William Bill Stratton

We are sad to state that Bill Stratton another of our veterans who helped us has passed away aged 94. William Bill Stratton was born on 2nd April 1922, West View, Clitheroe. Attended Ribblesdale School and at the age of 16 worked at Whitesides Wine Merchants.

Six months prior to WW2 starting Bill joined the Clitheroe Territorials. The start of the war saw him join the Royal Artillery and he fought in India and Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka.

Bill was on leave in Chatburn where he lived with his wife Jean when the village was bombed, in October 1940, by a German Heinkel 111. Bill did what he could to help as several people were injured and killed.

Bill leaves a wife (Jean) , children, grandchildren and great - grandchildren. Our thoughts are with his family. God Bless.


COX Raymond Veteran Passed Away

Raymond Cox a Veteran who fought in World War Two and served in the Army passed away early February 2014. Raymond was part of our Heritage project.

Our thoughts are with Raymond's family.

God Bless.

MARLATT Sholto Paton

The following image, with additional information, was supplied by the Powell River Museum of Canada for use here.
We thank them for this contribution.




408-Sholto Paton (Hob) MARLATT: F/O (P) (J5971) R.C.A.F KFA November 29/42 Age 29. #4 Squadron.
F/O Marlatt was killed when he flew his Mustang aircraft into a hillside, in bad visibility, at Dunsop Bridge, England.
Flying Officer Marlatt is buried in the St. Anne's Park Cemetery, Lytham, Lancashire, England.
He attended Brentwood College on Vancouver Island and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Comm.
Prior to enlistment he resided in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and enlisted on March 1940.
He was employed by the Powell River Company in the Vancouver Office in the Export Sales Division.
He was born in British Columbia, Canada on August 9, 1913.
He was the son of Charles Reid Marlatt M.D. and Mary Sybil (Paton) Marlatt of Powell River, British Columbia, Canada and the husband of Vera (Cox) Marlatt and son Gordon. They resided at 3637 Blemheim Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Link to the page showing Sholo Paton Marlatt.


Sam Brearley Veteran Passing Away August 2012

Veteran Sam Brearley aged 99 sadly has recently passed in Blackburn Royal Hospital.. Sam had been very poorly and n and out of Blackburn Royal Hospital and Clitheroe Hospital for several weeks. We visited Sam several times in hospital and when he was sent home prior to going in for the last time. Sam's funeral took place at Burnley Crematorium on Tuesday 21st August at 2pm and was well attended.  Kevin Cheetham a standard bearer for the Royal British Legion attended.

Sam originally from Bacup was a member of RADA prior to joining the Army in 1940. He fought with the 1st Armoured Brigade 2nd Division in the Allied campaign against the Germans in Yugoslavia and Greece and was captured during heavy fighting in 1941 at the southern Greek port of Kalamata. Spending the rest of the war as a prisoner in grim conditions he helped to keep up his fellow prisoners morale by organising entertainment at the camps he was imprisoned in.

We were able to help Sam receive his numerous War Medals with special ceremonies at the Ribble Valley Council Chambers including a further ceremony for his long awaited Greek campaign medal. Sam appeared on regional and national television as well as radio Lancashire through these medal awards as well as local and national newspapers. Sam loved to potter in his garden and greenhouse. His tomatoes were one of his pride and joy.

Our condolenses go to Sam's family.

We shall miss you Sam and thank you for all you did for us.

Mel Diack MBE


Clitheroe Youth Forum.

Ernest Cooke Veteran

We have to announce sadly that another of our veterans Ernest Cooke aged 93 has passed away.(May 2012) Ernest lived in Accrington but was part of the Clitheroe Royal Artillery during World War Two. Ernest came to a number of our functions.

God Bless.

Sawley War Memorial

We have been in communication with the Sawley, Gisburn and Bolton by Bowland Parish Council regarding the very poor condition of the memorial at Sawley and had a very disappointing reply. The names are very difficult to read and given another year or so these will not be visible. The Parish Council have replied - no community interest and will keep this under review. Very poor to say the least. Gisburn and Bolton by Bowland have well kept memorials and the same Parish Council is as far as we know are under the same parish Council. We wrote to the local paper to highlight this problem and to see if any residents are actually interested in restoring this memorial for those men whose names are listed here. We received several phone calls of support and stating that they had asked for the Parish Council support and had not been supported. We have now contacted the Ribble Valley Borough Council for their support.

We are delighted to state that since our communications the Memorial was cleaned and just sorry that it took our involvement for this to happen. Credit must go to those who did this work.

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