Sefton Village’s fallen Service men

Sefton Village’s War Memorial is located on a junction with Bridges Lane/Brick Wall Lane and Lunt Road, Sefton Village. Listed upon the memorial are the names of 26 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 NamesRankService No.Regiment/Ship/ SquadronLast known addressDiedAge at deathBurial PlaceBiographyMedals
AlmondArthur, RichardPrivate1322011th Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment72 Deysbrook Lane West Derby22/11/1916 33City of London Cemetery and Crematorium Manor ParkArthur was born in 1883 in West Derby. On 1891 census he is a scholar living at 48 Chapel Lane Netherton West Derby with his father Richard and mother Annie. In 1911 he is a farm labourer and boarding at 72 Deysbrook Lane West Derby. He died of wounds on 22/11/1916. Son of Richard Almond of Chapel Lane Netherton Liverpool.
ApplebyEricSecond Lieutenant42nd Battery. 2nd Brigade. Royal Field ArtilleryFarnley, Moor Park, Great Crosby Lancashire28/10/191623Grove Town Cemetery Meaulte FranceBorn in Bootle Lancashire. On 1911 census he is at school and living at "Farnley" Moor Park Great Crosby Lancashire with his father, a retired flour miller and mother Alice. He joined O.T.C at the age of 16, afterwards with the R.E. (Terr.). Enlisted in R.F.A. in 1914 and died of wounds received at Morval.
ArmstrongRichardCorporal35072nd Battalion. South Lancashire RegimentBank Cottage, 571 Green Lane, Maghull L31 2JB16/06/191532Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial BelgiumPrior to the war Corporal Armstrong was a member of the Southport Company of the National Reserve and at the outbreak of hostilities he re-joined the Lancashire Fusiliers with whom he had previously served in Egypt. Later he was transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers and went with them to France on Good Friday He was the first Maghull man to fall in the war. Mrs Armstrong's brother was in the same regiment and he says that Corporal Armstrong was killed instantly by a shell and that only one man of that section escaped. He leaves a wife and three children.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
ArnoldCharlesPrivate106792nd Battalion Scots GuardsLived at Lunt (1911 Census)November 10, 191723Tyne Cot Memorial BelgiumBorn in 1894, son of William and Annie Arnold. In 1911 he is working as a farm labourer and living in Lunt Lane. He has no known grave and commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 10.l.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
BrodbeltGuySecond Lieutenant19239th Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment6 Oxford Road Waterloo, L22 8QF14/04/191627Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery Pas de Calais FranceHe was born at Tattenhall Cheshire in September 1888 His last recorded address was on the 1911 Census at 6 Oxford Road Waterloo He went to France in April 1915 and was involved in engagements at Festubert (09/05) and Loos (25/09) as well as in a successful counter attack in the same region on 14/10. He is recorded as KIA (Killed in Action) on 14/04/1916 having been shot in the head by a German sniper whilst temporarily commanding a company. His brother Arthur Dell Brodbelt was killed on active service on 18/04/1918.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
CropperJosephPrivate23529011th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment
The King's Liverpool Regiment
Lydiate Lane Sefton14/11/191822Terlincthun British Cemetery Wimille Pas de Calais FranceJoseph was born in Lathom in 1898, the son of Thomas and his first wife Theresa (nee Wareing). On the 1911 Census the family is living at Lydiate Lane Sefton. HVictory Medal
British Medal
CuddyAlbert, GeorgeTrooper3004701st Lancashire Hussars
18th Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment
Roanoke Liverpool Road Maghull Lancashire19/12/191722Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery West-Vlaanderen BelgiumAlbert George was born in Maghull in 1896. In 1911 he was an architect's pupil and living at Roanoke Liverpool Road Maghull. He died of wounds and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Plot 27 C 5.Victory Medal
British Medal
CulshawJohnPrivateS/6058C Company 10th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)The Wynt, MaghullSeptember 5, 191723Doiran Memorial GreeceBorn 1894. Baptised 22/07/1894 Maghull. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on Pylon 3 Column 2 51 of the Doiran Memorial in North Greece. Son of John and Elizabeth A Culshaw of Carr Lane West Derby Liverpool.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
GreenJohnPrivate328152nd Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire RegimentAbbey Cottage,Old Presbytery, Aintree Ln, Liverpool L10 2JJ30/12/191736Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery EgyptJohn Green of Sefton Moss Seaforth was born at Aintree in 1882, the son of John and Ann Green. He married Mary Tunstall at St Helen's C of E Church Sefton. They had one son John who was born in 1915/John served with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment during the war. Drowned on 30/12/1917 in loss of the troop transporter HMS Aragon when torpedoed by a German submarine just outside the Port of Alexandria Egypt. More than 600 crew and troops lost their lives. His body was recovered from the sea and he was buried at Hadra Cemetery Alexandria, Plot D 295. Husband of Mary Green of Sefton Moss Seaforth Liverpool. Probate of his estate was obtained at Liverpool by his widow on 18/11/1919. His effects were valued at £114 13s 6d (£5 500 at current value).Victory Medal
British Medal
HampsonJamesPrivate7679South Lancashire RegimentWoodford in Hightown24/08/191427La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial Seine-et-Marne FranceJames was the son of Edmund and Annie Hampson of 62 Shaftesbury Avenue Roundhay Leeds. In 1911 and was boarding with the Hodgson family at a house called Woodford in Hightown Sefton. James lived in Leeds and in Liverpool and enlisted in Warrington.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
HoughtonSydney, BaylisRifleman1832D Company 6th Battalion, The King's Liverpool RegimentBrook House, Brookhouse Farm, Brook House Lane, Merseyside L30 7RYMay 5, 191520Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial BelgiumSydney (Sidney on Sefton Memorial) was born in 1895 at West Derby, son of Sydney Myles and Annie Julia Houghton. On 1911 census he is living at Brook House Netherton, Lancashire with his father, a farmer and stepmother Edith. He has no known grave and is commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,Probate 10/07/1915 to his father £44 10s 4d. VOLUNTEERED.
KILLED AFTER CARRYING OUT DANGEROUS TASK.
Mr. S.M. Houghton, Brook House, Netherton, near Liverpool, has received news of the death of his son, who was a member of the 6th Liverpools. A letter from a corporal of the D Company says:-
"It took place on the evening of May 5, when we were in support to one of our companies who were told off to outflank the enemy. The officer called for two volunteers to take a despatch to a place which was covered from rifle and Maxim fire, but was being searched by shell fire. Your son, together with his friend (H.M. Terry), at once volunteered for the job. They delivered the despatch, and while talking to an officer a shell burst near by, killing a sergeant and mortally wounding your son. His comrade, who was standing by, was slightly wounded in the head, but managed to get back. The section wish to offer their deepest sympathy to yourself and family, and we all regret the loss of a good chum and brave soldier. You will have great consolation in the fact that he volunteered for his last act. Private Houghton was educated at Oakes Institute, and employed at the Royal Insurance Company. He volunteered for active service the week after was declared.

Liverpool Echo 14th May 1915
Victory Medal
British Medal
HulmeJohnPrivate10680Scots GuardsRose Cottage, Lunt Rd, Liverpool L29 7WA16/05/191523Le Touret Memorial FranceJohn Hulme was born at Maghull in 1892. He was the son of James and Margaret (nee Roughley) Hulme. On 1911 census John is working as a farm labourer and living with his parents at Rose Cottage Lunt near Sefton.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
LeightonArthur2nd Lieutenant1338The King's Liverpool Regiment
3rd Bn attd 7th Bn South Lancashire Regiment
3 Victoria Avenue, Crosby, Liverpoo L23 8UH14/11/191626Thiepval Memorial, Somme, FranceArthur (spelt incorrectly as Aruthur on Sefton Civic Memorial) son of Thomas and Emma Leighton of 3 Victoria Avenue Great Crosby Liverpool. Killed in action. He is commemorated at Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 7 A and 7 B. He was a bank clerk and his effects at Probate on 31/01/1917 were £983 4s 8d (£72 000 at current value).Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
MolyneuxCecil, RichardMidshipmanHMS Lion Royal NavyCroxteth Hall, Croxteth park, Liverpool L12 0HB31/05/191616Plymouth Naval MemorialSecond son of 6th Earl of Sefton, born on 02/12/1899 at Sandiway Northwich Cheshire. On the 1911 Census he is a scholar at Farnborough School Hants. Killed in action at Battle of Jutland serving on HMS Lion and buried at sea. He is commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial Reference 10Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
OrchardsonJames Forester3rd EngineerSS Bermudian34 Waterloo Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 1RF20/11/191846Forrie' as James was known, was killed in a marine accident off Alexandria Egypt at the very end of the war.
OwenHarold, KennethPrivate2438519th Battalion The King's (Liverpool) RegimentThe Bridge Netherton30/07/191622Thiepval Memoria, Somme, FranceBorn 1893 in West Derby Liverpool, On 1901 census he is living at Bridge Lane Netherton West Derby with his widowed grandmother, father, a paviour, mother Emily. On 1911 census he is a shop assistant at a baker's and living with his father, a paviour, and mother at Netherton Blundellsands Liverpool. Killed in action at Gommecourt, no known grave. He is commemorated on Sefton Civic Memorial and on St Helen's C of E Church War Memorial Sefton and on the family gravestone in St Helen's Church graveyard and on the Thiepval Memorial . Son of Frederick and Emily Eleanor Owen of The Bridge Netherton Liverpool. Harold was awarded the Victory Medal, the British Medal and the Star Medal.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
RawFrederick, LewisPrivate42962
70557
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment
118th Company Labour Corps
4 Quarry Cottages Thornton near Great Crosby20/07/191736Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extension BelgiumBorn in West Derby Liverpool. On 1911 census he is single and a boarder at 4 Quarry Cottages Thornton near Great Crosby and working as a farm labourer. On 25/06/1911 he married Ellen Wharton age 29 who lived at the same lodgings. Probate 14 September 1917 to widow £233. His half brother John Frederick Raw and brothers-in-law William Wharton and Frank Wharton also fell.Victory Medal
British Medal
RichardsonJames, FPrivate5062320th Battalion, The King's Liverpool RegimentCromwell Street Dingle31/07/191727Zantvoorde British Cemetery BelgiumJames was born in 1890 at Toxteth Park. . In 1911 he is a patient in hospital. He was buried at Zantvoorde British Cemetery Belgium grave reference III C 18. He was the son of Mrs Eliza Richardson of 14 Cromwell Street Dingle Liverpool.Victory Medal
British Medal
ScottArthur, JohnPrivate2577"A" Coy. 10th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment)9 Lomond Road Liverpool17/03/191521Buried at Perth Cemetery (China Wall)
Location: West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Cemetery reference: I. H. 44
In 1911 he is living with is parents at 9 Lomond Road Liverpool and working as a junior clerk. Killed in action 17/03/1915. He was exhumed and re-buried at Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Plot 1 H 44, after an identification disc was found. . Son of William Robert and Ada Maud Scott of School Road Hightown Liverpool.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
SheardFrazer, MortonCaptain18th (Lancashire) Hussars Battalion The King's RegimentWaverley Moor Lane Great Crosby LiverpoolFebruary 4, 191823Premont British Cemetery Aisne FranceBorn at 125 Canning Street Liverpool on 29/09/1894 . On 1911 census he is living at "Waverley" Moor Lane Great Crosby and is a student. He is living with his father and mother. Frazer died as a prisoner of war on 02/04/1918 and was buried at Bohain Station Military Cemetery by his captors. His brother Geoffrey also fell.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
Military Cross
SheardGeoffrey, Senior2nd Lieutenant17713rd Battalion Cheshire RegimentWaverley Moor Lane Great Crosby Liverpool26/06/191721Duisans British Cemetery Etrun Pas de Calais FranceBorn Liverpool 1896. On 1911 census he is a student living at Waverley Moor Lane Great Crosby with his father, and mother. Died of accidental injuries. Buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Plot IV B 38. . His brother Frazer also fell.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
TunstallWilliam, RogerCorporal3045213th Battalion, The King's Liverpool RegimentLydiate Lane SeftonSeptember 5, 191719Arras Memorial FranceBorn 1897 Sefton.On 1911 census he is living at Lydiate Lane Sefton and working as a general worker on a farm. William has no known grave and is commemorated on Arras Memorial,Victory Medal
British Medal
WhartonFrankPrivate4693526th Battalion Royal Welsh (Welch) FusiliersQuarry Cottages Thornton Great Crosby LancashireAugust 8, 191822Bellacourt Military Cemetery Riviere Pas de Calais FranceBorn West Derby 1896. In 1911 he is working as a farm labourer and living at Quarry Cottages Thornton Lancashire with his widowed mother. His brother William Wharton and brother-in-law Frederick Lewis Raw also fell.Victory Medal
British Medal
WhartonWilliamPrivate3448
3/31903
46th Company, Machine Gun Corps
The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Quarry Cottages Thornton Great Crosby LancashireFebruary 9, 191626Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension Somme FranceBorn 1890. Died of wounds on 02/09/1916. The inscription on his gravestone reads "Lord in thy gracious keeping we leave thee our loved one sleeping", Millencourt Cemetery Plot 2 F 34. Son of Ellen Wharton of Quarry Cottages Thornton Liverpool Lancashire. His brother Frank Wharton and brother-in-law Frederick Lewis Raw also fell.Victory Medal
British Medal
WoodEdward, WebsterPrivate9590Scots Guards32 Chapel Street Waterloo Liverpool.November 11, 191434Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial BelgiumBorn on 27/12/1879 at 39 Wentworth Street Everton. He was always known at "Web". Prior to enlisting as a regular soldier he worked for Thoroughgoods Brewery Waterloo. Edward married Lizzie Bell (nee Black) in 1905 but sadly she died in 1906 at the birth of their twin sons Edward Webster Jnr and Harold. Edward re-married in 1909 to Nellie Lilian (nee Lunt) and they had three children Nellie, Hilda and William Walter. In 1911 he is a brewer's carter On the outbreak of the Great War Edward re-enlisted in the Scots Guards at Seaforth Liverpool and was amongst the first to go off to serve in France and Flanders. He was killed in the first battle of Ypres on 11/11/1914. His brothers, Stanley Wood and William Wood, also fell.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal with Clasp
WoodStanley, JohnPrivate9600Scots GuardsThe Green, Netherton 14/10/191521St Sever Cemetery Rouen Seine-Maritime FranceStanley John was born on 15/06/1894 in Netherton Liverpool. In 1911 he was a horseman at Manor House Farm. He was a prominent athlete, being a member of the Sefton Institute Cricket Club and he also played football for the Westfield and March Lane clubs. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion The Scots Guards at Seaforth Liverpool in 09/1914 aged 20 soon after the outbreak of war. He went to France in 1914 where the 1st Battalion were in the trenches at Vermelles. He was home on leave only a fortnight before he was seriously wounded on 27/09/1915 in the Battle of Loos and died on 14/10/1915 at the Rouen Military Hospital. His brothers Edward Webster and William also fell.Victory Medal
British Medal
Star Medal
WoodWilliamPrivate24386King's (Liverpool) Regiment (KLR) and Labour Corp. 19th BattalionMellors Farm Netherton GreenJanuary 7, 191628Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery Somme FranceWilliam (Willie on Sefton Memorial) was born on 06/10/1988 at Sefton . He worked at Mellors Farm at Netherton Green where he worked the horses mostly. He was very fond of them and was still able to work with them whilst in the Army. He was of a happy disposition, always joking. He was unmarried but had a lady friend. Despite the loss of his two brothers, Bill joined up although really he was exempt due to his farm work. He joined, The King's Liverpool Regiment which was billeted at Knowsley Park where he drilled and trained. Bill belonged to the 19th which was known as Lord Derby's Pals' Regiment. William was killed in action during an assault of the German trenches, south of Montauban, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. In the autumn of 1916 on his last home leave to Pear Tree Cottage Netherton Green his mother, already with two sons killed in the War, was very distressed to see him go. As he left he turned and said "Don't turn to see me go Mum" and on reaching the door sang "When the fields are white with daisies I'll be home". This was very appropriate as winter was approaching and their home was surrounded by fields. " His brothers Stanley and Edward Webster also fell. A comrade wrote to William's parents: 'William's death came as a terrible shock to all who knew him, as he was very well liked and his loss will be keenly felt'. TVictory Medal British Medal Star Medal