Wistaston War Memorial

Wistaston War Memorial

The 16 men from the parish of St Mary’s Church, Wistaston (Wistaston, Rope and Willaston) who died in the First World War (1914-18) are commemorated on the Memorial Cross by St Mary’s Church, Wistaston which was dedicated on 20th February 1921.

  • Rifleman John William BARBER. London Rifle Brigade. Killed in action on 2nd November 1916 at Bethune, France aged 25.


  • Lieutenant Charles BOOTH. Royal Naval Reserve of HMS Hazel. Died of influenza at Mudros in Salonika on 13th December 1918 aged 28.


  • Trooper Edwin BOOTH. 1st Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles. Killed in action on 5th June 1916 aged 30 during the Battle of Mount Sorrel, in Belgium.


  • Flight Sub-Lieutenant Frank BOOTH. Royal Naval Air Service. Died of wounds on 3rd January 1918 near Lille in France after landing his aircraft while injured.


Charles, Edwin and Frank BOOTH were brothers and the three sons of Edwin Charles and Florence Booth of ‘Rainow’, Nantwich Road, Wistaston, Crewe.


  • Private Alfred James BURROWS. 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 17th August 1917 aged 18 at the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).


  • Lieutenant Edward Moseley COPE. North Staffordshire Regiment. Accidentally killed on 13th June 1919 aged 23 in Germany. Son of George Cope of Rope Hall, Willaston.


  • Second Lieutenant Stanley Fell HUTTON. 12th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action at the Battle of the Lys (Ypres) on 11th April 1918 aged 24. Son of James and Agnes Hutton, Hunts Bank Cottage, Wistaston. His father ‘Pop’ Hutton had been the Headteacher at Wistaston School, Church Lane.


  • Captain Gerald John LOUIS. 19th MT Auxillary Company, Army Service Corps. Died of his wounds on 22nd May 1916 aged 30 at St Nazaire, France.


  • Second Lieutenant Gerald PEARSON. No.45 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. Killed on 29th October 1917 aged 19 flying a Sopwith Camel plane from St Marie Cappel in France.


  • Private John PIGGOTT. 11th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action on 1st August 1917 at the Third Battle of Ypres during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.


  • Corporal Charles Alner PROUD. Royal Engineers. Died 13th November 1918 aged 23 in France. Admitted to the Stationary Hospital, Rouen suffering with influenza on 7th November 1918 and died six days later.


  • Lieutenant Tom Burton SAMPSON. ‘C’ Company 6th Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action on 20th November 1917 aged 28. Husband of Mrs ES Sampson of Berkeley Towers, Wistaston.


  • Aircraft Mechanic George SANDERS. 3rd Clerk No.2 Stores Dept, Royal Air Force. Died on 13th August 1918 at home in Wistaston and buried in St Mary’s churchyard.


  • Private Horace Albert STOCKTON. 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment. Died of wounds on 16th August 1918 aged 20 in France. Son of Oliver and Mary Stockton of Wistaston Green.


  • Sapper Norman Arthur Hollins WHITE. Royal Engineers. Died on 7th May 1919 aged 26 in France. Admitted to hospital on 2nd May 1919 and died five days later of influenza and pneumonia. Son of James and Maude White of 25 Moorfields, Willaston.


  • Private Richard WILLIAMS. 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards. Killed in action on 6th October 1915 during the Battle of Loos.


The information above was taken from the book ‘Where The Fallen Live Forever’ by Mark Potts and Tony Marks, whose research is hereby acknowledged.

Keeping their memory alive.