Philip Edward Ainley (1910-1940)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Philip Edward Ainley was born in 1910 in Huddersfield, the son of Walter Ainley and his wife Beatrice (née Hirst).

The family resided at 83 East Street, Lindley. His father was a brewery manager at Benjamin Ainley Ltd. of Lindley. Walter Ainley died in October 1927, after which Bentley & Shaw Ltd. acquired the brewery and its licensed premises.


Huddersfield Examiner (29/Jun/1940):


Lieutenant P. E. Ainley Killed

Lieutenant Philip Edward Ainley, who is reported killed in France, was the son of the late Mr. Walter Ainley, of The Wood, Fixby, and of Mrs. Ainley, now of Oakwood, Edgerton, Huddersfield. He was twenty-nine years of age. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he obtained the degree of B.A. (Engineering) with first class honours. In 1932 he joined the staff of Metropolitan-Vickers, Manchester. During his stay with them he obtained his A.M.I.E.E. He was granted a commission in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in July, 1938, and went to France soon after the outbreak of war.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission