(src-1) - The London Gazette, Supplement 30768, Page 7592, June 27 1918.

(src-2) - A Guide to British Awards for Gallantry or Meritorious Service in WW1. Down loaded from.

(src-3) - Extracted from The Rochdale Observer. Sept 19 1917.

(src-4) - Downloaded from,


Extract from Rochdale Observer - Saturday 3 Aug 1918

Sergeant Ernest Hoyle, Military Medallist, first officially decorated hero of the war, was publicly honoured on Wednesday evening when (Councillor James Schofield, J.P. (chairman (he local District Council) presented him with gold watch and a purse of money- a sovereign and half-sovereign.
Sergeant Hoyle, whose home is in Church Terrace, Wardle, is a Lewis gunner attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers. On the 21st March last when the fifth great German offensive began, he earned his decoration mustering his men with their machine guns successfully covering a retreat of section of our troops placed in difficult position. He has been in the Army three years and was wounded in June of last year.
Presiding at Wednesday evening’s ceremony, Councillor IT. Leach. J.P. told the large audience which had gathered on the open space facing the Wesleyan Chapel how the scheme for the presentation, had originated. Not until Wednesday last week was it known that Sergeant Hoyle was on the way home from the fighting line. It was then felt that his heroism should be recognised by those in Wardle. The matter was left in the hands of the Wardle Soldiers and Sailors Comforts Fund Committee and within less than week the villagers had contributed nearly £12.
Councillor Schofield said there was no one more anxious than he to congratulate Sergeant Hoyle on his achievement in such Great War. He was well worthy and deserving all praise for what had done to save the lives of his comrades, and could lie assured that "Wardle thoroughly appreciated his gallant act. (The speaker) wished him god speed and a safe return to civilian life.
Bashfully, Sergeant Hoyle thanked the donors for their gifts, he could say no more than that he and his fellow soldiers from Wardle who were on active service realised that their kinsfolk were doing their utmost for their comfort The proceedings concluded with three rousing cheers for Sergeant Hoyle. He will leave the village on route for the Western front tomorrow.


World War I

In Remembrance

In remembrance of those men who fought and died and whose names were recorded by the community of Wardle.
In many cases the same persons name can be found to have been recorded on more than one list.
See Dataset for all listings. and see Casualty images.

Wardle Gladstone Club R.O.H

Location unknown

gladstone club

United Methodist Church Watergrove. Rolls of Honour and wall plaque

The two R.O.H and wall plaque are currently located in the Wardle Village Church.


Presented by Mr and Mrs. George E.Cryer. April 21st 1917


Presented by Mr and Mrs Abraham Bamford in memory of their Son Stanley who was killed in action March 4th 1918

watergrove plaque

Wardle Weslyan. Cenotaph

Currently located in the graveyard of Wardle Village Church.

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Wardle Urban District Council. Cenotaph

Currrently located on Wardle Road between the Old Library and Community Center.


Wardle Men

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SmallBridge Men





Wardle Conservative Club R.O.H

Located in entrance of club alongside the plaque from Egerton Con Club

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Wardle St James R.O.H and Lectern

Located in the Wardle Village Church

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Wardle Weslyan Old Scholars. R.O.H

Located in the Wardle Village Church

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Wardle Weslyan Sunday School. R.O.H

Located in the Wardle Village Church

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Military Medal Award

As recorded in the London Gazette on June 27 1918 the Military Medal was awarded to Ernest Hoyle, a Wardle resident serving with the 2nd/6th battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers.(src-1)

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He was publicly honoured on Wednesday 30 July 1918 by the folk of Wardle, in the Square in front of the Weslyan Chapel.More

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The Military Medal was awarded to other ranks of the British Army and Commonwealth Forces. It was an award for gallantry and devotion to duty when under fire in battle on land.(src-2)

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Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund

To aid the finances of the Soldiers and Sailors Comfort Fund a carnival was held on Sept 15 1917.


The main street was gaily decorated with bunting, Flags, etc. Thousands of people wended their way to a large field lent by Mr. John Lord. Numerous attractions were provided, so that from noon until dusk there was not dull moment.
The shooting gallery, gift vegetable stall, and refreshment and ice cream stalls were well patronised.
The band the Battalion East Lancashire Regiment National Reserve (Burnley Brass Band) played selections of music. Dancing upon the grass was indulged in.
The Boy Scouts and Boys’ Brigades gave exhibitions drilling, etc. "A 1 fresco” concerts were provided by the Falinge Concert Party. Racing, greasy pole climbing, and hilliary bounce ball competitions all took place and attracted much interest.
The gift auction sale, however, proved the biggest draw.The goods offered for sale were a very miscellaneous character, including much live stock —ducks, geese, pigs, and a calf —and a few loads of coal.
Teas were served in the Gladstone Liberal Club.(src-3)

Peace Day Celebrations

Wardle Peace Day celebrations on the field July 19 1919

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Armistice marked the end of fighting on the Western Front, but formal negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference continued into 1919. The Allies formal peace treaty with Germany, the Treaty of Versailles, was not officially signed until 28 June.
A National Peace Committee was established to decide how Britain would mark the end of the war.
The committee first met in London on 9 May 1919, chaired by the Foreign Secretary, Lord Curzon. Its initial proposal of a four-day August celebration was scaled down and brought forward after the Paris signing. A single day of festivities was planned for 19 July.
The proposal did not receive universal approval. Some felt that the funds would be better spent on support for returning servicemen, many of whom struggled to cope with physical and mental injuries and high unemployment levels.(src-4)