My parents still live in Winton, and when I was last there I noticed that the Baptist Church on Parrin Lane in Winton had been demolished. According to the UK National Inventory of War Memorials this church had a Roll of Honor board. The UKNIWM states it will be saved when the new building is built in 2001 !!
I was at the community centre tonight collecting my daughter from Guides. I have left a message for someone from the church to get in touch, while there I spoke with a gentleman who is the Chairman of the Eccles Community Committee who is extremely interested in our project. It was the Eccles Committee that arranged for the Eccles cenotaph to be cleaned up recently.
Still no news on this. I get the feeling that someone is reluctant to allow a picture of this. I do not know if they feel that we will demand ownership or ask for it to be placed elsewhere, this is the last thing that we would do. To know that a memorial is safe and looked after is enough for peace of mind.
Herbert Toft was born in Barton on the 22nd May 1898 the son of William and Annie Toft.
The 1901 census shows the family living at 90 Parrin Lane, Monton. Herbert is shown to have two brothers Walter and William. William (father) was an employer who is operating as a tobacco goods importer.
Herbert joined the 7th East Lancashire Regiment and was given the service number 16906, he was posted to France with the 7th East Lancs landing there on the 18th July 1915. Herbert quickly gained the rank of acting sergeant before being commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant to the 3rd Royal Warwickshire Regiment on the 11th November 1916.
His medal card shows his address as 92 Rocky Lane, Monton, Eccles.
On the 13th April 1918 he was transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force (821st Squadron, 23rd Wing). Herbert was killed in a plane accident on the 12th October 1918 aged 22, his death was registered in Lincoln. Herbert left just over £167 to his father who is shown as living at 16, Pine Grove, Monton.
Herbert was buried at St Mark's churchyard, Worsley.
Name: TOFT Initials: H Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Second Lieutenant Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Date of Death: 12/10/1918 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: N.P. 22. Cemetery: WORSLEY (ST. MARK) CHURCHYARD