Great War dead of Leyland and Farington

William Waring was born in Leyland in 1928 and since 2006 has been president of Leyland Historical Society. His father, Major Harry Waring, had a distinguished record in the first war and served in the local 'Home Guard' in the second. Bill has had a lifetime’s interest in the history of Leyland, has written about it extensively, and is the leading authority on the subject. His research interests span the whole range of English local history.

He began by studying the wills and inventories available in the Lancashire Records Office and by relating these to the ffarington archive was able to build up a comprehensive picture of changing times in the village and later town. In conjunction with the late George Bolton he developed a very analytical approach to the subject which he has sought to pass on to a younger generation of enthusiasts.

Mr Waring began researching the stories of local men killed in the Great War in 1992. As editor of the society’s magazine – the Lailand Chronicle - he urged members to take up new projects: he had better, he then thought, begin one himself. He started by listing names on the local war memorials and the project just snowballed. He completed and submitted the South Ribble section of the National Index of War Memorials. This was a national scheme, and in a pre-computer age was perhaps overly ambitious for the time.

Mr Waring wishes his work to be freely available to all, asking only that people using it for publication kindly acknowledge the source of their information.