I have just completed my research into Horace’s story.  Sadly he died during the 3rd Ypres offensive (what we all now know as  Passchendaele) on 26th September 1917, most probably at the Battle of Polygon Wood.  He was 19 years old.

If anyone is descended from Horace and would like to contribute any family stories or photographs please contact me.




The following men who died in WW1 during May and are remembered on Old Whittington and The Brushes War Memorial.

Edwin Hewkin            3rd  May 1917

Abraham Fearn         8th   May 1916

John Smedley              13th May 1916

Archibald H Gill         23rd May 1918

Harold S Green           25th May 1918

Ernest Gilberthorpe  27th May 1918

Fred Mitchell               30th May 1918



In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By John McCrae, May 1915




Fred Lilliman

I have just finished researching Fred Lillimans story.

Fred and his elder brother Harry died in July 1916 on the Somme Battlefields. I am now going to finish my research on Harry Lilliman and hope to post his story within the next few days.

It must have been a terrible time for the Lilliman family as the brothers died within 11 days of each other.

If any descendants of the brothers would like to share any family stories or photographs please contact me.


I have just finished researching  Reginald Draycott who died 11 th November 1915, his story can be found here

If any descendants of Reginald would like to add any family story or photographs I would love to hear from you.

I am now starting research on Seth Rich and look forward to adding his story soon.