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Those known to have served with

York and Lancaster Regiment

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adams Frederick. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1917)
  • Aithwaite Matthew James. CSM. 2nd Btn. B COY (d.21st Sep 1916)
  • Allemby Harold. L/Cpl. 14th (Barnsley Pals) Btn. (d.1st July 1916 )
  • Allen Thomas Freeth. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.6th Jan 1917)
  • Anderson George Henry. L/Cpl. 3rd (Reserve) Battalion (d.11th Sep 1915)
  • Bamford Tom. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.2nd Oct 1916)
  • Barber Albert. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Barham Charles Frederick. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.9th Apr 1917)
  • Barker Lionel. Pte. 10th (Service) Btn.
  • Barlow John Willie. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.20th October 1918)
  • Barstow Leonard. Cpl. 8th Btn.
  • Bateman Frank. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.10th Sep 1918)
  • Beal Percy. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Beal Percy. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Beckett Pizarro William. Pte 2nd Btn.
  • Beckett Stanley. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.14th June 1917)
  • Bessant Alex. CSM. 6th Btn. (d.25th Oct 1917)
  • Biggin Robert Rowland. Pte 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Bird John Henry. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.30th Sep 1917)
  • Bisatt George Noel. A/Capt. 6h Btn.
  • Bladen F. Charles H.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1916)
  • Bollands Frederick James. 16th Battalion
  • Booth H.. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Bray Albert. Pte. 1/4th Hallamshire Btn. (d.13th June 1915)
  • Brinkworth Stelvio Reginald. Pte. (d.4th December 1915)
  • Brock George Edward. Pte 8th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1917)
  • Bromage Herbert Thomas. L/Cpl. 8th Battalion
  • Brown Henry. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
  • Bullock Edwin. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.9th April 1917)
  • Burnett Charles W.. Pte. 1/4th (Hallamshire) Battalion (d.19th Jul 1917)
  • Burroughs Albert. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.24th Sep 1918)
  • Cadman Walter. CSM 1st/4th Btn.
  • Carlin Isaac. L/Cpl. 6th Battalion (d.31st Dec 1916)
  • Carlin Issac. L/Cpl. (d.31st Dec 1916)
  • Clarkson Wilford Bamforth. 2nd Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.20th June 1918)
  • Colbenson Samuel. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.16th Jan 1918)
  • Colbourne Thomas William. WO2 14th Btn.
  • Conway Thomas. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Cook John. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Cooper Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. B Coy.
  • Cottle Charles. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Coward Duncan Balfour. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th Sep 1915)
  • Crookes Arthur. Pte. 6th Batallion 13th Platoon (d. )
  • Cross John. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.11th April 1918)
  • Crozier Ernest. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Crumpen George Henry. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Cundliffe C. H.. Sgt. 12th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Curwen Edward Stanley. L/Cpl. 12th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Daft David Thomas. L/Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.14th July 1917)
  • Davies James.
  • Davies Robert Edward. 9th Btn.
  • Dawson Jarvis. 13th Battalion
  • Dawtry Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.29th April 1917)
  • Dickens John Lewis. L/Cpl. 10th Battalion (d.17th Jul 1916)
  • Dossett Walter. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.25th June 1918)
  • Douthwaite Robert Christopher Morris. Lt. 8th Btn. (d.19th June 1919)
  • Dransfield John Henry. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.22nd April 1918)
  • Evans Robert Henry. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1918)
  • Feasey Francis John. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Fletcher Ernest. 1st Battalion
  • Fox Freddy. Pte. 1st Btn (d.23rd Apr 1915)
  • Gall Harry. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Garrison Leonard. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.1st May 1917)
  • Gill John Armitage.
  • Glover John Abraham. Sgt. 4th Btn., D Coy. (d.19th Oct 1918)
  • Gordon Richard Smith. A/Cpl. 8th (Service) Battalion (d.21st Oct 1917)
  • Gothard Thomas. Pte. 1st/4th Battalion (d.13th April 1918)
  • Graham Wilfred Norman. L/Cpl. 2nd Battalion (d.21st Nov 1917)
  • Gregory Charles. Sgt. 14th (2nd Barnsley) Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Gummer Stanley. Capt. 5th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Haddock James A.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.16th Sep 1916)
  • Hadfield Frank. Pte. 2nd Batalion (d.18th Oct 1914)
  • Haggar Wilfred. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Haggas Graverra. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Haggas Traverra. L/Cpl. 3rd Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Hall Fredrick Thomas. Pte. 1st Btn.
  • Harris Arthur. Pte. 2nd Battalion, D Coy
  • Harris Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. D Coy.
  • Hastings Adam. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.23 September 1917)
  • Hawley Walter. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th Oct 1918)
  • Heeds Edgar. Cpl. 1st Battalion (d.13th Apr 1915)
  • Henry Alfred. L/Cpl. 1st/5th Btn. (d.11th Mar 1918)
  • Hirst William. 2nd Lt. 14th Btn (d.1st July 1916)
  • Hobkinson Charles Wilfred. 2nd Lt. 6th Battalion (d.23 August 1915)
  • Hobkinson Charles W.. 2nd Lt. 6th Btn. (d.23rd August 1915)
  • Hobson James Farewell. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Hodgkinson William Henry. LaL/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Holmes Alexander. Pte. 1/4th (Hallamshire) Btn. (d.22nd May 1918)
  • Holmes Charles. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.7th October 1916)
  • Holmes Robert. L/Cpl. 9th Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Holt James William . Pte. 14th Btn. B Coy (d.1st July 1916)
  • Homer Arthur. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Hooson Joseph. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.9th Jan 1916)
  • Houghton John Thomas. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Howard Harry. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Hoyle Charles. Private
  • Hughes Henry. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Hughes Hugh Elias. Pte. 10th Battlion
  • Hunt Frederick George. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.1st Apr 1917)
  • Huntley Ernest. Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.6th Mar 1917)
  • Ingham Ernest. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Jefferey Henry Thomas. Pte. 1/4 (Hallamshire) Btn. (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Johns Samuel. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1916)
  • Jones Claude Saul. Pte. 9th Btn (d.7th June 1917)
  • Jones Thomas Alfred. Pte. 7th Btn
  • Jowle Ernest. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Jubb Arthur C.E.. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.21st April 1918)
  • Kane John Vincent. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.28th Feb 1916)
  • Kay William Henry. Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.19th May 1918)
  • Kaye Joseph. Pte. 5th Btn.
  • Kenny James. Pte. 2nd Btn. C Coy. (d.3rd Jun 1915)
  • Kettlewell George. Pte. 25th (Tyneside Irish) Btn. (d.15th Apr 1918)
  • King Thomas. Pte. 2nd/5th Btn. C Company (d.13th March 1917)
  • Lacey Walter Nicholson. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.17th January 1917)
  • Lavender John Eliott. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn. (d.28 April 1917)
  • Lavender Wilfred Harris. Sgt. 12th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Lawrence Robert W. Pte 7th Battalion (d.11th March 1916)
  • Leonardi James. L/Cpl. 9th Btn.
  • Linton George Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Oct 1914)
  • Lucas Ernest Henry Austin. 2nd Lt 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Marples John William. Cpl. 9th Battalion
  • Marsden John William. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.1st Oct 1917)
  • Marshall Charles. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.10th Oct 1917)
  • Marshall Hugh. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.17th March 1916)
  • Mason John William. Pte. 1st Battalion (d.30th Sep 1915)
  • Mattimoe James Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • McArdle Peter Paul. 2nd Lt. 1/2 Btn. Att 1/4th Btn. York & Lancs Rgt. (d.26th April 1918)
  • McKilligan Alexander. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.9th Aug 1915)
  • Metcalfe John Charles. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn (d.27th Jul 1915)
  • Millward Ernest. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Mitchell Leonard. Pte. 8th Btn (d.19th Sep 1917)
  • Nicholson Charles B.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.27th Oct 1917)
  • Nicholson William Henry. Pte. 1/5th Btn.
  • Oldfield Wilfred. Bglr. 13th Battalion
  • Park Horace. Pte 8th Btn (d.17th Sep 1917)
  • Parrott William Henry. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Payne John Henry . Pte. 13th (1st Barnsley) Battalion (d.24th Oct 1918)
  • Pryce-Jones Reginald. 2nd Lt. 8th Btn. (d.19th Oct 1917)
  • Radley Charles. Pte. 7th (Service) Btn. (d.30th Jun 1918)
  • Reeves Edward. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Regan Thomas. Pte. 13th Battalion Barnsley Pals (d.26th July 1916)
  • Reynolds Robert Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Sep 1914)
  • Reynolds Robert Henry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.23rd Sept 1914)
  • Richmond Albert. Pte. 9th. Btn
  • Riggs Frederick Charles. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.1st October 1918)
  • Robinson Frederick. Pte. 2/6 Btn.
  • Rogerson Charles. Sgt. 13th Btn.
  • Sanderson John Albert. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.14th Oct 1917)
  • Savage Matthew. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Scargill Harry. Sgt. 13th (1st Barnsley) Btn. A Coy. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Schneider John . Pte. 1st/4th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Scholes Herbert. L/Cpl.
  • Scott John. Pte. (d.1st May 1916)
  • Searle Alick. Cpl.
  • Shakespeare Jerry. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.11th May 1916)
  • Sharman John. Cpl. 13th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Shirtliff Frederick. Pte. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Simms Edgar. 7th Service Battalion
  • Skidmore Harry. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.10th May 1916)
  • Slater John W.. Pte. 14th Btn.
  • Smith George. Pte. 10th (Service) Btn. (d.12th Aug 1917)
  • Smith George. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.12th Aug 1917)
  • Smith George. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.12th August 1917)
  • Smith Guy Wilfred. 2nd Lt. 13th Btn
  • Smith H. Pte. 2/4th Battalion (d.25th Oct 1918)
  • Smith Harold. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.5th May 1917)
  • Smith Joseph Thomas. Sgt 1/4 Btn (d.19th Nov 1918)
  • Smith Thomas. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.26th Sept 1915)
  • Snaith Harry Craven. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Southwick Samuel. Pte. 1/4th Battallion (d.7th Sept 1916)
  • Southwick Samuel. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.7th September 1916)
  • Speed John. Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1918)
  • Stevenson Harold George. 2nd Lt. 13th Btn. (d.25th June 1917)
  • Straw Richard. Pte. 14th Btn. (d.12th April 1918)
  • Street Walter. Cpl. 13th (Barnsley Pals) Btn.
  • Sunderland Nelson. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Jul 1915)
  • Swift Walter. Pte. 13th (Barnsley Pals) Battalion (d.1st July 1916)
  • Tasker William. Private
  • Taylor Henry Irvine. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st August 1917)
  • Thompson James Edward. Pte. 13th (1st Barnsley) Battalion (d.21st Apr 1916)
  • Thorneloe Albert. Pte 9th Btn (d.1st July 1916)
  • Thornley James William. Sgt. 7th Btn. (d.15th May 1917)
  • Timms William Henry. Pte. 3rd Btn. (d.7th Mar 1916)
  • Totty William. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Townend Fred Blackburn. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.17th June 1916)
  • Turpin Lionel Fitzherbert. Rflmn.
  • Tysoe Samuel. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.3rd Oct 1918)
  • Viney Albert. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Wainer Arthur. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.2nd October 1917)
  • Wakelin Albert Edward. Pte. 9th Btn.
  • Walker Albert. Pte.
  • Walker Charles. L/Cpl. 14th Btn. B Coy (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Walker Ernest. L/Cpl. 13th Btn. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Walker Fred. Pte. 14th Btn. A Coy (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Wallace John. Cpl. 148 Company
  • Walton Herbert. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.18th August 1916)
  • Ward William Henry. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Wells Charles William. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • White George. Sgt. 5th Btn. (d.10th Sep 1915)
  • Wholey H.. Pte. 12th Btn.
  • Wiggins John William. Pte. 14th Battalion
  • Wigley William Ernest. CSM 2nd Btn
  • Willis Charles F.. Mjr. 1/5th Btn. (d.8th March 1918)
  • Wilson Fred Brookfield. 2nd Lt. 12th Btn. (d.7th August 1917)
  • Wilson Hector A.. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.10th September 1916)
  • Wilson Henry Dodd. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.5th July 1916)
  • Wood George. Sgt. 4th (Hallamshire) Btn. (d.12th June 1917)
  • Wood Isaac George. Pte. 9th. Btn. (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Worth Arthur Womersley. Pte.
  • Worthy William. L/Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1917)
  • Wroe Frank. CSM. 8th Btn.

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Pte. Henry Brown 1/5th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment

My Grandfather, Harry Brown, was a survivor of the Great War. He served from August 1914 til demob in March 1919. He died before I was born, but my parents had a framed photo of him in uniform, taken prior to the war. He was charged with desertion in 1918. His records show that he failed to return after being given a 2 week furlough from hospital. He was being treated for a severe head wound. The charge was dropped when he agreed to rejoin his unit in France. He wasn't back long before being readmitted to hospital with bronchitis. He never talked about his experiences, so I am trying to piece together a history for my children, although my father did recall a large scar on the side of his father's head.

Gina Morley


Pte. George Henry Crumpen 6th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.3rd Oct 1918)

George Crumpen was killed in action on the 3rd of October 1918, aged 36 and is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France. He was the son of James and Sarah Ann Crumpen, of Great Totham, Essex, husband of M. Crumpen, of "Westholm," Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Witham, Essex. Native of Great Totham,.

s flynn


2nd Lt. John Eliott Lavender 10th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment (d.28 April 1917)

John Eliott Lavender, known as Jack, was born in Penistone in 1895 whilst the family were living on Sheffield Road. They later moved to Grimesthorpe Road Sheffield. Jack's father John Lavender worked at Atlas works and upon leaving school, Jack followed in his footsteps. In 1915, Jack married Edith.

Jack was a member of the York and Lancaster regiment serving with the 7th Battalion, the pioneer battalion. He arrived in France on the 13th July 1915 serving first as a Corporal and then as a Sergeant. Jack was commissioned in the Lincolnshire Regiment on 6th February 1917 serving with the 10th battalion the Grimsby Chums. Jack is mentioned in the battalion war diary on the 25th April 1917 ‘Night of 25 – 26 furnished a working party of 200 men under 4 officers, 2nd Lt Lavender found 1 off and 1 Pte of the 4th Seaforths wounded in front of our line near MI Pleasant Wood. They had been lying out since attack of 23rd Casualties hit.’ Whilst on home leave in 1916, Jack and Edith conceived a child. Unfortunately, Jack was killed on 28th April 1917 at the Battle of Arleux, and never met his son John, who was born on 1st June 1917. Jacks body was never recovered.

In 1924, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lieutenant-Colonel Vignoles wrote back to Edith , who had written to Mr Cox, the secretary of the 10th Lincolnshire association, asking for information on her husbands death. ”My own view is that your husband, with many others, was killed that day, buried by the subsequent heavy shelling. ” Jack's son grew up intensely proud of his father despite never meeting him. Jacks widow did marry again but grieved for her first husband until the day she died. Jack is remembered on the Arras Memorial. His brother Wilfred was killed on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme Offensive and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

Neil Lavender


Pte. Albert Burroughs 1st/5th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.24th Sep 1918)

Albery Burroughs was killed in action on the 24th of September 1918, aged 19 and is buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, France. He was the son of Mary Ellen Burroughs, of 35, Rockley Street, Walton, Liverpool, and the late William John Burroughs His elder brother William John Burroughs served with the Lancashire Hussars and survived the war. He married and had a son who he named Albert after him.

s flynn


Pte. Thomas Dawtry 10th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.29th April 1917)

Thomas Dawtry was killed in action on the 29th of April 1917, aged 27 and was Buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension in France. Thomas died leaving a wife, Sarah Ann nee Bywater and 2 children, my father Thomas b. 1911 and a daughter Sarah Ann, b. 1912, all living in Doncaster, Yorkshire.

The Additional information on the CWGC site is rather confusing and incorrect. Grandfather was actually born 19 Nov 1889 in Wigston, Leicestershire and his name registered as Edgar Dawtry HALL. He was the recognised but illegitimate son of Arthur Dawtry and Elizabeth HALL. Sadly his mother died just days after his birth and he was given to his father's sister Hannah to raise. Hannah was married to Thomas Bagshaw. Grandfather was known a Thomas Bagshaw until sometime shortly before his marriage when he reverted to his biological father's surname but kept his new forename. Hence the confusion over names which I'm sure originated with Sarah Ann not the CWGC.

s flynn


Sgt. Frederick Charles Riggs VC, MM. 6th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.1st October 1918)

Frederick Riggs was killed in action 1st October 1918, aged 29 and is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France. He was the adopted Son of Elizabeth Burgum, of 39, Capstone Rd., Bournemouth

An extract form The London Gazette, dated 3rd Jan., 1919, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice on the morning of 1st Oct., 1918, near Epinoy, when, having led his platoon through strong uncut wire under severe fire, he continued straight on, and although losing heavily from flanking fire, succeeded in reaching his objective, where he rushed and captured a machine gun. He later handled two captured guns with great effect, and caused the surrender of fifty enemy. Subsequently, when the enemy again advanced in force, Serjt. Riggs cheerfully encouraged his men to resist, and whilst exhorting his men to fight on to the last, this very gallant soldier was killed."

s flynn


Pte. Robert Henry Evans 2nd/4th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.2nd Sep 1918)

Robert Evans died on 2nd September 1918, aged 18 and is buried in the Vaux Hill Cemetery in France.

s flynn


Cpl. John Wallace DCM MID 148 Company Machine Gun Corps

Sheffield newspaper article reporting Cpl. J Wallace DCM award

My grandfather,John Wallace, served throughout the Great War. He was in 1/4 Battalion The Hallamshires of the Territorial Army before the war and was mobilised at the outbreak of war.

He sailed, with his battalion, for France on 13th April 1915 and served with his battalion (he was 2251 Pte J Wallace, York and Lancaster Regiment) as a machine gunner until transferred to 148 Company of the newly formed Machine Gun Corps on 31st January 1916. On 7th July 1917, during the Battle of The Somme, he was in a particularly fierce action near the small village of Thiepval, which was on, or near, the extreme left of the line, during which he remained in captured German positions to give covering fire to his retreating comrades during a German counter attack. During this action his cousin, who was part of his gun team, was killed and this left him to operate the gun alone for as long as he could. Eventually, he had to destroy the gun, which had become inoperable, with a grenade and make his way back after his comrades. The war diary for 148 Company records his action in its entry for 17th August 1916.

For his brave conduct throughout this particular action he was awarded the DCM. He had, previously, been Mentioned in Despatches at least twice. Strangely, his entry in the London Gazette, recording his DCM award, incorrectly identifies him as still belonging to York and Lancs Regiment and with his old number. He was eventually transferred to "Z" class reserve on 28th February 1919.

After the war, he married and had two children - a son and a daughter - and he died in 1947.

Cpl. J Wallace medal card

Lndon Gazette entry for  DCM Award for Pte J Wallace

Nigel Drake


Sgt. William Henry Kay 10th Btn. Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.19th May 1918)

William Henry Kay was from a large family that originated in Kimberworth, Yorkshire, having 11 brothers and sisters. He was married to Sarah and they had three children, James, Noah and Jane. He was a blast furnaceman in Middlesbrough before the war and they lived in Grangetown.

He started his military career in September 1914, when he joined the newly formed 10th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps. In June 1916 he was promoted to Sergeant. In Aug 1916 he transferred to the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment then in September to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

In March 1917 he was transferred again to the Durham Light Infantry, but was soon moved to the Labour Corps, probably due to ill health. By May 1918 he was back in DLI barracks in Newcastle where he died of a heart attack on the 19 May 1918. His son James, who was 14 when war broke out, also served, but I can not find any details. He survived the war but died in an accident a few years later.

Andrew Coles


Sgt. Charles Gregory 14th (2nd Barnsley) Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.1st Jul 1916)

The eldest son of Ralph and Parthenia Gregory of Aspull, Wigan, in the 1911 census Charles Gregory was 17 years old, living at home with his family and working underground in the mines as a drawer. For reasons unknown, Charles moved to Barnsley some time between 1911 and 1915. He enlisted in the York and Lancaster Regiment, 14th (2nd Barnsley) Battalion on 22nd March 1915, age 21. At the time he was working as a miner at Barrow Colliery and gave his address as 1 Arthur St, Worsborough Bridge. At the time of his death, Charles was a Sergeant and a machine gunner. He died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, age 22. As he was reported missing and his body was never found, Charles has no grave. His name is inscribed on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Caroline Joynt


Pte. Robert Henry Reynolds 2nd Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.23rd Sep 1914)

Robert Henry Reynolds was my great uncle. He was born in 1890 and was killed in action on 23 September 1914 in France. He was buried at the Vailly British Cemetery, Aisne, France. He left a wife and baby son.

Jacqueline Davies


Pte. Walter Swift 13th (Barnsley Pals) Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

Walter Swift was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Robert Jackson


Sgt. Wilfred Harris Lavender 12th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.1st Jul 1916)

Cpl. Wilfred Harris Lavender

Wilfred Harris Lavender, known as Billy, was born in Penistone on the 16th November 1893 and baptised in St John’s Church on the 22nd December. He lived with his family on Sheffield Road, Penistone but later moved to Grimesthorpe road, Sheffield. His Father worked at Atlas Steelworks. On 21st August 1912, aged 18, Billy took on a Sheffield University apprenticeship, becoming a student teacher at Sheffield Central School.

Billy signed up with three of his brothers on 11th September 1914, the second day of enlistment for the Sheffield Pals. He was promoted to Corporal 17 days later. After arriving at Penkridge, Billy was promoted again to Lance-Sergeant on the 11th May 1915 and finally to Sergeant on the 27th July 1915. Like the rest of the battalion, Billy went to Egypt and didn’t get to France until March 1916. On 10th April 1916, whilst on active service, Billy failed to salute the Brigadier, General Carter Campbell. This was disobedience of general orders and he was severely reprimanded.

Billy was killed on the 1st July 1916 on the first day of the Somme offensive. His body was never recovered and could still be there today. He is named on the Thiepval Memorial for the missing. His brother John Eliott Lavender (known as Jack) was killed at the Battle of Arleux on the 28th April 1917 and is named on the Arras Memorial.

Neil Lavender


Pte. James Edward Thompson 13th (1st Barnsley) Battalion Yorks and Lancaster Regiment (d.21st Apr 1916)

James Edward Thompson was a miner and enlisted in the Barnsley Pals on the 7th December 1914 and trained at Silkstone, moving to Penkridge Camp in May 1915, Ripon in July and on to Salisbury Plain in October 1915. On 28 December he embarked at Devonport for Egypt. He then embarked for BEF in France on 11 March 1916. On the 9th April 1916 he received gunshot wounds to both legs and a fractured tibia in his left arm. On the 13th April he was moved by the 17th Ambulance Train to the 1st General Hospital in Etretat arriving on the 14th. Sadly James died from his wounds at 7.20am on 21st April 1916. He is buried in the local churchyard in Etretat.

Clockwise James, Dorothy, Sarah and Margaret Thompson in 1914

Roy Warren


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?



James Davies Yorks & Lancs Regt

The above post card was sent to my Grandmother from her husband. His regiment was the Yorks and Lancs, number 1538 He finished his army career in the Labour corps due to shrapnel in his legs and came home after the war. I am sure that one of these is Grandad James Davies.

Joyce Davies


Pte. John Henry Payne 13th (1st Barnsley) Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (d.24th Oct 1918)

My Great Great Uncle Jack Payne served with the Barnsley Pals.

Elizabeth Tayler


Pte. Albert Walker York and Lancaster Regiment

Albert Walker was discharged on 19th September 1918 being no longer physically fit. He suffered gunshot wounds to the back, chest and right arm. He lived the rest of his life in Sheffield and owned a fruit and vegetable shop in Walkley.

Barbara Walker


Sgt. Harry Scargill 13th (1st Barnsley) Btn. A Coy. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.1st July 1916)

Harry Scargill was a draper by trade in Eldon Street, Barnsley at the age of 27. One of the first to join the newly formed 1st Pals Battalion on 21st September 1914, he put a notice in the Barnsley Chronicle newspaper advising customers that he had joined Kitchener's Army and that his sister, Annie, would look after his trade and that he hoped to be back before too long.

On 1st of July 1916, aged 29 and a Sergeant in A Company of the 13th (Service) Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he went over the top into No Mans Land with the clearing-up party following the second wave of the Accrington Pals attack against the German trench defences at Serre on the Somme at 07.40am.

Amongst the murderous shellfire and hail of machine gun bullets Harry was killed in action and is buried today in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. His parents are buried in Barnsley Cemetery and their headstone is inscribed recording his death.

Euston Road Cemetery

Alastair McFarlane


Pte. Henry Dodd Wilson 10th Btn. York and Lancaster Regiment (d.5th July 1916)

Henry Wilson was wounded during the Somme offensive and died of his wounds on 5th July 1916. He served with the 10th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Henry, aged 24, was buried at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

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Hill 60: Ypres (Battleground Europe)

Nigel Cave

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Beneath Hill 60 [Paperback]

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'Ten seconds, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one - fire! Down goes the firing switch. At first, nothing. Then from deep down there comes a low rumble, and it as if the world is spliting apart...' On 7th June 1917, nineteen massive mines exploded beneath Messines Ridge near Ypres. The largest man-made explosion in history up until that point shattered the landscape and smashed open the German lines. Ten thousand German soldiers died. Two of the mines - at Hill 60 and the Caterpillar - were fired by men of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company, comprising miners and engineers rather than parade-ground soldiers. Drawing on the diaries of one of the key combatants, "Benealth Hill 60" tells the little-known, devastatingly brutal true story of this subterranean war waged beneath the Western Front - a stygian battle-ground where men drowned in viscous chalk, suffocated in the blue gray clay, choked on poisonous air or died in the darkness, caught up up in vicious hand-to-han
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Sheffield City Battalion

Ralph Gibson & Paul Oldfield

On the 10th September 1914 the City of Sheffield officially raised its own battalion, named the 12th (Service) Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (Sheffield City Battalion). Just three and half years later in February 1918, the Battalion was disbanded, never to be reformed. In this short space of time over 3,000 men passed through the ranks of the City Battalion. Of these almost 700 were killed or died of their wounds, and over 500 were commissioned.The book covers the raising of the battalion , training, Egypt, early days in France, preparations for the Somme, 1st July (over 248 men killed, over 300 wounded), the aftermath of the battle, Neuve Chapelle, Arras, Vimy Ridge and finally disbandment and post war.The book also has extensive appendices, listing decorations, army organisations and ranks, biographical list, The Reserves Companies, Documents. With a unique selection of photographs this book is a tribute to the men who served in the Sheffield City Battalion.
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Barnsley Pals

John Cooksey

A history of the two battalions raised by Barnsley and the story of the men who enlisted in them, culminating in their virtual destruction at Serre on 1st July 1916. A superbly researched work with many personal experiences of survivors, fascinating, contemporary photos and exceptionally fine maps.
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