World War Memorials

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments The Parochial Church Council of St. Margaret’s, Betley records its warmest appreciation of the work and contributions of the following in compiling the World War Memorials section of this website. Betley Local History Society David a...

Betley Men Biographies

The Men of Betley who died in the The Great War (1914-18), and World War II (1939-45).

Biography - Corporal Elias Wagstaff

Biography – Elias Wagstaff Died 29th October 1917. Family situation Elias was born in Hanley and had an older brother and sister. He was living on Betley Common in the 1911 census, with his wife Elsie and baby boy, a...

Biography - Flying Officer Sydney John Cornes

Biography – Sydney John Cornes Died 21st February 1943. Age 24 Family situation John was born in 1918 at his grandparents’ house in Halmerend, as a descendant of a family with Betley associations since the 16th He had...

Biography - Gunner Edwin Farrington

Biography – Edwin Farrington Died 1st April 1945. Age 26 Family situation Edwin was born in Audley in 1919 and had had 3 siblings, but after the death of his mother in 1930 his father remarried and the family moved to Cherry T...

Biography - Gunner Harry Booth

Biography – Harry Booth Died 27th October 1917. Age 21 Family situation Born in Pipe Gate but was living with parents, Frank and Matilda, at Balterley when he enlisted; 5 of his siblings also lived there. He was the second s...

Biography - Lance Corporal Frederick Holdsworth

Biography – Frederick William Holdsworth Died 20th April 1918. Age 34 Family situation He was born in Crewe in 1883 and married Ethel Mary Howard from Crewe in 1908. He came to live at the White Cottage, Betley. He a...

Biography - Private Alfred Platt

Biography – Alfred Platt Killed in action 26th March 1918 Family situation Son of Alfred and Mary Platt. His father was a labourer on the coal pit bank (name of pit not known) He was the 2nd youngest of eight children a...

Biography - Private Arthur Brassington

Biography – Arthur Brassington Killed in action 27th August 1918 Family situation Born at Wrinehill 2nd July 1893 to Sarah Ann Cooper; no father’s name on birth certificate. Sarah Ann married a John Brassington of Wri...

Biography - Private Frank Thomas Beeston

Biography – Frank Thomas Beeston Died 15th February 1944. Age 21 Family situation Born in Betley, the son of Alfred James and Elizabeth (nee Wood) in about 1923. He had 12 siblings and for some time the family lived i...

Biography - Private George Stubbs

Biography – George Stubbs Died 1st October 1918 Family situation He was born in Hough, but became the adopted son of Thomas and Ellen Griffiths of Betley. Ellen was born in Betley, and husband Thomas was from Chetwynd i...

Biography - Private Harry Moss

Biography – Harry Moss Died 3rd December 1917. Age 23 Family situation Born in Wrinehill in 1894, baptised at Wrinehill Primitive Methodist Chapel. Mother- Emily Cooper lived in Old Road Wrinehill before marrying his f...

Biography - Sapper Cyril Turner

Biography – Cyril Turner Died 4th April 1941. Age 21 Family situation Cyril was born on Christmas Day 1919 into a family of seven who lived in a cottage on Common Lane. He attended Betley School. Employment ...

Biography - Second Lieutenant Raymond Samuel Thicknesse

Biography – Raymond Samuel Thicknesse Family situation Born in Canada in in 1890 and had a younger sister. Father died in 1901 and Raymond returned to England to be adopted by Uncle Ralph, a solicitor in Shaftesbury, Dorset. ...

Biography - Sergeant Thomas Murray

Biography – Thomas Murray Died 25th February 1944. Age 35 Family situation Thomas was the son of Thomas and Harriet Murray of Betley. He was married to Ethel Gertrude and lived in Betley. Service He saw service i...

Biography - Sub Lieutenant Derek Tomlinson

Biography – Derek Arthur Grose Tomlinson Died 17th November 1944. Age 20 Family situation Derek was born in 1924 and his family moved into Betley in about 1941 to the Old Post Office. Later they moved to the Old Vicarage i...

Biography - Warrant Officer Ernest Thomas Hardern

Biography – Ernest Thomas Hardern Died 22nd December 1945. Age 28. Family situation Ernest Thomas Hardern was the son of the landlord of the Blue Bell Inn, Wrinehill and his wife. He had 2 sisters. He married Constance V...

Biography – Captain Basil Owen Tatham

Biography – Basil Owen Tatham Family situation and military service After Charterhouse School Basil was gazetted into the 3rd Battalion East Yorks Regiment. 3 years later farmed in NW Rhodesia for two years; then the Federated M...

Betley Men Remembered

Betley Men Remembered         The Roll of Honour from Two World Wars: 1914/18 and 1939/45     Men resident in Betley, Balterley and Wrinehill when enlisted. 1914 - 1918 1939 - 1945 Harry Booth...

The Betley Memorial Window

Its Origin & Commissioning The window was dedicated on 7th February 1919. For many years, details of its origin and commissioning had stubbornly remained a mystery. Parish records had been searched and had failed to reveal any information at...

A Tale of Two Windows

This project was commissioned to find further information about the Betley Window, who paid for it, who designed it and who authorised it. There are no records at Betley. During the investigation it was discovered that there are two almost identical...

The Tatham Memorial Window

Location and Dedication Set into the east wall of the south aisle of the church is a two light window in memory of two brothers, Lionel Trevor Tatham and Basil Owen Tatham. Although we do not know when this window was installed it must have...

The Thicknesse Memorial

Location and Dedication On the east wall of the south aisle of the church is a stone plaque in memory of Ralph Thicknesse and his wife Lily. Underneath it is a brass plaque in memory of their nephew and adopted son, Raymond Thicknesse. The...

The Village of Betley 1911-20

The Village of Betley 1911-20 Life in the village had not changed much for centuries. It had been a closed community, as had most villages, for generations. Transport in and out of the village was by horse and cart, although Betley Road Station ...