CLITHEROE, JOHN 24001 Private 3rd/5th Battalion T.F.


Born Clayton-le-Woods  Enlisted not known  Living Farington

Died  United Kingdom  2nd May 1916

Ref: Commonwealth War Graves Commission et al.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 6th May 1916

Private John Clitheroe of the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, died from wounds on Tuesday (May 2nd) in Shrewsbury Hospital.

His home was at 9 School Street, Farington and had served for 18 years in the Army. He lost a son, Pte Stanley Clitheroe of the Scots Guards, at Festubert in June last.

Chorley Weekly News 6th May 1916

Reporting the death of John Clitheroe, the facts are as given in the ‘Guardian’ report above. It goes on to say that ‘his son Pte Stanley Clitheroe of the Scots Guards was killed in action at Festubert on June 14th, 1915; the fourth Leyland man to give his life in that particular action’.

Preston Guardian Sat. 13th May 1916

The report is substantially the same as those in the ‘C.G.’ and ‘C.W.N.’ of May 6th, but states additionally:- “He rejoined the Army on July 5th last year, prior to which he worked at the Leyland Rubber Works. He served for 17 years in the Shropshire Light Infantry and took part in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882 and also in the Gordon Relief Expedition.” His funeral at Whittle was attended by representatives of the Regiment and also from the R.A.M.C..

The family grave in St. John’s Churchyard, Whittle-le-Woods records:-

Pte John Clitheroe Kings Liverpool Reg Died May 2nd 1916. Aged 52 years. Also Martha Ann his beloved wife Died March 29th 1938. Aged 70 years.

Also their son Pte Stanley Clitheroe Scots Guards Killed in Action June 14th 1915. Aged 19 years. R.I.P.

John Clitheroe’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

John Clitheroe is buried at:-


Grave Location: Close by south-west end of the church. Son of Richard and Elizabeth Clitheroe and husband of Martha Ann Clitheroe of 9 School Street, Farington.

‘British Regiments’, Brigadier E. A. James.

The 3rd/5th Battalion T.F. of the King’s was formed at Liverpool in May 1915 and in the autumn went to Blackpool. Early 1916 to Oswestry and on 8th April 1916 became the 5th Reserve Battalion. On September 1st, 1916 became the 5th Reserve Battalion in the West Lancashire Reserve Brigade at Oswestry. No further change to end of war.

Note:- The above is the father of Stanley Clitheroe of the Scots Guards K.I.A. 14th June 1915.

Clitheroe, John. WE Waring  2003