Maghull’s fallen Service men of World War Two

Maghull’s War Memorial is situated in the grounds of St Andrew’s Primary school on Deyes Lane. The school was built as a memorial to the fallen. Listed upon the memorial are the names of 60 heroic Service Personel who gave their lives in 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 placeBiography 
AdamsIvorPrivate39621302nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment. Anti-Aircraft Company29/03/194321Medjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia
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AtkinsWilliam EdwardChief Petty Officer StewardC/L 11409Royal Navy, H.M.S. 'Hood'262 Magpie Hall Road, Chatham, Kent24/05/194138Chatham Naval Memorial, KentWilliam was the son of Albert Edward and Rose Elizabeth Atkins (nee Oliver). In 1923 he married Agnes Maud Game in Fulham, London, who in her later years lived at 52 Liverpool Road South, Maghull. William died when The Hood was sunk in  by the German battleship Bismarck, with the loss of all but three of the 1,418 crew.
BamberEdward WilliamFifth Engineer OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Duchess of Atholl' (London)21 Bradfield Avenue, Old Roan, Aintree10/10/194225Tower Hill Memorial, LondonEdward was the son of William and Jane Bamber (nee Fidler), of Aintree, Liverpool. He was one of 4 crew killed, when the Duchess of Atholl was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-178 (Kapitän zur See, Hans Ibbeken), North of Ascension Island.
BanksEric GeorgeSergeant (Air Bomber)1428222106 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve2 Southey Grove, Maghull07/08/194432Marissel French National Cemetery, Oise, FranceEric was the son of John Llewelyn Banks and Lavinia (Nee Morley); husband of Dorothy Margaret (Nee Smith), of Maghull.
BoltonThomas WhitworthSecond Engineer OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Empire Hudson' (Sunderland)41 Broad Avenue, Maghull09/10/194142Tower Hill Memorial, LondonBorn in Kirkby,Thomas was the son of John Bolton and Mary Ann (Clegg). He married Blanche Coombe Hay in 1930. He was killed aboard The Empire Hudson, which was sailing from Halifax, via  Sydney to Liverpool in Convoy SC-42. The ship was torpedoed by German submarine U-82 and sunk North East of
Cape Farewell
BoothGeorge FrederickThird Engineer OfficerMerchant Navy, M.V. Port Gisbourne10 Grange Park, Maghull10/11/194031Tower Hill Memorial, LondonGeorge was the son of William and Annie Booth (Nee Eyre. He was killed aboard M.V. Port Gisbourne, which was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides by U-48 Kriegsmarine with the loss of 26 of her 64 crew.
BorrowsNormanSergeant (Observer)1055841142 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve37 The Crescent Maghull25/11/194121St Mary Churchyard, Binbrook, East Lindley, LincolnshireNorman was the son of Thomas and Lillian Borrows (Nee Brough). He was killed aboard a Wellington Mk IV, which crashed shortly after take-off from RAF Waltham on a training flight. The aeroplane stalled whilst climbing away from the airfield.
BrindleBen HaroldSurgeon LieutenantRoyal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. 'Forfar'53 Sefton Lane, Maghull12/03/194025Chatham Naval Memorial, KentHarold was the son of Benjamin Brindle and Florence (Critchley) and was the Assistant Resident. Medical Officer at Walton Hospital. He was killed aboard HMS Forfar which was torpedoed and sunk
by the German submarine U-99. She had just left  convoy HX-90
and was about 500 nautical miles west of Ireland. The master,
35 officers and 136 naval ratings were lost.
ByrneJohnGunner1105518119 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery21/11/194333St Andrew's Churchyard, Maghull, LiverpoolJohn was the husband of Freda Byrne (Nee Rimmer), they married in 1939. He died in Ormskirk in 1943
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ClackRobert PaulCivilianCivilian War Dead124 Dodds Lane, Maghull09/07/194030East Ham, County BoroughRobert was born into a variety performer family, the son of John William Clack and Pauline Bertha (Comerford). In 1933 married Lilian (Yeates). 1937 lived at 10 Spencers Lane, Melling, and later of 124 Dodds Lane, Maghull. He was a gymnast, acrobat, variety performer, and died at 118 High Street North, East Ham, London.
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EllisMarjorie EleanorLeading Wren82342Women's Royal Naval Service - H.M.S. Boscawen43 Gainsborough Avenue, Maghull17/01/194625St Helens Cemetery & Crematorium, St Helens, LancashireMarjorie Eleanor was the daughter of James Arthur Brownlee and Anne (Jones), of St Helens, Prescot. Anne later of Maghull. She married Leonard Theodore Ellis at Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1941. Marjorie died of Acute Pulmonary Oedema at Royal Naval Hospital Portland, Weymouth, Dorset.
EvansHenry Irving VoceFlight Sergeant9855939224 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve16 Prospect Vale, Fairfield, Liverpool02/06/194224Runnymede Memorial, SurreyHenry was born 8 July 1917 in Birkenhead; the son of Griffith Evans and Elizabeth Christina (Voce), of Liverpool. Henry was killed whilst flying in Hudson V, AM692 QX-Z, which failed to return from a search equipment line patrol.
FirthSydney EwbankAircraftman 1st Class615843106 Squadron, Royal Air Force24/05/194035St Andrew's Churchyard, MaghullSydney was the son of Reginald Howe Firth and Elizabeth Ann (Eastham), later of 29 Melling Lane, Maghull. Husband of Mary Kathleen (Hamilton-Taylor), who he married in 1931 in Manchester. Henry was killed when his plane crashed and exploded in Coventry.
FrithEdwin JohnSergeant (Pilot)657022102 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve47 Claremont Avenue, Maghull26/02/194323Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, GermanyEdwin was the son of Francis John and Edith Helen Frith (Nee Lowther. Sydney was the son of Reginald Howe Firth and Elizabeth Ann (Eastham), later of 29 Melling Lane, Maghull. Husband of Mary Kathleen (Hamilton-Taylor), who he married in 1931 in Manchester. Henry was killed when his plane crashed and exploded in Coventry.
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GregsonRaymond HumphreyOrdinary SeamanD/JX 171361Royal Navy, H.M.S. 'Esperance Bay'333 Fairfield Road, Droylsden, Lancashire14/07/194024Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth, Devon Raymond was the son of Richard Booth Gregson, and Ethel (Grimshaw) later of Maghull. In 1939 he married Elsie (Howarth) at Ashton, Lancashire.
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HepburnWilliam RentonFourth Engineer OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Empire Prairie' (Greenock)30 Liverpool Road South, Maghull04/10/194228Tower Hill Memorial, London.William was the son of William was the son of William Hepburn and Mary Ellen (Nee Brophy), of Maghull. He died when the Empire Prairie was sunk by torpedo at 2.20am by U-Boat U-654 in the Caribbean, 490 miles North-east of Bermuda.
HerbertWilliamFirewatcherCivilian War Dead1 Granville Avenue, Maghull04/05/194144 St Luke's Church, CrosbyWilliam Herbert was the husband of Edith (nee Marsh). He died at Miller's Bridge, Bootle.
HeskethGeorge McDonaldLance Corporal7262426Corps of Military Police29/03/194538Benghazi War Cemetery, LibyaGeorge was the son of George was the son of Richard Hesketh and Mary Emily (nee Davidson), of L'Abri, (No.8) Green Lane, Maghull.
HeskethThomas   Sergeant (Flight Engineer)106336797 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve01/09/194334Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands. (Originally buried at Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands).Thomas was the son of Thomas Hesketh and Ellen; husband of Sarah A. Harrison. He took off in an Avro Lancaster Mark 1, at 5-07pm from RAF Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, on a bombing raid to Essen, Germany. His aeroplane was shot down at 7-10pm, near Maasbree, 8 km west-southwest of Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands.
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JesseLesliePrivate7674771Royal Army Pay Corps14 Kingsfield Road Maghull02/10/194329St Andrew's Churchyard, Maghull, LancashireLeslie was the son of Ernest Smart Jesse and Margaret (Nee Salts), of Maghull. He died at Westwood Emergency Hospital, Bradford, Yorkshire.
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KevanJoseph DanielLeading Aircraftman1480309Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve2 Grosvenor Road, Maghull24/08/194422Anfield Cemetery, LiverpoolJoseph was the son of Daniel Kevan and Grace (Nee Griffiths), of Maghull. He died at Blandford, Dorset.
LumbyJohn LemanCaptain7146640th(7th Battalion, Kings Regiment(Liverpool)), Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps'Waldergrave' 13 Brook Road, Maghull09/01/194228El Alamein Memorial, EgyptJohn was the son of Henry Percy Lumby and Mabel Mary (Mair) of Maghull.
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MoorcroftWilliam JamesFlying Officer (Navigator)127974Squadron, Royal Aircraft Volunteer Reserve14/07/194322Les Hayons Churchyard, Luxembourg, BelgiumWilliam was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Margaret Moorcroft, of Maghull, Lancashire.
PartingtonWilliam StephenSecond OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S. 'Yorktown'26/09/194226Tower Hill Memorial, LondonWilliam was the son of William Hobson Partington and Nellie Partington; husband of Mary Hazel Partington, of Southport, Lancashire.
PotburyJohnStoker First ClassP/KX 839955Royal Navy, H.M.S.' Greyhound'22/05/194138Portsmouth Naval Memorial, HampshireJohn was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Potbury; husband of Ethel Potbury, of Speke, Liverpool. He was killed during the Battle of Crete when Greyhound was sunk in an air raid by bombs from a German Stuka Ju87 dive bomber, in the Kithera Channel. 
PriceDavid EllisFusilier20552261st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers06/04/194427Taukkyan War Cemetery, MyanmarDavid was the son of Ellis Price, and of Elizabeth Price, of Maghull, Lancashire.
QuineGeorge LionelChief Engineer OfficerMerchant Navy, S.S.' Traveller' (Liverpool)26/01/194244Tower Hill Memorial, LondonGeorge was the son of Herbert and Annie Quine; husband of Winifred Mary Quine, of Maghull, Lancashire.. He was killed aboard Traveller , she was on her way from New Orleans to Liverpool general cargo and explosives. The ship was hit by two torpedoes from the German submarine U-106 (Hermann Rasch) . 50 crew members and two gunners were lost.
RankinHugh AllanSergeantT/88397Royal Army Service Corps22/11/194024St Andrew's Churchyard, Maghull.Hugh was the son of Hugh Lucas Rankin and Mary Rankin, of Maghull.
RhodesRichard ArthurPilot Officer4252929 Squadron, Royal Air Force25/08/1940Runnymede Memorial, Surry
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SeddonHenry   Private339412913th (2/4th Battalion, The South Lancashire Regiment) Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, Anti-Aircraft Company19/08/194422Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, FrancesHenry was the son of Harold Sydney and Ann Seddon, of Maghull, Lancashire. His brother Stanley was also killed in action
SeddonStanleyAircraftman 1st Class547893Royal Air Force07/05/194121Runnymede Memorial, SurreyStanley was the son of Harold Sydney and Anne Seddon, his brother Henry was also killed in action
SimpsonWilliam GeorgeCorporal38616929th Battalion, tHe King's Regiment (Liverpool)26/10/194331Old Shoreham Cemetery, SussexWilliam was the son of William Charles and Maud Simpson; husband of Elsie Louisa Simpson, of Maghull, Lancashire.
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SpeakeRobert ErnestLeading Aircraft man ( U/T Radio Operator (Air))1624244Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve19/11/194318Thaba Tshwane (New) Military Cemetery, Gauteng, South AfricaRobert was the son of Walter Speake and Alice Speake, of Maghull, Lancashire.
TaylorGerald FrancisSergeant7536269Army Dental Corps attached 27t Company, Royal Army Medical CorpsDied between 01/10/1942 -02/10/194230Sai Wan Memorial, China Gerald was the son of Fred and Emily Taylor; husband of Gwendoline Taylor, of Maghull, Lancashire, England.
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WhiteJohn HenryPetty OfficerD/J 109955Royal Navy, H.M.Submarine Seahorse01/12/194033Plymouth Naval Memorial, DevonJohn was the son of Alfred William and Mary White, of Maghull, Lancashire. He died aboard Seahorse, she sailed from Rosyth to patrol off the east coast of Denmark.
Seahorse was mined while moving between Zones E and B in the Heligoland Bight.
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