Hightown's fallen Service men

Hightown’s War Memorial is located on The Green, Highway Roundabout. Listed upon the memorial are the names of 10 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
BradshawGeorgePrivate3670910th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment1 Cleaver Cottages, Hightown.10/07/191720Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, BelgiumGeorge was killed in action during an advance on the German defences at Tower Hill/ Larchwood Tunnels, near Passchendaele, Belgium.
BullenJohnPrivate428646th Battalion, Leicestershire RegimentHaycut Cottages, St George's Road, Hightown.18/09/191818Villers Hill British Cemetery, Villers Guislain, FranceJohn was killed in action in an advance to take the village of Villers-Guislain. The village was abandoned by the Germans on 30 September 1918, after heavy fighting.
CromptonHaroldPioneer49916154th Field Company, Royal Engineers5 Bungalow, Hightown.01/07/191621Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, FranceHarold enlisted into the army on September 1914 and, after training, was assigned to the newly formed 154th Company. The following year, the troops spent many weeks preparing for the Battle of the Somme. Harold was killed on the first day when the trench he was in was hit by artillery shells. 14 of his comrades were also killed.
HampsonJamesPrivate7679Prince of Wales Volunteers, D Company, 2nd Battalion, South Lancashire RegimentWoodford, Hightown.24/08/191427La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, FranceJames Hampson was the son of Edmund and Annie Hampson of 62 Shaftesbury Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds. He was born in Sunderland in 1887. James was killed in action, during an enemy attack. He was in the trenches, in the Frameries area of Belgium during the Battle of Mons.
KennyJames LawrenceCaptainSS AsturianThe Homestead, Hightown.21/08/191841Murmansk New British Cemetery, RussiaJames was serving as Master of the S.S. Asturian when he died of pneumonia aboard H.M.S. Glory, the Flagship of the British North Russia Squadron, at Murmansk, Russia on 21st August 1918.
LancasterPercySecond Lieutenant122 Company, Machine Gun Corps. Formerly 17th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment15 Lingdale Road, West Kirby, Wirral. 15/09/101624Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FrancePercy joined up at the outbreak of war and acted for some time as bombing officer of the reserve battalion of the Liverpool "Pals," but being particularly anxious to get to the front he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps, with whom he was serving when he met his death, on the first day of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette (The last phase of the Battle of the Somme).
OwenPercival FrederickGunner681463D Battery, 180th Brigade, Royal Field ArtilleryLynton, School Road, Hightown.19/04/191824Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, FrancePercival was killed in action. His battalion were fighting on the Somme, with the whole division suffering heavy casualties.
RainfordJosephPrivate542652nd/5th Battalion, Lancashire FusiliersWood Farm, Hightown.25/10/191821Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension, Hainaut, BelgiumJoseph enlisted in Seaforth and was sent to the front line in early 1916. He was killed in action, alongside 5 other men in heavy fighting in the Artres area of Belgium.
RidingJames StanleyPrivate1547017th Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regiment (1st City Pals)Innisfallen, School Road, Hightown.01/07/191620La Neuville Communal Cemetery, Corbie, FranceJames died of his wounds at No.21 Casualty Clearing Station, La Neuville on the Somme battlefields. He was wounded near the village of Maricourt.
ScottArthur JohnPrivate257710th Battalion, (Liverpool Scottish) Kings Liverpool Regiment1 School Road, Hightown.17/03/191521Perth Cemetery, (China Wall), West-Vlaanderen, BelgiumArthur was killed in action in the Zillebeke area, south-east of Ypres.
WillsJohn GodfreySecond Lieutenant63689A Battery, 93rd Brigade, Royal Field ArtilleryBuff House,1 Blundell Road, Hightown.27/09/191825Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies, Nord, FranceJohn signed up four days after war was declared, and he crossed to France in 1915. He fell while gallantly doing his duty on the first day of the great attack on the Canal du Nord. He was shot through the head and was killed instantly.