Additional men who served

Additional names of men who served:

The following is a list of men who we know took part in the war, but for whom we have little or no information. The names have come from various sources: some from the Entwistle war memorial (listed as having “served”), newspaper articles, casual references in letters etc.

Captain Arnold Kenyon

We have no service record for Arnold but he was in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He appears on the 1911 census living at Horrobin Lodge, Turton. Billy Beckett mentions seeing him several times in his letters. “Mr Kenyon is an officer now. He is over our station and he is a champion officer too.”

James Horan

James is listed on the war memorial at St. Anne’s, Turton, but no information about him has been found. The names on the war memorial are in chronological order of death, so we can assume that he died between March and July of 1916 perhaps on The Somme. There is nothing to suggest he is related to Joseph Horan.

Joseph Horan

Joseph is listed on the war memorial at the Methodist Church on Bolton Road, but no information about him has been found. There is nothing to suggest that he is related to James Horan.

Frank Peacock

Frank Peacock was just 18 when he attested in January 1918. He was living at Mill House, Vale Street and working as a Piecer. He went into the 53rd (YS) Battalion, Liverpool Regiment. He was the son of Albert Peacock of 18 Greenfield Street, Deptford. Frank appears on the 1911 census living in Greenwich with his widowed father and older siblings Emma, Ebenezer and John. It is possible that Frank had been sent to the National Children’s Home at Edgworth and then gone to the mill as an apprentice.(1,2) Two of the cottages in Vale Street had been knocked together to form a dormitory for boys and men from the NCHO who were working at the mill. This was probably “Mill House”. He does not appear on the Medal Roll, so it is likely that he did not go overseas.

Harry Hamer(2)

Born in 1891 and lived at 18 Tower Street, Turton. Attested 15th April 1916. Joined Labour Corps. Service No: 155489. Married Grace Garlick at St. Anne’s on 20th July 1912. Survived.

Ambrose (b: 1891) and Thomas Gregson (b: 1899)

Thomas appears as a returning Prisoner of War in a Bolton Journal and Guardian article from 17th January 1919 describing a party given in honour of returning men. (See biography for R. Greenwood). Red Cross records show that when he was taken prisoner he was a Private in the Welsh Regiment, A Coy, Service No: 56252 and that he was listed as missing on 30.05.1918. Thomas was originally in the Lancashire Fusiliers with service number 71472.(2) Information was sent to his sister Miss C Gregson, 4 Martin Street, Edgworth, Bolton. (Ref: He received the British and Victory Medals. According to a database at Bolton Library, his brother Ambrose started in the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. No service records exist for either brother. The Gregson family were living at 52 Birches Road, in 1911.(1)

James Briggs

Private James Briggs is shown as living at The Farmer’s Arms, 126 High Street, Chapeltown. He enlisted in March 1915 at Bolton in the 5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (Territorials).(38)

The 1911 census shows the family living at The Farmer’s Arms, mother and father are John and Emily – John (13), Elizabeth (12), Mary (11), George (8). It would appear that it was John who enlisted as there does not appear to be an older brother. No service record has been found.(1)

William McCreary

Born 1883. Joined the Royal Engineers. He lived at the end cottage, Round Barn and had been employed by Rudman and Phillipson Ltd at Round Barn Quarries as a Steam Loco Crane and Locomotive Engine Driver.

Thomas and Edward (Teddy) Cannon

Teddy was born in 1881 and lived at 70 High Street, Chapeltown. When Teddy was enlisting and had to go to Manchester for his medical the doctor said to him

“the bad news Mr Cannon is your teeth. They are all bad and will all have to come out”.

To which Teddy replied

“Nay, bluddy ‘ell Doctor, ah thowt that wantid mi’t’feight Germuns, nor eight ‘um.”

His brother Thomas was born in 1891 and also survived the war. He went on to run the local newsagent’s shop and was married to Elsie Entwistle who lost her first husband in the war – James Hewartson Haworth – and her son in World War 2.

John Thomas Ellison

Lived at 305 Bolton Road. Enlisted April 1915. St. John’s Ambulance.

Albert Isherwood

Born 1885, 11 Tower Street, Turton – Army Service Corps MT

Ethelbert Edgar Helps

Born 1874, 195 Bolton Road, Army Service Corps

Raja Warburton

Born 1892, Middle Barn Farm, Edgworth – 46943 Royal Artillery

Other men from the village for whom we have no further information include:

Albert Brooks
Albert Campbell
Arnold Brown
Bob Scully
Edward (Ted) Giles
Embra, E
Embra, T
Fred Davies
Fred Trainor
H Crowshaw
Honor, M
J Davies
J Parr
J Ridings
James Vickers
James Whittingham

John Coope
John Sloyan
Lawrence Seddon
Oldham, JW
Peter Barnes
R Crowther
Richard Lord
Samuel Malber
Slack, A
Tattersall, F
Thomas H Turner
W Hough
Robert Gee
Mr. Iddon
Charles Lomas Schofield