James Beresford Lever

James Beresford Lever was born in Bolton in 1910.

He was the son of Percy Fogg and Marian Lockyer Lever of Vale Bank, Haulgh, Bolton.

His father, Percy Fogg Lever, was a solicitor. His grandfather, James Lever, had been Registrar of Births and Deaths in Bolton.

James attended Bolton Church Institute from kindergarten in 1915 to leaving in 1921. He then became a pupil at Radley College boarding school in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

His brother, Philip, and sister, Mary, also attended Bolton Church Institute for short periods, as had his parents who continued to be very active in their support for the School.

He graduated from Oxford University with a BA, winning the Chancellor’s Latin Prose Prize in 1929.

The alternative address given on his will is 1 St James's Square, Manchester - indicating that James had been a solicitor in his father's firm, perhaps a partner, as this was their company address.


James's War

James was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Manchester Regiment in August 1940. By 1943 he had risen to the rank of Captain.

He died at Longford Castle, Alderbury, near Salisbury, Wiltshire on 26 May 1943.

Longford Castle was used as a military HQ during the Second World War.

James is buried in the churchyard of St Margaret's, Hornby, Lancashire.

His sister Mary lived there with her husband Dr Philip Miall Wright who later practised in the village.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
4 June 1943

Roll of Honour

LEVER – On May 25th 1943 at Longford Castle, Alderbury, Near Salisbury as the result of an accident, Captain JAMES BERESFORD LEVER (Manchester Regt.) aged 33, the dearly loved eldest son of Percy Fogg Lever and Marian Lockyer Lever, of Vale Bank, Haulgh Bolton.




James Beresford Lever

Captain: 145625

7th Battalion
The Manchester Regiment

Born: Bolton 1910

Died: Longford Castle, Alderbury, Nr Salisbury, Wiltshire 26 May 1943

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