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West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons)

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Those known to have served with

West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellingtons)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Akroyd Charles. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.19th Dec 1915)
  • Amos John Wesley. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Anderson Valentine James. 12th Btn. (d.7th April 1916)
  • Anson Harris Hartas. 2nd Lt 5th Btn (d.30th Aug 1918)
  • Atkinson Ernest. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Auty Benjamin. Gnr.
  • Balmforth George. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.19th Jul 1916)
  • Balmforth William. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.15th May 1915)
  • Barker Edward. Pte.
  • Barker Harry. Cpl. 4th Btn.
  • Barker James. Cpl. 4th Btn.
  • Barraclough Harold. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Basinger George Lewis. S/Sgt.
  • Beaumont Frank. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Bennett Benjamin . Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Bentley Alfred. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.25th April 1917)
  • Bentley George. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Birks George. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Bolam Matthew. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.7th Nov 1918)
  • Bolton Richard. Captain 10th Btn. A Coy Cmd.
  • Bolton Walter. Pte. 1st Btn. (d.23rd November 1918)
  • Booth Angus. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.3 Sept 1916)
  • Booth George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Apr 1915 )
  • Bradbury Dennis. Cpl. 10th Btn. (d.10th Jun 1917)
  • Braddock Nicholson. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Briggs Herbert. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.20th Dec 1915)
  • Brook Charles. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Brown Charles Henry. Cpl. 71st Sanitary Division (d.29th Apr 1918)
  • Brown Fred. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Brown Harry. Pte. 1st/5th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Brown John James. Sgt. 1st/6th Battalion (d.31st Mar 1918)
  • Bullen Earnest John. Pte. (d.27th Oct 1916)
  • Burns Davidson Ross. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.15th April 1917)
  • Burridge Alfred. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Bury James. Sgt. 1/6th Btn. (d.13th Apr 1918)
  • Calvert Lewis C.. Pte. 1/5th Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Carter Frank. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.28th August 1918)
  • Chadwick Thomas. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.27th Aug 1917)
  • Chappell Frank. L/Sgt. 1/4 Btn. (d.19th December 1915)
  • Chappell Frank. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.19th Dec 1915)
  • Chitty Alfred J.. Sgt. 10th Btn. (d.30th July 1916)
  • Clarkson Leonard. Sgt. 1st/6th Bn (d.26th July 1916)
  • Cliff Harry. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Collins George Henry. Cpl. 26th (Tynside Irish) Btn. (d.10th Nov 1916)
  • Conway James Albert. Cpl. 2/7th Btn.
  • Cooke Francis James. CSgt. 4th Btn.
  • Cooper John. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Cordwell Herbert. Pte. 2nd Btn. A Coy. (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • Costello John. Pte
  • Cox Charles. Sjt.Mjr. 1/7th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1916 )
  • Crossland Joe. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Crossley James Stanley. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Damms Horace. Pte. 2/4th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1917)
  • Davies F. C.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.21st Sept 1917)
  • Davies John Henry. ASgt. 4th Btn. (d.4th Jul 1916)
  • Denby William. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20 Sept 1917)
  • Dent Jack. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1915)
  • Doggett George Patrick. 2nd Lt. 69th Trench Mortar Battery (d.4th Jul 1917)
  • Downs Harry. Pte. 1/6 Btn. (d.3rd Mar 1917)
  • Earnshaw Clifford. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Eastick George. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.30th June 1918)
  • Eastwood John. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Edwards James. L/Cpl. 1st Btn.
  • Exley Albert. 18th Btn.
  • Feather Arthur Broxup. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Flanaghan Richard. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Fletcher Percy Albert. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.19th Dec 1915)
  • Fogg George William. Pte. 1st/6th Btn. (d.11th Oct 1918)
  • Ford Benjamin. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.24th August 1914)
  • Fryer George Mitchell. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st February 1917)
  • Fryer George Mitchell. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.1st Feb 1917)
  • Garside Wilfred. Pte. 2/4th Btn (d.8th April 1918)
  • George Edward. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.19th Dec 1915)
  • Gething William. Cpl. 4th Btn.
  • Glover Ernest. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Goddard Percy. Pte. 1/7th Battalion (d.12th Jun 1916)
  • Green Fred. CSM. 9th (Service) Battalion (d.7th July 1916)
  • Green John Henry. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.30th Oct 1915)
  • Greenwood F.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Greenwood James Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Greenwood Thomas Henry. AWO. 4th Btn. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Hagan Thomas. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.13th July 1916)
  • Haggas Traverra. L/Cpl. 3rd Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Halliday Harry. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Hanson T. H.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Hargreaves Albert. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Harte James. Capt. (d.1st Nov 1918)
  • Hartell George. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • Helliwell William Henry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.1st Dec 1916)
  • Hills Thomas. Pte. 13th Btn. BCoy. 6 Platoon
  • Hirst Norman. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.14th Aug 1916)
  • Hodkin John. CQM Sgt.
  • Horsley Joseph William. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.2 Sep 1918)
  • Howard R. S.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Howard Richard Spencer. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.7th June 1917)
  • Hughes Albert Henry. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Illingworth Albert. ACpl. 4th Btn.
  • Jackman Willis. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Jagger Marshall. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.20th Dec 1915)
  • James Matthew Pattison. Pte. 2/4th Btn. (d.12 September 1918)
  • Jenkins William John. Pte. 2nd. Battalion (d.5th May 1915)
  • Joy John. Pte. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Kershaw Christopher. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1916)
  • Keywood James. Sgt. 8th Btn, X Coy, 6 Platoon
  • Langley Samuel. Pte. 7th Battalion
  • Lickiss Charles Frederick. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.21 December 1915)
  • Little Benjamin. Colour Sgt. 4th Battalion (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Lomas John Thomas. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.19th Oct 1915)
  • Long Frank. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.20th Oct 1915)
  • Longbottom Tom. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Loosemore Arnold. Sgt. 8th Btn.
  • Loosemore Arnold. Sgt.
  • Mallinson Arthur. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Mallinson Lewis John. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Mason Thomas. Cpl. West Riding 9th Battalion (d.4th November 1918)
  • Metcalfe George. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Metcalfe William. Pte. 2/4th Batalion (d.22nd November 1917)
  • Millar Harry. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Millard Fred. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Mitchell Owen. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.24th Dec 1916)
  • Monk Thomas. L/Cpl. 1st/6th Battalion (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Murphy John. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Naylor Milford. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.9th Nov 1915)
  • Naylor Tom Close. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Nedderman Robert Moses. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.20th July 1918)
  • Nelson Richard. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Nicholson T.. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th November 1915)
  • Partridge Heber William Henry. Sgt. 1/6th Bn.
  • Pretty Howard S.. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Proberts Albert Edward. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Rainsforth Ernest. 2/5th Btn.
  • Rangley Arthur. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.10th Nov 1915)
  • Revell Albert. Pte 2/7th Btn (d.9th March 1918)
  • Robertshaw Irvene. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Ross Francis George. Pte.
  • Rowley Allen. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Russell John William. L/Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.7th May 1918)
  • Rutherford James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Rymer Norman Angus. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.10th May 1915)
  • Sams Phillip. 2nd Btn. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Sheffiled Ernest. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Shorrocks John Charles William Cumberland. Pte. (d.18th Sep 1916)
  • Siddall John William. CSgt. 4th Btn.
  • Smith Albert. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Smith Alvin. Pte. 1/7th Btn (d.17th Sept 1916)
  • Smith Herbert. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Smith Herbert. Pte. 10th Battalion
  • Smith Jack. Sgt. 4th Btn. (d.20th Dec 1915)
  • Smith Walter Alfred. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Southern Charles. CSgt. 4th Btn.
  • Stead Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Feb 1917)
  • Stead Harold. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.8th JUl 1916)
  • Storey Albert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th July 1918)
  • Stott George Henry. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.21st Nov 1915)
  • Sutcliffe James Townsend. 10th Btn.
  • Sykes Arthur. 2nd Btn. 5 Coy.
  • Sykes Ernest. Pte. 27th Btn. (4th Tyneside Irish)
  • Sykes L.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Thackerey Frederick Rennell . Lt. 2nd Btn. (d.18th April 1915)
  • Tolley Vernon Stanley. WO2. 4th Btn. (d.1915-10-16)
  • Troughton Joseph Ernest. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn.
  • Wagstaff John William. Cpl. 1/7th Battalion (d.1st Oct 1915)
  • Waite George. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Wardman John William. Sjt. 10th Btn.
  • Washington Harry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.16th June 1915)
  • weir Robert. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Wells Isaac. Pte. 10th Btn. A Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Whitbread Arthur. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.2nd Sep 1916)
  • Whitely Charles Edward. Sgt. 4th Btn.
  • Wilson Joseph Edgar . Pte. 8th Btn. (d.6th May 1918)
  • Wood Wilfred. Pte. 9th Btn. (Service) (d.4th November 1918)
  • Wood William Preston. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Woodwiss Frederick Arthur. L/Cpl. 9th Battalion (d.7th July 1916)
  • Woodwiss Frederick Arthur. L/Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.7th July 1916)
  • Wormald Edgar. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.1st Nov 195)
  • Wright Frank. Cpl. 4th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1915)

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Pte. George Eastick 1st/7th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment. (d.30th June 1918)

George Eastick was killed in action 30/06/1918, aged 17. (Age officially given as 19) He was born in Great Yarmouth, the son of James Alfred and Alice Maud Eastick, of 20 Norfolk Place, Boston

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Pte. Robert Moses Nedderman MM 5th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment (d.20th July 1918)

Robert Nedderman was killed in action 20th July 1918, aged 24 and buried in the Marfaux British Cemetery in France. He was the husband of the late Sarah Ellen Nedderman (formerly Thorpe), and father of Annie and Robert Nedderman of Oldham, England.

Lance-Corporal Nedderman was awarded the Military Medal in March 1918. According to the official record, the medal was awarded, "for absolute fearlessness and devotion to duty as stretcher-bearer during an attack on March 28, when he attended to the wounded under the heaviest shell fire, and on one occasion when a man from one of the forward posts had been wounded before reaching our line, brought him in under heavy machine gun and rifle fire". He was also wounded 3 times between March 1915 and July 1918.

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Pte. Ernest Sykes VC. 27th Btn. (4th Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers

Ernest Sykes was born in 1885, in Mossley, Yorkshire and died, in 1949, at Lockwood, Yorkshire. He originally enrolled in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment (West Riding), 8th Battalion, service number 13425. He served in the Balkans campaign of 1915 where he received a serious foot injury. After recovering from his injury, he was assigned to the 27th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Irish), service number 40989, and embarked for France.

In April 1917, his Battalion was involved in the Battle of Arras where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. The citation for the award is: - On 9 April (Easter Monday) 1917, near Arras, France, the battalion in attack was held up by intense fire from front and flank, and suffered heavy casualties. Private Sykes, despite this heavy fire, went forward and brought back four wounded. He then made a fifth journey and remained out under conditions which appeared to be certain death, until he had bandaged all those too badly injured to be moved.

There is a plaque, in his honour, at Mossley Railway Station.


Pte. Thomas Chadwick 8th Btn. Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment Regiment (d.27th Aug 1917)

Thomas Chadwick was born in the March quarter of 1892 in Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, the son of Reuben and Bridget, brother to John, Adam, George Robert and Charles Henry.

In 1901 at the age of 8 he was living at 8 Chapel Street, Mossley with his parents and in 1911 aged 19 he was a cotton piecer living on Chapel Street, Mossley with his parents. In 1913 a Thomas Chadwick married a Amy Hall, this may have been him.

Thomas was killed in action on the 27th of August 1917 and is commemorated on Panel 82 to 85 and 162A of the Tyne Cot Memorial. On Saturday 9th October 1920 the Mossley War Memorial was officially unveiled. Present at the ceremony the Mayor said “We are met here today to honour the brave and noble men who kept the enemy from our shores in the greatest war the world has ever known”. The "Last Post" was sounded, followed by a solemn silence, a hymn was sung, and then over 70 tributes were laid. The vicar gave a blessing and the National Anthem was sung. A wreath was laid in the memory of Thomas Chadwick. There are no names on this Memorial, but Thomas Chadwick is listed on the wooden Mossley War Memorial inside St George's Church, Mossley.

Rita Vaughan


Ernest Rainsforth 2/5th Btn. West Riding Regt

My Grandfather - Ernest Rainsforth, was badly injured but also survived and was repatriated to England from France with his bicep blown off and with a serious knee injury from sharpnel: whilst fighting with the 2/5th West Riding Regiment as the Germans pulled back from the Hindenberg Line in March 1917. I am lucky enough to have my Grandad's war discharge papers - discharged as being medically unfit for further war service - and the original telegram sent to his Mother advising her that Ernest had been wounded and admitted to hospital in London. I ache with sheer anguish for her when I read that telegram and know what his Mum must have felt at the time. My Grandad survived the war: met my Nan at Malden Hospital in Middlesex where she was nursing during WW1 and returned to his home town of Gainsbro with a beautiful new wife. Ernest lived until the age of 94. He never chose to speak to anyone about his experiences in France except to say to my younger brother - when my brother was a boy - that he laid on a stretcher in a field at a Clearing Station - gagging for a drink of water for over 24 hours and when he called the orderly for water the orderly said "shut-up Rainsforth, the bloke laid next to you has 16 bullits in him ". Grandad unrolled his shirt sleeve and showed my brother a massive intentation in his left arm where his bicep had been literally blown off.

Miriam Bailey


Pte. Allen Rowley 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment

Allan Rowley was killed in action on the 15th Nov 1915


Cpl. William Gething 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment

William Gething was discharged on the 31st of March 1916 as time expired


ASgt. John Henry Davies 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.4th Jul 1916)

John Davies was killed in action on the 4th of July 1916


CSgt. John William Siddall 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment

John Siddall was discharged on the 32nd of April 1916


Pte. Arthur Rangley 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.10th Nov 1915)

Arthur Rangley died of wounds on the 10th of November 1915


Sgt. Frank Long 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.20th Oct 1915)

Frank Long died of wounds on the 20th of October 1915


Sgt. Arthur Mallinson 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment

Aaron Malinson was discharged on the 15th of May 1916


CSgt. Francis James Cooke 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment

Francis Cooke was discharged on the 31st of March 1916 as time expired


Cpl. Percy Albert Fletcher 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.19th Dec 1915)

Percy Fletcher was killed in action on the 19th of December 1915


Cpl. Frank Wright 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.16th Oct 1915)

Frank Wright was killed in action on the 16th of October 1915


Pte. George Henry Stott 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.21st Nov 1915)

George Stott died of wounds on the 21st of November 1915


Pte. Harold Stead 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.8th JUl 1916)

Harold Stead was killed in action on the 8th of Jul 1916


Pte. Albert Smith 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.3rd Sep 1916)

Albert smith was killed in action on the 3rd of September 1916


Cpl. Harry Cliff 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.3rd Sep 1916)

Harry Cliff was killed in action on the 3rd of September 1916


Sgt. Jack Smith 4th Btn. West Riding Regiment (d.20th Dec 1915)

Jack Smith was killed in action on the 20th of December 1915

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