Ronald Fairhurst

Ronald Fairhurst was born in Bolton in 1918.

He was the son of Albert and Mary E Fairhurst of Blenheim Road, Bolton.

He had a younger sister, Phyllis M Fairhurst, who was born in 1925.

After leaving Bolton Church Institute he worked at Radcliffe Paper Mill.


Ronald's War

Ronald joined the Army in July 1939 and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in March 1944.

He probably landed on D-Day with the 5th Battalion King's Regiment (Liverpool) at Sword Beach and remained there for about six weeks, maintaining beach organisation, securing positions and providing defence against counter-attack. He may then have joined another unit as part of reinforcements but was killed soon afterwards on 7 August 1944 during the early stages of the Allied breakout from the Normandy beachheads.

He married Joyce Parkinson at St Augustine’s Church, Tonge Moor, Bolton on 19 July 1941. They had one daughter, Hazel Joyce Fairhurst, born 24 August 1942.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
18 August 1944

Officer Killed in Normandy

Second-Lieut. Ronald C Fairhurst (26) 179, Turner Bridge-rd, Bolton, has been killed in action in France. He had been with the Army since July 1939, prior to which he worked at the Radcliffe Paper Mill. He formerly attended the Church Institute School, and worshipped at St Augustine’s Church.



Ronald Fairhurst

Ronald Fairhurst

2nd Lieutenant: 314947

The King's Regiment (Liverpool)

Born: Bolton 1918

Died: Normandy, France 7 August 1944

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