Littleborough’s History

14 Littleborough Soldiers who fell died post Armistice in 1918

1919 onwards

Frederick Jackson

Frederick was born in Rochdale 1889 and in 1901 lived with William and Sarah A Crabtree of 22 Molyneux St as stepson together with their 2 year old son, Walter. Frederick was a Cotton Doffer. Sara later moved to Primrose St and was there in 1919. Before enlisting in 1917, Frederick was employed by W H Heap Ltd, dyers and finishers, Littleborough. The Rochdale Observer on 1st February 1919 carried a report concerning a Mrs (Sara A) Crabtree of 74 Primrose Street (Spotland) Rochdale and her stepson Private Frederick Jackson. Private Frederick Jackson, 190 Co, Labour Corps, service No 405008 died in a Casualty Clearing Station of pneumonia following a severe attack of influenza on 20th January 1919 and was buried in Grave R26 Charleroi Communal Cemetery and  is remembered on the Wardle War Memorial.

Private William E. Holt

William was born in Littleborough in 1874 and in 1891 was living at 50 Church St with his widowed mother Ellen, brother Thomas and uncle, Edwin Lord. By 1901, William a Cotton Weaver was married to Mary and living at 2 back 128 Hare Hill Road with their 7 month old son Fred. By 1911, William and Mary and their 3 children were living at 3 Back James Street. Prior to enlisting, William worked at Albion Mills, Featherstall, Littleborough’. 46 year old Private W. E. Holt, Deal/15739 (S) (Dunkerque) Royal Marine Labour Corps died on Friday 31st January 1919 and is buried in Grave Number IV E 19 at Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord France being remembered on Littleborough Cenotaph and the Littleborough Central School Memorial (now in the History Centre). His wife later remarried and moved to 3 Back James Street, Stubley.

Lance Corporal Albert Sargeant

Albert was born 25th May 1889 in Salford but by 1901 he appears as the adopted son of Alfred and Agnes Sherratt of 6 Higher Calderbrook.  At some date he emigrated to Canada where he married his wife Margaret. 29 year old L/Cpl Sargeant 210862 of 98 Bn Canadian Infantry died on 6th May 1919, presumably of wounds or illness and is buried in C of E, St Catherine’s (Victoria Lawn) Cemetery, Canada. Albert is remembered on the St James Church, Calderbrook 1914 – 1918 Roll of Honour but his name is spelt Sergeant. His wife later remarried.

Driver Samuel Ingham Uttley

Samuel, born in Hurstead, Rochdale on 11th September 1892 and by 1911 he was living with his widowed mother, Sarah and siblings at 4 Old Road, Smithybridge, Wuerdle. Samuel was a Clogger's Apprentice. Driver Uttley joined Royal Field Artillery mid 1915 and called to see the vicar on 6th (per St Andrews Magazine for October 1915). In the November 1915 magazine he wrote "I have just started riding now and it feels a bit strange to me .... I had a very rough night the other week fetching horses from the station". He married Gladys in September 1918. Albert contracted Pneumonia whilst on leave and died on 27th May 1919. Albert rests in grave 25 C & D in Dearnley St Andrews Churchyard and is remembered on St Andrews War Memorial. The St Andrew’s Magazine for July 1919 includes “With deep regret we record the death on May 27th of Sam Uttley. He had never been the same since he had received a serious injury in France in 1916 which resulted in his discharge from the Army……”.

Private Harry Rhodes

Harry was born in Wuerdle 15th July 1897 and in 1901 was living with his parents Charles (a General Farm Labourer) and Betty on Old Rd, Wuerdle together with his sister and brother. By 1911 the family was living at Wuerdle Farm with his father still recorded as a Farm Labourer and Harry as an Assistant. Private Harry Rhodes 41315 of the Yorkshire Regiment was ‘home’ (ie in the UK) for all of his service with his records showing him having hospitalisation for 57 days. He was later discharged as ‘No longer fit for service’ on 19th September 1917. Harry died on 10th July 1919 and is buried in St Andrew’s Churchyard, Grave Number 18 C, his military service duly recognised

Driver Joseph Uttley

Joseph was born 31st July 1886 in Walsden. Joseph married Hannah Kershaw in 1906 (4th Qtr) and in 1911 they lived at 4 Wilnes, Littleborough and had 2 sons both born in Littleborough, Richard in 1907 and Walter in 1910. Joseph was a carter of coal. Driver Joseph Uttley, I 35260 Royal Army Service Corp was found to be unfit to continue as a soldier so left receiving a Silver War Badge on 5th April 1919. On leaving the Army he subsequently lived at 4 Rawlinson Street, Littleborough and returned to his old trade but unfortunately he died from acute endocarditis on 30th July 1919. Joseph was buried on 2nd August 1919 but his death is not recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). However, Joseph is remembered on the Littleborough War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity outside memorial.

Lance Corporal Vincent Kershaw

Vincent was born in Littleborough in 1891 and in 1901 and 1911 lived with his parents William Albert (a Warehouseman) and Hannah and his sisters and brothers at 119 Croft Bank, Calderbrook Road.  In 1911, Vincent was employed as a Cloth Presser. Lance Corporal T/389576 Vincent Kershaw, H.T. Royal Army Service Corps died on Sunday 26th October 1919 and is interred in Grave Number L 171 St James’s (Calderbrook) Churchyard and is remembered on the Littleborough Cenotaph, Littleborough Central School Memorial (now in the History Centre) and Greenhill Primitive Methodist Chapel War Memorial.

Private Cyril Mills Dawson

Cyril was born in Manchester in 1899 and in 1901 and 1911 he lived with his parents Eli (Church Apparitor/Caretaker - born in Littleborough) and his mother Louise (born in Smallbridge) and family at 22 Sherlock St, Collyhurst, Manchester. 20 year old Private C M (516244) 836th Co Labour Corps died on Saturday 20th December 1919 and was buried in Grave No 2 M St Andrew’s Churchyard, his military service duly recognised. The St Andrew’s Magazine for January 1920 recorded “Many of our older members will deeply sympathise with the sad loss which has fallen Mr Eli Dawson’s family by the sudden death (only 6 months after demobilisation) of Cyril Dawson. Mr Dawson Snr left Dearnley many years ago ……. but we know Mr Dawson and family have always maintained their affection for Dearnley…..”.

Private Robert Walter Whaley

Robert was born at Walsden in 1894 and by 1901 was living with his parents John and Susanna and 6 brothers and a sister at Moor Road Farm where his father was a farmer. Robert’s mother died on 29th May 1907 and the 1911 Census shows the family living at 2 Higher Calderbrook, Littleborough (Charles and Herbert Whittaker, both killed during WW1 lived at this address in 1901). In 1911, Robert’s father was the Sexton at St James’s Church in Calderbrook and Robert was a Weaver at Sladen Wood Mill. 25 year old Private Ply/17183 Robert Walter Whaley, Royal Marine Light Infantry died in England on Thursday 11th March 1920 and his body was interred in his mother’s grave (adjoining the south wall of St. James’s Church, Calderbrook and he is remembered on the churches War Memorial and Roll of Honour.

Lance Bombardier Fred Shore Judson

Fred was born in the Rochdale Area in 1897 and lived in Wardle in with his parents William and Elizabeth and in Smallbridge in 1911 by which time he was employed as a Woollen Piecer. He attested at Rochdale on 7th February 1916, served in Egypt and was classified as a First Class Driver on 1st July 1917. He survived the war but unfortunately 23 year old L/Bomb Judson, 85079 of the Royal Garrison Artillery died on 27th June 1920 of wounds or illness and was buried in Grave No C46 at Littleborough Dearnley Cemetery, his military service duly recognised.

Corporal James Evan Crowther

James was born in 1888 and in 1901 he lived with his parents Evan (a Grocer and Butcher) and Martha and 5 sisters at 76 New Road, Dearnley, next to the old Blue Bell pub. James assisted in the shop. By 1911 the family still lived at 76 New Road with James now employed as a Calico Printers Clerk. James married Annie possibly in Oldham in 1918 and she was living with his parents lived at Moorland View, Dearnley; at the time of his death. Corporal James E Crowther, 8366, served with the Royal Army Pay Corps (8366) and died on 7th October 1920 from illness or wounds and is buried in grave L12 in Dearnley cemetery. Cpl Crowther is included on St Andrew’s Church War Memorial.

Sapper Harry Barker

Harry was born in Bury in 1883 and for a time lived in Castleton. Harry married Mary Jane Greenwood at Rochdale Registry Office on 24th December 1904 and in 1911 they lived with their son, Thomas Henry at 124 Featherstall Road. He was a Stonemason before enlisting in December 1915 and the family then lived at 54 New Road, Dearnley, Smithy Bridge. He attested on 11th December 1915 and was mobilized on 7th August 1916. Having served in other regiments he was subsequently posted to the Royal Engineers.  38 year old Sapper Barker, 346622 Royal Engineers, died of wounds received during the war on 5th April 1921 and is buried in Grave 24R at Dearnley St Andrew’s Churchyard.  Mary Jane later moved to 130 Meraflores Terrace, Stubley Brow, Littleborough. Harry’s name was added to Littleborough Cenotaph in 2018.

Gunner Robert William Buckley

Robert was born in Manchester in 1877 and lived in the city for some years marrying Alice Sherratt in Bradford, Manchester on 10th October 1896 and they had two children John and Joseph. By 1901 Robert (a Velvet Dyer) and Alice were living at 4 Higher Calderbrook and besides their children there were 2 lodgers both who worked as Velvet Dyers. Richard and Alice later had 2 more children, Richard. Alice unfortunately died on 4th April 1907 and Robert subsequently married Mary Elizabeth Slater from Castleton on 29th August 1908 having 3 children with her including Annie, Albert and Mary Jane with the family moving to Rochdale. Robert enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery as 51453 on 11th November 1914 in Ashton but he was declared unfit for further military service and discharged on 11th April 1915. At the time of his enlistment his family are recorded as living at 1 Stoney Head, Calderbrook. Robert’s son, Private 42085 John Alfred Buckley also enlisted but died of wounds on Tuesday 16th April 1918 when 20 year old. Robert subsequently died on 22nd June 1923 but whilst he served in the army he is not recorded on any known war memorial.