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Compiled and copyright © Laura Vizard 2012
research Martin Edwards

WALKER Douglas
Private 16127, 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 9 October 1917. Aged 39. Born 30 April 1879, and enlisted, Manchester. Husband of Mary Louise Walker, of 19, Hemsley Street, Barnes Green, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1881 census he was aged 2, born Manchester, son of Robert and Mary Walker, resident 4, Marshall Place, Harpurhey, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1891 census he was aged 11, born Cheetham, Lancashire, a scholar, Robert and Mary Walker, resident Bankfield Street, Blackley, Prestwich, Lancashire. Admiited to Blackley St Peter Church of England School, Gorton, Manchester 1 September 1891, resident 2, Baulkfield Street, previously at Christ Church School, left 27 April 1893 having completed his time. In the 1901 census he was aged 21, born Cheetham Hill, Lancashire, a General Labourer Finishing Works, married to Mary with one daughter, resident 5, Bank Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 32, born Cheetham Hill, Lancashire, a Labourer Flanelletter, married to Mary with two sons and a duaghter, resident 19. Hemsley Street, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 120 to 124.
WALL George Fredrick

Private 22222, 11 Platoon, "C" Company, 23rd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds 21 July 1916. Aged 42. Born Liverpool, enlisted Manchester. Son of George and Mary Wall; husband of Ada Wall, of 50, Bottomley Side, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1901 he was aged 26, born Liverpool, a Pavior's Labourer, married to Ada with two sons, living with his sister and brother in law, Thomas and Lucy Jones, resident 48, Bottomley Side, North Manchester, Prestwich, LancashireIn the 1911 census he was aged 36, born Liverpool, a Carter, married to Ada with two sons and one daughter, resident Bottomley Side, Crumpsall, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in LA NEUVILLE BRITISH CEMETERY, CORBIE, Somme, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 23.

WALLWORK Frank
Private 39684, 5th Battalion, Essex Regiment formerly T/308824, Royal Army Service Corps. Died on service in Palestine 8 November 1918. Born Rochdale, resident Blackley, Manchester, enlisted Manchester. In the 1891 census he was aged 4, born Rochdale, a scholar, son of Margaret Wallwork (a widow), resident Churnet Street, Manchester, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 14, born Rochdale, a Outfitters Warehouseman, stepson of James and Margaret Scholefield, resident 1, Davenport Street, Manchester, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 24, born Rochdale, a Gents Outfitting Salesman, son of Margaret Scholefield (a widow), resident 63 Windsor Road Harpurhey Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY, Egypt. Plot Q. Grave 82.
WARBURTON Frederick aka Fred

Private 8749, 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 21 October 1916. Aged 33. Born September 1882 in Blackley, Lancs, enlisted Manchester. Son of John Warburton; husband of Mary Lillian Loggie (formerly Warburton, nee Nagle), of 16, Holtby St., Blackley, Manchester, marriage registered in the October to December Quarter 1914 in Prestwich Registration District, Lancashire. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church of England School (Infants), Gorton, Manchester 17 August 1890, son of John Warburton, of Lion Street, Blackley. In the 1891 census he was aged 8, born Blackley, a scholar, son of John and Elizabeth Warburton, resident Lion Street, Blackley, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 17, born manchester, a Bricklayer's Labourer, son of John Warburton, resident 25, Domett Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

Extract from Manchester Evening News - Thursday 30 August 1917, page 2:

Pte. FRED WARBURTON, Lancashire Fusiliers, 16, Holtby-street, Blackley, posted missing since October, 1916, now reported killed, worked tbe C.W.S. Jam works, Middleton Junction.

WARD, MSM and MiD Wilfred
[Spelt Wilfrid on CWGC] Staff Sergeant Major SS/6545, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 9 February 1919, death registered in the January to March Quarter 1919 in the Prestwich Registration District, Lancashire. Aged 25. Son of William and Isabella Ward, of 54, Oakworth Street, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Blackley, son of William and Isabella Ward, resident 14, Lion Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Blackley, an Invoice Clerk, son of William and Isabella Ward, resident 41, Lawson Street, Blackley, North Manchester, Lancashire. Entered France 26 January 1915. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (M.S.M.)[London Gazette 4 June 1917, page 1085] and Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)[London Gazette 1 January 1916, page 62]. Buried in BLACKLEY (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Section H. Grave 12.
WARRELL Alfred

Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion (Territorial), Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 9 October 1917. Aged 22. Baptised 31 March 1895 in Miles Platting, St Luke, Manchester, son of William and Ellen Warrell. Son of William and Ellen Warrell, of 36, Herbert Street, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Blackley, son of William and Ellen Warrell, resident 5, Glenfield Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Manchester, a Junior Clerk, son of Ellen Warrell (a widow), resident 5, Glenfield Street, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Listed on the Roll of Honour for Hugh Stevenson and Sons Ltd., Manchester. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 54 to 60.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, page 225:

WARRELL, ALFRED, 2nd Lieut., 5th (Territorial), attd. 2nd (20th Foot), Battn. The Lancashire Fusiliers, yst. s. of the late William Warrell, of 36, Herbert Street, and formerly of Glen Avenue, Blackley, Manchester, by his wife, Ellen, dau. of John Hugh Worrill ; b. Hull, co. York, 30 Jan. 1895 ; educ. Moston Lane School. He enlisted in the 6th (Territorial) Battn. The Manchester Regt. 9 Feb. 1915, in which he acted as Machine Gun Instructor ; was given a commission, and gazetted 2nd Lieut. 5th Battn. The Lancashire Fusiliers 5 Aug. 1916 ; was attached to the 2nd Battn., and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from Jan. 1917 ; took part in the fighting at Rouen 3 May following, and in many other engagements, and was killed in action on the Passchendaele front 9 Oct. of the same year, being shot by a sniper as he was leading his men into action. Buried where he fell. His Officer Commanding, Colonel H. W. Glinn, wrote : " Your son was a very keen and cheery officer, and loved by all, and his death is keenly felt by us," and his Commanding Officer : " I soon recognized his sterling qualities, and early came to consider him my most reliable and capable officer. He was very efficient, always cheerful, and willing to undertake any job that had to be done." Capt. Huntable also wrote : " He was brave and reliable in the line beyond average, and when we had a dangerous piece of work to do, he always went through with it where others failed, as at Ypres. In the attack on the chemical works at Rouen on May 3rd he was the only officer left in the front line, and alone he collected what was left of the battalion under his command. He had, too, the great gift of understanding how to treat his men." Unm.

WELCH James H
[Listed as Private on memorial] Able Seaman J/93, H.M.S. "Princess Irene," Royal Navy. Lost with his ship 27 May 1915. Born 27 January 1891. In the 1891 census he was newborn, born Blackley, son of Charles and Annie Welch, resident Old Road, Blackley, Prestwich, Lancashire. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church Of England School (Infants), Gorton, Manchester, son of Charles Welch, resident 8, Lawson Street, Blackley, previously at Wesleyan School, transferred to Boys School 24 February 1898. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church of England School (Boys), Gorton, Manchester 28 February 1898, resident 8 Lawson Street, Blackley. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Manchester, son of Charles and Annie Welch, resident 8, Lawson Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. Enlisted 27 January 1909 for 12 years, height 5 feet 5¼ inches, chest 33 inches, brown hair, blue eyes, fresh complexion, occupation Raiser Flamelette Works. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 8.
WESTON Charles Edward
Private 27423, 7th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) formerly 4161, 7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds at 53 Casualty Clearing Station, France, 7 September 1917. Aged 23. Born Denton, Manchester, enlisted Salford. Son of Joseph and Amelia Weston, of 90, George Street, Hyde, Cheshire, formerly 133, Moston Lance, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Denton, a Felt Hatter Bodymaker, son of Joseph and Amelia Weston, resident 57 Hyde Road Denton Manchester, Denton, Lancashire. Attested 11 November 1915 in Salford, resident 57, Hyde Road, Denton, a Warehouseman by trade, aged 22 years 9 months, religious denomination Church of England, height 5 feet 2½ inches, weith 140 lbs, chest 34 inches. Embodied 7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers 11 November 1915, transferred to Private 27423, 4th (Reserve) Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), then posted 7th Battalion, 20 September 1916. With B.E.F. to France 7 September 1916. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 204.
WEYMAN Henry Morton

Captain, Royal Field Artillery. Involved in an accident with a horse, died in Military Hospital, Colchester, 26 August 1916. Son of Albert William and Sarah Weyman, of "Dunoon," Rochdale Road, Blackley, Manchester; brother of Percy Weyman (below). In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Manchester, a Student Engineer, son of Albert W and Sarah Weyman, resident Dunoon, Rochdale Road, Blackley Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Imp. fitter, Great Central Railway, Chief Mechanical Engineer's Department, Gorton. Born 1880 in Manchester. Educated Manchester Municipal Secondary School. Manchester University: 1906; Student, Mechanical Engineering; Officer Training Corps, April 1908 to October 1914. Gazetted 1914; Royal Field Artillery, 331st Brigade; Captain. Buried in MANCHESTER (PHILIPS PARK) CEMETERY, Lancashire. Grave F. N.C. 305. See also Manchester University

Extract from Manchester Evening News - Tuesday 29 August 1916, page 4:

WEYMAN,—On the 26th inst., owing to accident, at Military Hospital, Colchester, Capt. H. M. WEYMAN, R.F.A., aged 26, eldest and dearly-loved son of A. W. Weyman and S. Weyman, Dunoon, Blackley. Interment Thur., 2:30 p.m.. Philips Park Cemetery.

WEYMAN Percy

[Listed as Second Lieutenant on memorial] Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 16 October 1917. Aged 23. Born 1894 in Manchester. Son of Albert William and Sarah Weyman, of "Dunoon," Rochdale Road, Blackley, Manchester; brother of Henry Morton Weyman (above). In the 1901 census he was aged 11, born Manchester, son of Albert W and Sarah Wetman, resident 30, Naylor Street, Manchester, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Manchester, at school, son of Albert W and Sarah Weyman, resident Dunoon, Rochdale Road, Blackley Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Educated at Manchester Municipal Secondary School; Officer Training Corps, 2 October 1914 to 18 August 1915. With W. H. Sutton, Estate Agents, Manchester. Gazetted 18 August 1915; Lancashire Fusiliers; Lieutenant; Egypt, Palestine, France. Buried in COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 6. See also Manchester University

Extract from Manchester Evening News - Monday 22 October 1917, page 2:

Sec.-Lieut PERCY WEYMAN, Lancashire Fusiliers, who died last Tuesday of wounds received the same say, was the only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. A W. Wetman, of' Dunoon, Rochdale Road, Blackley. Fourteen months ago his elder and only brother, Capt. Henry Weyman, R.F.A., was killed at Colchester by a kick from a horse, Lieut. Weyman, who was 23 years of age had seen service in Egypt and France. He received his commission after training with the Manchester University O.T.C. He was employed by Messrs. W. H. Sutton and Sons, estate agents and surveyors, Manchester.

WHALEN James
Private - there are several James WHALEN's, cannot isolate this man - No further information currently available
WHALLEY James
Lance Corporal 34138, 9th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment formerly 37567, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 8 June 1917. Aged 34. Born and enlisted Manchester. Baptised 30 August 1882 in Collyhurst, St James, Manchester, Lancashire, son of James and Charlotte Ann Whalley. Son of James and Charlotte Whalley; husband of Gertrude Whalley, of 11, Ethel Avenue, Hill Lane, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1891 census he was aged 8, born Manchester, a scholar, son of James and Charlotte Ann Whalley, resident Montague Street, Manchester, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 18, born Lancashire, an Apprentice Tobacco Spinning, son of Charlotte A Whalley (a widow), resident 119, Churnet Street, Manchester, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born Manchester, Tobacco Spinner and Cutter, married to gertrude, resident 11, Ethel Avenue, Hill Lane, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 41 and 43.
WHARFE Leonard
Private 25513, 22nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Radcliffe, Lancashire, enlisted Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Radcliffe, son of Henry and Martha A Wharfe, resident 3, Bank Street, Radcliffe, Bury, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Radcliffe, an Apprentice Colours Mixer, son of Henry and Martha Ann Wharfe, resident 1, York Street, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Enlisted 31 May 1915 at Manchester, aged 20 years, religious denomination Church of England, resident 1 York Street, Blackley, unmarried, 5 feet 6½ inches, weight 108 lbs, chest 33½ inches. With Expeditionary Force, embarked Folkestone, disembarked Boulogne 20 May 1916, joined Battalion at Etaples 21 May 1916, joined 22nd Battalion 9 June 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C.
WHITEHEAD Robert
[Listed as Private on memorial] Gunner 132022, 37th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died on service in United Kingdom at Milton Military Section, 5th Southern General Hospital, Portsmouth, of Tubercle of Lung and Larynx, 9:30pm 10 May 1918. Aged 26. Born 11 April 1892, and enlisted, Manchester. Baptised 29 May 1892 in Blackley, St Peter, Manchester, son of William and Lucy Ann Whitehead. Son of William and Lucy Ann Whitehead, of 31, Russell Road, Blackley, Manchester. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church Of England School (Infants), Gorton, Manchester, son of William Whitehead, resident 44, Grant Street, left 20 February 1899 to transfer to Boy's School. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church of England School (Boys), Gorton, Manchester 20 February 1899, resident 31, Grant Street, Blackley, left 9 April 1906 having completed his school time. Attested 11 December 1915 in Manchester, aged 24 years 8 months?, resident 31, Russell Road, Blackley, unmarried, a Cloth Hooker by trade, height 5 feet 7¼ inches, weight 134 lbs, chest 36 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair. To Army Reserve 11 December 1915, mobilized 4 January 1917, posted 4 January 1917, with 2 Company, Dorset 26 May 1917. 1 Reinforcement Siege Battery 21 November 1917, "A" Siege Battery Depot 29 November 1917, 505 Sirge battery 7 January 1918, 37th Company 3 February 1918. Buried in BLACKLEY (ST. PETER) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Section C. Grave 57.
WHITEHILL John Malcolm
Private Deal/4108(S), Royal Marine Medical Unit, Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines. Died of wounds 20 April 1917. Aged 24. Born 2 June 1893 in Wigan. Son of John and Mary Ellen Whitehill, of 181, Cobden Street, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Wigan, son of John and Mary E Whitehill, resident 32, Albert Edward Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Wigan, a Printer's Apprentice Compositor, son of John and Mary Ellen Whitehill, resident 181, Cobden Street, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Enlisted 20 November 1915. Compositor by trade, Religious denomnation Congregationalist. Height 5 feet 2 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 29.
WHITEHURST Herbert
Private 41159, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment formerly 10704, 4th Reserve Cavalry. Died of wounds 17 July 1918. Aged 26. Born Manchester, resident Harpurhey, Lancashire, enlisted Salford. Baptised 21 March 1894 in New Cross, St Paul, Manchester, son of George and Charlotte Elizabeth Whitehurst. Son of George and Charlotte E. Whitehurst, of Harpurhey, Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Manchester, son of George and Charlotte E Whitehurst, resident Fire Station, Ash Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Manchester, a Warehouse Assistant, son of George and Charlotte Elizabeth Whitehurst, resident 30 Ringley Street Harpushey Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in AIRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row J. Grave 5.
WHITFIELD Charles
Private - cannot ascertain - No further information currently available
WHITTAKER George
Private 357570, 2nd/10th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action 11 February 1918. Aged 25. Born, resident and enlisted Manchester. Son of Frederick and Martha J. Whittaker, of "Calgary," Hill Lane, Blackley, Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 8, born Harpurhey, a scholar, son of Frederick and Martha J Whittaker, resident 21, Mary Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 18, born Blackley, a Traveller Chemical, son of Frederick and Martha Jane Whittaker, resident 21, Mary Street, Harpurhey, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES, Nord, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 47.
WHITTAKER George Fredrick
Private - cannot ascertain this man's military details - Baptised 26 September 1897 at Blackley, St Peter, Manchester, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Whittaker. In the 1901 census he was aged 3, born Manchester, son of Alfred and Elizabeth Whittaker, resident Lion Bank, Delanneys Road, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Manchester, son of Alfred and Nellie Whittaker, resident Delauneys Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire.
WILBER Frank
Private 31274, 18th (Service) Battalion, Manchester Regtiment. Killed in action 30 July 1916. Born and enlisted Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Harpurhey, son of Joseph and Ann Maria Wilber, resident 69, Wembury Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. Attested 1 June 1916 in Manchester, aged 23 years 5 months, Plumber by trade, unmarried, resident 54, Herbert Street, Moston Lane, Manchester, height 5 feet 3 inches, weight 106 lbs, chest 34 inches, religious denomination Church of England. With Brtish Expeditionary Force to France 7 April 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C.
WILDGOOSE William
Private 20797, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 27 September 1915. Aged 18. Born and enlisted Manchester. Baptised 10 March 1897 in Newton, St Augustine, Manchester, son of John and Sarah Ann Wildgoose. Son of Sarah Baker (formerly Wildgoose), of 167, Moston Lane, Blackley, Manchester, and the late John Wildgoose. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Newton Heath, Lancashire, son of John and Sarah Wildgoose, resident 16, Douro Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Newton Heath, a Hair Dresser Assistant, stepson of William henry and Sarah Ann Baker, resident 17, James Street, Harpurhey, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 5 to 7.
WILKINSON Ernest
Private 19298, 12 Platoon, "C" Company, 21st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 15 December 1918. Buried in BLACKLEY (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. Old Ground. Grave 194.
WILKINSON George
Private 20607, "Z" Company, 17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 1 June 1918. Aged 33. Born and resident Manchester. Son of Samuel Wilkinson; husband of Lucy Evelyne Wilkinson, of 4, Ward St., Blackley, Manchester, married 26 December 1907 in Manchester, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 26, born Manchester, a Carter Carrier, married to Lucy Evlyne Wilkinson, resident 4, Ward Street, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in MARTINSART BRITISH CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 4.
WILKINSON Robert
Private 19079, 14th Battalion, The King's (Liverpool Regiment). Died of bullet wound to the head in 2nd General Hospital, Manchester, 9 May 1917, wounded 14 September 1916, invaided to England on Hospital Ship "Dundee Castle" 23 October 1916. Aged 25. Born Blackley in 1892, resident and enlisted Manchester. Son of Edwin and Mary Jane Wilkinson, of 10, Heaton Park Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Manchester, son of Edwin and Mary J Wilkinson, resident 19, Heaton Park Road, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Blackley, a Millwright, son of Edwin and Mary Jane Wilkinson, resident Heaton Park Road, Higher Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Attested 7 September 1914 in Manchester, aged 32 years 6 months, born Higher Blackley, Manchester, Fitter by trade, height 5 feet 5½ inches, weight 145 lbs, chest 37 inches, fresh complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Wesleyan (Methodist). With Expeditionary Force to France 4 September 1915 to 27 October 1915 then with Mesopotamian Force 28 October to 5 November 1916 when he returned to England as an invalid. Buried in BLACKLEY (ST. ANDREW) CHURCHYARD, Lancashire. New Ground. Section A. Grave 32.
WILKINSON Thomas
Private - too many possibilities to ascertain this man's details - No further information currently available
WILLIS Samuel Duncan aka Sam
Private 12711, 6th Battalion, King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). Killed in action in Mesopotamia 10 August 1915. Aged 41. Born Atherton, enlisted Manchester. Son of Duncan and Elizabeth Willis; husband of Mary (nee Aird) Willis, of 672, Blackburn Rd., Bolton, marriage registered in the April to June Quarter 1902 in the Prestwich Registration District, Lancashire. In the 1881 census he was aged 5, born Atherton, a scholar, son of Duncan and Elizabeth Willis, resident 108, Market Street, Atherton, Leigh, Lancashire. In the 1891 census he was aged 15, born Atherton, lancashire, an office Boy, son of Duncan and Elizabeth Willis, resident Yew Tree House, Bolton New Road, Atherton, Leigh, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 25, born Atherton, Lancashire, a Salesman to a Cotton Spinning Company, son of Duncan Willis (a widower), resident 70, Bolton New Road, Atherton, Leigh, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 35, born Atherton, Lancashire, a Cotton Yarn Agent, married to Marion with a son and a daughter, resident 14, Sedgley Avenue, Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Lancashire. Buried in 7TH FIELD AMBULANCE CEMETERY, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot II. Row B. Grave 10.
WITHINGTON John W
Private - too many possibilities to ascertain this man's details - No further information currently available
WOLSTENCROFT George [William]
Private 4707, 1st Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment formerly 2463, manchester Regiment. Killed in action 25 September 1915. Aged 35. Resident Pendleton, Lancashire, born and enlisted Manchester. Baptised 13 November 1881 in Blackley, St Peter, Manchester, son of Joseph and Sarah Wolstencroft. Brother of Mrs. S. Cooke, of 2, Museum St., Higher Blackley, Manchester. In the 1891 census he was aged 9, born Blackley, son of Joseph and Sarah Wolstencroft, brother of Sarah Wolstenscroft, resident Chapel Lane, Blackley, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 19, born Blackley, a Labourer Chemical, son of Joseph and Sarah Wolstencroft, resident 47, Middleton Old Road, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 29, born Manchester, a Carter, son of Sarah Wolstencroft, resident 18, Silver Street, Blackley, North Manchester, Lancashire. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 89 to 91.
WOOD Arthur
Private 21447, 22nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 15 July 1916. Aged 22. Born 26 September 1893, and enlisted, Manchester. Son of Walter and Maria Wood, of 86, Old Road, Blackley, Manchester. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church of England School, Gorton, Manchester 20 February 1905, son of Walter Wood, resident 99, Chapel Lane, Blackley, previous school Crumpsall C.S., left having reached 14 years of age, 30 September 1907. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Crumpsall, son of Walter and Maria Wood, resident 9, Springfield, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Manchester, an Engraver, son of Walter and Maria Wood, resident 52, Old Road, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire. Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot IX. Row J. Grave 6.
WORRALL John
Private - unable to positively identify this man - No further information currently available
WORSLEY Harry
Private - unable to positively identify this man's military records - Born 9 July 1890. Baptised 10 August 1890 in Blackley, St Peter, Manchester, son of John and Mary Worsley. Admitted to Blackley St Peter Church of England School (Boys), Gorton, Manchester 28 February 1898, resident 47, Middleton old Road, Blackley, left 8 July 1904 having completed the required time as a scholar. In the 1891 census he was newborn, born Blackley, son of John and Mary Worsley, esident Middleton Old Road, Blackley, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1901 census he was aged 10, born Manchester, son of John Worsley (a widower), resident 48, Ada Street, North Manchester, Prestwich, Lancashire. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Blackley, a Printer, son of John Worsley (a widower), resident 48, Ada Street, Blackley, Manchester, North Manchester, Lancashire.

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