Newburgh War Memorial


      Newburgh War Memorial.   
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        56662 Pte 20th Bn Kings ( Liverpool) Regt.

          Kia 31st July 1917. Aged 19.

                                  Has no grave commemorated on Menin Gate Ypres.

Son of James & Elizabeth Ashcroft, of Moss Bridge, Lathom.

Former Ormskirk Grammer Schoolboy.

His brother James married Ellen Langton, wife of Robert Langton 11th Border 

who was himself killed 1st Oct 1917

Also commemorated on Burscough & Lathom Memorials.

Photo, Obit, Memoria, Medal card.

 2737 Pte 9th Kings( Liverpool) Regt (TF)

Dow 30th July 1915. Aged 27.

Buried Bethune Town Cemetery.

Son of John & Ruth Barrow of Newburgh.

Good bandsman & cricketer, great friend of Tom Gill MM 9th KLR dow 1918.

Grave picture, obituary, photo, medal card, service file.

 Cpl 26544 4th Grenadier Guards.

Son of Ellen Bond of Newburgh

Dow 26th December 1917. Aged 35.

Married two children.

Lived at Boyes schoolhouse Newburgh.

Died in the 4th Gen Hospital, Rouen.

Buried St Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

Photo, obituary, grave, medal card.

330686 L’Cpl T Gill M.M.

9th Kings (Liverpool) Regt T.F. Aged 30.

Dow 2nd Sept 1918. 1st Australian General Hospital Rouen.

Buried St Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

Son of William & Hannah Gill of Dean Lane, Newburgh.

Very good cricketer great long time friend of Albert Barrow 

schooled and enlisted together.

Obituary, known photograph, medal card, grave, parents grave photo.

Commemorated Lathom & Burscough Memorial.

R/2358 Rifleman 13th Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

Dow 7th October 1917. Aged 28.

Buried Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, France.

Son of Henry & Hannah Glover 13 Ashton St, Higher Audley, Blackburn.

Born Newburgh.

Grave photo, obituary, Medal card.

Commemorated at Lathom & Burscough Memorial.

St John The Baptist Church Burscough & the family grave there.

20063 Pte 1st Essex Regt.

Formerly 79998 RFA

Dow 10th July 1916.

Leaves widow and four children.

Grave photo, photo of he and wife, Medal card.

Lived 3 Woodcock View ( known now as Cobbs Brow)

Bureid Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil, Somme.

Gratefull thanks to family for images.

Commemorated on Lathom & Burscough Memorial.

  St John The Baptist church Burscough

118898 Pte 8th Bn Machine Gun Corps.

Kia 25th March 1918. Aged 20.

Has no known grave commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme.

Son of the late James & Anna P Heap

Memorial photo. medal card.

Commemorated on Lathom & Burscough Memorial

Cpl 1432 5th Manchesters  ‘Wigan Miners’ Bn TF.

Discharged unfit from wounds September 1916 after serving in Egypt, 

Gallipoli & Mesopotamia

Died 18th October 1918. Aged 28.

He Lived at Mawdesley Cottage.

Son of Sidney & Elizabeth Porter, 66 Liverpool Road, Burscough.

Buried Christ Church Newburgh.

Grave photo, obituary, medal card.

2/Lt 25thBn MGC ( Infantry)

Kia 27th May 1918. Aged 23.

Son of William Reay of Edingarth, Parbold. & Ash Street, Southport.

Buried Jonchery -Sur- Vesle British Cemetery, Marne.

Formerly 3rd (depot) Kings Regt & Royal Welch Fusiliers with whom he went on active service to France. Commisioned into the MGC from the Innns of Court OTC. Wounded at Passchendaele in 1917 returning to his unit in 1918.

His OC gave him a wonderfull testimony after his death which is worth recalling.

“I along with all ranks send our deepest sympathy to you, he was indeed a remarkable young man who had he chosen to remain in the army would have had an outstanding career.  He held the utmost respect of his men, who would have followed him anywhere, he had the affinity with the private soldier that can only come from having been one himself”

Commemorated on Wigan Grammer School Roll of Honour,

Lathom & Burscough War Memorial, Christ Church Memorial Douglas in Parbold.

Grave photo, medal card.


 Please Refer to The Lathom & Burscough Roll of Honour for full details.



World War Two.


Noel Green.

Training as Aircrew RAF that is known, but little else. Last seen at Parbold station in 1943 returning to his unit by Joseph Fitzapatrick RAF nephew of Trooper John Fitzpatrick of Burscough kia 1915 Ypres. see Lathom & Burscough Roll of Honour.


  Thomas Bruce Rushworth Horrocks.

218 Sqdn RAFVR. (3 Group) Aged 20.

Sqdn Motto “In Time”

Flying from RAF Methwold ( Feltwell Suffolk)

Heavy Bomber Sqdn  (Lancasters)

1588162 Sjt Air Gunner.

Husband of Sybil Horrocks of Gatacre, Liverpool.

Son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Rushworth Horrocks.

Buried Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.

This is the account of the aircraft in Bruce Horrocks flew

 Avro Lancaster B1, PD252 (HA-D) lost on the night of 12th/13th August 1944. On this night JB363 was part of a raid on the Opel motor works Russelheim, Germany. She took off from Methwold in Suffolk at 2159hrs, carrying a bomb load of 1x4000lb bomb plus clusters and incendiaries.

The following morning PD252 was posted as missing, she had come under attack from night fighters West of Frankfurt and crashed in Belgium just over the German border North of Luxembourg. The pilot and navigator both went down with the aircraft and were killed in the crash. The rest of the crew had been ordered to bale out and were taken prisoner. The wireless operator and Bruce Horrocks, the mid-upper gunner, both wounded in the attack, died in hospital later that day.

This was the first time the crew had flown a Lancaster on operations and the first loss of a Lancaster for 218 Squadron, the crews having just moved to Methwold, Suffolk from their base at Alconbury, Cambs on conversion from Stirlings to Lancasters. The crews’ regular rear gunner, Flt/Sgt Knopp was off flying duties due to an eye infection and had been replaced by Flt/Sgt Westerbrook.

The crew of Lancaster  PD 252

1.       417488 P/O Vernon Leicester Humphrey (Age 23),

Pilot 218 Squadron (RAAF).

Son of Walter Henry and Ellen Olive Humphrey,

Renmark, South Australia.

Killed in crash, originally buried at Stourbrodt, (close by), Re-interred Jan 1947 at Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.


2.       1575850 Flt/Sgt Alan David Chew (Age 23),

Navigator 218 Sqdn (RAFVR).

Son of Samuel and Bessie May Chew,

Bilston, Staffs.

Killed in crash, originally buried at Stourbrodt (close by), Re-interred Jan 1947 at Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.


3.       426776 P/O J.H. Hynd (Age ?),

Bomb Aimer 218 Sqdn (RAAF).

Baled out/captured POW No 7480,

Stalag Luft VIII Bankau.


4.       2203720 Flt/Sgt G.E. Bower (Age ?),

Flight Engineer 218 Sqdn (RAFVR).

Baled out/captured POW No 5537,

Stalag Luft VIII Bankau.


5.       1360209 W/O Abraham Thomson Lyon (Age 35),

Wireless Operator 218 Sqdn (RAFVR).

Son of Alexander and Isabella Lyon,

Dundee, Scotland.

Baled out, captured and died of wounds,

Possibly buried as unidentified.

Remembered on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


6.       1588162 Flt/Sgt Thomas Bruce Rushworth Horrocks (Age 20),

Mid-Upper Gunner 218 Sqdn (RAFVR).

Son of Mr & Mrs Thomas Horrocks, Gateacre, Lancs,

Husband of Sybil Horrocks. Resident in Newburgh, Lancs (prior to enlistment).

Baled out, captured and died of wounds. First Buried near to crash site.

              Re-interred at Hotton War Cemetery, Belgium.

          Remembered on Newburgh Village Memorial.


7.     1544372 Flt/Sgt L.E. Westerbrook DFM (Age ?),

Rear-Gunner (replacement) 218 Sqdn (RAFVR).

Baled out/captured POW No 686,

Stalag Luft III Sagan.


Richard Melling.

 P/JX 219784 Able Seaman R.N.

Kia 13th December 1941.

Served aboard H.M.S Puckeridge.

Has no known grave commemorated on the Plymouth Memorial to the R.N. missing.

Son of Richard & Ellen Melling of Newburgh.

On the 6th September 1943 HMS puckeridge commd Capt J C Cartwirght DSC R N was hit by two of four torpedoes fired by U617 ( Kptlt Albrecht Brandl Knights Cross) and sank within 8 minutes forty miles east of Gibraltar, she was enroute to Oran with important messages.


Pilot Off 156357 156 (Pathfinder) Sqdn RAFVR.

‘Pathfinders’ Sqdn of 3/8 Group.

Sqdn Motto  “We Light The Way”
Flying from RAF Warboys Huntingdonshire.

KIA 16th November 1943. Aged 23.

Has no known grave commemorated on The Runnymede Memorial, RAF Missing.

Son of John Jackson Wilkinson & Jane Wilkinson.

Husband of Mary Wilkinson of Maghull.

This is the account of the aircraft in which Wilf Wilkinson flew that night

 Avro Lancaster B1, JB363 (GT-K) lost on the night of 18th November 1943. On this night JB363 was pathfinder leader, for a major raid on Berlin, she was carrying the four markers on which the main force was to bomb. On return she was brought down in flames over Doberitz, West of Berlin.

Only three bodies were recoverable from the wreckage, the pilot and two air gunners who are buried in the 1939-45 Memorial Cemetery in Berlin. P/O Wilkinson and the rest of the crew are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey alongside all other airmen who have no known grave.


 This was a significant crew, every member recognised for gallantry.


37620 Wing/Cdr John Henry White DFC (Age 28),

Pilot (Squadron Commander) 156 Sqdn (RAFVR),

Son of Henry Thomas and Frances Margaret White,

Weybridge, Surrey.

Buried 1939-45 Memorial Cemetery Berlin.


  1. 128510 Flt/Lt Reginald Roberts DFC (Age 30)

              Navigator Leader 156 Sqdn (RAFVR)

(A qualified chemist),

Son of Thomas and Miriam Emma Roberts,

Streatham, London.

Remembered on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


  1. 156599 P/O John Clifford Otter DFC (Age 22),

Bomb Aimer 156 Sqdn (RAFVR),

Son of Vincent Frederick and Mabel Annie Otter,

Staveley, Derbyshire.

Remembered on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


  1. 156357 P/O Wilfred Wilkinson DFC (Age 28),

Flight Engineer 156 Sqdn (RAFVR),

Son of John and Jane Wilkinson,

Husband of Mrs Margaret May Wilkinson, Maghull Lancs.

Resident of Newburgh Lancs, (prior to enlistment).

Remembered on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey and Newburgh Village Memorial.


  1. 158258 P/O Micheal John Ernest Stoneley DFM (Age 22),

Wireless Operator 156 Sqdn (RAFVR),

Son of Ernest and Annie Stoneley, Husband of Jessie Stoneley of

Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Remembered on Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


  1. 132382 Flt/Lt Edward Mackson Thompson DFC (Age ??),

Mid-Upper Gunner (Section Officer) 156 Sqdn (RAFVR),

No further information,

Buried 1939-45 Memorial Cemetery Berlin.


  1. 156594 Flt/Lt David Mark Claude Silverman DFM (Age 20),

Rear Gunner (Section Officer) 156 Sqdn (RAFVR),

Son of Maurice David and May Silverman of

Bishopton, Warwickshire.

Buried 1939-45 Memorial Cemetery Berlin.

Our appreciation & thanks to Alan Barrow for the excellant work on

Bomber Command resource.