Catterall War Memorial and Memorial Garden, Garstang Road, Catterall. PR3 0HD

The memorial was erected in memory of all those from Catterall who lost their lives in the service of their country, and does not list names.

Three men from Catterall lost their lives in WW1 – they are:

George Lawden Boys-Stones

Captain. 7th Lancers (Indian Army)

George gained his commission at Sandhurst Military Academy in January 1909, and served in India with the 1st Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment from 1910 to 1911.

He served with the 7th Hariana Lancers (Indian Army) from April 1911 till February 1915, and then in Mesopotamia as Adjutant of the 7th Lancers from March to August 1915.

He then commanded the 1st Signal Troop, attached to the 6th Cavalry Brigade from October 1915 to January 1917, before finally serving as Staff Captain from January to March 1917.

Prior to George going off to WW1 his family lived at Catterall Cottage, his father had previously been vicar at St. Thomas’s, Garstang.

George was wounded in action near Baghdad and died from his wounds on 30th March 1917, aged 29.

He is buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery in Iraq.

He is also remembered on the memorials at Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall and at St. Helen’s Church, Churchtown.

George was posthumously awarded the Military Cross on 4th June 1917 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty, and had previously been twice mentione in despatches.

Ernest Hall

Private 11868. 1st Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

Ernest was the eldest son of James and Harriet Hall, and was born in Catterall in the last quarter of 1896.He joined the army, probably early on in the war, and was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

Ernest and his family lived at Sturzaker Houses in Catterall.

He was killed in action on 8th October 1915, aged 24.

Ernest is buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France.

He is also remembered on the memorials at Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall and at St. Helen’s Church, Churchtown.

Richard Parker

Private DM2/179716. 819th MT Company, Army Service Corps.

Richard was the fourth child of Thomas and Mary Parker and was born in Catterall in the last quarter of 1894.

The date he joined the army is not known, but he served with the 819th M.T. (Mechanical Transport) Company of the Army Service Corps.

Richard’s family lived at West View, Catterall.

Whilst serving in Macedonia he contracted hepatitis and died on 19th November 1918.  He was 24.

Richard is buried at Skopje British Cemetery in Macedonia.

He is also remembered on the memorials at Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall and at St. Helen’s Church, Churchtown.

The Memorial Gate

The dedication of the Memorial Gate on 31st August 2014

The Memorial Gate is situated at the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth II Field.  The gate was erected and blessed in 2014 to mark the outbreak of the First World War.

More information about the Memorial Gate Project here