Alstonefield Remembrance Book

As part of our annual Remembrance Sunday service we recall the names of the 16 men, from or associated to the village, who gave their lives for us in the 2 World Wars and are recorded on the War Memorial in the churchyard or on separate headstones.

Research has been undertaken to learn more about them, their family life, military service and link to Alstonefield.  Click on each of the names below to read their story.  The book is also available to read in St Peter’s church, Alstonefield.

Some interesting facts:-

  • 13 from WW1 & 3 from WW2
  • 2 are buried in the church yard – Frederic Burgess and Thomas Wooddisse
  • Youngest – Herbert Trafford, aged 19
  • Oldest – John Lomas, aged 45
  • Average age 26
  • Previous occupations included – farm boys, cow boys, groom, apprentice joiner, coal miner
  • Brothers Ernest and Wilfred Brown were the sons of the then vicar, Albert Brown.  They died within 2 months of each other
  • Charles Featherstone’s wife was Polly, as in Polly’s Cottage in Milldale
  • Sydney Gilman was awarded the Military medal and Alfred Wint was mentioned in despatches

George William Astle

Alfred Austin

Alfred Bailey

John Bennington

Thomas Brindley

Ernest Edward Brown

Wilfred Brown

Frederic Ralph Percival Burgess

Charles Featherstone

Sydney Gilman

Ernest Harrison

John Lomas

Herbert Spencer Trafford

Edward Purchase Hall White

Alfred Edward Wint

Thomas Edward Wooddisse

If you are able to provide any more information about any of the men or their families please contact us.