Did you know Sapper James Westhead?

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Eric Bulmer has a race against time - trying to trace relatives on the Fylde coast of his late uncle, Sapper James Westhead, before Remembrance Sunday.

James, who lived in Alexandra Road, St Annes, was killed in action just after the D-Day landings on July 14,1944 in France.

He can be seen far right on the group photograph (above) and also below.

James had two brothers missing in action and one brother who was captured by the Japanese, their names were Richard, Edward and Douglas.

They also had three other brothers, John, Frank and Fredrick, and sisters, Florence Mary England, Elizabeth Ann, Margaret Jane and Kathleen.

Their parents’ names were John Westhead and Sarah Jane Westhead.

Eric says: “I am also trying to trace two friends who I met in the 1950s and 60s - Johnny Palmer, whose uncle Harry Richards used to be in charge of the St Annes YMCA, and a young lady who was the granddaughter of Mr Cookson of Cookson’s Bakery in Lytham.

“I have kindly been invited to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday (November 10) at the War Memorial by the chairman of St Annes British Legion, Spencer Leader, so I shall be there in memory of all those who lost their lives in the Second World War and especially my uncles.

“If any reader has any information about my relatives and friends would they please get in touch?

“My Aunt Jean, who was married to Uncle Jim when he was killed in action, then went on to marry Hughy Culshaw, and they were both well know on the Fylde coast.

“Uncle Hughy used to drive the Lytham to Blackpool Blue Bus service. I would more than welcome anybody who would like to meet me after the Remembrance Service on November 10.”

Eric can be contacted at 33 Salisbury Crescent, West Cornforth, County Durham, DL17 9NT, by email at ericbulmer

@hotmail.co.uk or by phone on 07974 083590.