Littleborough’s History


Sapper Harry Towers

Harry was born on 2nd January 1922. The son of Joseph Greenwood Towers and Hilda Towers (nee Hulme) and in 1939 he lived with his parents and sister Brenda a No 2 Pike House Cottages, Littleborough. Harry was a Ring Doffer, Cotton whilst his father was a Coal Carter. 22 year old Sapper Towers 2156454, 585 Corps Field Park Company, Royal Engineers, was lost in the sinking of SS Benalbanach, a Ben Line 7,152 ton cargo ship, part of convoy MKS 5 carrying 74 crew and 389 troops from the Clyde to Bona, North Africa on 7th January 1943, the ship being sunk in the Mediterranean by a single aircraft dropping 2 aerial torpedo. The ship caught fire and quickly sank Only 17 crew and 38 servicemen survived. Harry is remembered on Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial, Panel 7. Column 2 and on Littleborough Cenotaph.


Gunner Patrick Stott

Patrick was born in Haslingden in late Autumn 1910, the son of James and Mary Stott. In 1921 Patrick was recorded as living at 3 Ethel Street, Rochdale. Patrick, a General Labourer was the husband of Martha Ann Stott, of Milnrow. 33 year old Gunner Stott 1643675, 195 Battery. 65 Light AA Regiment, Royal Artillery died on 15th January 1943 of General Tuberculosis and is buried in Milnrow (St. James) Churchyard, New Portion. Row K. Grave 32. The Rochdale Observer of 22nd January 1943 carried a loving Memorial from Martha and Ernest and the children and on the following day the Rochdale Observer carried thanks from the Yarker Family “to all friends and neighbours, also the Doctor, District Nurse and those at 26 Harbour Lane for their kind attention to the late Patrick Stott; also Mr J Fielding, undertaker, for kindness given……After long suffering   rest   1 Buckley Square, Milnrow”.


Their 80 year Anniversary in January 2023