, in the firing line, the day before he died. He is the first Carnforth Private to die in the war.

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

POTIZE

27th: The Battalion was odered to support an attack on C15. In moving up under a very heavy shell fire one shell killed 12 men and wounded 5 others. Dug in and remained under arms for the rest of the night.

JAMES BECKETT

Born and enlisted in Carlisle Private 5582 1st Bn., Border Regiment
who died on Friday 7 May 1915 .

HELLES MEMORIAL Turkey Panel 119 to 125 or 222 and 223

THOMAS BEDFORD

Not yet located

NOEL BENNETT

Resided in Sedbergh Private 15220 10th Bn., Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.)
who died on Friday 19 November 1915 . Age 19
Son of Walter Everard Bennett and Mary Elizabeth Bennett, of 54, Greenland Rd., Bolton.

. X FARM CEMETERY, LA CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES Nord, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:B. 12.

POSSIBLE

ROBERT EDWARD BROCKBANK MM

Sergeant 8504 1st Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Friday 12 October 1917 . Age 33 .
Son of Robert Brockbank, of 12, Edward St., Carnforth, Lancs.

TYNE COT MEMORIAL Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

LANGEMARCK POLECAPPEL

9th Rain heavy. Bn marched to assembly area near KANGAROO Trench at 11.30 pm. Very dark night good deal of shelling. Reached assembly area at 3.30 am Zero Hour 5.25 am Bn heavily shelled before and after zero hour. Bn moved to original front line of RAGIQUE FARM - owing to heavy machine gun fire objectives of ESSEX and LAN FUS not gained. Heavy enemy artillery and rifle fire through out the night. Rain turned ground into a quagmire. 10th: . . . DUKES and KINGS OWN to support in KANGAROO - EAGLE trench area Artillery fire cause many casualties especially to Household Bn. 11th: . . . Kings Own Support Bn on road POLECAPPEL - MILLERS HOUSE ROAD. 12th: Zero Hour 5.30 am. Enemy put down heavy barrage on our front line, also great MG fire from POLECAPPEL. One Coy Kings Own and one from Rifle Bde formed defensive flank. Counter attack forced line to retire slightly during the day near REQUETTE FARM. Two Bns of 34th Div sent as relief for front line troops but state of ground and darkness relief could not be completed.

Robert was a pre war soldier 1905-1909, and was possibly a reservist called up on mobilisation. Granted acting rank of C/Sgt he was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the action 9-13 Oct but sadly no citation survives.

FRED WILLIAM BULLOUGH

Second Lieutenant 152nd Siege Bty., Royal Garrison Artillery

Born Lancaster, enlisted Manchester and resided in Howick
who died on Thursday 8 November 1917. Age 32

Son of Edward and Mercy Charlotte Bullough, of Westhoughton;

husband of Ada Walsh Bullough, of "Brookfield," Westhoughton, Bolton.

.ARTILLERY WOOD CEMETERY Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

POSSIBLE

J CAMPBELL

Lance Corporal 41486 1st Bn., Leicestershire Regiment

Born and resided in Carnforth and enlisted in Lancaster.
who died on Tuesday 22 October 1918 .

. ST. SOUPLET BRITISH CEMETERY Nord , France III. E. 6.

THOMAS EDWARD CAPSTICK

Born Carnforth, enlisted in early 1916 in Lancaster

Private 32662 8th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Saturday 16 June 1917 .

ARRAS MEMORIAL Pas de Calais, France

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

Bn in ARRAS TRENCHES

14th Jun: Kings Own resupplied GORDONS and SUFOLKS on INFANTRY HILL. Considerable artillery fire, One Other Rank killed 15th: Enemy artillery at short intervals during the night. SHRAPNEL TRENCH and MONCHY defences and the village receiving attention.. Enemy sending over occasional salvoes and throwing about twelve 15 inch shells into MONCHY. One other rank killed.

Thomas was probably the man killed on the 15th and recorded on the 16th.

JAMES MORRISON FORSYTH CLARKE

Private 1527 6th Bn., Australian Infantry, A.I.F

who died on Saturday 7 August 1915 .

LONE PINE MEMORIAL Turkey Grave or Reference Panel Number:26

POSSIBLE

DAVID WILLIAM CLARK

Corporal 142348 9th Coy., Machine Gun Corps (Inf)

Born in Penrith, enlisted in Lancaster and resided in Carnforth.
who died on Sunday 24 March 1918 .

Age 21 . Son of John Robinson Clark and Ada Clark, of 18, Kellet Rd., Carnforth, Lancs.

POZIERES MEMORIAL Somme, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:Panel 90 to 93

These very evocative pictures kindly loaned by David's nephew

David's entry in the London North Western Railway Roll of Honour Book (See below), also a photograph of the unveiling of Carnforth Town War Memorial.

JAMES DISBERRY

Private 8397 2nd Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers

Born Carnforth enlisted in Newcastle
who died on Saturday 8 May 1915 . Age 24 .
Son of William Disberry, O.B.E., and Ann Disberry, of 3, Green View, Torrisholme, Morecambe, Lancs . YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIALIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

J EDMONDSON

Rifleman B/202112 1st Bn., Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own), formerly S/4/122327 RASC.

Born in Carnforth, enlisted Dalton in Furness, resided in Carnforth.
who died on Friday 1 November 1918 .

RAMILLIES BRITISH CEMETERY Nord, France G. 24

GEORGE FREDERICK FLEMING

Private 1508 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

Born and enlisted in Carnforth
who died on Tuesday 15 August 1916 . Age 21 .
Son of Isabella Fleming, of 30, Temple Rd., Sale Moor, Manchester, and the late Henry Fleming (formerly of Carnforth)

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme, France Grave or Reference Panel Number: Pier and Face 5 D and 12 B

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

14th Aug: Heavy showers . . the Bn were to be relieved at night . .working parties would be required. . . . B Company supplied 50 other ranks two Lewis guns under comd 2 Lt Higginson to recce ground in front of the Bn trench in the afternoon . . . A Coy under comd Capt GAULTER with 70 other ranks to dig a new fire trench . . .75 picks and shovels to be carried . . . . B and D Coy under Capt Harris and 106 other ranks to complete a 100 yard trench. Men were to dig in kneeling position as to stand would be impossible. Parties to remain at work until tasks complete. . . great danger . . .large number of casualties from hostile sniping fire even though men did not stand. Casualties were Missing: 2 Lt Higginson Other Ranks: Killed 22 Wounded 29. 15th: Major General had assigned task to Kings Own . .knew he could rely on them . . . proud to have them under his command. . . .Bn to move back to a rest area . . .after weathering a severe shower Bn arrived at CARCAILLOTT FARM CORNER past the Brigadier General, the band playing the Regimental March Past. . . . A cyclist orderly was sent out in the morning to visit dressing stations to find out what. . . had happened to 2 Lt Higginson unable to get any news at all.

GEORGE enlisted in the 5th Territorial Bn on 5 June 1912. He went to France Feb 1915. He was wounded on 23 April 1915 but recovered and continued to serve.

Lancaster Guardian date 26 August, 1916 page 6

Fleming George F Pioneer 5th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment killed in action France, 15 August 1916, age 21. He was wounded at St Julien, 1915. Employed as a joiner for Messrs Rigg and Sons , third son of Mr and Mrs Henry Fleming of Hawes Dene, Carnforth, he has four sisters and three brothers, one of these, Private J E Fleming, RAMC is at Farnham, Surrey.

Lancaster Guardian date 2 September, 1916 page 3

Fleming George F Private Killed in action 15 August 1916, age 21. Address Hawes Dene Carnforth, employed as a joiner at Carnforth . Third son of Mr and Mrs Henry Fleming.

HENRY GARDNER

Sapper 265578 22nd Light Railway Operating Coy., Royal Engineers

Born and resided in Carnforth and enlisted in Lancaster
who died on Wednesday 31 October 1917 . Age 21 .

Son of Edward and Ann Gardner, of 14, King St., Carnforth .

SOLFERINO FARM CEMETERYIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium I. D. 36.

or HENRY GARDNER

Born Carnforth, enlisted Lancaster and resided in Torriusholme.

56196 Pte Welsh Regiment 9th Battalion.

Killed in Action France 23 March 1918.

W V GILBERT

Sub-Lieutenant Nelson Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
who died on Thursday 3 June 1915 .

BRIDGE CEMETERY Turkey Grave or Reference Panel Number: Special Memorial A. 52.

POSSIBLE

WILLIAM ALEXANDRA GLAISTER

Private 241422 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

Born Whitehaven enlisted in Carnforth.
who died on Thursday 2 May 1918 . Age 22 .

Son of Mark and Elizabeth Glaister, of 36, Hill St., Carnforth.

HOUCHIN BRITISH CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:I. D. 11.

Extract from Battalion War Diary:

2nd May . .we were to relieve 1/5th KINGS LIVERPOOL REGT in the line that night . .recce and advance parties sent up . .officers attended a conference at VERQUIN ... Bn left for the line at 8 pm . . Coys at 200 yds interval. Along the ANNEQUIN - BEUVREY RAOD the Bn were shelled by shrapnel . . one other rank killed. . .relief completed by midnight.

EDGAR HALL

Private 3760 1st/4th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

A Bank Clerk. Educated at the Royal Grammar School, Lancaster
who died on Tuesday 8 August 1916 . Age 26 .
Son of John Robert and Jane Hall, of The Laurels, Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth, Lancs.

THIEPVAL MEMORIALSomme, France Pier and Face 5 D and 12 B

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

8th August TRENCHES - TRONES WOOD SECTOR

3.45 am First attacking waves crept out of front line trenches. First line consisited of two platoons of each company. Order of Coys right to left: D. A. B. C.

4.10 am. First attacking wave crept forward & 2nd attacking wave left front line trench.

415 am Enemy place very heavy barrage on our trenches and both waves crept up under cover of our barrage.

4.30 Battalion made the assault but were met by a terrific bomb fire. This was unexpected and caused very heavy casualties. Enemy also opened a very heavy machine gun fire. The attack was arrested: Further advance being impossible the Battalion retired out of bombing distance and started to dig in 50yds in front of our trench. Very heavy enemy fire and our own artillery fired short. Bn retired into our front line trenches and rest of day spent on working on our front line trench. The casualties were very heavy. 7 officers and 46 other ranks killed , 10 officers and 248 other ranks wounded.

Lancaster Guardian date 26 August, 1916 page 8

Hall Edgar Private 4th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment killed in action, 1916, age 26. Educated at Miss Pickford's school Carnforth and Lancaster Royal Grammar school. Employed as a clerk with Manchester and Liverpool District Bank at Dalton in Furness. Secretary of Dalton Cricket Club, also Warton Tennis Club and a member of Dalton VTC. Only son of MrJ R Hall, a director of Carnforth Hematite Iron Co. Ltd., he leaves two sisters.

JOHN HIRST HARPER

A volunteer soldier who probably served from 1909 until his death

Lance Corporal 999 "C" Coy. 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Tuesday 13 April 1915 . Age 21

Born Christchurch Lancaster and enlisted in Lancaster
Son of Alexander and Ellen Harper, of 29, Wellington Rd., Lancaster.

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIALIeper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Grave or Reference Panel Number:Panel 12

Extract from the Battalon War Diary:

YPRES

10 th Billets. Company drill - handling of arms and lectures. Ten officers for trench inspection at 5 pm. One company for fatigues.

11th Resting. One company on fatigues. No Sunday service. Why?

12th Battalion moved for trench duties 8.30pm. Completed relief of Monmouth Regt by 2.45 am. This delay was caused by Mons (sic) guide being inexperienced. Two men wounded going up to the trenches.

13th C Coy trenches heavily shelled by trench mortars 2 men killed (died of wounds) Heavy shelling throughout the day. Great shortage of sandbags. Parapets unhealthy. Require strengthening.

HENRY HIGGINSON

Private 3700 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

Born Carnforth, enlisted I Lancaster and resided in Carnforth.
who died on Thursday 3 August 1916 .

THIEPVAL MEMORIALSomme, France Pier and Face 5 D and 12 B

Lancaster Guardian date 28 August, 1916 page 3

Higginson Harry Private 3700 5th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment killed in action 3 August, 1916, age 22. Educated at Ripley, employed at Queen Street Mill in the etching department. Married on 3 January 1916, his widow is in the service of Mrs Brookfield, Bowerham Terrace, Lancaster. His brother Private Samuel Higginson , King's Own, has been missing over 16 months at Ypres.

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

3 August WELLINGTON REDOUBT

One Officer per company went with Major Anderson Moreshead to reconnoitre trenches. Working party of last night came under heavy barrage near front line. 12 other ranks wounded.

Lancaster Guardian date 28 August, 1916 page 3

Higginson Samuel Private Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment missing at Ypres, 1915, brother of Harry Higginson (1113).

MAURICE KING

Private 8377 1st Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

Born Carnforth enlisted in Lancaster
who died on Friday 28 August 1914 . Age 28

Son of William and Mary King, of 4, Hunter St., Carnforth, Lancs.

LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL Seine-et-Marne, France

Extract from Battalion War Diaries:

18th -21st August. Bn arrived at WEMBLEY and camped in the region of NEASDON. Route marches, practising the attack and inoculations. Entrained in two trains for SOUTHAMPTON.

22nd -25th. Sea trip and then to HAUCOURT by way of BOULOGNE, BUITRY, LIGNY and VIESLEY.

26th-28th . . .as soon as Bn halted - about 6 am heavy maxim fire was opened on them . . followed by shrapnel. . . ordered onto hill . .top of hill reached but soon enfiladed by maxim and shrapnel fire from the right . . forced to retire to HARCOURT LINE . . enemy shell fire slackened about 11 am but increased again at 3 pm . .advance on hill to collect wounded 5 officers killed . .431 other ranks killed wounded and missing

Maurice was called up from the reserve on 5 August 1914 and was reported missing on 26 August 1914. He originally enlisted cc 1905 and would have seen service in India. In Oct 1905 he was awarded the first of his Good Conduct badges and would probably have served for 5 years in the Regulars and 7 in the reserve.

JAMES SARGISON KIRBY

Born and enlisted in Carnforth.

376 A/Sgt King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.) 2/5th Battalion.
who died on 3 May 1915

Lancaster Observer date 14 May 1915 page 5

Kirkby J S Sergeant 5th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment killed in action 3 May, 1915. Secretary of Carnforth F C, and Carnforth Cricket Club and a member of the church choir and Choral Society. First Non-Commissioned Officer in Carnforth to be killed.

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

3rd May 1915 FREZENBERG

Heavily shelled. C Coy in the morning sent to support RIFLE BRIGADE Lost heavily from shell fire and got held up. Proceeded on left on road. B Coy attached to EAST YORKS and YORK & LANCS in afternoon. Proceeded on right of road via ZONNEBECKE . Got close to trenches laid down and waited for dark. After dark ordered to dugouts as trenches were to be evacuated.

Lancaster Observer date 14 May 1915 page 5

Private Tom Ryan writing to Mrs Watson of North Road Carnforth, states that Sgt James Kirby had been killed and his brother Sgt H H Kirby wounded in the head. He also said that Private J Watson, Mrs Watson's husband had again been wounded in the right hand after being wounded in the head on Apr 13; he had only just returned to the firing line.

In a letter to Sgt Kirby's sister at 93 Market Street, Sgt W Simpson, whose home is at Crag Bank confirmed that Sgt Kirby had been killed; he had carried Jim back and buried him in the corner of a small churchyard.

A letter had been received from Sgt Kirby that , on the Sunday before he was killed they were to come out of the trenches and not going in again. Several interesting letters had been received from Sgt Kirby and published in the Observer. He was a prominent footballer and had figured prominently at half back for Lancaster, Carnforth and the Warton elevens.

Writing from Ypres to Kirby's sister, Captain Evans said:

" . . . . Sgt Kirby was killed whilst assisting in an advance by the Rifle Brigade who were in sore need of help. At the moment of his death he had been treating a wounded comrade; he had been hit in the neck by a shell and had died instantaneously. Colonel Lord Richard Cavendish has asked me to express his deepest sympathy. I cannot express to you any words which measure our sorrow at the loss of a true comrade, hero and friend. We laid him to rest in a soldiers grave in Verlorenbock; the Colonel said a service. It must be some consolation to you that he gave his life to save you all at home from the horrors of this sorrowing land"

RICHARD JAMES LITTLE

Private 17562 1st Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

Born in Slyne Enlisted in Lancaster
who died on Thursday 6 July 1916 .

. DOULLENS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION No.1
Somme, France Grave or Reference Panel Number IV. C. 15.

Extract from Battalion War Diary:

THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME

! July 1.30 am The Bn was present I its assembly area. 6 casualties up to this period. In the attack each Coy had a frontage of one platoon ie Bn had a frontage of 4 platoons 500 yds.

8.41 am The Attack An Officers patrol consisting of one officer (2Lt CC MacWalter) and 20 Ors advanced as a screen extending over the whole Bn front. At 8.46 leading sections of the Bn advanced from their assembly area. Directly the advance commenced the Bn came under heavy machine gun fire and there seems no doubt that a large number of casualties occurred before reaching our own front line. The two left Coys seem to have suffered most heavily up to this point. The advance still continued however, a large number of casualties being sustained in NO MANS LAND from both machine gun and shell fire; this is proved by a large number of killed and wounded being brought in from NO MANS LAND. The two left Coys again seem to have suffered most heavily. Only a small number of these Coys reached the German front line. The two right Coys seem to have made substantial progress. Some men said they actually saw men crossing the German second line. The casualties in missing of these two companies are considerably greater than the two left Coys. An officer on the left centre was only able to reach the German front line having few men left. No one was advancing on his left but some - Seaforth Highlanders - were on the right. The enemy held their second line directly in front of him very strongly with machine guns in the open. Men of the two right Coys said that it was a mixed force of all regiments (who reached) in the German second line but at 12.30 they had to retire because of strong bomb attacks made by the enemy.. As regards the left Coy, since the right of 31st Division had been unable to make any headway few of them reached the front line. There seems to be a general opinion that the Bn lost its direction to a certain extent, advancing too much to its left as men of the left Coys said that when they crossed our front line there were men of the 31st Division in our front line at this point. The Brigadier of the 31st Division checked any further advance and ordered what men remained to form up in LEG END.

4.30 pm about:

120 men remained at the end of the day ( . .probably from an original total of 500-600 men . .) in their former Assembly Area trenches - GREEN TRENCH area.

Private LITTLE most certainly died as a result of wounds received in action in the opening days of the Battle of the Somme.

PERCY EVELYN MACEFIELD

Private 270145 2nd/6th Bn., Manchester Regiment
who died on Sunday 7 October 1917 . Age 34 .
Son of William and Mary Macefield, of 29, Hill St., Carnforth;
Husband of Jessie Macefield, of 11, Otley St., Skipton, Yorks.

TYNE COT MEMORIAL Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL

Sergeant 46924 18th Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers

Born Carnforth, enlisted in Lancaster
who died on Tuesday 1 October 1918 ..

TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Grave or Reference Panel Number:Panel 54 to 60 and 163A

GEORGE HENRY MORLEY

Sapper 34904 2nd Sect. 5th Signal Coy., Royal Engineers
who died on Sunday 24 February 1918 . Age 25 .

Son of Joseph William and Mary Jane Morley, of Carnforth, Lancashire.

GIAVERA BRITISH CEMETERY, ARCADE
Italy Grave or Reference Panel Number:Plot 1. Row F. Grave 2.

GEORGE HENRY NELSON

Private 10556 2nd Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Sunday 25 April 1915 . Age 27 .
Son of the late Samuel and Betty Nelson, of Carnforth, Lancs

YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Grave or Reference Panel Number: Panel 12

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

20 April 2.15 pm The Battalion marched to YPRES en route to the trenches.

ZONNENBECKE 12 Midnight. On the march through YPRES the enemy heavily shelled the town. One Officer and 20 men of C Coy were wounded, one man killed. The Bn took over the trenches from the YORK and LANCASTER Regt. The trenches still required a lot of work before they could be considered safe.

21st April-3 May Bn in the trenches in front of ZONNENBECKE . During this period B, C and D Coys were very heavily bombed on several occasions losing heavy casualties.

( A somewhat abbreviated entry - heavy losses of those on the HQ Staff?)

George enlisted in 1911, a soldier before the war. He arrived in France on 15 January 1915 from India with 2nd King's Own.

EDWIN PARKINSON

Born and enlisted in Carnforth.

43548 Pte Labour Corps.
who died on 25 July 1917 ,
formerly 3827 King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

WILLIAM BIRBECK PEDDER

Private 2786 5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Friday 4 August 1916 . Age 23 .
of James and Mary Pedder.

Native of Carnforth, Lancs.

DIVE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY Somme, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:II. D. 38.

Lancaster Guardian date 26 August, 1916 page 6

Pedder William Birkbeck Stretcher bearer 5th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Died of wounds, 1916, age 24. Employed at Carnforth iron works, and connected with the Wesleyan Sunday School. Grandson of, Mr and Mrs Isaac Birkbeck, 37, Hawes Hill, Carnforth.

HERBERT PENRITH

Private 2403 1st/5th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Wednesday 9 August 1916 . Age 24 .
Son of Thomas Penrith, of 7, Hall St., Carnforth, Lancs.

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL Somme,France Grave or Reference Panel Number Pier and Face 5

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

August 1916 WELLINGTON REDOUBT

1st-7th Bn very busy time when on 7th Battalions put on notice to move at very short notice to support operations of 164th Inf Bde at the BRIQUETERIE

8th At 1130 pm the Bn marched off to the trenches via the PERONNE ROAD and BARICOURT

9Tth At 3.50 am the last coy had entered the trenches and at 4.30 moved up to take position in the front and support trenches when vacated by the attacking troops. On arrival the Coys had to lie in shell holes behind the trenches which were too full of troops. Brigade then gave instructions to move to other trenches. Bn HQ to move to BRIQUTERIE. At 4.20 am the Bn relieved 1/10h Scottish Regt and suffered casualties from a heavy barrage fire. Total casualties for the day were 3 officers wounded and other ranks: 10 killed 45 wounded and 1 missing.

EDWIN PENSWICK

Private 24496 8th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died onFriday 27 April 1917 . Age 26 .

Son of Robert and Margaret Penswick, of Carnforth;
Husband of Annie May Penswick, of 41, Lancaster Rd., Carnforth, Lancs.

ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERYPas de Calais, France

Extract from the Lancaster Guardian

It has been reported that Edward Parkinson died of wounds. He was 27 and leaves a widow and one child. He was the eldest son of Mr R Pedder of Grovesnor Place Carnforth. A butcher he was employed by Mr Williams of Market Street.

HARRY RATCLIFFE

Private 36267 2nd Bn., The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
who died on Friday 4 May 1917 . Age 25 .

Son of William Ratcliffe, of 12, Ramsden St., Carnforth, Lancs., and the late Agnes Ratcliffe.

SAVONA TOWN CEMETERY Italy Grave or Reference Panel Number:A. 17.

WILLIAM ARTHUR RIGG

Private G/51407 16th Bn., Middlesex Regiment, formerly G/46328 Royal Fusiliers,
born Carnforth and enlisted in Edinburgh.;
who died on Wednesday 18 April 1917 . Age 32 .
Son of William and Agnes Rigg, of Oxford House, Carnforth,
Husband of Mary Simpson Rigg, of 38, Brownsville Rd., Heaton Moor, Stockport

ARRAS MEMORIAL Pas de Calais, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:Bay 7

WILLIAM SHAW

Private 46466 23rd Bn., Manchester Regiment
Enlisted in Preston and resided in Carnforth
who died on Monday 22 October 1917 .

TYNE COT MEMORIAL Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Panel 120 to 124 and 162 to 162A and 163A

ROBERT SIDNEY SIMPSON

Private G/82361 "C" Coy. 24th Bn., Royal Fusiliers
who died on Saturday 20 July 1918 . Age 19 .
Son of William and Mary Ann Simpson, of 135, North Rd., Carnforth, Lancs.

BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:XVIII. C. 12.

JAMES WALKDEN

Born Bolton Le Sands, Enlisted in Lancaster

Private 16692 2nd Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Tuesday 21 November 1916 . Age 30 .
Husband of Mary Walkden, of 26, Hill St., Carnforth.

LAHANA MILITARY CEMETERY Greece Grave or Reference Panel Number:I. D. 14.

EDWARD WATSON

Private 241421 8th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)

Born and enlisted in Carnforth
who died on Thursday 26 April 1917 . Age 23 .
Son of Thomas Watson, of 118, Stretford Rd.,Manchester .

ARRAS MEMORIAL Pas de Calais, France Bay 2

JOHN COCHRANE WATSON

240291 8th Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.)
who died on Saturday 12 May 1917 . Age 23 .
Husband of Jennie Watson, of 61, North Rd., Carnforth, Lancs.

ARRAS MEMORIAL Pas de Calais, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:Bay 2

Extract from the Battalion War Diary:

12th May At 6 pm our barrage guns opened a heavy barrage on DEVILS trench. Three Coys, C. B. and D attacked under the barrage but were met by heavy machine gun and rifle fire from the left at the junction of DEVILS TRENCH and BIT LANE, from DEVILS TRENCH in the centre and from AUBERPINES WOOD on the right which stopped the advance causing heavy casualties. When darkness fell the survivors returned to the front line and reorganised under the surviving officers & NCOs. The Suffolk Coy sent up one platoon which occupied the left of the trench. The CO went up to the front line to complete the reorganisation. A Coy pushed out a post along ARROW TRENCH. Casualties 5 officers and 93 other ranks.

GEORGE COLLINSON WATSON

Sapper 388757 4th Siege Coy. (Royal Monmouth), Royal Engineers
who died on Sunday 24 June 1917 . Age 31 .
Son of Henry and Elizabeth Watson, of Fair View. Newbiggin, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham;
husband of E. G. Watson, of 5, Myerscough St., Barrow-in-Furness, Lancs.

LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY
Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumGrave or Reference Panel Number:XIV. D. 15. 3.

POSSIBLE

WILLIAM BENJAMIN WHITESIDE

Private 11872 1st Bn., Coldstream Guards
who died on Friday 24 March 1916 . Age 20 .

Son of Benjamin and Bertha Whiteside, of Carnforth.

LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERYPoperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

THIS TABLET WAS ERECTED TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN OF CARNFORTH WHO HAVE DIED SINCE THE ARMISTICE THROUGH THE EFFECTS OF THEIR WAR SERVICE

1918-1924
BERT CAMBRAY
THOMAS W CORNTHWAITE
JOHN R NUTTALL
JOHN T H PARKINSON
VICTOR H POSTLETHWAITE
EDWARD H SMITH
RICHARD A SMITH
ROBERT B P WHITESIDE
JAMES WOOD
JOSEPH WRIGHT

2ND WORLD WAR 1939-1945

JACK ASTLEY

sergeant 1622045 70 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on Sunday 19 November 1944 . Age 29 .

Son of John and Sarah Astley; husband of Kathleen Astley, of Rochdale, Lancashire.

BELGRADE WAR CEMETERY Yugoslavia Grave or 9A. C. 8. Reference Panel Number:

POSSIBLE

EDWARD BAGGULEY

Sapper
2155425
282 Field Coy., Royal Engineers
who died on
Sunday 10 February 1946 . 

CARNFORTH CEMETERY Lancashire, United Kingdom C. of E. Sec. Grave 93.

RICHARD SYDNEY BATTERSBY

Private
7642755
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
who died on
Sunday 29 June 1941 . Age 21 . Son of Richard Sydney and Edith Battersby, of Cragg Bank, Carnforth CARNFORTH CEMETERY Lancashire, United Kingdom Sec. Nonconformist. Grave 553

CLARENCE I BENNETT

Private 942801 Army Catering Corps attached to Royal Artillery.
Died 24 Feb 1944 age 25.

Buried in Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio, Italy.

HENRY CARPENTER

Private 3710669 Royal Army Ordnance Corps
who died on Saturday 22 March 1941 . Age 26 .

CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY Egypt Grave or Reference Panel Number:P. 204

POSSIBLE

ROBERT DAWSON

Sergeant 1915045 attd., Queen Victoria's Own Madras Sappers & Miners
who died on Saturday 5 December 1942 .

Age 36 . Son of Thomas and Alice Dawson, of Carnforth, Lancashire;
Husband of Ellen Dawson

MADRAS WAR CEMETERY, CHENNAIIndia Grave or Reference Panel Number:9. F. 7.

HERBERT DUMBLETON

Stoker 1st Class D/KX 112272 H.M.S. Gould, Royal Navy
who died on Wednesday 1 March 1944 . Age 29 .

Son of Bertie Dumbleton, and of Mary Dumbleton, of Carnforth, Lancashire;
Husband of Laura Dumbleton, of Carnforth.

PLYMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Devon, United Kingdom Grave or Reference Panel Number:Panel 89, Column See Note 1

Herbert on the left with his brother (who lives in Carnforth). His brother served in The Royal Artillery, The Green Howards and The Royal Scots Fusiliers.

This is a facsimile of the first of a twelve page diary Herbert kept from 4th May 1941 to about 22nd May 1942 detailing a year at sea. A transcript is on the next page. The whole diary will be published as an essay in Part 1 at a later date.

JOINED HMS GRIFFIN MAY 4TH 1941

First trip was a sweep of the Med to bring HMS "Queen Elizabeth and HMS Fife". We picked them up about dawn on the 6th of May and proceeded to Alex. During the night Italian planes made a strong attack on us but they were held at bay by anti aircraft fire from "Warspite", "Parham", "6E". "Valiant" and "Formidable" in company with destroyers and no damage was done. After continuing with the sweep, oiled ship at sea off HMS Valiant and after seeing nothing of the Italian fleet proceeded back to Alex harbour. The next operation was the battle of Crete. The fleet left Alex and made their way towards Crete. During the night of 23rd May approx we were detailed to intercept convoys from Greece, around the NW coast of Crete. We did our damage and it was not so pleasant but it had to be done.

7th June. Left Crete for Haifa and arrived on the 8th and started to bombard the Syrian coast for the troops operating in that country. During the afternoon . . . .

EDWIN DANIEL EDWARDS

Seaman C/JX 193991 H.M.S. Electra, Royal Navy
who died on Friday 27 February 1942 . Age 22 .
Son of George Edwards.

CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL Kent, United Kingdom Grave or Reference Panel Number:53, 3.

PROBABLE

JOHN EDWARDS
Not yet located

THOMAS COLIN GARTH

Second Lieutenant 124707 2nd Bn., King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
who died on Tuesday 24 June 1941 . Age 21 .
Son of Christopher and Sarah Annie Garth, of Carnforth, Lancashire.

DAMASCUS COMMONWEALTH WAR CEMETERY Syria Grave or Reference Panel Number: O 28

HAROLD EDMUND HELM

Lieutenant 302873 Lancashire Fusiliers
who died on Wednesday 28 February 1945 . Age 24 .
Son of John Parker Helm and Jane Ellen Helm; husband of Margaret Helm, of Carnforth, Lancashire.

REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY
Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Grave or Reference Panel48. F. 13.

THOMAS JENKINSON

Lance Bombardier 1073904 3 Bty., 6 H.A.A. Regt., Royal Artillery
who died on Saturday 14 February 1942 . Age 39

Son of John and Ada Mary Jenkinson, of Carnforth, Lancashire
Husband of Mary Agnes Jenkinson, Father of Keith , of Carnforth.

KRANJI WAR CEMETERY Singapore Grave or Reference Panel Number: Coll. grave 34. E. 9-16.

Mary and Thomas with 6 month old Keith Thomas and mates from 6 HAA Bty 

For further details of Thomas see the Essay "From Carnforth to Singapore via Dunkirk: A Postman's Journey" in Part 1, written by his son Keith.

A S JACKSON

Major 50243 Pioneer Corps
who died on Friday 15 November 1946 .

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Jackson; husband of Grace Jackson, of Sanderstead, Surrey.

Scottish International Footballer.

FAYID WAR CEMETERY Egypt Grave or Reference Panel Number:6. A. 21.

POSSIBLE

STANLEY E LAWSON
 Not yet located

JOHN JAMES MARTIN

Flight Sergeant 1040315 Nav. 83 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on Saturday 29 January 1944 . Age 22 .
Son of Arthur and Emily Laura Madeline Martin, of Carnforth, Lancashire.

llied AABENRAA CEMETERY Denmark Grave or Reference Panel Number: Mil. Plot. Row 4. 22.

JOHN ALFRED PROUDLOVE

Gunner 1091966 4 Field Regt., Royal Artillery
who died on Saturday 6 June 1942 . Age 21 .
Son of William Henry and Ada Ann Proudlove, of Carnforth. Lancashire

. KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, ACROMA Libya

EDWARD HARGREAVES STOTT

Gunner 938110 137 Field Regt., Royal Artillery
who died on Sunday 30 May 1943 . Age 24 .
Son of James Hargreaves Stott and Mary Hunt Stott; husband of Olive May Stott, of Kirkham, Lancashire.

THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY Myanmar Grave or Reference Panel Number: B4. O. 9.

POSSIBLE

JAMES WATSON WALKDEN

Lance Corporal 3710098 141st Regt. (7th Buffs), R.A.C.
who died on Monday 18 September 1944 . Age 30

CALAIS CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, LEUBRINGHEN 
Pas de Calais, France Grave or Reference Panel Number:3. E. 11.

PROBABLE Relation of James Walkden of 1st WW shown above???

HARRY WALKER

Flying Officer 151300 Flying Instr. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died on Thursday 18 November 1943 . Age 20

. Son of George Hebson Walker and Mary Ann Jefferson Walker, of Carnforth

CARNFORTH CEMETERY Lancashire, United Kingdom Grave or Reference Panel Number Sec. C. of E. Grave 243.


MILITARY AWARDS MADE TO CARNFORTH MEN - THE GREAT WAR

The Victoria Cross:

Albert Halton

Military Cross

Harling Richardson (Also Distinguished Conduct Medal)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Herbert Halton

Walter Ormsby Simpson

Military Medal

John Baines (Killed in action)

Robert Edward Brockbank (Killed in action)

Benjamin Clark

Charles Harold Danson

James Edward Dean

Oscar King

Richard Henry Kirkby

Edmund Fiswick Lindsay

John Arnold Rigg

Richard Stretch

Meritorous Service Medal

William Edward Simpson

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