Earlestown War Memorial
The Great War Roll of Honour
The Newton-le-Willows and Earlestown War Memorial stands outside
the Town Hall in Earlestown, Merseyside. It was originally erected in remembrance
of the men killed during the South African War of 1899-1902, the Boer War.
It is a soldier of this period which stands on the memorial. To the right
is a plaque bearing the names
of soldiers, sailors and airmen who died during the Second World War. It is
hoped that these names can be researched in the future.
To the left, two plaques are dedicated to the "Men of Newton-le-Willows who as soldiers died in the Great War of 1914-1918", though some of those named were seamen or members of the Royal Flying Corps.
Nevertheless, there is a list of three hundred and fifty four names. Who are the real people behind these names? Using information from several sources, including "Soldiers Died In The Great War", the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website, British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920 (known as the "burnt records" after an air raid in 1940), regimental histories and war diaries, the Official History of the Great War and, especially, obituaries from the local papers, the "Newton and Earlestown Guardian" and “Warrington Guardian”, it has been possible to identify most of these men, and write profiles of some of them. It is hope that in time most will have profiles on this site. Photographs will be used when this is possible. For the time being, those men with full profiles are indicated by an asterix.
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Last Updated 10th November 2008