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Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards)

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Abell Maurice. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Adams David. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.29th Sep 1918)
  • Adams John Albert. Lance Sjt. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Ainsworth Albert. Pte. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Akers Harold. Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Allen Robert. Pte. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) (d.23rd Dec 1916)
  • Allenby P. W.. Pte. 4th. (d.6th Oct 1916)
  • Bailey Walter Percival. L/Cpl. 5th Btn. (d.24th Apr 1917)
  • Ball Andrew. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1918)
  • Barugh Thomas Anthony. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Beal Ernest Frederick. 2nd Lt. 13th Btn. (d.22nd March 1918)
  • Bell Christopher Brown. Pte 6th Btn
  • Benton Thomas Charles. Sgt. 9th Battalion
  • Beresford Thomas. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.25th Apr 1918)
  • Berry Henry. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.29th Sep 1917)
  • Bielby Arthur. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.14th Feb 1917)
  • Binks James Richard. Pte. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) B Coy. (d.9th Apr 1918)
  • Blackett Thomas. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Blair William. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th Oct 1914)
  • Bloom Harold. Lt. 12th Btn. (d.14th Feb 1917)
  • Bollands Walter. Pte. 5th Battalion
  • Bradley David. L/Cpl. 13th Btn (d.11th Jul 1917)
  • Brannon Isaac. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.1st Oct 1915)
  • Brenton Sidney Russell. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th October 1916)
  • Brogden Issac Arthur. Sjt. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Brown Arthur. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.18th Oct 1917)
  • Brown John Thomas. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.8th July 1916)
  • Brown Richard. Pte. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) (d.8th Jan 1918)
  • Brown Robert. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.23rd Nov 1917)
  • Brown William Scott. L/Cpl. 6th Battalion (d.14th Aug 1917)
  • Buckle William. 2/Lt. 8th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Buckle William. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.7th June 1917)
  • Caldecoat Percy. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.13th Oct 1918)
  • Callaghan Edmund. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.15th Jun 1915)
  • Callaghan Martin. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.26th Sept 1917)
  • Child Joseph Alfred. 2nd Lt. 9th Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Christie Joseph. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Christie Ralph Lindsay. Lt. 9th Btn.
  • Christon Reginald. L/Cpl. 5th Battalion (d.30th Mar 1917)
  • Clamp William. Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Clark George Thomas. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.23rd Jul 1916)
  • Clark William. Sgt. 10th Btn., "D" Coy. (d.5th November 1917)
  • Clarke James Henry Fisher. 2nd Lt. 7th Battalion
  • Clarke Tom. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.19th Mar 1915)
  • Cleghorn James. Pte. 2/5th Btn. (d.7th Mar 1917)
  • Collinson Frederick George. Cpl 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Collinson Thomas Gibson. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Connolly John Patrick. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.8th July 1916)
  • Cook Henry. Sjt. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) (d.9th Jan 1917)
  • Cook John. Pte. 1/5th Battalion (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Cooper Herbert Wood. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.28th May 1916)
  • Cornwell Joseph Tumans. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Corr Michael. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.27th Sept 1916)
  • Coulson John. Pte. 2nd Btn. C Coy. (d.22nd Nov 1916)
  • Coyle George. Pte, 2nd Btn (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Crabtree William Nelson. Cpl. 6th Btn. C Coy (d.28th Aug 1915)
  • Cross George Oliver. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.26th Jun 1917)
  • Crossley George. Pte. 13th Btn.
  • Dalton Harold. Pte. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) (d.22nd Oct 1918)
  • Daly Simeon Thomas. RSM. 12th Btn. (d.13th Apr 1917)
  • Daynes James. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.18th Oct 1917)
  • Dean Frederick. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Denby John Edwin. Pte 2nd Btn (d.16th May 1915)
  • Denning John William. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Oct 1916)
  • Devitt Robert. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.28th Sep 1915)
  • Dickinson Joseph Bradley. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Jan 1915)
  • Dine Robert Henry. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Doyle John James. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Dunn Oliver Edward. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Ebdy Frederick. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Edmonds G.. Pte. 12th Btn. (Teesside Pioneers) (d.4th May 1917)
  • Edwards George. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.15th Jun 1915)
  • Elliott David. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Excelby Albert Hugill. Pte 5th Btn.
  • Freemantle William Raylton. Pte. 4th Btn (d.20th Sept 1914)
  • Gamble Walter Raynes. Capt. 9th Btn (d.12th Jun 1917)
  • Garrett Thompson. Pte. 7th Btn. (d.12th Jun 1917)
  • Godfrey James. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.17th July 1917)
  • Godsmark Fred Bell. Pte. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Green Thomas. Pte. 3rd Battalion (d.19th Aug 1920)
  • Grieves Charles. Pte. 9th Battalion (d.21st Mar 1918)
  • Guy Sidney George. Capt. 13th Battalion
  • Hammond John George. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Hanson Harold Vickerman. CQMS. 2nd Btn.
  • Hardisty William Francis. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Hargreaves Bell. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.22nd Mar 1918)
  • Hazel Joseph. Pte 9th Battalion (d.10th July 1916)
  • Hepburn William Stephen. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.8th July 1916)
  • Heyworth John Richard. Pte. 13th Btn. (d.4th Apr 1919)
  • Hirsch David Philip. Cpt. 4th Btn. (d.23rd April 1917)
  • Hodgson Francis. L/Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.13th May 1917 )
  • Hodgson James Richard. Pte. 4th. (d.15th Sep 1916)
  • Holmes John Wiseman. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.13th Dec 1917)
  • Holmes William. Pte. 4th Battalion
  • Holt George. Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Howarth Thomas James. CSM. 10th Btn.
  • Hubbard Robert. Pte. 4th Btn. (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Hull George. Pte 8th Btn (d.6th Jul 1916)
  • Hyde John Thomas. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.26th Nov 1917)
  • Jackson Henry Foster. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Jackson Varo. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.27th Oct 1918)
  • Jameson Thomas. Pte. 12th (Teesside Pioneers) Btn. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Jarman Rees Price. 13th Battalion (d.3rd Apr 1917)
  • Johnson Henry. Pte 4th Btn, X Coy. (d.17th Sep 1916)
  • Johnson James. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.1st Dec 1915)
  • Joicey Thomas. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.31st July 1917)
  • Jowett Francis Meshack. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.28th Oct 1918)
  • Jowett Francis Meshack. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.28th Oct 1918)
  • Knowles William Walker. Pte. 1/5th Btn. (d.27th September 1915)
  • Lawson David Slater. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Lawson David Slater. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Leach Alfred. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.17th July 1917)
  • Linley William. Cpl. 7th Btn. (d.13th May 1917)
  • Martino Dominic. L/Cpl.
  • Marwood Harold. Pte. (d.9th Oct 1917)
  • Mattimoe James Francis. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Sep 1918)
  • McKee Edward. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.10th Oct 1916)
  • McRoy James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.27th Aug 1917)
  • Mills William Ernest. Pte. 2nd Battalian (d.6th Nov 1914)
  • Milson William James Denton. Sgt. 2nd Battalion (d.4th July 1916)
  • Morley Henry. Pte. 13th Battalion (d.13th April 1918)
  • Myers Edward. Pte. 7th Btn. A Company (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Nicholson Lancelot. 2nd Lt. 9th Btn. A Coy (d.20th Sep 1917)
  • O'Boyle John. Pte. 12th Battalion (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • O'Brien Thomas. Pe 6th Battalion (d.22nd Aug 1915)
  • Ord George Henry. Pte. 10th Btn.
  • Orton Joseph. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.19th Oct 1917)
  • Palmer William. Sgt.
  • Pearce George Scott. Pte. (d.18th Jan1920)
  • Peirson Taylor. Sgt. 12th Btn. (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Plews Edward. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Pogson Stafford. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.2nd Jul 1917)
  • Pollard Albert. L/Cpl. 2nd Btn. (d.12th Mar 1915)
  • Poole Harry. Rfmn. 7th Btn. (d.9th Dec 1916)
  • Pratt Harry. Pte. 4th Btn.
  • Reay J.. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
  • Richardson James. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.22nd Aug 1915)
  • Riley Lancelot. Pte. 1/4th Btn. (d.7th Nov 1917)
  • Roberts Robert. Pte. 6th Btn. (d.8th Oct 1916)
  • Robinson Horace Edward. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Robson Thomas Anthony. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.5th May 1917)
  • Rose Frederick. Drm. 2nd Btn. (d.4th March 1917)
  • Rowan John. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.18th Oct 1916)
  • Rutter Job. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.22nd Dec 1915)
  • Rymer James. L/Cpl. 8th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)
  • Rymer Robert. Sjt. 150th Coy (d.10th Apr 1918)
  • Sample Alfred James. Pte. 2nd Battalion (d.2nd Apr 1917)
  • Sample Frederick William. L/Cpl. 6th Btn. (d.14th Sep 1916)
  • Sampson George. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.30th Oct 1914)
  • Scott J. T.. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.8th Jun 1917)
  • Scott Percy. Pte. 7th Battalion (d.16th Oct 1917)
  • Sharp William Arthur. Pte. 10th Btn. (d.24th April 1917)
  • Shields John James. Sgt. 9th Btn. (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Short William Henry. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Aug 1916)
  • Simpson Joseph Marmaduke. Pte. 5th Battalion (d.20th Sep 1918)
  • Slack C. M.. Capt. 4th Btn.
  • Slater Charles Henry. L/Cpl. 9th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Smith Joseph. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.18th May 1916)
  • Smith William. Pte. 6th Btn.
  • Smith William Spence. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.13th Jan 1916)
  • Smithies Clifford. L/Cpl. 18th Btn.
  • Southwick Harry. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.3rd April 1917)
  • Spence Sydney Smith. Cpl. 12th Btn.
  • Spoors William. Cpl. 8th Battalion (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Stafford Percy. Pte. 12th Btn. (d.15th December 1916)
  • Stevenson William. Pte. 8th Btn.
  • Storey James Brown. A.L/Cpl. (d.17th March 1916)
  • Strong William. Pte. 4th Battalion (d.26 Jun 1917)
  • Tanfield William Robinson. Cpl. 10th Btn (d.7th Jan1917)
  • Thompson George. Pte. 10th Battalion (d.28th Sep 1915)
  • Thompson James. Pte. 2nd Btn. (d.22nd Oct 1914)
  • Thurgood John .
  • Thursfield Thomas John. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.28th March 1918)
  • Turner Alfred. Pte. 8th Battalion (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Walker Charles Henry . Pte. 6th Battalion
  • Walker John. Pte. 8th Battalion
  • Watson John. Sgt. 8th Btn. (d.10th Dec 1917)
  • Watts James Charles . Pte. 5th Btn (d.27th Feb 1916)
  • Webb Herbert Edward. 2nd Lt. 4th Battalion
  • Whitehead John Thomas. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.16th Oct 1915)
  • Widdas John Edward. Pte. 5th Btn. (d.15th Sept 1916)
  • Wilkinson Charles Robert. L/Sgt. C Company 2nd Battalion (d.6th May 1918)
  • Wilson H.. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.10th Oct 1918)
  • Wilson Ira Israel. Pte. 8th Btn. (d.7th Jun 1917)
  • Wilson Todd. Pte. 6th Battalion (d.10th Oct 1917)
  • Wood Frederick. Pte. 9th Btn. (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Wood Frederick. Pte 9th Btn. (d.10th July 1916)

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Cpt. David Philip Hirsch VC MID. 4th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.23rd April 1917)

Philip Hirsch was killed in action on the 23rd of April 1917, aged 20. Commemorated on Bay 5 on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France, he was the son of Harry and Edith Hirsch, of Weetwood Grove, Leeds.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 14th June, 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack. Having arrived at the first objective, Capt. Hirsch, although already twice wounded, returned over fire-swept slopes to satisfy himself that the defensive flank was being established. Machine gun fire was so intense that it was necessary for him to be continuously up and down the line encouraging his men to dig and hold the position. He continued to encourage his men by standing on the parapet and steadying them in the face of machine gun fire and counter-attack until he was killed. His conduct throughout was a magnificent example of the greatest devotion to duty."

s flynn


2nd Lt. Ernest Frederick Beal VC. 13th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.22nd March 1918)

Ernest Beal was killed in action on the 22rd of March 1918, aged 35. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial in the Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery in Arras, France, he was the son of John J. W. and Jane Stillman Beal, of 55 East St., Brighton

An Extract from the London Gazette, dated 31st May, 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and determined leading when in command of a company detailed to occupy a certain section of trench. When the company was established, it was found that a considerable gap of about 400 yards existed between the left flank of the company and the neighbouring unit, and that this gap was strongly held by the enemy. It was of vital importance that the gap should be cleared, but no troops were then available. Organising a small party of less than a dozen men, he led them against the enemy. On reaching an enemy machine gun, 2nd Lt. Beal immediately sprang forward, and with his revolver killed the team and captured the gun. Continuing along the trench he encountered and dealt with another machine gun in the same manner, and in all captured four enemy guns, and inflicted severe casualties. Later in the evening, when a wounded man had been left in the open under heavy enemy fire, he, regardless of danger, walked up close to an enemy machine gun and brought in the wounded man on his back. 2nd Lt. Beal was killed by a shell on the following morning."

s flynn


Pte. Thompson Garrett 7th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) (d.12th Jun 1917)

Thompson Garrett served with the 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) during WW1. He was killed in action, aged 19, on the 12th June 1917 during the Battle of Arras and is buried at Grave IV.J.33 Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, near Arras, Pas de Calais, France. He was the Son of Ingram and Martha Garrett, of 21, Low Downs Square, Hetton Downs, Co. Durham.

Anne Mann


Pte. William Henry Short VC. 8th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.7th Aug 1916)

William Short died of wounds on the 7th of August 1916, aged 31 years and is buried in the Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery in France. He was the son of James and Anne Short, of 35, Vaughan St., Grangetown, Middlesbrough, Yorks. Born at Eston, Yorks

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 29740, dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. He was foremost in the attack, bombing the enemy with great gallantry, when he was severely wounded in the foot. He was urged to go back, but refused and continued to throw bombs. Later his leg was shattered by a shell, and he was unable to stand, so he lay in the trench adjusting detonators and straightening the pins of bombs for his comrades. He died before he could be carried out of the trench. For the last eleven months he had always volunteered for dangerous enterprises, and has always set a magnificent example of bravery and devotion to duty."

s flynn


Pte. John Coulson 2nd Btn. C Coy. Yorkshire Regiment (d.22nd Nov 1916)

John Coulson was killed in action on the 22nd of November 1916, aged 36. Buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery, Somme, France, he was the husband of Elizabeth A. Coulson, of 29 Stainton St., West Hartlepool

s flynn


Pte. Henry Foster Jackson 9th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) (d.7th Jun 1917)

Henry Foster enlisted in his home town of Middlesbrough, he was killed in action at Battle Wood on the first day of the Battle of Messines, he was 24 years old. Henry has now known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres and on the Middlesbrough War Memorial which forms the gates to Albert Park in the town.


2nd Lt. Joseph Alfred Child 9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (d.7th Jun 1917)

Joseph Child from Liversedge in Yorkshire, was an employee of the Leeds office of the Scottish Union and National Insurance Company, like many of his colleagues he answered Lord Kitchener’s call to arms and attested as a Private with the 7th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment on the 7th of August 1914. He is described as being 20 years old, five foot five and three quarters, weighing 114lbs with a 34 inch chest, fresh of complexion with blue eyes and blond hair.

Joseph, must have taken his duty seriously and diligently as he rose rapidly through the ranks, being promoted to Lance Corporal in October 1914, Corporal in early November and to Sergeant before the month was out. On Christmas Eve 1914, having already been promoted to Colour Sergeant, he was granted a Temporary Commission as 2nd Lieutenant and posted to the 9th Battalion. His Commission on the 2nd Jan 1917 was published in the list in the London Gazette on the 2nd Feb.

Joseph arrived in France on the 13th June 1915 with his battalion as part of the 23rd Division and went into the front line near Armentieres, a sector which was considered to be quiet, where they received training from the 27th Division. In early 1916 they were on Vimy Ridge and in the spring moved to Bomy to begin intensive training for the Battle of The Somme.

Although very little of Joseph’s service record survives, we can assume that he was with his battalion on the 1st of July when they captured Contalmaison and remained with them through the various phases of the famous battle.

Spring of 1917 saw Joseph’s battalion training for the next great offensive of the war, the Battle of Messines at this time he was attached to 69th Trench Mortar Battery, in the same brigade as the 9th Battalion and destined to fight alongside them. During the night of the 6th of June 1917 they moved into position near Battle Wood close to the Ypres-Warneton railway line. At 3.10am the following morning, the first attack of the Battle of Messines was launched with the detonation of 19 huge mines, which shattered the enemy defences. The 9th Battalion were in the second wave of the attack and moved forward at 6.50am into the area around Caterpillar Crater, though Joseph and his Trench Mortar men may well have joined the attack from the outset.

Joseph was killed that day and now lies at Bedford House Cemetery. This large cemetery contains over 5000 graves and is situated just south of Ypres. The enclosure in which Joseph lies, contains graves of those men brought in from other burial grounds and from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient in the 1920’s. From the list of cemeteries, which were concentrated into Bedford House, it is possible that Joseph may have been buried at the Asylum British Cemetery, in the grounds of the old Hospice du Sacre Coer (Sacred Heart Mental Hospital) which was just to the west of the railway station at Ypres. This may indicate that Joseph was injured in the action and evacuated to the Field Ambulance at Ypres where he passed away. Sadly, like so many others, his service records were badly damaged during the London Blitz in 1940, only three pages partially survive, but from this we can deduce that he was an intelligent man, keen to serve his country and that he performed his duty well.

Joseph Child is listed on the Roll of Honour in Christ Church, Liversedge where he was baptised, on the War Memorial at Cleckheaton where he lived and on the Roll of Honour of the Scottish Union and National Insurance Company for whom he worked, the company is now part of Aviva and Joseph’s name is listed on the Roll of Honour on their website.


A.L/Cpl. James Brown Storey Yorkshire Regiment (d.17th March 1916)

James Storey was born and enlisted at South Shields. He landed in France on 9th of September 1915 serving with the 10th Yorkshire Regiment. He died of his wounds on 17th of March 1916 and is buried in South Shields (Harton) Cemetery.

Darrell Storey


Pte. Todd Wilson 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (d.10th Oct 1917)

Todd Wilson is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing. He served with the 6th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.



Pte. Bell Hargreaves 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (d.22nd Mar 1918)

Bell Hargraves died when my granddad was 3 years old and my Grandad never spoke about his family. He had enlisted in Leeds and served with the 13th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.

Trudi Bown


Pte. Henry Morley 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (d.13th April 1918)

Henry Morley's name appears on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Flanders. I am trying to find out any information about this soldier.


Pte. David Elliott 6th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.15th Sept 1916)

My great uncle, David Elliott, was born in 1897 at Charlaw, Sacriston, County Durham. He was the son of Mary Jane Elliott of 1 High Pottery Yard, Newbottle and the late Robert Elliott. David's normal occupation was a coal miner.

He enlisted at Houghton-Le-Spring on 28th of November 1914. David transferred to 6th Yorkshire Regiment from the 11th Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed in action at Authuille, France on 15th September 1916. David is buried in Lonsdale Cemetery Authuille France.

Dennis Cutts


Pte. David Adams 2nd Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.29th Sep 1918)

My great grandfather, David Adams, was the oldest boy of six in a family of nine children. He worked in the local colliery before being called to war, by which time he had married and had two children, a daughter and a son. He never really got to know his children, particularly his son, Joseph, my maternal grandfather, who was born very shortly before David was sent to France and he sadly never returned.

Grandad Joe never forgot his father despite his mother marrying again shortly after the end of the war. As proof of this remembrance he sported a homemade tattoo on his arm with David's death date on a cross. It was not until I was doing the research that I understood the significance of this date as it was not something spoken about in the family. My mother is currently in possession of David's Victory war medal having received it when Grandad died.

David Adams in uniform

Neil Smith


Pte. William Spence Smith 2nd Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.13th Jan 1916)

My mother's uncle Bill Smith was a merchant seaman before joining up in 1914 when he was in his late thirties. He was born in Middlesbrough and enlisted there, when home from sea he stayed with his brother's family in Normanby. He was killed on 13th of January 1916 when the Somme was a quiet sector. In the war diaries nothing of note happened that day. He is buried in the Carnoy Military Cemetery and his name is on the Normanby Village Memorial.

David Sample


L/Cpl. Frederick William Sample 6th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.14th Sep 1916)

My uncle Fred Sample was killed on 14th of September 1916 during the night attack on the Wonderworks strongpoint above Authuille. He was a machine gunner and had spent time guarding the Suez Canal in Egypt and on the front line near Arras in July and August. The Battalion moved to the Somme on the 3rd of September. Letters from his comrades say that he was buried "at a point East of Authuille" but the grave was lost during the subsequent fighting. His name appears on the Thiepval memorial.

He was born in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire in September 1895 and worked with his father as a boot, shoe and clog maker from the age of 13 until joining the army in 1914. His mother opened a cafe, used during the war by soldiers recuperating at Welburn Hall near to Kirkbymoorside. All his letters and other material are in the North Yorkshire County Record Office at Northallerton.

Fred Sample's parents Louisa & James in door of their cafe,used during the war by soldiers recuperating at Welburn Hall near to Kirkbymoorside.

David Sample


Pte. Sidney Russell Brenton 9th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.7th October 1916)

Sidney Russell Brenton is remembered on the Menin Gate and Guisborough War Memorial.


Capt. Walter Raynes Gamble MM, MC. 9th Btn Yorkshire Regiment (d.12th Jun 1917)

Walter Gamble was commissioned from ranks following award of Military Medal. He was part of BEF from 1914 and won his Military Cross at Contalmaison. He was shot by a Sniper near Caterpillar crater and Hill 60. I visited my Great Great Uncle this year where he is buried at Lijssentoek and tracked down a number of letters at the Imperial War Museum donated by another branch of the family to whom I am very grateful.

Paul Sadler


Pte George Hull 8th Btn Yorkshire Regiment (d.6th Jul 1916)

George Hull was my mothers uncle, we are currently in possession of his medals, death penny, dog tag and notification of death.

Ian holdstock


Pte. Thomas John Thursfield 5th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.28th March 1918)

Thomas Thursfield served with 5th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment.

Bruce Ross


Pte. Frederick Ebdy 6th Btn. Yorkshire Regiment (d.15th Sep 1916)

They say that they gave their lives so that we could have ours. In this case, it is true. Fred Ebdy was married to my grandmother, Mary Annie. If Fred had not lost his life on the Somme, then she would not have remarried and my mother would not have been born. Then, of course, I would not be here now writing this.

Allen Burdon

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