CARLTON, WILLIAM 37401 Private 18th (Labour) Battalion


Born  St. Paul’s, Preston  Enlisted Preston  Living Farington

Died of Wounds  France / Flanders  4th May 1917

Formerly W/20 Lancashire Fusiliers

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 27.

Lancashire Daily Post Tuesday 14th August 1917

The report of William Carlton’s death is as that of the ‘Guardian’ below.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat 18th August 1917

Mr Carlton, 37 East Street, Farington has received official intimation of the death from wounds on May 4th, of his son Pte W. Carlton of the Labour Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.

He joined up Feb. 2nd., 1916 and went to France the following month. He was 24 years of age, worked at Wood-Milne Ltd., and attended St. Ambrose, Leyland (a similar report is in the Chorley Weekly News of the same date, but adds that ‘he went to France on April 2nd’).

Preston Guardian 18th August 1917 as above, but with photograph.

A Memorial Inscription is on the family grave in St. Paul’s Churchyard, Farington:-

Pte William Carlton

Lab. Battn. Cheshire Regiment

(The remainder of the inscription is now below ground level)

William Carlton’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Ambrose, Leyland

Memorial Window, St. Paul’s, Farington

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

William Carlton is buried in the:-


Grave Ref: Plot I Row E Grave 29. Son of William and Ellen Carlton, 37 East Street, Farington. Age 24. St. Catherine and St. Nicolas are villages and districts in the Dept. of the Pas-de-Calais and adjoining the city of Arras on the north side.

Farington St. Paul, Baptismal Register.

28th May 1893  Bapt: William, son of William and Ellen Carlton of High Ash Cottages, Farington.

“British Regiments”, Brig. E. A. James.

The 18th and 19th (Labour) Battalions of the Cheshire Regiment were formed at Oldham in March and April 1916. In April and May 1916 they crossed to France. In April 1917, they transferred to the Labour Corps as the 56th, 57th, 58th and 59th Labour Companies.

If the above dates are correct, it would seem that William Carleton was wounded in April ‘17 before his battalion was transferred to the Labour Corps: dying in early May some days or even weeks after he was wounded. We rarely have the date that a casualty was wounded, but occasionally it appears in newspaper reports.

Carleton, William. WE Waring  2003