Soldiers of the Great War

(1914-1918)

20101 Corporal Harold Ackley of the 6th Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).

He was killed in action on the 13 January 1917, aged 30 years, and he is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

Harold Ackley was born in Hyde in 1887 and he is the son of William Ackley and Mary Ann Beswick who were married at St Peter’s Church, Oldham Road, Manchester, in 1878. He married Martha Ann Turner at St George’s Church, Abbey Hey, Manchester, in 1909. In 1911 he was resident on Cricket Street, Denton, employed as a general labourer.

Following his death his widow married William Littleton at St John’s Church, Hurst, Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1920 and the couple were resident on Queen Street, Hurst.
37126 Driver John Albert Artingstall of the 80th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

He was wounded during the Battle of the Somme and taken to Casualty Clearing Stations at La Neuville where he died of his wounds on the 16 July 1916, aged 20 years, and he is buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery, France.

John Albert Artingstall was born in St Philips, Bristol, in 1895 and he is the son of John Abraham Artingstall and Emily Gardner who were married in Bristol in 1884. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings in West Street, Denton, employed in the hatting industry. Later the family was resident on Bowden Street.
20733 Guardsman Harry James Bagnall of the 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards.

He died of wounds on the 20 April 1916, aged 29 years, and he is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Harry James Bagnall was born in Broseley, Shropshire, in 1887, and he married Nellie Birbeck in Madeley, Shropshire, in 1914. He was resident on Milton Street, Denton.
19116 Private Percy Barlow of the 8th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action on the on the 5 November 1915, aged 27 years, and he is buried in Y Farm Military Cemetery, France.

Percy Barlow was born in Guide Bridge, Hooley Hill, in 1888 and he is the son of Edward Barlow and Mary Ellen Hardy who were married at St Paul’s Church, Portwood, Stockport, in 1887. In 1911 he was resident with his mother and stepfather in Gibraltar Lane, Haughton Green, employed as a wireworker.
16742 Private Josiah Bradburn of the 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 8 November 1915, aged 25 years, and he is buried in the Rifle House Cemetery, Belgium.

His brother, 4441 Private Anthony Bradburn, died of wounds on the 9 September 1916, aged 24 years, and he is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, France.

Josiah Bradburn was born in Denton in 1890 and he is the son of Anthony Bradburn and Mary Jane Whitehead who were married at St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, in 1881. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Derby Street, Denton, employed in the hatting industry. Later he was resident on Market Street.
16690 Private James Allen (aka Allan) Brook of the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards.

He died of wounds on the 10 August 1917, aged 33 years, and he is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

James Allen Brook was born in Denton in 1883 and he is the son of Jonas Brook and Sarah Berry who were married in Huddersfield in 1865. In 1901 he was resident with his widowed mother and brother, Walter, on Osborne Road, Denton, employed in the hatting industry.
112324 Gunner Harry Chandler of the 212th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was killed in action on the 13 May 1915, aged 28 years, and he is buried in the Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, France.

Harry Chandler was born in Denton in 1887 and he is the son of William Chandler and Mary Ellen Cooke who were married at St Paul’s Church, Portwood, Stockport, in 1885. In 1911 he was resident with his widowed mother on Heaton Street, Denton, employed in the hatting industry. Later he was resident on Ann Street.
15991 Private Henry (aka Harry) Cheetham of the 1st Battalion, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action on the 22 March 1916, aged 29 years, and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Harry Cheetham was born in Hyde in 1887 and he is the son of Robert Cheetham and Eliza Atkinson who were married in Stockport in 1878. Eliza died in Denton in 1898 and Robert married Ann Richardson at St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, in 1905. In 1901 Harry Cheetham was resident with his widowed father and siblings on Chapel Green, Denton, employed as a coal miner.

Henry Cheetham married Ethel Carter at St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, on the 20 August 1910 and the couple were resident on Mount Pleasant Road, Denton, with three children, Benjamin (b.1911), Edith (b.1911) and Harry (b.1912).

Harry’s brother, Robert Cheetham (b.1884), was also in the army serving in France.
32465 Private William Thorp Downs of the 10th Bn, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, formerly 31996 of the Manchester Regiment.

He died of wounds on the 25 September 1917, aged 31 years, and he is buried in Locre Hospice Cemetery, France.

He was born in Bredbury, Cheshire, on the 14 August 1886 and he is the son of Joseph Downs and Annie Pearson Thorp who were married at St Mark’s Church, Bredbury in 1885. He married Mary Ann Moss in Chorlton-on-Medlock in 1907. In 1911 he was resident in Woodbine Street, Salford, employed as a coffin maker. Later he was resident on Mill Lane, Denton.
421338 Private Ernest Haden Elliot of the 2/3rd (North Midland) Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps.

He died of wounds on the 1 October 1917, aged 22 years, and he is buried in the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Ernest Haden Elliot was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, in 1895 and he is the son of the Reverend Ernest Elliot and Selina Beeston who were married in Wolverhampton in 1894. In 1911 he was resident with his paternal grandparents on Upper Villiers Street, Wolverhampton, employed as an assistant librarian at Wolverhampton Public Library. Later he was resident at Holland House, Manchester Road, Denton. By 1906 this was the residence of the Reverend James Brightning (Congregational).
48811 Private Frank Elliot of the 19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 31 July 1917, the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres), aged 19 years. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Frank Elliot was born in Denton in 1898 and he is the son of Charles Joseph Elliot and Edith Nixon who were married in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1896. In 1911 he was resident with his parents on Heaton Street, Denton, employed as a clerk in the hatting industry.
13030 Private James Arthur Faulkner of the 2nd Battalion, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).

He was wounded during the Second Battle of Ypres and he died of his wounds on the 8 May 1915, aged 38 years. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

James Arthur Faulkner was born in Denton in 1878 and he is the son of Joseph Faulkner and Sarah Jane Robinson who were married in Stockport in 1863. He married Annie Lloyd at the United Free Methodist Church, Manchester Road, Denton, in 1899. In 1911 he was resident on York Road, Denton.
6968 Private Herbert Ganson of the 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 9 August 1918, aged 24 years, and he is buried in Buscon British Cemetery, Italy.

146214 Private James Ganson of the 9th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps, formerly 22933 of the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) and 24410 of the South Lancashire Regiment.

He died of wounds on the 21 October 1918, aged 20 years, and he is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium.

Herbert Ganson and James Ganson are brothers born in Droylsden in 1894 and 1898, respectively. They are the sons of John William Ganson and Harriet Brierley who were married in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1878. In 1911 they were resident with their eldest brother, John Ganson, and other siblings on Ellis Street, Higher Openshaw. John Ganson was employed as a labourer at an iron foundry, Herbert Ganson was employed as a labourer for a calico printer and James Ganson was still at school. John Ganson married Mary Alice Cottier at Christ Church, Bradford, Manchester, in 1905.

Later, the three brothers were recorded on Grosvenor Street, Denton, and this noted that John Ganson also served in the army. He served as 385771 Private John Ganson of the Labour Corps, formerly 16155 of the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He was demobilised on the 19 February 1919.
5455 Rifleman John Thomas ‘Tom’ Graves of the 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade.

While serving in France he was critically affected by wounds and gas on the 25 September 1915 and he was taken to Bevan Hospital, Sandgate, Kent, where his right leg was amputated but he died on the 9 October 1915, aged 26 years. He is buried in Denton Cemetery. He was awarded the 1914 Star.

John Thomas Graves was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, in 1889 and he is the son of John Thomas Graves and Sarah. He was engaged to a Miss France. The family were resident on Moorside Lane, Denton. Prior to the war he had been employed at the Planet Foundry, Audenshaw, and later at Nathan Wild & Sons, hat manufacturers of Denton. He was also a member of the Audenshaw YMCA.
3483 Private John Heginbottom (aka Higginbottom) of the 1/9th (Ashton Territorials/Ashton Pals) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, attached to a Trench Mortar Battery.

He was accidentally killed on the 27 April 1916, aged 23 years, and he is buried in the Ismailia War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

John Heginbottom was born in Denton in 1893 and he is the son of John Joseph Higginbottom and Emily Woolley who were married in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1879. Prior to the outbreak of war he was employed as a shunter on the Great Central Railway at Guide Bridge Station. His parents were resident on Seymour Street, Denton.
12247 Private Frank Higgins of the 6th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 22 September 1915, aged 37 years, and he is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Turkey.

Frank Higgins was born in Denton in 1878 and he is the son of James Higgins and Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Toon. In 1901 he was resident with his parents and brother, Tom, on Stockport Road, Denton, employed in the hatting industry.
34485 Corporal Alfred Beaver Longden of the 1st Battalion The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, formerly 19109 of The King’s (Liverpool Regiment).

He died of wounds on the 14 May 1918, aged 28 years, and he is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

Alfred Beaver Longden was born in St Helens in 1889 and he is the son of William Longden and Edna Beaver who were married in Stockport in 1878. In 1901 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Mount Pleasant Road, Denton. Later his address was recorded as Manchester Road.

His brother, 268404 (late 6918) Private Frederick Ernest Longden, served in the 1/5th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) and he was demobilised. He was born in St Helens in 1895.
3116 Rifleman William May of the 1/8th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 8 February 1916, aged 37 years, and is buried in the London Rifle Brigade Cemetery, Belgium.

William May was born in Denton in 1879 and he is the son of Robert May and Ann Cooney who were married at St Paul’s Church, Portwood, Stockport, in 1874. His residence was recorded as Holland Street, Denton, which was the residence of his brother James May.
74910 Private John Samuel Moores of the 12th (Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry) Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 12 October 1918, aged 36 years, and he is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France.

John Samuel Moores was born in Denton on the 8 June 1882 and he is the son of Joseph Moores and Charlotte Horsfield who were married in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1868. He married Sarah Jane Ogden in Chorlton-on-Medlock in 1904. In 1911 he was resident on Windmill Lane, Denton, employed in the hatting industry.
46835 Edward Hugh Moorewood of the 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

He died of wounds on the 28 March 1917, aged 23 years, and he is buried in Warlincourt British Cemetery, France.

He was born in Crewe, Cheshire, in 1894 and he is the son of William Moorewood and Bethelda Stevenson who were married at St Stephen’s Church, Congleton, Cheshire, in 1892. In 1911 he was resident with his parents on Frederick Street, Denton, employed in the hatting industry.
80135 Gunner Tom Cyrus Oldham of the 175th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

He died of wounds on the 11 August 1917, aged 30 years, and he is buried in the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, France.

Tom Cyrus Oldham was born in Denton on the 21 May 1887 and he is the son of Frank Oldham and Mary Hughes who were married in Stockport in 1884. In 1911 he was resident with his father and siblings on Broome Grove Lane, Denton, employed as a clerk in the hatting industry. In 1912 he married Emma Morrison at Trinity Methodist Church, Hyde Road, Denton.
439005 Sapper Herbert William Procter of the 7th Field Company, Canadian Engineers.

He died of wounds on the 28 October 1917, aged 30 years, and he is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium. He was wounded during the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres).

Herbert William Procter was born in Ardwick, Manchester in 1887 and his widowed mother was resident on Town Lane, Denton.
10265 Private Leonard Smith of “B” Company, 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment.

He was killed in action on the 3 February 1916, aged 29 years, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

Leonard Smith was born in Beswick, Manchester, in 1887 and he is the son of Charles Smith and Priscilla A Boardman of Philips Park Road, Beswick. His parents were married at St Jude’s Church, Mill Street, Ancoats, Manchester, in 1875. In 1908 he married Edith Horsfall at Christ Church, Bradford, Manchester. In 1911 he was resident with his wife and two children on Hackle Street, Clayton, Manchester, employed as a storekeeper and warehouseman.

Following his death his widow married Samuel Halkyard at St Mary’s Church, Haughton Green, in 1919 and the couple were resident on Two Trees Lane, Denton.
141116 Gunner Tom Stenton of the 233rd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.

He died of wounds on the 6 November 1917, aged 28 years, and he is buried in the Mont Huon Military Cemetery, France.

Tom Stenton was born in Denton on the 30 October 1889 and he is the son of Samuel Stenton and Susan Clayton who were married at St Mary’s Church, Stockport, in 1884. He married Mabel Adeline Almond in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1916. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Meadow Lane, Haughton Green, employed as a farm labourer. His widow was also resident on Meadow Lane.
70123 Bombardier Samuel Turner of the 83rd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

He died of wounds on the 19 July 1916, aged 21 years and he is buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Samuel Turner was born in Denton in 1894 and he is the son of Frank Turner and Alice Arrowsmith who were married at St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, in 1892. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and sister, Bertha, on Heaton Street, Denton, employed in the hatting industry. Later his address was recorded as Manchester Road.
S/12829 Rifleman Samuel Wagstaff(e) of the 3rd (Prince Consort’s Own) Battalion, Rifle Brigade.

He died of wounds on the 15 February 1916, aged 26 years, and he is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Samuel Wagstaff(e) was born in Dukinfield in 1890 and he is the son of James Wagstaff(e) and Elizabeth Kellett who were married at St Michael’s Church, Ashton-under-Lyne in 1886. In 1901 he was resident with his parents and sisters, Polly and Bertha, on Heaton Street, Denton. He married Grace Dalton in Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1913 and it is recorded that he was then resident on Holland Street, Denton. Following his death his widow was resident with her mother on Wharf Street, Dukinfield.

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