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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.

  • Anderson Valentine James. 12th Btn. (d.7th April 1916)
  • Auty Benjamin. Gnr.
  • Barker Edward. Pte.
  • Bennett Benjamin . Pte. 2nd Btn.
  • Bolam Matthew. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.7th Nov 1918)
  • Bolton Richard. Captain 10th Btn. A Coy Cmd.
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Clarkson Leonard. Sgt. 1st/6th Bn (d.26th July 1916)
  • Collins George Henry. Cpl. 26th (Tynside Irish) Btn. (d.10th Nov 1916)
  • Cordwell Herbert. Pte. 2nd Btn. A Coy. (d.11th Nov 1914)
  • Cox Charles. Sjt.Mjr. 1/7th Btn. (d.5th Aug 1916 )
  • Doggett George Patrick. 2nd Lt. 69th Trench Mortar Battery (d.4th Jul 1917)
  • Downs Harry. Pte. 1/6 Btn. (d.3rd Mar 1917)
  • Eastick George. Pte. 1st/7th Btn. (d.30th June 1918)
  • Exley Albert. 18th Btn.
  • Flanaghan Richard. Pte. 2nd/4th Btn. (d.30th Sep 1918)
  • Fogg George William. Pte. 1st/6th Btn. (d.11th Oct 1918)
  • Garside Wilfred. Pte. 2/4th Btn (d.8th April 1918)
  • Goddard Percy. Pte. 1/7th Battalion (d.12th Jun 1916)
  • Greenwood F.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Haggas Traverra. L/Cpl. 3rd Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Hanson T. H.. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Harte James. Capt. (d.1st Nov 1918)
  • Helliwell William Henry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.1st Dec 1916)
  • Hills Thomas. Pte. 13th Btn. BCoy. 6 Platoon
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Loosemore Arnold. Sgt. 8th Btn.
  • Loosemore Arnold. Sgt.
  • Mason Thomas. Cpl. West Riding 9th Battalion (d.4th November 1918)
  • Metcalfe William. Pte. 2/4th Batalion (d.22nd November 1917)
  • 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)
  • Partridge Heber William Henry. Sgt. 1/6th Bn.
  • Pretty Howard S.. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Rainsforth Ernest. 2/5th Btn.
  • Revell Albert. Pte 2/7th Btn (d.9th March 1918)
  • Ross Francis George. Pte.
  • Russell John William. L/Sgt. 6th Btn. (d.7th May 1918)
  • Rutherford James. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.12th Oct 1918)
  • Sams Phillip. 2nd Btn. (d.5th May 1915)
  • Shorrocks John Charles William Cumberland. Pte. (d.18th Sep 1916)
  • Smith Alvin. Pte. 1/7th Btn (d.17th Sept 1916)
  • Smith Herbert. Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Stead Frederick. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Feb 1917)
  • Storey Albert. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th July 1918)
  • 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)
  • Troughton Joseph Ernest. 2nd Lt. 10th Btn.
  • Wagstaff John William. Cpl. 1/7th Battalion (d.1st Oct 1915)
  • Wardman John William. Sjt. 10th Btn.
  • Washington Harry. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.16th June 1915)
  • Wells Isaac. Pte. 10th Btn. A Coy. (d.7th Jun 1917)

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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


Valentine James Anderson 12th Btn. Duke of Wellington's Regimet (d.7th April 1916)

My story goes back to 45 years ago. As a young boy in Staffordshire, my grandfather used to tell us about his brother, Private 20743 Valentine James Anderson, who was in the Army but died in the War. After a few years my family moved to Australia and I forgot about this story. Then in 1971 we went back to the UK but my family moved back to Western Australia. In my late twenties I started into looking into Val. He was the son of James and Ada Anderson from Little Bridgeford, Staffordshire. I started looking for records of his service. The first stop was the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Weeks later I had some information. The next stop was the family, but no luck because no one remembered him and there were no medals or photos, only a name, number and grave. Then come the computer age and the internet and I could access his records. He enlisted on 8th December 1915 and was posted to South Staffs no 20264; then he was posted to the 12th Labour Btn, West Riding Regiment on 25th March 1916, no 20743. He embarked for France on 1st April 1916 and disembarked on the same day. Valentine James Anderson died on the 7th April 1916 at Queen Alexandra Red Cross Hospital St.Malo, France of cerebral spinal meningitis. He was awarded the British war and victory medals.

As years have gone by a family member in England died and photos where found of my late great uncle. Sad to say my grandfather never got to see what I had found out about his brother. (My grandfather was in the Home Guard but that's another story.) Over the years, photos of Valentine James Anderson's grave have come to light, almost a 100 years this year. May he rest in peace.

Mike Buckless


Cpl. Charles Henry Brown 71st Sanitary Division Royal Army Medical Corps (d.29th Apr 1918)

Charles Henry Brown was my great uncle. The following is an excerpt from a family history written by his sister Rosie in 1950:

Charles joined the R.A.M.C. Sanitary Division and was sent to Egypt, and then on to France. In 1918 he decided to apply for a commission, but before he could return to the U.K. for training, he had to spend one month in a combatant corps. He was transferred to the West Ridings in April 1918. On the last day of that month, volunteers were called for a particular job. He volunteered and was killed outright.

Grave of Charles Henry Brown, La Clytte Cemetery, Nr Ypres, Belgium

Peter Jewitt


Cpl. John William Wagstaff 1/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment (d.1st Oct 1915)

John Wagstaff was born on the 5th November 1893, he was the son of Joseph & Emma of Cliffe End Longwood, Huddersfield and was educated at Lindley Church of England school. He was then employed as a finisher at J Crowther & sons Milnsbridge.

He had been a member of the Territorials since 10th July 1911 and re-enlisted on the 23rd of October 1914. They embarked to France on 15th of April 1915, and he was killed in action, shot in the head by a sniper, on the 1st of October 1915. He is buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Boesinghe, Belgium.

Geoff Turner


L/Sgt. John William Russell 6th Btn. Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment (d.7th May 1918)

Corporal John Russell, of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, who lived at 12 Cook Street, Skipton, whose father was John William Russell (deceased) and who had been a boatman, married Dorcas Isobel Amy Gray, who lived at Devonshire, House, West Grove, Hersham, Surrey, whose father was William Day(deceased)and who had been a gardener. The marriage was carried out in Hersham Parish Church and the witnesses were members of the bride's family. John William Russell is listed as a 29 year old bachelor but his birth certificate, seen by me, reveals his age to have actually been 31. Dorcas Isobal Amy Gray nee Day is listed as a 22 year old widow. Her first husband was Walter Edwin Gray, a private in the 9th. Battalion, East Surrey Regiment who had been killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915, and she had a son, Walter James Gray aged just over 3 years. No information has become available as to how and when the couple met but the date of the wedding was after the Battle of Poelcapelle and John William Russell was presumably on leave. There are no known children from this marriage.

Lance Sergeant Russell died in Farnham, Surrey, Military Hospital of wounds on the 7th of May from gunshot wounds to the chest & shoulder received in action 24 days earlier. He was buried in Skipton (Waltonwrays) cemetery on 11th of May 1918, where his grave is marked by a C.W.G.C. headstone. His widow, Dorcas Isobel Amy Russell, organised the burial and is presumed to have travelled from Surrey to Skipton with the coffin. This grave became a family grave, although only John William Russell's name appears, and his younger sister, Margaret Ann Dawson nee Russell, and his aunt, Margaret Smith nee Birtle, also lie here.

David Larkin


Pte Albert Revell 2/7th Btn Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment (d.9th March 1918)

Albert Revell died aged 19 and is buried in Maroeuil British Cemetery, France.

Elizabeth Bowling


Pte. Howard S. Pretty 8th Btn. Duke of Wellington West Riding Regiment

I came across a diary that was passed down through our family. It was created by a family member in 1915/16 at a WW1 hospital called Grove House in Harrogate. Our family member was a nurse there and had servicemen describe their experiences through the diary. Entries include the Gallipoli experiences of Pte Pretty of the 8th Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment. This man's descendants,I am sure would be interested, I hope it may reach the family at some stage.

John Fison


Pte. Richard Nelson 10th Btn. Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment (d.7th June 1917)

We found two first world war medals for Richard Nelson. He was my great grandfather's brother. I knew my great grandfather. My mother, Shirley Nelson doesn't remember the family ever mentioning that they had a brother called Richard. He signed up in Halifax on 16th of October 1916 and arrived in Folkestone on 11th of January 1917. He arrived at Etaples on 12th of January 1917. We have a copy of the battalion diary for 7th of June 1917 (the day he died) and around 20 documents showing his signing up and posting as well as being killed in action and the delivery of posthumous medals. His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Stephen Wallace


2nd Lt. George Patrick Doggett 69th Trench Mortar Battery Royal Artillery (d.4th Jul 1917)

George Doggett enlisted in 1914 and embarked with the Cambridge Territorials on 14th February 1915. He went to officer training in Bristol and joined the 7th West Ridings attached to the 10th West Ridings with duty in the 69th Trench Mortar Battery. He was wounded on 7th of June 1917 at Hill 60. He died of his wounds on 4th July 1917.

Michael Contratto


Cpl. John Thomas Lomas 6th Btn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) (d.19th Oct 1915)

John Lomas was killed in action and was laid to rest at Talana Farm Cemetary, Ypres.

Steve Claydon


Pte. Herbert Smith 6th Battalion West Riding Regiment

Herbert Smith joined 6th Territorial Force Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment at Keighley on 25th of January 1912. He arrived with the BEF in France on 14th of April 1915 and served on the Western Front with the West Riding Regiment until 8th of April 1917. Herbert transferred to the Royal Flying Corps on 5 July 1917 and was transferred to the Royal Air Force on its formation on 1 April 1918. He was demobilised and transferred to RAF Reserve on 27th of March 1919.


Pte. Herbert Cordwell 2nd Btn. A Coy. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.) (d.11th Nov 1914)

Herbert Cordwell was the son of Henry and Isabella Cordwell, of the Foresters Arms, High Ongar, Ongar, Essex, formerly of 12 Colworth Rd., Leytonstone. He was born in West Ham, 17th of February 1892. Herbert died on 11th of November 1914 in Ypres, at 22 years of age, he was in the Duke of Wellingtons Regiment. He fell in action defeating the Berlin Brigade of the Prussian Guards at Ypres. His Army number was 9563 and he was a Private. Herbert had enlisted in the army at Stratford.

John Cordwell


Pte. Charles Frederick Lickiss 9th Battalion The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (d.21 December 1915)

Charles Frederick Lickiss is my 1st cousin 3x removed and when I started researching about him, I discovered that so little is known. I haven't been able to find a picture of Charles but I did find references to him in military records.

He died at the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France. He is buried in the Etaples Military Cemetery, part 4, Etaples, France. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. When he died he had 3 pounds, 16 shillings and 3 pence saved and this was transferred to his mother Rosamond Lickiss, maiden name of Batty, who was living in Husthwaite, Yorkshire.

The Husthwaite Historical Society is researching their soldiers as well.

Cathy Watkins


Pte. Thomas Hills 13th Btn. BCoy. 6 Platoon West Riding Regiment

Thomas Hills Served with 6 Platoon, B Company, 13th West Riding Regiment.

A letter to his parents George and Emily.


Lt. Frederick Rennell Thackerey MC. 2nd Btn. Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regt. (d.18th April 1915)

Frederick Thackerey served as a Lt in 2nd Battalion Duke Of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment. He died during the Second Battle of Ypres aged 23, on the 18th of April 1915. He had won the Military Cross at some point prior.

His father, also named Frederick Rennell Thackeray, was a Colonel in Royal Field Artillery, died aged 59 on 15th October 1915. The family have a long military family connection, going back two more generations Major Gen Frederick Rennell Thackeray of the Royal Engineers, fought in Napoleonic wars. Col Edward Talbot Thackeray (Royal Engineers) won the VC in India.


Pte. Joseph William Horsley 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment (d.2 Sep 1918)

Joseph William Horsley born 1889 West Bromwich, Staffordshire married Emma Care in 1911 and had a daughter in 1913 named Annie Horsley. I've just found out that the year that he lost his life 1918 his wife was carrying his unborn son. She gave birth in September, the month that he was killed, and named him Joseph after his father. But, unfortunately, the baby didn't survive and died that same year. So, not only did she have to endure loosing her husband but also her son.

I don't know much about Great Uncle Joseph and I've never seen a photo of him. I would love it if I could see one of him.


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History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, 1st and 2nd Battalions 1881-1923

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