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RFA West Lancashire Brigades

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There were four brigades of the West Lancs RFA. The 1st Brigade and 4th Brigades were based near the centre of Liverpool, the 2nd Brigade was based in Preston, Lancaster and Blackpool and the 3rd Brigade was based around Toxteth (south Liverpool) with a battery at Widnes. 

 

In 1916, the army adopted a new system for allocating service numbers.  Regiments and battalions were given blocks of numbers which they allocated to their men.  The system was not entirely systematic and over time men could be moved to different regiments and battalions and sometimes they would keep their number and other times they would be given new numbers.  This website details all the men who had a service number in the range 680001-685000.

 

675001-680000 275 BDE, RFA TF/ 1/1 W LANCS
675001-680000 285 BDE, RFA TF/ 2/1 W LANCS
680001-685000 276 BDE, RFA TF/ 1/2 W LANCS
680001-685000 286 BDE, RFA TF/ 2/2 W LANCS

685001-690000 277 BDE, RFA TF/ 1/3 W LANCS
685001-690000 287 BDE, RFA TF/ 2/3 W LANCS (BROKEN UP FEB 17)
690001-695000 278 BDE, RFA TF/ 1/4 W LANCS (BROKEN UP OCT 16)
690001-695000 288 BDE, RFA TF/ 2/4 W LANCS
695001-700000 55 DAC/ W LANCASHIRE
695001-700000 57 DAC/ 2/W LANCASHIRE

 

275 and 276 Brigades, together with 55 DAC (Divisional Ammunition Column), formed the Divisional artillery for 55th (West Lancashire) Division.  55th Division landed in France in September 1915. 

 

285 and 286 Brigades, together with 57 DAC, formed the Divisional artillery for 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division.  57th Division landed in France in February 1917.

 

An excellent account of Territorial gunners in North-West England can be found here.

I am currently adding biographies of men who served in these Brigades.  I am adding their home addresses on the map below.  Scroll down below the map for a list of names with links to the biographies.

680220 Sgt Norman Allison, 11 October 1917

680898 Gnr John Almond, 7 November 1917

681810 Gnr William Ashton, 28 November 1917

2nd Lt Francis Clifford Aspinall, 17 September 1918

696740 Gnr Thomas Bamber, 5 March 1917

680890 Gnr Samuel Banks, 19 September 1918

2nd Lt Will Barnes, 2 November 1918

680410 Dvr Walter Battle, 7 March 1917

(681435) 2nd Lt John Thompson Baxendale, 17 July 1917

680904 Gnr Tom Beardsworth, 12 June 1917

681877 Bdr George Bickers, 20 May 1918

681930 Gnr Albert Blundell, 21 June 1917

680867 Sjt Thomas William Boardman, 12 June 1917

681595 Sgt William Bowdler, 29 October 1917

680126 Dvr James Brennan, 20 October 1917

680852 Gnr John Brierley, 17 April 1919

680288 Dvr William Henry Brown, 24 September 1918

680061 Sgt Evan Calderbank, 11 December 1917

681541 Gnr Herbert Calvert, 26 October 1918

680254 Gnr John Cannon, 18 November 1918

681436 Gnr John Edward Collinson, 9 June 1917

680142 Gnr William Corless, 6 May 1917

680743 Dvr Thomas Coulthard, 21 May 1918

680636 Bdr Herbert Sowerbutts Cornall. 26 Jun 1917

681023 Gnr John Morgan Crabtree, 8 June 1917

680775 Gnr David Cranshaw, 12 June 1917

681915 Gnr Alfred Ernest Craven, 9 September 1917

681475 Dvr Arthur Creswell, 11 October 1917

680554 Dvr William Crook, 29 May 1918

680792 Dvr Robert Croskell, 11 November 1918

680912 Gnr Robert Cross, 27 March 1918

681442 Gnr Reginald John Cuff, 26 October 1917

680711 Dvr/S.s John Fisher Davies, 12 October 1918

681555 Gnr. Herbert Davis, 11 June 1917

680012 Gnr Albert Dewhurst, 9 April 1918

680109 Gnr Stephen Dewhurst, 29 April 1918

681028 Dvr George Ditchfield, 18 November 1918

681830 Gnr Alfred Edward Dixon, 13 September 1917

681284 Gnr Alexander Dodgson, 30 June 1917

681128 Gnr Joseph Doran, 22 August 1917

680325 Dvr. George Willoughby Drinkwater, 14 April 1918

681194 Gnr Thomas Eaves, 8 June 1917

680074 Sjt John Henry Edmondson, 3 March 1917

681615 Gnr Charles Leslie Eglington, 15 October 1917

680922 Dvr Thomas Emmett, 13 September 1918

681829 L/Bdr Eric Evans, 13 May 1918

680767 Gnr Joseph Fairclough, 4 October 1917

680923 Gnr Charles Finch, 9 April 1918

680668 Gnr William Fisher, 31 July 1917

681885 Gnr Frederick James Forsyth, 24 June 1917

680573 Dvr Ernest Guy Fox, 11 June 1917

681845 Gnr Joseph Furlong, 9 April 1918

681488 Dvr Tudor Galvani, 7 July 1917

680133 Cpl John Edward Gardner, 16 September 1917

680071 Sgt. Ernest Garland, 31 July 1917

681290 Dvr Herbert Gillibrand, 8 July 1917

681813 Bdr John Thomas Godwin, 14 September 1917

680629 Gnr John William Gorst, 16 June 1917

680798 Gnr Wilfred Green, 9 September 1918

681449 Gnr George Gregg, 22 July 1917

680683 Dvr Norman Grime, 14 April 1918

680656 L.Bdr Stanley Grundy, 5 April 1918

681561 Gnr. Robert Hacking, 11 June 1917

681721 Gnr/Sig Francis Andrew Hagerty, 11 October 1918

680935 Gnr John Hall, 15 November 1917

681920 Gnr William Thomas Hall, 25 August 1917

681271 Bdr Arthur Stanley Harvey, 17 November 1918

680295 Gnr Joseph Harvey, 12 July 1917

680398 Gnr Charles Hawes, 10 June 1917

680360 Gnr Frank Peter Hockey, 31 July 1917

680617 Dvr Joseph Holmes, 15 October 1917

680532 Dvr John Hosker, 5 November 1918

695256 Dvr Richard Howcroft, 24 November 1918

681425 Bdr Henry Rainford Hunt, 11 October 1917

680892 Gnr James Isherwood, 3 July 1917

680738 Gnr Michael Jackson, 29 October 1918

680054 Sgt Herbert Clough Jamieson, 30 November 1917

681768 Bdr Harry Jessop, 31 July 1917

2nd Lt H G Jones, 8 October 1918 

681525 Dvr James Jones, 26 October 1918

681157 Dvr Joseph Thomas Jones, 3 September 1917

681752 Gnr Percy Gainham Jones, 8 August 1917

680082 Bdr Ernest Kay, MM, 9 March 1917

681622 Gnr Fred Keeley, 22 March 1918

680319 Dvr John Kellett, 16 September 1917

680863 S/Sgt Matthew Kennedy, 29 September 1917

681033 Dvr Thomas King, 4 November 1917

681415 Bdr William Lawson, 30 June 1917

680177 Gnr William Livesey, 12 June 1917

680293 Dvr William Lord, 17 October 1918

681837 Dvr Arthur Lund, 11 May 1917

681722 Gnr Denis Lynch, 6 January 1918

680866 Gnr John Marsden, 30 June 1917

680516 Gnr Thomas Sawyer Marshall, 5 July 1917

680020 Cpl Frederick Martin, 4 March 1917

2nd Lt John McCreadie, 21 March 1918

Lieutenant Kenneth McCulloch, 12 October 1917

681371 Gnr Donald McNee, 12 October 1917

681643 Gnr George Millson, 2 May 1917

681785 Gnr Martin Milne, 16 June 1917

680818 Dvr William Molyneux, 9 April 1918

681502 Dvr Thomas James Moorcroft, 6 February 1918

680950 Dvr/Sdlr Edwin Moorhouse, 23 April 1918

680680 Gnr Sidney Naylor, 8 October 1918

681022 Dvr Cuthbert Benedict Nickson, 9 October 1917

681623 Gnr William Richard Northall, 7 July 1917

680954 Gnr John Nuttall, 26 November 1917

1426 Gnr John Odgers, 7 April 1916

681831 Gnr Joseph Odgers, 13 October 1918

681463 Gnr. Percival Frederick Owen, 19 April 1918

681747 Gnr Thomas Lunt Oxton, 17 October 1918

680960 Gnr William Edward Parker, 2 November 1917

681275 Dvr Robert Parkinson, 10 October 1918

680665 Sgt. Wilfred Partington, 17 April 1918

681708 Gnr John Pattinson, 22 September 1917

681464 Gnr Hubert Odell Pearce, 30 June 1917

680868 Gnr Thomas Aloysius Pearson, 29 September 1918

680163 Cpl George Henry Pennington, 3 November 1917

681665 Cpl. Albert Probert, 11 December 1917

681723 Bdr Ernest John Raffe, 20 November 1917

681038 Cpl Charles Rall, 3 November 1917

680774 Gnr Arthur Robinson, 9 October 1918

681838 Bdr Arthur Reginald Rodgers, 11 June 1917

680964 Gnr James Roskell, 7 February 1917

687305 Dvr William A C Rothwell, 24 August 1917

680991 Sgt Francis Schultz MM, 13 April 1918

680970 Gnr Joseph Sharples, 2 May 1917

681606 A/Bdr Horace Victor Sheriff, 2 May 1917

Lt Col William Ambrose Short, 21 June 1917

681469 Gnr James Kenyon Skelthorne, 13 June 1917

681717 Gnr Ernest Slater, 2 November 1918

681468 Gnr Frederick Johnson Slater, 14 June 1917

680380 Gnr Albert Edward Smith, 31 July 1917

2nd Lt Henry Leslie Smith, 17 August 1918

681526 Cpl John Edwin Smith, 9 April 1918

681361 Bdr Robert Standing Smith, 9 April 1918

680566 Gnr George William Steward, 10 October 1917

680882 Sjt John Stirzaker, 21 June 1917

680871 Dvr Frank Sumner, 9 April 1918

681716 Gnr John William Swanton, 14 July 1917

681909 Dvr/S/S/ John Herbert Taylor, 30 November 1917

680610 Cpl. Richard Taylor, 14 April 1918

680406 Dvr William Henry Thirtle, 25 October 1918

681755 Sgt Frank Thomas, 10 April 1918

681869 Gnr Hugh Stanley Thomas, 5 August 1917

680681 Dvr John Thompson, 10 April 1918

681775 Dvr Thomas Thompson, 21 October 1918

680655 Cpl/S.S. James Titterington, 16 April 1918

681649 Dvr Ralph Toone, 28 November 1917

680739 Dvr Thomas Towers, 1 October 1918

2nd Lt Edmund John Waldegrave, 10 August 1918

680983 Gnr Richard Wallbank, 28 October 1917

681141 Dvr Fergus Walsh, 26 October 1918

681990 Gnr Edmund Cole Walter, 24 August 1918

680149 Whl/Cpl Walter Stephen Ward, 9 April 1918

680526 Bdr Thomas Wells, 17 August 1918

682038 Gnr Horace Josiah Westwood, 27 November 1918

681698 Gnr George Robert Whalley, 27 September 1918

680662 Gnr Harry Whalley, 8 October 1917

680581 Dvr Percy Cleminson Whalley, 5 September 1917

681609 Gnr Frank Leslie White, 2 May 1917

680513 Sgt Frank Holt Whitehead, MM, 20 May 1918

680555 Whl James Henry Whittle, 3 November 1917

680594 Gnr Thomas Whittle, 28 July 1918

681422 Bdr Herbert William Wilson, 30 June 1917

681402 Gnr Reginald George Wood, 18 September 1917

1340 Gnr Ezra Yates, 5 August 1916

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