They shall not grow old

The parishes St Luke and Ss Peter and Paul did not yet exist at the time of World War I. We are, however, able to look at the records and see who lived in what was to be the current parishes although at the time these men would have been in the parishes of St James, St Mary Eccles and St Mary Swinton.

Rifleman Francis 'Frank' Barry (Rifle Brigade, 10th Bn)

Born 1893 at Irlams o'th' Height, son of Frank & Julia Ann, of 81 Brick St, Bolton (1891), 9 Pitt St, Irlam O'th Heights (1901, 1914), conf 14/7/04 at St Mary, Swinton.  Employed at Clifton Hall Colliery. He enlisted in 1914. He married 25/4/14 at St Mary, Swinton to Mary Gilmore, of 11 Pitt St, Irlams o'th' Height (1917) and they had 1 child. He was Killed in action on  30/11/1917 in France, age 25. (St Mary, Swinton WM. Newspaper Obit (P). CWGC.)

Corporal John Basson (Border Reg, 7th Bn)

Born 1888 in Swinton, bap 15/5/1889 at St Mary's, son of John Robert & Martha, of 45 Swinton Hall Road, Swinton (1901), 11 Burton St, Pendlebury (1911), 32 New Herbert St, Irlams o'th' Height (1918), 7 Horrocks St, Pendlebury (1917, 1919). Emp at Messrs Gerrard's Works, Swinton. Enl 6/11/14, posted to France 19/12/15, prom L/Cpl 24/11/16. MIA 23/4/1917 at Arras, age 29,  (St Mary, Swinton WM. Newspaper Obit. CWGC. Ancestry. Service Record.)

Corporal Herbert Healy (Lancs Fus, 15th Bn (Salford Pals)

Born 8/11/1886 in Swinton, bap 14/11/1886 at St Mary's, conf there 1899, son of John (Galway) & Sarah Ellen of Britannia Inn, 1 Albion St, Pendlebury (1891), Britannia Inn, 2 Bolton Rd, Irlams o'th' Height (1901, 1911 - mother widowed, 1919). Employed as a Telegraphist for GPO, Manchester. Attended St Mary, Swinton. Enl 9/1914. MIA 1/7/1916 on the Somme, age 29, (St Mary, Swinton WM. Salford Pals Book. Newspaper Obit. CWGC. Ancestry) See also The Healy Family

Trimmer George Henry (Harry) Purcell (Mercantile Marine Res, HMS Otranto)

Born 12/11/1899 at 104 Bolton Rd, Pendlebury, bap 10/12/1899 at St Mary's, son of Thomas & Mary Jane, of 19 Moor St, Pendlebury (1901), 393 Bolton Rd, Pendleton (1911), 6 Brazil St, Irlams o'th' Height (1915, 1919), emp in iron works. Enlisted 29/3/15 in Lancs Fus, 3rd Bn (claimed to be 19), discharched 30/9/15 as underage. Died 6/10/1918, age 18, (St Mary, Swinton WM. CWGC.)


Can you help add to this page

  • We would like to hear of any relative of parishioners that should be added to this for World War I and also for World War II for which we have no information at present
  • We would also like to have related photos


O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on your departed veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in you with your saints forever.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Parish History Group

If you would like to help research the history of the Parish or have any stories or photos then please get in touch. or speak to Paul Ashton, Stephanie McDonough or Pat Murray

We have some specific requests for information

  • Photos of our Assistant Priests/Curates
  • Photos and stories of the Charter Players
  • Photo
    • Fr J Leo McGinnell
    • James O'Garr  (1891-1979)
    • Billy Brady Sr
  • Servicemen of WWII (your parents/grandparents/great-grandparents ?)
  • Early photos of Ss Peter and Paul