Also See 1917 casualties (MRF)
JOSEPH AIKEN 27 23-04-17 Corporal “B” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘8043’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of the late Joseph and Eleanor Aiken. Resident 11 Millom Square Hulme. Educated at Nicholls School Ardwick. Employee of Peel, Watson & Co Ltd. Enlisted 02/09/1014. Trained V Pln. France 08/11/1915. Missing XIII Pln presumed dead.
ALBERT JAMES BAILEY 23-04-17 Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘8064’ CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL Birth Place: Smallthorne, Burslem Enlistment Place: Manchester Type of Casualty: Killed in action Widow Edith nee Holt £13 WG. Warehouseman Married Newton Heath 3/4/1915. Born 5/4/1895. Parents Albert James and Amelia. Warehouseman Heavy Drapery 346 Oldham Road Newton Heath in 1911.
ALFRED BAUMBER 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘34820’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Resident The “smithy” Flixton Rd Flixton has been killed in action at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 26. Joined the Battalion, on 12th July 1916. Father William. A soap maker. (MRF)
AARON BIBBY 34 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47158’ ARRAS MEMORIAL (Served as WILKINSON, John). Son of Mrs. Arm Jane Bibby, of 74, Marsh Green, Wigan. Colliery labourer. Wigan Centotaph.
FRED BIRD 22 23-04-17 Serjeant 17th Bn. France ‘43151’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of John and Catherine Bird, of 30, Nelson St., Accrington. Missing presumed Killed in Action.
FREDERICK BLAIR 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47429’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Death presumed. Enlisted Manchester. Brother William and Sister Mary Ann received Effects. £5 WG. Parents also William & Mary Ann. Born 1/7/1894. Resident with brother 53 Ludlow Street C On M, employed Warehouseman Cotton Goods in 1911. No Star. Only 17th Bttn.
FRED BLAKELEY 22 M M 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ’17/8079′ COJEUL BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. MARTIN-SUR-COJEUL Eldest Son of Mr. J. R. and Mrs. S. A. Blakeley, of 20, Arthur St., Prestwich, Manchester. Possibly emplyed Hollins Mill. Enlisted 02/09/1914. Trained XVI Pln. France 08/11/1915. Initially posted missing. ‘He has fought a good fight’ Memorial in St Mary’s Prestwich: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8kVokDWaEFihyRkTA
THOMAS BOOTH 27 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘34439’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Booth, of Boggat Hole Farm, Higher Blackley, Manchester; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Booth, of 165, Earle St., Longsight, Manchester. Missing presumed dead.
JIM BRINDLEY 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43219’ ARRAS MEMORIAL 53, Fence St Macclesfield has been killed at Wancourt aged 26. A cotton weaver. Joined the Battalion on the 1-9-16. (MRF)
BUCKLEY HENRY 29 23/04/1917 Private Manchester Regiment “C” Coy. 16th Bn. (Formerly 17th Bn.) United Kingdom ‘8460’ France ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Elizabeth Ann Alexander (formerly Buckley), and the late John Buckley, 38 Upper West Grove, Chorlton on Medlock. Enlisted 03/09/1914. Trained XII Pln. 69th Training Reserve 09/09/1916, 24294. France with 17th Bn 08/11/1915. GSW R Thigh 01/07/1916 C Coy. Admitted to 34th CCS. Transferred to 16th Bn. Killed in action.
THOMAS BURTON 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘34826’ ARRAS MEMORIAL 34, Clegg St Rochdale Rd Manchester is reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 20. (MRF)
JOHN CARROLL 37 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘34955’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Sarah Jane Carroll, of 6, Poole St., Hulme, Manchester, and the late Edward Carroll.
FRANK COLLINSON 29 23-04-17 Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘18346’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Sarah Ann Collinson, of 70, Grey Mare Lane, Bradford, Manchester, and the late James Collinson.
FREDERICK JAMES CUERDEN 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘36152’ ARRAS MEMORIAL. Missing assumed killed in action. Born Pemberton, Wigan, Lancs, Enlisted Wigan. Son of John (Deceased) and Annie Kilshaw Cuerden. Resident 705 Ormskirk Rd Pemberton in 1911 employed as Cotton Spinner. Worked in spining room at May Mill, Pemberton
JOHN JAMES DUFF 36 23-04-17 Serjeant “A” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘18385’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Missing presumed dead. Son of Robert and Catherine Duff, of Cheetham; husband of Mary Jane Gower (formerly Duff, nee Clancy), of 47, Honey St., Cheetham, Manchester. Four children. Window cleaner. St Chad’s Memorial, Cheetham.
HERBERT DWYER 28 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘34008’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of John and Elizabeth Dwyer. 8, Ashwood Ave Gorton has been reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April. His body was found and buried by men of the 42nd Machine Gun Corps. Listed on the Arras memorial. Aged 28. Joined the Battalion on the 14th July 1916. A grocer’s manager. Parents: John and Elizabeth. (MRF)
AIFRED GEORGE EDWARDS 27 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘31181’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Mrs. J. Edwards, of 1, Connaught Rd., Newbury, Berks. Royal Berkshire Regiment
CARL OTTO EFFERT 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘41639’ ARRAS MEMORIAL 71, Sussex St Brighton was reported missing on 23rd April, at Wancourt. Pte 8235 H.N Mattock, [same unit] wrote to Pte Efferts sister, and told her, “I saw your brother hit, but I don’t know what became of him afterwards. He didn’t answer the roll call. Parents Carl, Otto and Ellen. Aged 21. (MRF)
JOSEPH FARRELL 28 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47219’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of John and Sarah Farrell, of Blackburn; husband of Clara B. Farrell, of 145, Adswood Rd., Stockport.
WILLIAM GRIFFIN FRANCIS 35 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘41658’ COJEUL BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. MARTIN-SUR-COJEUL Husband of Caroline Elizabeth Francis, of Salcot, Witham, Essex. Wharf cottage Salcot, Essex fell on 17th April, aged 37. Leaves a widow and a daughter Vera. A small-holder.
JOSEPH GRANGE 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘36539’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
BERTIE GRAY 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43297’ ARRAS MEMORIAL 86, Ravilla Rd Selly park Birmingham has been reported missing, assumed killed, on the 23rd April aged 19. Father George. Joined the battalion on the 1-9-16. (MRF)
ALBERT HALL 30 23-04-17 Serjeant 17th Bn. France ‘43305’ CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL Birth Place: Kilburn, Middlesex Residence: Watford, Herts Enlistment Place: London 5/9/1914.Carman on trams. Prison Wormwood Scrubbs for absence 11/5/1915. Released 13/10/1915. Posted 9th RBR 25/7/1915. 5th RBR BEF 30/6/1916. Embarked Folkestone 1/7/1916. 46IBD Rouen 3/7/1916. Att 17th Bttn 10/7/1916. Unpaid L/Cpl 30/7/1916 Transferred 17th Bttn 1/9/1916. Sgt 12/10/1916 (Flers) Leg Injury 5/11/1916 – duty 24/11/1916. Further injury 26/1/1917 – duty 24/1/1917 Missing Type of Casualty: Killed in action Comments: Formerly 12078, Royal Berks Regt. No Star. Only 17th Bttn Roll. Wife Maud nee Down Married Watford 16/11/1912. One daughter Elsie Maud 60 Vicarage Road 17/8/1908. Maud lived in Watford then Tring after his death. Royal Berkshire Regiment
J AMES HALL 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France 43230′ 43232 WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Birth Place: Manchester Regimental Number: 43232 Type of Casualty: Killed in action Comments: Formerly 17505, South Lancs Regt. 6, Topley St Queens Park Manchester has been reported wounded and missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 21. A warehouseman. (MRF)
SAMUEL HAMER 23 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘9185’ CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL Son of Randall and Betty Hamer, of 18, York St., Rochdale. Born at Stalybridge. Resident 111, Mottram Road Stalybridge, with Aunt, Mrs Miranda Lee in loco parentis. Driller, Enlisted 13 Jan 1915, trained XIII Pln. France 08/11/1915 or 31/12/1915. Wounded Trones Wood 09/07/1916. Evacuated Home 16/07/1916. France Posted 30 IBD as 2nd Bn 01/01/1917. Joined 17th Bn in the field 16/03/1917. Reported wounded and missing. Stalybridge Memorial.
ROBERT HARGREAVES 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘43231’ ARRAS MEMORIAL [marksman] of 598, Blackburn Rd Bolton was killed at Wancourt on the23rd April aged 25. Leaves a widow: Vangeline.
JOHN HARRIS 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47438’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
HARRY HARVEY 29 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘41609’ CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL C Company. Son of Owen and Annie Harvey; husband of Edith Ethel Harvey, of “Sunnyside,” Sands, High Wycombe, Bucks.
ERNEST EDWARD HILLS 29 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn France ‘41631’ CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL Son of Albert Edward and Francis Hills; husband of Nellie May Hills, of 26, Milton Rd., Margate, Kent.
ARTHUR HORNE 28 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43420’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of George Horne. 23, Parkfield Rd South Harrow was reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 34. (MRF)
JAMES HUDSPITH 25 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘39531’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hudspith, of Leigh, Lancs. Resident Post Nook, Twist Lane Leigh is listed as missing on the 23rd April aged 25. Leaves a Widow Annie and a daughter Margaret.
OWEN CADWALADER JONES 24 23-04-17 Corporal “D” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘8201’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of the late Evan and Mary Elizabeth Mitchell (previously Jones) of 27 Hibbert Street, Rusholme. Trained XIV Pln. France 08/11/1915. Missing VI Pln, presumed dead.
HENRY KELLY 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘5193’ (5293 SDGW) CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL Formerly 12th Battalion, arrived France 16/7/1915. Widow Martha £12 WG
PERCY KIRKHAM 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘32448’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
HERBERT EDWARD KNIGHT 21 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43422’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Herbert Edward and Elizabeth Annie Knight, of “Avondale”, Doyle Gardens, Harlesden London. Resident 15, Liddell Gardens, Kensal Rise is reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April. A confectioner’s shop assistant.
LOUIS LEDGER 30 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘8712’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of George and Mary Ann Ledger of 46 Glenn Avenue, Blackley. Enlisted Sept 1914 and trained VII Pln. France 08/11/1915. Discharged from 4th Stationery Hosp 26/09/1916 and treatment for sickness. Missing B Coy, presumed dead. Angel Memorial, Blackley.
THOMAS LOFTUS 25 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘36937’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of James Henry Loftus and Elizabeth Loftus, of 19, Branson St., Ancoats, Manchester.
JOHN LOMAX 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘39979’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
ROBERT HAYHURST LOWE 34 23-04-17 Serjeant 17th Bn. France ‘43240’ WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY A former member of 3rd Volunteer Battalion Cheshire Regiment, Robert Lowe was employed as an estate when he re-enlisted as part of Kitchener’s New Army in the South Lancashire Regiment, number 16701, on 18 January 1915. He was 32 years & 4 months old and lived 9 St Mary’s Street, Latchford, Warrington. Robert trained with 3rd (Reserve) Battalion at Crosby from 3 February 1915. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 23 April and Acting Sergeant of Musketry on 21 July. 3rd Battalion was originally intended as a training unit for 1st and 2nd Regular Army Battalions, yet as time progressed men were posted to a wide range of Battalions. Robert was part of draft of reinforcements to Gallipoli with 6th (Service) Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, which had landed on 4 August. He disembarked on 28 August and retained the rank of Acting Sergeant. Robert contracted dysentry and was admitted to hospital on 23 October. He was evacuated to Malta for treatment and shipped home on board Hospital Ship Egypt on 22 November. Robert was treated in the War Hospital at Whitchurch, Cardiff from 29 November to 18 December and posted to the Regimental Depot on 22 December. He returned to duty with 3rd Battalion on 29 December 1915 where he was treated for Colitis in January 1916. Presumably having recovered to full fitness, Robert disembarked at Boulogne on 23 June 1916, posted to 7th Battalion. The draft were sent 19th Infantry Brigade Depot at Etaples on 24 June. The Big Push later known as the Battle of the Somme began on 1st July 1916 and the Army had to quickly find reinforcements for the units in the line. A draft of more than 40 men from the South Lancashire Regiment were sent as reinforcments to 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment, on the Somme. 17th Manchesters had taken part in the succesful advance on Montauban and subsequent assault on Trones Wood, suffering significant casualties. Drafts arrived from numerous Regiments and the South Lancs men will have been particularly welcome – as seasoned veterans with front line experience and having Lancashire roots. 17th Manchesters supported 90th Brigade’s assault on the fortress village of Guillemont in which there were more losses, including three men attached from 7th South Lancs. Robert Lowe and the other men who had been attached to the Battalion were officially transferred to 17th Manchesters on 1 September 1916 and Robert received the new number, 43240. The Battalion was withdrawn from the advance until 12 October, when a failed assualt was made north of Flers, in which one of the former South Lancs men was killed. Another man from Robert Lowe’s draft died on 30 December 1916. Robert’s rank of Sergeant was confirmed on 18 January 1917. 17th Manchesters took part in a large scale assault on German positions near the Hindenburg Line, east of of Arras, on 23 April 1917. The Battalion incurred severe casaulties, including Robert Low, who died, with four other former South Lancs men. He was originally posted missing (father informed on 31 May) and later confirmed as killed in action when his remains were later identied. His death was confirmed in a casualty report on 18 July 1917. Robert is recorded a being buried in Signal Trench Cemetery, alongside former S Lancs’ 43232 James Hall, 43263 Reginald Thompson. The cemetery was located on the north side of the Heninel – Fontaine Road, @ 200 yards south of the Cherisy crossroads , south of CWGC Cherisey East Cemetery. The burials at Signal trench could not be identified after hostilities and the men are commemorated with Special Memorial headstones at Wancourt British Cemetery. Robert is also commemorated on the Church Of Our Lady Of The Assumption, Latchford Cheshire. He was the son of Incorporated Accountant, Robert and Mary H Lowe deceased of Latchford Lodge, Latchford, Warrington. The couple’s other children were Agnes (later Beckett resident Canada) Mary H (deceased) and Austin Lowe. Effects to Alice Eva Walsh of 52 Green Street, Warrington. Alice may have been Robert’s sweetheart. She never married and died in Warrington in 1971. Thanks to Robert’s great niece, Martine Goodrich and her family, for inspiring this research.
HENRY McLINDEN 24 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘8738’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Patrick and Agnes McLinden, of 20, Moncrieffe St., Bolton, Lancs. Employed by Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co. Bolton. Enlisted 09/1914, trained VI Pln. France 08/11/1915. Killed in action.
DAVID MORRIS 23 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘43248’ WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of David and Jane Morris, of Sutton, St. Helens; husband of Emily Davies (formerly Morris), of 39, Allanson St., Parr, St. Helens, Lancs. £9 10- WG. Born & enlisted St Helens. Killed in Action. Formerly 16741, South Lancs Regt.
FREDERICK OAKENFULL 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘41689’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
FRANCIS O’CONNOR 22 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43198’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Francis and Elizabeth O’Connor, of 33, Edith St., Consett, Co. Durham.
WALTER HARVEY PALMER 19 23-04-17 Second Lieutenant 17th Bn. France ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of A. W. and Kate Palmer, of 51, Wilmslow Rd., Withington, Manchester.
CHARLES FREDERICK PARKER 33 23-04-17 Private “B” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘34307’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
THOMAS PEDLEY 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘47434’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
JAMES POTKIN 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘45006’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
GEOFFREY FILDES POTTS 23 23-04-17 Lieutenant 17th Bn. France WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of William Edward and Emily A. J. Potts, of “Sannox,” Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston. See http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9266.0;attach=21617
& Ley’s School War Memorial & Geoffrey Fildes Potts
JOHN PRENDERGAST 26 23-04-17 Lance Corporal “C” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘15482’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Richard and Sarah Prendergast, of 16, Webster St., Oldham; husband of Mary Anne Hearne (formerly Prendergast), of 9, Naseby St., Oldham.
PERCY GORDON RAMSDEN 23-04-17 Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘8834’ CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL Trained X Pln C Coy. Younger brother Norman Wood Ramsden was killed on 1st July 1916 at Montauban, serving with the 17th Bttn. Norman had transferred from the KORL after enlisting. See Three Ramsden Brothers
DOUGLAS RATCLIFF 25 23-04-17 Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘8844’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of John Henry and Jane Ratcliff, of “Ashleigh”, Park Rd., Timperley, Cheshire. Warehouseman. Enlisted 03/09/1914, trained XV Pln. France 08/11/1915. Trained Bomber. L/Cpl 02/07/1916. Cpl 12/10/1916. Missing then confirmed Killed in action.
ROBERT RICHARDSON 25 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43363’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of William and Jane Richardson, of 6, “D” Block, Vine Street Buildings, Tooley St., Borough, London.
JAMES B. RITCHIE 39 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘47433’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Husband of Annie Ritchie, of 9, Regent St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.
VINCENT HAMER ROBERTS 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘30218’ CHERISY ROAD EAST CEMETERY, HENINEL
FERGUS RONALD 25 Mentioned in Despatches 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘8850’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of John Andrew and Elizabeth Ronald (nee Bruce), of 52, Hall St., Moston, Manchester. Employed by Afleck & Brown Department Store, enlisted Sept 1914. Trained XIII Pln. France 08/11/1915. Killed in action. MiD LG 25/05/1917 was probably posthumous.
ERNEST ROSTRON 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘34692’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
ARTHUR SCHOFIELD 28 23-04-17 Private “B” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘39959’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of William and Sarah Schofield; husband of Amelia Ann Moody (formerly Schofield), of 12, Olive St., Harpurhey, Manchester.
EDWARD SEABORN 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘27606’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Hus, band of Clara Seaborn, of 45, Dunkirk St., Droylsden, Manchester.
DOUGLAS SIMISTER 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47351’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Thomas and Emma Simister, of Stalybridge.
WILLIAM IVES STAFFORD 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘45005’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
JAMES ABNER STANSFIELD 32 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘35158’ WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of James C. and Emma Stansfield; husband of Ethel Stansfield, of 45, Drummond Avenue, Blackpool, Lancs.
JAMES ALFRED STEVENS 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47327’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
ALFRED SUTTON 20 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47215’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of the late George and Margaret Ellen Sutton.
ALFRED SWALES 25 23-04-17 Lance Corporal “B” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘30494’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Harry and Elizabeth Swales, of 103, Windsor Rd., Oldham,.
JOSEPH TAYLOR 44 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘44565’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of the late William Henry and Mary Taylor, of 82, Bank St., Golborne, Newton-le-Willows, Lancs.
GEORGE HENRY THOMPSON 24 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47442’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, of 31, Weymouth St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.
WILFRED THOMPSON 20 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘47453’ CHERISY ROAD EAST CEMETERY, HENINEL Son of Robert and Mary Jane Thompson.
REGINALD ALEXANDRA THOMSON 19 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43263’ WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of Mr. A. E. and Mrs. E. A. Thomson, of 19a, Church St., Camberwell, London.
GEORGE SAVIGNY TOPHILL 21 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘9345’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of George Savigny Tophill and Maria Ellen Tophill, of 45, Laurence St., Gorton, Manchester.
PERCY TURNER 21 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘11010’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of the late Charles and Eliza Ann Turner, of 8, North George St., Salford, Manchester.
WALTER EDWARD TYE 23-04-17 Serjeant 17th Bn. France ‘43346’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
WILLIAM GLADSTONE TYLDESLEY 19 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘46598’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of the late Ralph Tyldesley, of Tyldesley, Manchester.
HENRY UPTON 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘27586’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
GEORGE UTTING 19 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘39950’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of George Harry and Elizabeth Frances Utting, of 18, Elton St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.
ERNEST BOYD VICKER 34 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘35102’ WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of Frank George and Christina Vicker, of Manchester; husband of Emma McGovern (formerly Vicker), of 189, Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
ARTHUR WILLIAM WARD 21 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43343’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of Peter Collett Ward and Caroline Ward, of 11, Alford Rd., Clapham, London. SDGW & Service Record confirm Arthur had enlisted 19640 in Royal Berkshire Regiment, France 1/7/1916. 46 IBD and attached 17th Bttn 11/7/1916, prior to transfer 1/9/1916. He will have been at Guillemont and Flers. Missing assumed KIA in attack at Heninel 23/4/1917. Confirmed 13/10/1917 and reported Killed in Casualty List 6/11/1917. He had been a barman at the Fishers Pub in Sunbury – within the catchment of R Berks R. Trained with 9th Bttn and posted as 5th overseas, but never joined the Bttn.
JOHN HILL WEST 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘33836’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
WALTER WHALLEY 22 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘43185’ WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Son of James and Nancy Whalley, of 50, Lyndhurst Rd., Burnley, Lancs.
GEORGE WHITTINGHAM 25 23-04-17 Private “B ” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘47346’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of George and Alice Whittingham, of 40, South Porter St., Ancoats, Manchester.
CHARLES WILKINSON 23-04-17 Lance Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘47365’ ARRAS MEMORIAL
HOWELL WILLIAMS 29 23-04-17 Private ” D ” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘39963’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of John and Mary Williams, of 10, Southall St., Salford; husband of Emily Williams, of 18, Cadogan St., Moss Side, Manchester.
JOHN WILLIAM WITHEY 17 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘36200’ WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY Born 19/5/1899 Manchester, Baptised Miles Platting, St Luke. Residence: Oldham, Lancs Type of Casualty: Killed in action – Wancourt. Son of John L and Mary Ann Withey. School pupil resident 10 John St Miles Platting in 1911. £4 10-
JAMES WRIGHT 23-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘34544’ ARRAS MEMORIAL “Birth Place: Manchester
KELLEY GEORGE 23 23/04/1917 Private Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 90th Coy. (Formerly 17th Manchesters ‘8689’) United Kingdom ‘71323’ France ARRAS MEMORIAL. Son of Robert & Ann Kelley of 61 Park Lane, Whitefield. Enlisted 3rd Sept 1914, trained II Pln. France 08/11/1915. Wounded Right Arm, Trones Wood 10/07/1916. 4th Gen Hosp, Boulogne. Rejoined 17th Bn 04/09/1916. Transfer to MGC 09/12/1916. Wounded & missing presumed dead, 3rd Section, Neuville St Vaast.
HASSETT PETER 0 23/04/1917 Private Manchester Regiment 18th Bn. (Formerly 17th Bn) United Kingdom ‘9117’ France CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL. Son of Peter and Harriet Hassett. Resident 105 Meadow Road, Lower Broughton. Half brother to Elizabeth Ann Hassett of 16 Bath Street, Salford. Bookkeper enlisted Dec 1914, trained XI Pln. France 08/11/1915. FGCM Guilty for being absent from his post on 02/02/1916. 42 Days Fd Punishment No1.Wounded to the face at Montauban, treated at 19 Fd Amb and 20 GH Camiens. 30 IBD 27/07/1916. Transfer to 18th Bn 03/08/1916. Wounded left thumb 14/10/1916. Leave for 10 days 21/01/1917. Killed in action. Salford Cathedral Memorial.
WILLIAM CHANT 21 24-04-17 Private 17th Bn. United Kingdom ‘8461’ MANCHESTER SOUTHERN CEMETERY Son of Thomas & Anna Chant, of 6, Heslington St., Moss Side, Manchester. Atttended Hulme Grammar School. Former clerk Enlisted 03/9/1914. A signaller trained with III Platoon, A Company disembarked with Transport Section in France on 07/11/1915. wounded in both feet and the ear at Flers on the 16th October 1916. Treated at 48th General hospital at Rouen. Evacuated home on 04/11/1916 and died of septicaemia at the 4th General hospital, Stobhill, Glasgow See Soldiers Wills Younger brother, Robert, died on HMS Invincible in the Battle of Jutland.
JOHN ROBERT GORNER 24th Birthday 24-04-17 Serjeant 17th Bn. France ‘47459’ BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX Birth Place: Prestwich, Lancs 24/4/1893. Residence: Salford, Lancs Type of Casualty: Died of wounds. £12 10- WG, No Star only 17th Bttn. Widow Ada Baptised Manchester, St Mary, St Denys and St George Parents Edward and Mary Frances Gorner. Printer’s Apprentice resident 53 Melbourne, Broughton, Salford in 1911.
GEORGE McNEE 19 25-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘9234’ WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY Son of Elizabeth McNee, of 71, High Hill View, Birch Vale, Stockport, and the late Robert McNee. Enlisted Jan 1915, aged 17. Trained XVI/XVII Pln. France 08/11/1915. Died of wounds at 43 CCS.
ARTHUR WILKINSON 24 M M (LG 22/1/1917) 25-04-17 Lance Corporal “C” Coy. 17th Bn. France ‘8976’ BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX Son of John and Louisa Wilkinson (later Southern), of 21, Walter St., Salford, Manchester. Enlisted Sept 1914. Trained in XI Pln. Formerly emplyed at Ryland & Sons. France 08/11/1915. See Letter to HK Evans mother. Machine Gun Section. Died of Wounds.
WALKER JOSEPH 21 25/04/1917 Lance Corporal Manchester Regiment 12th Bn. (Formerly 17th Bn) United Kingdom ‘8966’ France ARRAS MEMORIAL Brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Hallard, 2, Nelson St., Rusholme, Manchester. Employed by Chorlton Brothers Ltd, enlisted Sept 1914. Trained X Pln. France 08/11/1915. Wounded July 1916. Transfer to 12th Bn. Missing / Killed in action.
JOSEPH DODSON 34 26-04-17 Private 17th Bn. France ‘39525’ MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT Son of Joseph and Mary Dodson. Native of Salford, Manchester. 60, Vere St Salford was shot in the back on 23rd April at Wancourt. He has died of wounds at 43rd CCS 3 days later
HARRY SHAW 30 26-04-17 Corporal 17th Bn. France ‘47314’ ARRAS MEMORIAL Son of George Shaw; husband of Ann Wain Shaw, of 38, Harper St., Oldham.
WHITTLE HERBERT 23 28/04/1917 Lance Corporal Manchester Regiment 18th Bn. (Formerly 17th Bn) United Kingdom ‘8952’ France WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY. Son of Henry and Kate Whittle of 5 Swallow Street, Bradford. Enlisted Sept 1914, trained VIII Pln. France 08/11/1915. Transfer to 18th Bn. Died of wounds at 43 CCS. Brother, Tom, died with 6th Bn KOSB.
BEN HOLT MILLS 29-04-17 2nd Lieutenant 5th Bn. Att 17th Bn. France
HUBERT FRANCIS SMITH 24 29-04-17 Serjeant 17th Bn. France ‘15722’ WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY Husband of Annie Waite (formerly Smith), of 78, Ashville Terrace, Moston, Manchester.