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Currently available details on those who served and those who died in the Great War. The fallen are indicated thus V

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Addison     Joined Territorials, H9-1914.

 

Addison, Frank       Father - John Addison, 125 Fishwick Parade.  There is then a note: Fred Addison, brother, 164 Sunny Bank Terrace, Ashton-on-Ribble.

Frank born 3rd May 1894.   St Matthew’s Higher Grade Elementary.   PGS 16th September 1907 to 27th July 1911.  To Battersea College 1912.   Elementary School Teacher.

A Company, 10th Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) H1-1915;  former House captain, large fierce-tackling full back (the same description is used for Blackhurst!), usually known as ‘Caddy’, now in India, H9-1915.  H1-1916.  

(A Company 10th Middlesex was made up from Senior Students at St John’s Teacher Training College Battersea.)

Addison, P     Royal Life-saving Society Proficiency Certificate. Drawing Prize, H1-1915.  Cadet Royal Flying Corps, H2-1918. 

VAdkins,  James Francis Basil   War Memorial. 

Father - James Edward Adkins, 23 Fishergate Hill, Preston. Professional Musician.

Basil born August 1899 (1898?).  Miss Threlfall’s Private School, Fulwood. PGS 21st January 1907 to

Son of James Edward Adkins, Mus Bac., FRCO, Professor of Music; the Organist and Choirmaster of Preston Parish Church. In 1904 lived at 5 Starkie Street, Preston.    Nephew of Lieutenant-Colonel Hector Ernest Adkins, Mus Doc., LRAM ARCM psm; who was Bandmaster (WO) of the 2nd Suffolks 1913-1921, when he was appointed Director of Music, Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.  Basil received a music scholarship from the Merchant Taylors Company about four years ago. (His brother Eric completed six years as a Boy Chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral and in September 1918 was awarded a music scholarship by the Goldsmiths Company.)

CWG: James Francis Basil Adkins, age 19 years.  Service No 9760.   Son of James Edward and Louisa Adkins, 30 Bairstow Street.   He had been a Boy Chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral 1908 to 1914.    Grave Reference XXV.J.9A   Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

Preston Memorial: 30 Bairstow Street, Preston. Bandsman 9760, 2nd Suffolk Regiment, attached to 7th Field Ambulance Corps as a reserve stretcher bearer. Died 1st October 1917, Ypres.     

 

Ainsworth, A J   D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashires (Preston Pals) H9-1915, H1-1916.

Alderman,  Robert Edward       Father, Solicitor, died 1896.   Annie R Alderman, 35 Fishergate Hill, Preston.

Robert born 18th September 1886. PGS January 1899 to               Classics (choice of subjects indicated by parent).

Ever-present in football team season 1898-9, a Victor. Letter to Headmaster from Mesopotamia and covering other war activities.   At the outbreak of war was in Mandalay with a Volunteer commission.  In December orders to join 108th Infantry at Bombay, there until May when sailed for Basra, attached to 104th Rifles for the advance up to Amara.   Temporary Second Lieutenant.  Recovered 4” Krupp gun complete with carriage and ammunition waggon from a river,  H1-1916.  104th (Wellesley’s) Rifles, H5-1916. 

V Allan, Herbert William       War Memorial. 

Father - Ernest W Allan, 13 Bolton Street, Preston.   Police Sergeant.

Herbert born 28th November 1898.  Christ Church School.  PGS 12th September 1910 to 8th July 1915.  Corporation Free Scholarship.  Pass Honours Oxford Local Preliminary July 1912, H12-1913.        

Intended joining Liverpool Scottish.   “Query killed in war” recorded by School.

CWG: Herbert William ALLAN, Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, A Company 16th Battalion; 18 years; died 22nd April 1918; Service Number 73512.   Son of Ernest W and Lillian Phoebe Allan, 28 Canon Cockin Street, Sunderland.  Native of Preston.  Grave IV.A.24,  Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

Preston Memorial:  Had been a Wages Clerk at Dick, Kerr’s, and lived at 13 Bolton Street, Preston.  

 

Anderson, A       H11-1917..

 

Anderson, Alexander  2nd Troop, B Squadron, 1st North Somerset Yeomanry, H1-1915. Private, seriously wounded in the legs, H9-1915. H1-1916. Discovered mid-term by H B Yates and E T Harris in King’s College Chapel one Sunday afternoon, having been in hospital in Cambridge for 10 months in ignorance of the PGS old boys still at Cambridge, H5-1916.

 

Anderson, Alfred, joined Territorials, H9-1914.  Gunner, C Sub-Section, 9th Battery, 2nd West Lancashire  Royal Field Artillery, H1-1915. H1-1916.  (Is this Alfred James Farquehar Anderson?)

Anderson, Alfred James Farquehar     Father - Alfred Anderson, 18 Bank Place, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.   1922 - 7 Victoria Parade, Ashton-on-Ribble.  Commercial Traveller.

Alfred born 30th October 1896.   St Andrew’s School.   Corporation Free Scholar for 3 years, could be extended.   PGS 16th September 1907 to 1st February 1911.  Oxford Local Delegacy University Certificates, Junior, Pass 1st Division.   Clerk. 

(This is a query until the name is clarified.)

 

Anderson, Theodore James   Father - .   Guardian was B P Megahy, Inisfail, Fulwood, Preston.   Laundry Proprietor (Preston Steam Laundry, Addison Road, Preston - between Brook Street and Plungington Road.) 

Theodore born 17th May 1891.   Sligo Model National Elementary School.   PGS 11th September 1905 to 29th July 1909.  Classics Prize, Mayor, Ald Margerison, 1909. PCP1908-9. To Harris Institute.  

Friends Ambulance Corps, France, H1-1916. 

Appointed British Vice-Consul in Venice post-1918.

 

Ash, John George Oswald    Father - Rev George Ash, St Stephen’s Vicarage, Preston.  Later, Hoddlesden Vicarage, Darwen.

John born 27th April 1899.   The College, Urmston.  PGS 11th January 1912 to 25th July 1914.  To Manchester Grammar School.

This is a name match only in the Army List 1918. Temp 2nd Lt J G O Ash, Army Service Corps, wef 4.3.1918.

 

Atkins --   

HMS Kingfisher, H1-1916. HMS Kingfisher was the Naval Base at Yarmouth (that is, Great Yarmouth) and was a Nominal Depot Ship for Auxiliary Patrols.  On 1st January 1916 Area X - Yarmouth had 127 small ships in the Auxiliary Patrol.   Atkins could have been on a variety of ships, Kingfisher should not be taken as definitive.

Attwater, Ernest     Father - Richard Attwater, 26 Watling Street Road.  Later, 31 Lower Bank Road, Fulwood.   Mill Furnisher.

Ernest born 26th September 1897.   Moor Park Wesleyan.   PGS 14th September 1908 to 25th July 1914. Harris.  Oxford Local Delegacy University Certificates, Preliminary, Pass 1st Division.     Roll 1910.  Vice-Captain, House goalkeeper, 1913.  St John Ambulance Assoc First Aid Certificate, 1913. Articled Pupil to Accountant.

Scots Guards, H12-1913. H4-1915; apparently something of a joker at School, and likely to be raising a laugh, somewhere, with the Scots Guards, H9-1915.  H1-1916.

Attwater, E    Royal Engineers, H11-1917.

 

Attwater,  W     Wireless Operator, H11-1917.

 

 

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Bannister, E   2nd Lieutenant, RFC, H2-1918.

 

Bannister, H   2nd Troop D Squadron Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H5-1916.

 

V Bannister, Robert    War Memorial.   

Father - John Bannister, 26 Powis Road.  Wholesale Grocer.

Robert born 28th May 1896.   Ashton Wesleyan.   PGS 21st September 1907 to 25th July 1912. 

Second Class Honours Oxford Local Junior July 1912, H12-1913.  Harris Football Second XI, outside right, 1913, H12-1913.  In business with father.   KILLED IN WAR.

29th (Public Schools) Battalion Royal Fusiliers, H1-1916. Killed, H9-1916.

CWG: Robert BANNISTER,  Private, 20th Battalion Royal Fusiliers;  19 years. Died 18th May 1916. Service Number PS/9348.  John and Emma A Bannister, 26 Powis Road, Preston. Grave V.C.86, Bethune Town Cemetery.  

Preston Memorial:  He was shot by a sniper whilst repairing barbed wire on a moonlit night.  He had volunteered to go with the detailed party because his friend had been detailed.  He was a wholesale grocer, the son of John and Emma A Bannister, 26 Powis Road, Preston. 

(John Bannister was an Old Boy.)

 

Bannister, W     Army Service Corps,  British Expeditionary Force,  H1-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Barnes, Harold     Father - Joseph C Barnes, 7 Mafeking Road, Ashton-on-Ribble.   5 Addison Road, Ashton-on-Ribble.  Cantsfield House, Tag Lane, Ingol, Preston.   Clerk of Works.

Harold born 9th April 1898.   Roebuck Street School.   PGS 12th September 1910 to 24th July 1915.  Preliminary 1911.   Junior Local 1912.  St John Ambulance Assoc First Aid Certificate, 1913.  Goodair, H12-1913. Debating Society, H4-1915. Teacher’s Certificate Preliminary with Distinction in French and Elementary Science 1915.  Higher Certificate: French (including Oral), Elementary Maths, English, History, Chemistry. July 1915. Played in the School cricket 1st XI but not a regular. Goodair tennis, H9-1915. 5th Form 1915.  Student Teacher.

4th LNL at Oswestry,  H9-1916.  Visited PGS whilst on leave, H1-1917.

PGSA No 19, 6th February 1925.  Life Member.  Bestwood, Mayfield Avenue, Ingol, nr Preston.   41 Wordsworth Street, Penrith.

Barwick, Clifford       Father - James H Barwick, Hazel Hurst, Victoria Parade, Ashton-on-Ribble.   22 Victoria Parade, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. 1922.   Engineering Inspector.

Clifford born 18th July 1900.  St Andrew’s.   PGS 14th January 1913 to 24th July 1915.  Clerk in Accountant’s office.

Harris, 1913, H12-1913.  Lower 4B 1915.  Harris football 1st XI, H4-1915.

Royal Naval Air Service, H2-1918

 

Bateson, Jack   9th Battalion, Royal Field Artillery, H5-1916;  H11-1917.  

Baxendale, J B   Corporal, H11-1917.

Beaven, Cecil Livingstone  Born 2nd January 1883. PGS 17th April 1890 to December 1897.  Scholar 1894 to 1897.

Did not serve in the Armed Forces.   The Army List shows he was appointed on 1st May 1906 as an Instructor in Mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.  That is, the Headquarters of the Royal Artillery, which from 1914 had thousands of young Officers who needed trigonometry and mathematics.  

He appears to be the fourth of five sons of Dr Beaven, all of whom had a remarkable propensity for mathematics.

2nd Form 1891.  2nd Mathematical Prize Division F, 1891.  3rd Form Prize and Mathematical Prize Division C, 1893. Mathematical Prize Division A 1895 and 1896. Rev S M Smith’s English Literature Prize and the Mental Arithmetic Prize 1896.   Edward Garlick’s Mathematical Prize Division A, and 5th Form Prize 1897.  Pass 1st Division Oxford Locals Junior 1893, youngest on record.   Stage 1 Mathematics (Science & Art, South Kensington) 1893.  PGS Scholar-elect, 4th Form July 1894. Pass Cambridge Locals (Junior) 1894.  2nd Class Cambridge Locals 1895 with distinction in Mathematics. 2nd Class Oxford Locals 1896, distinction in Mathematics.  Pass Oxford Locals Senior 1897, 2nd out of 1,705 in Arithmetic and 14th in Mathematics.   2nd Class Stage 2 Mathematics (Science & Art) 1894 and 1st Class 1895. 2nd Class Stage 3 1896 and 1897.  Science & Art Examination in Mechanics 1896, passed, Solids (Advanced Stage) and Fluids.   Scholar-elect of Rugby School 1897 - Open Mathematical Scholarship.

(Organisation of ‘Divisions’ and Forms, see Richard Corless – People.)

 

Bell, Dr Harry   HQ Staff, 2nd West Lancashire Royal Field Artillery, H1-1915;  H1-1916.

 

Bentley, Gerald W  Lance-Corporal, 11th Manchesters, reported to have been injured, H9-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Bingham W     Was in the School, 1909 Roll.

Bingham, William    Father - Henry Bingham, 309 New Hall Lane, Preston; 1922.  Commercial Traveller.

William born 5th July 1896.  St Matthew’s School.   PGS 13th September 1909 to 27th July 1911.  To Clerk in Valuer’s Office.

Loyal North Lancashires, H1-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Blackhurst   joined Territorials, H9-1914.

 

Blackhurst, John James     Father - John James Blackhurst, Sharoe Green, Broughton.   Farmer.

John born 7th September 1893.   Christ Church Elementary.   PGS 16th September 1907 to 25th July 1912. Oxford Local Delegacy University Certificates, Junior, Pass 2nd Division. Third Class Honours Oxford Local July 1912; French Special Prize 1912.  Football Colours 1912-13.    Battersea College.   (Note:  Home address is Sharoe Green and Christ Church is in Bow Lane, off Fishergate.  Does this in fact mean Christ Church, Fulwood?   Almost opposite, one road back, the former Workhouse on Watling Street Road.)

A Company, 10th Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) H1-1915;  former House captain, large fierce-tackling full back (the writer of this note used the same description for Addison!), H1-1916, now in India, H9-1915.

 

Blackhurst, William    Form prize, Lower III, 1912.  Upper IIIa Form Prize, 1913, H12-1913.  Cadet, Royal Flying Corps, H11-1917.  Released, H4-1919.

PGSA No 149, 13th January 1926. Capri, 21 Watson’s Road, South Shore, Blackpool.    C/o Messrs W & A Blackhurst, Solicitors, 22 Edward Street, Blackpool.  

Was in TA Reserve but just before outbreak of WW2 transferred back to his former Unit, H12-1939.

 

Bond, Robert   (Bond, R B ?)   Father - Frederick Bond, 8 Park View Terrace, Waterloo Road,  Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.  Plumber, Journeyman.

Robert born 6th November 1898.  St Andrew’s Boys.  PGS 13th September 1909 to 27th July 1911.  Free Place.  Apprentice Pattern Maker. 

Army Service Corps, H5-1916.

 

Bott, Cyril Henry Halton   Father - Arthur T Bott, 63 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston; 1922. Secretary for Elementary Education. 

Cyril born 30th March 1897.   Wolverley Secondary School, near Kidderminster.  PGS 11th January 1912 to 8th April 1914.   Civil Service, Clerk in Engineering Department, Post Office, Preston.

Played two piano solos at the concert in the School Hall on the evening of the drive along Moor Park Avenue by TMs King George V and Queen Mary before 20,000 school children. Contributed a poem, “A Piano” to the Literary Section of The Hoghtonian Vol 1 No 1.  Harris Football First XI, right half, 1913, H12-1913.

Liverpool Scottish, H1-1915.  H1-1916.

 

VBott, George       War Memorial. 

Weighty Harris safe-anchor in the tug-of-war. Now in the kilts of the Liverpool Scottish, reported to have been injured, H9-1915, H1-1916.  Lieutenant,  Military Cross, H2-1918.

George Gerald Randall Bott, born 18th October 1891, West Derby.   Son of Arthur T Bott, Inspector, Board of Schools, and Constance Bott, of 63 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston.  George married to Mary Ansell Bott and lived at 71 Beverley Crescent, Bedford, (presumably this was the wartime address). One son and three daughters. Mercantile Marine Office, Deputy Superintendent, Liverpool, since 1912. Released in September 1914 for Army Service.  Enlisted as a Private 10th September 1914, later Lance Corporal, in the 6th (Rifle) Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment.   Went to France 24th February 1915.   Bullet wound to his leg at Ypres on 10th June 1915; returned to UK on 20th June 1915;  completely recovered by November.    Commissioned on 14th December in 3rd South Lancashires and was attached to the 8th Border Regiment.  Wounded 7th June 1917 at Messines.  Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette Volume 1 1918.  Killed in Action 13th April 1918.  George Bott is briefly mentioned on pages 138 and 183 of The Border Regiment In World War One.

CWG: Bott,  G G R   Lieutenant, South Lancashire Regiment.  Attached to Border Regiment. 26 years.  Died 13th April 1918.    Military Cross.   Son of Arthur T and Constance Bott of 63 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston; husband of Mary A Bott.   Grave Reference V . D . 29  Messines Ridge British Cemetery.  

 

VBourn, Percy Thomas      NOT on the Memorial.  

Born 23rd August 1880.  PGS 15th January 1891 to ?July 1898.

1st Form 1891.  In 5th Form July 1898.

CWG: Private, RAMC. Secondary Regiment - King’s Shropshire Light Infantry attached to the 1st Battalion.   36 years of age. Died 13th October 1918. Service No 69241.  The son of the late William and Ann Bourn, Dilworth, Longridge.  Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 4 C.

 

Bourn, Samuel John Edward    Father - Robert Bourn, 30 Addison Road, Ashton-on-Ribble.  Hay Rake Maker.

Sam born 24th May 1888.  PGS September 1901 to 

(Known only as Sam, or “S” single initial in most documents.   The connection between Sam Bourn and numerous documents showing S J E Bourn was made on 31st March 2008, found a document on which his father signed all three names, none of the three ever previously seen by me.)

Sergeant RAMC, H9-1916. 

 

Bowker, Henry Alan    Father - Joseph Henry Bowker, 93 Brackenbury Road. Minister of United Methodist Church.

Henry born 5th May 1896.   Moor Park Wesleyan.   PGS 14th September 1908 to 27th July 1911. Junior Thornley Scholarship year ended July 1909; Alderman Woods’ Prize for English Literature, Lower School; Form Middle I Greatest progress.   To Leeds High School. Family left town.  Old Boy, awarded by Leeds a Senior City Scholarship, H9-1914.

Second Lieutenant, 13th Service Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, H9-1915.  H1-1916.

The 1918 Army List shows him as a Lieutenant as from 1st July 1917.  Military Cross.

 

 

Boyle, John Charles   Father - Samuel E Boyle, 34 Fishergate Hill, Preston.  Superintendent of Assurance Company.

John born 23rd September 1899.   Christ Church School.   PGS 11th January 1912 to 22nd December 1914. Harris Institute for Day Commercial Classes. Clerk in Chartered Accountants. 

Second Lieutenant, pilot in the RAF, reported missing since 4th September 1918.   Son of S E Boyle, formerly of Fishergate Hill, now (September 1918) superintendent of the Prudential Assurance Company, Blackpool.  Lieutenant Boyle was educated at Preston Grammar School and took his commission at Queen’s College, Oxford, in early February 1918.   When he was in Preston he was associated with Fishergate Baptist Church; (Press report.)   British Red Cross Society informed his father that he is a prisoner of war. LDP 2nd October 1918.

 

VBramwell, Norman      War Memorial. 

Father - William Bramwell, 16 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Solicitor.

Norman born 19th October 1898.   Miss Threlfall’s Private School.  PGS 13th May 1907 to 19th March 1913.  To King William’s College, Isle of Man.   KILLED IN WAR.

Pass Oxford Local Junior July 1912; Royal Life-Saving Certificate 1912; LCC Open Exhibition 1913, H12-1913.

CWG: Norman BRAMWELL, Second Lieutenant, B Company 2nd/7th Battalion, formerly 3rd/5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 30th March 1918.  19 years.   Son of William and the late Christiana Bramwell of 16 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Memorial Reference:  Panel 32 to 34 Pozieres Memorial, Somme.

Preston Memorial:  50 Lune Street, 2/7 Lancashire Fusiliers, 2nd Lieutenant, 30th March 1918, Oubercourt, Amberscourt (?) 

 

Breakell, Arthur Clayton   Father - John James Breakell, 8 Mill Bank, Church Street, Preston.   Dental Surgeon.

Arthur born 21st October 1900.   Christ Church School.   PGS 17th September 1912 to 24th July 1915.  Articled to a firm of cotton manufacturers.

Released from HM Forces, H4-1919.  (A note has been seen of a “Captain Breakell” in 1939.)

PGSA No 14, 6th February 1925.  8 Mill Bank, Church Street, Preston. 11 Woodland Terrace,  Lipson, Plymouth.   3 Queens Gate Villas, Freedom Park, Plymouth.   C/o Frank Gaccon & Co, 123 Tavistock Road, Drake’s Circus, Plymouth.   Struck Off 1935.

Mill Bank was opposite the Prison, now open space between Ringway and Deepdale Road.

 

Bretherton, W   5th Reserve Battalion, Manchester Regiment, H6-1918.

 

Briggs, Archie     Father - Walter Briggs, 80 Church Street, Preston. 1922.   Newsagent and Stationer.

Archie born 7th December 1896.   St Mary’s Street Wesleyan.  PGS 16th September 1907 to 26th July 1913.   Corporation Free Scholarship. (Briggs, A)  School Football Captain, 1912-13 Season, H12-1913.  Clerk, Manchester & Liverpool District Bank.

Briggs, Archie Browning  Joined Territorials, H9-1914.  Westminster Dragoons,  H1-1916.   (Briggs, A) - Released from HM Forces,  H4-1919.

 

Briggs, Eric Alan    Father - Walter Briggs, 80 Church Street, Preston. 1922.  Stationer and Newsagent.

Eric born 1st July 1895.  St Mary’s Street Wesleyan.   PGS 14th September 1908 to 25th July 1912. Preliminary Teachers' Examinations Parts I and II, H12-1913.   To Battersea College.

Joined Territorials, H9-1914.  A Company, 10th Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own), H1-1915. A former House vice captain, now in India - see J J Blackledge, H9-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Briggs, Walter Percy   Royal Field Artillery, H1-1916.

 

Broadbent, W   Goodair 1913. Upper 4th 1915.     

Army Service Corps, H11-1917.

 

Brown, Eric Barlow       Father - Dr D W Brown, Havelock Terrace, Garstang Road, Preston.  

Eric born 24th January 1894.   Mrs Dall’s School, Fulwood.   PGS September 1902 to

1st Form Prize, 1902-3.

2nd Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashires, H1-1915.  Captain, B Company 3rd Battalion LNL, in East Africa, H1-1916.  Brother of Kenneth Robert, see below.

Havelock Terrace is opposite St Thomas’s Road and Moor Park gates.

 

VBrown,   Fred       War Memorial. 

Father - Henry Brown, 319 Cemetery Road, Preston.  Beerseller.

Fred born 22nd January 1892.   St Matthew’s.  PGS 21st September 1903 to

Gunner, Comrades Battalion, Royal Field Artillery, H9-1915. H1-1916.

CWG: Gunner, RFA, 117th Battery, 26th Brigade,  25 years; died 30th October 1917 at Passchendaele. Service Number L/2765.  Henry and Jane Brown, 319 Cemetery Road - Cemetery Road Hotel - Preston.  VI.B.3  Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinghe, West Vlaanderen.

Preston Memorial: Fred Brown 319 Cemetery Road (Cemetery Road Hotel), 117 Battery 26th Brigade, Gunner 2765. Died 30th October 1917, Passchendaele.

 

Brown, Kenneth Robert    Father - Daniel Walter Brown, Moor Park Villa, Garstang Road, Preston. (There is then a cryptic and partially unreadable note : Mr Brown = Mrs Pirie, Moor Park Avenue.  It may read Mrs Brown = Mrs Pirie……).  Doctor of Medicine.

Kenneth born 30th May 1898.   Mrs Dall’s, Fulwood Private School.   PGS 22nd April 1907 to 27th July 1911.  Scholarship to Leys School, Cambridge.

1910 School Roll, Thornley Junior Scholar from Preparatory Department.

Gained a £100 scholarship at Edinburgh University, H1-1917.

Lieutenant, Military Cross, Prize Day report 1919.   Brother of Eric Barlow Brown, see above.

Burton,  Albert Alfred Charles   MA Oxon.   BA Oxford. Appointed beginning of Spring Term as an additional Classics Master from Cowley School, St Helens, H1-1915. Senior Classics Master, was also an enthusiastic cricket master. Thornley House Master.  Senior Classics Master left end of last term intending to join RN or Army, H9-1916.  2nd Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery, went to France in May 1917, injured and in hospital.  The third member of staff to be wounded. Convalescing at Osborne, IoW, and expects to return to France, H11-1917.  Expects to go out again to the front shortly, H2-1918.  Rejoined Staff at start of Spring Term 1919, H4-1919.   Reports some years afterwards disclosed he had fragments of his metal helmet in his skull.

PGSA No 181, 18th July 1925.  249 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston. The Grammar School,  Coventry.  King Henry VIII School, Coventry.  Resigned from PGSA 1938-39.

Burton, Richard    Father - Richard Burton, 372 New Hall Lane, Preston; 1922. Highfield, Ribbleton, Preston.   Clerk at County Offices.

Richard born 3rd September 1897.  St Matthew’s. PGS 13th September 1909 to 20th December 1913.  Oxford Junior Locals 3rd Class Honours 1912.   Oxford & Cambridge Joint Board School Certificate 1913.  School Scholarship £10 for 3 years, 1912.  Third place in the School Gymnastic Competition, 1913. Miller football vice captain, 1913-14 season, H12-1913.   Clerk at County Offices.  

Scottish Battalion, King’s Liverpool. Attempted to claim he was Scottish in order to join the Gordon Highlanders.   He was known at School as ‘Turque’, H9-1915, H1-1916.   Former Miller House Captain, visited the School during the Spring Term before returning to France, H6-1918. Military Medal, H10-1918.

PGSA No 28, 6th February 1925.  84 St Andrew’s Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.   Resigned.  See Minutes of Council Meeting, 3rd February 1927.

 

VBurton, William Edgar Bowness   War Memorial. 

Assistant Master.  Art Master.  Designed the front of the menu, “Teaching at School, BC-1913”, for the PGSA Dinner, 10th December 1913.  Designed front cover of The Hoghtonian Vol 1 Number 1, December 1913, which continued in use, H12-1913. Joined the Artists’ Rifles OTC on 26th September 1915.  Completed training and was accepted to be commissioned into 3rd/5th Lancashire Fusiliers, returned to his HQ to await Gazetting, contracted pneumonia.   Cadet, D Company, Artists’ Rifles (OTC), died of pneumonia in a London hospital, H5-1916.  Died in the Endell Street, London, Military Hospital. 

CWG: A Cadet in the OTC, The 3rd/28th London Regiment (Artists’ Rifles).  Age 33.  Died 5th March 1916.  Service Number 4610. Son of William Bowness and Alice Emilie Burton, 15 Spring Bank,  Preston.  213.9.6 Screen Wall, Kensal Green (All Souls’) Cemetery.

Preston Memorial:  Adds that he was serving in the 2nd / 28th (County of London Battalion) London Regiment.

 

Butterworth, Arthur  Father - E Butterworth, 20 Addison Road, Preston.   Commercial Traveller.

Arthur born 6th September 1889.   PGS September 1900 to              Modern       (DoB ? 1888)

Motor Transport, Army Service Corps, H11-1917.

Addison Road, Preston, is the stretch between Garstang Road and approximately Brook Street or perhaps Tulketh Mill.

Name match only.   There is only one Butterworth so far known.

 

 

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Carruthers, J R    Private 75059,  RAMC, in France, H9-1916.

 

Carter, Leslie Paine   Father - Charles Carter, 22 Brackenbury Road, Preston.  Head Master of Elementary School.

Leslie born 1st February 1894.  Orchard Street Elementary School.  PGS 12th September 1904 to 25th July 1912.  First class honours, July 1912, senior candidates, Oxford local examinations. Exempted from London Matriculation.  Goodair Scholarship (£40 for 4 years).   Special Prizes, Scripture; Drawing. School Cricket Captain, 1912,  H12-1913.   Liverpool University, 1912.   University Battery of Lancashire Royal Engineers, H1-1915, H1-1916.    Miller House, Captain of cricket three years ago, holds a commission in the Royal Engineers.  Remembered for a fondness for miniature mechanicals and driving trams around the town,  H9-1915.  Liverpool University, H10-1919.

PGSA No109, 14th October 1912.   Woodcar, Liverpool Road, Penwortham, near Preston.  1 Highview Avenue, Edgware, Middlesex.

 

Cartmell, Cyril  “Mr Cyril Cartmell’s company of the Pals Battalion, LNL (Regulars)”, H9-1914. D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashires (Preston Pals), H1-1915.  Captain, D Company 7th LNL (Preston Pals), H1-1916.   Cyril Cartmell’s son in November 2008 gave information that his father had transferred from The Loyals into the King’s Own Royal Lancasters as Captain and Adjutant.

 

Cartmell, Eric (Eric seems to be Alec.)   Fourth son of the Chairman of the Governors and six times Mayor of Preston, very dangerously wounded in France, H10-1918.  LDP 27th September 1918 reported that 2nd Lt Alec Cartmell seriously wounded last week with a bullet in the shoulder which deflected and pierced a lung.  Mr and Mrs Cartmell (Mayoress - Mrs Annie Cartmell) hurried to France. On 1st October a report that he was making progress.  Whilst in France (on this occasion?) the Mayor visited the Preston Pals and was shocked at how few were left.    Another report suggests that of the original 250 about 200 had died or were wounded and out of action.

 

Carwin, Sidney    Father - Jonathan William Carwin, 27 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Engineer and Surveyor.

Sidney born 25th February 1901.  Fulwood Church (Christ Church) Elementary.   PGS 16th January 1911 to 25th July 1914.  Apprenticed to Plumber.

Miller House, H12-1913.  

Bugler, Royal Field Artillery,  H2-1918.  (This item would have been compiled during January 1918 and Sidney would then have been a month or more short of his 17th birthday.)

Name match but he is the only S Carwin known.

 

Cater, Second Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, H11-1917.  (Possibly spelling error for Carter?  There was a “Cater” in WW2 so it may be correct.   Boy in School of an age to serve 1914-18 not yet found.)

 

Charnley, Arthur       Father - Thomas Charnley, 17 East View, Deepdale, Preston. 1922.  Secretary of a Limited Company.

Arthur born 4th September 1900. Moor Park Wesleyan School.  PGS 17th September 1912 to 20th December 1916.  Free Place.  Form Upper 3B Prize 1913, H12-1913.  Lower Certificate July 1915. Higher Certificate July 1916.  Articled Clerk, Chartered Accountants.

Released from HM Forces, H4-1919.

 

Christian, John    Father - John Christian, Broad Oak, Cop Lane, Penwortham, Preston.   Master Builder, retired.

John born 5th March 1900.   Mrs Davis’ West Cliff Private School.   PGS 19th September 1911 to 22nd December 1914.  Army in June 1916.

OTC, H9-1915.  Liverpool Scottish, H1-1916.

NB: Which OTC?   If he was in Liverpool Scottish when Hoghtonian for January 1916 was being prepared he was only 15 years old.

 

VCoates, Arthur         NOT on the Memorial. 

Father - Thomas Coates, Woodleighton, Fulwood.

Arthur born 29th December 1892.   PGS  September 1901 to

CWG: Arthur Coates, 2nd Lieutenant, 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, 23 years.  Died 27th October 1916.  Son of Thomas Coates of Fulwood.   Pier and Face 3A and 3D Thiepval Memorial.

Woodleighton is on east side of Garstang Road, near St Pius X School.

 

Conner, James    Father - James Conner, 2 Powis Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.   Manager, English Electric Manufacturing Company.

James born 12th May 1891.   Kilmarnock Academy.   PGS September 1902 to

DEAD

Private, Liverpool Scottish, H1-1915. Reported to be recovering from gas poisoning, H9-1915.  H1-1916. Reported to be dead (?1922 ?) but there was a James Conner, Junior, in PGSA post-1925. 

 

Constable, Alfred Bertie BA, BSc (Oxon).  Born 23rd March 1886. Probation 15th September 1915, definitive appointment 10th October 1916. Science Master, replaced Mr Cutner.  Left 24th July 1920.  BA Oxford 1912; BSc Oxford 1913.  County School for Boys, Bromley, September 1913 to September 1915. In the Army 2nd August 1917, demobbed on 17th February 1919, the date he returned to School.

Harris House Master, H1-1916.  Committee member of the School War Savings Association, H1-1917. 

Stationed at Romford, attached to 2nd Battalion, Artists’ Rifles, H11-1917.   Is in the Chemists’ Section, Artists’ Rifles, stationed at Trinity College, Cambridge, prior to being commissioned in the Royal Engineers, H2-1918.    Returned to Staff during Spring Term 1919, H4-1919.

Corless, George Matthew   Father - James Corless, School Farm, Whittingham.  Joiner.      

George shown as age 13, born 1890.   Oliverson’s Elementary School, Goosnargh.   PGS 16th September 1903 to April 1908.   Headmaster’s Secretary.    Left the School at the end of Christmas Term 1914 to enlist.  Joined Army Service Corps, H1-1915.   Stationed in Egypt, 1916.   Somewhere in the Near East, H2-1918.   Brother of Richard, H4-1919.

Corless, James Edward   Father - John Corless, 97 Lowndes Street, Preston. 1922.  Joiner.

James born 18th December 1899.  Fulwood & Cadley School. PGS 17th September 1912 to 28th July 1917.   Harris Football Second XI, outside left, 1913, H12-1913. Upper 4th 1915.  Lower Certificate July 1915.  Higher Certificate July 1916.  Debating Society, School football Third XI, Harris vice-captain from last term, H1-1917.  Student Teacher.

Cadet, Royal Flying Corps, H2-1918.  Released, H4-1919.

 

Crick, E S V W     East Yorkshire Regiment, at Salonica,  H6-1918.

 

VCrozier, Henry Cyril         War Memorial. 

Father - Richard Crozier, 88 Victoria Road, Walton-le-Dale, Preston.   Cashier.  Second document: 6 North Ribble Street, Walton-le-Dale.

Henry born 10th May 1888.  PGS September 1901 to 

CWG:   Henry Cyril CROZIER, Serjeant, 12th Battalion York & Lancaster; Died 1st July 1916.  Service Number 12/628. Military Medal (posthumous). Pier and Face 14A and 14B Thiepval Memorial.

Press report 24th February 1917:  Sergeant H C Crozier, 27 years, awarded the MM posthumously for his actions during the great advance at the Somme on July 1st.  Sergeant Crozier fell in the advance whilst leading his men gallantly to the attack, crying “Come along, lads, they can’t shoot for nuts”.   Sergeant Crozier was a teacher in Sheffield when he enlisted.    (Note the two spellings of Serj(g)eant, Serjeant being correct for the York and Lancasters.) 

 

Crutchley, Percy St John    Father - Frederick W Crutchley, Stanley House, Watling Street Road,  Fulwood, Preston.   Lenwood, Quarry Bank, Heswall.   Assurance Superintendent.

Percy born 23rd March 1898.   The Liverpool Institute.  PGS 14th January 1913 to 25th July 1914.  Junior Clerk, Lancashire and Yorkshire Bank.  

Royal Field Artillery, H11-1917.

Cumpstey, John Latus   Father - John Latus Cumpstey, Lea Woods  51 Watling Street Road   Fulwood.   Tallow Chandler.

John born 16th May 1889    PGS April 1901 to

From the press report of Percy Cumpstey’s death it would appear that a brother was in hospital, wounded?, serving in the Royal Fusiliers.  By a process of elimination it is probable that John Latus 3rd is the brother of Percy and William.  There were four sons, only three have been found at PGS and only two positively identified in the Forces.

This is provisional, making a record until confirmation of the name is obtained. 

VCumpstey, Percy        War Memorial.   

Father - John Latus Cumpstey, Lea Woods, 51 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston.  Soap Manufacturer.

Percy born 19th October 1892. PGS April 1902 to          Modern with Latin.

Lancashire Daily Post, obituary, 17th March 1917:   Pte Percy Cumpstey, 24, of Watling Street Road, Fulwood who served in the Royal Fusiliers, attached to a Trench Mortar Battery, died of wounds in a Rouen hospital on the 11th inst.   Pte Cumpstey, who was an old Preston Grammar School boy, enlisted in February 1916 and went to France early in August last year.  Before becoming a soldier he was a clerk in the Manchester and Liverpool District Bank at Blackpool.  He was a son of the late Mr John Cumpstey, tallow manufacturer, of Preston, and a grandson of ex-Councillor Cumpstey.  Two of the deceased’s brothers, who are in the Army, are in hospital, one having served in the Loyal North Lancashires and the other in the Royal Fusiliers.

Lancashire Daily Post, 17th March 1917. Deaths - Died of Wounds: Cumpstey.  On March 11th 1917, Pte Percy Cumpstey, aged 24 years, Royal Fusiliers attached Trench Mortar Battery, died of wounds at 8th General Hospital, Rouen, fourth son of the late Mr and Mrs J L Cumpstey, of Fulwood.

CWG: Percy CUMPSTEY,  Private, A Company  11th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers; 24 years; died 11th March 1917.  Service Number 2064.  Son of John Latus and Ada Cumpstey, Fulwood.   II.D.7A Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery.  

Preston Memorial: 167 Watling Street Road, Fulwood.  Bank Clerk.  11th Battalion Royal Fusiliers attached to the 54th Trench Mortar Battery.  Private 2064.  Died of wounds received on the Somme. (Was he doing the historic and original task of a Fusilier to defend the Artillery against enemy infantry attacks, or were they short of Gunners and drafted extras from the infantry?)

John Latus Cumpstey was PGSA No 55.

There are generations of John Latus Cumpstey at Lea Woods. The first came to Preston from Blackburn about 1864, set up his business; Town Councillor; Board of Guardians up to his death, and died 13th October 1914 in his 89th year. He was predeceased by his wife and children. What is important here is that JLC, PGSA member number 55, was at the School until 1904, joined PGSA in 1912, was a member in 1925. He must have been JLC the 3rd whilst Percy’s father must have been JLC the 2nd, who therefore died between Percy and William entering the School and the death of JLC 1st.  The PGSA member 55 must have been the brother of Percy and William. Presumably because of his name he was the elder brother. Did he serve in the Great War?   He attended the 18th Annual Dinner on 15th December 1939 and lived at Elsinore on Garstang Road, which is near St Pius X School.

 

Cumpstey, William   Father - John Latus Cumpstey, Lea Woods, 51 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Soap Manufacturer.

William born 20th September 1891. PGS April 1902 to          Modern with Latin.

Lance-Corporal, 4th Loyal North Lancashires, reported to have been injured, H9-1915.  H1-1916.

 

 

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Deane, Arthur Noel   Father - Arthur Deane, Rose Villas, Longridge; 1922.  Head Master of an Elementary School.

Arthur born 17th January 1895.   Longridge Boys’ Elementary.   PGS 14th September 1908 to 8th April 1914.   Private coaching for Civil Service exams.   Junior clerk in The Admiralty.

Royal Marines Light Infantry, H11-1917.  On 10th December 1918 was on board HMAS Brisbane in the Black Sea.  Boarded at Chanak on 9th, 4pm, steamed through the Narrows, entered the Marmora Sea, to Constantinople about 10.30pm, anchored overnight. 7am sailed for the Bosphorus, anchored off the Golden Horn.  Two RN destroyers came down the Bosphorus escorting the Goeben.  Left Constantinople 2.30pm for Sevastopol to take over police duties from the departed Germans.  Food on board was excellent with large supplies of butter, which he had not tasted for eighteen months.

 

Deane, Norman   Father - Arthur Deane, Rose Villas, Longridge; 1922.   Head Master of an Elementary School.

Norman born 16th July 1899.  Smith’s CofE, Longridge.    PGS 19th September 1911 to 28th July 1917.   LCC Exhibition May 1912.  Lower Certificate 1914.  Higher Certificate July 1916, July 1917.   Captain of Goodair, H6-1918.  Military Service.   

TRB, Training Reserve Battalion, H11-1917. Stationed at Filey in the Border Regiment and is on the teaching staff of the Brigade School, H2-1918. Released, H4-1919. Non.Coll Oxford,  H10-1919.

 

Derham,  Thomas Hanson Crossfield   Dr    PGS July 1884. 1885.  3rd Form 1886.  Was at Edinburgh University 1891. 1893-94 - MB, Buchanan Scholarship in Gynaecology, Edinburgh.  PCP1891. 

PGSA No 3, June 1913 Life Member.  Councillor, Albert Terrace, Garstang Road, Preston. School Governor at time of opening Moor Park buildings, H12-1913.  Captain, RAMC, Territorial, attached to 4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashires, H9-1914, H1-1915, H1-1916.  Army List August 1918 gives Captain from 1st July 1912.

Albert Terrace is the block immediately next to English Martyrs’ Presbytery.

 

Dodd, Arthur Leigh   Father - Henry Dodd, 12 Ribblesdale Place, Preston.   Solicitor.

Arthur born 27th September 1889.   PGS January 1900 to                 Classical.

Lieutenant, 3rd City Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment, H1-1915, H1-1916.  Army List August 1918 gives 19th Service (3rd City) Battalion, the senior Captain in the Battalion, dating from 1st January 1915.

 

Dodson, Frederick  Kite (‘Fog’) 

Born 5th January 1891. Classical Mathematics & Commercial School, Preston, 1901 to 1905.  Hutton Grammar School 1905 to 1909.  Open Exhibition Downing College, Cambridge, 1909 to 1912, BA. Assistant Master, Lindisfarne Preparatory School, January to July 1913.  Appointed PGS to teach Physics, Maths, Chemistry, 23rd October 1913, Probationary; Definitive 13th July 1915.  Entered Army 1914.

Appointed to replace S G Green, H12-1913.    Left School at end of Christmas Term 1914, H1-1915. Commissioned as Second Lieutenant, 10th East Lancashire Regiment, H4-1915.  Second Lieutenant, 11th Service Battalion Border Regiment, H1-1916. Recent marriage; Lieutenant, in France since August, H9-1916.   Captain, wounded, one of the first two masters (Haythornthwaite) to be wounded, H11-1917.   Now living in Preston but has not yet visited the School, H2-1918. Due to return in September 1918 as Miller House Master, House report, H6-1918.

Returned to teaching, 18th September 1918. He was 27 years old, lost his right leg, left foot, and was wounded in his right hand.   By direction of the War Office he retained for life his rank of Captain.  (Retired or Discharged Army Officers could only use their substantive rank of Field Rank, that is Major and above, as courtesy titles.   Navy and RAF used Major-equivalents = Lieutenant-Commander, Squadron Leader and above.)

PGSA No 35, 6th February 1925.  MA Cantab.  JP. Shalston, Lower Bank Road, Fulwood, Preston. 78 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston.  17 Manor Avenue, Penwortham, Preston. Stroma, Manorial Road, Parkgate, Wirral L64 6QN. (PGSA did not keep any record of the date of changes of addresses.)

 

Dryden,  James Blakey     Father - Thomas Dryden, Fishwick Bank, Preston.   Engineer. 

James born 16th August 1886.  PGS  April 1900 to               Modern.

Was at the funeral of his father, Thomas Dryden, Dryden Engineering Works, Grimshaw Street, Preston, who died on Friday, 6th December 1918.  Captain James Dryden and two brothers, neither of whom gave a Military rank.

2nd Lieutenant, 10th Loyal North Lancashires, H1-1915. Correction, is Senior Lieutenant, H4-1915.   H1-1916.  Captain, 10th LNL, H5-1916.

Temporary Captain 21st November 1914 in Loyal North Lancashire 10th Service Battalion.

(He may properly be J B D Dryden but the 3rd initial was not used at School.) 

 

VDrysdale, Alec (Alexander)     War Memorial. 

Father - Alexander Drysdale, Ellerslie, Talbot Road, Penwortham, Preston.  1922. Tobacconist.

Alec (Alexander) born 22nd April 1899.   Christ Church School.   PGS 17th September 1912 to 29th July 1916.  Teachers Preliminary Part 1 December 1915; Part 2 March 1916.  Student Teacher.   DEAD.

Had a solo, “Jack’s the Boy” at the concert in the School Hall on the evening following the drive along Moor Park Avenue of TMs King George V and Queen Mary past 20,000 local schoolchildren, Monday, 7th July 1913, H12-1913.  Thornley.  Solo song at the School Choir evening concert on Tuesday, 16th December 1913, H4-1914.  He also sang a duet with H Howarth, H12-1913.  On St George’s Day 1914, the Mayor with full Civic ceremonial attended a short Service and ceremony at the School to mark the Patron Saint’s Day.  TMs King, Queen, and Queen Alexandria were supporting efforts to make the nation more aware of the Day.  The ceremony concluded with the singing of “Land of Hope and Glory”, accompanied by the organ, the solo sung by Alec Drysdale and the School singing the choruses; H3-1914. In 1916 one of four student teachers.  Cadet RFC, H11-1917. Preston Guardian report - On 22nd March 1917 the season of popular concerts in St George’s Rooms, free to members of the Forces, ended with Jack Drysdale, boy soprano, in the line-up of local singers. Is “Jack” properly Alec? 2nd Lieutenant RFC, H2-1918.  Was in Harris, played football and cricket but chiefly remembered as a good bowler.   Had a splendid voice and often took a leading part in School concerts.  Death recorded in Harris House report, H6-1918. Crashed whilst manœuvering in his aeroplane, H10-1918.

Lancashire Daily Post obituary states he died at Grantham.

CWG: Alexander Drysdale Second Lieutenant, Pilot, RFC. 18 years.  Died 25th March 1918.  The son of Alexander and Elizabeth Barker Drysdale, Ellerslie, Talbot Road, Penwortham.  Born Glasgow. Buried, Grave 438, Penwortham, St Mary’s Churchyard.

 

Dunwoody, Foster Mitchell     Father - Foster Dunwoody, Yew Tree, Priory Lane, Penwortham, Preston.   Customs & Excise Officer.

Foster born 10th November 1895.  Copp Lane School.  PGS13th September 1909 to 12th November 1911.   Working for Civil Service.  KILLED IN WAR. This is erroneous. His brother Samuel was killed but a note was not made on his records.  The name has been “Forster” on occasion.

Rifleman, No 4,899 D Company 3/16 County of London (Queen’s Westminster Rifles), H1-1916.

 

VDunwoody, Samuel       War Memorial.   

Father - Forster Dunwoody, Yew Tree, Priory Lane, Penwortham.  Customs & Excise Officer.

Samuel born 28th May 1897. Cop Lane School.   PGS 12th October 1910 to 25th July 1912.  Oxford Junior Locals, 2nd Class Honours, Distinction in Geography, 11th of all candidates.  Boy Clerk in Patents Office.  

He was killed in the War but not recorded as such.   His brother was erroneously so recorded.

Boy Clerk in Civil Service (listed under External Examination Successes), H12-1913.  London Matriculation, 1913.  Left School in 1913, joined the Reservists, and later obtained a commission.  Killed in action, H10-1918. 

Lancashire Daily Post 9th October 1918: Dunwoody - Killed in Action in France on 5th inst., in his 22nd year Second Lieutenant Samuel Dunwoody, Royal Irish Rifles, second son of Forster Dunwoody, Yew Tree, Priory Lane, Penwortham.

CWG: Second Lieutenant, 17th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.   Died 5th October 1918.   Grave Reference IV . E . 5.  Dadizeele New British Cemetery.

Note that the father’s name is “Forster”.

 

Durham, Richard   Private, 4th Loyal North Lancashire, reported as having been injured, H9-1915.   H1-1916. 

1st/4th History, P154, 2618, A Company, wounded 15th June 1915.

 

 

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Easterby,   Second Lieutenant, 4th LNL, has been wounded, H11-1917. 

1st/4th History, p156, 2nd Lt E M  Easterby wounded 31st July and 30th November 1917.

 

Easterby, Eric   Father - William Easterby, “Lancaster Bank” House, Preston.   Sub-Manager of Bank.

Eric born 13th January 1897.   Mr Davies’ West Cliff Private School.   PGS 22nd April 1909 to 8th April 1914. Oxford Preliminary Local Examination 1912.   To Bank Clerk.

31st (Bankers’ Battalion) Royal Fusiliers, H5-1916.

 

VEdwardsCaptain, Posthumous MC, H10-1918.

 

Edwards, L B Promoted to First Lieutenant, H11-1917.  

 

VEdwards,   Llewellyn Foster     War Memorial.   

Edwards, Louis   (Llewellyn)   Father - Robert Edwards, 28 Bairstow Street, Preston.  Master Draper. 1922, 3 Bairstow Street.

Louis born 17th February 1894.  Mr Horrock’s Commercial and Classical School (Elementary).  PGS 16th September 1907 to 27th July 1911.  Draughtsman in Engineer’s Office.  KILLED IN WAR.  Note:  Recorded officially in the School as “Louis” with the note that it was Llewellyn.   The second name of Foster or the second initial “B” do not appear in the records.  However, the history of the South Lancashire PWV Regiment has a Lieutenant L F Edwards, 2nd Battalion, Military Cross,  Gazetted (posthumously) 26th July 1918.   The “Louis Edwards”, Old Boy, who visited the School to describe the work of the volunteer ambulance men at the Front, and the desperate need for motorised ambulances, is almost certainly the Captain Edwards with a posthumous MC and the L B Edwards promoted to Lieutenant in an un-named Unit.

Edwards, Louis F   St John Ambulance Association.  Visited the School to raise funds for a motorised ambulance, H9-1915.  2nd Lieutenant Prince of Wales’s Own, H1-1916.  [The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales’ Volunteers)]

Preston Guardian reports he was wounded in action on 12th April 1918 and died the following day. He was a draughtsman at Dyers Ltd, Manchester. Immediately on the outbreak of war he had joined a Red Cross Motor Convoy, served in France with the RAMC, and qualified for the Mons campaign medal.

CWG: Llewellyn Foster EDWARDS, Lieutenant, 8th South Lancashires; 25 years; died 12th April 1918; Military Cross.  Robert Thomas and Ada Fanny Edwards, 8 Bairstow Street, Preston. I.Q.20 Godeswaersvelde British Cemetery.

“Llewellyn Edwards” was recorded on the War Memorial of Lancaster Road Congregational Church, which co-incidentally was dedicated on the same evening that the School Memorial Window and Tablet were unveiled.  Several other Old Boys are on the Church’s Memorial.

 

 

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Farnworth, N   Joined Mr Cyril Cartmell’s Company, Pals Battalion, LNL (Regulars); now on Salisbury Plain; H9-1914.  D Company, 7th LNL (Preston Pals)  H1-1915. H1-1916.   (Is this Norman Russall or Rossall Farnworth?)

Farnworth, Norman Russall  (Shown with U, and O ? above it)      Father - A C Farnworth, Gordon House, Ashton-on-Ribble.  1922 - 27 Beech Grove, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.   Coal Merchant.

Norman born 29th October 1895.   St Andrew’s School.   Free Place Scholar.   PGS ….October 1907 to 23rd November 1910.  Coal Merchant’s office.

 

VFazackerley, Harold           War Memorial. 

D Company, 7th LNL (Preston Pals)  H1-1915, H1-1916.   1st/4th History, p156, 2nd Lieutenant KIA 25th August 1918.  Military Cross 1917, and Bar, 1918.

CWG: Harold Fazackerley   Second Lieutenant.  Aged 26.   Died 25th August 1918. MC.  The son of Richard Fazackerley JP and Mary Fazackerley of Ashton-on-Ribble.  II A 4, Houchin War Cemetery.

 

Fisher, Horace   Lancashire Fusiliers, H1-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Foster, Reginald D   Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment, H1-1915. H1-1916.

Army List 1915, Second Lieutenant 20th October 1914. Seems to be missing from 1918 List.

 

Friedenthal, Frederick John Joseph   born 17th May 1880  PGS 14th January 1892 to April 1895.  Sergeant Major, Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915.  H1-1916.  Served in WW1 in Egypt and the East, H12-1939.

 

Friedenthal, Richard   Royal Engineers, H1-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Furlong, Miss Ethel Annie   Born 14th September 1884.   High School, Preston 1891 to 1901.  Froebel Training College, Bedford,1901-1904. Taught at High School, Stamford,1905-1907; Palmer’s School, Grays, Sussex, 1907-1913; Commercial Traveller’s School, Pinner, 1914.  Probationary appointment PGS 16th September 1914, definitive appointment 14th December 1916.   Mistress in Preparatory Department.   Absent on leave 24th June 1915 to 21st February 1920.

Left during the Summer Term to take up duties as a nurse, H9-1915. Red Cross Nurse, H1-1916. Somewhere in the Near East, H2-1918   Gained a nurse’s decoration - Headmaster, Speech day,  H6-1918. 

On her retirement the various tributes referred to her perilous duties as a Red Cross Nurse.

 

Furlong, Ernest William Hyde   born 14th May 1883  PGS 6th October 1893 to April 1896. Third Officer, HMHS Carisbrook Castle, H4-1915, H1-1916.  (initials given as E M).

 

 

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VGlaister, George Frederick         War Memorial. 

Father - Joseph Glaister, 24 St Paul’s Square, Preston.

George born 27th September 1889. St Paul’s School. Free Scholar. PGS January 1899 to  

Councillor G Dewhurst Prize for Writing, Lower School, 1902-03. Had a PT Scholarship (Preston Town?) 1904.  3rd Class Part 1 History Tripos, Cambridge, recorded in 1910.

Killed in action, no details known, H10-1918.

CWG: George Frederick GLAISTER, Lieutenant, Tank Corps, C Company, 2nd Battalion.  28 years; died 1st August 1918.  Son of Joseph and Ruth Glaister, 22 St Paul’s Square, Preston.   BA Hons., Cambridge.  XIV.B.5  St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens.

Note:  Father has signed two documents at the School, both giving 24 as the house number.

Silcoates School Memorial: George Frederick Glaister was the son of John and Ruth of Preston Lancashire.  He served in the Tank Corps as a Lieutenant.  George was Killed in Action on 1st August 1918 aged 28 and is remembered at St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens.

Preston Memorial: George Frederick Glaister, 22 St Paul’s Square, Preston.   Master at The King’s School, Chester.  Tank Corps. Lieutenant.  Died 1st August 1918.  Killed between Albert and Amiens.

 

Glaister, Sidney Ernest   Father - Joseph Glaister, 22 St Paul’s Square, Preston.  Sign Writer.

Sidney born 2nd March 1894.   St Paul’s Elementary.   PGS 12th September 1904 to 27th March 1911. Elementary School Teacher.  

Joined Lord Derby’s Pals Battalion, (The King’s Liverpool City Battalion), H9-1914.  3rd City Battalion King’s Liverpool (Lord Derby’s Pals), H1-1915. H1-1916. Wounded, rifle bullet in the shoulder, shrapnel in left arm and right ankle, H9-1916. 19th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment, Number 21502, Private. Machine Gun Corps, Private, 107184.  Tank Corps 2nd Lieutenant, then Lieutenant.  France from 7th November 1915.  Contacted Army for his medals and address given on 7th December 1924 as 22 St Paul’s Square.

 

Goodwin, Arthur Carr     Father - James Richard Goodwin, 5 St Paul’s Square; 229 St George’s Road.  Master Umbrella Maker.   (Orchard Street umbrella shop - “We Shall Have Rain”)

Arthur born 2nd July 1893.  St Matthew’s Higher Grade Elementary.  PGS 16th September 1907 to 28th July 1910.

Left Cambridge to join the Forces directly he had finished his tripos, H9-1916. 

Second Lieutenant, King’s Liverpool, H11-1917.

 

Goodwin, Thomas     Father - James Richard Goodwin, 5 St Paul’s Square.  Later, 229 St George’s Road.   Master Umbrella Maker.  (Orchard Street umbrella shop - “We Shall Have Rain”)

Thomas born 8th December 1895.  St Paul’s School. PGS, Free Place Scholar, 16th September 1907 to 25th July 1914.  Entered the Civil Service.

Ex-captain of Harris, H11-1917.  Severely wounded in Palestine, H2-1918.

 

Gregory, Walter James   Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

VGregson, Edward Maurice         NOT on the Memorial.  

Edward Maurice Gregson   Born 23rd December 1889.  Ayresdon, Tulketh Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.  Admitted to PGS May 1899.

Father, G E Gregson, Land Agent and Surveyor, office at 11 Chapel Street, Preston.

Second Lieutenant, 4th Loyal North Lancashires, H9-1915.   1st/4th History, p159, Captain, KIA 28th June 1916.

CWG: Edward Maurice GREGSON, 4th Loyal North Lancashires.  26 years old. Died 28th June 1916.   The son of George Ernest and Esther Gregson, 12 Hesketh Road, Southport.  He was a Professional Associate of the Surveyors Institution and a Member of the North of England Institute of Mining Engineers. Bay 7 Arras Memorial.

(There are records of Edward Maurice and a brother Arthur M, born on the same date, and a 15 months younger brother George Arthur. For the time being Arthur M is held in abeyance as a possible error in PGS records. Only one single line reference to him has been found.)

 

Gregson, S E   Second Lieutenant 4th Loyal North Lancashires, H1-1916.

Not found in Army List 1915 and 1918.

 

 

 

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VHague,   Albert Edward           War Memorial.   

Father - John Hague, 13 Stanley Place, Preston.   

Albert born 1st October 1886, Father gives the year of birth as 1885.  PGS January 1900

Parents - John and Margaret Hague, 13 Stanley Place, Preston.  Father was a Cotton Yarn Agent / Cotton Manufacturer.

1/4th Battalion LNL, H1-1916.     1st/4th History, p166, Private, shown as wounded 15th June 1915.

Sailed from Folkestone 4th May 1915.   Wounded on 14th and at Festubert on 14th June 1915. (The charge at Festubert was on 15th.)   Bullet wounds in an arm and left leg.   Returned to England on 16th June on HMHS Dieppe.  Whilst recovering was transferred to 3rd/4th Battalion but on 9th September was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1st/4th.  Returned to France and rejoined his Battalion on 2nd December 1915.  Battle of the Somme had been in progress for a month when on 5th August 1916 he led his platoon to try to clear out a nest of snipers but there was a strong point and the platoon lost Albert Hague - missing - two dead and 25 wounded.   In March 1917 the War Office accepted that he had died on 5th August 1916.

CWG: Hague, Albert Edward   Second Lieutenant, Loyal North Lancashire 1st/4th Battalion. 30 years.   5th August 1916.  Son of John and Margaret J Hague, 13 Stanley Place, Preston.  Pier and Face II A, Thiepval Memorial.

Preston Memorial: Albert E Hague 13 Stanley Place,  Clerk at County Office. 1st/4th Loyal North Lancashire, Second Lieutenant. Missing August 5th 1916. Guillemont.

Albert Hague was recorded on the War Memorial of Lancaster Road Congregational Church, which co-incidentally was dedicated on the same evening that the School Memorial Window and Tablet were unveiled.   Several other Old Boys are on the Church’s Memorial.

 

Halewood, Harold Rawsthorn     Father - Alfred Halewood, Athos House, Fulwood, Preston. 1922:  8 Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood, Preston; and Harold at 37 Friargate, Preston.  

Harold born 2nd December 1895.  Fulwood & Cadley Elementary.   PGS 19th April 1904 to 23rd April 1910.   Then into his father’s business.

Fiji, 3rd Contingent, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, H1-1916.

 

Hall, James BA,    Father, an architect, deceased.  Mother - Ellen Jane Hall, Oakland Villas, Kestor Lane, Longridge.  

James born 2nd March 1892.   Robert Smith’s Boys Elementary School, Longridge.   PGS 12th September 1904 to 27th July 1911.  Harris Exhibition, £70.  Cambridge.

Honourable Artillery Company, H5-1916. Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery, H1-1917.  Released, H4-1919. Croix de Guerre, H10-1919.   

 

VHall, William Gordon       NOT on the Memorial.      

Father - Isaac Hall, 16 Plungington Road, Preston.   Hair Dresser.

William born 6th January 1894.   St Mary’s Street Wesleyan.  PGS 16th September 1907 to 29th July 1909.  Photographer.  Family moved to New Zealand.

CWG: William Gordon Hall   New Zealand.  Corporal, 14th Company 1st Battalion Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force.   24 years old. Died 20th April 1918.   Service Number 26743.  Son of Isaac and Lucy Hall of 25 Dunn Street, Spreydon, Christchurch, New Zealand.   Native of Lancashire, England.  Grave Reference I.H.2 Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. 

This Cemetery is particularly associated with three battles, the last being the German attack on the 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade holding the trenches before Colincamps, on 5th April 1918.

 

Hamer, Alexander     Father - Arthur Hamer, 119 Friargate,  Preston.  1922. Jeweller.

Alexander born 2nd November 1900.  Moor Park Wesleyan.  PGS 17th September 1913 to 26th March 1918.   New boy, placed in Miller, 1913, H12-1913.  Lower certificate July 1916.  Higher certificate July 1917.  6th Form, left School. School Football vice-captain and centre half. Kicking and tackling have improved during the season. Miller football.   O&C Higher Certificate. 5th Form Prize. Wrote the Miller House Review; H6-1918. Temporary Clerk in Accountant’s Office.  Due to join Army in November and future profession not yet settled.    PGSA No 27, 6th February 1925.  120 Friargate, Preston.

No confirmation as yet that he did join the Army.

 

VHarding, John Lawrenson           NOT on the Memorial.  

Born 15th May 1885, John L and Alice Harding, 49 Lune Street, Preston.  Father (John L, senior) was Livery Stables Manager at 47 Lune Street of the family firm William Harding & Company Limited.   Family home address later was 15 West Cliff.  Preston Grammar School and King William’s College, Castletown, Isle of Man.  A Victor 1898-99.   Architect at the County Asylum, Whalley, for Lancashire County Council.  Member of Fulwood Cricket Club.    John enlisted in the 12th (City of London) Royal Fusiliers and at that time was living at 56 Broadgate.  Battle of the Somme - on 13th August 1916 the Battalion moved up towards the village of Guillemont and began digging trenches between Delville Wood and the village.  Heavy shelling of the trenches on 15th August 1916 killed or wounded 31, including Private Harding.   John Harding, senior, had been a Councillor and John, junior, was the nephew of Alderman W J Hayhurst, a former Mayor of Preston.

CWG: John Lawrinson Harding,    Private 12th Royal Fusiliers   Died 15th August 1916.  Service Number 9614. Pier and Face 8C 9A and 16 A.  Thiepval Memorial. 

Preston Memorial: Harding, John L  56 Broadgate  Royal Fusiliers  Private 9614

Note: Lawrinson.

 

Hargreaves, A H Royal Engineers, H4-1915.

 

Hargreaves, A M      Killed, H11-1917.  Spelling error, Memorial shows A N Hargreaves.  

 

VHargreaves, A N.         War Memorial.        Hargreaves, Arthur Norman Gibb  

Father - William James Hargreaves, 16 St Mark’s Road, Preston. November 1922: 276 Plungington Road, Preston.   Overlooker of Mill.

Norman born 17th May 1894. Brother of Clive R Hargreaves.   PGS 12th September 1904 to 30th April 1910. Cotton Mill office.  Royal Engineers, H1-1916.

CWG:   Norman Hargreaves, Corporal, Royal Engineers, 52nd Motor Air Line Section, 22 years.   Died 4th May 1917.   Service Number 83345. William James and Elizabeth Ellen Hargreaves, 276 Plungington Road, Preston.   I.P,37. Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe.

Preston Memorial: Hargreaves, Arthur Norman Gibb 276 Plungington Road Preston. 52nd M.A.L. Section Royal Engineers  Corporal 240743  May 4th 1917  Loos.

Note: He was known, and frequently recorded, as Norman with one or both of his other initials dropped.

 

Hargreaves, Clive Raymond       Father - William James Hargreaves, 276 Plungington Road, Preston.   1922.   Cotton Mill Manager - Leigh’s Mill.  

Clive born 31st July 1896. Brother of A Norman G HargreavesV.  Balshaw’s Grammar School.  PGS 17th September 1913 to 24th July 1915. 

School Second XI. New boy, placed in Miller, 1913.   Played successfully in Miller football First XI.  A decided acquisition to the School First XI at centre-half, 12-1913.  Elected House and football Captain, H4-1914. Miller representative on the Magazine Committee, H4-1914. London Matriculation 1st Division January 1915.  Preston Higher Certificate July 1915. Borough Scholarship £40 for 3 years September 1915.  Open Natural Science Scholarship £30, Selwyn College, Cambridge, March 1915.  First in the list of scholarship candidates at Selwyn.  Royal Life-Saving Society Bronze Medallion. Royal Life-saving Society Proficiency Certificate. Prefect from Christmas Term 1914.  Awarded football Colours.   School Sports Day, awarded the Challenge Cup.  Football Captain, moved from centre half to right back. Very fast. Miller House captain. Higher Certificates: French, Elementary Maths, Advanced Maths (merit in Trig, Statics and Dynamics), Scripture, Physics, Chemistry (including Organic Chemistry).  Cricket colours last term. Cricket vice-captain, improved as the season went on.  Debating Society.  

At Cambridge, a few weeks in the OTC, left to take a commission or enlist. 28th (Public Schools) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, H5-1916.  Last day of Michaelmas Term was a Trinity Cadet seen in the College by a PGS student, H1-1917. Second Lieutenant, a former Miller House captain, now returned to France. Mentioned by Dr Murray as having been welcomed at Selwyn College two years ago. H6-1918. Selwyn College then to King’s Own Royal Regiment.  Army List 1918 shows Second Lieutenant, 2nd/5th Battalion, King’s Own, 28th March 1917.  Later Managing Director, Calico Printers’ Association; Founder Member of Portcullis Lodge.  Died 24th October 1957.

 

Hargreaves, John       Father - J A Hargreaves, Tunsteads, Barton, Preston.  Farmer.

John born 7th January 1898.   Broughton Elementary.   PGS 19th September 1911 to 25th July 1914.   Locals 1912.  Lower Certificate 1913. Goodair, School team centre half?    A decided acquisition to the team, H12-1913.   School right half or left half who moved to right back.  Preliminary Chartered Accountants 1914.  Articled Clerk in Accountant’s Office.

Attached to 5th Cadet Training Corps, Trinity College, H1-1917. Second Lieutenant, 5th East Lancashire Regiment, H11-1917.  At the School on leave, H2-1918.   Returned to France, H6-1918.

 

Harris, A C     Wireless Operator   H11-1917. (Is this correctly H C Harris?)

 

Harris, Henry Cecil   Father - Alfred Harris, Maycroft, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston. 11 Moor Park Avenue, Preston;  1922 - 8 Madeley Road, Ealing.  HM Inspector of Schools.

Cecil born 24th March 1899.   Miss Threlfall’s School.   PGS 14th September 1908 to 24th July 1915.   Pass, Preliminary Candidates, Oxford local examinations, July 1912. Harris, H12-1913.

Pupil in Dick, Kerr’s Engineering Works, Strand Road, Preston.   Article - “Life in a Munitions Works”, - moved on to war munitions, H1-1916.

Wireless Operator Royal Navy,  H2-1918.

 

Harrison, Aidan     Father - Thomas Martin Harrison, The Vicarage, Longridge.  Clerk in Holy Orders - Vicar of Longridge.   1922.

Aidan born 9th December 1894.  West Cliff Private School. PGS 22nd January 1906 to 28th March 1910.   To Rossall School. 

Matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, just before war broke out.  Commissioned, and went on active service a year later. Captain, Loyal North Lancashires. DSO about end 1916, H1-1917.   Later, wounded in action.   Son of the Vicar of Longridge, H11-1917.

 

Harrison, Barton   Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915.   H1-1916.

 

Harrison, Thomas Churton   Brother of Aidan, Father - Thomas Martin Harrison, The Vicarage, Longridge.   Clerk in Holy Orders - Vicar of Longridge.  1922.

Thomas born 10th September 1893.   St John’s College, Grimsargh (Private, elementary). PGS 2nd September 1903 to 28th March 1910.   To Harris Institute, Agricultural Student.

Second Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery, to France July 1915, invalided home with shell shock in October 1915, relinquished his commission in 1916, re-enlisted and on active service since July 1917 with the Motor Machine Gun Corps, H11-1917.

 

Haworth, L   RFC H2-1918.

 

Haycraft, H   Junior Cadet Wing RFC, H2-1918.

 

Haythornthwaite, W Assistant Master, Science Master.  2nd Lieutenant 5th South Lancashire, H1-1916. Visited PGS whilst on leave, had been slightly wounded but now practically recovered, H1-1917.  One of the first two masters (Dodson) to be wounded, H11-1917.  Visited the School, has served 13 months at the front and is going out again at the end of February,  H2-1918.

 

Heane, Frank     Father - William Heane, 6 Watling Street Road; 1922.   Stationer.

Frank born 13th April 1896.   Miss Threlfall’s School.  PGS 14th September 1905 to 25th July 1912.   Apprentice in Motor Works. 

Army Service Corps, H1-1916.

 

Heane, William Sidney  Father - W S Heane, 14 Latham Street, Preston. Stationer.

William born 22nd October 1890. PGS September 1899.  Father heavily underlined Sidney. Modern with Latin.

9th Gloucester Regiment, H1-1915. H1-1916.   

 

VHemsworth, Frank           War Memorial. 

Father - William Hemsworth, 42 Christ Church Street, Preston, 1922.  Coach builder.

Frank born 19th February 1899.  Christ Church Boys‘.   PGS 12th September 1910 to 25th July 1914.   Free place. Harris Football Second XI, centre half, 1913, H12-1913.  Clerk in L&NWR Goods Department. 

Left the School some time ago, now joined the Training Reserve, H2-1918. Was a very quiet boy, whom only a few will remember.  He was a good football player, played for Harris; his death was recorded in Harris House report, H6-1918. 

CWG:   Frank HEMSWORTH, Private, 9th Battalion, Welsh Regiment; 18 years; died 17th April 1918.  Service Number 56218. Son of William and Mary Hemsworth, 42 Christ Church Street, Preston. Panel 93 to 94, Tyne Cot Memorial.

Preston Memorial : 42 Christ Church Street, Preston.  Clerk.  9th Welsh Regiment, Private, 56218.   Died 18th April 1918, Messines, France.

 

VHiggins, Leonard Talbot       NOT on the Memorial.      

Father - Thomas Frederick Higgins, 192 (?196) Deepdale Road, Preston.  Schoolmaster.     

Leonard born 26th April 1892. PGS April 1901 to Modern

CWG: Leonard Talbot HIGGINS.   Private, 1st Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.   26 years.  Died 6th October 1918.   Service Number 31433. Son of Mrs C G Higgins, of 5 Bloom Grove, West Norwood, and the late Thomas Frederick Higgins BA (Manchester University) OTC.   Born at Preston.  B. 10  Conde-sur-L’Escaut Communal Cemetery.

 

Hindley, Norman     Father - James H Hindley, 116 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston, 1922.  Mill Manager.

Norman born 31st December 1898.  Moor Park Wesleyan.  PGS 12th September 1910 to 25th July 1914.  Free Place.  Preliminary 3rd Class Honours 1912. Goodair, H12-1913.  Lower Certificate 1913.  LCC Exhibition £10 1913.  Preliminary Examination Chartered Accountants 1914.  To Articled Clerk, Accountant’s Office.  

Army Pay Corps, H11-1917.

PGSA No 151, 7th April 1925. ACA.   46 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston. 9 Methuen Road,  Broughton, near Preston.  10 Methuen Avenue, Broughton, near Preston.  9 Winckley Square, Preston.

  

Hirst…………H1-1916.   Up to now no one with this spelling has shown up in the records.   There is a G Hurst who is of an age to have served in the War.

 

Hodson, J R         H11-1917.

 

Holden, Dr A S   Lieutenant RAMC, H1-1917.

 

Holland, Charlie     Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915.   H1-1916.

 

Holland, William Hollins Father - Lewis Holland, Crofton Villa, 10 Prospect Place, Ashton-on- Ribble, Preston.   Brass founder and Machinist.

William born 7th February 1890.  PGS January 1901 to  Classical

Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915.   H1-1916.

 

Holt, W Telegraphist,  H6-1918.

 

Hornby, A   Released from HM Forces,  H4-1919.

 

VHoward,  Arthur L           War Memorial.     

Royal Engineers, H1-1915.  H1-1916   

There is a CWG entry which may well refer to this name, same two initials and spelling of surname. Up to date no reference to this name has been found in the School.   There are a substantial number of Howard entries over many years.  There are many examples of boys dropping an initial or using a different Christian name, or spelling/printing errors.   Nothing further can be done with this entry until personal and School details can be ascertained. William Henry Howard was at 24 Grafton Street, son of Amos.

CWG: Sapper A L HOWARD, 72070, 47th Division, Signal Company, Royal Engineers.  Died 4th December 1917.    Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery. 

Preston Memorial: Arthur Lythgoe Howard, 50 Grafton Street, Preston.  Postal telegraph and Sorting Clerk. RE Army Signals, 11th …..Corps.   Sapper 72070. Died 8th December 1917 near Cambrai.

 

Howard, H       H11-1917.

 

Howard W H   A Company, 10th Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own), H4-1915; H1-1916.

Howard, William Henry      Father - Amos Howard, 24 Grafton Street, Preston.  Police Inspector.  

William born 12th February 1899.  St Stephen’s School.   Corporation Free Scholarship.   PGS 14th September 1908 to 20th June 1914.    Boy Clerk in Civil Service.   (“A” Company 10th Middlesex was made up of senior students from Battersea [Teachers] Training College.   He would only have been 16 in April 1915.  This is the only W H Howard so far found.)

 

Howarth, Alfred Hartley   Father - Alfred Howarth. Later, Sir Alfred.   Town Clerk of Preston. 

Alfred born 26th June 1893.  Grimshaw Street School.  PGS 21st January 1907 to 30th April 1910.  Then to Preston Docks as an Engineering Student. In the photograph of the official party at the Corporation Inspection of the Dock Undertaking, 1914, he was described as “Engineer’s Pupil”.   Returned from Palestine after War service and filled the vacant position of chief assistant engineer but was not formally appointed to the post until March 1922 when he had qualified.  Became Assistant to James Barron, whom he succeeded when appointed Ribble Engineer in 1933.

Royal Engineers, H5-1916.

 

Howarth, Herbert Lomax MA       Father - George Howarth, 168 Lancaster Road, Preston.   1922 - 273 St Paul’s Road, Preston.   Watchmaker and Optician.

Herbert born 3rd March 1900.   Christ Church School.   PGS 17th September 1912 to 20th April 1918.  Borough Scholarship, free tuition for 3 years, awarded 1913. Lower 4th Form Prize; Goodair, H12-1913.  Lower Certificate 1914.  Upper 4th Form Prize. Higher Certificates:  French (including Oral), Elementary Maths, Scripture, English, History, Chemistry, July 1915, on the strength of which School Scholarship £10pa for 3 years. Debating Society, H4-1915.   6th Form, 1916. Prefect, Christmas term 1916.  Higher Certificate July 1917.   Aged 17, obtained an open Science Demyship of £80 for 4 years at Magdalen December 1917.  School Captain 1917. Preston Borough Scholarship £40 for 3 years March 1918.  The Miller & Thornley Exhibition £65 for 4 years September 1918.   Honours School of Natural Science, Oxford; Demy of Magdalen, H10-1919.  Entered the Army. 

Captain of Goodair and House report states left to join HM Forces; School Football right half has improved wonderfully during the season; Physics and Mathematics Special Prizes. H6-1918.   Released, and at Magdalen College, Oxford; H4-1919. Appointed on Westminster Gazette.

PGSA No 188, 26th August 1925.  19 East View, Preston.  Assistant Manager, Nottingham Journal Ltd, Parliament Street, Nottingham.  79 The Mall, Swindon, Wiltshire.  75 Bath Road, Swindon.   South Shields Gazette, South Shields, County Durham.  Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst Road, Benton,  Northumberland.  3 Private Road, Nottingham. Top End, Langdale Crescent, Storth, Milnthorpe.   Deceased 1974.

 

Howarth, H Roland   RAMC, H1-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Howarth, J R  

Howarth, John Roland       Father - H H Howarth,  9 Higher Bank Road, Fulwood.   Timber Salesman.

John born 16th May 1889.     PGS February 1900.     

The initials have been recorded previously as “R J” which may indicate Roland as the preferred name.

No details given of Service,   H11-1917. See the entry above for H Roland Howarth, which looks likely to be erroneous.

 

Howarth, N S     O&C Lower Certificate, H6-1918. Released from HM Forces, H4-1919.

 

Howarth, Robert Cardno   Father - Thomas Howarth, 7 Rose Terrace, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.   Manager of Timber Yard.

Robert born 30th August 1897.  Miss Pratt’s Private School, Ashton.   PGS 18th September 1906 to 28th July 1910.  To Kirkham GS.

Honourable Artillery Company   H1-1916.    The link to HAC is not yet proved, only “R C” Howarth.

 

Howe, Joseph Christopher Campbell     Father - Joseph Duncan Howe, Deepdale House, 1 Burrow Road, Preston.  94 Stephenson Terrace, Deepdale Road, Preston.  1922: 94 Deepdale Road, Preston.   Doctor of Medicine.  

NB:  Howe, Joseph Christopher Campbell.   Other records showed Campell but this, written by the father, is clearly Campbell.

Campbell born 23rd January 1893.   St Jude’s Elementary.   PGS 21st September 1901 to 28th July 1910. “For professional career - London University”.   Harris Institute. 

On Active Service on board a Hospital Ship, H9-1915. H1-1916.

“Deepdale House” may be the cycle shop on the corner across from the Deepdale railway station, Burrow Road numbered from the Deepdale-road junction.

(There is another brother who may not have been at PGS. Private Frederick William Duncan Howe, 3rd son, KIA 9-9-1915, LNL.   St Matthew’s. Harris Institute as a matriculation student for medical profession. Could he have been at PGS between St Matthew’s and the Harris, similar to Campbell?)

 

Howe, Robert Godfrey Shaw   Father - Dr Joseph Duncan Howe, Deepdale House, 1 Burrow Road, Preston.

Robert born 6th June (?25th) 1894.  St Jude’s.   PGS September 1902 to

Royal Engineers, London, H1-1915.  H1-1916.

 

VHowe,  Raymond Trevor Wordsworth       War Memorial

Father - Dr Duncan Howe, 94 Stephenson Terrace, Deepdale Road, Preston.  1922 - 94 Deepdale Road, Preston.  Surgeon.

Raymond born 8th October 1899. Deepdale Council School. PGS 17th September 1913 to 4th April 1917.   Being coached for Army.   KILLED IN WAR.

Left School a short time ago to become a wireless operator.  His ship sailed, probably from Liverpool to Ireland and some time afterwards his drowned body was washed ashore on the Cumberland coast. The ship was torpedoed by a German submarine, H10-1918. 

CWG: R T W HOWE, Died 22nd August 1918.  Grave 448, St Michael Churchyard Extension, Croston.  Second Wireless Operator, ss Palmella,  Mercantile Marine.

The ss Palmella was outward bound from Liverpool for Lisbon with general cargo.   Palmella was completed by Ramage & Ferguson, Ltd, Leith, in February 1913 for Ellerman Lines - Ellerman & Papayani of Liverpool.  Of 1,352 gross registered tons, 232’6” x 37’1” beam x 16’6” draught.  On 22nd August 1918 in a position 53.28 North 05.20 West, about 25 miles NW½W from South Stack Rock, Anglesey, she was torpedoed by UB92.  She sank with the loss of all 28 crew.   In view of the heavy loss of life it has been assumed she was sunk without warning.  Palmella was the last of the 87 ships lost by Ellermans to U-Boat attacks. On 8th July in the Atlantic, off Cork, UB92 sank Ben Lomond, 2814grt, 1906, Seville to Ardrossan, possibly all lost, and the same day off the Scillies sank Mars, 3550grt, 1907, New York to Le Havre. On 20th August UB92 in St George’s Channel (off Pembrokeshire) torpedoed Boltonhall, 3595grt, 1900, carrying coal from Manchester for Gibraltar, five crew lost. On the 21st she sank Boscawen, 1936grt, 1909, in St George’s Channel, 1 lost.   Next, sank Palmella and on 24th August UB92 returned to St George’s Channel and sank Virent, 3771grt, 1902, with a cargo of iron ore.   On 17th October she sank Bonvilston, 2865grt, 1893, in the North Channel (off Stranraer).   On 18th October 1918 off County Down torpedoed Hunsdon, 2899grt, 1911, Le Havre to Belfast, 1 lost.  UB92 was surrendered to GB and scrapped.

 

VHumble, Harry John           NOT on the Memorial.  

Father - Arthur Humble, 47 Connaught Road, Preston.  Form and Pattern Maker, Messrs Foster’s Factory.

Harry born 16th March 1897.   Christ Church Boys’.  PGS 13th September 1909 to 20th December 1911.   Clerk in Goods Office, L&NW Railways.

CWG: Harry John Humble, Private, Seaforth Highlanders 2nd Battalion.  20 years. Died 4th October 1917.   Service Number S/8524.  Son of Arthur and Alice Mary Humble of Victoria House, Leyland Road, Penwortham, Lancashire.  Grave Reference XXV. A. 5. Poelcapelle British Cemetery. 

 

Huxford, Harold J     Father    xxxx   Fulwood Barracks.

Harold born 23rd October 1884.   Admitted October 1898 but also shown on a Roll of September 1898.    Studying Classics.    His School admission records include a small brown envelope with his surname written on it and slotted into place in the loose leaf filing system. Married Winifred Eld of Portsmouth on 25th July 1911.  Professional soldier, Napier’s Rifles, Indian Army, OBM-9-1911.  Promoted Lieutenant 25th July 1908; Army List 1915 - second senior Lieutenant in the Indian Army, Army List 1918 - Captain wef 25th April 1915, 125th Napier’s Rifles.

 

 

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Isherwood, Thomas William       Father - Thomas Isherwood, 82 Holmrook Road, Deepdale, 1922.  Clogger.

Thomas born 14th May 1899.   Moor Park Wesleyan.   PGS 12th September 1910 to 28th July 1917.   Free Place.   Oxford Preliminary 3rd Class Honours, passed spoken French, 1912.  Oxford & Cambridge Lower Certificate 1913. Upper 4th Form Prize. Thornley, H12-1913. School Scholarship £10 for 3 years.  Higher Certificate 1915 and 1917. O&C Higher Certificate. Scripture Special Prize, H6-1918. Rogerson Scholarship £100 per annum;   Exhibitioner of Brasenose, Oxford H10-1919.  Colquitt Exhibition £40 pa at Brasenose College, Oxford.   To Military service. 

Vice-Captain, Christmas term 1916, H1-1917.  T R B, H11-1917.  (TRB? Training Reserve Battalion?)  Called at the School, recovered after his serious accident at The Curragh, in Ireland, H10-1918.   Released. Temporary teacher at School from beginning of Spring Term 1919 until John McNicoll returned.   Not yet returned to Oxford from the Army, H4-1919.

Rev Thomas Isherwood, Parish Church of Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

 

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Jackson, A Lieutenant,  Killed in action, no details known, H10-1918.    NB This is either an erroneously reported death or he is missing off the War Memorial.  There is a lack of any information.

 

Jackson    Second Lieutenant Machine Gun Corps,  H11-1917.

 

Jamieson, John Andrew       Father - George Jamieson, York House, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Boot and Shoe Manufacturer.

John born 20th June 1891.  Fulwood GS.  PGS January 1903 to Classical.

Loyal North Lancashires, H5-1916.

 

VJenson, Wilfrid             NOT on the Memorial.    

Father - Jonathan Jenson, 11 Watling Street Road.  Insurance Agent.

Wilfrid born 9th August 1894.  Fulwood Grammar School (Private).  PGS 16th September 1907 to 5th February 1910.  To Farming.

CWG: Wilfrid Jenson, Private, 7th King’s Liverpool.   Age 20. Died 4th July 1915.  Service Number 2927.   The son of Jonathan and Margaret Jenson, of Fulwood, Preston. Grave reference A. 13  Cambrin Military Cemetery.

Preston Memorial: Wilfrid G Jensen   Oundle, near Peterborough.  (Lower Bank Road, Fulwood)  Farm student.  1st/7th Battalion King’s Liverpool. Private 2927 July 4 1915 Killed in Action in France.

School records show ‘Wilfred’, all others give Wilfrid.

 

VJump, John Herbert           War Memorial.   

Father - John Jump,  Mill House, Dilworth.   Retired Farmer.

John born 8th August 1894.  Knowle Green Elementary.   PGS 22nd April 1904 to 22nd March 1910.  This is over-written as ii-1909.   The Term record ends with Autumn 1909; therefore it is possible that the alteration was to 11-1909; and the leaving date may be 22nd November 1909.  Clerk in a Chartered Accountant’s office.  KILLED IN WAR

Joined the Liverpool Regiment, Private 4468. Then to Loyal North Lancashires, Private 33181. Was a Lieutenant in the 4th LNL.

Liverpool Scottish, H9-1915, H1-1916.  Wounded near Arras July 1916, now recovered.  Offered a posting to a home service battalion, declined so as to rejoin his battalion, 4th LNL, H1-1917.  Second Lieutenant, Military Cross,  Killed In Action, H11-1917. 

CWG: Lieutenant,  4th Loyal North Lancashires.  24 years.   Died 15th September 1917. Son of John and Isabella Jump, Mill House, Longridge.  Grave Reference II F 7 Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension.

 

 

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VKayCharles William          War Memorial. 

Father deceased.   Manager of Cycle Shop.  Mother - Emily Kay, 9 Cross Street, Preston; 1922.

Charles born 2nd April 1895.   Christ Church School.   PGS 16th September 1907 to 25th July 1912.   Elementary School Teacher.  (Note:   He was killed in the war but this is not recorded.  There is a note, following 1922 “Son is dead”.   Taking the usual format into account, it is possible to read this as meaning the School had not been aware of his death.   There had been no report in The Hoghtonian after January 1916.)

Joined Mr Cyril Cartmell’s company, Pals Battalion, LNL (Regulars); now on Salisbury Plain; H9-1914. D Company, 7th LNL (Preston Pals) [this report gives his initials as G W] H1-1915.   In his early days at School usually known as ‘Penelope’ later as Charlie, now at the front, H9-1915.  H1-1916.  

CWG: Lieutenant, 4th LNL attached to 2nd LNL.  23 years.  Died 3rd November 1918.  Son of Emily and the late John W Kay, 9 Cross Street, Preston. Born at Grimsby. Grave Reference X-A-16, Terlincthum British Cemetery, Wimille.

Preston Memorial: Charles William Kay  9 Cross Street  Preston.  Student.  Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Lieutenant.  3rd November 1918 Died in France.  The above was my only son.  He joined the Preston “Pals” September 7th 1914. Mrs E Kay.

 

Kay, Dudley       Father - Alfred Kay, 138 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston. 1922.  Draper.

Dudley born 18th September 1900.   Deepdale Council School.  PGS 17th September 1913 to 28th July 1917.  Telegraphic engineering department of Railway Company prior to RAF training as pilot.

Released from HM Forces, H4-1919.

 

Kay, James Stanley     Father - James Kay, The Limes, Longridge.   Yeoman and Manufacturer.

James born 10th May 1892. PGS January 1902 to              Studies suitable “For commercial life”.

Second Lieutenant, LNL, from Longridge, awarded Military Cross for consistent good work as intelligence officer and several good patrols, H11-1917. Army List 1918 Lieutenant wef 1st July 1917.

 

Kellett, Walter     Father - Thomas H Kellett, 10 Rose Terrace, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.  Builder.

Walter born 25th July 1890.    PGS September 1900 to

Royal Naval Division, Engineers Unit, H1-1915. H1-1916.

Preston Guardian: Walter Kellett, Student Institute of Civil Engineers, son of the late T H Kellett, married Ivy Mullineaux of Preston and Ansdell, at St Andrew’s, Ashton-on-Ribble, on Tuesday, 20th February 1917.  Best Man was Gunner H Reed, RFA.

 

 

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Lake, Lieut-General Sir Percy Henry Noel   KCB, KCMG. Born 29th June 1855.  PGS April 1865 (possibly 1st April) to December 1867.  1st to 5th Forms.  His father’s rank at that time was Captain.  Home address Walton-le-Dale.  Son of Lt-Col F G Lake, stationed at Fulwood Barracks.

Sub-Lieutenant 59th Foot (2nd Nottinghamshire) in 1873. Afghan War 1878-1879; Sudan Expedition 1885. Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General and Quartermaster-General, Egypt 1885. Staff Captain Army HQ 1887-1888. Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (Intelligence), Army Headquarters 1888-1889. Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General, Dublin District, Ireland 1892-1893. Quartermaster-General Canadian Militia 1893-1898. Assistant Quartermaster-General Army HQ 1899-1904.  Chief Staff Officer, 2nd Army Corps. 1904-1905. Chief of the General Staff of the Canadian Militia 1905-1908.  Inspector General of the Canadian Militia 1908-1910. Promoted Lieutenant-General 19th March 1911. Divisional Commander India 1911-1912.  Colonel of the East Lancashire Regiment 21st February 1913.  (For the non-military readers, Colonel of a Regiment is an honour, not a rank.)  Chief of General Staff, India, H9-1915, 1912-1915.  C-in-C Mesopotamia, H1-1916. Commander, Mesopotamian Force 1916. 

Walter Stoneman, legendary photographer largely responsible for the collection in the National Portrait Gallery, set out to photograph the most distinguished British people of the day, some 7,000 by him, and included Sir Percy Lake.

PGSA No 8, 24th September 1913.  1004 Terrace Avenue, Victoria, BC, Canada.  Life Member   Vice-President 1926-19.….

Died in Victoria, British Columbia, towards the end of 1940, aged 85 years, H12-1940.

 

Lane, Frank Cyril   Royal Engineers, H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

Lawrence,  David Edward   Assistant Master. Born 7th December 1889.  University College of Wales (Aberystwyth) 1907 to 1911. BA with Second Class Honours in History. At the University January to June 1912.   Certificates A & B of the War Office. Gold Medal for Gymnastics, University College of Wales. Taught at Seaford College, Sussex, September to December 1911.  Probationary appointment at PGS 17th September 1912, definitive appointment 14th October 1913.   Military service Autumn Term 1914.  Again from 17th February 1916.   The Post was kept open for him but he did not return to it. Second Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, H9-1914.  Served three months before his commission was cancelled due to a physical condition rendering him unfit.  Was due to return to the School Spring Term, 1915, H1-1915.    Master, enlisted.   Refers to an incident some years ago when his Company had been asked to send a Welsh quartette to the General’s garden party and he seems to have been one of the four.  Which implies previous military service, H4-1915.    Has rejoined as a Private, promoted to Sergeant, The Welsh Regiment, and may be in France, H5-1916.   Has been gazetted Second Lieutenant and is now on active service in France.   Has served in Greece, H11-1917.   Was in a dug out in the front line when he received his Christmas present from the boys of pipe and tobacco, H2-1918.    It appears that he did not have full time military service prior to 1914.   It is possible, therefore, that the incident referred to was an OTC of the University or in the Territorials.

 

Lewty, Harold     Father - Richard Lewty, 21 Chaddock Street.   1922, 31 Grafton Street, and Harold had died by then.     Secretary to Croft’s Stone Works.  

Harold born 20th July 1895.  St Andrew’s School.  PGSxxxx

Public Schools Battalion Royal Fusiliers, H1-1916. (Given as “Lawty” but almost certainly a spelling error.)

 

Ley, Arthur John   Father - Ernest Ley, Mill House, Walton-le-Dale; 1922 - Walton House, Mulgrave Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.  Corn Miller.

Arthur born 19th March 1897.   Walton National School.   PGS 17th June 1905 to 28th July 1910.  To Hutton GS. 

(His mother was the sister of John Woods, father of Captain George Woods, see mourners at John Woods’ funeral.)

Corporal, Royal Engineers, H11-1917.

 

Littlefair, Albert   Corporal    Headmaster’s Secretary left at end 1915 to join Army Service Corps.   At Aldershot, 17th March 1916. Left Aldershot Tuesday 5am, 11th January 1916 for unknown destination - Devonport 3pm, boarded P&O Orsova sailed 12th at 10am.  Arrived Malta following Tuesday early hours. Sailed 24th January for Sicily.   The hospital (first mention of why they were there) was disbanded and ordered back to Malta, arrived 1st February after what had been an 8-day holiday.  February 14th boarded battleship HMS Mars and sailed on 17th.  Short of stokers and trimmers so the soldiers on board did the work and enjoyed much better Naval rations. Gibraltar 22nd to unload ammunition, sailed 24th and Devonport 28th, H5-1916.   Has had stormy experiences in North Italy, recovering from indisposition in a hospital by the sea, H2-1918. (HMS Mars was a pre-Dreadnought coal burning partially disarmed battleship in use as a transport.)

 

Littlefair, Percy     Army Service Corps, H1-1916   (Is this Albert Littlefair?) 

 

VLivesey, Joseph Thomas       War Memorial.   

Father - Henry Livesey, 62 Christ Church Street.   Warrant officer and Collector. 

Joseph born 3rd July 1895.  Christ Church Boys’ School.  Son of Guild Burgess and was admitted at the 1902 Guild.  PGS 20th January 1908 to 28th July 1910.    Clerk.  

Enlisted 6th April 1915.   To Gallipoli in May 1915 until the evacuation in December 1915 / January 1916.  Battle of Passchendaele began 31st July 1917 and ended on 6th November 1917.  Wounded at a forward position, being carried rearwards by his colleagues, a shell burst killed one, injured the other three, and again wounded Joseph.   He died on the last day of the battle in a Casualty Clearing Station at Dozinghem.

Preston Guardian:  Private J T Livesey, 22, only son of Mr H Livesey, Warrant Officer to Preston Guardian, died of wounds on November 6th.  Private Livesey was one of the youngest freemen of the Borough, added to the Roll in 1902 when he was 7.  He went to Preston Grammar School.  On the County Surveyor’s staff. Enlisted in the Royal Navy on 4th April 1915, went to Gallipoli a month later and following the evacuation went to France.

CWG: Joseph Thomas LIVESEY, Private, Royal Marine Medical Unit, Royal Naval Division; 22 years; died 6th November 1917.  Service Number Deal/3761(S).   Only son of Henry and Elizabeth Livesey, “Aynsome”, Park Walk, Fulwood.  XIII.B.2 Dozinghem Military Cemetery.

Preston Memorial: Joseph Thomas Livesey Born 3rd July 1895, Preston. Aynsome, Park Walk, Fulwood. Clerk, County Surveyor’s Department, County Offices, Preston.  Royal Naval Division - Medical Unit Field Ambulance. Private S-3761.  November 6th 1917  Passchendaele. Interred Dozinghem British Cemetery, Westvleteren, Belgium.  Freeman of the Borough of Preston. Resided Christ Church, Preston up to March 1915.

 

VLomax, Edwin           War Memorial.   

Father - an architect and surveyor.  Mother - Jane Lomax, 496 New Hall Lane, Preston.  1922.

Edwin born 20th January 1899.   St Matthew’s School.  PGS 17th September 1912 to 22nd December 1914.   Junior Clerk, London & North Western Railway Goods Office.

Private, aged 19, was fatally wounded in France on 17th August 1918 and died the same evening in the Casualty Clearing Station.  He was the youngest of four soldier brothers, two of whom are in France.   He enlisted in 1917 in the King’s Own Royal Lancasters, and was severely wounded last March. In June he volunteered for further service in France.  A noble career, H10-1918. 

CWG: Lomax, E Private  2nd/5th King’s Own, Service Number 37795. 19 years.  Died 17th August 1918.  The son of Alfred and Jane Lomax, 496 New Hall Lane, Preston.  Grave Reference  IV D 27 Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

 

VLucas, Frederick     War Memorial.   

Father - William Lucas, 263 Selbourne Street, Preston.   November 1922: 29 Fishwick View, Preston.   Wholesale Chandler.

Frederick born 6th February 1892.  St James’ Elementary School.   PGS 19th April 1904 to 22nd December 1908.  Preliminary Examination for Chartered Accountants 1908.

Articled to a Chartered Accountant.  KILLED IN WAR

Public Schools Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, H1-1916.  Killed, H9-1916. Killed at High Wood, Somme, 16th July 1916.

CWG: Frederick Lucas  Private  20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 20th July 1916.  Service Number 5238.   Memorial Reference Pier and Face 8 C 9A and 16A Thiepval Memorial.

Preston Memorial: Fred Lucas 132 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston. Chartered Accountant.  Royal Fusiliers Private No 5238. July 20th 1916  High Wood, Somme. Ever remembered.

 

 

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Margerison, Leslie A Public Schools Battalion, Royal Sussex, H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

Mark, E Army Pay Corps, H4-1915, H1-1916.

 

Marsden, Henry Wiseman MA Oxon.   Father - Archibald Marsden, 16 Plungington Road, Fulwood; then 64 Garstang Road, Fulwood.   Clog-sole maker.  Mechanic for Messrs Alston.

Henry born 1st July 1896.  Christ Church School, Fulwood.   PGS 3rd September 1908 to 26th July 1913.    Oxford Junior Local 2nd Class Honours 1911. Royal Life-Saving Certificate; Greek Special Prize 1912. Football Colours 1912-13, H12-1913. School Prize for Natural History (with F J Jackson).  Left half for the School First XI.  Rather on the small side.  Had been in Harris football First XI, left last summer, H12-1913.    Preliminary Teachers Parts 1 and 2 Distinction in History and Geography 1913.  Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board Higher Certificate 1913.   St John Ambulance First Aid Certificate 1913.  Greek and Greek Testament Special Prize 1913; Harris House Captain and House representative on Magazine Committee, H12-1913.  Harris Scholarship £70pa from 1913 to 1917. Wadham College   Oxford, September 1914.

During Autumn term 1914 had been coxing a ‘Four’ of Wadham, H1-1915. Second Lieutenant, 10th Service Battalion, South Lancashires, H9-1915. H1-1916.   At Wadham College, Oxford, on active service in France, Harris House report, H9-1915. H1-1917.   Promoted to Lieutenant, H11-1917. Mentioned in Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig, H2-1918.  Wadham, Oxford H10-1919.   PGSA No 22, 6th February 1925.  64 Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston.   High School, Scarborough.  Deceased 1974.     (Note:  Whilst at PGS appears to have dropped his middle name and was most usually referred to as “H Marsden”; which caused some confusion until two initials were used relating to the Scholarship and Wadham.)

Plungington Road, Fulwood, was the topmost part above Robinson Street to the junction with Lytham Road.

 

Marsden, Lawrence Royal Engineers, H4-1915. H1-1916.

 

Marsden, William Timbrell     Father - Robert Marsden, 81 Preston Road, Longridge.   1922 - Dam House, Goosnargh.  Overlooker in cotton mill.

William born 30th April 1900.   Robert Smith’s School, Longridge.   PGS 17th September 1912 to 27th July 1918.  Civil Service Examination 1913;  Natural History Special Prize 1913, H12-1913.  Lower 4A Form Prize. Lower Certificate July 1915, French (1st class), Arithmetic (1st class), Advanced Maths, Scripture, English, Geography, Physics, and Chemistry, H9-1915.  Higher Certificates July 1916 and July 1917.  History Special Prize;  Editor of The Hoghtonian, H6-1918.  Northern Universities Higher, Group 2A, July 1918.  Open Exhibition £40 at Exeter College, Oxford.    At Exeter College, Oxford, having returned from the Army, H4-1919. History Previous, Oxford, H10-1919.

 

Masheter, Harry       Father - William Masheter, 144 London Road; 296 London Road, Preston; 1922.  Cloth looker.

Harry born 28th July 1897.  St Matthew’s School.   PGS 12th September 1910 to 13th June 1913.  Preliminary, 3rd Class Honours 1911. Junior Local, 3rd Class Honours 1912.   Civil Service Commission Boy Clerks’ Exam (boy clerkship in Savings Bank Department) 1913.   To Boy Clerk.

Royal Garrison Artillery, 1st Lancashire Heavy Brigade, H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

McCleverty, Anson Hugh    Father -  Col. James McCleverty, Sherwood Foresters, probably at Fulwood Barracks.   (Known as Anson)

Anson born 26th January 1879. PGS 13th September 1893 to July 1894.  Stage 1 Mathematics (Science and Art) 1894.  Extra Prize Latin and Mathematics 4th Form 1894.

Captain, 2nd Queen Victoria’s Own Rajput Light Infantry.

 

McCleverty, Patrick Hope   Father - Col. James McCleverty, Sherwood Foresters, probably at Fulwood Barracks. 

Patrick born 30th October 1880. PGS 13th September 1893 to July 1895. 

Captain, 20th Duke of Cambridge’s Own Infantry (Brownlow’s Punjabis).

 

VMcCleverty, Robert Jim           NOT on the Memorial.

Father - Col James McCleverty, Sherwood Foresters, probably at Fulwood Barracks.

Robert born 27th February 1882.  Entered PGS 13th September 1893 to December 1896, then to Malvern College.   Born at Newark, Nottinghamshire, the third son of Col James McCleverty.  Robert’s grandfathers were General W A McCleverty and Surgeon-General H H Massy, CB. Received his commission in the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment on 8th May 1901. Served in the Regiment in the South African War 1901-1902, taking part in operations in the Transvaal, for which he received the Queen’s medal with five clasps.  He was transferred to the 36th Sikhs, Indian Army, as Lieutenant, in December 1903, and subsequently to the 47th Sikhs, in February 1904.  He became Captain in May 1910, and was personal Assistant to the Chief Commissioner, Central Provinces, from May 1913 to May 1914.  He was killed while leading his company in an attack on Neuve Chapelle, on 28th October 1914.   After his death he was mentioned by Field Marshal Sir John French, Commander-in-Chief, British Forces in the Field, in his despatch of 15th January 1915, for his gallantry.   He was a well-known hockey player, and won the Indian Army officers’ 220 yards race in record time.  

Killed in Action 28th October 1914, father gives 28th or 29th October.

CWG: Robert Jim McCleverty. Captain, 47th Sikhs.  32 years. 28th October 1914. Mentioned in Despatches.   Son of Colonel James and Mrs Elise C McCleverty of Greycourt, Fleet, Hampshire.  Col McCleverty served in the South African Campaign.  Panel 37 Neuve-Chapelle Memorial.

 

(There is a fourth, youngest, brother also Indian Army, Captain, but not yet found at PGS.)

 

McIlwaine, Walter     Father - James McIlwaine, Hill View, Bilsborough. 1922.  Farmer.

Walter born 15th January 1894.   Bilsborough Elementary.   PGS 22nd April 1907 to 7th April 1909.  Apprenticed to a Preston photographer.

Joined Mr Cyril Cartmell’s company, Pals Battalion, LNL (Regulars); now on Salisbury Plain; H9-1914. D Company, 7th LNL (Preston Pals), H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

McNair, Allon     Father - John McNair, 16 Fishergate Hill, Preston; 1922.   Tailor, Employer.

Allon born 1st March 1897.   St Stephen’s School.   PGS 13th September 1909 to 12th April 1911.  Father’s business.

28th (Public Schools) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, H5-1916. Seriously wounded by a bayonet thrust,  H9-1916.  2nd Lieutenant Royal Engineers, H2-1918.

 

McNair, Herbert       Father - John McNair, 16 Fishergate Hill, Preston.  1922.   Tailor and Clothier.

Herbert born 30th July 1898.  Deepdale Council.  PGS 17th September 1912 to 8th April 1916. Reserve forward for the Football First XI.   Young but very capable. Harris Football First XI, outside right, 1913, H12-1913. Lower Certificate 1914.  Is a hitter pure and simple, does not choose which balls to hit, and should practice throwing a ball further than thirty yards, H9-1914.  Came into First XI at centre forward, shooting sometimes rather wild but scored five against Lancaster GS.  During Easter Term elected as House football vice-captain, H4-1914.  Passed Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board Higher Certificate, H9-1914.  School football centre forward where he is very effective near goal, H1-1915.   Higher Certificates July 1915: Elementary Maths, Scripture, English, Chemistry.  Cricket colours last term.  Does not have the right temperament for cricket, but his two not-out innings at the end of the season will be remembered, in one just failed to reach his half century and the award of his cricket blazer, H9-1915. School and Harris football Captain. Centre forward.  Has a terrific shot, H1-1916.  Higher Certificate.  Left shortly before the end of last term, to study medicine at Edinburgh.   Awarded football colours again, H5-1916.  Played for the Old Boys v School cricket match, H9-1916. Passed first MB in Science, Botany, Zoology, at Edinburgh, H9-1916.   London Matriculation January 1916.  Centre forward, Old Boys football XI annual match against the School, H1-1917. To Medical Faculty Edinburgh University. Edinburgh University OTC, H1-1917. Cadet Royal Field Artillery, H11-1917.   2nd Lieutenant RFA, H2-1918.  Released, H4-1919.  Military Cross, Gazetted 2nd April 1919, H10-1919.   Edinburgh University - Medicine and Surgery, 2nd MB, July 1919. H10-1919.

NOTE:  There is a Herbert McNair, same date of birth, father is John McNair, 5th Durham Light Infantry, Lieutenant 1st June 1916; Captain 1st May 1917. The dates of PGS activities and Army promotions do not fit.

 

McNair, John       Father - John McNair, 16 Fishergate Hill, Preston.  1922.   Tailor and Clothier.

John born 16th December 1899.  St Stephen’s School.   PGS 17th September 1912 to 8th April 1914.  To father’s business.

Manchester Regiment, H2-1918.

 

McNicoll, John   Born 20th October 1871.   Taught at Wakefield Grammar School, 1894 to 1899, Uttoxeter Grammar School, 1899.  To PGS 1899.  On leave of absence July 1914, demobbed and returned on 10th February 1919.

Assistant Master, Seaforth Highlanders at Inverness, H9-1914.  Promoted Sergeant, H1-1915. Commissioned as Second Lieutenant, H4-1915. Lieutenant 9th Service Battalion, Seaforths, H1-1916. Military Cross. Captain, training soldiers in England, H2-1918.  Rejoined Staff part way through Spring Term 1919, H4-1919.

 

Mears, Arthur       Father - Thomas Mears, Ruthinville, Highgate Avenue, Fulwood, Preston, 1922.  Brush Manufacturer and Proprietor of General Stores.

Arthur born 7th January 1896.   Preston High School (Secondary).  PGS 11th September 1905 to 25th August 1912.  Father’s business.

Westminster Dragoons, H1-1916.

 

Mears, Horace     Father - Thomas Mears, Ruthinville, Highgate Avenue, Fulwood, Preston; 1922.  Brush Manufacturer and General Stores Merchant.

Horace born 25th September 1894.   The Preston (Secondary) High School.  PGS 12th September 1904 to 28th July 1910.  In father’s shop.

Westminster Dragoons, H1-1916.

 

Melling, Hugh       Father - Ralph Melling, Hoole Lane, Banks.  Blacksmith.   

Hugh born 6th August 1893.  Banks St Stephen’s CofE Elementary.  PGS 10th September 1906 to 25th July 1912.  5th Form. School Scholarship 2nd year 1910.  Exemption from Matriculation London and Northern Universities. Oxford Local Delegacy University Certificates, Senior, 3rd Class Honours. 

In 1911 was the first House Captain of Goodair and was also Captain of the School and of Football.  Special Prize, Mathematics, H12-1913.  At Liverpool University, ESH1913.

Air Mechanics Division RFC, H9-1915. H1-1916. 

BSc Liverpool, H10-1919.

 

Meredith, Thomas     Father - John Meredith, 42 Pedder Street; 23 Cold Bath Street, Preston,  and 1922.  Botanical Brewer.

Thomas born 19th October 1897.   St Peter’s School.  PGS 12th October 1910 to 24th July 1915.  Oxford Preliminary 1911, Oxford Junior 3rd Class Honours, spoken French 1912,  School Certificate 1913, Higher Certificate July 1915. Sizership of £40 pa, Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Public Schools Battalion Royal Fusiliers, H9-1916. Visited PGS whilst on leave. Fighting in France but due to enter Christ’s College, Cambridge, H1-1917. Released, H4-1919.   At Christ’s, H10-1919.

 

VMetcalf, Lester              War Memorial.   

Father - John Metcalf, 9 Theatre Street, Preston.  Heating Engineer. John Metcalf, MIHVE, 54 Theatre Street, Preston, died 31st March 1918.

Lester born 16th August 1887.  PGS September 1900 to

CWG: Metcalf, Lister  Second Lieutenant, King’s Own, 4th Battalion.  Died 8th August 1916.  Pier and Face 5D and 12B  Thiepval Memorial.  

Preston Memorial: Lester Metcalfe, 9 Theatre Street, Preston.  Engineer.   1st/4th King’s Own, Second Lieutenant,   Died 8th August 1916 at Guillemont.

(Note errors:  Lister and Metcalfe)

 

VMoore, Keith Haydon War Memorial.     

Father - W L Moore, 32 Ribblesdale Place, Preston. Chartered Accountant.

Keith born 14th February 1890.  PGS September 1898 to

Oxford Local Certificates, Junior, 3rd Class Honours 1902-3. School Scholarship to July 1903 1st Year, £10; to July 1904 2nd Year, £10.  Coun Rawsthorn’s Prize for English Composition; Pass First Division, Senior, Oxford Local Certificate; Board of Education Elementary Chemistry 1st Class;  1904 

Chartered Accountants’ Institute, 7th in order of merit.

Treasurer, PGSA, second AGM, 3rd November 1910.  Appointed editor of the new magazine.

4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashires, H9-1914.    Loyal North Lancashire (Territorials), H1-1915. Reported as having been wounded, H9-1915.  Was wounded in the “famous charge of the 4th LNLs” - Festubert, 15th June 1915 - and is at present recovering, H9-1915. Killed in action, France, Friday 26th November 1915.  Aged 24, H1-1916.

CWG: Lieutenant, 1/4th LNL, 25 years; died 26th November 1915.  Son of William Lewis and Margaret South Moore, 32 Ribblesdale Place, Preston. Grave Reference B.66 Authuile Military Cemetery.

Preston Memorial: Keith Haydon Moore, 32 Ribblesdale Place, Preston.  Chartered Accountant. 1st/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Lieutenant.  26th November 1915, near Albert, France.  Was wounded twice before being Killed in Action.  Was Second Lieutenant before outbreak of war, and had acted as Company Adjutant.

 

Morris, Harold (Morris, Harold Joseph)  Father - John Morris, Westhead Villa, Croston.   Gentleman’s Gardener (Retired). 

Harold born 9th October 1895.   Lytham College Private School, Preston.   PGS 2nd May 1910 to 20th December 1912.  Lower Form Examination 3rd Class, College of Preceptors.   Oxford Junior Locals 1911.   Articled to Architect.

29th (Public Schools) Battalion Royal Fusiliers, H1-1916.  (Note Both Morris brothers left in 1912, one was football captain, played as an Old Boy in the match when Robinson broke his leg.  It is not yet clear which brother is involved.)

 

Myler, H C H11-1917.

 

Myres, Professor John Lynton   Old Boy, presented a prize for Greek at Moor Park, 19th April 1913.  Fellowship, Magdalen College, Oxford. Craven University Fellowship 1892-93.

In 1904 had been a Junior Proctor at Oxford University.  During the 1914-1918 war was an Acting Commander RNVR in the Near East.  Commander of the Royal Order of George of Greece, H12-1939 (not clear whether this is for his war service or his outstanding Greek academic career).  Donor of several annual Prizes to the School. 

Ran a private war 1914-18 in the Greek islands, operating from the virtually uninhabited island of Gaidaro with small ships such as a somewhat dilapidated tug with virtually non-existent catering facilities, and at one stage what had been a private yacht. The steam yacht Aulis, pronounced and usually spelt as Avlis, had been owned by Prince George of Greece, then became a ferry before being chartered for use by the British consular (otherwise known as Intelligence) staff. She flew the Blue Ensign.  He had an armed group of local ‘heavies’.  On arrival at any RN Base was provided with a decent meal, and a bath.  He had applied for a hard-lying allowance (“Hard-lying” is a RN description of poor accommodation) on the grounds that the cockroaches which infested the tug had chewed bits of his toe-nails and moustache.  When the application was granted someone made a note that hard lying was a good name for it.  Collected intelligence and seems to have made a major impact on at least one RN Admiral.   And on the General who was Military Attaché at Athens, who had an apoplectic fit at mention of Myres.   Awarded the OBE in 1919 for his Naval exploits and the George of Greece was almost certainly for the same activities.  Later Knighted.

He appears to have been commissioned in the RNVR in 1916.  Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was made up of amateurs, “Weekend Sailors” was a derisory description. He had a big black Assyrian-style beard.  During 1916 he organised cattle raids on the Anatolian coast aimed against the Turks but also harmed the friendly Greek population in that region so were stopped. In March 1917 he was in charge of Intelligence in the Dodecanese based on Calymnos.   He used the motor caique St Nicolas and the tug Syra at Calymnos. He could lay and navigate a course as well as a Navigating Lieutenant and take a ship into port and berth alongside with considerable skill. Which he did on one occasion under the gaze of the professionals on board two battleships.

 

 

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Naylor, Cedric     Father - W Naylor, 3 West View, Fulwood, Preston.   Civil Engineer.

Cedric born 12th June 1891.  PGS September 1900 to  Classical

Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Conqueror, H4-1915. H1-1916. First Lieutenant HMS Cyclops, H5-1916.   HMS Cyclops on special service, awarded DSC for “special service”.  Another paragraph states DSO, which is either a correction or another award, doesn’t state, H11-1917.   It is the DSO, H2-1918.   Heppell states and two Bars.  Prize Day reports 1918, 1919, DSO** and two other awards.

Cedric Naylor, (Acting) Captain, CVO, DSO**, DSC*, Mentioned in Despatches, was heavily involved in HMS Penshurst for a longer period and in more actions than any other Q-ship in the Royal Navy’s “Special Service”.  

In WW2 he became Commanding Officer, Royal Navy Base Bombay. A lengthy but nonetheless incomplete report is to be found in the “People” section of this site.

 

Nevett, Norman Ernest       Father - T C Nevett,  xxxxxxxxx    Estate Agent.

Norman born 19th January 1900.   Fulwood Grammar School.   PGS 19th September 1911 to 22nd December 1914.  Pass, Preliminary Candidates, Oxford local examinations, July 1912.  Exempted from London and Northern Universities Matriculations, passed in spoken French.  Elected captain of Thornley football Second XI, H12-1913.   Clerk, Manchester & County Bank, Preston.

Blank …H11-1917. (There is no information whatsoever of his war service.)     

 

VNewhouse,  Morris   War Memorial 1914-1918

Father - Adolph Newhouse,  20 Cross Street, Preston. Financial Agent. Deceased.  Mrs Newhouse, removed to Marsdene, 25 Bryan Road, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool.

Morris born 17th February 1898.  Parish Church School.  PGS 13th September 1909 to 18th March 1916.  Free Place.  Oxford Preliminary 3rd Class Honours 1911.   Oxford Junior 3rd Class 1912, passed Spoken French.  Oxford & Cambridge School Certificate 1913. St John Ambulance First Aid Certificate 1913;  School Scholarship £10 for 3 years 1913. Geography; Form V Prize 1913,  H12-1913.  Harris. School Second XI.  During Easter Term elected as House football captain,  H4-1914.  Excused Cambridge Previous, July 1914.  President of the newly formed Photographic Society.   Prefect from Christmas Term 1914.  School football outside right, has shown moderate form but his lack of vigour is atoned for by his trickiness.  Harris House captain, H1-1915.  Football colours awarded last term. This year’s football team, H4-1915.  Higher Certificates:  French (including Oral), Elementary Maths, Advanced Maths (with merit in Trig, Statics and Dynamics), English Essay, Physics, Chemistry (including Organic Chemistry). Harris tennis, H9-1915. School and Harris football Vice-Captain.  Outside right, very fast and tricky, centres well, has a sure shot when he gets an opportunity, H1-1916.  Left during the term. Awarded football colours again, H5-1916..   Clerk in Merchant’s Office.   Joined Army.  KILLED IN WAR.

Roll of Honour gives Name only;  H5-1916.  Reported missing in France, H2-1918.  Former Harris House Captain, Captain of Harris football, reported missing in the Harris House report,  H6-1918.

CWG: Maurice Newhouse   Private 14th Battalion Highland Light Infantry.  19 years. Died 24th November 1917.  Service Number 39825.   Son of Mrs Louisa Newhouse of 29 Kensington Road, Blackpool.  Memorial Reference: Panel 10   Cambrai Memorial, Louverval.

 

Newsholme, L D Loyal North Lancashire (Territorials), H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

Noble, Arthur   Father - John Noble,  234 Manchester Road, Preston.   Clerk at Preston Guardian. 

Arthur born 20th April 1894. Grimshaw Street School.  PGS 14th September 1906 to 29th July 1909.   Clerk.

Army Service Corps, H1-1916.

 

Norwood, B   Loyal North Lancashires,  H9-1916.

 

Norwood, Geoffrey Lieutenant, H9-1916.

 

Norwood, Kenneth Lieutenant, H9-1916.

 

Norwood, P   Lieutenant, Australian Expeditionary Force,  H9-1916.

 

Norwood, Samuel Burton   Lieutenant in 4th Loyal North Lancashire Territorials.  On Monday, 7th July 1913, conducted the school children at the Town Hall for King George and Queen Mary to Their Majesties’ very considerable delight.  The children sang the loyal version of the old familiar ballad “Mary”, King and Queen went to the east side of the platform and bowed to the children.  Whilst Their Majesties lunched at the Bull & Royal the Band of the 4th LNL played outside under the direction of Lieut S B Norwood.  He had the honour of several times performing before Royalty, and of being presented to King Edward.  Listed as a Captain in the 4th LNL, that would be as an infantryman and not as a musician.  At that time all Regiments of the Line and Battalion Bands had Bandmasters, Warrant Officers, and not commissioned Directors of Music.

1913, Member of PGSA, address: Wyncote, Fulwood, Preston.

Conducted the music at the Opening of the School 1913, H12-1913

PGSA No138, 30th December 1925.  Whitefields, Ingol, near Preston. Cecil Street, Lytham.  Resigned September 1933.

 

 

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Over, Edward Norman     Father - Elisha Over, St Saviour’s Vicarage, Preston.   Clerk in Holy Orders, Vicar of St Saviour’s.

Edward born 13th November 1897.  Miss Bolton’s Private School.  PGS 27th January 1907 to 3rd March 1914.   Bank Clerk.

Over, Norman Edward    Westminster Dragoons, Christian names reversed, H1-1916.  At Le Havre, H1-1917.

 

 

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Park, V     Joined Mr Cyril Cartmell’s company, Pals Battalion, LNL (Regulars); now on Salisbury Plain; H9-1914.  D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashire (Preston Pals), H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

Parker, Harold   Major 4th Loyal North Lancashires, H5-1916.   History 1st/4th LNL states he was Brigade Major, 42nd Division; Mentioned in Despatches; DSO, June 1919;

 

VParker, John             War Memorial  

Father - James Cartmel Parker, 10 Miles Street, Preston. 1922, 53 Garden Walk, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.   Foreman Printer.

John born 25th May 1896.   Moor Park Wesleyan.   PGS 16th September 1907 to 23rd April 1911.  Clerk in Wholesale Merchant’s business.  KILLED IN WAR.

Naval Brigade, H1-1915.  Nelson Battalion, 1st Naval Brigade, RNVR.  Killed 12th July 1915 near the Dardanelles, H1-1916.  HMS Benbow, Naval Brigade; H1-1916.

November 2008: Left PGS and home at 15 years without parents’ approval to join the Navy.  Father wished him to be a printer and bought him out. On the outbreak of war was called up and the family have his death as 15th July 1915.  He died at Gallipoli. His sister was devastated, she married and apparently was Mrs Gough.  She never spoke to her family about him. 

CWG: J Parker   Able Seaman, RNVR.  Nelson Battalion Royal Navy Division. Died 13th July 1915, Service Number Mersey Z/335. Memorial Reference:  Panel 8 to 15 Helles Memorial

Preston Memorial: John Parker New Hall Lane, Preston.  Royal Navy “Benbow” Battalion.  July 13th 1915, Dardanelles.  Father:- Parker, Printer, Avenham Street, Preston.

 

Parker, T Royal Field Artillery (Territorials), H4-1915.  H1-1916.

 

VParkinson,  Charles Edward   War Memorial.

Father - James Parkinson, 13 Balfour Road, Fulwood;  Later, 11 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Butcher - now Clothes Dealer, Master. 

Charles born 23rd December 1894.  St Matthew’s Higher Grade.   PGS 20th January 1909 to 20th December 1910.  Shop Assistant.    KILLED IN WAR.

D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashire (Preston Pals), H1-1915. H1-1916.

CWG: Charles Edward Parkinson   Private 1st/5th Loyal North Lancashire. 22 years.  Died 31st July 1917.  Service Number 13097. The son of James and Jane Parkinson, 11 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston.  Memorial Reference:  Panel 41 and 43 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Preston Memorial: Charles Edward Parkinson, 11 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston.  1st/5th Loyal North Lancashire.  Previously 7th.  Private 13097.  31st July 1917.  Ypres.

 

Patterson, Archie       Father - William Patterson, Fern Bank, Cadley.  Cattle Dealer.

Archie born 13th May 1894.   Ayres’ Private School.  PGS 23rd January 1905 to 18th April 1910.  Cattle dealer with father.

Patterson, Archibald D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashire (Preston Pals), H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

Pearson, Frank   6th Sussex Royal Cycle Corps, H1-1915.  H1-1916. 

 

Pilkington, Thomas Worsley  

Father - John Hubie Pilkington, Brookside, Nooklands, Fulwood, Preston;  1922: Catterall House,   Garstang.   Iron Merchant. 

Thomas born 31st July 1892.  Burnley Grammar School.   PGS 24th April 1904 to 29th July 1909.  To cotton mill learning business for Managership. 

No details, H9-1915. Westminster Dragoons, H1-1916.   Liverpool Scottish, transferred to Scots Guards; commissioned, Military Cross2nd Lieutenant, aged 25, killed in action. His parents now live at Catterall, H10-1918.    Not on the Memorial listing in Heppell.  Cannot be found in CWG.  Is this report erroneous?  There has been no retraction of the report, or apology.  His father is an Old Boy, PGSA member in 1910.

Lancashire Daily Post 2nd October 1918: “Military Cross for a Preston Officer   Second-Lieutenant T W Pilkington, Liverpool Scottish, has been awarded the Military Cross.   The official record states:- This officer took command when his company commander had been killed and maintained his position against repeated enemy attacks.  In a counter-attack which he organised, he surrounded and captured ten men and two machine-guns.   His action undoubtedly saved the situation on the left flank.

Lieut. Pilkington, who is 25 years of age, is a native of Preston, and was educated at Preston Grammar School.  His parents formerly resided at Fulwood, and now live at Catterall, near Garstang.  He joined the Scots Guards as a ranker at the outbreak of war, and was gazetted to a commission on March 28th 1917, and posted to the Liverpool Scottish Regiment.” 

November 2008: He survived the war. Became Managing Director of T C Holden Ltd, Steel Stockholders, Lord Street, Preston.  Died about 20 years ago and is buried in St Helen’s Churchyard, Churchtown, Garstang.

Catterall House is the large residence, now a nursing home, standing amongst mature trees in its own grounds on the west side of the A6 at the Catterall boundary sign about quarter of a mile north of the turn off to Garstang.

 

VPomfret, Christopher   War Memorial.   

Born 31st March 1890, Frank and Margaret Pomfret, 58 Brackenbury Road, Preston.   By 1901 in West View, Cadley.   Enlisted, 4th February 1915, as a Private in 10th King’s Liverpool - Liverpool Scottish, No. 4338..   Acting L/Cpl on 7th January 1916, reverted to Private 28th January 1916, when sailed from Southampton with the BEF to France on 29th June 1916.   Joined 21st Manchesters on 6th July, then 2nd Gordon Highlanders on 17th July.  Wounded in the right knee in the Battle of the Somme on 20th July 1916.  To Rouen General Hospital then on HMHS Aberdonian to England to Lord Derby War Hospital at Warrington. Discharged 30th September.  Private in King’s Liverpool until 26th June 1917 when he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1st/4th East Lancashires, going to France on 17th August to join the Battalion. Then attached to 2/5 Battalion.  On 27th March 1918 the Battalion was at Harbonnieres, Hamel, in France.  The German attack was held all night.  Missing was 2nd Lieutenant Pomfret who was on a course with the Battalion. Pozieres Memorial. Liverpool Scottish (Territorials) H4-1915. H1-1916.

Lancashire Daily Post 10th October 1918. Christopher Pomfret  Missing on 27th March 1918 now presumed killed on that date. Frank and Margaret Pomfret, 7 Havelock Terrace.

CWG: Second Lieutenant, 1st / 4th East Lancashires attached to 1st / 5th Battalion.  Died 27th March 1918. 28 years.  Son of Frank and Margaret Pomfret, 7 Havelock Terrace, Garstang Road, Preston.  Panel 42 and 43 Pozieres Memorial.

Preston Memorial: Christopher Pomfret.  7 Havelock Terrace, Garstang Road.  1st/4th East Lancashire.  Second Lieutenant.  22nd March 1918.

 

VPomfret, Frank         War Memorial.  

Father - Frank Pomfret, 7 Havelock Terrace, Garstang Road, Preston.  Paper Merchant.

Frank born 3rd August 1893.  Eldon Street School.   PGS 14th September 1904 to 29th July 1909.  Tailor.  KILLED IN WAR    

Liverpool Scottish (Territorials), H4-1915. H1-1916.

Transferred to the Gordon Highlanders  L/Cpl 843145.  

CWG: Pomfret, Frank   Private Gordon Highlanders 2nd Battalion, aged 24, died KIA on 2nd April 1917. S/43145. Son of Frank and Margaret Pomfret of 7 Havelock Terrace, Garstang Road, Preston.  Bay 8 and 9 of the Arras Memorial. 

Preston Memorial: Frank Pomfret, Havelock Terrace,  Garstang Road.  Tailor’s Cutter.  Gordon Highlanders, Lance Corporal S/43145. 2nd April 1917, in France, Killed in Action.

Havelock Terrace is on the west side of Garstang Road, opposite St Thomas’s Road and the Moor Park gates.

 

Porter, S  (Stephen)     Father - Charles Porter, 3 Hughenden Terrace, Garstang Road, Preston. 1922.  Grocer.

Stephen born 7th October 1898.   Moor Park Wesleyan.   PGS 14th January 1913 to 20th December 1913.   Sang a solo at the concert in the School Hall on the evening following the drive along Moor Park Avenue of TMs King George V and Queen Mary past 20,000 local schoolchildren, Monday, 7th July 1913, H12-1913.  Thornley.  Solo song at the School Choir evening concert on Tuesday, 16th December 1913,  H4-1914.  Left School either Christmas 1913 or Easter 1914, H4-1914. Clerk in Chartered Accountants.

Loyal North Lancashires,   H2-1918

Hughenden Terrace is next below Moor Park Methodist Church.

(Note - Name match only between Stephen and S Porter, but this is the only S Porter so far found.)

 

Preston, Francis James, born 15th July 1898.  May have been commissioned into the Royal Artillery.

 

Pritt, Geoffrey Murdock     Father - Thomas Pritt, 8 Guildhall Street, Preston.  Civil Engineer.

Geoffrey born 30th May 1896.   Previously at Handsworth Grammar School.  PGS 30th April 1906 to 12th October 1911.   Thornley Senior Scholar.  Went on to Coatham Grammar School, family left Preston.

Royal Field Artillery, H4-1915.  (1486) Gunner, 3rd Battery, 49th (West Riding) Division, RFA, now in Belgium. Like L P Carter, had a weakness for things mechanical, H9-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Pritt, Stephen R   Royal Engineers, H4-1915 Corporal, despatch rider attached to Signal Section, West Lancashire Division (57th) RE, stationed at Canterbury but due to go abroad very shortly, H9-1915,  H1-1916.

 

Proctor, Frank     Father - John Proctor, Hothersall, Longridge. 1922.  Farmer.

Frank born 17th August 1899.  Robert Smith’s School, Longridge.  PGS 17th September 1912 to 28th July 1917; re-admitted 20th September 1917 to 18th December 1917.  Thornley, 1913,  H12-1913. Lower Certificates:  French (1st class), Arithmetic (1st class), Additional Maths, Scripture, English, Geography (1st Class), Physics, and Chemistry, July 1915, H9-1915. Lower Certificate,   H5-1916.  Higher Certificate July 1916.  Third in the one mile race, School sports, H9-1916. Higher Certificate Distribution of Prizes 14th December 1916. Debating Society.  Reported School football matches.  When PGS played the Catholic Day College, First XI won 5-1, Second XI won 6-0 and Proctor draws a polite veil over the Third XI beating the College by a very large margin! H1-1917. Called up for military service.  Last season’s tennis captain now in the South Lancashires, H2-1918. O&C Higher Certificate.  H6-1918.

Released,  H4-1919.  Trinity Hall, Cambridge, H10-1919.   

 

Proctor, Horace Alston     Father - John Proctor, 51 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston. Wholesale Druggist.

Born 31st January 1886 / 1887   (Father underlined 1887 on a second document).  PGS January 1901 to

SOMS Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915.  Blank shown H1-1916. H5-1916.     (?SQMS? Squadron Quarter-Master Sergeant)

 

Pullen, Charles Edward   Father - G L Pullen, 64 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston; 1922.   Inland Revenue Officer.

Charles born 24th April 1899.   Fulwood National School.  PGS 19th September 1911 to 23rd May 1917.   LCC Exhibition May 1912, H12-1913.  Passed Oxford and Cambridge Joint Board Higher Certificate,    H9-1914.  Lower Certificate,  H1-1915. Harris football XI, H4-1915. Harris tennis, H9-1915. Harris football 1st XI.   H1-1916.  Harris representative on the Magazine Committee.   Harris captain, H5-1916. Higher Certificate July 1916, Harris representative on Magazine committee.  H9-1916.  Harris magazine representative from last term. Higher Certificate, Distribution of Prizes 14th December 1916.  J H Porter believes him to be a Trinity College Cadet, H1-1917. Called up for Military Service, Cadet RFC, H11-1917.  2nd Lieutenant RFC,   H2-1918.

Pullen, Reginald George   Father - George Louis Pullen,  64 Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Civil Service.  

Reginald born 22nd September 1893.   Fulwood Grammar School.   PGS 14th November 1908 to 7th

October 1911.  Bank Clerk.   

7th Battalion, King’s Liverpool, H1-1915.   Awarded Military Cross, H11-1917. 

Army List 1918 shows 2nd Lieutenant wef 26th April 1917, 5th South Lancashires, with MC.

 

 

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VRain, Hugh Carnegie             War Memorial. 

Rain, Carnigie       Father - Hugh Rain, Kenyon Villa, Liverpool Road, Penwortham; 1922, 15 Moor Park Avenue, Preston.  Music Hall Artiste Etc.

Carnigie born 2nd July 1896.  Copp Lane Elementary.  PGS 17th June 1909 to 27th July 1911.  Clerk. KILLED IN WAR.

D Company, 7th LNL (Preston Pals), H1-1915. Drummer, D (Preston Pals) Company, 7th LNL, H9-1915. Died 1915 from wounds before his father arrived from UK, H1-1916.

CWG: Hugh Carnegie Rain, Private 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire.  19 years. Died 27th September 1915. Service No 13019.  Son of Hugh and Margaret Rain of Preston, Lancashire.  Grave reference: II . D . 3 Abbeville Communal Cemetery.

“Carnigie” is very emphatically written with no possibility of mis-reading. His father wrote “Carnigie” twice and no reference to the boy being “Hugh”. His father also described himself as a Musical Entertainer.  Known at PGS as Hugh. Parents known to have used “C H Rain”. In April-May 2008, on entering the Harris Art Gallery, pass through the glass doors into the central space and just to front left is a free standing substantial locked glass case containing one hand written entry form for Hugh Rain’s name to be included on the Preston Borough War Memorial, the form having been framed for display. It reads: C H Rain   Moor Park Avenue  Manager for Will Onda’s Animated Pictures.   7th Loyal North Lancashire    Private 13019.   October 1915  France.  “Will Onda” was Hugh Rain, entertainer, film maker, owner of a chain of theatres and cinemas. The War Memorial on the stairs of the Harris Museum records C.H. Rain incorrectly as “Pain”.

He is recorded as “Hugh Rain” on the War Memorial of Lancaster Road Congregational Church, which co-incidentally was dedicated on the same evening that the School Memorial Window and Tablet were unveiled.  Several other Old Boys are on the Church’s Memorial.

 

Rawcliffe, Norman   Father - John Rawcliffe, 5 Tulketh Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. 1922.  Cashier.

Norman born 22nd February 1900.  St Andrew’s School.  PGS 18th April 1912 to 31st March 1915.  Clerk, Chartered Accountants.

Rawcliffe, N Junior Cadet Wing RFC, H2-1918.  Transferred to King’s Own, H6-1918.

Name match but he is the only N Rawcliffe, and if correct was in PGSA 1927.

 

VRawsthorn, Aldred Eric           War Memorial.   

Born 31st March 1892.   65 Garden Walk, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.    PGS September 1899 to

Second Lieutenant, 4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  Aged 23 years.  Son of J J Rawsthorn, a long serving Governor and an Old Boy, H9-1915.

CWG: Eric Rawsthorn, 2nd Lieutenant 4th Loyals. 23 years.  Died 15th June 1915.  John James and Margaret Edith Rawsthorn, Yew Trees, Ashton-on-Ribble. Scholar of Balliol College, Oxford.   Panel 27 and 28 Le Touret Memorial.

Preston Memorial: Aldred Eric Rawsthorn  Yew Trees, Ashton-on-Ribble and Balliol College, Oxford.  1st/4th Loyal North Lancashires, 2nd Lieutenant. 15th June 1915, Festubert.

 

Redmond, Willie     Father - Albert Redmond,  22 Lancaster Road, Preston.   Traveller. 

Willie born 29th December 1888.  PGS May 1899 to    Modern with Latin. 

Second Lieutenant, 2nd / 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, H4-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Reed, Edward James Father - Edward James Reed, Elder Grove, Newton Road, Ashton-on-Ribble; 1922.   Auctioneer.

Edward born 8th May 1897.   St Andrew’s.  PGS 11th September 1905 to 28th July 1910.  To Kirkham GS.

Westminster Dragoons, H1-1916.

 

Reed, George     Father - Edward James Reed, 23 Newton Road, Ashton-on-Ribble. Auctioneer.

George born 6th December 1893.  St Andrew’s School.  PGS 11th September 1905 to 22nd December 1908.   Helping his father.

Corporal, D Squadron,  Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry, H1-1915.  H1-1916.  Wounded, H9-1916. Military Medal, H10-1918. PGSA No 202, 18th January 1926.

 

VReid, Donald           War Memorial. 

Father - John Reid, 146 Deepdale Road.   Doctor.  

Donald born 24th September 1898.   Preston High School (Secondary).  PGS 22nd January 1906 to 29th July 1909.  KILLED IN WAR.

Lieutenant Highland Light Infantry, Killed In Action, H11-1917.

CWG: Second Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry, 4th Battalion attached to 2nd Battalion.  19 years.  Died 17th August 1917.  Son of Dr John Reed, LRCP  MRCS, 146 Deepdale Road, Preston. Grave Reference:  L.2 Cambrian Military Cemetery.

 

Rhodes, John   Father - William Rhodes, 49 Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston.

John born 8th July 1889.    PGS April 1902 to

Royal Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force, H1-1917. 

 

VRigby, Norman Ogilvie     War Memorial. 

Liverpool Scottish, H4-1915. H1-1916. Missing since May 1915, H5-1916.  

CWG: Private, 1/10th King’s Liverpool; Service Number 4274; 26 years; died 16th June 1915.  Son of Mrs E and the late J W E Rigby, 9 Avenham Road, Preston. Panel 4 and 6 Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Preston Memorial: Norman Ogilvie Rigby   9 Avenham Road. Draper.  10th Liverpool Scottish, Private 4274.  Hooge, France, June 16th 1915.

 

Rigby, S H11-1917.

 

Robinson, Hubert Randolph Clifford Father - Richard Robinson, The Cedars, Victoria Road, Fulwood, Preston.  Wine Merchant.    

Clifford born 4th September 1890 (? 1889, 11 years in January 1901).  PGS January 1901 to  

2nd West Lancashire Royal Field Artillery,  H1-1916.

 

VRobinson, James         War Memorial. 

Father - Richard Robinson, Camforth Hall, Whittingham.   Journeyman Joiner.  (In all other records including Preston Directories is described as a farmer - which seems more in keeping with the address.  Full address is Camforth Hall Farm, Camforth Hall Lane, Whittingham. The occupation is not in the father’s handwriting but probably the School Secretary. [CAMFORTH] )

James born 1st May 1899.   Goosnargh Elementary School.  Goosnargh Scholarship to PGS for 3 years from April 1909, renewed for 3 years in 1912. 

PGS 22nd April 1909 to 28th July 1916. Goodair House.   Top of Form Lower 3rd; Prize for Nature Note Book 1910. Third Class Honours Oxford Local Junior July 1912. Oxford & Cambridge Joint Board School Certificate, 1913; School Scholarship £10pa for 3 years, 1913.  Form V Prize 1913. Prefect from Christmas Term 1914.  6th Form 1915.  Higher School Certificate with distinction in Scripture and French, July 1915; and distinction in French and History, July 1916. Open History Exhibition, £60pa, St John’s College, Oxford, December 1915. Lancashire County Scholarship £60pa for 3 years, August 1916.   PGS leaving Scholarship £65pa for 4 years, September 1916.  

Football Colours 1912-13.  School inside right, speedy, tricky, with admirable control of the ball.  H12-1913.    Broke his leg just above the ankle playing for the School versus the Old Boys, 7th March 1914. By May was making a splendid recovery and able to hobble about with the aid of crutches.  Played in the School cricket team - would have been a regular but for his injury last football season.   He played in Goodair’s last match of the cricket season, H9-1914. Robinson’s chief asset was his batting.  He plays steady, thoughtful cricket, which gave the other members confidence in his ability “to stay”.  He was rather slow, however, in running extras. His powerful off-break gave him the place of first-change bowler. Cricket colours last term. Honorary Secretary of Cricket. Tennis is played as a House team competition.  Goodair won every set played without dropping a point due, according to the Harris House report, to Robinson, H9-1915. Secretary for the School football team.  Christmas Term 1915 was appointed the first ever School Vice-Captain, H1-1916.

Army medical, passed for home service only.  School cricket captain, Cricket colours again awarded.   Sports, June - won high jump, long jump, 100 yards, second in quarter-mile and mile, which earned him the Foster Challenge Cup, the first non-Millerite ever to win it, H9-1916. Before going up to Oxford played football for the Old Boys.  Elected a History Scholar at St John’s College, the only PGS now in Oxford, wrote the Oxford Letter.   Passed Responsions.  Is in the OTC; the last other Old Boy was Marsden at Wadham whom Robinson reported to be on active service in France, H1-1917.  

In the Artillery, expects to be in France shortly - Goodair House report, H2-1918.   Henry W Marsden, at Wadham College, wrote the first Oxford Letter for some time and included reference to the very real loss to the School by the death of J Robinson, a prisoner of war in Germany, H4-1919.

Went from St John’s College, Oxford, into HM Forces.   He worked his gun until the last possible moments before capture.   Awarded the Military Medal.  Press report indicates the award was about the end of April 1918 and states he arrived in France during February 1918.  Citation not quoted.

Archivist, St John’s College:  “Matriculated 1916; son of Richard Robinson, farmer.   Educated Preston GS.  Exhibitioner; scholar Hilary Term 1917.  Read Modern History.   Gunner, Royal Field Artillery 1918;  PoW.  Died 20th October 1918 of influenza at Mrchingen. Military Medal.  James Robinson is on the College war memorial.” 

Note:  The information from the School records shows DoB as 1899, Archivist gives 1898. Because of the way in which one of the Registers was laid out, errors of one year are not uncommon in the 1890s.

His family’s descendents were unaware in November 2008 of the MM, or of his sporting achievements.  They had passed-down information that he had been working in salt mines as a prisoner.  There was a letter after the war from an educated German officer at the camp who had befriended him out of interest in James’ Oxford education, was promoted and moved away, and in his letter had stated if he had known the end of the war was so near he would have refused the promotion and stayed where he was. The family was unaware that James was buried in Germany; there is a family headstone in the Churchyard with James’ name on it. 

CWG: “X” 9th T M Battery Royal Field Artillery   Died aged 20 on 20th October 1918.   Service  Number 230234.  Son of Richard and Alice Robinson of Camforth Hall, Whittingham. Buried at Morhange German Military Cemetery, Memorial 9; Sarralbe Military Cemetery.    (Trench Mortar Battery)

 

Robinson, Lawrence Sydney     Father - Richard Robinson, Sylvan Lodge, Watling Street Road, Fulwood, Preston.  Wine Merchant.

Lawrence born 22nd December 1891.  PGS February 1902 to Modern

2nd West Lancashire Royal Field Artillery, H1-1916.

 

Robinson,  Richard Charles Roslyn   Father - Richard Robinson, Clayton Villa, Fulwood, Preston.  

Richard born 22nd January 1887.   PGS April 1900 to

1/1 Cheshire Yeomanry, H1-1916.

 

(Note:   There is another brother, killed in the war, not yet known to have been at PGS but the three other brothers were so there must be a chance.)

 

Rowley,  Lieutenant   A Master who refereed the PGS v Blackburn GS football match played on PNE, 3rd March, proceeds from the 1,000 spectators to the Moor Park Voluntary Aid Hospital.  Lt Rowley had recently returned from the campaign in German East Africa. H11-1917.

 

Ryding, William   Father - William Ryding, Manager of Co-operative Society, deceased.  Emma C Ryding, College Villas, Longridge.   Dec 1921  D.S.K. 

William born 11th February 1898.  Longridge Council School.  PGS 12th September 1910 to 25th July 1914.  Apprenticed to Druggist.   Died 1920.

Army Service Corps, Expeditionary Force, H1-1915.  H1-1916. (Previously not identifiable, initial “W” given in Prize Day report 1916.)

 

 

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Sanderson, Fred   Royal Field Artillery, H1-1916.

 

Sanderson, Jack   Father - James Sanderson, 1 Cliff Street, West Cliff, Preston. 1922.  Inland Revenue Officer.

Jack born 5th September 1894.   Elementary School, Bilston, Staffordshire.  PGS 30th April 1906 to 28th July 1910.  To Harris Institute.

Army Service Corps, H1-1916.

 

Sanderson, Orme   Father - Orme Sanderson, The School House, Eccleston, Near Preston.   Headmaster of Eccleston Elementary School.

Orme born 21st January 1898.   Eccleston Elementary School.  PGS 22nd April 1909 to 20th December 1913.  Oxford Preliminary Locals 3rd Class Honours 1911.   Oxford Junior Locals 1912 3rd Class Honours, Passed in Spoken French.   School £10 Scholarship.   Special prize, German.  School prize for German in 1913. Miller House Captain, 1913.  House representative on Magazine Committee, H12-1913.  Boy Artificer, Royal Navy.

PGSA No 44, 6th February 1925.  138 Deepdale Road, Preston.   Resigned 1927

NOTE:  He left School in 1913 with the intention of becoming a Boy Artificer in the Royal Navy.  There is as yet no confirmation this happened, or whether he remained in the Navy during the war.

 

Seed, Francis William     Father - William Seed, 68 Church Street, Preston.   Sewing Machine Dealer. 

Francis born 13th December 1898.  St Paul’s School.  PGS 11th January 1912 to 25th July 1914.  Miller, 1913.  H12-1913.   Junior clerk in office of cotton manufacturer.  Harris Institute and Technical School.    229th Infantry Battalion, H11-1917.   Cadet RFC, H2-1918.   Lieutenant, RAF, DFC, Prize Day report 1919.

PGSA No 259 27th May 1927. DFC, Croix de Guerre.  Winsleigh, South Meadow Lane, Preston. 4 Chaddock Street, Preston.  5 Cliff Street, West Cliff, Preston.  Amstel, Liverpool Road,   Penwortham, Preston. Suspend October 6th 1938.

(What is the 229th Infantry Battalion?   That does not seem to be a British Army designation. It might be a Training Reserve Battalion of which there were many known only by a number.)

 

Seed, Robert Lieutenant on HMS Vengeance, H1-1915. Reported as having been injured, H9-1915. Injuries received through an accidental explosion of guncotton.  Has been serving in the Dardanelles, H1-1916.   Vengeance was a pre-Dreadnought battleship, slow, coal burning, under-armed. Was in the Dardanelles in 1915, then in 1915 to the Mediterranean, East Africa and East Indies.

 

VSeed, William Ernest             NOT on the Memorial.    

Father - Thomas Seed - Oak Villa, Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston.   Gentleman.   

William born 7th January 1887.   PGS September 1899 to  Latin

French Special Prize 1902-3; 5th Form Prize 1902-3;  Oxford Local Certificates, Senior, 3rd Class Honours 1902-3; Board of Education Elementary Physiography for 1903; 1904.

Lancashire Daily Post 14th December 1918 under Death on Active Service:  On 12th December at the Military Hospital, Sheffield, 2nd Lieutenant William Ernest Seed, son of Thomas Seed of Overdale, Penwortham, in his 32nd year.   Interment at St Andrew‘s, 16th December, at 2.30pm.

CWG: William Ernest Seed  Lieutenant   RAF.  31 years.  Died 12th December 1918.  Son of Thomas and Isabella Ann Seed of Preston.  Grave Reference: East side of main path,  St Andrew’s, Ashton-on-Ribble.   

 

VShepherd, James Woodruff   War Memorial. 

Father - Robert Shepherd, 181 Lancaster Road, Preston.   Butcher.     

James born 22nd September 1887.   PGS May 1900 to

CWG: James Woodruff Shepherd, Private, 9th Battalion Cheshire Regiment.  30 years.  Died 21st April 1918.   49388.  The son of Robert and Beatrice Janet Shepherd, 62 Lancaster Road,  Preston.   Grave Reference:  P VII  A 1B   St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.

Preston Memorial: James Woodruff Shepherd  62 Lancaster Road.  Butcher.   Cheshires.  Private 49388.   Died 21st April 1918 in Rouen Hospital.

 

VSimpson, Charles Vernon Martyn   NOT on the Memorial.

Simpson, Charles Vernon Martin      Father, Isaac Simpson JP, Brook House, Near Garstang.  Gold Thread Manufacturer.  Mother - Emily E Simpson, signed the papers and on each occasion wrote “Martin”, not “Martyn”.  

Charles born 10th October (mother) 1892 [September ?]. PGS  April 1900 to

CWG: Captain 1st/5th King’s Own Royal Lancasters,  26 years. Killed 31st July 1917. Son of Isaac Simpson, JP.  VII. B. 26  Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery.  

Preston Memorial:  Charles Vernon Martin Simpson, 5th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.  Captain.  Died 31st July 1917. Killed outright by a shell, in action at Wieltje (?), near Ypres, Belgium.. Buried in the Military Cemetery, 55th Division, Vlamertinghe, 1½ to 2 miles behind Ypres, on 3rd August 1917.  Youngest son of Isaac Simpson of Brook House, Nr Garstang, and of Avenham Road Works, Preston, Lancashire, Esq, JP for County of Lancaster.  Captain C V M Simpson was born in Preston 10th October 1891.

 

Simpson, S   Major   Commanding 9th Lancashire Battery and Ammunition Column, 2nd West Lancashire Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. School 1874-1881, Commissioned 1892, H9-1914.  H1-1915.  Recovering from injuries caused by an accidental explosion of guncotton, H1-1916.

 

Smethurst, F H   Royal Engineers, Port St Anthony, Falmouth, H1-1916.   

 

VSmith,   Philip Tristram War Memorial. 

Father - William Dugard Smith, 15 Powis Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. 1922 - Goosnargh Hospital.  Elementary School Headmaster of St Peter’s School.  

Philip Tristan   (Note spelling) born 28th June 1891.  St Peter’s School.  PGS 12th September 1904 to 27th February 1909.  Bank Clerk.  Died under training for war.  

Liverpool Scottish H9-1915.   H1-1916.  Died in a hospital in Cambridge, his home address given as Goosnargh Hospital, H1-1917.  Correction: Died in Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot.   “Cambridge” may well derive from HRH Duke of Cambridge when a Prince with that title was Commander-in-Chief of the Army.

CWG: Private, 10th King’s Liverpool. 26 years.  Died 13th October 1916. Service Number 4469.   The son of William and Isabel Smith of Preston, and husband of Madeleine Tristan Smith, 1 Clevedon Mansions, East Twickenham, Middlesex.  Grave is in the South West Corner of Goosnargh (St Mary) Churchyard.

Preston Memorial: Philip Tristan Smith, Bushell’s Hospital, Goosnargh.  Bank Clerk. King’s Liverpool Scottish.  Signaller. 4469.  Died 13th November 1916.  Died of sickness at Aldershot.

(The handwritten date is clearly “Nov”.)

 

Smith, Robert Ball     Father - David Smith, Glebe Lane, Banks.  Wheelwright.

Robert born 29th December 1899.  Primitive Methodist School, Banks.   PGS 19th September 1911 to 25th January 1918. Thornley, 1913. Upper 4th Form Prize, 1913, H12-1913.   Higher Certificate 1914, July 1915 and July 1917.   School Scholarship 1915 for 3 years.   LCC Exhibition £60pa for 3 years August 1917.   Harris Scholarship £70 for 4 years.  Open Classical Scholarship, Jesus College, Oxford £80 for 4 years June 1917. School Captain, Christmas term 1916, H1-1917. Football vice-captain left to join the RNAS, H2-1918. Football vice-captain, left back and the mainstay of the defence until the Army required him at Christmas. Had been captain of Thornley. Open classical scholarship of £80 at Jesus College and Lancashire Co Co scholarship of £60 for 3 years, 17 years old and third on the list of 13 scholarships. Harris Scholarship, £70 for 4 years. O&C Higher Certificate, distinction in French. Greek, Latin, French Special Prizes, H6-1918.  Released, H4-1919. Not yet returned to Jesus College, Oxford, from the Army, H4-1919.   Scholar of Jesus College, Oxford, H10-1919.   BA (Oxon) Assistant Mastership at Wellington School, Somerset.

 

Smith, Samuel H     Father - John Robert Smith, Bushell House, 1 Bushell Place, Preston.  J R & A Smith Ltd, cotton spinners and manufacturers, Park Mill shed, Peel Mill and Manchester Mill; warehouse at 7 Marsden Street, Manchester.

Samuel born 30th April 1888. PGS September 1898     Classics

Private, 1914,   Staff Captain, Military Cross, H2-1918.

Army List 1918 shows a Captain, RAMC, wef 30th March 1915 (there are many Smiths!).    

 

VSnelham, Arthur         War Memorial. 

Father - Thomas Snelham, 43 Addison Road, Preston.   Book keeper.

Arthur born 7th June 1890.  PGS January 1901 to

3rd year Free Scholarship 1902-3.

KILLED IN WAR

Australian Expeditionary Force, H9-1915. Private, The Queensland Infantry, joined last March, 1915. Wounded and missing, 1915. Son of Councillor Thomas Snelham, a School Governor.  Went out to the copper mines at Selwyn, Australia, about three years ago. Killed on Active Service, H1-1916.

CWG: Australian Private Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 15th Battalion.  Age: 25.  Date of Death: 8th August 1915.  Service No: 2201. Additional information: Son of Thomas and Christiana Snelham, of 55 Ainslie Rd., Preston England.  Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead.  Grave/Memorial Reference: 49 Memorial Lone Pine Memorial.

Preston Memorial:  Arthur Snelham, 55 Ainslie Road, Preston.  Fitter. 15th Australian Imperial Force. Private 2201.  Died 8th August 1915.  At Gallipoli.

Lone Pine Memorial is in Turkey.

 

Sowerbutts, John 42nd West Lancs D A C  H1-1916.

Sowerbutts, William Father - William Hampson Sowerbutts, 106 Waterloo Road, Ashton-on-Ribble.   Clerk and Salesman at Cotton Mill.

William born 20th September 1892. Grimshaw Street School.  PGS 10th September 1906 to 28th July 1910.  Elementary School Teacher.  Name match only.  Details to be confirmed.

Sowerbutts, William  Headquarters Staff, 42nd West Lancs D A C, H1-1916.  Second Lieutenant, 3rd East Lancashires, H11-1917.

 

Spelman, H H H11-1917.

 

Spencer, L D W Rev   Chaplain to the Forces, with 4th LNL Territorials, H9-1915. H1-1916.

 

Stockdale, Frederick     Father - Lawson Stockdale, 23 Latham Street, Preston.  

Frederick born 23rd May 1887. PGS September 1901 to

RAMC in Egypt, H5-1916.

 

VStuart, William         NOT on the Memorial.

Father - Thomas Stuart, New Hall   Sowerby   Garstang.   Farmer and Hay & Straw Merchant.

William born (2nd) 5th December 1888.  PGS January 1901 to

Oxford Local Certificates, Preliminary, Pass, 1902-3.

CWG: William Stuart  Private, B Company, 14th Battalion Highland Light Infantry.  28 years. Died 24th March 1918.   Service Number 38269.   Son of Jane Stuart, 69 Lytham Road, Fulwood, Preston, and the late Thomas Stuart.  Native of Sowerby, Preston.  Grave Reference VIII . F . 4 St Pierre Cemetery,  Amiens.

 

Swann, Reginald   Father - John Swann, 24 Powis Road. Later query 19. Manager, British Rubber Company.

Reginald born 15th June 1894.  Ashton Wesleyan School.  PGS 20th January 1908 to 21st December 1909.   To Victoria College, Preston.

28th (Public Schools) Battalion Royal Fusiliers, H1-1916.  Royal Engineers, H11-1917.

 

 

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Taylor, Frank     Father - W J Taylor, 167 Moor Lane, Preston.  The Rutlands, 56 St Andrew’s Avenue,  Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. 1922.  Mill Manager.

Frank born 28th February 1901.  Roebuck Street School.   PGS 17th September 1913 to 31st March 1915.   New boy, placed in Harris, 1913, H12-1913.  To Technical School in preparation for engineering.  

RFC, H6-1918.

 

VThexton, Percival           War Memorial. 

Father - Thomas Thexton, Atherton House, Fulwood, Preston.  Upholsterer.

Percival born 4th July 1885.  PGS June 1899 to Requested “Latin - for Doctor”.

1903-04 is at Royal Veterinary College, Edinburgh, 2nd Professional Examination with Honours.

On the 20th November 1918 at the Military Hospital, St Germaine, Paris, from influenza, Percival Thexton, MRCVS, aged 33 years. -- Lancashire Daily Post 23rd November 1918.

(“Upholsterer” seems to be an understatement for a furniture store on Fishergate in the vicinity of the theatre.)

Death of Capt. Percival Thexton

The death has occurred at St Germaine, Paris, from influenza, of Captain Percival Thexton, Army Veterinary Corps, third son of Thomas Thexton, of Lea Hall, Preston.  He was in partnership as a veterinary surgeon with Mr Schofield of Pontefract when he enlisted in 1917, and sailed for Mesopotamia in June that year.  He was on his way home from Mesopotamia when struck with influenza.  He was formerly with Mr Ralph Rimmer at Kendal.  He married in 1913 Jeannie Alexander, second daughter of the late William Alexander of Kendal.   He leaves a widow and two children.

CWG: Captain, Army Veterinary Corps, 8th Mobile Veterinary Section. 32 years. Died 20th November 1918. Son of Thomas Thexton of Preston.  Husband of Jeannie Thexton, Ainsdale, Beast Banks, Kendal.   B.61. St Germaine-au-Mont D’Or Communal Cemetery Extension.

 

Thompson, J RFC, H2-1918.

 

Thompson, Miles   Royal Field Artillery, West Lancashire Territorials, H9-1915, H1-1916.

 

Thompson, M V     Hired a pair of powerful glasses to enable him to pass the medical and is now at Weeton Camp, H9-1915 ( May be the above.)

 

Thompson, Miles Veevers   Father -  deceased, architect.  Mary Thompson, 70 Balfour Road, Moor Park, Preston;  1922.

Miles born 7th June 1899.  Chetham’s Hospital, Manchester.  PGS 7th November 1911 to 9th February 1916.  Junior Clerk   Accountant’s office.

Dates have been checked to original source because of the date at Weeton and that of leaving School.

 

Thornton, Robert William   Father - Richard Thornton, 45 Lytham Road, Fulwood, Preston.  Auctioneer’s Clerk.

Robert born 25th October 1899.   Mrs Dall’s School.  PGS 11th January 1912 to 30th June 1917.  Preliminary Local, including spoken French 1912. LCC Exhibition 1912. Goodair, H12-1913. Lower Certificate 1914.  Higher Certificate July 1915. Prefect, Christmas term 1916, H1-1917. No further information.  Called up for military service, T R B, H11-1917.  Released, H4-1919.

 

Tindall, Reginald Fawcett   Father - Harold Tindall, The Grove, Leyland. Commercial Traveller.

Reginald born 15th February 1894.  Balshaws Grammar School.   PGS 20th January 1903 to 22nd December 1908.  In building trade learning the business.

Tindall, R F Corporal attached as Motor Cycle Dispatch Rider to 5th Dragoon Guards, H1-1915. H1-1916. 

Name match only.   Details to be confirmed.

 

Topping, Cyril     Father - James Topping, Highfield, Fulwood Hall Lane, Fulwood.  21 Park Terrace,   Garstang Road.   xxxxxxxx  The Grange, xxxxxx Avenue, Fulwood.   1922 - Glenfarg, Fulwood Hall Lane,   Fulwood, Preston.   Schoolmaster.

Cyril born 24th April 1900.   Mrs Dall’s Private School.  Son of a Guild Burgess.  PGS 16th January 1911 to 26th March 1918; re-admitted 5th March 1919 to 26th July 1919. Goodair.   Oxford Preliminary and passed spoken French 1912.  Junior Thornley Scholarship (£5 for 3 years).  Lancashire Co Co Open Exhibition £10 a year, awarded 1913, H12-1913.  Preston Borough Scholarship of £40 a year for 3 years. Lower Certificate 1914. In 5th Form 1915.  Higher Certificate July 1915, July 1916, July 1917. Prefect, Christmas term 1916.  Higher Certificate Group II Science July 1917.    Aged 17, obtained an open Science Demyship £80 for 4 years, Magdalen College, December 1917, Prize day, February 1918. O&C Higher Certificate, distinction in chemistry. Chemistry Special Prize. Believed to be at Manchester.  6th Form, School Football centre forward, handicapped by only being able to shoot left footed, and ought to lead his forwards better.  Goodair football. H6-1918. 

LCC Scholarship £60pa for 3 years February 1918. Borough Scholarship £40 for 3 years March 1919.  Joined the Army.   Not yet returned to Magdalen College, Oxford from the Army, H4-1919. Physics and Mathematics Preliminary Honours Schools July 1919.

 

Topping, Frederick Charles   Father - F C Topping, 222 Deepdale Road, Preston.  Steeple and Chimney Restorer.

Frederick born 5th January 1898.   Moor Park Wesleyan.   PGS 20th January 1909 to 26th July 1913.   Private coach for Chartered Accountants’ Examinations.

Second Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery, H11-1917.   Was at O.C.B. at Lichfield, released, temporary teacher until Mr Constable returned, H4-1919.

 

Towler, Ernest Edmund   Father - Richard Edmund Towler, 241 Manchester Road, Preston.  Ruskin Villa,  Frenchwood Knowle, Preston.   Insurance Agent.

Ernest born 28th December 1891.  Grimshaw Street School.  PGS 3rd April 1902 to 29th July 1904.   Left to become a Solicitor’s Clerk.  

Corporation Free Scholar 1902-1905.  Oxford Local Certificates Preliminary; 3rd Class Honours, 1st Division, 1904; Junior 1905; Senior 1907. Exempted from London Matriculation. School Scholarship 13th September 1906. School Captain 1908.

Former School Captain, has a commission in the South Lancashires, H9-1915.

Lieutenant E E Towler, South Lancashires, was reported to be wounded and missing on 21st August 1918.  He had been wounded twice previously.  He went to Egypt in 1916, returned to UK and then to the Western Front, and had gone back to France in July.   Press report 11th September 1918. Lancashire Daily Post 4th October 1918 reported him to be wounded and a Prisoner of War.

Deceased 1974.

 

VTullis, Alexander               War Memorial  

Born 18th February 1892.  27 Highgate Terrace, Fulwood, Preston. PGS September 1901 to

Belonged to a well-known Preston family - builders of the Harris Museum. Joined West Riding Regiment soon after war broke out and went to France a month before his death.  Killed on 5th May 1915 by gas poisoning, H9-1915.

CWG: Private 14046 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.   Died 5th May 1915. Son of Alexander and A A Tullis, 129 Tulketh Road  Ashton. Grave Reference: I. E. 169 Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord).

Preston Memorial:  Alexander Tullis 129 Tulketh Road, Ashton-on-Ribble.  Chartered Accountant.  Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment.  Private 14046.  Died 5th May 1915. Killed in action result of gas poison, Hill 60, France.

 

Turner, George     Father - H Turner, 60 Holmrook Road, Preston

George born 7th August 1891.  PGS April 1902 to

A Company, 15th Battalion, London Regiment (4th London Infantry Brigade), H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

Turner, Sydney Herbert   Father - Sam Turner, 33 Ormskirk Road, Preston.

Sidney born 25th December 1891.  Miss Bolton’s School.  PGS January 1903 to  (Note: Two School documents give two spellings for Si(y)dney.

Royal Fusiliers, H5-1916.

 

 

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Wade, Harold   Father - John Richard Wade, The Cottage, Whitestake.   Mechanical Engineer.  Harold born 7th August 1893.  Previous education at home.  PGS 1st May 1901 to 28th August 1910.   Bank Clerk.  Reading for Civil Service.  

Wade, H  A Squadron, Westminster Dragoons, H1-1915, H1-1916.    NB:  At this stage there is not proof that the two H Wade’s are one person.  

 

Wallwork ….. Joined the Territorials, H9-1914.

 

Wallwork John     Father - Joshua Wallwork, 89 Holm Rook Road. 1922.   Tape Sizer in the Bute Cotton Mill.  

John born 25th June 1894.  St Paul’s Elementary.  PGS 16th September 1907 to 27th July 1911.  Battersea College.

A Company, 10th Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own) H1-1915; a former House vice captain, now in India - see J J Blackledge, H9-1915. H1-1916.

 

Ward,  Harry Miller     Father - W Ward, 1 Cobham Street, Preston

Harry born 15th December 1893.  Fulwood & Cadley School. PGS September 1902 to

Signaller, Royal Field Artillery, H11-1917.

 

VWare, Septimus                     War Memorial. 

Father - John Ware, 223 North Road, Preston.   1922 - 324 North Road, Preston. Engineer, Artisan.

Septimus born 20th April 1899.   Christ Church School.   PGS 19th September 1911 to 26th July 1913.   Apprentice in Engineering Works.  KILLED IN WAR.

CWG: Private, C Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  19 years. Died 29th September 1918.   Service Number 49710. The son of John and Ann Ware, 324 North Road, Preston. Memorial Reference: Panel 70 to 72 Tyne Cot Memorial.

Preston Memorial: Septimus Ware  324 North Road, Preston.  Apprentice Fitter.  Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.  Private 49710.  Died 29th September 1918. France, whereabouts unknown.

 

Watkinson, Sidney   RAMC, Eastbourne, H4-1915.  H1-1916.

 

Watson, Douglas   Goodair.  One of four student teachers in 1916, see A Drysdale, T Willacy, J E Whitehead. T R B, H11-1917.   Is on The Curragh in Ireland and expects to go to France shortly, H2-1918.   Severely wounded in France, H10-1918.   Released, H4-1919. 

 

Wells, Eric Wright Father - Frederick Wells, 10 Garden Walk; then Inglenook, Powis Road, Ashton-on-Ribble; 1922 - 65 Powis Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston.   Ribble Ship’s Pilot.

Eric born 17th July 1898.  Miss Newstead’s Private School.  PGS 1st May 1908 to 28th July 1918.  To Army.

4th LNL at Oswestry, H9-1916. Visited PGS whilst on leave, H1-1917.

 

Whistlecraft, William D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashire (Preston Pals), H1-1915. H1-1916.

 

Whitehead, C RFC, H2-1918.

 

VWhitehead, John Eric         War Memorial.

Father - William Whitehead, Electric Supply Works, Crown Street, Preston.  Storekeeper.

John born 27th September 1898.   Christ Church School.   PGS 19th September 1911 to 26th July 1916.      Upper 4th,  Miller 1915.  Preliminary Locals 1912. Lower Certificate July 1915. Teachers Preliminary Part 1 December 1915, Part 2 March 1916.  Higher Certificate July 1916.   Student Teacher.  KILLED IN WAR.

Had been one of four student teachers in 1916 - See A Drysdale, T Willacy, D Watson.   

T R B, H11-1917.   Died of wounds at Rouen,  H10-1918.  

CWG: Whitehead, J E   Private, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion.  19 years. Died 8th September 1918.  Service Number 73490.  Son of William Whitehead, 31 Crown Street, Preston.   Commonwealth War Dead.  Grave Reference:  R III K 21.   St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.

Preston Memorial: John Eric Whitehead  31 Crown Street, Preston. Student Teacher. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 2nd Battalion.  Private No 73490. Died 8th September 1918. Longueval, France.  Was educated at Christ Church School and gained a Borough scholarship for the grammar school.  Whilst there he gained the university joint board Higher Certificate. He was holder of the Royal Lifesaving bronze medal, and was a student teacher at St Luke’s Boys’ School.  Also teacher at Christ Church Sunday School.

Longueval was on the Somme.

 

Whitehead, John Hamilton   Father - H W Whitehead, 8 Regent Street, Preston.   Captain in Territorial Forces. 

John born 19th November 1893.  Miss Williamson’s Private School, Avenham Lane.  PGS 3rd April 1902 to 28th July 1910.    To a cotton mill learning managership.

Whitehead, J H   Joined Mr Cyril Cartmell’s Company, Pals Battalion, LNL (Regulars); now on Salisbury Plain; H9-1914. Lance Corporal,  D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashire (Preston Pals) H1-1915.   H1-1916. Name match only.   Details to be confirmed.

 

Whiteside, Tyson   Father - Robert Whiteside, 4 Wellington Terrace, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston; 1922.  Grocer.

Tyson born 1st August 1898.  St Mark’s School.  PGS 12th September 1910 to 24th July 1915. Thornley.     

Pass Oxford Local Preliminary July 1912.   School cricket team, H9-1914.   School Second XI and House 1st XI, defender. Upper 4th 1915. School football team, right back 1915. Articled to Solicitor.

Royal Navy, H2-1918.  

PGSA No 73, 16th February 1925.  4 Wellington Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. Struck off Sept 1928.

 

Whittaker, S RFC, H2-1918.

 

VWhittle, Clive     War Memorial. 

Father - John Whittle, 17 Powis Road, Ashton-on-Ribble. 1922:  21 Powis Road, Ashton-on-Ribble,   Preston.  Auctioneer.

Clive born 24th June 1893.  St Andrew’s School.  PGS 22nd January 1906 to 22nd December 1909, deleted, and left 28th December 1910.  Into father’s business.  Killed In War.

Joined Mr Cyril Cartmell’s Company, Pals Battalion, LNL (Regulars); now on Salisbury Plain; H9-1914.  D Company, 7th Loyal North Lancashire (Preston Pals), H1-1915. H1-1916.  Killed, H9-1916.

CWG: Private, 7th Loyal North Lancashires.  Died 23rd July 1916.  Service Number 13064. Memorial Reference:  Memorial 13, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval.

Preston Memorial: Private Clive Whittle  19 Powis Road, Ashton-on-Ribble.  Journalist. D Company (Preston Pals), 7th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.  Private 13064.  Died July 23rd 1916. On the Somme.  No details.

 

Whittle, J   4th Loyal North Lancashire, H9-1915. H1-1916.

 

Whitwell, Thomas     Father - John William Whitwell, 20 Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, Preston.   Insurance Agent.

Thomas born 31st January 1898.   Fulwood CE.   PGS 2nd September 1910 to 13th May 1916.  Oxford Preliminary 2nd Class Honours 1911. Junior Locals 1st Class Honours, 266th of 6921 candidates, passed spoken French, Higher Certificate, 1913. School Scholarship £10 for 3 years, 1913.   To Forces, Royal Fortress Engineers.

Fortress Engineers, H5-1916.

 

Wilcock, D Released from HM Forces, H4-1919.

 

Wilcock, F   Royal Field Artillery, H11-1917.

 

Wilcock, Harold   Gunner, 125th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, H1-1916.

 

Wilcock, John   Private, 5th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, H1-1915. Reported as having been injured, H9-1915.  Private, Pals Company, 5th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancasters (TF).   Wounded in the chest fighting in France 1915. Known to some present pupils, H1-1916.

Is this an incorrect identification?   See note below.

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Wilcock, John   Private, 5th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, H1-1915. Reported as having been injured, H9-1915.  Private, Pals Company, 5th Battalion King’s Own Royal Lancasters (TF).  Wounded in the chest fighting in France 1915. Known to some present pupils,  H1-1916.  No report of war service after this item, January 1916.

The above three reports were in The Hoghtonian.  “Known to some present pupils” must mean about 22-24 years of age.  There was a John Wilcock, born 13th February 1892, entered the School 12th September 1904 to 20th July 1910 and was then reported to have entered a Training College as a Student Teacher.  He had won the Scripture Prize in 1909, donated by Canon Butler, Vicar of Preston.  He was exempted from Matriculation by the Northern Universities Joint Board; he had passed 1st Division Senior level Oxford Local Delegacy University Certificate, reported in July 1910.

His father was Thomas Frederick Wilcock, Mechanic at the County Asylum, Whittingham. (For any non-locals, Whittingham Asylum/Mental Hospital was a 3,500 population ‘village’ with its own post office and railway station.) John attended the local Goosnargh Elementary School before PGS.

Why would a youth/young man living in Goosnargh within cycling distance of Fulwood Barracks join the Lancaster-based King’s Own Territorials?

There is a John Wilcock, BA Honours degree in Economics, who joined PGSA as a Life member on 22nd February 1930, number 364.  His brothers Frederick, born 8th November 1897 and Arnold both joined PGSA as Life members also on 22nd February 1930, numbered 365 and 366 respectively.  Another brother, Donald, was born 4th May 1900. Frederick was at the School until 3rd March 1914, later served in the Royal Field Artillery. He had left School intending to study for Chartered Accountant; Arnold became a dentist.   Donald was at PGS 4th April 1910 to 9th December 1915, and  was released from the Forces in 1918 or 1919.

John lived in Stoke, Frederick lived in Beckenham, and Arnold lived in Droitwich.  On Frederick’s records their father was shown as living in Whittingham in 1922. 

Note:  There are gaps between Arnold and Donald. Donald’s date of birth is known, Arnold’s isn’t. Donald is recorded in the School, Arnold’s School records only appear in the PGSA records, and are the same as Donald’s. Arnold was not in the Forces, Donald was.  Arnold was a dentist, Donald left PGS to study to be a dentist. Arnold lived in Droitwich, Donald lived ... where?  The two names are being left in the record with the proviso that it is probably one person, and that is Donald.

 

The report in The Hoghtonian H9-1915 means that the wounding in action would most probably have been between Easter and Summer holidays. The other two reports quite clearly state he was a Private in the 1st/5th King’s Own, Pals Company, and it was a Territorial Forces Battalion.  

 

The Roll for 1914-1915 of the 1st/5th Battalion, King’s Own, has been published by the Regimental Museum.  There is a J Wilcock, Acting Sergeant, Service number 2543, re-numbered 240728. An Acting Sergeant in the Territorials would probably have several years‘ Service. 

There is a John Wilcock, Drummer, Number 1298. Killed in action 8th May 1915. Lived at 29 Beaumont Street, Lancaster.  His parents were John, deceased, and Mary Wilcock.  He was born in Glasgow, was aged 21 years when KIA. He had worked at Storey’s White Cross works and had been in the 5th King’s Own Territorials from about 1911.  He was called up in August 1914, had served 6 months Home Service and 3 months Overseas Service up to his death. There had been initial confusion over date of death, put at not later than 18th May, then amended to 8th May 1915. He is recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.  He is also described as a Bugler.  In the Infantry, Corps of Drums, Drummers blow bugles, except in the Light Infantry Regiments which have Bugle Corps and not Corps of Drums.  The description of him as a Drummer or a Bugler is not material.

 

There seems little doubt that there were two John Wilcock soldiers and the one who attended PGS probably did not serve in 1st/5th King’s Own. In which regiment did he serve?

 

 

Wilkinson, E   Second Lieutenant on Active Service, H9-1915, H1-1916.  An “E Wilkinson” on the Roll for 1909 and Edward Wilkinson was the first winner of the Makinson Prize for an essay by a current pupil, reported in OBM-12-1910.

 

Willacy, Thomas Eccles     Father - John James Willacy, 84 Parker Street North, Preston. 1922.   Weaver.

Thomas born 31st December 1898.  Grimshaw Street School.  PGS 17th September 1912 to 26th July 1916.  Lower Certificate July 1915.   Teachers Preliminary Part 1 December 1915; Part 2 March 1916.   Student Teacher. 

Had been one of four student teachers in 1916, see A Drysdale;  Douglas Watson, J E Whitehead.   Army Service Corps, H11-1917.   Discharged due to ill-health, now teaching, H2-1918.    Was found to have serious heart trouble, underwent a dangerous operation, returned to civilian life badly shaken in health, H10-1918.

 

Wilson, M C     Joined the Territorials, H9-1914. H1-1915.  Possibly the youngest of the Old Boys now serving, is with one of the Lancashire Territorial Regiments, H9-1915. H1-1916.  

 

Winter, Arthur James born 24th April 1880  PGS 6th October 1891 to December 1895.

Was an Aerial Photographer during the War but it is not clear if he was in the Forces, or officially attached to them, or otherwise engaged as a photographer.

 

VWoods, George  War Memorial 1914 - 1918 

Father - John Woods, Avenue Bank, Walton-le-Dale. Master Builder.

George born 11th May 1894.   Private tuition by his Governess.   PGS 18th April 1902 to 27th August 1911.  Went on to Abingdon School.  Killed In War.

Commission in 4th Loyal North Lancashires, having left his studies at Keble College, H1-1916. Captain, killed in action. His genial, good natured disposition coupled with his other sterling qualities, help us to realise what a great loss his death is, H1-1917.

From the Archivist, Keble College: Application Form dated 24 February 1913.   Woods, George   Date of Birth 11 May 1894.  Baptism 10 June 1894. School - Abingdon. Parent - John Woods Esq, Building Engineer - Avenue Bank, Walton-le-Dale, Preston.  Entered for Term October 1913. A College Register records: 2294 Woods, George; b 11 May 1894.  Educ. Abingdon School. 2/Lt., 9th Bn. London Regt., 1915; Lt., 1915; Capt., 1916 (France).  Killed in action 9 September 1916.

Avenue Bank is on Chorley Road.

CWG: Captain, London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) 1st/9th Battalion.  Died 9th September 1916.  Pier and Face 9C Thiepval Memorial.

 

Woods, Henry 4th Loyal North Lancashire Territorials, H1-1916.

 

Wright, L Comrades’ Battalion, H1-1916.

 

Wynn, Fred   King’s Liverpool, H1-1916.

 

 

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