Warehouseman & Clerks Orphans’ School War Memorial – Roll of Honour

Memorial Roll


Almond, Leo

19th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action April 1917.  Inmate at School on 1911 Census, aged 13.

Armstrong, Roland

19th Kings (Liverpool Regiment), formerly 2804 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action 20th Sept 1917.  Inmate at School on 1911 Census, aged 13.

Ash, John Buckley

Born 21 Sep 1896 in Crumpsall.  Private 16444 1st Bttn, Royal Marine Light Infantry.  Killed in action1 Sep 1915. Official Number Port Division: Ply/16444.  Plymouth Battalion Royal Naval Division.  Mother: Margaret 97 Crescent Road Crumpsall later of “Ash Lea”, Highbury Ave., Prestatyn, N.Wales.  Commemorated Helles Memorial. Enlisted Liverpool 21/10/13 ; Deal Bn. at Dunkirk & Defence of Antwerp 1914 ; MEF 28/2/15-1/9/15.  Steward in the Merchant Service.  Visited the School on Oct 17th 1914: ‘had just returned with the Naval Brigade from the trenches of Antwerp. He gave us a graphic account of the operations in which he took part. Several of his comrades were killed, but Ash fortunately came through unhurt.”(CHS) Inmate at School on 1911 Census, aged 14..

Aspinwall, Rupert Allen

1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action August 1915.

Barlow, Arthur

Reported in School Magazine as 15th Battalion Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment, known as the Manchester Scottish. Former Clerk, enlisted in Edinburgh Battalion, 3rd October 1914, aged 25.  Arthur had previously rejected for service due to his chest measurement.  Born September 1889 in Higher Crumpsall and former resident of Kingshorn, FIfe.  Private Numbered 17823, Arthur was promoted :Lance Corporal in March 1916 and reverted to Private in June  that year at his own request.  He had arrived in France after December 1915. Commemorated at Thiepval having been killed in action on 1st July 1916, aged 27.  He had originally been posted missing and later presumed dead.  Younger brother below.  Second brother killed in April 1917 with the 20th Royal Fusiliers, (Public Schools) Battalion.  Both Arthur’s parents were deceased in 1916, with brother Walter and Sister Amy received Arthur’s effects, resident 44 Woodlands Road, Levenshulme.  Walter served as 212297 Sapper in Royal Signals, Fife – with no apparent service abroad. James Mills Barlow was Arthur’s Uncle and noted as Guardian, resident February Street, Chorlton on Medlock.. Probationer at School on 1901 Census, aged 11.

Barlow, George

1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action June 1915. Probationer at School on 1901 Census, aged 14.

Barker, Frederick William

21st Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Died of wounds September 1916.

Boyes, Cecil Goldschmidt.

Private 59615 (4880 in 1914) in 9th (Service) Battalion (City of London Regiment) Royal Fusiliers.  KIlled in Action 30th November 1917.  Commemorated Cambrai Memorial, Loureval.  Cecil’s guardian uncle Rudolph was naturalised German and Cecil used the Boyes name for school, but Goldschmidt for the Army.  Cecil was born in Yorkshire on 20/3/1889.  He had initially arrived in France on 14/11/1915 with the 20th (Public Schools) Battalion, which had been formed at Epsom on 11/9/1914.  The Medal Roll shows a gap in Service from 23rd June  to October 1916.  This was probably a result of treatment for wounds at Home.  Cecil then went on to serve with 8th Battalion, where he was probably wounded again around 6/5/1917; and finally 9th Battalion from 9/11/1917 – with short term postings between. It is likely Cecil was killed in the artillery bombardment south of Villers Guislain or subsequent fierce German assault on La Vacquerie.  Cecil died intestate with nobody mentioned as receiving his effects. SDGW records suggest Cecil was awarded the Military Medal.  These records are known to be unreliable and no evidence has been found to verify the award in the London Gazette or Medal Rolls.

Braddock, Fred
Pupil Boarder at School on 1901 Census, aged 15 with 11 year old sister Minnie who received Fred’s Effects (shared with brother Hubert) when he had died of wounds in 36 Casualty Clearing Station.  He is buried in Hielly Station Cemetery, Mericourt.  Fred was a Private, serving as 1221 in 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Volunteers.  He had originally enlisted in the 7th Battalion in Cardiff and first served in the Balkans, arriving 7th August 1915. The 1901 Census suggest Fred had been born in Stockport, whereas other records specify Laxey, Isle of Man. 1891 records show Fred living with his parents, George & Eliza and sister Minnie at 22 Bramhall Lane, Stockport.

NB Originally thought to be Kings Liverpool Regiment Fred Braddock

Corporal Edmund Compton Butterworth

1/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Killed in Action June 1917.

Melville Chiswell

Killed in action 25/43/1918, serving as Lance Corporal 51682 in 6th Btn Lancs Fusiliers, aged 32.  HEATH CEMETERY, HARBONNIERES Enlisted in Grimsby and also served in 14th Cheshire Regiment, arriving in France after 12/1915.  Son of Charles Augustus (deceased) and Beatrice Chiswell Garstang, of 1, Beechfield, Bowdon, Cheshire, Melville was an actor resident in Chorlton on Medlock in 1911 in the caste for The Lifeguard in 1912/13. Born Didsbury 11/2/1886 and included in 1901 Census as 15 year old Foundationer and admitted to WACOS on the same day as Edmund Butterworth, as above.

Colles, Godfrey

Died 12/10/1914 Chorlton, Lancs.  Regiment not known – dispatch rider (CHS) Died through result of operation.  Census & BMD records show Godfrey to have been an architect living with his 73 year old mother Mary at 5 Station Road, Cheadle in 1911.  Godfrey had been born in July 1878.  He left his estate of £3,140 to his sisters Hilda and Beatrice.

This list is created with the help of Charlotte Dover, the archivist of Cheadle Hulme School, together with members of the Great War Forum, Manchesters Forum and http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Cheshire/CheadleHulmeSchool.html.  Online records were used including Medal Index Cards and Soldiers Died in the Great War, census and BMD.

“…we are going to reward you by sending you back into the line again” What no cheers!

General Shea © IWM (Art.IWM ART 1575)In Mid July 1916*, Arthur Bell attended a speech by the CO of 30th Division.  The survivors who remained on duty after the assaults on Montauban and Trones Wood were apparently unimpressed with the General’s exuberance for further action.

“About then there was a Divisional Parade and we were addressed by the General  – “You have behaved so well that you deserve the finest rewards the good troops can have, we are going to reward you by sending you back into the line again”!…… (What, no cheers!)” (1)

90th Brigade War Diary includes a summary of the speech:-

Precis of Speech by Major General J.S.M. Shea C.B, D.S.O.

Commanding 30th Division. “General Steavenson, Officers, Non-commissioned Officers and men of the 90th Brigade. I take this earliest possible opportunity of expressing my thanks to you and my pride.
You were asked to take Montauban and you took it. You were asked to take Trones Wood and you took it.
I sent you into the first action an untried Brigade. You came out of it with, what is most dear to a soldier, a good name and a reputation. I sent you in with confidence. I shall send you into the next action with even more.
I will tell you of the rule which has been followed by Divisions with many casualties. A Division which has suffered heavily has been pulled out and sent North to make room for another Division. Believe me, I desire to cast no slur on other Divisions when I say that this order has been followed and Divisions which have suffered as heavily as you have been pulled out and sent North.
But the Corps Commander says that he cannot and will not do without you and the Commander of the Fourth Army has promised me faithfully that he will send us into the fight again. This is the highest compliment which could be paid to you as soldiers.
I wish I could recite to you the deeds of the Battalions. How the 16th and 17th Manchesters backed and supported by their gallant comrades the Scots Fusiliers took Montauban and held it, now the Scots Fusliliers, when it came to their turn, took Maltz Horn Farm and though it was nothing. An how the 18th Manchesters with the increasing devotion worked for them. And how later in their turn they shewed that they could fight.
I took the Commander of the Fourth Army yesterday that is he wanted any place taken and held, we, the 30th Division, would take it and hold it.
A great compliment has been paid you by the Commander of 39th Trench Division of the 20th Corps who were on our right both in Montauban and Trones in a message sent to the Fourth Army.”

*16th Bttn War Diary notes the speech taking place at Daours on 14th July.  17th Bttn were also billeted in Daours on this date and probably attended at the same time.

Brigade Parade 14th July 1916

Brigade Parade 14th July 1916

How the Cleethorpes Zeppelin reached Oldham

Originally posted on GM 1914:

The Cleethorpes Zeppelin

Cleethorpes Cemetery Image 1: Cleethorpes Cemetery – Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

On Friday 31 March 1916 men from the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment arrived in Cleethorpes.  Their role was to strengthen the coastal defences of the River Humber against German attack. As the men unpacked and settled into their billet in Cleethorpes Baptist Church Hall, five German Zeppelins were heading across the North Sea from their base in Nordholz, northern Germany. Their mission was to attack London and East Anglia.

As it approached England, Zeppelin L22, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Martin Dietrich, developed engine problems, so instead of heading for London as planned the pilot changed course for Grimsby docks. Shortly before 1 a.m. on Saturday 1 April the 518ft long airship crossed the east coast. As Dietrich passed over what he believed to be Grimsby, searchlights locked on to the L22 and an anti-aircraft…

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George Robinson Cotton Merchants Roll of Honour in 17th Manchesters

In late August 1914, members of Manchester Council and a group of business men agreed to form and finance a City Battalion of clerks and warehouseman from the commercial heart of the City. Certain commitments were made by principal employers and the organising committee promised that men who enlisted as a group would serve together. The Manchester City Battalions Book of Honour lists numerous Rolls of men who enlisted and some firms that lost numerous members of staff. One example that catches the eye is that of George Robinson & Co, cotton dealers of Princess Street. George Robinson Scroll Most employers Rolls list names and sometimes Regiment / Battalion. In this instance George Robinson provides portrait photographs. This enables us to put a face to the name of sample group of men from 17th Battalion – some of whom feature elsewhere on the site. Many men from the Company enlisted together and were posted to XVI Platoon of D Company. Six months later, only four employees remained in XVI Platoon, but the association with men posted to other Platoons will have remained. George Robinson & Co Photo RollHere are the faces and names for men who enlisted in the 17th Battalion. R L BryantPrivate R L Bryant. No known Medal entitlement and not included in Platoon Rolls in Book of Honour. Possibly discharged or transferred. Charles CritchlowLance Corporal Charles B Critchlow 8116. Manchester Grammar School Magazine reported he was wounded on July 2nd 1916 with three bullets through the leg and a scratch in the eye. Treated in 96 Field Ambulance and Hospital at Rouen. Home 7/7/1916. Furlough 86 Conyngham Road, Victoria Park in October 1916 after which he was posted to 69th Training Reserve Battalion. Discharged to Commission 25/4/1917. Various disciplinary offenses recorded some witnessed by Joseph McMenemy. Forfeited pay while in hospital while treated for VD. Former clerk at George Robinson & Co who had been born in Old Trafford. Aged 27 when enlisted 2/9/1914 and trained with XVI Pln, D Coy. Promoted Lance Corporal 9/2/1916. Charles was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant to the Manchesters on 25/4/1917 and killed in action on 22nd October 1917, serving with 21st Battalion near the Menin Road southwest of Gheveult.  Seven Officers from the 21st Battalion were killed in this assault, along with five wounded and one missing (Stedman).   His Commission was published in the London Gazette on 22/5/1917.  He has no known resting place and is commemorated at TYNE COT MEMORIAL Son of Lucie Critchlow lived in 167 Barton Road, West Didsbury with daughters Jessie and Helen. Charles was one of 13 children. His father, Bernard had died by 1911 when the family lived at 68 Bishop Street, Moss Side. He had then been marine insurance clerk. Charles’ estate was left to his mother who remained resident at Conyngham Road. Probate suggests Charles had been posted to 17th Bttn. John EmersonSergeant John Emerson 8542. Trained with XV Pln. D Coy. Transferred Fit to Reserve 13/3/1919. Percy Howard JonesCSM Percy Howard Jones 8673 B Company’s Company Sergeant Major was killed on 11/10/1916, in the German bombardment on trenches near Flers, the day before the Battalion joined a major assault to the north. Percy was 26 when he died. He is buried in the A.I.F Burial Ground, Flers, half a mile to the east of the Battalion’s trenches. His widow Leah Jones, lived at 3 Jackson St., Cheadle, Percy had been born in Didsbury and was employed by George Robinson & Co prior to hostilities. He had been CQMS when the Battalion arrived in France and Acting WO II when he was killed, previously been VI Pln Sergeant. Annersley HazleyPrivate Annersley / Ellersley Hazley 8186 . Trained with XVI Pln. D Coy. Arrived in France after 31/12/1915. Platoon. Irish father, Annesley and Oldham born mother, Hannah noted as blind in the 1911 Census when Annersley was a clerk in a shipping warehouse. Born 1893 in Manchester the family had lived at 84 Lower Moss Lane. Annesley married Harriet Bent in the 1st quarter 1917, most likely having been wounded on the Somme. Sidney LabreyPrivate Sidney Labrey 8221. 32 year old Pattern Card maker resident in Longsight when he enlisted 2nd September 1914. Discharged as unlikely to become an efficient soldier 27/1/1915 with valvular disease. 148 Days Service at Home No Medal entitlement. Received Pension from April 1918. Resident 62 Belgrave Road, Oldham. Son of Caroline Hester Labary, 14 Parsonage Lane, Flixton. His brother Ernest Edward Labrey served in 16th Bttn, having previously been in 2nd Volunteer Bttn and 6th Territorials. In 1917 he was attached to RAMC in France. George Harry SedgleyPrivate George Harry Sedgley 8891. Trained with XVI Pln. D Coy. Trained as bomber. Wounded Trones Wood. Cotton cloth clerk living with parents 575 Gorton Road, Reddish (1911). Born 1895. Later served with 2/5th Battalion. Transferred Fit to Reserve24/3/1919. Wilfred Lawrence WrayPrivate Wilfred Lawrence Wray 8354 – Born in York and resident Stretford. Born 1889. Son of William Thomas & Emily Maud Wray of 142, Barton Rd, Stretford, Manchester. Trained with XVI Pln. D Coy. Medal Roll specifies deceased, rather than killed, probably near Trones Wood, 10/7/1916. It is likely he was originally posted as missing. Accountants clerk living with parents (13 children) at 1054 Chester Road, Stretford in 1911. W L Wray also shown on Manchester Corporation, Tramways Dept. Roll. Thiepval Memorial XVI Pln 17th Bttn Roll of Honour

Remembering 9439 Private Percy Grundy. 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Died 1/2/1919

XX Pln, E COy 17th Bttn Photo

XX Platoon Photo in Spring 1915. Individuals are not identified. Courtesy Book of Honour

Percy Grundy was one of the 17th Battalion casualties who has not been readily apparent in records, being shown as serving in the Labour Corps or 3rd Battalion Manchester Regiment.
Percy died on 1st February 1919, aged 42. He is buried in COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY with the inscription “At Rest” paid for by his father. This post remembers Percy alongside other Pals in the 2nd City Battalion.

CWGC records show Percy served with 3rd Battalion Manchester Regiment and transferred to (432349) 212th Area Employment Company, Labour Corps. This was part of the Army of occupation, formed as a condition of the Armistice. His Victory & British War Medals were issued to Labour Corps roll but the 1914/15 Star was issued on the 17th Manchesters roll, noting arrival in France on 25th December 1915. Neither Medal Roll indicates when the transfer to the 3rd Battalion or Labour Corps took place. The initial posting to 3rd Reserve Battalion in Cleethorpes is quite likely to have followed his wounding or sickness in France.

The Roll of Honour shows Percy trained with XX Platoon. This was part of E Company, which became the 25th Training Reserve Battalion for those men that stayed in Manchester when the majority of the Battalion left for Grantham in the late spring of 1915. Many men were also transferred in to A to D Companies at this stage, but it is anticipated Percy stayed behind, or he would most likely have arrived in France with the Battalion on 8th November 1915.

Percy was the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Grundy, of 32, Tewkesbury Drive, Sedgley Park, Prestwich, Manchester. He was born in Salford in 1878 and the family lived at 130 Broughton Lane, Salford in 1881. In 1911 Samuel lived with his elder brother George and family at 22 Coudray Road, Southport, employed as a trading clerk, West Africa.

Percy Grundy's name in the Book of Honour.

Percy Grundy’s name in the Book of Honour.

8596 Corporal Ernest Hawksworth IV Platoon, A Company, 17th Battalion

Following further twittering, here’s some photos for Flis & Pamela.  Their Grandad Ernest Hawksworth served with 17th Manchesters.  He is thought to have been wounded in arm near Sanctuary Wood Ypres on 31st July 1917 and also suffered gas poisoning.  Prior to hostilities, Ernest was employed by Brookfield Aichison & Co.

Ernest Hawksworth

Ernest Hawksworth  and his future wife Annie Holland or maybe younger brother Samuel with one of the four sisters. May also be Annie with a brother.  Courtesy Ernest’s grandaughter Pamela Collings.  Ernest was born in November 1895 and christened at St Luke’s Church Miles Platting.


Ernest Hawksworth 1915? Click to enlarge

Ernest Hawksworth 1915?
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Ernest Hawksworth 1912

IV Platoon, 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment

IV Platoon, 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment.  Not sure where Ernest is positioned.

IV Platoon Roll

IV Platoon Roll

Brookfield Aichison Roll of Honour

Brookfield Aichison Roll of Honour.  Ernest enlisted with 8286 A. Shaw (Demob May 1919) & Warehouseman 8397 Frank Bunting (Discharged unfit 6/2/1918 aged 23)  Frank was shot in the shoulder at Montauban on 1st July 1916 and after recovery he was shot again at Heninel on 23rd April 1917.  The three Pals survived.  Frank’s record specifies his enlistment on 3rd September 1914.  As the three men from the firm stayed together through training, it is likely they enlisted together on the second day of of recruitment for the 2nd City Battalion.

Ernest Hawksworth on left & Family 1912

Ernest Hawksworth on left & Family 1912

Ernest’s cousin 9148 Alfred Hawksworth was also a member of A Company, serving with Arthur Bell in III Platoon.  Alfred was also a member of the 17th Battalion Bugle Band and probably trained / served as a stretcher bearer.  More details can found in The Cost 17th Bugle Band Photo17th Bugle Band Roll