There are men buried in the churchyard who may have served in either WW1 or WW2 and survived, I am working on that now so there may be more names to come.
The headstones at the churchyard have been removed/grassed over and the names below have come from a book which details all the MI's for the Churchyard.
Pte, Wilbraham W.L. Blears 23yrs, 16th may 1918 (please note there is a seperate thread for research about W L Blears)
L/Cpl Henry Worthington Smith reported missing, 28yrs, 24th March 1918
Lee Longworth KIA France, 26yrs, 9 Sept 1918
James Collier died on active service, buried in France, 34yrs, 2 Nov 1918
Kenneth Lee RASC died in West Africa, 26 yrs, 19 Jan 1942
Kenneth Lee Agnew, RAFVR missing presumed killed over Germany, 22yrs, 14/15th Jan 1944
EDIT: Although Wilbraham L Blears is the only one of these men who was actually interred in this graveyard, all were commemorated on family graves here, as evidenced by these memorial inscriptions to men whose bodies were never identified or recovered, or who rest in foreign fields.
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Feb 17, 2012 23:51:43 GMT
Although commemorated on a family gravestone in the churchyard, Flying Officer (Navigator)Kenneth Lee Agnew was interred in Grave 16. G. 7. in Hanover War Cemetery. He was the son of James Nuttall Agnew and Doris Agnew, of Whitefield. :poppy:
He served in 550 Squadron, which formed in 1 Group (Bomber Command) on 25 November 1943 and flew Lancasters from Grimsby and North Killingholme until the end of the war. 550 Squadron flew 3582 Lancaster sorties and lost 59 aircraft in 192 raids. 14 further Lancasters were destroyed in crashes during the squadron's operational period in the war.
The raid of the night of 14/15 Jan 1944 consisted of 496 Lancasters and 2 Halifaxes on the first major raid to Brunswick of the war. 38 Lancasters were lost. Brunswick was a smaller target than Bomber Command's usual targets and the raid was not regarded as successful as very little significant damage was done, most of the bombs falling outside the target area in open countryside. The city reported only 10 houses destroyed and 14 deaths. Other small nearby villages were hit, but these were not considered strategically important targets and no deaths were reported. Afterward, both German and British commands acknowledged it had been a waste of aircraft and bombs for little or no gain.
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Feb 17, 2012 23:55:40 GMT
Lance Corporal (31163) Henry Worthington Smith, of "D" Coy., 11th Bn., Lancashire Fusiliers was killed in action on 24 March 1918 aged 28 years. He was the son of Luke and Immin Smith, of 42, Monton Rd., Eccles. He was born and lived in Swinton, and enlisted in Eccles. He is remembered on Bay 5 of the Arras Memorial. :poppy:
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Feb 18, 2012 0:05:07 GMT
Sapper (182734) James Collier, of the 74th Div. Signal Coy., Royal Engineers, died of wounds on 02 November 1918 aged 34 years. He was the husband of Sarah Ann Collier, of 41, Mount St., Swinton. He was born in Swinton and enlisted at Knutsford in Cheshire. He is interred in grave 9 in Fretin Communal Cemetery in France.
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Feb 18, 2012 0:07:22 GMT
Second Lieutenant (1989482) Kenneth Lee of the Royal Army Service Corps, died in West Africa on 15 January 1942 aged 26 years. He is interred in grave 4. F. 5. in Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery, Sierra Leone. He was the son of William and Fanny Lee, of Clifton. :poppy:
Post by Hawker Hurricane on Feb 18, 2012 0:09:49 GMT
Private (201728) Lee Longworth, of the 1st/4th Bn., King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, was Killed in Action on 09 September 1918 in France aged 26 years. He was the son of Joseph and Ann Longworth, of 37, Mount St., Swinton. He was born and enlisted at Swinton. He is interred in grave III. F. 15. at Houchin British Cemetery in France.
George Roderick Basson rests in the cemetery; b. 1886, son of John Robert and Martha Basson, he served with the South Staffordshire Regiment.
Private 46524 George Roderick Basson attested aged 31 on the 5th April 1917, at this time he was living at 7 Horrocks Street, Pendlebury and had been working as a builders labourer. Posted to France in December 1917. Discharged 28th of May 1919. He received the Victory and British War medals, the Silver War badge and a small pension were awarded due to GSW (left arm).
George's brother John was killed during the war: Name: John Basson Birth Place: Swinton, Lancs Residence: Pendlebury Death Date: 23 Apr 1917 Death Location: France & Flanders Enlistment Location: Manchester Rank: L/Corporal Regiment: Border Regiment Battalion: 7th Battalion Number: 16522 Type of Casualty: Killed in action Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Rank: Private Service No:36100 Date of Death: 18/07/1917 Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 8th Bn. Panel Reference Panel 41 and 43. Memorial YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL Birth Place: Swinton, Lancs Residence: Swinton Death Date: 18 Jul 1917 Death Location: France & Flanders Enlistment Location: Manchester Type of Casualty: Killed in action Theatre of War: Western European Theatre Comments: Formerly 5031, Training Reserve Battalion
Percy Berry attested 7th November 1916 aged 24 years and 6 months. In civilian life he lived at 81 Cheetham Rd, Swinton and had worked as a stripper and grinder (probably maintaining machinery in cotton mill). He was given the service number 5031 and appointed to the 49th Training Reserve, training with them at home from 7th November 1917 to the 14th January 1917. Transferred to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, service number 36100, he left for France on the 14th January 1917 disembarking there on the 15th January 1917. Percy served in France until he was reported missing on the 19th July 1917, his death was later officially accepted as being the 18th July 1917. His personal property 2 identity discs, 2 books, a ribbon, letters, photos and cards were returned to his mother after his death.