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Remembering the Fallen Sandgrounders

World War 1

Benjamin Rickerby
Rank, Service No, Regiment: Rifleman,25/1111, 3rd Bn. 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Last Known Address: Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand
Died: 15/09/1916
Burial Place: Caterpillar Valley (New Zealand) Memorial, Somme, France
Biography: Benjamin is one of 1,200 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the Battle of the Somme in 1916.
SFC Playing Stats: 8 Appearances, 1903-1905

William Rigby
Rank, Service No, Regiment: Lance Sergeant, 52059, 1/8th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, Formerly 34852 Liverpool Regiment
Last Known Address: 18 Devonshire Road, Southport
Died: 27/10/1918
Burial Place: Duke Street Cemetery, Southport
Biography: William died at a military hospital from wounds received. He was buried with full military honours.
SFC Playing Stats: 58 Appearances 1913-1915 plus war-time appearances

William Sinclair
Rank, Service No, Regiment: Sapper,97477,154th Field Company, Royal Engineers
Last Known Address: 58 Heysham Road, High Park, Southport
Burial Place: Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France
Biography: William was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. In civilian life he was a joiner.
SFC Playing Stats: war-time appearances

John Henry (Jack) Wareing
Rank, Service No, Regiment: Gunner,118247,281st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Last Known Address: 133 Heysham Road, Southport
Burial Place: Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Biography: John was killed in action dying instantaneously, while serving his gun.
SFC Playing Stats: 21 Appearances, 1903-1906

Reginald Leaf Turnell
Rank, Service No, Regiment: Second Lieutenant, 13th Bn. attd 20th Bn.
Middlesex Regiment
Last Known Address:126 Upper Aughton Road, Birkdale
Burial Place: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France & on a brass plaque from St. Andrew’s Church, now in Christ Church, Lord Street, Southport
Biography: Richard was killed while leading his platoon into attack. Lieutenant Turnell joined the army at the outbreak of war. He underwent training with the Royal Flying Corps and received his commission in July 1916. He flew expeditions until October 1916 after which an accident prevented him remaining with the Corps. He was then transferred to the Middlesex regiment.
SFC Playing Stats: 9 Appearances 1912/13

Edward John Lightfoot
Rank, Service No, Regiment: Sergeant,168781,1st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery
Last Known Address:1 Sefton Street, Litherland
Burial Place: Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, Nord, France
Biography:Edward was the youngest son of Edward Lightfoot and Elizabeth Lightfoot (nee Williams). Edward enlisted in Seaforth, Lancashire. He was killed in action.
SFC Playing Stats: 75 Appearances, 1909-1911

Richard Rainford
Rank, Service No, Regiment: 410863Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Died: 09/04/1917
Burial Place: Villers Station Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Biography: Born on 17th Feb 1886 in Southport, Richard played for Southport Central in 1906-07. He also played for Chester and in around 1913 went to live in Toronto from where he enlisted on May 8th 1915. He served with the Canadian army in France and received a Canadian war decoration posthumously in removing a wounded officer under heavy fire to a place of safety. BeforeĀ emigrating to Canada Rainford was employed by Messrs Buck and Hodson as a brick setter.
SFC Playing Stats: 4 appearances, 1 Goal 1906-07

World War 2

Leslie Cant
Rank, Service No, Regiment, Unit: Lance Corporal, 4466387, Durham Light Infantry, 16th Battalion.
Died: 19th June 1943
Burial place: Bone War Cemetery Annaba, Algeria.
Biography: Though working in a steelworks in the early part of the war, he volunteered for service in the Durham Light Infantry. He was the sole survivor when six men were blown up in a dugout in the North African desert. Though he lost limbs, he clung on to life for nine weeks only to die on the operating table in a military hospital.
SFC Playing Stats: 11 Appearances, 1934/1935

Henry ‘Harry’ Salmon
Rank, Service No, Regiment, Unit: Sarjeant, 5120865, 1/7th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died: 30/07/1944, Caen France
Burial Place: Fonteney-le-Pesnel War Cemetary
Biography: Initially working on ammunitions, he was called up in 1940 and joined the Warwickshire Regiment; he took part in the D-Day landings but was killed when a mine exploded.
SFC Playing Stats: 25 Appearances, 1937/38

Jimmy ‘Tim’ Briscoe
Rank, Service No, Regiment, Unit: Guardsman, 2661711, 2nd Bn., Coldstream Guards
Died: 10/06/1944 Mentefiascone, Viterbo, Italy
Burial Place: Bolsena War Cemetery
Biography: He was killed in action on the Italian front aged only 30, helping a comrade who had been shot by a sniper.
SFC Playing Stats: 2 Appearances, 1937/38

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