Littleborough’s History

Private John Dunn (Dunne)

John was born in Wigan early in 1925, the son of William and Ellen Dunn (nee Marnin) of Littleborough. In 1939 John’s parents, William (Labourer in Cotton Mill) and Ellen and family lived at 8 Timbercliff.  This included brothers Thomas, Cotton Doffer b 31.12.1932, Alexandra b 10.07.1927, Francis b 30.03.1932 and Irene b 23.12.1935 together with Lawrence McGrath (born 27th Nov 1917 – Cotton Doffer. At the time the 1939 Register was compiled John and brothers John William  b 1920, William b1922 were absent. Prior to enlisting in 1943 John was a member of the Home Guard and worked at Shore Mill. 19 year old Private Dunn, T/14742913, Royal Army Service Corps died on 08th October 1944 whilst serving in Scotland. He was buried with full military honours in  Shore (St. Barnabas) Churchyard, Row 22, Grave 3 and is remembered on Littleborough Cenotaph and Clegg's Shore Mill War Memorial. The Rochdale Observer of 11th October 1944 in giving details of his death noted that his parents were then living at 3 Turf Terrace. 3 days later, the paper provided more details of the funeral.


Private Herbert Eric Gunther Giles

Herbert was born in Hamburg on 30th May 1925, the son of Berthold and Frieda Caroline Maria Selig of Riversmead, Grindleton, Clitheroe. His real name was Hans Erich Gunther Selig but he served under the ALIAS of Giles. Before enlisting Herbert was a student but unfortunately 19 year old Private Giles 14443547, 2nd Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders,  was most likely killed in action on 1st October 1944 when fighting in the woods around Valkenswaard, he first town to be liberated in the Netherlands. Private Giles is buried in Valkenswaard War Cemetery, grave No  II C 15 and is remembered on Milnrow and St Thomas War Memorials.

Lance Serjeant Leonard Leach

Leonard was born in Rochdale on 04th July 1920, the son of Leonard and Jemima Leach (nee Chadderton) of 3a Hough Fold  Newhey Lancashire. His brother Jack born 1923 Prior to joining the Army on 12th October 1944 Leonard was employed by J Wilson Butchers of Newhey and was a member of Newhey Parish Church and Conservative Club. Having been aboard some 3 years.  24 year old Lance Serjeant Leach, 1091925. 2nd Regt, Royal Horse Artillery was killed on 12th October 1944 and is buried in Assisi War Cemetery, Grave No I D 7  and is remembered on Milnrow and St Thomas War Memorials. The Rochdale Observer of 4th November provided details on Leonard as well as advising that his brother Jack was serving in the Royal Navy whilst the edition on 11th outlined the Memorial service held in Newhey Parish Church.

Private George Leonard Price

George was born in Ludlow late 1919, the son of John Thomas Price and Henrietta (nee Corbett) who had 5 other children, John H b1921, Irene E b1923, Dorothy E b1925, Ernest J b1929 and Margaret C b1932 all of whom were born in Ludlow,  Shropshire. George married Doris Price, of 8 Hurstead Road Milnrow at St James Church, Milnrow on 30th October 1943. Less than 12 months later, 25 year old Private Price, 4105468, 1st Bn. The Herefordshire Regiment,  King's Shropshire Light Infantry was killed whilst liberating the town of Venray in the Netherlands and is buried in Venray War Cemetery grave No I F 10 and James is remembered on Milnrow and St James War Memorials

Lance Corporal Fred Barlow

Fred was born in Rochdale on 18th October 1910, the son of Joseph Edward and Sarah Barlow (nee Hoyle) who also had four other children, Mary E b26th June 1908, Lillie b 1912, Minnie b 1914  and Joseph b 21st November 1915. At the time of the 1911 Census the family lived at 9 Miller St, Rochdale with his father being a Cotton Mule Minder. Fred joined the army in 1930 serving with the Border Regiment and Lancers before joining the Military Police. Fred wasn’t at home (64 Bellshill Cres) at the time the 1939 Register was compiled but his parents and  Mary, Joseph and Edward were. His future wife lived at 7 Tudor St, Rochdale. L/Cpl Barlow went to France with the BEF and was evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940 and later married Norah Taylor at St Martin Church, Castleton Moor on 20/12/1941. 35 year old Lance/Cpl Barlow, 3443386, Corps of Military Police died on 28th October 1944 from yellow fever in hospital Alexandria and is buried in Alexandria (Chatby)War Cemetery, grave number O 93 and is remembered on St Anns War Memorial. The Rochdale Observer of 18th November 1944 provided details of Fred’s army career and advised that his wife and son lived at 22 Farm Walk, Belfield.



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