Littleborough’s History

Gunner Clifford Fitton

Clifford was born on 16th October 1903 in Smallbridge, the son of John and Sarah Ann Fitton. In 1911 Clifford lived with his family at 1 Green Lane, Smallbridge. John was at school and his father was a Colliery Manager. Also in the home were his mother, 10 brothers and 3 sisters and together their ages ranged from  24 to 1 years old whilst both parents were 48. Clifford married Margaret McCormick (DoB 15.04.1906) in Rochdale on 30th March, 1929. At the time, Clifford was living at 561 Halifax Rd whilst Margaret  lived at number 511. Birth records include a James M born in 1934 and a Mildred born in 1939 to parents; father named Clifford and mother named McCormick. This suggests that James and Mildred may well have been the children of Clifford and Margaret but this has not been confirmed. Just 7 days after his 43rd birthday Gunner Fitton 1825503, Royal Artillery, died on  23rd October 1946, presumably from injuries received during the war. There was an Obituary notice for Clifford Fitton in Birch Hill Hospital aged 43, husband of Margaret 12 Elm Grove, Wardle. His funeral took place at 3.00pm,  Saturday 26th October 1946 with Clifford being buried  in Wardle (St. James) Churchyard, Grave B18.


His 75 year Anniversary in October

Lance Corporal Howard Holroyde

Howard was born in Old Sowerby Bridge in early 1906, the son of Howard and Isobella Holroyde. In 1911 ; the family of 9 children including Howard (scholar) lived at No 6 Carlton Street, Sowerby Bridge. Howard’s father was employed as a Coachman in a Livery Stable. Howard married Lily Uttley of 11 Filey St, Smallbridge, Lancashire late spring in 1935.  Prior to enlisting Howard worked for R Sharples in Belfield. 36 year old Lance Corporal Holroyde  4742461, York and Lancaster Regiment was in the Middle East (probably North Africa) for some 18 months before being injured whilst probably garrisoned in the isolated but fortified Coastal town of Tobruk in Libya. Howard died on 26th November, 1941 and is buried in Tobruk War Cemetery, Grave 8 F 13. The Rochdale Observer of 13th November 1941 carried detail about Howard and family messages were also recorded in that issue as well as in the following week and in the edition of 28th November 1942


His 80 year Anniversary in November