DAVID ROTHWELL BERRY Rank: Private Service No: 29564 Date of Death: 26/11/1916 Age: 36 Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 8th Bn. Grave Reference 13. Cemetery KEARSLEY MOOR (ST. STEPHEN) CHURCHYARD Additional Information: Husband of Ellen Berry, of The Poplars, London Rd., Retford, Notts.
HARRY DENT CROMPTON Rank: Second Lieutenant Date of Death: 04/12/1916 Age: 21 Regiment/Service: Royal Flying Corps 4th Sqdn. and Royal Field Artillery Grave Reference VIII. A. 12. Cemetery CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY Additional Information: Son of John and Sennie Crompton, of Lytham, Lancs. Formerly served with West Lancs. Bde
Harry Dent Crompton hailed from the north west of England, where his family had links to the cotton industry going back over 150 years, writes Adrian Hughes. In 1779 his forefather Samuel Crompton invented the cotton-spinning mule, which revolutionised the industry.
Harry was educated in Colwyn Bay before moving to Epworth College in Rhyl. He went on to train in cotton spinning, weaving and textile design at the Harris Institute, Preston, then represented a Farnworth textile company on the Manchester Stock Exchange.
He enlisted in the army soon after war broke out in August 1914, first as an air mechanic. He was later given a commission in the West Lancashire brigade of the Royal Field Artillery.
After a period of training and flying ‘solo’ for 15 hours he was awarded his “wings” in September 1915 and became a pilot in the 4th squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. He first saw active service in October 1915. During the Battle of the Somme, Harry flew his Be2 aircraft over enemy lines, tracking the position of advancing troops and making regular reconnaissance and artillery-spotting missions.
Harry had the rank of Second Lieutenant when he was killed in action at Courelette on 4 December 1916, aged 21. He was buried at Contay British Cemetery, Contay, in the Somme area of France.
His father, John, established a prize fund in his son’s name for students of The Textile Institute who furthered “the knowledge of textile technology”.
WILLIAM KINLOCH Rank: Private Service No: 1054035 Date of Death: 02/01/1918 Age: 24 Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 24th Bn. Grave Reference E. 7. Cemetery ORPINGTON (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD EXTENSION Additional Information: Son of William and Helen Kinloch, of 77, Edison Avenue, St. Lambert, Quebec.
THOMAS POOLE Rank: Lance Sergeant Service No: 602379 Date of Death: 11/12/1917 Regiment/Service: Canadian Infantry 2nd Bn. Grave Reference XXXI. C. 10. Cemetery ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY Additional Information: Husband of Annie W. E. Poole, of 1344, West 90th Street, Normandie Rd., Manchester Heights, Los Angeles, California.
A medal card can be found for 7241 James Durrigan but no death can be found on CWGC or SDGW. There is a death for 7241 Robert Kent killed on the 08/12/1914 (date given in newspaper article). Durrigan and Kent may be the same man?
ROBERT KENT Rank: Private Service No: 7241 Date of Death: 08/12/1914 Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment 2nd Bn. Grave Reference I. C. 13. Cemetery KANDAHAR FARM CEMETERY
HARRY JAMES YOUNG Rank: Private Service No: 19170 Date of Death: 25/03/1916 Age: 41 Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Grave Reference A3. CE. 3059. Cemetery PEEL GREEN CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Harry Young; husband of Annie Young, of 11, Clay St., Gorton, Manchester.
VINCENT JOLLEY Rank: Private Service No: 77302 Date of Death: 16/11/1916 Age: 30 Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps 26th Gen. Hosp. Grave Reference XII. E. 13. Cemetery ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Catherine Jolley, of Liverpool. Born at Liverpool.
EDWIN DAVIES Rank: Private Service No: 30250 Date of Death: 11/05/1917 Age: 18 Regiment/Service: Manchester Regiment 21st Bn. Panel Reference Bay 7. Memorial ARRAS MEMORIAL Additional Information: Son of Henry and Frances Davies, of 127, New Lane, Patricroft, Manchester.
FRANK WILLIAMSON Rank: Private Service No: 41687 Date of Death: 12/04/1918 Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers 18th Bn. Grave Reference I. L. 16. Cemetery GEZAINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION Additional Information: Ward of C. Shaw, of 12, Beech St., Swinton.
RICHARD JONES Rank: Private Service No: 19720 Date of Death: 24/02/1918 Regiment/Service: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) "A" Coy. 14th Bn. Grave Reference P. VI. F. 5A. Cemetery ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN
Name: Richard Jones Birth Place: Clayton, Lancs Death Date: 24 Mar 1918 Death Location: France & Flanders Enlistment Location: Manchester Rank: Private Regiment: Machine Gun Corps Battalion: (Infantry) Number: 19720 Type of Casualty: Died of wounds Theatre of War: Western European Theatre Comments: Formerly 2357, Rif. Bde.
RUPERT CECIL PLATT Rank: Lance Corporal Service No: 444493 Date of Death: 22/04/1918 Age: 30 Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers 66th Div. Signal Coy. Grave Reference P. IX. D. 14B. Cemetery ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN Additional Information: Son of James G. and Maria Platt; husband of Jane Platt, of 94, Lydgate, Oldham.