WW1 in Turton

 Stories of Turton Men

On this day when we commemorate those who fought in all wars, remember the men and women of Edgworth, Entwistle and Chapeltown who were caught up in the horror of World War 1 and read their stories on the Barlow website.

The names of the men who died will be read out in local churches today, but many men returned after having experiences that they could not begin to imagine before the war.

The biographies are exceptional in that they are not bare statistics, but the World War 1 Research Group attempted to create a full story for each of the 200 individuals.

Billy Hampson survived and became well known in Lancashire for his humorous poetry.  As a result of the research, which motivated Nick to go looking, an archive of his work has been found at Accrington Library and will be used by the Folk Club.

Not many people in Edgworth come from Aberdare, but that was the birthplace of Grosvenor Hardy.  He is recorded on the Jerusalem memorial, but also in the Welsh Book of Remembrance, as are others from this area with Welsh connections.

Read about the Phillipson brothers, their role as quarry owners in Edgworth and the important contribution of local quarrymen to the war effort.  John received an OBE for his work during the war.

THE BRITISH ARMY ON THE WESTERN FRONT, 1914-1918 (Q 9706) Officers of the Royal Engineers in charge of the marble quarries at Marquise, 25 November 1918. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205245439


Patrick Basil Barlow, the son of an eminent Doctor, who nonetheless died from what would now be an easily treatable condition.

Ernest Sparkes – born in St. Mawes, Cornwall, but listed on the Methodist Church memorial.


Lastly, a more cheery biography.  Read about Herbert Heap.  Contact from Herbert’s granddaughter told us more about him.  One of the pictures in our “unidentified” section turned out to be a second picture of Herbert.  He survived and had two daughters and six grandchildren.  Valerie tells us:

“l am sure he would have liked the work you have done. He was a quiet man but underneath he would have been pleased, especially as he spent a lot of time in the Barlow “.

Browse the full list of biographies here

The biographies can be browsed or searched by name, regiment and date of death.

The World War 1 Research Group


Herbert Heap in later life from the “unidentified” list.