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West Yorkshire Regiment

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.
  • Ashton John. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.2nd July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Beardmore Sidney. Pte. 16th (1st Battalion Bradford Pals) Btn.
  • Beaumont Fred. CQMS.
  • Beddows John Thomas. Pte. 1/8th Batallion (d.26th May 1918)
  • Belton Frank. Pte. 1st/8th Battalion (d.28th July 1917)
  • Bennett William. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Brinkley Robert Franklin Plato. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.24th July 1917)
  • 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)
  • Collins Edwin. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Fearnley Arthur. Pte. 9th Battalion
  • 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.
  • 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 Joseph William. Pte. 17th Battalion
  • 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)
  • King Herbert. Pte. 16th Battalion (d.9th November 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 Daniel Walter. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Mitchell William. Sgt. 10th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Phelps Lewis. Pte. 19th Btn. A Coy
  • Pinder Samuel. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.7th Oct 1918)
  • Pinkney Ralph. Pte. 9th Battalion
  • Platt Brandon. Pte. 21st (Pioneer) Btn. (d.8th July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Sharp Albert Edward . Pte. 10th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Spencer Wilson. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.14th July 1916)
  • 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)
  • Warriss William M.. Pte. 10th 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



Pte. Lewis Phelps 19th Btn. A Coy West Yorkshire Regiment

I bought a YMCA New Testament Bible in the 1980's from an antique collectors fair in Morley, Leeds. It includes Lord Robert's message to troops and has Pte Lewis Phelps name written by hand, serial no. and West Yorkshire Regiment draft 839, A coy attached to 19th West Yorkshire. Also the name of Ada Boyes, Moor Lane, Gomersall, Leeds hand written as well - presume sweetheart/fiancee. Also contains a photo presume of Ada Boyes and so mamy small cards with bible quotes inserted to different pages.

Andrew Gilmour


Pte. Daniel Walter Lee 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

Daniel Lee was born on the 8th of September 1881 in Birmingham, Warwickshire. He married Amelia Rook (b.1882 in Broom, Bedfordshire) in 1907 in Biggleswade. They had three children, John Frederick b.1907, Walter b.1910 and Margaret A. b.1913 in Barnsley. Daniel served with the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and lost his life on the 1st of July 1916 aged 35 years. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, the Monk Bretton War Memorial and the St Paul's Church, WW1 Memorial Tablet and WW1 Memorial Book Amelia went on to marry to John Walsh in 1919 in Barnsley and lived until 1967.

Phil Gregg


Pte. Joseph William Johnson 17th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

Joseph William Johnson, My Grandfather volunteered in 1914 at the age of 26, due to the new Bantam Battalions and being a man of small stature he was finally able to serve his country , Joseph joined the 17th Battalion, Prince of Wales own West Yorkshire Regiment in 1914. After training he went to the Western front and took part in the Battles of Ypres, Loos and the Somme where he became wounded in battle on three occasions. Joseph gained the 1914/15 star and the service and victory medals. Unlike so many brave men, he survived the war and was demobilised in February 1919 and lived on to the ripe old age of 81.

Dawn Royston


Pte. Brandon Platt 21st (Pioneer) Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment (d.8th July 1916)

Brandon Platt walked with his best friend Thomas Hilditch from his home village of Denshaw, Saddleworth, this being in Yorkshire they went to Triangle and rode the tram to Halifax to join a Yorkshire Regiment, were inspected and joined the army at the former tram depot at Highroad Well in Halifax then were sent home until called for. (Pioneers had an extra 2d per day pay over the normal 1/-shilling.)

Training was at Skipton and also Ripon, certainly North Yorkshire as both Hilditch and Platt took a long weekend and were late on parade, this was 'glossed over'. They were then to be sent to Egypt but the 'big push' changed all that and they were sent to France.

During the 4th Division attack the next wave to go over was 21st WYR when the attack was called off, so he was in the front trench it was necessary for the 21st West Yorks to hold the line for quite a few days until they were able to be relieved, certainly they were still in the area as of 9th July

Thomas Hilditch and Brandon Platt served together and on the evening of 8th July 1916 Hilditch was selected as part of a work party and Platt volunteered to go too, as they waited in the rear area to go into the trench system to work on the trench walls a shell fell to the right of Hilditch and Brandon Platt on his left fell dead, a passing RMC Captain was on scene and he immediately examined Pte Platt but found no wound however it transpired that a piece of shrapnel had penetrated the neck and heart causing his immediate death.

Brandon is buried at Colincamps (Sucerie) Cemetry near Mailley Maillet on the Somme.

Christopher Hilditch


Pte. Sidney Beardmore MM. 16th (1st Battalion Bradford Pals) Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment

Sidney Beardmore originally enlisted with 16th West Yorkshire Regiment (1st Battalion Bradford Pals) as private 16/1103. He departed from Liverpool in December 1915 after a year of basic training as part of the 93rd Brigade. They sailed on the Empress of Britain a Canadian steamship and docked at Port Said on 22nd December 1915 with orders to protect the Suez Canal. However as this theatre of the war was quiet the 93rd Brigade was ordered to France, departing Egypt 1st March 1916. The Brigade disembarked at Marseilles 6th March and traveled to their destination of Bertrancourt arriving 29th March. The time between then and 1st July was taken with preparations for the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Private Sidney Beardmore took part on the attack of Serre on 1st July when the Pals Battalions were virtually wiped out in the bloodiest day of the war for the British Army.

At some time after this Sidney Beardmore was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers and given a new Army number 60724. He initially was with the 13th Battalion and was a first aider for his Unit. He was awarded the Military Medal whilst serving with the 13th (Gazette issue number 31142 MM, Gazette date 21/1/1919 page 1216) this was probably for some event during the Battle of St. Quentin Canal and the breaching of the Hindenburg Line, although Sidney himself never knew for what event he had received the medal as no citation is issued with the Award. He stated that there had been many occasions during 1918 when he was in awkward situations! According to his military records he ended the war with the 25th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers in France as A.R. Class Z still a Private.

Elizabeth Hill


Pte. Robert Franklin Plato Brinkley 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (d.24th July 1917)

Robert Brinkley joined the 2nd Btn West Yorkshire Regiment aged just 15. He lied about his age as many did. He was killed on the 24th July 1917 age 18. The youngest son of Alice and the late Plato Brinkley.



Pte. Ralph Pinkney 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

My granddad, Ralph Pinkney, was wounded in September 1916 and evacuated back to UK. He was then transferred to the Liverpool Regiment for the remainder of the war. He ended his days as a market gardener in Cambridgeshire as he was no longer fit for coal mining (his pre-war role) following his injury.

Angela Thomas


Pte. William M. Warriss 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

William Warriss was my great uncle who was killed during the Battle of Fricourt. Lest we Forget.

Simone Jeffcock


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

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