St Johns The Baptist Parish Church, Burscough



St John The Baptist Parish Church, Burscough.

Children We deemed you all our days,

we vexed you with our care.

But in a universe ablaze,

What was your childish share ?

To rush upon the flames of hell,

and quench them with your blood.

To be of one England’s flowers that fell,

Ere yet it broke the bud.

And we who wither were we grew,

and never shed but tears.

As children now would follow you,

Through the remaining years;

Tread in the steps we thought to guide,

Just as firmly as you trod;

And keep the name you glorified,

    Clean, before man and God.      


St John The Baptist Parish Church, Burscough, Lancashire.



‘The East Window’

The original village war memorial.

The dream of Rev Travers Stoney, creation of Gustav Hillier.

The alabaster & marble wall mounted war memorial at St John’s. 



The WW1 portion of the memorial in full showing all the relevent names


            The left panel of the war memorial in month of death order till 1916






The center panel



The right panel




The WW2 names listed in the bottom panel


A full descriptve of the names above, can be found in the Lathom & Burscough WW 2 War Memorial Page.


The ‘Roll of Honour’ transcribed as on St John The Baptist Church Memorial.

reproduced in the booklet

‘The East Window’ by David Orritt.

Showing regiments and dates of death, researched by Richard  Houghton 1999.

The lower panel of the East Window a section the original

‘Burscough War Memorial’ 

Please refer to the page East Window for an appraisal.

Further information can be obtained from.

The graves shown below are Navy personnel that served at

RNAS Burscough / HMS Ringtail 1942 -1945.




Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Date of Death:      Age
11/11/1943             21

Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

Son of Wilfred Howard Buckley Colbeck and of Mary Winifred Colbeck (nee Clarke), of Puru, Auckland, New Zealand.






Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Date of Death:                  Age
28/05/1944                         22.
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

H.M.S. Heron.  Airstation at Haldon / Teignmouth during WW2.

Son of Frank and Dora Grace Sunderland, of Harrogate, Yorkshire.









Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Date of Death:                   Age.
06/10/1944                          21

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve

Son of Edgar and Mabel Neville, of Romford, Essex.









Sub-Lieutenant (A)
Date of Death:                       Age
28/05/1944                              22

Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

H.M.S. Heron  Naval Airstation based at Haldon / Teignmouth during WW2

Son of Daniel Walton Williams and Lilian Jane Cogle Williams, of Napier, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.









Rank:                            Service No
Steward                        C/LX 613540
Date of Death:                   Age
06/10/1944                           20

Royal Navy  H.M.S. Ringtail

Son of James and Rose Ellen Turner, of South Norwood, Surrey.