Nicholson War Memorial, Leek

These pages are dedicated to the memory of the Fallen named on the Memorial.

On our Galleries page we have galleries with images of the Fallen of both World Wars. There are many of the casualties for whom we do not have any photographs and we would love to receive any pictures which people may have. If you have any photos then do please contact us.


Leek Military Burials

Available for download is a list of the Military Burials (including one civilian killed by enemy action) at Leek Cemetary and also the location plan of those graves.

List of Military Burials at Leek Cemetary

Location Plan of Military Burials at Leek Cemetary

Selected Stories of the Fallen

On these pages we have set out a few of the stories of those who are named on the memorial and from both World Wars. To read a story please click on the image of the Fallen you wish to read about.

They have been chosen to be representative of those who fell. We do not have the space here to tell of all those who died, but if you wish to find out more about the Fallen then please refer to the two books written by Chris Sheldon "Roll of Honour" and "In Name Only".

We are grateful to Chris and also to Brian Johnson of Three Counties Publishing for allowing us reproduce a few extracts from the books here.  

Harold Birchenough
Edward Merriman
Harry Billing
Sergeant Harold Birchenough, Durham Light Infantry, 24, Died 27/5/1918
Private Edward Merriman, Royal Irish Regiment, 27, Died 23/8/1914
Lance Corporal Harry Billing, South Staffordshire Regiment, 20, Died 1st July 1916
Has a display in the memorial
First of the Fallen to Die
Died on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme
Charles Lewthwaite
Thomas Bloor
William Smith
Lieutenant Charles Lewthwaite MC, Royal Field Artillery, 33, Died 28th July 1917
Boy 1st Class Thomas Bloor, Royal Navy, 18, Died 5th June 1916
Private William Smith, Welsh Fusiliers, Died 8th August 1915
Member of the Leek Battery Awarded the Military Cross
Lost at sea with Lord Kitchener
One of Three Leek Brothers to Die in the War
Charles Johnson
Peter Green
Keith Smith
Private Charles Johnson, Lincolnshire Regiment, 32, Died 3rd / 4th March 1943
Apprentice Peter Green, Merchant Navy, 16, Died 2nd December 1943
Sergeant Keith Smith MiD, RAF Bomber Command, 22, Died 20th December 1943
Killed in North Africa
Youngest of the Fallen
Shot down over Germany
Edmund James
Leslie Maydew
Able Seaman Edmund James, Royal Navy, Died 1st January 1943
Marine Ronald Poultney, Royal Marines, 22, Died 6th June 1944
Sergeant Leslie Maydew, RAF Bomber Command, 22, Died 29th March 1943
Died as a result of U-boat attack
Died on D-Day
Died in Bomber Crash in UK





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