Men of Coddington

Captain Hugh Aldersey - Cheshire Yeomanry

2nd Lieutenant Mark Aldersey - Cheshire Regiment

John Crump - 2nd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment

In Preparation

Private Thomas William Edge - 10th Shropshire & Cheshire Yeomanry / King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Thomas was the son of Clutton village postmaster William Edge. He signed on originally for the Cheshire Yeomanry before moving to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. He died on 22 August 1918, although the body of Thomas Edge was never found. He is commemorated on a panel on the Loos Memorial, Northern France.

Major General John Hammon Massie DSO, 26th Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
      Died of Wounds 15 November 1914

Brigadier General Roger Henry Massie CB CMG, Royal Garrison Artillery
      Died 23 February 1927

The epic story of the Massie military dynasty - with in-depth research, and retold here by Allen Croft

Private Samuel Pugh, 8th Labour Company, The King's Liverpool Regiment

Samuel was the son of James and Sarah Pugh of Barton, near Farndon. He served in Belgium, on the Ypres Salient and died of wounds on 25 July 1917 during the preparations for the Third Battle of Ypres.

Lieutenant Frank Royds R.N. - H.M.S. Carysfort

Died of Wounds, Battle Of El Teb 29th February 1884.

Major Frank Peyton Skipwith - 7th Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers

Frank Peyton Skipwith was a gifted architect at the beginning of a promising career, which was interrupted by the outbreak of the war. His family and relatives were an integral part of life in Coddington for many generations - he was the grandson of Rev Francis Coulman Royds, Rector of St Mary's, Coddington, and he was also related to the Alderseys. When the war came he enlisted with the Royal Scots Fusiliers who were a vital part of the Battle of Loos in 1915, in which Major Skipwith led one of the first attacks in the attempt to take Hill 70.

Private James Weaver, 13th Battalion Cheshire Regiment

James Weaver lived in Barton Wells in the hamlet of Barton, a mile or so east of Farndon village. Situated on the sharp rise near the Cock o' Barton Inn, he lived there with his parents, Thomas and Margaret Weaver. When James signed on for the Cheshires he went into a different unit from his older brother Thomas, who was posted to the 2nd Battalion. James died on 15 May 1916 aged twenty-one.

Private Thomas Weaver, 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment

Thomas Weaver was the brother of James, above. When Thomas signed on for the Cheshires he went into a different unit from his younger brother James, who was posted to the 13th Battalion. Thomas was missing in action, presumed dead on 17 February 1915. He is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres, Belgium.

Albert White - 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment

Private William Wilson - 15th Division Ammunition Company, Royal Field Artillery

Private George Woodfield - 4th Reserve Battalion, King's Shropshire Light Infantry

Second World War

Gunner Edward Huxley - 5 Searchlight Regiment, Royal Artillery

Edward Huxley lived at The Lodge in Aldersey Lane, in Aldersey near Coddington, and worked as a gardener at The Crook in Coddington village. When the war started he was went to camp at Rhyl for training, before his posting to the Far East. He was reported missing on 15 February 1942 when the garrison of Singapore capitulated to the Japanese, but his family were to learn more about what happened to Edward.

They also served

The Men Who Returned Safely

There were several Coddington men who served in the First World War and returned home. Visit this page for a list of those men who are known, although there may be still more yet to be discovered. [To be uploaded - currently in preparation]


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