Formby's fallen Service men

Formby’s War Memorial is located by the roundabout at the corner of Three Tuns Lane. Listed upon the memorial are the names of 113 heroic Service men who gave their lives in The Great War.

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

SurnameFirst NameRankService No.Regiment/Ship/ SquadronLast known addressDiedAge at deathBurial PlaceBiographyMedals
AckersPeterPrivate2174King's Liverpool Regiment14 Willow Grove, Formby16/05/191523Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, FrancePeter was declared missing, presumed dead, in 1915. According to his service records he enlisted very early in the war on 8th August 1914. He served in France.
AindowCharlesStewardRMS "Lusitania"Ashburton, West Lane, Formby05/06/ 191537Our Lady of Compassion Churchyard, Formby, EnglandCharles was lost when the R.M.S. Lusitania was sunk by a torpedo off Kinsale, Ireland on the 7th May 1915. 1,198 were killed and 761 survived.
AindowJohnTrimmer927413Mercantile Marine Reserve, H.M.S. "Otranto". Boathouse Cottage, Lifeboat Road, Formby10/06/191818Plymouth Memorial, EnglandJohn died when the H.M.S. Otranto, a troop carrier, collided with H.M.S. Kashmir on the 6th October 1918 and sank, between the North East coast of Ireland and the Western Isles of Scotland, with the loss of 431 lives - (351 American troops and 80 British crew members).
AindowJohnPrivate2041551st/9th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment30 Queens Road, Formby22/09/191719Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumJohn enlisted in Seaforth and served in France and Belgium. He was killed in the vicinity of Bank Form, Pommern, France.
AldersonWilliam JosephPrivate423Canadian Expeditionary Force, Manitoba RegimentHis father lived at Ingleborough House Formby. William lived in Canada03/06/191517Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceThis appears to be an error on the memorial. There is a William Joseph Alderson who came from Formby but emigrated to Canada and was in a Canadian regiment. He died June 1915. Also known as Joseph William Alderson. At the moment it cannot be confirmed that this is the same man, but it appears to be likely.
BaileyTomPrivate51831/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment2 Furness Avenue, Formby.09/08/191618There are two "Tom/Thomas" Bailey names on the war memorial. A long article in the Formby Civic Society newsletter has confirmed that the names are duplicated. A member of the family explained that he was always called "Tom" and that was the name carved on the memorial. An official thought it was a shortened form of "Thomas" and instructed this name to be carved as well. It can be confirmed therefore that Tom was a Gardener at the outbreak of war, lived in Formby and died in France just days before his 19th birthday.
BalshawRobertPrivate21751/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment3 Massey's (or Massies) Cottages,
Kew Road, Formby.
20/05/191520Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, FranceRobert's Battalion sailed for France on 8th August 1914. He was shot in the head during the Battle of Festubert in May 1915. Peter was evacuated to a field hospital in Boulogne, where he sadly died 5 days later.
BarkerHaroldPrivate2197520th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment and Reserve Cavalry8 Elson Road, Formby12/10/191627Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceHarold fought in both Flanders and in France. He was killed in action near Eaucourt L'Abbaye, Gueudecourt, during the Battle of Le Transloy on 12th October 1916; during the Somme Offensive. Harold's brother Joseph was also killed in action
BarkerJoseph EPrivate31707Manchester Regiment and King's Liverpool Regiment8 Elson Road, Formby04/07191838India Gate, Dehli Memorial, IndiaJoseph's brother Harold was also killed in action.
BeardwoodHarold BLance Corporal57950Royal Welch Fusiliers and King's Liverpool RegimentCrookings, Davenham Rd, Formby.06/05/191729Achiet -Le-Grand, Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, FranceHarold died of wounds in France, his younger brother Sydney also perished.
BeardwoodSydney ELance Corporal2655047th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentCrookings, Davenham Rd. Formby.17/09/191726Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, BelgiumEdward was the third son of Mr. Beardwood, postmaster in Formby. Edward died on Wednesday 17th September 1917. He had recently returned to trenches after being home for ten days' leave. He arrived back in the trenches on Saturday, and on the Monday he was wounded, succumbing to his injuries two days later. Edward’s elder brother Harold had also died of his wounds, just four months earlier.
BethamGeorge HerbertLance Corporal265241King's Liverpool RegimentFlaxfield Formby20/07/191729Nord, FranceBorn in 1889 to Charles Waistell Betham and Elizabeth Betham. His full name was George Herbert Betham but he is named as George Betham on the war memorial. He was a jobbing gardener in 1911. He enlisted in March 1915.
BibbyAlfredPrivate10636341st Battalion, Machine Gun CorpsGores Lane Mews, Formby24/03/191830Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceCircumstances of death unconfirmed.
BoylanHerbertRifleman30575th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentThe Poplars, Church Lane, Formby16/05/191532Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, FranceHerbert was buried on the battlefield where he fell, together with six other comrades. Their bodies were later reinterred at the Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, France. The effects found on his body were a bible, wallet, photographs and his ID disc. His war gratuity was left to his sister in law, Mary, who had been married to his brother John.
BradshawCharlesCorporal2405321st/6th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentMarsh Cottage, Three Tuns Lane, Formby21/03/191820Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, FranceCharles died of his wounds, received in action near Gorre Chateau, on Aubers Ridge, close to Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée
BradshawGeorge HenryPrivate61973Cheshire Regiment34 Cable Street, Formby22/10/191724Artillery Wood Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumGeorge is listed as Killed in Action. His brother Robert Bradshaw also fell.
BradshawRobertRifleman2426166th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment34 Cable Street, Formby23/11/191720Tincourt New British Cemetery, Boucly, Somme, FranceRobert died of wounds received when his battalion were operating in the vicinity of Guillemont Farm and the Knoll, on the Somme battlefields. His brother George also fell.
BrooksHenryActing Lance Corporal21871st/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment144A Upper Aughton Road, Birkdale16/05/191533Le Touret France, Pas de Calais, FranceHenry is listed as Killed in Action.
BrooksWilliamPrivate22167th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment and Royal Medical Corps.Coronation Avenue, Formby01/08/192133Buried at Our Lady of Compassion Roman Catholic church yard, Formby. William died of injuries received during his military service, in 1921.
CarrHenry CCommanderRoyal Navy, H.M.S. "Bayano", 11/03/1915Portsmouth Naval Memorial Henry was killed when the Bayano was intercepted ten miles off Corsewall Point, on the west coast of Scotland, by submarine U-27. The ship was on her way to Liverpool when the attack took place at 5.15am. The Bayano sank very rapidly and only four officers and 22 ratings were saved. Fourteen officers, including Cdr. Carr and 181 ratings were killed.
ChartersHenry RimmerGunner118809Royal Horse ArtilleryWynstay, 3 Foster Road, Formby19/09/191620Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceKilled in action, exact details unconfirmed.
ChristophersGeorge CPrivateSPTS/79623rd Battalion, Royal FusiliersWhoof House Elbow Lane (now demolished)27/07/191638Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, FranceGeorge joined the Sports battalion as a way of circumventing the regulations that said he was too old to enlist (note he was aged 36 at this time and conscription was not in force at that time). George died on the battlefield with no known grave or marker. However his body was found and exhumed in 1933 - along with several other soldiers and reinterred. Effects found on him included a medal from the woman who raised the Sports Battalion, a razor and a newspaper cutting noted as "The Formby..."!
CollingeWharton RyeLieutenant2nd/6th Rifle Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentLawnswood Freshfield07/08/191738Merville Communal Cemetery, Nord, FranceCause of death currently unconfirmed.
DeanEllisPrivate324852nd Battalion, Lancashire FusiliersMulsford, Piercefield Road, Formby03/05/191727Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceEllis enlisted in Southport and was sent over to France. He died on 3rd May 1917 in Fampoux, part of the Battle of Arras. During the bombardment 17 others ranks were killed, 84 were wounded and 174 were missing.
DeanJohnPrivate287916th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment15/01/1917Basra Memorial, Basra, IraqJohn is listed as killed in action - Mesopotamia. Most probably during the Battle of Mohammed Abdul Hassan On the The Khadairi Bend which raged from 11th January until 24th February 1917.
DeanRichardRiflemanR/163827th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle CorpsGores Lane, Freshfield, Formby 18/08/191618Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
DickinsonJohnStoker First ClassK/11895Royal Navy, HM Submarine K139 Old Mill Lane, Formby29/01/191725Faslane Cemetery, ScotlandJohn was killed when HMS K13 was lost in sea trials. HMS K13 was a steam-propelled First World War K class submarine of the Royal Navy. She sank in a fatal accident during sea trials in early 1917. K12 sank in Gareloch, Argyll, Scotland, on 29 January 1917 just after noon, having signalled to HMS E50 that she was about to dive. She had 80 people on board - 53 crew, 14 employees of the shipbuilders, five sub-contractors, five Admiralty officials, a River Clyde pilot, and the captain and engineering officer from the yet to be completed K14.
DickinsonJohn BurgessLance Corporal3095517th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentNew Cottages, Altcar23/03/191823Pozieres Memorial, Somme, FranceJohn was the son of Mrs Margaret, and (the late) Peter Dickinson
DickinsonRichardPrivate2654811st/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment9 Old Mill Lane, Formby24/09/191720Mendinghem Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumRichard is listed as dying from wounds received. His unit was operating in the Vlamertinghe area, part of the Battle of Ypres.
EdgarReginaldPrivateTR/3/502651st Battalion, Training Reserve17 Willow Grove, Formby30/10/191920St Peter's Churchyard, FormbyReginald was the son of George and Katherine Edgar. The circumstances of his death are unknown
FazakerleyJohnPrivate2669427th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment9 Chapel Lane, Formby06/06/192036Our Lady Of Compassion Graveyard, Formby, EnglandDuring his service, John was the victim of several gas attacks. He died at Formby on the 6th June 1920 as the result of his war injuries and was buried at Our Lady of Compassion R.C. graveyard, Formby. Both of John's brothers, Thomas and Henry, were killed during the conflict.
FazakerleyThomasPrivate482017th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment9 Chapel Lane, Formby16/06/191628Wailly Orchard Cemetery, Pas de Calais, FranceNotice from Liverpool Echo 25/7/16 - Thomas Fazakerley, of Formby, and Pte. Nixon, of Bootle, both of The King's Liverpool Regiment were killed on the 16th. They were resting in a dug-out, when a shell landed on top and killed both instantaneously. Fazakerley's brother Henry was killed at Festubert about twelve months ago, and another brother John, belonging to the same battalion, has been wounded.
GarrettCharlesPrivate29159th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment27/05/1916Wailly Orchard Cemetery, Pas de Calais, FranceCharles is listed as killed in action, alongside two others, when enemy shells hit the support lines, near Arras France.
GrantDouglasLieutenantKing's Own Scottish Borderers, and King's Liverpool RegimentRownalea, Formby30/11/191722Cambrai Memorial, Louveral, FranceDouglas was killed in action at Marcoing Copse, during the Battle of Cambrai.
GreavesThomas ErlamCorporal2654821/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment51 Old Mill Lane, Freshfield, Formby09/04191820Loos Memorial, Loos-en-Gohelle, FranceThomas was killed in action when an intense gas attacked was launched from the German lines, north of Le Fiantin, in the Festubert Section.
GreggJohn McCurdyPrivate35712410th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentGable House, Formby11/05/191839Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, FranceJohn died of his wound. His battalion were based in Vaudricourt, in the Somme area of France.
Havelock SuttonGeorge HenryFlying OfficerRoyal Air Force30/07/1920St Michael's Churchyard, Halton, EnglandGeorge died of natural causes, at Royal Air Force Hospital, Halton Camp, Bucks. He was awarded a Military Cross for distinguished service in connection with military operations in France and Flanders, whilst serving as a lieutenant with the King Edward Horse Regiment.Military Cross
HaworthRandolph SLance Corporal1587017th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentFreshfield Farm, Freshfield12/10/191630Warlencourt British Cemetery, Eaucourt, FranceBootle Times 3rd November 1916: Private Randolph Singleton Haworth, K.L.R, was killed in action on the 12th October. He was 30 years of age, and before the war he worked at head office staff of the Bank of Liverpool, and resided with his parents at The Farm, Freshfield. He was a member of the Bankers' and Insurance Golf Club, and won a number of prizes. He was also a clever billiard player and a popular member of the Bootle Cricket Club.
HawardSydney1/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentRose Cottage, Massam's Lane Formby16/05/191532Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, FranceSydney sailed to France on 7th March 1915. He saw action on the 17th March 1915 during which, he received a bullet wound to his left leg. He returned to frontline duty on 28th March 1915 just in time to take part in the Battle of Festubert in May 1915. Sydney was killed in action on 16th May 1915.
HeatonWilliamPrivate180874th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment09./07/1915La Gorgue Communal Cemetery, Nord, FranceWilliam enlisted in Seaforth in August 1914 and went with his battalion to Le Havre, arriving on 6th March 1915. The battalion were under orders of Sirhind Brigade, Lahore Division of Indian Corps. William died of his wounds in France.
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HillGeoffrey HawksleyPrivate329910th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentEdenholme, 3 St George's Road Formby16/06/191519Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumGeoffrey was killed in action after his battalion came under heavy shelling at Railway Wood, west of Bellewaarde Ridge, Ypres. The area was shelled from 12:30, until 2:10 am, during which several men were killed.
HoldenWilliamPrivate488507th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment26/09/1916Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceWilliam was killed in action during an attack on Goat & Gird Trench, Sunken Road, Gueudecourt, part of the Somme Offensive.
HolmeHerbertPrivate422373rd Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment20/3/191734St Peter's Churchyard, FormbyHerbert was the husband of Esther Bibby (formerly Holme). He died at the Royal Infirmary Liverpool.
HorsfallJohn BrownSecond LieutenantMachine Gun Corps12 Elston Road, Formby25/07/191726Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumJohn's headstone reads 'killed in Ypres'.
HoskynJohn HenrySecond Lieutenant9th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment11 Kingsway, Waterloo20/09/191727Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumJohn is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial which honours the men killed during the third Battle of Ypres. Also known as the Battle of Passchendaele.
HoughtonJohnPrivate2421575th Battalion, Border Regiment23/04/1917Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceJohn was killed in action during The Battle of Arras, in the Wancourt Tower area, near Arras, France.
HoughtonThomasPrivate21857th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment30/05/1915Longuenesse St. Omer Souvenir Cemetery, Pas De Calais, FranceThomas was killed in action when his battalion moved to take over the front line at Les Brebis, northwest of Grenay, in the Loos section.
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Hurst (Hirst)SydneyPrivate31704th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment18/08/1916Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceSydney enlisted in Southport and was sent to France. He was killed in action when his battalion came under heavy fire at Fricourt, Byzantine Grand, on the Somme battlefields. The onslaught saw 48 men killed, 148 wounded and 22 missing.
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JackJames CharlesMajor150th Battalion, Royal Field Artillery31/05/191841Vignacourt British Cemetery, Somme, FranceJames obtained a commission in the Royal Horse Artillery, Special Reserve in May, 1915. He was promoted Captain and the command of a 4-Gun Battery, R.F.A., in the spring of 1916. He was made a Major and given command of a 6-Gun Battery, Armed Field Artillery, the following December. He served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from October 1915 and was three times wounded. Read more about JackMilitary Cross, plus bar and Distinguished
Service Order. (Photo on Merseyside roll of honour
JacksonRichard WalterPrivate851741st Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment14 Whitehouse Lane, Formby14/11/192032St Peter's Churchyard, Formby, EnglandRichard died at 20 Dew Road, Formby on the 14th November 1920 and was buried at St.Peter's C.of E. graveyard, Formby on the 18th November.
JonesThomas EPrivate334261st Battalion, Herefordshire Regiment, Formerly 3/27484 Liverpool Regiment.Blowick, Southport23/07/1918Raperie British Cemetery, Aisne, FranceThomas enlisted in Southport and was sent to France, with his regiment. He is listed as 'Killed in action'.
JonesThomas LPrivate646819th Battalion, Welsh Regiment.2 Phillip's Lane, Formby17/04/191819Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumThomas was killed in action during the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele.
KempCharles Kenneth NuthallLance Corporal2404521st/6th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentWestfield, Jubilee Road, Formby10/09/191620Serre Road Cemetery Number 2, Somme, FranceCharles was killed in the vicinity of the Junction Pont and Pear Street, near Buire Sur Ancre. The battalion's trench came under heavy shelling, 2 men were killed and 42 wounded.Military Medal
KershawRobertPrivate3078901st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly 55913 King's Liverpool Regiment09/10/1917Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumRobert was killed in action, alongside 25 other men in the Langemarck/Elverdinghe Chateau area.
LeeJamesPrivate2000313th Battalion, King's Liverpool15/07/191632Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, Corbie, FranceJames enlisted in Seaforth on 16th September 1914. He was described on his enrolment papers as being 5 feet 7 inches tall and having a fresh complexion, grey eyes and black hair. He arrived in France on 26th September 1915 and died of wounds in No. 5 Casualty Clearing Station in Corbie on 15th July 1916.
LeesonJohn-JosephRifleman2027325th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment16 Council Avenue, Altcar Road, Formby20/09/191738New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ypres, BelgiumJohn-Joseph was killed when his battalion attacked a German artillery position at Zevecote. They secured a line from Hill 37 to Zevecote and all objectives were met. 41 men were killed. He left behind a wife, Isabella.
LittleJames RobertLance Corporal1959711th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment53 Upper Aughton Road, Birkdale12/04/191820Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleil, Nord, FranceBorn in Formby, James enlisted in Southport and was sent to France. He was killed in action during the Battle of Lys, in the area of the village of Doulieu.
LloydJamesPrivate381126D Company 13th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentMercer's Cottage, Altcar, Formby31/08/191819Honorable Artillery Company Cemetery, Ecoust-St-Mein, FranceJames enlisted in Southport and was sent to France. He died during the 2nd Battle of the Somme, near Bullecourt. His brother Joseph was also killed in action
LloydJosephPrivate3095617th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentMercer's Cottages, Altcar, Formby09/04/191720Henin Crucifix Cemetery, Pas de Calais, FranceJoseph was the son of Richard and Ellen Lloyd. He was killed in action in the aftermath of the Battle of Hénin-sur-Cojeul, which took place on the 2nd of April. His brother James was also killed in action
LoveladyHarryPrivateSE/21969Royal Army Veterinary Corps21 Willow Grove, Formby29/12/191336St Peter's Churchyard, Formby, EnglandIn 1911 Harry was a coachman. His experience with horses no doubt made him an ideal candidate for the Army Veterinary Corps. He died after contracting pneumonia at Stanley Hospital, Kirkdale, on the 29th December 1918.
Lowe(Gordon) John HunterPrivate20351219th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment14 Eaton Avenue, Litherland22/03/191938Pozieres Memorial, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, FranceJohn was an old volunteer and Territoral, who signed up in February 1915. He was sent to France 8 months later. A report on his fate appeared in the Bootle Times on the 10th May 1918 and in the Crosby Herald on the 11th May 1918. Read more about John
MacIverDonaldLieutenant3rd Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment and 2nd/7th Royal Warwickshire RegimentBemerside, Formby24/03/1918Pozieres Memorial, Ovillers-la-Boisselle, FranceDonald joined up in 1914 and was sent overseas in in October 1914. He was injured in November 1914 but returned to duty. He was later listed as 'Killed in Action'.
MaddenPercyPrivate286937th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers20 Willow Grove, Freshfield, Formby27/04/191623Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, FrancePercy was killed in action, when his battalion was in action at Hulluch, north of Loos, France. At the time, gas attacks at Hulluch were reported. 'Two German cloud gas attacks on British troops, from 27–29 April 1916, near the village of Hulluch, 1 mi (1.6 km) north of Loos in northern France'.
MaddocksJames HPrivate28017th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentLiverpool Road, Formby16/05/191530Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, FranceJames enlisted in Southport and was posted to the front on 7th March 1915. He was killed in action on 16th May 1915. His brother Randall also fell in action.
MaddocksRandellPrivate3843617th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentLiverpool Road, Formby08/05/191833Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery, Heuvelland, BelgiumRandall enlisted in Formby and was posted to the front line sometime after January 1916. He was killed in action on 8th May 1918. His brother James also fell.
MarshallJames1st Class WaiterRMS "Lusitania"16 Lulworth Avenue, Waterloo07/05/191530Tower Hill Memorial, London, EnglandHe was lost when the R.M.S. Lusitania was sunk by torpedo off Kinsale, Ireland on the 7th May 1915.
MaudsleyJamesGunner2436937th Battery, 27th Brigade, Royal Field & Royal Horse ArtilleryHalsall Lane, Formby26/01/1919Our Lady of Compassion Graveyard, Formby. EnglandJames is listed as 'Died at home'.
MaudsleyJohnSergeant60197Northumberland FusiliersNorthview, Massam's Lane, Freshfield20/04/191822Ploegsteert Memorial, Ypres, BelgiumJohn's service record simply lists 'Died'. His battalion had endured 8 days of heavy fighting in the Croix de Poperinge area.
MawdsleyGeorgePrivate5197013th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment04/111919Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceGeorge was killed during the Battle of the Lys which was fought between 7th and 29th April 1918), and was also known as the Lys Offensive.
MawdsleyPeterSergeant2655081/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment28 Watchyard Lane, Formby.27/07/191724Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumPeter fought in several battles during his service, including the Battles of Festubert, Loos, Ypres and Aubers Ridge. Peter was killed in action after being caught in shellfire.
MawdsleyRichardPrivate2652291st/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment3 Chapel Lane, Formby20/09/191728Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumRichard enlisted at Seaforth Barracks on 11th February 1916, and was sent to France. He was killed in action in an attack on enemy lines, under machine gun fire, in the Vlamertinge area of Belgium.
MawdsleyThomasPrivate2652427th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment4 Dora Cottages, Formby07/03/191728Our Lady of Compassion Graveyard, Formby, EnglandThomas signed up to the 7th Battalion King's Regiment. He was posted overseas on 7th March 1913 and died exactly 4 years later.
MaxwellArchibald Finlay SmithLieutenantHighland Light InfantryMerksworth, Renfrewshire01/07/191618Serre Road Cemetery Number 2, Somme, FranceArchie is listed as 'Killed in Action'.
McConnenGeorgeCaptain10th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentVictoria Road, Freshfield09/08/191632Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceGeorge was the eldest surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. McConnen, of Victoria Road, Freshfield. He was instantaneously killed on the 9th August 1916, during one of the battles of the Somme. .
McKeiverVictor ComleyLieutenant2nd/3rd Battalion, Manchester RegimentHolmwood school, Barkfield Lane, Formby18/05/191526Chester Farm Cemetery, Ypres, BelgiumVictor volunteered in August 1914, and was commissioned less than one month later. He served in the 3rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment and arrived in France on 16th March 1915. He was later attached to the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment. Victor was seriously wounded and died of his wounds on 18th May 1915.
McLellanHectorActing Sargeant2283431st Battalion, London Regiment. Attached Royal Fusiliers25/10/1918Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumHector enlisted in Formby, and was drafted to Belgium. He was killed in action on the Battlefields of Ypres. He left a half sister Eleanor Meadowcroft.
Meadows (Meadow)Harold JamesGunner105073Royal Field Artillery 71st Brigade, HQMoss Side, Formby05/10/191622Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, FranceHarold is listed as 'Killed in Action'.
MeadowsLeonardPrivate106314105th Battalion, Machine Gun CorpBamford Cottage, Ryeground Lane, Formby21/10/1917Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumLeonard is listed as 'Killed in Action'. His battalion were operating in the St. Omer Owerstel area.
MellodyAdrianLance Corporal16823Cheshire RegimentGranton, Timms Lane, Formby03/07/191621Serre Road Cemetery Number 2, Somme, FranceAdrian was killed in action in the Thiepval area of the Somme. This extract from the War Diary describes the action: 'the assaulting troops very soon came under a withering fire from Machine Guns which made the ground at about 50x from the first German line absolutely impassable. Line after line of the troops were mown down'. 14 officers and 327 other ranks were killed during the attack.
MercerPeterLance CorporalG/156467th Battalion, The Buffs Royal East Kent RegimentCross Green, Church Road, Formby19/11/191620Contay British Cemetery, Somme, FrancePeter died of his wounds on 19th November 1916.
MercerRobertPrivate28981st/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentWoodbine Cottage
Dean's Court, Gores Lane, Formby
17/05/191516Le Touret Memorial, Pas De Calais, FranceBobby was sent to France on 6th March 1915. He was killed by friendly fire during a bayonet charge towards the German trenches during the battle of Festubert. He was just 16 years old, and had spent 2 months on the front line. When Bobby enlisted in Formby he lied about his age, claiming to be 18 years and 2 months old.
MossGeorgeLance Corporal276048th Battalion. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)26/09/191727Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen. BelgiumGeorge was listed as Killed in Action. His battalion were under very heavy shelling in the Muhle Bridge area.
MurrayGeorgePrivate2652407th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment. Massey's Cottages, Formby23/08/192025Our Lady of Compassion Churchyard, FormbyGeorge was the son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Murray of Massey's Cottages Formby. Prior to the war he worked as a golf caddie. His sister Jane also died as a result of her war service,
Murray JaneBritish Navy and Army Canteen BoardMassey's Cottages, Formby02/12/191823Jane enlisted with the British Nay and Army canteen board in February 1918, serving at Thornton Camp. She died of pneumonia at Bootle hospital. Her brother George also died as a result of his wartime service
NevinFrederick DesmondSecond LieutenantRoyal Air ForceAvondale, Birkey Lane, Formby.19/05/191819 yearsHeath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, Somme, FranceFrederick was killed whilst flying with 49 Squadron operating a DH9 bomber on the 19th May 1918.
NorrisHenryGunner131329401 Battery, 14th Brigade, Royal Horse & Royal Field Artillery01/10/1917Coxyde Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumHenry is listed as 'Killed in Action' in Belgium.
NorrisSidney FrancisPrivate30302420th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers2 Cable Street, Formby15/04/191722Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceSidney is listed as 'Killed in action' in France.
OkellThomasPrivate2677722nd/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment11 Chapel Lane, Formby30/11/191822Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, FranceThomas is listed as 'Died of disease' in France.
PartingtonJohnPrivate91559H Battalion, Tank Corp01/12/1917Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, FranceJohn was born in Crosby and enlisted in Seaforth. He is listed as 'killed on action' at the Battle of Cambrai.
PattenThomasPrivate3085281st/8th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment27/09/1916Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceThomas was killed alongside 11 other men, whilst under a heavy bombardment. They were fighting in the Gueudecourt Road area of the Somme Battlefield.
PearsonAlbert VictorLance Bombardier675988"B" Battery. 275th Bridgade.
Royal Field Artillery
"Ashdell," Andrews' Lane, Formby, Lancs.21/10/191826 Esplechin Churchyard, Hainaut, Belgium
Pearson(James) MarkPrivate2412622nd/6th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentVilla de Marly, Formby30/10/1917Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumMark is listed as 'Killed in Action'. His battalion were operating in the Villier Faucon area of France.
PotterJohnRifleman2406651st/6th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment3, Merton Grove, Bootle, Liverpool.13/08/191624Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceJohn was killed in action, near Maltz Horn Farm, Guillemont, France.
RathboneGuy BensonCaptain11th Battalion, attached 7th, Battalion Gloucester Regiment21/04/191932Basra Memorial, Basra, IraqGuy was killed in action in Mesopotamia (Iraq) on 21st April 1916.
ReevesGeorgePrivate77017Canadian Infantry100 Cambridge Road, Seaforth19/05/191529Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery, FranceGeorge, of the Canadian Scottish, died of wounds in the Number 8 Ambulance Train. He had had a most adventurous life. He entered the service of the Cunard Line as a fireman and afterwards went on a voyage to Australia, where he and about half the crew deserted their vessel. Read more about George
RimmerEdwardPrivate178311st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment28/03/1918Pozieres Memorial, Somme, FranceEdward enlisted in Worcester and was sent to France. He was killed in action during heaving fighting in the Rouvrel, in the Somme Battlefields.
RimmerHenryPrivate105399th Battalion, London Regiment. Formerly Royal Fusiliers06/08/1916Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceHenry enlisted in Formby and was sent to France. He is listed as 'Killed in Action'.
RimmerStanislaus FrancisPrivate392525th Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Formerly 38571, King's Liverpool RegimentKirkland House, Gores Lane, Formby01/01/191820St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, FranceStanislaus enlisted in May 1916 and returned to France for the last time in November 1917. He was severely wounded in the leg and it was two days before he was found. He was taken to Hospital Rouge, were his leg was amputated on January 29th 1918. Mrs Rimmer was able to travel to see her son before he died.
RobertonStuart (Stewart) LawtonAble SeamanZ/2177Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, S.S. British Sovereign14 Rosemary Lane, Formby07/09/191821Les Baraques, Sangatte, FranceStuart was Son of William W. and Fanny Roberton. He is listed as killed or died by means other than disease, accident or enemy action.
RowlandJohn StanleyRifleman17986th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentRavensgate, Kirklake Road, Formby16/04/191519Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium"Jack" served with the 6th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment. He was killed in action on 16th April 1915 at Ypres and was buried in a trench on the frontline. His grave was later destroyed in the fighting.
RowleyJohn WRifleman5173019th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentThe Hollies, Victoria Road, Formby26/05/191826Roye New British Cemetery, Somme, FranceCrosby Herald 5th October 1918 - DEATH OF A PRISONER OF WAR IN GERMANY.
We regret to state that Mr. and Mrs. George W. Rowley, The Hollies, Freshfield, have received information that their only son, Rifleman J.W. Rowley, has died in Germany, where he had been a prisoner of war since March last. For almost three months his fate was uncertain, but in June a letter was received from him, in which he stated that he was a prisoner of war. Much sympathy is extended to the parents in their sorrow.
ShawRichard EllisCorporalPO/15530Royal Marine Light Infantry, HMS "Black Prince". 10 Watchyard Lane, Formby31/05/191623Portsmouth Naval Memorial, EnglandRichard was killed whilst serving on The Black Prince, the ship was sunk during the Battle of Jutland in May 1916, with the loss of all hands. Despite his young age Richard had completed almost 8 years service in the Royal Navy when he died.
ShawStuart StokePrivate3000/1268507th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment49 Ravenmeols Lane, Formby14/12/192138Stuart saw action overseas and was discharged as 'no longer fit for service' on 26th April 1919. He was issued with a silver war badge, to indicate that he was an ex-soldier. Stuart is not officially war dead as he was discharged from the army.
ThomasCedric LedgerPrivate202607Royal Welch FusiliersWest Royd, Carrs Crescent, Formby09/06/192025St Luke's Churchyard, Formby, EnglandCedric died of pulmonary tuberculosis, at his father's home on 9th June 1920.
ThompsonGeorge Eric2nd Lieutenant12th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment6 Lord Street, Liverpool L2 1TZ03/09/191620Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceGeorge was killed whilst leading his platoon in action, during an attack of the heavily fortified village of Guillemont, Hauts-de-France, Northern France.
Travis-SinclairNorman BrownlieMajor297th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison ArtilleryFreshfield26/03/191831Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, FranceNorman was killed in action on 26th March 1918.
TyrerThomasPrivate269364th/5th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire RegimentFormby26/10/1917Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumThomas died alongside 66 other men during an attack on enemy lines near the village of Boesinghe, in the Ypres area of Belgium.
WaddingtonAlbertRifleman76316th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps4 Cable Street, Formby21/07/191633Daours Communal Cemetery, Somme, FranceAlbert died of his injuries at No. 45 casualty clearing station, in Daours, France.
WetherallGeorgePrivate2675057th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentRailway Station House, Freshfield27/09/191820Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, FranceGeorge was killed in action near Anneux on 27th September 1918.
WhartonWilliamLance Corporal1873912th Battalion, King's Liverpool Regiment25 Willow Grove, Freshfield03/10/191636Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme, FranceWilliam died of his wounds on 3rd October 1916.
WhitterJosephPrivate2675114th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentFormby11/04/1918Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, FranceJoseph was killed in the Poelcappelle area of Flanders, Belgium.
WoodThomas LoveladyPrivate3174113th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentLiverpool Road, Formby22/07/191625St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, FranceSon of Alma and Catherine Wood, of Liverpool Road, Formby, Liverpool. Thomas enlisted in Seaforth and was sent to France. He died of his wounds, aged 25 years old, in a hospital at Rouen.
WrightEdwardPrivate2428841/5th Battalion, East Lancashire RegimentLiverpool Road, Formby18/10/191720Coxyde Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumSouthport Visiter featured the following: Information has been received that Edward Wright was killed by a shell on 17th October. He joined the army last January and had spent about three months at the front.
WrightJamesPrivate18151st/7th Battalion, King's Liverpool RegimentLiverpool Road, Formby16/05/191533Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceJames is one of over 13,400 British soldiers who were killed in this sector of the Western Front from the beginning of October 1914 to the eve of the Battle of Loos in late September 1915, and has no known grave.
WrightJohn CrosbyLieutenantRoyal Garrison ArtilleryBriars Hey, Formby10/04/191725Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, FranceCrosby', as John was affectionately known, was mortally wounded by a stray machine gun bullet during an attempt to repair a broken communication line. He was buried at Vimy Ridge.