'We will remember them'


Commemorating the men of Saint Faith's who lost their lives in two World Wars


    The Fallen

The thirty one names tabulated below, of men from St Faith's who lost their lives in the 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 world wars, are with one exception, recorded in a fine roll of honour, framed and hung in the Chapel of the Cross in our church. The names are listed chronologically in order of death.

At present, there is no information about the origins, creator and dedication of the record itself, which has proved to contain a number of errors. It was created in 1948.

On Remembrance Sunday, November 9th, 2014, the record was placed before the nave altar at the Sunday morning service. And, for what may well be the first time since its creation, the name of the 30 men were read out during the service. The photograph shows the moment when churchwarden Rick Walker read out the names from the pulpit - which was draped with the banner of the British Legion, with the memorial record in place before the altar.

Research has so far revealed two spelling mistakes on the original scroll (Neil for the correct Niel Brook and  Whelan for the correct Whalen), and one name (Sidney Bradley) not on the roll; hence the new total.

Brief biographies of all but two of the men are appended below as a tribute to them.
Any further information, in particular relating to the two men whom we have been unable to trace, would be very welcome.

Archive completed March 2nd, 2015

Diligent research: John Woodley


Date of birth

Date of death

Age at death

Leslie Lonsdale


5th June 1916


Lindsay Davies


5th July 1916


Harold Newell


30th July 1916


Edward Taylor


19th August 1916


Adrian May


8th September 1916


Guy le Rougetel


4th February 1917


Norman Fry


10th May 1917


Harold Whinyates


14th August 1917


Robert Jones


25th September 1917


Robert Horsfall


20th November 1917


Sydney Duff


13th April 1918


Ronald Clarke

No information found as yet

Robert Fell


27th April 1918


Frank Harrison


4th May 1918


Frank Lewis


19th June 1918


Charles Lewis


3rd July 1918


William Duff


31st August 1918


Frederick Sanders


10th October 1918


Jesse Hutchinson


4th January 1923


Sidney Horsfall Bradley


26th October 1940


George Armstrong


27th February 1941


Niel Brook


28th July 1941


Arnold Pickup


14th May 1942


George Whalen


12th June 1942


Thomas Hewitson


28th November 1942


Kenneth McCulloch


15th June 1943


John Owens

No information found as yet

Alan Gee


7th February 1944


Eric Tweedle


18th February 1944


Kenneth Trevitt


7th February 1945


Malcolm Lace


11th September 1945



Leslie Lonsdale
d. 5th June 1916

Frank Leslie Lonsdale was born in Seaforth on the 31st December 1897 to Frank and Esther Lonsdale.  One of five children, he was recorded in the 1911 census as living at 42, Thorndale Road, Waterloo with his family.  Aged 13, he was recorded as being a school pupil.

Leslie served as a private with the Reserve Cavalry Regiment of the Lancashire Hussars.  Due to WWI and the high demands placed upon the British Army, Reserve Regiments were used to augment local forces to help quell the Dublin Easter Rising of April 1916.

It is thought that Leslie’s death could be attributed to the Easter Rising, although at the time of writing, we cannot be sure.

Due to his service in Ireland his death was reported to have taken place ‘at home’.  He is buried at Curragh Military Cemetery, just a few miles from Dublin.

He is also  commemorated on the Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial.

His gravestone bears the inscription:



Lindsay Davies
d. 5th July, 1916

Second Lieutenant Lindsay Ramsay Davies, 18th Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment. He died  aged 25 on July 5th, 1916, of wounds probably received during the opening day of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st, 1916.

The son of William and Eliza Davies of 3, Milton Road, Waterloo, he is buried at La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie.

The Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury,  Saturday, July 8, 1916 reports:
He was a student at the Worksop Theological College, and intended to take holy orders in the Church of England.  When war broke out he immediately joined the colours, obtaining a commission, and soon gaining popularity as an officer.  Prior to the war he was associated with St. Faith’s Church, Great Crosby, where he frequently read the Lessons and was an enthusiastic worker.

Harold Newell
d. 30th July 1916

Harold Jerram Newell was the eldest son of Alexander and Ethel Newell, of 29, Neville Road, Waterloo.

Little is known of his military career other than he served as a private with the King’s (Liverpool Regiment).

He was reported as killed in action during the Battle of the Somme and is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.

Harold Newell is also commemorated on the Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial.

  Edward Taylor
d. 19th August 1916

Edward Staveley Taylor was the son of Marianne and the late William Edward Taylor. William Taylor was one of the early church wardens of St. Faith’s, serving 1901 to 1902. Edward was brought up in Waterloo and Crosby, and was a boarder pupil at Lupton House School, Sedbergh. He served as a Second Lieutenant with the King's (Liverpool Regiment).  He died of wounds received at Guillemont on the Somme, on the 19th August 1916 and is buried at Corbie Cemetery.

News has been received of the death of Second-Lieutenant Edward Staveley Taylor, the King’s (Liverpool Regiment), who was seriously wounded in action on the 9th inst. He was the youngest son of the late Mr. W.E. Taylor and Mrs. Taylor, of Great Crosby, and was educated at Sedbergh School. He joined the Territorial Force in 1913, went out to France with his regiment in February, 1915, and obtained his commission about six months later. Before the war he was with the firm of Edmunds, Taylor, and Co., timber merchants, Liverpool.

(Bootle Times, 25th August 1916)

Edward Taylor is also commemorated on the following local memorials:
Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial
Waterloo Rugby Football Club

Adrian May
d. 9th September 1916

Adrian Robson May was born at Waterloo in 1897. He was the son of Thomas James May and Fanny Blanche May (nee Robson).  The May family were in business as coal merchants and (river) flat owners, with offices at Tower Buildings, Liverpool.

At the time of the 1911 census, Adrian, aged fourteen, was boarding at Woodlands School Deganwy, North Wales. He also attended Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby.

He served as a Lieutenant with the King's (Liverpool Regiment). Reports on his death appeared in the Crosby Herald on the 16th September 1916 and in the Liverpool Echo on the 14th September 1916 and in the Liverpool Daily Post on the 15th September 1916.
He is buried at the Dartmoor Cemetery at Becordel-Becourt.

2/5 Battalion
Second-Lieutenant Adrian Robson May, at the age of nineteen years, gave up his business and his prospects in order to do his part in the great conflict, and a year later gave his life in his country's cause.

The son of Thomas James May and Fanny Blanche May, of 12, Town Field Road, West Kirby (late of Montrose, Harbord Road, Waterloo), he was educated at Hawkin’s (late Brown’s) School, Blundellsands. He developed an unusual fondness for animals and outdoor life and sports, and this bent led him to acquire an interest in a large poultry farm of which he became a joint manager. In 1915, when the call for soldiers became insistent, he applied for a release, but this was refused. Thereupon, he sacrificed his in interest in the concern, and enlisted as a private in the Liverpool Scottish. Whilst still in training in this country he was towards the end of 1915 commissioned to the 2/5th K.L.R., and it was while serving with the “C” company of that battalion on the Western Front that, on the 9th September, 1916, he was mortally wounded.

The battalion had been continually on the line, and had been through a very hard time. On the day mentioned his section of trench was being heavily shelled with “crumps” and 5.9’s. One “heavy” landed and burst right inside the trench, killing several of our men and wounding others. Lieutenant May was severely wounded, and though he lived but half an hour he was able to give directions for the removal of his injured comrades, content himself to be attended to later. “He died without pain,” wrote a fellow officer, “and his only anxiety was lest he had not done all that duty required.”

 Colonel J.J. Shute wrote to the bereaved parents “I would like to say how grieved I was at this cutting short of a promising life. He did his duty finely and bravely to the end... In doing this your son played his part and paid the highest price of all. I understand you have two other sons in this grim business. It is a splendid record.”

Adrian Robson May is also  commemorated on the following local memorials:
Southport Civic Memorial   
Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial
St. John’s Church, Waterloo
Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby

(acknowledgements to Merseyside Roll of Honour)

Guy le Rougetel
d. 4th February, 1917

Guy was the youngest son of Philip and Susan H. le Rougetel, of 2, Oxford Drive, Waterloo, Liverpool. He served with the Liverpool Regiment and later as a Private with the Machine Gun Corps.  He was reported as having been killed in action in the Asiatic Theatre of War in Mesopotamia on 4th February 1917. 

His elder brother, Bertram, served with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force and predeceased his younger brother by some five months.
Guy is buried at the Amara War Cemetery, Mesopotamia.

Guy le Rougetel is also commemorated on the following local memorials:
Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial
St. Nicholas’ Church, Blundellsands
Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby
Bank of Liverpool and Martins Ltd.

Norman Fry
d. 10th May, 1917

Percival Norman Fry was born in Bristol in 1895 to Alfred George and Ada Beatrice Fry.  He was baptised on the 20th October 1895 at St. Mary's, Bristol.  At the time of the 1911 census, Norman was recorded as living at 10, Kingsway, Waterloo, with his mother, brother and two sisters.  He was confirmed at Christ Church, Waterloo on the 30th March 1911.

It is known that he served as a private with the 5th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool Regiment).  He died of wounds received in Flanders on the 10th May 1917 and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.  His home address was given as 36, Coronation Drive, Great Crosby, Liverpool.
The Fry family were to suffer further loss through war.  Norman's younger brother, Kenneth George William Fry, served as first radio officer on the SS Phidias during the Second World War.  The ship was attacked from a German U boat by torpedo and shells.  Kenneth along with seven other crew members were killed as a result of the attack on the 8th June 1941.

Norman is also commemorated on the following local memorials:
Crosby and Blundellsands Civic Memorial
Bank of Liverpool and Martins Ltd.
Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby

Harold Bennett Whinyates
d. 14th August 1917

Harold was born in Seaforth in 1895 to Thomas and Clarissa Annie Whinyates. The Whinyates family can be traced back to Runcorn in Cheshire.
Harold was confirmed on the 25th March 1909 at St. Mary’s Church, Waterloo.

In the 1911 census, Harold was recorded as living at 31, Birchdale Road, Waterloo with his father, mother, brother and sisters. Aged 16 he was listed as an apprentice in a shipping office.

He served as a Second Lieutenant with the South Lancashire Regiment and died of wounds received in combat.  He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

His brother, Stanley Whinyates, features in the history of St Faith’s, where he is recorded as being a  chorister at H.M. Chapel Royal, St. James.

He is also commemorated locally at:
Crosby and Blundellsands Civic Memorial
Northern Cricket Club Crosby
Waterloo Rugby Football Club
Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby

His name appears on the family grave at St. Luke’s Church, Crosby.

A death notice was printed in the Liverpool Echo on Saturday 18th August 1917.
WHINYATES - August 14 of wounds received in action on August 10, in his 23rd year. Second Lieut Harold Bennett Whinyates, South Lancashire Regiment, eldest son of Thomas and C.A. Whinyates, “Ivydean”, College Road, Crosby.


Robert Henry Jones
d. 25th September 1917

Robert Henry Jones was born on the 22nd November 1892 to John and Louisa Jones.   He was baptised on the 11th December 1892 at St. Anne’s Church in Birkenhead.  One of ten children, in the 1911 census he is living with his mother and four of his siblings in Fazackerley.  At the time of his death in 1917, his home address was given as 23 Cecil Road, Seaforth.

His occupation in the 1911 census is given as driver for a greengrocer.

He served as a Private with the 4th Battalion of The King's (Liverpool Regiment).  Little is known of his service record or how he died.

He has no known grave but is commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial. He is also commemorated locally on the family grave at St. Luke’s Church, Crosby and the Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial.

  Robert Horsfall
d. November 7th, 1917

The son of our founder, Douglas Horsfall, in whose name his father dedicated the chancel screen at St Faith's. As a boy Robert Elcum Horsfall laid the foundation stone of our church, where he was presented with the silver trowel used at the ceremony.. Photographs of this event may be seen here

The story of his war service and the circumstances of his death, together with his photograph are recorded in our Armed Forces page here

Sidney Hamilton Duff
d. 9th April 1918

Sidney was one of four children to William Drummond and Sarah Ellen Duff of 12 Kingsway. Born on the 28th  September 1893, he was baptised a month later on the 29th October 1893 at St. Mary’s church, Bootle. St. Faith’s confirmation registers show that Sidney was confirmed at St. Mary’s, Waterloo on the 25th March 1909.

He served as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 18th Battalion, Welsh Regiment.  He was killed in action and has no known grave.

He is commemorated at the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.
And locally at Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial
Bootle Secondary School for Boys

 Robert Fell
d. 27th April 1918

Robert Ernest Fell, one of four children, was born in 1899 and baptized on the 23rd January, the son of Sarah Anne and Joseph Tordiff Fell.  At the time of his birth the family were living at Henley Street, Seaforth.  His father was a Marine Engineer.  By 1911 the family had moved to Curzon Road, Waterloo and later to Lyra Road.

Robert served as a Private in the 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment.

He died of wounds sustained in Flanders on the 27th April 1918 and is buried at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery.  He is commemorated on the family gravestone at St. Luke’s Church, Crosby.

He is commemorated locally at: Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial, St. Mary’s Church, Waterloo and Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby.

Private Robert Ernest Fell, younger son of Mrs. Fell, 8 Lyra-road, Waterloo, has died in a casualty clearing station from wounds received in action.  Pte. Fell, who was in his 20th year, joined the Army Service Corps in April, 1917, and was finally transferred to the Leicester Regiment.  He had only been in France one month before his death.  He was very popular in the district, and his loss is keenly felt by many friends.  After leaving the Merchant Taylors' School, Great Crosby, he went to Preston Institute to study agriculture.  He gained much practical knowledge of farming with Mr. John Almond, of Sefton.  Mrs. Fell's only other son, Joseph, is in the 10th Scottish Regiment.  He served in France for three years, and has been badly gassed.  He went to France for the second time a month ago.

Crosby Herald and Waterloo Gazette, May 1918

Frank Harrison
d. 4th May 1918

Frank Cyril Harrison, one of four children, was born in 1896 to Frank (Thomas Francis) Harrison and Clara E. Charlton. 

Born in South Stoneham, Hampshire, census records show that in 1901 he was living in Southampton with his mother and sisters and in 1911, Liverpool, where his occupation is given as ‘message boy’.

In early 1918 he married Clara E. Charlton of 11, Station Road, Ainsdale.

He died on the 4th May 1918 of wounds received and is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery.

His gravestone bears the inscription:


He is commemorated locally at:
Southport Civic Memorial
Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial
Ainsdale Civic Memorial
Ainsdale United Reformed Church
St.Luke’s Church, Southport

(Killed in Action)

Lieutenant Frank Cyril Harrison, K.L.R., has been killed in action.  He was severely wounded whilst in his billet with a bursting shell, and died about an hour and a half afterwards in the hospital.  Lieut. Harrison was only recently married to Miss Clare Charlton, of Ainsdale, the celebration taking place at St. John's Church on January 5th 1918.  He joined the army in 1914, and was wounded as a private in 1916, and has now died for his country at the early age of 22.  It was in 1917 he obtained his commission, and letters from his Commanding Officer show the great esteem in which he was held by his fellow officers and all with whom he came in contact.  Lieut. Harrison was the only son of Mr. Thomas Francis Harrison, Ince-avenue, Anfield.  He had many friends in Southport and in the Waterloo and Crosby districts, and a large number of sympathetic letters have been received which have reference to his kindly and genial disposition.  His senior officer writes of his good work and untiring zeal whilst in the trenches, and of the loss to the battalion of such a good comrade and great friend whose splendid work will always be remembered by those with whom he was associated.

Frank Ernest Lewis
d. 19th June 1918

Frank Ernest Lewis, one of six children. He was born in late 1897 to Horace Charles Lewis and Christina Lewis in the Anfield area of Liverpool.
In 1901 the family were living in Acton in London, his father’s occupation given as commercial traveller.

In 1911, census records show the family living at 23 Ferndale Road, Waterloo.  Frank is listed as a school pupil.

At the time of his death his home address was given as 58, Milton Road, Waterloo, Liverpool, England. His father’s occupation was shown as commercial traveller.

He served as a Private in the 10th Battalion of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment). Killed in action, he is buried at the Houchin British Cemetery in Flanders.

His gravestone bears the inscription:

His older brother, Charles Horace, died two weeks later

He is commemorated locally at:
Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial
Liverpool Cotton Association

Charles Horace Lewis
d. 3rd July 1918

Charles Horace Lewis, one of six children, was born in 1894 in Manningham, Bradford.  He was the son of Horace Charles and the late Christina Lewis, of 58 Milton Road, Waterloo.

In 1901 the family are shown in the census as living in Acton, London. His father’s occupation was shown as commercial traveller.

In the 1911 census the family were living at 23 Ferndale Road, Waterloo. Aged 17, Charles is recorded as being a clerk in a brewery.

His occupation at his time of enlistment was given as seaman. He joined the Australian Imperial Force in September 1914 and served in the 13th Australian Infantry Battalion, firstly as a corporal and later promoted to Sergeant.

He died of wounds on the 3rd July 1918, just two weeks after his younger brother.  He is buried at Crouy British Cemetery. 

His gravestone bears the inscription:

He is commemorated at:
Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial
The Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia

William Drummond Duff
d. 31st August 1918

William, the second eldest son of William and Sarah was born on the 29th January 1891  He was baptised on the  22nd February 1891 at St. Mary’s Bootle.  Confirmation register of St. Faith’s show that William was confirmed at St. Mary’s, Waterloo on the 13th March 1907.

He served as a Sapper for the 39th Signal Company of the Royal Engineers. He was killed in action some five months after his younger brother Sidney (see above) and is buried at the Wancourt British Cemetery.  

He is commemorated locally at Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial and Bootle Secondary School for Boys.
His gravestone bears the inscription:

Frederick Sanders
d. 10th October, 1918

Lieutenant Frederick Egerton Sanders, 19th Battalion, The King's Liverpool Regiment (transferred to 18th Lancashire Hussars Battalion), killed in Action 10 October, 1918, buried at Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau

The son of Walter Ernest and Alice Sanders, of 39, College Rd., Great Crosby, Liverpool, he won the Military Cross for his bravery. The citation for the award, in the London Gazette Supplement of 16th October, 1918, reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a heavy enemy attack. He brought the remainder of his company back to the main line, fighting in good order all the way under very heavy shell and machine gun fire. The next night he did useful work in bringing in bodies of an enemy officer and man for identification.  

His photograph is here

 Jesse Hutchinson
d. 4th January 1923
Jesse Hutchinson was born in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire in 1875.

He married his wife, Annie Harrison in 1899.  In the 1901 census, he is living with his wife and 8 month old son in Burton, Staffordshire. His occupation was given as Steam Engine Fitter.  By 1911, the family had moved to 28, Somerville Road, Waterloo.  His occupation was given as motor engineer.

He was a member of St. Faith’s Church choir, having joined in 1906.  In 1914, at the age of 39, he joined up to do his part in the war, serving as a motor driver with the Royal Naval Air Service. He served throughout Gallipoli but was invalided out in 1916.  He died from wounds contracted during this time on 4th January 1923.  His funeral was held at St. Faith’s Church and he was buried at St. Luke’s Church, Great Crosby.  He was survived by his wife and son.

The following article appeared in the Crosby Herald of 1916

  The funeral of Mr. Jesse Hutchinson, of 28, Somerville-road, Waterloo, who died from wounds contracted at Gallipoli, on Sunday, January 4th, took place on Wednesday morning.  A special service was held at St. Faith’s Church, Waterloo, before the interment at St. Luke’s Church, Great Crosby.  The deceased gentleman had always been associated with church music.  He joined St. Margaret’s Church choir, Burton-on-Trent, in 1884, where he stayed until 1895, when he went to St. Paul’s Church, in the same district.  He next joined All Saints’ Rangemen in 1899 and concluded his musical career at St. Faith’s, Waterloo, where he first appeared in 1906.  He served with distinction in the great war, “joining up” in 1914, and served throughout the Gallipoli campaign at Salva Bay in the Royal Naval Air Services and was invalided out of the service in 1916.  For sixteen years he was a popular member of the Marine A.F.C. and the Victoria Park Bowling Club.

The service was conducted both at the church and the graveside by the Rev. T. H. Florence, M.A. (curate of St. Faith’s Church, Waterloo).

idney Horsfall Bradley
d.26th October, 1940
Sidney Bradley was the first child to be baptised at St. Faith’s, on 22nd April 1900, just one day after its consecration. Sidney was born in the early part of 1900 to William and Jeanie Bradley of 55, St. John’s Road, Waterloo.  He was given the middle name of Horsfall after the founder of the church, Howard Douglas Horsfall.

He served as a junior engineer officer on the 'Empress of Britain'.  On the 26th October 1940 the ship was bombed by German aircraft.  Sidney is stated to have died on the 26th October 1940. Two days later the ship was attacked by German U boats and was sunk off the north west coast of Ireland. There is a link to the sinking of the 'Empress of Britain' here

Sidney was survived by his widow Mabel.  He is commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial, London and St. Luke’s churchyard, Crosby.

Omitted from the original record, his name and brief story are added here.

George Armstrong
 d. 27th February 1941

George Russel Armstrong was born 1911, the son of William and Annie Beatrice E. Armstrong, of Crosby, Liverpool.

He served as a sergeant with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. 

On 26th February 1941 his aircraft had set out from Dishforth in Yorkshire at 18.45hrs to bomb Cologne. On their return to the UK they became hopelessly lost and overshot England completely. At 04.45hrs the aircraft struck the top of Sgurr nan Ceannaichean on the south side of Glen Carron, in Wester Ross, Scotland. The aircraft broke up over the northern slopes of the mountain killing all on board.

He is buried at St. Luke’s Church, Crosby.

He is also commemorated locally at: Southport Civic Memorial; Waterloo with Seaforth Civic Memorial; Ainsdale Civic Memorial; Ainsdale United Reformed Church;  and St.Luke’s Church, Southport.

His gravestone bears the inscription:

Niel Brook
d.28th July, 1941

As a boy, Niel (the correct spelling, as opposed to that on the memorial scroll in the church) was a choirboy and server at St Faith's, where he was confirmed in 1934. His obituary in the Crosby Herald reads: Sergt-Pilot Niel Brook, RAFVR, aged 19 years, who formerly resided in Manley Road, Waterloo, son of Mrs Agnes Brook, 2 Mount Edgerton Huddersfield, and the late Mr Stanley Brook, died in hospital as a result of a flying accident in Yorkshire last Monday.  Sergeant-Pilot Brook had just completed his training and was on a specialised course when the accident occurred.'
In his memory, his mother furnished what is now the Chapel of the Cross, but was then the Children's Corner, with a statue of  the Boy Jesus bearing the inscription  In devoted memory of Niel Brook a choir boy and server at this church who gave his life in the service of his country 24th July 1941 this statue and pedestal are given to the glory of God by his loving mother 1948.  The statue is now in the north choir transept.

Arnold Foster Pickup
d. 14th May 1942

Arnold was the son of Wolley Thomas Pickup and Eliza Pickup.  He was born in Preston in 1907 but by 1911 had moved to Waterloo. In the 1911 census, aged 4, he was living with his parents and three siblings at 13, Molyneux Road.  His father was recorded as being a commercial traveller. At the date of his death his parents were living at 57 College Road, Great Crosby.

He served as an ordinary seaman with the Royal Navy.  He was on board HMS Trinidad, when it was attacked by German bombers, resulting in the loss of 63 lives.  Records show that on the 14th May the ship came under heavy dive bombing and torpedo attacks.  It was hit by several bombs in the forward structure which wrecked repair work and caused an outbreak of several fires.  On the 15th May 1942 the ship was abandoned when fires could not be controlled and there was threat of further attacks by aircraft during daylight period.  63 of the ship’s company were killed.  The hulk was sunk by three torpedoes from HMS Matchless.

Arnold is also commemorated at Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

George Whalen
d. 12th June 1942
George was the son of George and Miriam Whalen, of Waterloo, Liverpool. He was an old boy of Merchant Taylors’ School, Crosby and a member of St. Faith’s Scouts.

He served with the R.A.F. Volunteer Reserves. On the 5th November, whilst on a training mission, his Blenheim aircraft, having taken off from RAF Bodney, climbed to about 200 feet before diving into the ground.  An explosion soon followed resulting in three airmen badly injured and a fourth killed. George suffered severe injuries.

Commenting on his progress, The Crosby Herald (1942) stated; ‘Sergeant Whalen was seriously injured when his plane crashed about twelve months ago, and has been in hospital ever since then. Throughout this long period he has consistently shown the greatest bravery, fortitude and cheerfulness, winning the admiration of the doctors, nurses, and all those who come into contact with him’

He died, aged 23 years, on the 12th June 1942, some 18 months after his accident and was awarded the Boy Scouts’ Cornwell Decoration. (The Jack Cornwell Decoration “recognizes pre-eminently high character, devotion to duty and specific acts of physical courage OR must have undergone great suffering in a heroic manner”).

He is buried at St. Luke’s Church, Crosby

His gravestone bears the inscription:


Thomas Hewitson
d. 28th November 1942

Thomas Arthur Hewitson was born on 1st July 1892.  He was married in 1912 to Mary Elizabeth Rothwell, and had two daughters, Muriel (1915) and Edna (1921).

From 1926 to his death, Thomas served as an engineer in the Merchant Navy on the SS Nova Scotia. In January 1941 the SS Nova Scotia was requisitioned by the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT) to be used as a troopship.

On the morning of 28th November 1942, the Nova Scotia was hit by torpedoes, whilst sailing off the coast of South Africa. The ship was carrying 1052 people, made up of Italian internees, crew and passengers. The ship sank within 10 minutes of being hit. The master, 96 crew members, ten gunners, eight military and naval personnel, five passengers, 88 South African guards and 650 Italian internees were lost.  194 survivors were picked up by a Portuguese frigate.

Probate records show that Thomas, of 47 Rockland Road, died at sea leaving an estate of £495 11s 7d to his widow, Mary Elizabeth Hewitson.

He is also commemorated at the Tower Hill Memorial in London.

Kenneth McCulloch
d. 15th June 1943

Kenneth was born in 1915, the son of George Alfred and Ann Elizabeth McCulloch. 

He married Audrey Ball in 1940. Nigel, his son was born in 1942.  They lived at 42 Sherwood Road, Crosby.

Kenneth was a Pilot Officer with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and attached to 619 squadron.  On the night of 14th/15th June 1943, Pilot Officer Kenneth McCulloch and his crew were one of 197 Lancaster bombers dispatched on a raid to Oberhausen in Germany. 17 of these aircraft did not return. This was only their squadron's third operation raid, the first having been on the night of 11th/12th June to Dusseldorf.

George and Ann McCulloch were to suffer a second tragic loss just two years later following the death of their other son, Ronald, a Sergeant with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, who was tragically killed on the 6th June 1945. He is buried at the Delhi War Cemetery.

The one-time Bishop of Manchester, Nigel McCulloch, was Kenneth's son. The Manchester Evening News of August 12th, 2004, reported that the Bishop, national chaplain to the Royal British Legion, was to honour his father's memory 60 years on from his death, at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. He is reported as saying that his father's body was found and buried by the Germans with full military honours. 

Nigel was brought up by his mother Audrey, widowed at the age of 30. She regularly attended St Faith's, and Bishop Nigel often visited her and our church.

Kenneth is buried at Eindhoven (Woensel) General Cemetery.

His gravestone bears the inscription:


Alan Gee
d. 7th February 1944

Edgar Alan Gee was born in Sunderland in 1920 to Edward and Dorothy Gee. A sister, Evelyn was born a year later. His father was a sea captain and the family moved to Liverpool, probably related to his employment.

Edgar married Lillian Teresa Murphy in 1941.  At the time of his death, his family was living at Victoria Road, Crosby.

Alan served as Captain (Air Observation Post Pilot) with the Royal Artillery attached to the 271 A.O.P. Squadron, (motto: "Death and Life").
He was killed on the 7th February 1944.

Alan’s death was the second tragedy to befall his mother, Dorothy.  Her brother, Ralph Hedley Bisson, was killed in 1917, having served as a merchant seaman in the first world war.

Alan is buried at SS Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Great Crosby.

His gravestone bears the inscription:

Eric Tweedle
d. 18th February 1944

Eric Tweedle was born in 1924 in Belfast, the youngest of three children, to Alfred and Ida Victoria Tweedle.  His father was a clerk for a ship repairer and his mother was a clerk in an office prior to her marriage (Ireland 1911 census). The family moved to Liverpool, living at 17, Regina Avenue, Waterloo.

St. Faith’s confirmation registers show that Eric was confirmed at Christ Church, Waterloo on the 15th March 1937.

Little is know of Eric’s war record, but for the fact that he served as a gunner with the Royal Artillery, 1st Field Regiment.

He died on the 18th February 1944 and is also  commemorated at the Cassino Memorial, Italy.

Kenneth Trevitt
d. 7th February 1945

Kenneth was the son of Robert and Lilian Trevitt of 14 Canterbury Avenue, Waterloo, born in 1924.

St. Faith’s confirmation registers show that Kenneth was confirmed at Christ Church, Waterloo on the 15th March 1937.

He served as a Sergeant with the RAF (volunteer reserve) 521 squadron. No. 521 Squadron was a meteorological observation unit operating from Norfolk. On the morning of 7th February 1945, Kenneth Trevitt was the Met Air Observer on a Hudson aircraft.  Taking off from RAF Langham, the craft was to undertake a routine reconnaissance sortie over the North Sea. Some 200 miles into the flight and encountering bad weather, a SOS message was sent at 06.15 GMT.  Sadly, no further communications were received from the aircraft and Trevitt and five crew were reported lost.

Kenneth is also commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial.

Malcolm Lace
d. 11th September 1945
Malcolm John Lace was the only son of Malcolm and Hannah Lace and the youngest of three children.  He was born in 1916.  At the time of his death his home address was recorded as Strathmore Drive, Crosby.   

Very little is known of his military service or how he died.  He served as a Captain in the Royal Artillery and died on the 11th September 1945.
He is also commemorated at the Rangoon Memorial.

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