Littleborough’s History

THE SECOND WORLD WAR

CASUALTIES OF WHO WERE RESIDENTS OF THE PENNINE TOWNSHIPS

Whose 75 or 80 years Anniversary occurs this month –  May 2019


LITTLEBOROUGH

Aircraftman John Irvine

John was born in 1925 Qtr 4 in Rochdale, son of Alfred Irvine, and of Sarah Grace Irvine (nee Collins or Collinge), of Littleborough. Before enlisting in the RAF late in 1943, John worked at Clegg’s Mill, Shore. 18 year old Aircraftman 2nd Class, John Irvine 2225523. 5003 Airfield Construction Squadron was killed when a 1,000 HE bomb fell on his camp at RAF Ashford 22nd May 1944 killing him and approx 14 of his mates. John was buried on 28th May 1944 with full military honours in Shore (St. Barnabas) Churchyard, Row 6, Grave 4. John is remembered on Littleborough Cenotaph, Clegg’s Mill and Littleborough Central School War Memorial (now in the History Centre). The Rochdale Observer of 29th May and 3 June 1944 carried details of his funeral and attendees etc. At the time of his death, his mother Sarah lived at 61 Calderbrook Road, Laneside, Littleborough



MILNROW and NEW HEY SERVICEMEN

Sapper Arthur Clayton Oakes

Arthur was born in Bury on 21st November 1906, the son of Arthur and Mary Ann (nee Feetham). Arthur married Mary Brierley at St Peters, Newbold on 17th December 1932 and they had a son Brian born in early 1933. By 1939 they were living at 58 Mentmore Road, Rochdale with Arthur employed as a Cotton Waste Warehouseman. Arthur joined the Royal Engineers but 37 year old Sapper Oakes, 3461197, became ill and later died in Rochdale Infirmary on 4th May 1944. He was buried in Rochdale Cemetery, Square Z 3, C of E, Grave 37503 on 9th May as noted in the report of the Rochdale Observer of 6th May 1944. The previous day’s edition carried sentiments from his wife and son together with mother-in-law and friends and family.