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World War One Service Records & Biographies

The table below contains information related to soldiers who served before or during World War One, collated from available service records, medal cards and references from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website.  Clicking on the forename will link to any biographical details I have been able to find  and there is a link to the CWGC site where appropriate.

(St=1914/15 Star, VM=Victory Medal, BWM=British War Medal).
(* = medal card or CWGC entry only found, no biographical details).

ASTLES

Born

At

Father/Mother

Medals

  ST     VM    BWM

Discharged/Died

Albert

1883

Nantwich, Cheshire

Frank / Esther Mary


Y

Y


Albert

1895

Leftwich, Cheshire

Edward / Elizabeth

15

Y

Y

20 /07/1919

Albert

1899

Over, Cheshire

John / Fanny


Y

Y

07/03/1919

Albert

1894

Winsford, Cheshire

? / Fanny





Alfred*

Royal Field Artillery, 244391, Gunner.


Y

Y


Alfred

1886

Nantwich, Cheshire

Frederick / Ruth




Died 07/06/1915

Arthur

1887

Leek, Staffordshire

George / Elizabeth

15

Y

Y

Died 13/08/1916

Arthur*

Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 75882, Private.


Y

Y


Charles

1886

Over, Cheshire

John / Fanny


Y

Y


Clifford

1897

Winsford, Cheshire

Thomas / Mary


Y

Y

Died 24/10/1917

Edward*

Manchester Regiment, 400976, Private.


Y

Y


Ernest E*

Army Service Corps, DM2/223894, Private.


Y

Y


Fred

16th Lab. Coy The King's (Liverpool Regiment), 73611, Pte.




Died 24/03/1917

Fred

1880

Northwich, Cheshire

John / Ann


Y

Y

Died 04/10/1917

Frederick

1881

Leek, Staffordshire

Lewis / Elizabeth Jane


Y

Y

Died 03/05/1917

Frederick*

Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 41893, Private.





Frederick William

1892

Widnes, Lancashire

James / Sarah Ellen

15

Y

Y


George*

Cheshire Regiment, 11824, Private.

15

Y

Y


George*

23rd London Regiment, 705455, Private.


Y

Y


George S*

Royal Warwickshire Regt; Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 34417, 48771, Private.


Y

Y


Gerald

Cheshire Regiment, 26574, Private.


Y

Y


Harry

15th Bn Cheshire Regiment, 16909, Corporal.

15

Y

Y

Died 27/11/1917

Herbert Job

16th Bn Manchester Regiment, 6947, Private, 2nd Lt.

15

Y

Y


Hubert*

Army Service Corps, 289110, A/Corporal.


Y

Y


J*

Worcestershire Regiment, 11040, Sergeant / C.S.M.





J*

Royal Garrison Artillery, 46616.





Jack Western*

18th Bn Australian Infantry, A.I.F., 702, Private.




Died 22/08/1915

James*

12th Bn Cheshire Regiment, 18493, Private.

15

Y

Y

Died 06/09/1918

James

King's Liverpool Regiment, 9859/8947/358600, Private.


Y

Y


James*

King's Liverpool Regiment, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire, 21829, 102444, Private.

15

Y

Y


James

Royal Army Medical Corps, 142336, Private.


Y

Y


John

9th Bn Cheshire Regiment, 13481, Private.

15

Y

Y

Died 10/04/1918

John*

1st Bn Bedfordshire Regiment, 21118, Lance Corporal.

15

Y

Y

Died 25/10/1917

John*

Liverpool Regiment, Labour Corps, 18486, 374777, Private.

15

Y

Y


John*

Worcestershire Regiment, 12040, Sergeant, WO2.

15

Y

Y


John

South Lancashire Regiment, 242190, Private.


Y

Y


John*

Royal Army Medical Corps, 71552, Private


Y

Y


John W*

Royal Field Artillery, 164777, Driver.


Y

Y


Joseph*

Royal Field Artillery, 160108, Gunner.





Joseph

5th Reserve Bn, Notts & Derbys Regiment, R Def C 149 Pro,  Co; 232, Private.





Joseph*

Cheshire Regt; Manchester Regt; 17744, 85838, Private.

15

Y

Y


Norman*

Labour Corps, 494730, Private.


Y

Y


Samuel

10th Bn Cheshire Regiment, 1/12921, Private.

15

Y

Y

Died 21/05/1916

Samuel

Royal Engineers, 150542, WR/254316, Lance Corporal.


Y

Y


Thomas

3rd Bn Scots Guards, 15937, Lance Corporal.




Died 23/05/1918

Thomas Henry

2/6 Bn North Staffordshire Regiment, 1517.





Thomas William

Manchester Regiment, 54814, Private.


Y

Y


Walter*

Cheshire Regiment, Wiltshire Regiment, 244805, 47253, Pte.



Y


Wilfred

28th Bn London Regiment, 766066, Private.





William

Cheshire Regiment, 12897.






Albert Astles, 12 Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 48870, Private. And West Riding Regiment, 26834, Private.
Albert was born in 1883 at Nantwich, Cheshire the son of Frank Astles and Esther Mary Dodd. Albert married Ellen Wright in December 1905, and they had a son Wilfred in 1912. Albert’s occupation was as a [House] Painter when he enlisted on 4th December 1915 and he was mobilised on 9 June 1916. Albert served in France from October 1916 and transferred to the West Riding Regiment on 6 April 1918. He received a gun shot wound to the head which was later assessed as a 10% disability. It is not clear from his record when he was wounded, but he was returned to England on 4 October 1918. Albert was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Albert Astles, 3rd Bn Manchester Regiment, 10896, Sapper.
Albert was born in 1895 at Leftwich, Cheshire the son of Edward Astles and Elizabeth Hoole. He was an apprentice Shoemaker when he enlisted at Northwich on 9 November 1914 as a Shoemaker. His service record contains correspondence between the Army and his previous employer Mr Buckley of Weaverham as to his skills and to the Police at Weaverham as to his character. Both replied to recommend him as an honest and able recruit. Albert served in France from 8 November 1915, and survived the war to be demobilised on 20 July  1919. He was awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Albert Astles, 3rd Bn Manchester Regiment, 74403, Private.
Albert was born in 1899 at Over, Cheshire the son of John Astles and Fanny Young. He was a Labourer at Greenfield Mill when he enlisted on 18 July 1917. Albert was promoted to Lance Corporal in September 1917 and joined the Manchester Regiment in France on 15 April 1918. He was wounded in the thigh on 4 May and was treated in the City of London Military Hospital.  Albert was transferred to the reserve on 7 March 1919, and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Albert Astles, The Welsh Regiment, 28380.
Albert enlisted on 7 April 1915 at Hyde giving his age as 19 years and 1 month, his birthplace as Winsford Cheshire and his next of kin was his mother Fanny Astles. Albert was discharged initially as unfit for general service for 6 months and on 29 December 1915 was further discharged as unfit for foreign service for 18 months. (It would appear he may be the same  Albert Astles who joined the Manchester Regiment in July 1918. This appears to be an attempt to enlist when under age.)

Alfred Astles, 2nd Bn Cheshire Regiment, 8379, Private.
Alfred was born in 1886 at Nantwich, Cheshire the son of Frederick Astles and Ruth Edge. He enlisted at Chester in January 1907 and served in India from January 1908 until November 1914 when he returned briefly to England. He served in France from January 1915 but was wounded in May that year and was transferred to Manchester Hospital where he died of his wounds on 7 June.

Arthur Astles, 9th Bn. North Staffordhire (Prince of Wales) Regiment, 9/11009, Private
Arthur was born in 1887 at Leek, Staffordshire, the son of George and Elizabeth Astles. Arthur’s married Annie Maddocks (or Smith) in 1907. On the 1911 census they 3 children Elizabeth, William and Arthur and are living with Annie’s parents William and Ann Smith. Arthur was enumerated as a Bricklayer’s Labourer. Arthur was killed in action on 12th or 13th August 1916 and is buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz.

Charles Astles, Royal Garrison Artillery, 165588, Gunner.
Charles was born in 1886 at Over, Cheshire the son of John Astles and Fanny Young. He was a Police Constable living at 33, Symons Rd, Sale, Cheshire when he enlisted on 26th January 1916. He was mobilised in June 1917 and in September took a course in cookery becoming “competent to supervise the cooking of any regular unit”.  Charles served in France with the 15th Siege Battery from April 1918 until the end of the war. There is correspondence in his file between the Army and Cheshire Police in March 1918 concerning the circumstances of his mother, which show that six of her sons were serving and two had died in service. Charles was demobilised in January 1919 and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Clifford Astles, 15th Bn Cheshire Regiment, 5399, 50286, Private.
Clifford was born in 1897 at Winsford, Cheshire the son of Thomas Astles and Mary Elizabeth Brittleton. He was employed as a Salt Labourer when he enlisted on 18th December 1915. Clifford served in France from 30th December 1916 and was killed in action on 24th October 1917. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Fred Astles, 16th Labour Coy, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, 73611, Private
Fred was born in 1897 the son of John Astles and Fanny Young. On the 1911 census he is enumewrated as working in a Boiler Works aged 13. Fred died on 24th March 1917 aged 19, in the Military Hospital at Oswestry. He is buried in the churchyard of St. Chad’s, Over, Cheshire.

Fred Astles, 1st Bn Cheshire Regiment, 44292, Private.  
Fred was born in 1880 at Northwich, Cheshire the son of John and Ann Astles. Fred married Roslia Goodier in 1908 at St Helen's Church Northwich. His occupation was Grocery Shop Assistant when he enlisted on 6th December 1915. A War office memorandum dated 31 January 1918 refers to the late Fred Astles of 1 Bn Cheshire Regiment and personal effects to his widow of one prayer book, one watch and one purse. Fred served in France from 16 September 1917 and died on 4th October. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Frederick Astles, 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, 201347, Private.
Fred was born in 1881 at Leek, Staffordshire the son of Lewis Astles and Elizabeth Jane Ball. Frederick married Nellie Chambers in 1916, and died on 3 May 1917. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Frederick William Astles, B/170 Royal Field Artillery, L/18065, Sergeant.
Frederick was born in 1892 at Widnes, Lancashire the son of John Astles and Sarah Ellen Broadbent. He was a Joiner when he enlisted on 3 May 1915, and within six months had been promoted to Bombardier. Frederick served initially in the Mediterranean  Expeditionary Force arriving at Port Said in December 1915, but was soon sent to France, landing in Marseille in March 1916. He was promoted to Sergeant in August 1917, and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery in the field during an action in October 1918. The citation in the London Gazette was as follows: “When in charge of his gun near Ooteghem, during the barrage for the attack on the 31st October 1918, the battery position came under heavy enemy fire. On this and many similar occasions he continued to command his detachment with such exemplary coolness that the gun drill remained perfect. Throughout the period  under review he was indefatigable in his energies, and always displayed great keeness.”(Sup to London Gazette 3 June 1919 and 11 March 1920). Frederick survived the war to be demobbed in June 1919, and was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Gerald Astles, Cheshire Regiment, 26574, Private.
Gerald was born in 1894 at Marston, Cheshire the son of James and Sarah Ann Astles. He was a Shipyard Hand when he enlisted on 27 May 1915, being previously employed for 5 years as a Driller by W. Yarwood & Son, Castle Dock, Northwich.
Gerald was wounded in the left forearm on 2 July 1916 at La Basselle. Gerald was discharged no longer fit for military service on 21 September 1917, back to Yarwood and sons. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Harry Astles, 15th Bn. Cheshire Regiment, 16909, Corporal
Harry was killed in action on 27th November 1917 and is buried at the St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery. The Register of Soldier’s Effects indicates he left a widow, May. This is likely to be May Taylor who married a Harry Astles in 1916 in the Stockport Registration District.

Herbert Job Astles, 16th Bn Manchester Regiment, 6947, Private, 2nd Lt.
Herbert was born in 1897 at Northwich, Cheshire the son of William Astles and Ellen Ward. He was a Salesman when he enlisted on 2 September 1914. Herbert served in France from November 1915 until July 1916, he was admitted to Beaufort Hospital, Bristol on 8 July 1916 where he spent 28 days. By May 1918 Herbert had obtained a commission in the regiment as a Second Lieutenant. Herbert was awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

James Astles, King's Liverpool Regiment, 9859/8947/358600, Private.
James was born in 1897 at Liverpool, the son of James Astles a Stonemason and his wife Mary Ann. James was a Bricklayer when he enlisted on 30 August 1916 at Liverpool. James’ service record indicates he served in France between January and June 1917 and at Home thereafter. It also lists however that he was a casualty in the field on 26 April 1918 but the reason for this is unclear. James was demobilised in December 1919 and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

James Astles, Royal Army Medical Corps, 142336, Private.  
James was born in 1896 at Winsford, Cheshire the son of Thomas Astles and Mary Elizabeth Brittleton, and the elder brother of Clifford who also served. James was a Salt Miner when he enlisted on 31 July 1916 initially with the 2/5th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. James joined the R.A.M.C. in October 1916 and served in France between February and July 1917. James was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

John Astles, 9th Bn. Cheshire Regiment, 13481, Private
John was born c1886 at Whitegate Cheshire the son of John Astle and Catherine Blackburn. On the 1891 Census Catherine was a widow living with her parents and her two sons Samuel and John. Catherine married William John Baker in 1895 and on the 1901 census there are 3 young Baker siblings for John who is a Fitter’s Labourer. John died on 10 April 1918 aged 32 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. The Register of Soldier’s Effects indicates his next of kin to be his mother Catherine Baker and Miss Elizabeth Thomas.

John Astles, South Lancashire Regiment, 242190, Private.
John was born in 1890 at Widnes, Lancashire the son of John Astles and Sarah Ellen Broadbent. John was a Horse driver when he enlisted on 10 December 1915 at St. Helens. John’s record is difficult to read but it appears he did serve in the B.E.F. John married Minnie Whitby on 10th August 1916 at Widnes. There is a letter in John’s records dated January 1919, from the Runcorn & Widnes Industrial Co-Op Society stating that he was in their employ prior to the war and that they were prepared to offer him employment as a Horse driver. John was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Joseph Astles, 5th Reserve Bn, Notts & Derbys Regiment, R Def C 149 Pro,  Co; 232, Private.
The 1911 census records Joseph as a 46 year old Iron Pipe Maker, who was living with his wife Annie at 7, Busby Place, Mansfield Street Derby. This was still John’s address when he enlisted on 22nd January 1915 as a reservist serving on the home front. He transferred to the Royal Defence Corps in April 1916 and was discharged with good character in February 1917. Joseph’s record indicates that he had completed 14 years service and listed India as a place he had served on campaign. Joseph was awarded the War badge.

Samuel Astles, 10th Bn Cheshire Regiment, 1/12921, Private.
Samuel was born in 1884 at Winsford, Cheshire the son of William Astles and Martha Holland. Samuel married Mary Ann Fitzgerald on 14th March 1903 at Northwich Register Office. Samuel and Mary Ann had four children when he enlisted on 31 August 1914 at Chester. A fifth child was born a few months before Samuel was posted to France in September 1915. Samuel was killed in action on 21 May 1916 and he is remembered at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi. Samuel was awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Samuel Astles, Royal Engineers, 150542, WR/254316, Lance Corporal.
Samuel was born in 1883 at Winsford in Cheshire, and he married Martha Hulse on 3rd March 1906 at Northwich. Samuel was a Railway Goods Guard when he enlisted on 11 December 1915 at Crewe, and he declared that he had previously served. Samuel was mobilized to the Railway operating Division  on 6th March 1916 and went to serve in France a month later. Samuel was demobilised in April 1919. Samuel was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Thomas Astles, 3rd Bn Scots Guards, 15937, Lance Corporal.
Thomas was born in 1885 at Northwich, Cheshire the son of Thomas Astles and Mary Bowden. Thomas was an unmarried Shipmaker when he enlisted on 1st December 1915 at Oldham. Thomas was promoted to Lance Corporal in May 1917, but by August he had been discharged as no longer fit for military service due to tubercle of the lung which originated in London in January 1917. It was recommended that he be treated in a Sanatorium. Thomas died on 23rd May 1918 and is buried at Northwich cemetery.

Thomas Henry Astles, 2/6 Bn North Staffordshire Regiment, 1517.
Thomas was born in 1875 at Stafford, the son of George Astles and Fanny Day. Thomas is enumerated on the 1891 census aged 15 as a Plumber, but is not enumerated on the 1901 census with his family. He was possibly already serving in the Army.

Thomas married Maud Mary Talbot in 1902 and they had four children when Thomas enlisted in the Territorial Force (6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment) in March 1911 at Stafford. Thomas declared his previous service in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment and his service record shows he had been awarded the South Africa medal with Transvaal and 1901-1902 clasps.

Thomas served for five years Home Service until he was discharged in March 1916 having served his five years. Thomas died in 1953 aged 78.

Thomas William Astles, Manchester Regiment, 54814, Private.

Thomas was born in 1879 at Nantwich, Cheshire the son of Frank Astles and Esther Mary Dodd. Thomas was elder brother to Albert Astles. Thomas married Ellen Hulse on 3 July 1915 at Nantwich. Thomas was a Tailor’s Presser when he enlisted on 11th December 1915 and his service was reckoned to commence from 3rd April 1917. His service record is difficult to read but it appears he initially enlisted with the Royal Artillery and was later transferred to the Manchester Regiment and landed at Salonika in January 1918.  OHis reord indicates he was a casualty at Etaples in France in August 1918 and was demobilised whilst on leave in England on 31 December 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Wilfred Astles, 28th Bn London Regiment, 766066, Private.

Wilfred was born in 1892 at Marston, Cheshire, the  son of Jonathan and Mary Jane Astles.  Wilfred enlisted on 15 June 1917 but was discharged in October the same year as being unfit for war service.

William Astles, Cheshire Regiment, 12897.

William was born in 1888 at Winsford in Cheshire. He married Miriam Lloyd on 2 February 1906 at Northwich Register Office. At the time of William’s enlistment in August 1916 they had four children. William was discharged after 43 days service as not being likely to become an efficient soldier.