Search to find descendants of men on Roll of Honour

Missing people: Roll of Honour search at All Saints Church in Higher Walton, with assisting vicar the Rev David Woodhouse and his daughter Sarah Yates

Missing people: Roll of Honour search at All Saints Church in Higher Walton, with assisting vicar the Rev David Woodhouse and his daughter Sarah Yates

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THE search is on to find the descendants of 414 men listed on a church’s Roll of Honour.

Keen genealogist Sarah Yates has been researching the men listed on the scroll at All Saint’s Church, Higher Walton, since April and now, having identified all of them, is looking to find their relatives.

Sarah, from Walton-le-Dale, near Preston, said: “The Roll of Honour is unique because it not only lists men who were killed in the First World War but those who served and came home, and now I want to tell their stories.

“It is always interesting to find out what happened to the men during the war but now I want to know how their communities were affected and what happened after.

“This was the first time war came and landed on the doorstep, so it must have had a great impact.”

Sarah, who volunteers for the St Mary’s Project, which is linked to the Museum of Lancashire’s Preston Remembers, is looking to include her findings in a book and exhibition on Remembrance weekend this year.

She said: “Sixty per cent of service records from the First World War were destroyed in the Second World War, so it is quite difficult to identify many of the men.

“Hopefully, people will come forward to help and shed some light on what the men went on to do – there’s quite a lot to cover.”

The men listed on the church’s Roll of Honour hail from Brindle, Houghton, Higher Walton, Samlesbury, Walton-le-Dale, Bamber Bridge and Lostock Hall.

And one of them has been identified as a former PNE player.

Sarah said: “Daniel McKie, who played for Preston North End and later Queens Park Rangers in 1911/1912, is up there.

“He played in a match against Blackburn Rovers before he went to war and all of the proceeds went to the Titanic Relief Fund.”

The search also coincides with the 150th anniversary of the church’s dedication and Sarah’s dad, assistant vicar the Rev David Woodhouse, has been helping with her search.

Sarah said: “We would like to welcome people to come and celebrate the anniversary with us on July 5 when a garden party will be held at Higher Walton CE Primary School, who are also celebrating their 150th, at 2pm.

“It will be opened by the school’s head teacher and we would encourage attendees to wear Victorian costume.”

If you have any details about the men listed on the Roll of Honour, contact Rachel Hurst on 01772 838107 who will pass your details on to Sarah.