The Moorside War Memorial


... I hope they will not be forgotten.'

.. were some of the words spoken by Barrett Evans on the evening of Thursday 13th May 1920 as he unveiled the Moorside War Memorial.

Barrett Evans was a Moorside parishioner who, despite being wounded several times, survived the horrors of the First World War.

On this page you can find out more about the history of the Moorside War Memorial and the names carved upon it. From the unveiling of the Memorial in 1920 through to our more recent request to find out more about the individuals listed.


Original newspaper article

Below is a transcript taken from an edition of a local newspaper (believed to be the Swinton and Pendlebury Journal) shortly after the dedication service of what was then a new memorial. We are trying to ascertain the exact date and origin of the article although, given the fact the unveiling ceremony took place on Thursday 13th May 1920, we strongly believe it was published sometime shortly afterwards.

Do please contact us if you have any further information about the memorial.


Transcript of Old Newspaper Article

The Memorial Cross erected at Holy Rood churchyard, Moorside, in memory of parishioners who fell in the war was unveiled last night week the night of Ascension Day in the presence of a large gathering. The ceremony opened with a short service in the church conducted by the Rev. J.E. Roberts. The church was crowded. The choir afterwards walked in procession into the churchyard, taking up a position immediately behind the Cross.

The Holy Rood troop of Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides grouping on either side. The congregation gathered in Moorside Road adjoining The Memorial was unveiled by Sergeant Barrettt Evans, one of the first parishioners to join the Army in 1914. 'In memory of my comrades who made the great sacrifice' he said. He then placed at the foot a wreath sent by the members of the Parochial Church Council. Two hymns were sung under the conductorship of Mr. J. P. Jackson (Organist and Choirmaster) and a very impressive ceremony was brought to a close with the Benediction.

The Celtic Cross is a handsome, symmetrical erection of granite, standing 12ft 6in high and bearing the following inscription: This cross was erected in loving and grateful memory of the men of this parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War, 1914 1918. The names of the 54 soldiers follow and below are the words Their name liveth evermore. 

Moorside War Memorial Names 1914 - 1918

In August 2014 the world will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. By the end of the war in 1918 there were very few people in the countries that took part who remained unaffected.

The names listed below are those service personnel who made the supreme sacrifice during the First World War 1914 - 1918.

You can click on any surname to view that individual's entry on the Commonwealth War Grave's Commission's website.

The word 'Additional' indicates there is further information listed about that particular individual. Given the number of names listed on this page researching these individuals does take time. Consequently, this page is constantly being updated so do please return frequently to check for updates.

We would of course love to hear from you if you have any information at all about any of the service personnel listed on this page. Use the 'Contact Us' link to establish contact and someone will be in touch in due course.  

 Their Name Liveth For Evermore
1914 - 1918 
T. Adams


A.W. Jackson 
J. Bailey
  B. Jones
J. W. Bainbridge
  H. Leach Additional
H. Barnes
  J.B. Leslie
T.E. Barrow 
  J. Lindsay
E. Bate

T. Mather

P. Belton
  H. Metcalfe
J. Berry Additional   H. Moores
T.H. Bevan
  P. Murray
T. Chapman Additional   J.W. Myers 
A. Critchley
  G. Ogden
P.R. Day
  C. Phethean
V.J. Deakin Additional   J. Price
R. Dendy
  J. Rawlinson 
F. Ellison
  J. Royle
F. Evans 
  S. Royle
C. Gleave
  H.B. Rylands
G. Greenwood
  R.V. Rylands
A. Hampson
  B.H. Sellon
H. Hayes
  M. H. Sellon
R. Heywood Additional   H. Shedlock 
S. Higginbottom
  C. Smith
C Hollinshead
  H. Smith
T Hollinshead
  S. Taylor
F. Hope
  S. Williams
R. Howard Additional   S. Wilson
T. Humphries Additional   G.H. Wolfenden
 1939 - 19458
 J. Atkin     H. Minton  
 J. Collier     J. Pace  
 H. Gilbert     J. Pendlebury
 D. Haydock     C. Russell  
 K. R. Hickling     G. R. Sneyd  
 R. J. H. Hornby     I. M. Williams  
 R. W. Laybourne        

List end 

We are deeply indebted to Kathleen Kay and Kathleen Wallwork who carried out all the research and was happy to share her findings with us for the the benefit of all. Thank you both so much.

T. Adams

J. Bailey

J. W. Bainbridge

H. Barnes

T.E. Barrow 

E. Bate

P. Belton

John James "Jack" Berry

Died: Saturday 2 September 1916

Service No: 18525 

Lance Corporal 21st Batalion Manchester Regiment

Buried at Heilly Station Cemetery Mericourt-L'abbe. Memorial reference IV B 37 

Eccles & Patricroft Journal 22 September 1916  

A Swinton Sunday School Worker 

Much regret has been expressed in Moorside and Worsley district at the news that Lance-Corporal Jack berry has died at the Front of wounds.

Official information of the sad event has been received by his parents, a message that he had been wounded on September 1st having previously been sent by one of his comrades.

From the official notice it would appear that he died the following day. He was severely wounded in the spine and was unable to be removed, although first aid had been rendered, for many hours afterwards owing to the enemy fire. 

Lance-Corporal John James Berry - familiarly known as "Jack" to all his friends-was 25 years of age and the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Berry, of 7, Brackley Terrace, Hazlehurst, Worsley.

He joined the Manchester Regiment shortly after war broke out, and had been in France, with the exception of a short furlough about three months ago, since November last.

He was previously on the office staff at the Ocean Iron Works, Salford.

Ever since childhood he had been connected with the Worsley Road Congregational Sunday School and Church, and when he joined the Forces was assistant secretary to the school and a member of the church choir.

His length of service in the choir dated indeed from early boyhood. He was a popular figure in the local cricket and football circles and a playing member of Holy Rood Cricket Club.

T.H. Bevan


Thomas Chapman

Died Friday 7 July 1916 aged 29 yrs 

Service No: 5555

Private 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment

Commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Pier and Face 13A and 14C 

Born in Oldham, Lancashire.

Son of John and Ellen Chapman, of 15 Broadway Street, Ashton Road, Oldham. John was a carter.

They had at least five children:

Betty Chapman (b. 1874)

Mary Chapman (b. 1877)

Sarah Chapman (b. 1879

William Chapman (b. 1884)

Thomas Chapman (b.1886)

Married Sarah Healey in 1912, lived at 127 Blantyre Street, Moorside, Swinton, Lancashire.

Employed at the Newtown Colliery of the Clifton and Kearsley Coal Co., Ltd.

Enlisted at Manchester on 9th September 1914. He had been wounded three times.

Eccles and Patricroft Journal 22 June 1917

Missing Soldier Reported Killed

Mrs Chapman, 127, Blantyre St., Moorside, has been officially informed that her husband, Pte. Thos. Chapman, who had been missing since July 7th last year was killed on that date.

He enlisted in the Manchester Regiment, on September 9th, 1914, and since going to France had been through a lot of heavy fighting.

Although, he had been wounded three times he was never fortunate enough to get to England, and had not been home since he went out.

At the time he was reported missing a comrade wrote to say that he saw him blown up by a shell.

Deceased was 28 years of age, and before joining the Colours was employed at the Newtown Colliery of the Clifton and Kearsley Coal Co., Ltd.

Two of his brothers are at present serving in France.

A. Critchley
P.R. Day

Vernon John Deakin

Corporal, 9838, 18th Battalion, Manchester Regiment

Died 30th July 1916, aged 22

Born in Pendleton, Lancashire.

Son of John and Elizabeth Deakin. John was a furniture dealer. They had two children:

Mona Deakin (b. 1890)

Vernon John Deakin (b. 1894)

Resident of Worsley, Lancashire. Worked in his father's business.

Connected with the Moorside Independent Methodist Church

Enlisted at Manchester on 4th September 1914.

Promoted to Lance Corporal 24th March 1915 (unpaid), 23rd September 1915 (paid).

Went to France on 18th November 1915.

Promoted to Acting Corporal on 18th July 1916.

Eccles and Patricroft Journal 25th August 1916

Worsley Corporal Killed

Mr John Deakin, Hazel Dene, Hazlehurst, Worsley, has received an official intimation that his son, Vernon, who was a corporal in one of the Manchester Pals' battalions, was killed in action on July 30th. Before the official confirmation a letter had been received from one of his comrades who saw him fall. Deceased was one of the tallest men in his battalion being well over 6ft. in height. He enlisted on the formation of the Pals' Battalions soon after the outbreak of war, and went to France about four months ago, coming home for a short leave just before Whit week this year. He was 22 years of age, and before enlistment was employed by his father in a drapery, clothing etc. business. He was connected with the Moorside Independent Methodist Church, and was well known in the district. Mr Deakin has since received a letter from his son's chum, who states that Corporal Deakin was killed by machine gun fire. Deceased was only recently promoted to corporal. It was whilst in an important position that he met his death and the battalion were proud to think that one of their N. C. O. 's should have been appointed to it

The same obituary appeared in the Farnworth Journal on 25th August 1916.

R. Dendy
F. Ellison
F. Evans 
C. Gleave
G. Greenwood
A. Hampson
H. Hayes

James Robert Heywood 

Private, 19866, 20th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers Died 21st August 1916, aged 18 Born in Swinton, Lancashire.

Son of William and Sarah Heywood. William was a drawer-weaver. They had at least four children:

James Robert Heywood (b. 1898)

William Heywood (b. 1900)

Frederick Heywood (b. 1902)

Minnie Heywood (b. 1905)

Resident of Swinton.

Employed at the Agecroft Colliery, Pendlebury, and previously at Messrs. Rylands Dacca Twist Mill, Swinton.

Member of Holy Rood Church and Sunday school, Moorside, Lancashire.

Enlisted at Salford, Lancashire. Killed by a shell

Eccles and Patricroft Journal 15th September 1916

Whilst Fetching Rations

Lance-Corpl. Jas. R. Heywood, 135 Ellesmere St., Swinton, was killed in action on August 21st

An official message has been received to that effect and his captain has also written. The officer says that Heywood was a most promising lad and could be trusted with anything. He would not, he adds, have been long in gaining further promotion. From information sent by a comrade it appears that Heywood was taking rations to the first line trenches when a shell killed him and two others. He enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers about 15 months ago, and was in the same company as Second Lieut. A. J. Berry*, who was killed the same day. He had been in France since February although only 18 years of age. Before joining the Colours he was employed at the Agecroft Colliery, Pendlebury, and previously at Messrs. Rylands Dacca Twist Mill, Swinton. He was connected with the Holy Rood Church and Sunday school, Moorside.

*Second Lieutenant Alexander James Berry is buried in grave HI.A.18 in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt.

S. Higginbottom
C Hollinshead
T Hollinshead
F. Hope

Richard Howard

Corporal, 15522, 2nd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers

Died 3rd September 1916, aged 23

Born in Swinton, Lancashire on 4th May 1893.

Son of Thomas and Mary Howard (nee Rooney) of 56 Holdsworth Street, Moorside, Lancashire. Thomas was a dyer. They had five children including:

William Howard (b. 1891)                                           Richard Howard (b.1893)                                           Arthur Howard (b.1898)                                             Beatrice Howard (b.1901)

Married Elizabeth Barker in 1914 and lived at 18 Poplar Road, Moorside. They had one child:                            Arthur Howard (b. 1915)

After his death Elizabeth was a nurse at Le Treport Military Hospital.(Later Elizabeth married Irvin Gelder and lived at Fulstone, New Mill, Huddersfield.

Employed at the British Westinghouse Works in Trafford Park.

Connected with Holy Rood Sunday School and Church, where his name was included on the Roll of Honour.

Enlisted at Manchester on 3rd September 1914.

Went to France on 10th July 1915.

Had previously suffered from shell shock as the result of being buried in a dug-out.

Killed during an attack on Falfemont Farm.

Also commemorated on the War Memorial at Holy Rood Church, Swinton.

Died two years to the day from enlisting

Eccles and Patricroft Journal 6th October 1916

Moorside's Scottish Borderer Killed

Mrs. Howard, 18, Poplar Road, Moorside, Swinton, has been officially notified that her husband, Cpl. Richard Howard, was killed in action on Sept. 3rd. No details as to how he met his death are yet to hand. He enlisted in the K. O.S.B. on Sept. 3rd 1914, and went to France in July of last year. He had been in much heavy fighting, and on one occasion sufferedfrom shell shock as the result of being buried in a dug-out. Before joining the Colours, he was employed at the British Westinghouse Works in Trafford Park Deceased, who was 23 years of age and married, leaves a widow and one child. He was well- known in Moorside, being connected with Holy Rood Sunday School and Church, where his name is included on the Roll of Honour. He has two brothers at present serving with the Colours, Arthur being in Egypt with the Lancashire Fusiliers (T.F.) and William in France with the Scots Fusiliers.

Thomas Edward Humphries 

Lance Corporal, 27541, 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers

Died 1st July 1916, aged 19

Born in Rosymedre, North Wales.

Son of James and Sarah Ann Humphreys (nee Roberts). James was a coal miner. They had eight children:

Gladys Humphreys (b. 1895)                             Thomas Edward Humphreys (b. 1897)               James Humphreys (b. 1899)                             John Humphreys (b. 1905)                               Catherine Humphreys (b. 1907)                         Sarah Ann Humphreys (b. 1909)                       William Humphreys (b. 1913)                           Leslie Humphreys (b. 1916)

Lived at 305 Moorside Road, Swinton, Lancashire.

Employed at Stuttard's Albert Mill, Swinton.

Enlisted at Salford, Lancashire on 4th January 1915.

Went to France in November 1915.

Eccles and Patricroft Journal 18th August 1916


Another local Lancashire Fusilier, who failed to answer the roll call after the battle on July 1st, was Lance-Cpl. Thos. Humphreys, 305 Moorside Rd, Swinton. An official message was received a few days ago to the effect that he was missing. A sergeant in the same company, who is one of the Manchester hospitals, with an arm blown off, says that part of the same shell which injured him hit Humphreys, and when he last saw him he was limping towards the base. Since then nothing has been heard of him. The last letter he sent home was received three days before the battle started. He enlisted in the Lancashire Fusiliers (Salford Battalion) on January 4th 1915, and went to France last November. He is 19 years of age, and prior to enlistment was employed at Messrs. Stuttard's Albert Mill, Swinton.

Thomas' brother Private James Humphreys, 27880 6th Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry, died on 14th July 1918, aged 19 yrs. He is buried in grave V.D.10 in Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain - St. Nazaire.

A.W. Jackson   
B. Jones  

Harold Leach

Private, 10869, "D" Company, 14th Platoon, 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Died 1st July 1916, aged 22

Born in Walkden, Lancashire.

Lived at 125 Blantyre Street, Moorside, Swinton, Lancashire.

Employed at Simpson & Godlee's Deans Mill.

Connected with the Holy Rood Sunday School and a member of the Church Choir.

Enlisted at Salford, Lancashire.  Went to France in November 1915.

Eccles and Patricroft Journal 14th July 1916


News has been received - though unofficially - that Pte. Harold Leach, of 125 Blantyre St., Moorside, has been killed in the recent advance. The information was sent by another Moorside soldier. Deceased, who was 22 years of age, was in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and had been in France since last November. Before enlisting he was employed at Messrs. Simpson and Godlee's Deans Mill. He was very well known in Moorside, being connected with Holy Rood Sunday School, and for several years a member of the church choir.

Eccles and Patricroft Journal 21st July 1916 


The unofficial report in the "Journal" last week of the death of Pte. Harold Leach, of 125 Blantyre Street, Moorside, has now been confirmed. A letter was received from his officer (second-Lieut. Gribble) who writes:  

"It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you that Harold gallantly fell in action on the 1st inst. when we commenced the great advance. He was greatly loved by both officers and men and he will be sadly missed. He died a true British hero, fighting for King and Country and God willed it that he should pay the supreme sacrifice. He died without pain."

Before enlisting in the Lancashire Fusiliers, Pte. Leach was employed at Messrs. Simpson and Godlee's Deans Mill. He was well known in Moorside, being connected with Holy Rood Sunday School, and for several years a member of the church choir. He was 22 years of age and had been in France about eight months.

J.B. Leslie
J. Lindsay
T. Mather

Number: 15452  

7th/8th Bn., King's Own Scottish Borderers

H. Metcalfe
H. Moores
P. Murray
J.W. Myers 
G. Ogden  
C. Phethean
J. Price
J. Rawlinson

J. Royle
S. Royle

Harold Bertram RYLANDS

2nd Lieutenant 16th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (2nd Salford Pals)

Date of birth: 18th of April 1895

Date of death: 23rd of November 1916

Killed in action aged 21

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Panel and Face 3C and 3D

Harold Bertram Rylands was born at Eccles in Lancashire on the 18th of April 1895 the second son of Richard Walter Rylands, a solicitor, and Mary Elizabeth (nee Isherwood) Rylands of Ashburn Lodge, Worsley in Manchester.

He was educated at All Saints School Bloxham near Banbury from 1905 to 1909 and at Lancing College where he was in Olds House from September 1909, in News House from September 1910 and in Fields House from September to December 1912. He was a member of the Officer Training Corps for three years while he was at the College.

On leaving school he went on to Manchester University where he was a member of the University Officer Training Corps.

On leaving university he joined Messrs. David Smith, Garnett & Co, chartered accountants, of Manchester but later followed his father and older brother into the law, being articled to Messrs. Bootle, Edgar, Grace and Rylands, solicitors of Manchester.

Before joining the army he took an active interest in the Swinton Boy Scouts and in the Swinton Home Defence Corps.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 16th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers on the 19th of December 1914.

He embarked for France at Folkestone with his battalion on the 22nd of November 1915 landing in Boulogne from where they made their way towards the Somme.

At 11pm the 10th of March 1916 the Germans raided the trenches of the 16th Battalion causing a number of casualties, mostly from shellfire. The shelling lasted until 12.30am and an estimated 2,000 shells fell on or around their positions causing 72 casualties among the officers and men.

Harold Rylands was among the wounded and Lieutenant Colonel Abercrombie felt compelled to write to his parents:-

"I am sorry that your son was amongst the wounded on March 10th, but hasten to tell you that his hurt is not serious. Your son was hit early in the action but refused to go to the dressing station, and stayed at his post until the shelling ceased before he would consent to have his wound attended to. We cannot afford to lose such a cool and devoted officer as your son has shown himself to be."

He survived the carnage of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme when his battalion attacked at Thiepval and by November the battalion was involved in the closing stages of the battle, the Battle of the Ancre.

On the 18th of November 1916 an attack was launched by the 11th Battalion Border Regiment and the 16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry to the north of Beaumont Hamel on the German positions there. During the fighting about 120 men from both battalions became cut off in "Frankfurt" Trench and were quickly surrounded but refused to surrender. For the next three days they fought on and four men came back through the lines to bring the news that they had a large number of wounded, that ammunition was running low and that there was need for a rescue mission.

On the 23rd of November the Salford Pals were called on to launch an attack in an attempt to reach and relieve the beleaguered garrison of desperate men.

In concert with a company of men from the 2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, and supported by a barrage, they dashed across the shattered landscape and swept into "Munich" trench. Fighting quickly became hand to hand and officer casualties were heavy.

As a result, Harold Rylands was sent forward to take charge of the rescue attempt but was shot and killed almost immediately. Private Dai Davies saw him fall in the German lines but in a position where he could not be reached.

After a fight lasting only 45 minutes the few survivors of the rescue party were forced to withdraw with casualties estimated at 60. On the 25th the men who had been cut off were forced to surrender, having had their number reduced to 15 effective soldiers and having been almost completely out of ammunition".

In a letter dated the 24th of November, 2nd Lieutenant M.J. Carew wrote:  "It is with very great regret indeed that I have to advise you of the death of your son H.B. Rylands, who, along with Captain Merryweather, was killed in action in an attack on the German lines on Thursday the 23rd inst. In the great loss which your good selves have suffered, it may be a little consolation for you to know that your dear son was loved and respected by all the officers and men of the Battalion. Personally I keenly regret his loss, having been associated with him in the Company for some six months, and during that time I found him to be a very true friend indeed. Without further intrusion, I should like to express on behalf of all officers our deepest sympathy."

On the 28th of November Lieutenant Colonel Abercrombie wrote:  "It is in deepest grief that I write to you about the loss of your son. Although I have made the most careful inquiries, it is still impossible to say whether we may still hope that he was wounded only and is now a prisoner. If this is so you will hear in due course from the War Office ad your son will be restored to you at the end of the war. I sincerely trust this may be so. We were ordered to make an attack to rescue some men who had been cut off in an attack made five days previously, and who had held out in the German lines all that time. We captured the front line but the party that was to go forward did not affect the rescue. Your son was seen to fall beyond the German line, and so it was impossible to bring him in, and I can find no one amongst those who returned who were near him when he fell. I am deeply grieved at losing your son, one of the original officers who had become a great friend of everyone in the Battalion."

Private Lancaster of Ryland's Company wrote the following to his parents:  "We were in trenches near Beaumont, when the Germans attacked us. Your son did us good and fought hard. I saw him near our trench and he looked like a confused person. I shouted his name and he turned to look at where I was when he was done by a German. The soldier was soon dead as well."

His father applied for his medals in March 1920, they are now in a private collection.

His brother Captain Reginald Victor Rylands of the 1/7th Battalion Manchester Regiment was killed at Gallipoli on the 29th of May 1915.

He is commemorated on the memorial at All Saints School, Bloxham and, along with his brother, on a plaque and a double stained glass window in Holyrood Church, Swinton, Salford, Manchester.

R.V. Rylands

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Reginald Victor RYLANDS

Captain 1/7 The Manchester Regiment

Killed in action 29th May 1915 aged 23.

Buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Gallipoli

Reginald Victor Rylands was the eldest son of Richard Rylands and his wife Mary, and was born in Stockport, Manchester on the 9th December 1892. He had a younger brother Harold Bertram who was also a pupil at Bloxham and was killed on the Somme in 1916.

He was a pupil at the school between 1902 and 1906. On leaving Bloxham his education was completed at Shrewsbury school. He left Shrewsbury before spending some time in Germany, and then at Manchester University where he studied law, joining his father's law firm Mssr's Boote, Edgar, Grace and Rylands. His father was a senior lawyer and was a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in Manchester.

The military was a large part of Rylands life, and he served as an officer in the Territorial Force of the Manchester Regiment, becoming a 2nd Lt in May 1910, a Lieutenant in 1912 and being appointed Captain and Company Commander of the 1/7th Batt Manchester Regiment (TF) in September 1914. He served some time at the start of the War in Egypt where he was commanding the massively important railway junction at Atbara. The Battalion also served in Sudan, before taking part in the fighting at Gallipoli in May 1915.

The Battalion landed at V Beach (site of the famous beaching of the River Clyde) and progressed in land. This area was dominated by high cliffs to the north and the fort at Kilitbatir to the south. The battalion was not involved in any major actions during this time, rather it was involved in the piece meal skirmishes that characterised this theatre of war. He was killed on the night of the 29th May 1915, leading an attack against the Turkish lines.

The adjutant of the Regiment wrote:  "On the night of the 28-29 May B and D Companies were ordered to advance and dig ourselves in about 200 yards in front of the enemy. We crept to within about 200 yards of the enemy when suddenly the moon came out, which was not to our advantage. Your son was on the extreme left of our advance, commanding half the company when news came through that he had been hit in the shoulder. A sergeant went to him and gave him water, but the bullet must have hit something vital and he passed away within 5 minutes."

Attempts were made to retrieve his body, but his body remained lying in No Mans Land for three days until the enemy had been controlled enough to allow safe retrieval. Several men were killed whilst trying to recover him.

He was eventually buried just behind the lines with a cross made from a sniper shattered trench periscope.


B.H. Sellon
M. H. Sellon
H. Shedlock
C. Smith
H. Smith
S. Taylor
S. Williams
S. Wilson
G.H. Wolfenden