Littleborough’s History

WARDLE


Sergeant John Raymond Stott

John Raymond was born in 17th October 1921, the son of Arnold and Seba Ann Stott (nee Fielden) who were married during 1919 in Rochdale. John had been educated at Bury grammar School. Whilst they had lived in Bamford, in 1939 the family was at The Hollies, East Street, Wardle. John R was a Shipping Clerk. Also present were his mother and father a Surgical Dressing Manufacturer, brother Edward Arnold was an apprentice in an Electrical Switchgear Co, Walter and Jessie were at school. Prior to enlisting he worked in the export Department of Messrs Rylands Ltd, Manchester. 20 year old Sergeant Stott 1439951 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 21/09/1942 flying Whitley 29472 of 10 OTU during an anti-submarine patrol ran out of fuel, believed due to worsening weather conditions and crashed into the sea. It had been flying out of St Eval, Cornwall. John is remembered on the RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 94 as well as the Wardle War Memorial. The Rochdale Observer of the 3rd October 1942 reporting his death noted that his father was a Justice of the Peace and that his brother Edward A was back in action in the Middle East


OUR FALLEN HERO OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Their 80 year Anniversary in July



MILNROW

Leading Seaman Thomas Lowe

Thomas was born in Warrington on 23rd February 1897, the son of John and Mary Lowe, brother of Harry Lowe and Chrissie who lived in 9 Heath Street. Prior to the 1939 register being compiled Thomas had married Emily F and in 1939 they were living at 79 St Georges Sq, Portsmouth with 6 other men, presumably Lodgers. Thomas was by then already serving in the Navy. 45 year old Leading Seaman Lowe P/J 23400, Royal Navy, was killed in action on 19th August 1942 at Dieppe when his ship HMS Berkeley took 2 direct hits and broke her back. Thomas is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel 62, Column 3 and on St Annes War Memorial. His brother included a message in the Memorial Column of the Rochdale Observer for 28th August 1943




OUR FALLEN HERO OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR

Their 80 year Anniversary in July