LITHERLAND AT WAR
1939-1945


LITHERLAND
FAMILY'S
DISTINCTION
             Seven
             Serving
             Sons

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 Royal Engineers;
Ordinary Seaman Thomas Henry Windler, aged 20, Royal Navy; and
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
Mr. William Windler Mrs. May Windler
excused many hours extra work for having thebrightest buttons.
   All seven sons attended Lander Road Council School, and John and Richard were later educated at Litherland Central School.
   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 school.

Corporal J. R. Windler
Private C.T. Windler
 
Private G. H. Windler
 
Driver W. K. Windler
 
Sapper A. Windler
 
Ordinary Seaman H. Windler
Richard Windler
Private S. T. Taylor
(son-in-law)
Sgt Observer A. K. R. Keates
(nephew)
  Update 2004
Leading Canteen Assistant
H.M.S Cabot
Died aged 21 - 28/07/1943
Richard is buried in Bootle Cemetery.
Update 2004
A
ged 23
Cheshire Regiment
Killed in Action 19/05/1940

Update 2004
Aged 23
R.A.F.
Killed in Action 25/05/1940
Crosby Herald 1940

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