PADIHAM MEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR (1939 - 1945).

Researched by David Ingham.

C/JX 209977 Able Seaman Hugh Anderson, HMS President III, Royal Navy. Died 12 September 1941. Buried in the High Blantyre Cemetery, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

3393949 Fusilier James Anderson, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Killed in action 2 December 1943. Commemorated on the Cassino Memorial, Italy. The son of William and Rhoda Anderson of Padiham, Lancashire.

999715 Corporal John William Armfield, Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve). Died 28 January 1944 aged 23. Buried at Padiham Cemetery, son of James and Mary Clarinda Armfield of Padiham, Lancashire.

3388912 Corporal Milton Armfield, 5th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action on the 16 July 1944, aged 26. Buried in the Fontenay le Pesnel Cemetery, Tessel, France. The son of Caleb and May Armfield of Padiham, Lancashire.

1769102 Gunner Percy Atkinson, 194th Battery, 65th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 19 January 1942. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt.

3456839 Fusilier Fred Barker, 10th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action, Burma, 27 November 1942 aged 27. Commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma. Son of Alice Barker and step son of Edward Devers - husband of Ethel Barker of Padiham, Lancashire.

1526671 Gunner John Alfred Begbie, 72nd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died on the 30 October 1946 aged 27. Cremated at Rochdale Crematorium, Lancashire.

3446450 Fusilier Robert William Bennie, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 31 May 1940 aged 25. Buried in the De Panne Communal Cemetery, Belgium.

4462142 Private Jack Bradshaw, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 7 November 1944 aged 30. Buried in Kirkee War Cemetery, India. The son of John Charles and Margaret Bradshaw and the husband of Constance Bradshaw of Padiham, Lancashire.

D/JX 77474 Petty Officer (Stoker) Mark Brindle, HMS President III , Royal Navy. Killed in action 23 March 1942. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, England. The son of Robert and Ruth Brindle and husband of Kathleen Brindle of Padiham, Lancashire.

T. Brown, Royal Navy. Possibility of 7 men - further research necessary.

D/JX 250935 Ordinary Seaman Chatburn Duxbury, Royal Navy. Died 7 November 1944 aged 21. Buried in Padiham (St. Leonard's) Churchyard Extension. Son of Harry and Rose E Duxbury of Padiham, Lancashire.

14790765 Private Robert Duxbury, 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 23 February 1945. Buried in the Mook War Cemetery, Holland. The son of Thomas and Martha Alice Duxbury of Padiham, Lancashire.

1005773 Aircraftsman 2nd Class Jack Eland, 219 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 6 May 1942. Buried in Clitheroe Cemetery, Lancashire.

Sub-Lieutenant Gordon Findlay, HMS Copra, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action 25 June 1944. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, England. The son of John and Hilda Findlay of Padiham, Lancashire.

3853407 Private Isaac Hall, 1st Battalion, Loyal (North Lancashire) Regiment. Killed in action 1/2 June 1940. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, France. The son of Richard and Fanny Hall of Padiham, Lancashire and husband of Betty Hall of Burnley, Lancashire.

576765 Sergeant (Flight Engineer) George Arthur Hitchon, 61 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 18 February 1943 aged 19. Buried in Padiham (St. Leonard's) Churchyard Extension. The son of Edwin and Lillian Mary Hitchon of Padiham, Lancashire.

3384400 Private William Henry Hopkinson, Army Air Corps (Parachute Regiment) formerly East Lancashire Regiment and Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 17 May 1944. Buried in Burnley Cemetery. The son of Charles and Ellen Hopkinson and husband of Florence Hopkinson of Padiham, Lancashire.

1828496 Gunner James Hughes, 266th Battery, 36th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 4 March 1944 aged 42. Buried in the Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma. The son of John and Anne Hughes of Padiham, Lancashire.

1588979 Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Alfred Anthony Hull, 299 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve). Killed in action 6 August 1944. Buried in the Ploughoumelen Cemetery, France.

D/KX 114889 Stoker 2nd Class Alec Ireland, HMS Repulse, Royal Navy. Killed in action 10 December 1941 aged 27. Commemorated on the Plymouth Memorial, England. The son of Edwin and Amelia Ireland of Padiham, Lancashire.

N. J. Jacks, Royal Artillery. On Padiham War Memorial but no casualty of this name traced at CWGC.

3658114 Private Fred Long, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 31 July 1944 aged 28. Buried in the Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, France. The son of Francis William and Mary Long of Padiham, Lancashire.

1077135 Private John Kay Massey, 6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 August 1944 aged 24. Buried in the Bayeux War Cemetery, France. The son of Henry and Emma Jane Massey of Padiham, Lancashire.

G. McCrystal, Royal Air Force. On Padiham War Memorial but no casualty of this name traced at CWGC.

1610200 Gunner James Hartley McGough, 21st Battery, 6th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died whilst a POW of the Japanese 1 March 1943 aged 21. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore. The son of Mrs. M. H. McGough of Padiham, Lancashire.

McGough was one of approximately 517 men taken by the Japanese to Ballali, Solomon Islands to construct an airfield there. None of these men survived as they were all brutally treated and finally killed by their captures when the island was threatened by invasion by US forces in May 1943. For further details see "What Price Bushido" by Alf "Blackie" Baker.

3383019 WO Class 2 (CSM) Alexander John Munro, 4th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action between 29 May and 2 June 1940 aged 31. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial, France.

4131108 L/Sergeant William Murphy, 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action 9 September 1943 aged 27. Buried in the Salerno War Cemetery, Italy. The son of Charles and Beatrice Murphy and husband of Elizabeth Murphy of Padiham, Lancashire.

5574890 Private Robert Nelson, 1st Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment. Died 5 September 1942 aged 28. Commemorated on the Delhi Memorial, India.

1825511 Gunner Tom Pate, 600th Battery, (5th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regiment), Royal Artillery. Killed in action 15 April 1944 aged 32. Buried in the Cassel Communal Cemetery Extension, France. The son of Tom and Violet Pate of Padiham and husband of Nora Pate of Burnley, Lancashire.

E. Pearson, Royal Navy. 2 men of this name on CWGC list - more research required to determine the Padiham man.

1462236 Gunner Francis William Petty, HQ, 52nd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action between 1 and 14 June 1941 aged 27. Buried in the Suda Bay War Cemetery, Crete. The son of Edward Lionel and Rebecca Petty of Padiham, Lancashire.

C/JX 167191 Able Seaman Alfred Charles Robinson, SS Empire Lake, Royal Navy. Killed in action 29 November 1941. Commemorated on the Chatham Memorial, England. The son of James Thomas and Pauline Robinson of Padiham, Lancashire.

3388981 Private Rennie Robinson, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 18 August 1944 aged 28. Buried in the Banneville la Campagne War Cemetery, France. The son of Walter and Eunice Robinson of Padiham and husband of Ethel Robinson of Accrington, Lancashire.

Flying Officer (Lord 2nd Baron) Richard Ughtred Paul Kay-Shuttleworth, 145 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve). Missing in action after combat south of the Isle of Wight 8 August 1940 aged 27. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, England. The son of Captain the honourable Lord Kay-Shuttleworth, RFA, JP and the honourable Mrs Kay-Shuttleworth of South Kensington, London. BA (Oxon), Balliol College.

Captain (Lord 3rd Baron) Ronald Orlando Lawrence Kay-Shuttleworth, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 17 November 1942 aged 25. Buried in the Tabarica Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia. The son of Captain the honourable Lord Lawrence Kay-Shuttleworth, RFA, JP and the honourable Mrs Kay-Shuttleworth of South Kensington, London. BA (Oxon), Balliol College.

2188306 Private Joseph Silvester, 46th Company, Pioneer Corps. Killed in action 17 June 1940 aged 43. Commemorated on the Dunkirk Memorial. The son of Charles and Mary Anne Silvester of Padiham, Lancashire.

3861993 Private Robert Slinger, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Killed in action 5 May 1943 aged 28. Commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma.

D/JX Ordinary Seaman Bernard Thomas Spence, HMS Glorious, Royal Navy. Killed in action 8 June 1940. Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Plymouth, England. The son of William Thomas and Margaret Spence of Cliviger, Lancashire.

3387600 Private John Tattersall, 4th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Died 18 March 1941. Buried in Padiham (St. Leonard's) Churchyard Extension. The son of Charlotte Tattersall of Padiham, Lancashire.

1470082 Gunner Harry Todd, 5th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 9/10 February 1942 aged 25. Commemorated on the Singapore Memorial, Singapore. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Todd of Northtown, Padiham, Lancashire.

1090183 Gunner Ernest Uttley, 124th Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action 17 August 1942 aged 36. Commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt. The husband of Sophia Uttley of Padiham, Lancashire.

3383238 Private Albert Edward Waddington, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 10 September 1944 aged 35. Buried in the Adegem Canadian Cemetery, Belgium. The husband of Hilda C Waddington of Padiham.

F. H. Wilkinson, Royal Military Police. On Padiham War Memorial but no casualty of this name traced at CWGC.

H. Wilkinson, Royal Navy. 5 men of this name on CWGC - further research required.

C/JX 266609 Able Seaman Mark Wilkinson, SS Sembilan, Royal Navy. Killed in action 17 April 1943. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent, England. The son of Anthony and Sarah Wilkinson and husband of Alice Wilkinson of Padiham, Lancashire.

116145 Pilot Officer (Pilot) John Alan Worswick, DFC, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Volunteer Reserve). Killed in action 2 June 1942 aged 27. Buried in the Reichwald Forest War Cemetery, Germany. The son of Benjamin Harold Mozart and Louisa Worswick of Simonstone, Lancashire.

21857 Corporal William Yates, East Lancashire Regiment and Pioneer Corps. Died 30 June 1945. Buried in Padiham (St. Leonards) Churchyard Extension. The son of Gilbert and Catherine Yates and husband of Alma Yates of Padiham, Lancashire.

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