Ainsdale's fallen Service men and women of World War Two

Ainsdale’s War Memorial is situated on the village green, Liverpool Road, Ainsdale and lists the names of 27 Service Personel who died in battle during WW2.

Some of the men and women have additional information about their lives and where they were born or lived before the war.

Please note: The names and details listed below are collated and checked by our researchers, however as new information arises, the site will be updated.

SurnameFirst nameRankService NoRegiment, Squadron, Ship EtcLast known addressDiedAge at DeathBurial placeBiography
AllisonRobert Francis NeilSergeant1388172100 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve15/02/194422Runnymede Memorial, SurreyRobert was the son of A. F. Allison, and of Florence Allison, of Ainsdale, Lancashire
BuckleyJoseph AlanChief Motor Mechanic 4th ClassP/MX 116188Royal Navy, H.M. Motor Torpedo Boat 67124/04/1944Birkdale Cemetery, LancashireJoseph died aboard  Fairmile D motor torpedo boat 671, she was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off Cape Barfleur, France by Kriegsmarine destroyers. Joseph was mentioned in despatches
ClaytonPeter LambertSub- LieutenantRoyal Naval Reserve, H.M. Submarine Untamed30/05/194320Dunoon Cemetery, Argyllshire, ScotlandPeter was the son of John Lambert Clayton and Louisa Annie Clayton, of Southport, Lancashire.
CoyneStephen GeorgeSergeant (Air Gunner)1494494620 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve28/08/194319Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, GermanyStephen was the son of James and Gladys R. Coyne, of Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire.
HalsallDonald AddiePilot Officer (Observer)62669254 Squadron, Royal Voluntary Reserve27/12/194121Trondheim (Stavne) Cemetery, NorwayDonald was the son of Robert and Marie Macnee Addie Halsall, of Southport, Lancashire.
HeapJoseph OgdenPilot Officer (Pilot)46921Royal Air Force 218 Squadron, 05/05/194221Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, GermanyJoseph was the son of Thomas Heap and Alice Heap, M.B.E., of Burnley, Lancashire.
IrwinArthur LeslieGunner1123139118 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery09/12/194423Singapore Memorial, SingaporeArthur was the son of Samuel Irwin, M.C., and of Mabel Irwin, of Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire.
JacksonLawrence MilnerAble SeamanD/JX 554628Royal Navy, H.M.S. 'Glenearn'04/09/194520Plymouth Naval Memorial, DevonLawrence was the son of John Milner Jackson and Frances Jackson, of Ainsdale, Lancashire
KingJosephPrivate1422775244th Company, Pioneer Corp24/03/194533Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyJoseph was the son of Joseph and Mary King, of Southport, Lancashire; husband of Elizabeth King, of Southport.
KiplingHarryGunner1750494 239 Battery, Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery09/12/194336Singapore Memorial, SingaporeHarry was the son of Walter and Elizabeth Ann Kipling; husband of Mary Vidal Kipling, of Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire.
MeggittTom RoyFlight Lieutenant45359Royal Air Force Volunteer reserve24/09/194327Anfield Crematorium Liverpool
NelsonFrankGunner8680219 Coast Regiment, Royal Artillery 03/05/194323Singapore Memorial, SingaporeFrank was the son of Edward Cuthbert Nelson, and of Annise Mary Nelson, of Ainsdale, Lancashire.
NewtonHarry EdgarGunner91060767 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery09/10/1942El Alamein War Cemetery, EgyptHarry was the son of Mrs. S. Gent, of Liverpool
NorrisRichardTrooper14373008East Riding Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps06/09/194434Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, FranceRichard was the son of Nicholas and Sarah Norris; husband of M. Norris, of Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire.
RhodesHarryPilot Officer14038Royal Air Force Volunteer reserve17/05/194323Birkdale Cemetery, LancashireHarry was the son of Frank and Elsie Rhodes, of Ainsdale, Southport
RimmerFrankSergeantT/84563538 Petrol Company, Royal Army Service Corps11/08/193929St Cuthbert's Churchyard, Southport, LancashireFrank was the son of James and Kathleen Rimmer, of Southport; husband of Florence Edith Rimmer, of Ainsdale, Southport.
ScarisbrickThomas CharlesPrivate38660381st Battalion, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)23/04/194320Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia
SharrockKennethAble SeamanP/SSx17187Royal Navy, H.M.S. 'Nubian'26/05/194127Portsmouth Naval Memorial, HampshireKenneth was the son of Thomas Edwin and Mary Sharrock, of Ainsdale, Lancashire. He was killed during the Battle of Crete, when Nubian had her stern blown off, with the loss of 7 crew.
SimmonsGeorge ChurchillSecond Engineer OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Empire Trader'06/05/194055Tower Hill Memorial, LondonGeorge was the sn of James and Mary Simmons; husband of Lily Simmons, of Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire.                               
                                                                       
                           
StoneDavid CampbellSergeant (Navigator)1451978100 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 25/05/194321Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, NetherlandsDavid was the son of Francis Campbell Stone and Elizabeth Annie Stone, of Ainsdale, Lancashire.
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ThompsonLeslie NormanLeading Aircraftman1695780Base Signals Repair Unit, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve11/07194437Blankenberge Town Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumLeslie was the son of Isaac and Ethel Maud Thompson; husband of Elsie Hazel Grace Thompson, of Ainsdale, Lancashire.
WeeksStuart AnthonyCorporal1101122Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve12/04/194631St Peter's Churchyard, FormbyStuart was the son of Stuart Antonio and May Weeks, of Formby; husband of Kathleen Patricia Weeks (nee Shacklady), of Ainsdale, Southport.
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WhiteDonald Jeffrey BirchallWarrant Officer (Pilot)1016777Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve06/08/194422Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italyon of George and Elizabeth Mary White, of Ainsdale, Lancashire.
WilkinsonMauriceLieutenant296236298 Battery, 68 Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery 30/07/194431Fontenay-Le-Pesnel War Cemetery, Tessel, Calvados, FranceMaurice was the son of Philip and Eva Wilkinson, of Ainsdale, Southport, Lancashire.
ZachariasJohn PaulMajor1309852nd Royal Tank Regiment, Royal ArtilleryHawkstone, Downhills Road, Blundellsands09/07/194430Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, ItalyJohn was the son of Frederick Albert Paul and Gladys Zacharias; husband of Audrey Amsdale Zacharias, of Ainsdale. He was killed in action in Italy. Prior to the war he was an international golfer and played Rugby for Lancashire and Waterloo.