This work will research the 20 men named on the Evenwood War Memorial and the 4 men buried in Evenwood Cemetery.  They served in all sections of His Majesty’s Armed Forces, the Army, RAF, Royal Navy and Merchant Navy and they fought & died in most of the theatres of war.


Private Ray BROWN 10/DLI aged 19 was the first to fall, 20 May 1940 and is buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux, France.

Corporal Russell BELL 10/DLI was wounded and captured at the same time and spent over 3 years as a prisoner of war. He was shot trying to escape 24 July 1943, aged 28 and is buried at Malbork Cemetery, Poland.

Private Maurice COLLINSON, 2/Parachute Regiment, 14 July 1943, aged 20 during the invasion of Sicily.

Lance Serjeant Thomas Henry STOKOE, 127 Field Regt., Royal Artillery, 16 June 1944, aged 25, 10 days after D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, France.

Private Thomas STEPHENSON, 6/DLI, 9 October 1944, aged 32, as the Allies entered the Netherlands. One of 2 brothers to fall.

Gunner Jacky BROWNLESS, Royal Artillery, 14 April 1945, aged 36, at Cassel, in Northern France.


Gunner Jack LOWSON, 3 Regtiment, Royal Horse Artillery, 13 April 1941, aged 23. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Alamein Memorial, Egypt, together with:

Corporal Thomas SNOWDON, 6/DLI, 15 June 1942, aged 22.

Private John STEPHENSON, 6/DLI, 28 June 1942, aged 25.

Corporal Harry RACE, 5th Battalion, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 24 October 1942, aged 36. He is buried at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.

Private Tom WATSON, 1/DLI, 23 December 1941, aged 25. He was wounded at Tobruk and being taken to Alexandria, Egypt when the ship was torpedoed. He was picked up by a Royal Navy vessel which was also torpedoed.  He was lost at sea and commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, London.

Private John PRUDHOE, 7th Battalion, the Green Howards, 20 March 1943, aged 33. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Medjez el Bab Memorial, Tunisia.

Private Thomas HEAVISIDE, 7th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 6 April 1943, aged 22 and is buried at Sfax War Cemetery, Tunisia.


Chief Engineer Officer Percy PATTISON, Merchant Navy, SS Tweed. He was wounded 8 April 1941 when his ship was attacked by a U Boat. He died 9 May 1941, aged 58 and is buried in Evenwood Cemetery.

Leading Stoker Moses HUDSON, HMS Grimsby lost at sea 25 May 1941, aged 26 and commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Petty Officer Walter WATSON, HMS Mahratta, lost at sea 25 February 1944 aged 30 and commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.


Sergeant John SANDERSON, 202 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 20 November 1943, aged 19. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Malta Memorial.

Sergeant Norman YOUNG, 7 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 27 March 1943, aged 21 and is buried at Sage War Cemetery, Germany.


Private George MAUGHAN 2nd Battalion, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 18 March 1942, aged 27. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial.

Private Maurice WILKINSON, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, 16/17 February 1944, aged 20 and is buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma.


Leading Aircraftman Henry BIRCH, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 5 August 1941, aged 27.

Private Thomas WELSH, Royal Army Service Corps, 17 December 1942, aged 30.

Private Maurice PEDDELTY, Durham Light Infantry, 17 January 1945, aged 18.

Driver George William RAINE, Royal Engineers, 28 December 1945, aged 29.