Mr. and Mrs William Windler of 99 Moss-lane,
Litherland, residents in the district for over forty years, have
seven sons serving in H.M. Forces.
They are in order of age:
Driver William Knightley Windler, aged
32, married, and now serving with the Anti-Tanks;
Private George Henry Windler, aged 29,
married, of the Loyal Regiment;
Private Charles Thomas Windler, aged
27, of the Black Watch.
Sapper Alfred Windler, aged 21, of the
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Henry Windler, aged 20, Royal Navy;
Richard Windler, aged 18, N.A.A.F.
Mr and Mrs Windler also had a son-in-law, Private
Sidney Thomas Taylor, aged 23, who was killed in action,
and a nephew, Sergeant Observer Arthur Knighley Roland
Keats, aged 23, of the R.A.F., who was reported missing and
has since been reported killed.
Mr Windler, senior, served with the 3rd Liverpool
King's Regiment during the last war, and was often excused guard
duty for being the smartest man on parade.
His sons are keeping up the old tradition, and they have been
many hours extra work for having thebrightest
All seven sons attended Lander Road Council School,
and John and Richard were later educated at Litherland Central
In civil life William was a bus driver, employed
by Ribble Motor Services; George Henry, Charles Thomas and John
Roland were coach painters in a large motor transport firm; Alfred
was a house painter, and Thomas Henry was employed in a Litherland
tannery. Richard the youngest, left school only a short while ago.
The son-in-law, Private Sidney Thomas, was a
soap worker in a large soap manufacturing mills in Cheshire, while
Sergeant Observer Keates joined the R.A.F. shortly after leaving
Corporal J. R. Windler