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6th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own )
The 1/6th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), a territorial battalion was in Bradford in August 1914 when war broke out, on the 10th of August they moved to Selby, and end of the month to Strenshall, in late October they moved to York. In March 1915 they moved to Gainsborough before proceeding to France, sailing from Folkestone on the 15th of April 1915, landing at Boulogne with the 146th Brigade, 49th (West Riding) Division.
They served on the Western Front throughout the conflict, seeing action at Aubers Ridge, on the Somme, the Flanders Coast, in the Third Battle of Ypres, the Battle of the Lys and the final advance in Picardy.
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Those known to have served with 6th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own ) during the Great War 1914-1918.
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- A/Capt. George Noel Bisatt Read their Story.
- Pte. John Thomas Midgley (d.3rd May 1918) Read their Story.
- Pte Michael Mooney Read their Story.
- Dmr. Joseph Arthur Roper Read their Story.
- Pte Alfred Spinks (d.11th October 1918)
- L/Cpl. Noah Turpin (d.1st Jul 1916) Read their Story.
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L/Cpl. Noah Turpin 1st/6th battalion Prince of Wales West Yorkshire Regiment (d.1st Jul 1916)Noah worked as a warehouseman in Bradford before the war and was part of the local territorial army. The unit landed in Boulogne on the 15th of April 1915 and was part of the original expeditionary force taking part in the trenches at Neuve Chapelle, Laventie, Fleurbaix, Ypres, Bouzincourt and Thiepval.
Sadly Noah was killed going over the top on the 1st day of the Somme at Thiepval Wood when the unit was supporting the 36th Ulster Division, his body was never recovered, but on the letter sent home from the army informing the family of the loss, a positive id was made by a surviving officer who saw Noah caught in the wire in no man's land and unfortunately he was already dead.
Noah was 27 when he died and is remembered on the Thiepval memorial, what a privilege it is to be related to a truly gallant and noble person who laid his life down for his country.
A/Capt. George Noel Bisatt 6h Btn. West Yorkshire RegimentMy 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?
Pte. John Thomas Midgley 1st/6th Battalion West Yorkshire (d.3rd May 1918)John Thomas Midgley was 34 when he died. "Son of the late John and Elizabeth Anwell Midgley, of 24, Woodbine Place, Hebden Bridge; husband of Florence Midgley, of 9, Cliffe St., Hebden Bridge, Yorks." as it says on the War Graves record. He is listed on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
He was the uncle of Harry Mortimer OBE, the brass band conductor and radio personality. In his autobiography "On Brass" Harry wrote: "Two of my uncles on my mother's side and aunt Eliza, [my father] Fred's sister who had joined the Women's Service, somehow managed amongst all that chaos to meet up for a brief reunion [in Belgium]. It was the last time the two uncles had any family contact, as they were soon to be yet another two digits in the lists of the fallen." The other uncle was Edward Raynor Midgley.
Dmr. Joseph Arthur Roper 6th Btn. D Coy. West Yorkshire RegimentJoe Roper was my paternal grandfather. He was wounded and discharged from the army in January 1918. It is therefore likely he was wounded either in the last phases of the Somme or maybe in the Battle of Poelcapelle (Ypres). He was with D Company of the 6th Battalion.
He spoke little of this time but did tell me he remembered being hit and falling into a shell hole. He said it was a long time before he was found. He also recalled being put into an ambulance and the blood from the bloke above dripping down on him. He said following his treatment he was put into a ward where recovery was not expected. In his eighties, Joe showed me the scar which ran from his breastbone around the lower left ribs almost to his spine.
Joe lived a long and honourable life, he served as a sergeant in the Home Guard in WW2 at DeHavillands airfield in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. His first wife died during the late 1930's leaving him with two teenage boys. During the depression he whitewashed people's outdoor lavatories to supplement his income.
I live in Australia and am trying to establish which battle downed Joe. I wish I had spent more time with him.
Pte Michael Mooney 8 Bn Yorks. RegtEnlisted Sept 1914 from Smith's Dock as part of 'Pals Battalion'. Wounded and awarded Silver Wound Badge. Transfered to Labour Corps (change of number) (1917?). Holder of 'Pip. Squeak and Wilfred'. Bn trained near Tring Herts. Served on Western front (France/Belgium 1915 to 1918). Discharged to Y List 1919.
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