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during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Ackroyd Irving Proctor. Pte. 16th (1st Bradford Pals) Btn.
  • Allen Richard Gerrard Ross. 2nd Lt. 5th Btn. (d.16th Nov 1916)
  • Allen William Oswald. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th May 1918)
  • Anderson James Mackie. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.26th Nov 1943)
  • Andrew William. Sgt. 2/8th Btn.
  • Andrews Percy George. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Angus John Crosby. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.1st Nov 1918)
  • Archer Walter Dunlop. 2nd Lt. (d.25th April 1918)
  • Armitage Charles William. Pte. 10th Btn, B Coy. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Arundel Alwyn. Sgt. 5th Btn.
  • Ashworth Walter. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Atha John. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Atkinson A.. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.2nd Mar 1915)
  • Atkinson John Simeon. Pte. 2/7th Btn. (d.19th March 1917 or 19th November 1917)
  • Baker Major. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.18th Dec 1914)
  • Baker Nathan Simon. Pte. 2/7th Leeds Rifles (d.4th Sep 1917)
  • Barwood Robert Frankish. Pte (d.11th May 1917)
  • Beaumont Fred. CQMS.
  • Beddows John Thomas. Pte. 1/8th Batallion (d.26th May 1918)
  • Belton Frank. Pte. 1st/8th Battalion (d.28th July 1917)
  • Bentham James. Pte. 21st Btn.
  • Bentley Thomas Harold. Pte.
  • Binns Arthur. Pte. 15th Battalion
  • Binns Ernest. Rfm. 1/7th Btn. B Coy (d.15th Aug 1915)
  • Binns John. Pte. 9th Service Battalion (d.2nd Oct 1916)
  • Bisatt George Noel. A/Capt. 6h Btn.
  • Bishop Charles. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.13th Jul 1915)
  • Bishop Herbert Doughty. Pte. 2/5th Btn.
  • Bonner George William. Pte. 1st/6th Btn. (d.26th Apr 1918)
  • Booth Tom. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.8th November 1914)
  • Bradley Charles Henry.
  • Brady Alfred Henry Basil. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.17 Aug 1916)
  • Brannigan Ernest Edward. 2nd Lt. 7th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Brannigan Ernest Edward. 2nd Lt. 1/7th (Leeds Rifles) Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Brass Sidney G.. Pte.
  • Bridgett Samuel Charles. Pte. 15th/17th Btn. (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Broadbent John Thomas. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.25th April 1918)
  • Broadley James William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.10th Oct 1915)
  • Brooke Herbert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.24th September 1918)
  • Brown Arthur. Pte.
  • Brown J. C.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.25th Jul 1917)
  • Brown Thomas. Pte. (d.25th Sep 1914)
  • Bruce William. Dvr. (d.6th Jun 1917)
  • Caine David. Pte. 17th Battalion (d.30th July 1916)
  • Carnley Carl Albert. Pte. (d.10th Jan 1918)
  • Carter Herbert Francis George. Lt Col 18th Btn
  • Chapman Alfred Marshall. Pte. 1st Btn (d.2nd Mar 1916)
  • Clark Alfred John. Sgt. 2nd Batallion (d.12 March 1917)
  • Clarkson Amos. Capt. 8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) (d.24th Oct 1918)
  • Clayton Alfred. 7th (Leeds Rifles) Btn.
  • Clemmet Robert Henry. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.28th June 1918)
  • Cohen Adolf B. Lieutenant Prince Of Wales Own (d.22nd july 1917)
  • Corkett Francis Albert. Pte. 2/7th (Leeds Rifles) Btn.
  • Craig Archibald. Pte. 16th (1st Bradford Pals) Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Craven William Allen. Pte. 18th (Bradford Pals) Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Crawford Stephen. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.1st Aug 1917)
  • Crimmins Herbert. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.5th Sep 1916)
  • Cryer Ernest. Sgt. 1/8th (Leeds Rifles) Btn. (d.1st Sep 1918)
  • Cunningham Jeremiah. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.27th May 1918)
  • Daly Simeon Thomas. RSM. 12th Btn. (d.13th Apr 1917)
  • Daniells Frank. Capt. 12th Battalion
  • Deacon John. A/Cpl. 11th Btn. (d.9th Nov 1918)
  • Dickison Joseph. Pte. 10th Btn (d.27th May 1918)
  • Dobson Bramley. Pte. 12th Btn (d.5th Apr 1918)
  • Dorsey Patrick. Pte. Second Battalion (d.7th April 1916)
  • Douthwaite George Edward John Gough. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Dowson Harry. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Drury William Henry. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Durham William. Pte. 2nd/6th Btn (d.20th Nov 1917)
  • Eaglen James. Pte. 7th Btn.
  • Elliott Walter. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.26th June 1915)
  • Exley Daniel. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Farr Arthur James. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Farr Harry T.. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.18th Oct 1916)
  • Fenwick George Jameson. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Form William. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.22nd Dec 1916)
  • Frain Austin. Pte. 16th Btn. (d.16th Aug 1918)
  • Fraser John William. L/Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.19th Sep 1918)
  • Furness Arthur . Pte.
  • Gadsby John William. Pte. 1/8th Btn. Leeds Rifles (d.09 Oct 1917)
  • Gallagher James. Pte.
  • Gallagher Joseph.
  • Gallagher Joseph. 2nd Battalion (d.27th November 1917)
  • Gibson James. Pte 12th Btn (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Gill Arthur. Pte. 1st Btn (d.21st Dec 1915)
  • Gleadow George E.. Sgt. 1st Btn. (d.6th Apr 1917)
  • Goldsworthy Graydon William. Lt. 3rd Battalion
  • Goodwin Ernest. (d.21st Jul 1916)
  • Gray David. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.24th March 1916)
  • Green John. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.14th July 1916)
  • Green Robert. L/Cpl. 11th Btn.
  • Greg Adam. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th Oct 1916)
  • Hague Arthur. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.30 June 1916)
  • Hall C.. Pte.
  • Hands William Henry. Sgt. 11th Btn. (d.12th May 1917)
  • Harris Louis. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Nov 1918)
  • Hartley Ernest Henry. Pte. 103 Coy. (d.10th Apr 1917)
  • Henderson Fred. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.24th Mar 1918)
  • Heslop F. 2nd Lt 1st Btn (d.26th Apr 1918)
  • Hindley Charles. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.5th Feb 1915)
  • Hirst William. Pte.
  • Hitchen George Henry. Pte. 15th (Leeds Pals) Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Hitchen George Henry. Pte. 15th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Hobson Joseph. Cpl. 1st Battalion, A Company (d.14th Mar 1915)
  • Hodkin John. CQM Sgt.
  • Holloran Michael James. Pte. 24th Btn.
  • Horler Ernest. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.17th Feb 1918)
  • Hornsey Henry Parker. Pte. 15th Btn.
  • Horseman Frederick. Pte.
  • Horsford Thomas Edward O'Bryen. Lt. 2nd Btn (d.13th March 1915)
  • Horsman Thomas Albert. Pte. 9th Batallion (d.27th Sep 1916)
  • Houston F. Pte 2nd Btn (d.1st Aug 1917)
  • Howard Percy. Pte. 1/5th Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Howes Louis Harold George. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.16th October 1916)
  • Hudson James Arthur. Pte. 11th Btn. (d.6th Aug 1916)
  • Hughes James. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Humpherys Thomas Henry. Pte. (d.11th Jul 1918)
  • Hunter Douglas. Sgt. att. 93rd Light Trench Mortar
  • Iveson John Henry. Pte. 1/6th Battalion
  • James William Edward. Pte. 2nd Battalion, "B" Coy. (d.16th Sep 1915)
  • Johnson William Foster. Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.19th May 1918)
  • Jones Frederick Victor. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.27th April 1918)
  • Jones William Harold. Pte. 18th Btn (d.1st July 1916)
  • Kane William. Pte. 27th Battalion (Tyneside Irish) (d.28th Apr 1917)
  • Keelty James. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.25th April 1918)
  • Kidger Cornelius. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Kidger Cornelius. Pte. 10th Bn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Kirk Ernest. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th March 1915)
  • Kitson Henry. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.18th Sep 1916)
  • Kitson Thomas Ralph. L/Cpl. 1/5th Btn.
  • Kitson William Henry. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.18th Sept 1916)
  • Knight Thomas. Rflmn 1/8th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Knott James Leadbitter. Mjr. 10th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Knowles Haley. Pte. 9th (Yorkshire Hussars) Btn. (d.31st Aug 1918)
  • Lancaster William. L/Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.20th April 1918)
  • Lawrence Leonard. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Lay George . Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Learmonth Charles Allen. 2nd Lt. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Lee Thomas.
  • Lee Thomas.
  • Lindsay Thomas. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.9th Jan 1916)
  • Lintott Evelyn. 15th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Little Benjamin. Colour Sgt. 4th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Livsey Herbert. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.22nd July 1917)
  • Long Charles. L/Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.15th Mar 1916)
  • Luscombe Fred. Pte. 1/6th Battalion (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • MacDonald Harry. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.4th Nov 1916)
  • Mallinson Albert. 15th Battalion (d.23rd February 1917)
  • Marshall J..
  • Marshall Philip Messenger. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.15th Mar 1915)
  • Mayes Ernest. Pte. 12th Battalion
  • McBarron John. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.6th April 1915)
  • McDonald C. A.. RfM. 12th Siege Bty. (d.7th Nov 1918)
  • McIver Andrew Charles. L/sgt 2nd Btn.
  • Mennell Roy Walter. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.2nd Nov 1916)
  • Messenger Herbert. Pte.
  • Metcalf Albert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • Metcalfe Joseph. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Midgley John Thomas. Pte. 1st/6th Battalion (d.3rd May 1918)
  • Mitton Arthur. Pte. 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (d.24th September 1918)
  • Moon Clifford Abraham. 2nd Lt. 19th Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Mooney Michael. Pte 8 Bn
  • Neave Walter. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.30th Aug 1917)
  • Newton Edward Alexander. Pte. 18th Btn.
  • Northrop Harold. 2nd Lt. 1/8 (Leeds Rifles) Btn (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • O'Brien Alexander. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.12th Oct 1916)
  • Oakley Frank. L/Cpl. 58th Coy. (d.2nd Aug 1917)
  • Owens Charles Arnold. Lt. (d.10th Jan 1917)
  • Owens Charles Arnold. Lt. (d.10th Jan 1917)
  • Pankhurst Horace. Pte. 1/8th (Leeds Rifles) Battalion (d.16th Jul 1916)
  • Pankhurst Horace. RfM. 8th Btn. (d.16th July 1916)
  • Parry A.. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th Aug 1917)
  • Patterson John. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.23rd Apr 1917)
  • Peacock Thomas Greville. Pte. 2/7th Btn. (d.15th Apr 1917)
  • Petherick Thomas Edwin. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.14th Sep 1916)
  • Pinder Samuel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Oct 1918)
  • Pole Frederick James. Pte. 2nd/6th Btn. (d.20th Nov 1917)
  • Preston Wallace. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.12th June 1917)
  • Ramsey John Wilfred. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.21st Sept 1918)
  • Rangecroft John Whalley. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.9th May 1916)
  • Ratcliffe A. Victor. Lt. 10th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Ratcliffe James Ellis. Pte. 2/7 Btn. (Leeds Rifles) (d.28th Nov 1917)
  • Ratcliffe Victor. Lt. 10th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Rhodes Harry. Pte. 1st/8th Battalion (d.9th May 1915)
  • Riley Michael. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.28th Mar 1916)
  • Robinson B.. Cpl. 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion
  • Robinson George Ellis. Pte 18th Btn.
  • Roper Joseph Arthur. Dmr. 6th Btn. D Coy.
  • Roper William. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Savory James Henry. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.27th May 1918)
  • Scott George. Rfm. 8h Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Scott James Stanley. Private 1st Battalion (d.12th Feb 1916)
  • Scott James Thomas. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Senior Joseph Fearns. Lance Corpral 1st / 7th Bn (d.17  Nov 1917)
  • Simpson Ernest William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.28th Sep 1916)
  • Sissons William. Pte.
  • Slack Thomas Elliott. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.29th Jan 1915)
  • Smallpage Percy. Pte. 2/6th Battalion (d.8th May 1917)
  • Smith Frederick. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Smith James Arthur. Pte. 10th (Service) Battalion (d.23rd July 1916)
  • Smith Norman. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.26th May 1915)
  • Smith Norman. Pte. 1/7th Btn. (d.26th May 1915 )
  • Snee Edward . Pte.
  • Speight Harry. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.29th July 1918)
  • Speight Harry. Sgt. 8th (Leeds Rifles) Btn. (d.28th July 1918)
  • Spinks Alfred. Pte 1st/6th Bn (d.11th October 1918)
  • Srodzinsky George E.D.. L/Cpl. 12th Battalion
  • Steven Thomas. Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.11th Aug 1915)
  • Sykes Samuel Stanley. Lt-Col. 1/8th Leeds Rifles Battalion
  • Taylor Herbert. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.25th Sept 1915)
  • Taylor Samuel Verity. L/Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Thelwell Harry Rowland. Lt 3rd Btn. (d.8th July 1916)
  • Thornton Christopher. Sgt. 20th Btn. (d.21st Jan 1916)
  • Thundercliffe Henry Francis. Pte. 5th Btn. D Coy. 13 Pltoon. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Townsley Robert. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.13th Jul 1916)
  • Trainer Charles Hedley. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.28th September 1918)
  • Turpin Noah. L/Cpl. 1st/6th battalion (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Upton Alfred James. Pte. 1/7th Battalion (d.13 October 1918)
  • Vesty Arthur John. Pte. 1st/8th Battalion (d.23rd July 1918)
  • Walters Leonard. 1/7th Btn.
  • Ward James. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.6th Oct 1915)
  • Ward John Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd July 1916)
  • Warren Fred Langford. 2nd Lt. 2nd Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Waters ernest. Pte. 25th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1918)
  • Watson Harold. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.24th Oct 1916)
  • Watson Ralph Wycliffe. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Aug 1918)
  • Wells John Henry. Pte. 1st Btn, C Coy (d.16th Oct 1916 )
  • Whelan George. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.16th Aug 1917)
  • Wicks George. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.13th April 1917)
  • Widdowson Arthur. Pte. 1st/6th Battalion (d.1st Nov 1918)
  • Wignall George. Pte. 1/6th Btn. (d.3rd July 1916)
  • Wild Arthur. Pte. 18th Btn. (d.5th Sep 1916)
  • Wilson Joseph Edgar. L/Cpl. 1st Btn. (d.6th May 1918)
  • Wilson Thomas Albert. Pte. 11th. (Service) Btn.
  • Wilson Thomas Albert. Pte. 11th Battalion
  • Wooldridge Harold . Pte. 8th Battalion (d.13th Dec 1916)
  • Wright Christopher William. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Wright Edwin. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. (d.24th Apr 1918)
  • Wright Harold. L/Cpl. 18th Btn. (d.15th July 1916)
  • Wright Henry. Pte 1st and 6th Btn (d.24th Sept 1918)
  • Wright Samuel. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.14th July 1916)

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Pte. Frederick James Pole 2nd/6th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) (d.20th Nov 1917)

Frederick Pole was killed in action on the 20th of November 1917, aged 31. Buried in the Hermies Hill British Cemetery in France, he was the son of James and Harriett Pole, of Belgrave, Leicester; husband of Susan Pole, of 11 Belgrave Avenue, Leicester.

s flynn


Pte. Frank Belton 1st/8th Battalion Prince of Wale's Own West Yorkshire Regiment (d.28th July 1917)

Rifleman Frank Belton

My Grandad, Frank Belton, was married to Mary Markham on the 30th July 1910. He was 18 years old and worked as a glass blower. Mary was 17 years old.

In August 1914 he volunteered and joined the West Yorkshire Regiment firstly given the service number 1590. He was in the trenches in Nieuport, Belgium on the 21st/22nd July 1917 when the Battalion was subjected to a gas attack. Frank was injured and taken to Le Treport, France, where he died of his wounds, gas, on the 28th July. He is buried in Mon-Huon Cemetery, Le Treport, France. He was 25 years old when he died and left a 7 year old daughter, Mary and a 5 year old son, Ernest.

Frank Belton

Frank's Grave, Mont-Huon Cemetery

Margaret McIntosh


Pte. Samuel Charles Bridgett 15th/17th Btn. West Yorkshire (d.12th Apr 1918)

Samuel Charles Bridgett was my Grand Uncle, he was the youngest child of my Great Grandmother and Great Grandfather. He joined the Army on 12th May 1917 when he was 18 years old, he was 5'7", and weighed 10st 3lb. His previous occupation was Farming & Horseman.

He was transferred on 18th May 1917 to the 10th Training Reserve Battalion, and again on 18th Aug 1917 to the 7th Training Reserve Battalion. On 1st April 1918 he was transferred to the West Yorkshire 15/17th Regiment. On 12th April 1918 he was reported missing in Flanders, Belgium, 1 month off his 19th birthday. I have visited the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium, where his name is inscribed. I feel enormous pride, especially as he joined of his own free will at such a young age.

Brenda Selfridge


Pte. Herbert Livsey 1st Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.22nd July 1917)

Private Herbert Livsey no. 58620 1st. Battalion West Riding Yorks, 173 company Machine Gun Corps was killed on 22nd July 1917. I need whereabouts of his memorial in England.

Barrie Crowther


Rfm. Ernest Binns 1/7th Btn. B Coy West Yorkshire Regiment (d.15th Aug 1915)

I have recently returned from a trip to the Ypres salient. Whilst I was there I photographed a number of West Yorks Regiment gravestones. I visited the grave of Ernest Binns in particular (at New Irish Farm cemetery) as he was killed next to my wife's grandfather whilst rescuing other members of the regiment, (they were both stretcher bearers I believe but this may not have been the case). My wife's Grandfather Leonard Waters won the DCM for this and other actions.

Lance Keeley


Leonard Walters DCM. 1/7th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment

My wife's Grandfather Leonard Waters won the DCM for his actions as a stretcher barer near Irish Farm in the Ypres Salient.

Lance Keeley


A/Capt. George Noel Bisatt 6h Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment

My great uncle George Bisatt, from Fishlake in Yorkshire was a railway clerk living in Sheffield when war broke out. He joined the 12th Yorks and Lancaster Regiment, The Sheffield Pals and served on The Somme. He was commissioned into the 6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, in June 1917 and saw action in the Third Battle of Ypres. He was the battalion Adjutant in 1918. Does anyone have any information or a photo of of him?

At the end of the war he led the party who returned to Bradford to collect the colours, does anyone have a better copy of the photo of the handing over ceremony, as printed in the History of the 6th Battlion?



Rfm. George Scott 8h Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.9th Oct 1917)

George Scott

George Scott was my great great uncle who died in 1917, all I had was that brass plaque and a pic, I found his details on the Commonwealth war graves site, he is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, he was 31 when he died.

Peter Scott


Lt Col Herbert Francis George Carter MID. 18th Btn Durham Light Infantry, Yorkshire Light Infantry

"Lt.-Col. Herbert Francis George Carter was the son of General Francis Carter. He married Hermione Grace Guinness, daughter of Gerald Seymour Guinness and Eleanor Grace de Capell Brooke, on 26 June 1918. He died on 28 February 1919, while on active service. He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was decorated with the award of the Military Cross (M.C.)" []

"Herbert Carter came from a military family (his brother was Brigadier General F.C Carter) and was educated a Wellington and Sandhurst. He had strong West Yorkshire connections through his mother, a Thornhill of Fixby Hall, Huddersfield. The Thornhills were Yorkshire gentry back to the middle ages. Their wealth grew in the industrial revolution when coal was found on their land.

Carter joined the local Regiment, the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, in 1904 when he was eighteen. He served for time in Crete and was clearly an able and intelligent young officer. He achieved rapid promotion to full lieutenant and was made assistant adjutant of 2nd KOYLI shortly after his twentieth birthday. His time in Crete gave him the taste for foreign travel and he pursued an unusual career leaving the Battalion to enlist on a language course. He served in Russia and Japan as an attache at the British Embassies having become one of the Armies few first class interpreters in Russian and Japanese. There may have been connections with the Intelligence Service, and his post war service in Vladivostok, where he helped to train the White Russian forces may have had more to it than linguistic fluency. He was also a gifted musician and artist, and it may be that his foreign travels devolved his cosmopolitan taste for Turkish cigars and Astrakhan Collared Overcoats.

Carter, too, was well connected. His wife, Grace, was a Guinness and Carter was sufficiently well known to the royal family for the Kings personal security to write enquiring after his health when he was taken seriously ill in Russia in 1919. Sadly, Carter died of pneumonia in Russia in 1919 shortly after his daughter was born. Grace eventually re-married to Air Marshal John Cotesworth Slessor, one of the architects if British air strategy during and after WWII. When war came in 1914, Captain Carter returned to join the 2nd Battalion KOYLI in Belgium, arriving at the front 25th October. Like Maurice Kennard, he took part in thedesperate defence of the Messines Rige. Casualties were heavy and within six days he was the only surviving officer in his battalion. He was mentioned in despatches and became the first KOYLI officer to be awarded the Military Cross 31 October.

Carter was critical lack of firepower on the British side (at that time there were only two machine guns per battalion, often obsolete Maxims) compared to the better equipped Germans. In November 114 he wrote to a friend in Regimental H.Q. in Pontefract. 'It is damnably frightening, but the excitement and comradeship is wonderful My salaams too all and DO TRAIN SOME MORE MACHINE GUNNERS.'

Carter was wounded at Hooge 17 November, 114. His subsequent career reflects again the networking of the pre-war regular army. He spent time in Gallipoli as A.D.C to General Hunter-Weston with 2th Division but returned to England when Hunter-Weston was evacuated out of Cape Helles with sunstroke and exhaustion in July, 1915. He joined the newly formed 31st Division at Ripon as a staff officer under the new command of General Robert Wanless-OGowan who had been his Brigadier in Flanders. When the Pals arrived in France he had the advantage of being on the staff of his Divisional Commander and Corps Commander." - Bradford Pals by David Raw

"He won the first Regimental KOYLI Military Cross and was given the task of commanding the 18th (2nd Bradford Pals) Bn West Yorkshire Regiment on the afternoon of the 1st July 1918 after their disastrous attack on the Somme, leaving only 60 men available at his first Roll Call and also had the black task of signing the death Warrant of Privates Crimmins and Wild who were Shot at Dawn.

He entered Sandhurst in 1903 and was commissioned into the KOYLI a speaker of Russian, he was also proficient in Japanese. At the outbreak of the Great War, he proceeded to France with his Regiment and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry on the Ypres Messines Road on the 31st October 1914. By 1916 he was serving as a Staff Officer at GHQ and on the afternoon of the 1st July 1916 following the disastrous attack on the Somme was given command of the 18th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment, the 2nd Bradford Pals. Following a search for survivors of the attack a Roll call could only muster 60 men and with this number he followed orders and continued the attack. He had the privilege of leading his Pals until their disbandment during February 1918, when he was given command of the 18th Bn Durham Light Infantry. A dark moment in his military career was in September 1916 when two men under his command deserted Private H. Crimmins and Private A. Wild. Recapture these men were tried by Court Marshal and Lt Col Carter signed their death warrant, the men were shot on the dawn of the 5th September 1916." -

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Katie Mitford


Cpl. B. Robinson 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

B Robinson served with the Tyneside Irish and the West Yorkshire Regiment



L/Cpl. William Lancaster 6th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.20th April 1918)

William John Lancaster and his brother, Herbert John Lancaster, were born in Scarborough. Both served in the West Yorkshire Regiment, William in the 6th Battalion Herbert John in the 21st Battalion. Both were killed in action in 1918. Herbert John on 28th March and William on 20th April. I can't begin to imagine what it was like for my Great Grandparents receiving the dreaded telegrams just weeks apart. The two brothers are buried 40km apart in Pas de Calais. I'm going to the Euros in June and plan to visit the graves.

William's wife Annie Isabella was pregnant at the time of her husbands death, she named her son Harry after my grandfather (William's brother), my middle name is also Harry. Young Harry served in WW2 and the story (unconfirmed) is that he was killed in action whilst his wife was expecting their first child - a sad case of history repeating itself.

Tony Lancaster


Pte. John Thomas Ward 1st Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.23rd July 1916)

John Ward was the Brother of my Husband's Grandma. John Thomas Ward, or John T as he was sometimes known, was a soldier at the time of his marriage to Miss Lillian Link in February 1916. A few months later he was injured in Flanders and died of wounds on 23rd July 1916. He is buried in Abberville Communal Cemetery in Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War and Victory Medals on 31st of March 1920. According to that medal roll, John Thomas also served in the 5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment.

It would be great to find out more information about John Thomas, so we could know more about him. I have no photos.

Julie Holmes


Pte. Patrick Dorsey Second Battalion Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire (d.7th April 1916)

Four generations will visit Patrick Dorsey's grave in June to commemorate his great sacrifice. It will be the centenary of this tragic loss of life. A wasted generation of men who fought courageously so that freedom would be ours.

Peter Leech


Pte. John Simeon "Akky" Atkinson 2/7th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.19th March 1917 or 19th November 1917)

There is some discrepancy with the CWGC on date of John Simeon Atkinson's death as with his middle name as it is Simeon or Lineon. The Buslingthorpe Road Church Memorial at St. Michaels said John S. Atkinson 265907 which does bear in with all the facts from my aunt who is still alive to date(19/4/16).

His brother, Harry, survived the Great War but when questioned he simply said you don't want to know about that.

Their future brother-in-law, William Kirkley, is on the same memorial of St. Michaels which got demolished in the early 1960's, so the memorial was then placed in St.Marks Church Woodhouse, Leeds.

A. AtkinsonN


Pte. Henry Francis Thundercliffe 5th Btn. D Coy. 13 Pltoon. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.9th Oct 1917)

203120 Private Henry Francis Thundercliffe of D Company, X111 Platoon, 1st/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) was wounded on the morning of 9th of October 1917 during the assault on Peter Pan/Wolf Copse D.4.c.9.7 during the Battle of Passchendaele. He was found about 24 hours later in a shell hole at the bottom of the ridge and was taken toward a dressing station still under fire but had to be left in a shell hole about 80 yards from the dressing station due to mud and heavy firing. He was never seen again.

Here is an extract of the letter sent to his mother by The British Red Cross and Order of St John.

Dear Madam,

In reply to your enquiry, we have received the following report. Corp. C. Mitchell 202162. D Coy: now in France says; "We found Thundercliffe about 24hrs after our first advance at Passchendaele on 9th October. He was lying in a shell hole about 30yards from the bottom of the ridge. This was at night. He called out to us. We went to him and two of us took him back about 60 yards towards the Dressing Station. There we had to leave him in a shell hole. We could not go any further because of the mud and heavy firing. He was wounded but quite cheery. The spot we left him was about 80yards from the 1st Aid Post. I knew him well. He came from Hull." This report must leave your son's final fate still uncertain.

His body was never recovered and his name is engraved on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Mick Knott


Pte. James Hughes 9th Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment

James Hughes had five children, he signed up in 1915 thinking, as he was 35 and married, he would not be called up, but a few months later he was. He trained for the following summer and was sent to war. We are told he was near or at a large gun when his comrades were blown up and died and he sustained shrapnel down his spine. We do not know what hospital he was taken to but he was given a clerk's position with a quartermaster. The shrapnel was near his spine and he found it difficult to continue. He was discharged ten months later, from where we do not know. He spent the rest of his life in pain taking any work he could find to support his family without any pension from the army. He dragged his leg and young men laughed at him. He died at the age of 59 with shrapnel still growing out of his back and thigh.


Pte. George Wicks 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (d.13th April 1917)

George Wicks was the an elder brother of my grandmother's. He was a married man who worked as a coal miner before the war. His wife was called Elizabeth. They lived in the York Road area of Leeds. He is buried at Orange Trench Cemetery in the Pas De Calais. He was killed in the 1917 Battle of Arras

Chris Hough


Pte. Roy Walter Mennell 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (d.2nd Nov 1916)

The 10th West Yorks captured the Zenith Trench at Le Transloy Village on 1st November. My great uncle, Roy Mennell was killed the following day probably as a result of rifle, machine gun or artillery fire during daily routine as there were no recorded planned attacks on that day.

I am taking my daughter to the Thiepval Memorial this year to remember Roy Mennell on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Jan Stead


Pte. Norman Smith 1/7th Btn. West Yorkshire (d.26th May 1915 )

Norman Smith is the son of my great great aunt, Mary Elizabeth Crabtree, her husband was Lawrence Arthur Smith. He was born in Batley. Mary was born in Warwickshire. They had Lucy and Norman.

I am desperate to find a photograph of Norman Smith. It is important that this young man and all those who fought are never forgotten by us.

Nadine Crabtree


Pte. Joseph Metcalfe 5th Btn. West Yorks (d.3rd May 1917)

My grandfather, Joseph, worked in a foundry in York and he was a keen fisherman. He was married to Margaret and had five children. The middle one was Violet while the other four were boys, in descending order of age, William, Joseph, Frederick and, my father, Edward who was born on the 8th December, 1913.

It is reputed that when Joseph found that his city was being bombed by Zepperlins he volunteered for the West Yorks. He trained in the UK but I do not know where, except that Grandma is reckoned to have taken his children to wave goodbye to him as his train passed through York. It might, therefore, have been Colsterdale where he undertook initial training but there is also rumour that he completed training on Salisbury Plain.

I don't know when or where he landed in France as the War Office tell me that records pertaining to him were lost due to bomb damage in WWII. He died on the disastrous advance from Arras on 3rd May 1917. He was one of the many 'missing believed lost' and a report, unsubstantiated, states that during the advance he took a direct hit from a shell to the head. His daughter Violet told of the many visits her mother made to the docks when she heard that repatriated troops were being landed at the docks in Hull.

She later remarried and had another family and sadly some of Joseph's personal things 'went missing'. The saddest loss of all is the bronze 'Widow's Penny' which 'disappeared' in York following the divorce of his second son who was the 'keeper' of it. My father passed on to me Joseph's medals and watch, while my cousin, Frederick's eldest gave me a late framed photo of Joseph taken before the war and we have one of him in uniform.

wrote an article in the York Press requesting readers to search to see if they acquired his bronze Widow's Penny but to no avail. I would dearly like to have it back in the family's possession. I have visited the Arras memorial where he is listed among the dead.

Leon Metcalfe

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