Formby's fallen Service men of World War Two

Formby’s War Memorial is located by the roundabout at the corner of Three Tuns Lane. Listed upon the memorial are the names of 68 heroic Service Personel who died in battle during WW2.

Some of the men 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 placeBiographyMedals
AindowHenry WilliamPrivate420633413th Battalion, the King's (Liverpool) Regiment06/01194321Rangoon Memorial, MyanmarHenry was the son of Henry Gerald and Alice Aindow, of Formby, Lancashire
BaddeleyArthur Joseph Terence (Joe)Lieutenant362669Royal Artillery. Attached 11th Field Regiment, Royal Indian Artillery17/04/194721Rawalpindi War Cemetery, PakistanJoe was the son of Major Percival Peter Caton Baddeley and Norah Emma Baddeley, of Whalley, Lancashire
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BlackleyJohnSignalman14347258Royal Corps of Signals28/03/194419Karachi War Cemetery, PakistanJohn was the son of Edward and Edie Blackley, of Formby, Lancashire.
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BriscoeIan MackenzieFlying Officer (Pilot)150036182 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve28/04/1944Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France
BuckleyArthur WilliamOrdinary SeamanD/JX 284074Royal Navy, H.M.S.'Matabele'17/01/194225Plymouth Naval Memorial, DevonArthur was the son of Edgar and Evelyn Mary Buckley, of Formby, Lancashire.He died when Matabele was escorting convoy PQ-8. She was hit by one torpedo from U-454 in the stern, which caused her magazines to blow up and the ship sank within two minutes. Her depth charges detonated and killed many survivors in the water, while others were frozen to death by the icy waters. 198 killed and 2 survivors.
ClarkHedley Thomas JamesCaptainRoyal Marines, No 41 Royal Marine Commando 17/09/194321Salerno War Cemetery, ItalyHedley was the son of Hedley James Clark and Nellie M. Clark, of Liverpool.
CorkhillRonald JohnSub-Lieutenant (A)Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. 'Gannet'31/01/194421Faughanvale (St, Canice) Church of Ireland ChurchyardRonald was the son of Ronald William and Marion Louisa Corkhill, of Formby, Lancashire; husband of Joan Melody Corkhill, of Peaslake, Surrey.
CorlessEric WilliamFusilier1431926311th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers05/10/194420Baarle-Nassau Churchyard,
Netherlands
Eric was born in 1924, the youngest son of Thomas and Maud Corless (ne Wright)
DeanJohn EllisSergeant (Air Gunner)2216248428 (Royal Canadian Air Force). Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve25/06/194320Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery. Noord-Brabant, NetherlandsJohn was the son of John and Annie Dean, of Formby, Lancashire.
DodCharles Malcolm ThaneSecond Lieutenant126291156 ( The Lanarkshire Yeomanry), Field Regiment, Royal Artillery15/07/194221Allerton Cemetery, LiverpoolCharles was the son of Harold Thane Dod, and of Annie Margaret Dod, of Scale Hall, Lancaster.
DoodsonHarold VincentFlight Lieutenant46813Royal Air Force24/01194733Runymede Memorial, SurreyHarold was the husband of Louise Ada Doodson (nee Bryan)
DoodsonWilliam  LeslieSergeant  111203539 Squadron, Royal Air Force22/09/194221Malta Memorial, MaltaWilliam was the son of Harold and Ann Doodson, of Formby, Lancashire.
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EatonRobertConvoy SignalmanC/JX 558927Royal Navy, H.M.S. 'Panama'04/11/194519Chatham Naval Memorial, KentRobert was the son of Robert and Esther Eaton, of Formby, Lancashire. Robert was lost when The Panama capsized and sank in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of 45 of her 50 crew
EckfordRobert Ivor PeterSergeant (Air Gunner)2225711115 Squadron, Royal Air Force  Volunteer Reserve15/02/194523Haveluy Communal Cemetery, Nord, FranceRobert was the son of Robert D. S. Eckford and Violette M. Eckford, of Formby, Lancashire.
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FennerHenry JamesMarinePO/X 3495Royal Marines, H.M.S 'Hood'24/05/194119Portsmouth Naval Memorial, HampshireHenry was the son of Henry and Gladys May Fenner, of Formby, Lancashire.
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FormbyRoyCivilian Civilian War Dead
29/11/194023Liverpool County BoroughRoy was the son of Robert and Gertrude Formby, of 32 Southdale Road. Died at 5 Valencia Road.
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GregsonLeslie HaroldSergeant97786376 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve03/02/194327Runnymede Memorial, SurreyLeslie was the son of Harold Gregson, and of Mary Dorothy Gregson, of Freshfield, Lancashire.
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HatfieldThomas CharlesLance Corporal310126th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment06/10/1940Our Lady of Compassion Churchyard, FormbyThomas was the son of Thomas and Elisabeth Hatfield; husband of Annie Hatfield, of Formby.
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HookinsFrank BryanSub-LieutenantRoyal Navy, H.M.S. 'Peregrine'21/06/194020Texel (Den Burg) Cemetery, Noord-Holland, NetherlandsFrank was the son of Frank Woollatt Hookins, and Emily May Hookins, of Freshfield, Lancashire.
HorseyRichard JamesCabin BoyMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Kayeson' (London)10/02/194018Tower Hill Memorial, LondonRichard was the son of Richard T. Horsey, and of Violet Mary Horsey, of Southport, Lancashire.
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JollyNormanLieutenant227637Royal Army Medical Corps12/10/1942Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial, Surrey
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LeggattJohn Gordon ShirleyMajor6906155 Field Company, Royal Engineers27/10/194327Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, TunisiaJohn was the son of Charles George Shirley Leggatt and Hilda Leggatt, of Formby, Lancashire. M.A. (Cantab.).
LishmanWilliam EdwardPrivate377773531st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment18/10/194425Venray War Cemetery, Limburg, NetherlandsWilliam was the son of Alfred Henry and Fanny Lishman, of Formby, Lancashire.
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MaddenHenryDriverT/213301Royal Army Service Corps12/09/194127Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery, EgyptHenry was the son of Edward Charles and Elizabeth A. Madden, of Formby, Lancashire.
MarshallsayJosephAssistant BarkeepMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Lancastria'(Liverpool)17/06/194062Tower Hill Memorial, LondonJoseph was the son of Edward and Margaret Marshallsay; husband of Edith Maud, of Formby. Joseph was killed whilst serving on the Lancastria. She was anchored  just outside St Nazaire virtually fully laden with troops. A German Ju88 bomber scored several hits on the ship, which caused her to roll over onto her port side, she sank in about twenty minutes. The precise number who died cannot be known, the Lancastria was carrying about 6000 people and at least 2000 are known to have perished.

MawdsleyJoseph AndersonCorporal633465211 Squadron, Royal Air Force10/09/194424Singapore Memorial, SingaporeJoseph was the son of John and Florence Bell Mawdsley, of Formby, Lancashire.
MawdsleyWilliam HenryGuardsman26186464th Battalion, Grenadier Guards08/11/194424HollyBrook Cemetery, SouthamptonWilliam was the son of Robert and Mary Mawdsley, of Formby, Lancashire.
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MeadowLeonardSergeant1024031622 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve28/09/194321Runnymede Memorial, SurreyLeonard was the son of Herbert William and Dorothy Nellie Meadow, of Formby, Lancashire.
MorrisonStanley KennethSergeant (Air Gunner)1624853148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve16/08/194420Assisi War Cemetery, ItalyStanley was the son of William and Edith Morrison, of Formby, Lancashire.
MulqueenPatrick JohnMajor145155Lancashire Fusiliers30/04/1944Bari War Cemetery, Italy
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PimAnthony Stanley MortimerSquadron Leader60566358 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve23/01/1945Imphal War Cemetery, IndiaStanley was killed whilst flying KH277's over indo-china. Of the crew of 8 killed; only 5 were recovered and are buried in Imphal War Cemetery, India.Distinguished Flying Cross
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RiggRichard ThomasDriverT/84577Royal Army Service CorpsDied between 26/04/1941 and 27/04/1941Athen Memorial, GreeceRichard was the son of Catherine Rigg, of Formby, Lancashire.
                               

                                       
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RooneyLawrencePrivate45348962nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) attached ("C" Battalion Layforce). No. 11 Commando06/09/194127Sidon War Cemetery, LebanonLawrence was the son of Frank and Catherine Rooney, of Moss Side, Formby, Lancashire.
SquireRonald CharlesFlying officer152839502 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve04/11/194522Runnymede Memorial, SurreyRonald was the son of Harold Charles and Marjorie Clarice Squire, of Freshfield, Lancashire.
SteadJohn WaltonLance Corporal57823434th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment17/02/194224Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore
SteinmannRobert NormanChief OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Lettie' (London)11/10/194227St Luke's Churchyard, Formby, LancashireRobert was the son of Norman and Hilda Steinmann, of Formby. The Lettie foundered in the North Sea off St Abb's Head, on 9th November, it appears that Robert died on the aftermath.
SteevensonNigel Basil QuigginSergeant1071855111 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve19/11/194220Nigel was the son of John Robert and Muriel Theodora Steevenson, of Formby, Lancashire.
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SykesPeter GordonLeading Aircraftman1005488Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve29/06/194428Runnymede Memorial, SurreyPeter was the son of Harry G. and Gladys E. A. Sykes; husband of Sarah J. Sykes, of Formby, Lancashire.
TaylorMalcolm ArthurLieutenant15891516th/5th Lancers. Royal Armoured Corps18/05/194224Kirklee War Cemetery, IndiaMalcolm was the son of Arthur Joseph and Helena Taylor, of Formby, Lancashire
ThomsonCyril StuartSergeant (Pilot)98478810 Squadron, Royal Force Volunteer Reserve28/06/1941Hamburg Cemetery, Hamburg, GermanyCyril was the son of Alfred Wallace Stuart Thomson, and of Mary Elizabeth Thomson, of Formby, Lancashire; husband of Joan Adelyne Thomson, of Gatley, Cheshire.
ThorougoodGordon WebsterFlight Lieutenant40649Royal Air Force   24/11/194225Gibraltar Memorial, GibraltarGordon was born in 1917, the son of Frank and Elizabeth Thorougood (Nee Webster). He was the brother f James, Norris and Amy
WadsworthErnestLance Corporal26177164th Battalion, Grenadier Guards08/06/194427St Charles De percy War Cemetery, Calvados, FranceErnest was the son of John and E. A. Wadsworth; husband of Ann Wadsworth, of Formby, Lancashire.
WattsGeorge HenryChief Engineer OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Doryssa' (London)25/04/194342Tower Hill, LondonGeorge was killed aboard Doryssa , which was sunk by the Italian submarine Leonardo da Vinci on her final patrol.  
WhewellArthur JosephLance CorporalT/87088Royal Army Service Corp30/05/194020St James's Cemetery, Dover, KentArthur on of Arthur Whewell and of Mary Whewell, of Formby, Lancashire.
WillacyHerbertSignalman232998746 Division Signals, Royal Corp of Signals26/02/194324Medjez-el-Bab War Cemetery, TunisiaHerbert was the son of Thomas and Alice Willacy, of Formby, Lancashire.
WinterbourneEli StanleyOrdinary SeamanMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Reynolds' (London)31/10/194219Tower Hill, LondonEli was the son of George Stanley Winterbourne and Ethel Christina Winterbourne, of Formby, Lancashire. He was killed when Reynold's was torpedoed and sunk in the Indian Ocean by U-504 Kriegsmarine with the loss of all 47 crew
                               

                                       
WoodfinKenneth ThomasOfficer CadetT/85932Royal Army Service Corp03/03/194422St Michael's Churchyard, Altcar, LancashireKenneth was the son of Thomas Winfield Woodfin and Mary Rose Woodfin, of Formby.