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SHAW Robert Warburton Sapper 366411 Royal Engineers 19th Bn London Regiment DIED 29/03/1920 Aged 39. Leeds Modern 1892-1897.Born Hunslet 1882. Son of Robert and Annie J CWGC Retford House Dewsbury Road. Husband of Eileen Married 1911 Liverpool CWGC High Street Leamington . Enlisted Coventry 1915 as a Rifleman 18th Bn London Regiment. Gassed 03/12/1917. 1920 passed away from Gas Related Injuries in Leamington Spa Residence 61 Park Row Coventry. Laid to Rest Whitnash Road Leamington Spa. In 2009 it was proved that Robert was laid to rest here and as a result the CWGC placed a white grave marker it reads "I was once forgotten but now I am found"
SHEARD John Linley Private 15/809 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals DOW 26/05/1916 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: 1904-1906. Born Leeds. Son of James and Ada Mary Ratcliffe Married 22/04/1889 St Peters Leeds CWGC/1911 of 226 Cross Flatts Grove Beeston Occupation Clerk. Enlisted Leeds Town Hall September 1914 Residence 399 Harehills Avenue After training at Colsterdale and Salisbury John spent time in Egypt in December 1915, before being posted to France. Laid to Rest Abbeyville Communal Cemetery France.
SLATER Ronald Hardy Private 12205 19th Bn Manchester Regiment KIA near Maricourt 23/05/1916 Aged 22. LEEDS MODERN:1902-1904. Born Headingley Enlisted Manchester Son of Ronald and Florance CWGC 41 Norwood Road Shipley. Left Leeds Boys Modern and finished his education at Heaton Moor Collage Stockport, leaving school he worked as a clothing outfitter in Bradford and London. Enlisted August 1914 Manchester. Sent to France October 1915. Laid to Rest Carnoy Military Cemetery Somme France.
SMITH Leonard Private 15290 2nd Bn Scots Guards 24/07/1917 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: 1907-1908. Born Leeds. Son of Tom a domestic school master and Ellen Gertrude Wilkie Married 1888 Bramley CWGC 9 Grosvener Street. Leonard left Leeds Boys Modern and was associated with the All Souls Church on Blackman Lane in Leeds being a member of the Church Lads Brigade. Laid to Rest Canada Farm Cemetery Belgium.
SPRITTLES Harry Rifleman R/35268 12th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps 27/02/1917 Aged 19. LEEDS MODERN: 1908-1913. Born Wakefield. Son of Charles a Coach Smith and Jane North Driver Married 1886 Wakefield. Harry also had brothers Horace, George, Charles and Joe, and sisters Elsie and Alice, the family lived in Carlton Cross Street Woodhouse Lane Leeds. After leaving Leeds Boys Modern Harry worked as a clerk in the Mercantile company of Mr Stubbs. Enlisted Wimbledon July 1916. Landed France Decemebr 1916. Harry lost his life in fighting at Ginchy near Combles France and was buried in one of the many cemeterys located around the village. After the war Harry was moved to the Guards Cemetery near Lesboeufs which until November 1918 had only 48 men buried there and now 1,492 men lie in peace along side Harry. Laid to Rest Guards Cemetery Lesboeuf Somme France.
STUDLEY Charles Carr 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn Attached 1st/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Rifles 09/10/17 Aged 20 LEEDS MODERN: 1909-1919. Born Camberwell District of London. Son of John Henry a commercial traveller and Ada Florence Carr Married 1896 Goole CWGC Clarence House Avenue Hill Leeds. Charles was given the middle name of Carr from his mothers maiden name, and was the twin of Doris Adelaide. The family had lived in Harehills when Charles attended Leeds Boys Modern and his father was working in Bond street Leeds when he gave his life. After leaving Leeds Boys Modern Charles worked at the Life Association of Scotland. Enlisted September 1914 Leeds at the young age of 17 into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals, and served with them through the opening day of the battle of the Somme and through the rest of the Somme campaigne from July to November 1916 when he was injured and sent back to England. He was Gazetted his commision and joined the 3rd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment and was attached to the 1/8th West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds rifles when he lost his life on the 9th October 1917. COMPANY OFFICER WROTE: "He was always the life and soul of the mess. His loss was felt by officers and men alike. He died instantaneously, doing his duty calmly and with great courage, leading his men under heavy fire" Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.
STOTT Kenneth Private 98034 N Company Ripon Royal Army Medical Corps 25/12/1916 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: 1906-1908. Born Huddersfield. Son of Walter Wood and Lucie Alberta Married 1888 Huddersfield. Husband of E F Pearson (formerly Stott),CWGC 16 Bolling Road Ben Rhydding. Left Leeds Boys to move to the Department of Technology at Leeds University. Enlisted Leeds November 1916 Leeds he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps being posted to Ripon where he passed away on christmas day from acute pneumonia. Laid to Rest Ripon Cemetery North Yorkshire.
SUMMERSCALE James Stanley Private 15/862 B Company 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 26. LEEDS MODERN: 1905-1907. Born Garforth. Son of James Conyers and Clara North Married 1884 Leeds CWGC 89 Westminster Road Morecambe. After leaving Leeds Boys Modern James moved to Manchester and worked as an apprentice in a Manchester warehouse. James Stanley and his brother Alfred Norman both played on a regular basis for Leeds Boys Modern Old Boys Football and Cricket teams. At the outbreak of war James Stanley enlisted into the 15th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals at Leeds Town Hall in September 1914, alongside his brothers Frank 15/860 who gained a commision to the Yorkshire Regiment in August 1917 and survived the War and Alfred Norman 15/861 details below. He was trained at Colsterdale and served in Egypt before being sent to France. Saturday 01/07/July around 07.30 James Stanley gave the ultimate sacrifice near Serre Wood on the Somme, James Stanley was either taken to the Dressing Station where he now lies or was found and laid to rest at a later date. Laid to Rest Mesnil Communal Cemetery Somme France.
SUMMERSCALE Alfred Norman Private 15/861 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 01/07/1916 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: 1905-1907.Born Garforth Alfred Norman was the younger brother of James Stanley who also gave his life in the Great War details on above page. On leaving Leeds Boys Modern Alfred Norman worked as an apprentice at Dixons Electrical engineers, later joining the staff of Verity Electrical Engineers in Leeds, working in their sales department. In September 1914 at Leeds Town Hall Alfred Norman alongside his brothers Frank 15/860 who gained a commision to the Yorkshire Regiment in August 1917 and James Stanley 15/862 who also gave his life details on Previouse page enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment The Leeds Pals. He trained at Colsterdale served with the Pals in Egypt and was finally sent to France, where alongside his brother he gave his life near Serre Wood on the Somme, he lies where he fell today. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.
TAYLOR George Milburn Lieutenant A Company 161st Battery Royal Field Artillery 25/05/1916 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: 1903-1910. Born Holbeck. Son of John Leopold and Mary Ann Milburn Married 1886 CWGC Highbury Old Park Road Roundhay. Left Leeds Boys Modern to become an apprentice at Sir John Fowler and Companys Steam Plough works in Hunslet Leeds, and became somewhat of an expert working with combustion engines. In his spare time he was a member of the North Leeds Boys Scout movement, and won the Kings Scout Badge. Leeds 1912 George enlisted into the 2nd West riding Terratorial Field Ambulance, and served until gaining his commision into the Royal Field Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 23rd April 1915. Posted to France in December 1915 and came home on leave in May 1916, being promoted to rank of Lieutenant in early May 1916, back in France after two weeks leave lost his life leading his men on the 25/05/1916. The Sergeant Major George was with in France wrote a letter to his Uncle a Colonel Milburn of Hull stating: "He was the finest Officer i have served with in just under seventeen years service in the army". Laid to Rest Warloy-Baillon Communal France.
TAYLOR Harold Davies Gunner 128044 X 24th Trench Mortar Battery Royal Field Artillery 23/07/1918 Aged 26. LEEDS MODERN: 1904-1907. Leeds Boys Modern Memorial Book "HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS KING AND COUNTRY" Born Bolton. Son of John and Susannah Davies married at Bolton in 1890 CWGC 155 Kirkstall Lane Kirkstall. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work in the Yorkshire Penny Bank in Leeds moving to the head office in the City centre in 1914. Enlisted Leeds January 1916 in the Royal Field Artillery, and was sent to France in April 1917. Laid to Rest Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension France.
TAYLOR Reginald Ernest Lance Corporal 38295 2nd/4th Bn City of Bristol Terratorial Bn Gloucestershire Regiment 03/12/1917 Aged 19. LEEDS MODERN: 1911-1914. Born Rotherham Son of William Edward Born Wednesbury Staffordshire 1867 and Bertha Ellen Born Parkgate Rotherham in 1867, They married at Rotherham in 1894. Reginald had a brother who also gave his life: George William Private 37382 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Bn Northumberland Regiment Born Kiverton Rotherham, Enlisted Mansfield Gave his Life 05/06/1917 remembered on the Arras Memorial. Reginald enlisted into the Northumberland Fusiliers in November 1916 on reaching his eighteenth birthday the official enlistment age been given the Service Number 29625. reginald went to France in July 1917 and was transferred to the 1/4th Bn of the Gloucestyer Regiment. He fought throughout the retreat from Cambrai and at La Vaccquerie near Bourlon Wood on the 3rd December 1917 he lost his life, however reginald was never found and is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial to the missing. Laid to Rest Cambrai Memorial Louverval Military Cemetery France
TEALE Nathan Douglas Private 14948 No.3 Company 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards 14/09/1916 Aged 22. LEEDS MODERN: 1906-1911. Son of Thomas and Jane Married 1883. Nathan left Leeds Boys Modern to train as a teacher in 1911 and the following year went to Leeds City. In July 1914 Nathan was appointed Assistant Headmaster at St Hilda's School Cross Green Leeds (My first infants school that i attended in the early 1960's). He enlisted later that year joining the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards Training at Caterham and Windsor before being posted to France in Decembe r 1915. Nathan was involved in the Battle for Albert on the Somme and was reported missing near Ginchy between the 14-16 July 1916, Nathan was found later that year where he fell and laid to rest in the Guard's' Burial Ground in the East side of the village of Ginchy, alongside 20 other officers and men of the Guards Division, and was removed to The Guards Cemetery at Lesbeoufs after the war. Laid to Rest Guards Cemetery Lesboeufs Somme France.
THACKRAH William Henderson Private 5051 4th Bn Gordon Highlanders 15/11/1916 Aged 37. LEEDS MODERN: 1891-1895. Born Leeds. Son of Joseph and Mary CWGC 14, Kelso Road. Worked in the woolen trade and went ot London before coming back to Leeds to assist his father in his business. William attended Cavandish Road Presbyterian Church. Enlisted Leeds March 1916 into the Gordon Highlanders, and in July of that year was sent to France. William was involved in the fighting to capture "Y" ravine 13/14/11/1916. William was hit by shell his Captain wrote to his family: "Will was a good soldier, and very brave. If any dangerous work was done he was always willing, and very sensible, too." Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.
TOOKE Bernard Captain 18th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Bradford Pals 03/05/1917 Aged 28. LEEDS MODERN: 1904-1907. Born Leeds. Eldest son of William Oldham and Jane Ann France Married 1886 Leeds. Bernard left Leeds Boys Modern to attend Bradford Grammer school after achieviing a governers scholership, and went on to attend Oxford University and came back to Leeds to work for the Leeds Education Committee. Remembered Arras Memorial France.
TURNER Charles Gledden Private 25945 2nd Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 13/07/1917 Aged 37. LEEDS MODERN: 1891-1894. Son of Willliam a woolen merchant and Mary CWGC 23 Hessle View Brudenell Road Hyde Park. Charles left Leeds Boys Modern and went into business in Kendall, he joined the 2nd Bn king's Own Yorkshire Regiment in December 1915 and was posted to France in April 1916. Laid to Rest Coxyde Military Cemetery Koksijde Belgium.
VAUSE Thomas Christopher Second Lieutenant 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 03/09/1916 Aged 33. Leeds Modern Unknown. Born Leeds. Only son of Thomas Orlando Born Leeds 1861 and Margaret Gardam Born Leeds 1856 Married Leeds in 1879. CWGC of Rose Lea King Lane Moor Allerton. Husband of Maud Rosamond Hemsley Left Leeds Modern to attend University at St John's Collage in Cambridge where he studied for his teaching degrees. He taught at the Modern College in Harrogate between 1907 and 1910 and then went onto Leeds Central School, between 1910 and 1914 before moving onto Cleckheaton Secoundry School as the secound master there. September of 1914 he joined the Inns Court Officers Training Corps, and in July 1915 was gazetted into the 1/8 th Bn of the West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Rifles. Thomas was reported "Wounded and Misssing" although he wasnt found until August 1917. Laid to Rest Mill Road Cemetery Thiepval Somme France.
WADE Joseph Percy Private 2000 1st Bn Royal Fusiliers 31/07/1917 Aged 25. LEEDS MODERN: 1902-1905. Son of Thomas Park Born Hunslet and Clara Wade CWGC Stourton Lodge Wakefield Road Leeds. Husband of Katherine CWGC 4 Brooklands East Keswick. After leaving Leeds Boys Modern Joseph, worked in banks across the city moving to London in early 1914. Joseph was still in London when war broke out and in 1915 joined 1st Bn of the Royal fusiliers, after training he was sent to France in August 1916. In April 1915 Joseph was gassed whilst laying down telephone wires and was sent to recuparate in Hospital returning to his Battalion in the June of that year this time being posted to Belgium. Was reported by an eyewitness that he was helping a wounded comrade back to the lines when a shell landed both Joseph and the other soldier losing their lives. Remembered Ieper Menin Gate Memorial.
WARD George Cecil 2nd Lieutenant B Company 8th Bn West Yorkshires 01/07/1916 Aged 23. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Cromolin near Newport Monmouthshire Wales. Son of William George Ada Ann Harris Married High Wycombe 1875. CWGC of Frogmore Town Street Upper Armley. George and brother Donald both went to the Town Hall in September 1915 and enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals. Both went to Colsterdale to train and whilst they were there they were both gazetted to the 1/8th West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Rifles as Lieutenants. In early 1916 both brothers were sent to France and on the opening day of the Battle for Albert (Somme) George lost his life, Donald was badly wounded and invalided home surviving the war. Laid to Rest Connaught Cemetery Thiepval Somme France.
WARING Horace Private 15/942 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 01/07/1916 Aged 22. LEEDS MODERN Unknown. Son of William Horace Born Doncaster 1867 a Dental Surgeon who had a practice in Leeds at No 83 Albion Street and Emmaline Firth Born Bradford 1866 Married at Bradford in 1888. CWGC 40 Hough Lane Bramley. Born Bradford. Horace was the youngest son having brothers Lawrence who survived the war and john who gave his life Remembered below. Left Leeds Boys Modern and went into the farming industry, before working has a dentist at his fathers practice. When war broke out in August 1914 Horace tried to enlist into the Army but was not accepted until September 1914 at Leeds Town Hall when he joined the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals. After training at Colsterdale and Salisbury Plain Horace spent Six months in Egypt and was then posted to France. Horace lost his life on the Saturday morning of the 1st of July 1916 near Serre and was not found until the March of 1917 when the Leeds Pals finally gained that part of the battle ground. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.
WARING John Captain Attached 20th Bn Manchester Regiment 06/10/1918 Aged 28 Military Cross.Mentioned four times in dispatches. Leeds Modern 1897-1901. Born Armley Enlisted Leeds Brother of Horace above. John left Leeds Boys Modern to work in the wholesale drapery trade working as a commercial traveller by 1914. In August 1914 John joined the Leeds University Officer Training Corps, and in 1915 was gazetted to the North Staffordshire Regiment. Later that year he worked as a bomb instructor in England to prepare the troops for war, rejoining his Battalion in May 1916. He had an accident in the Summer of 1916 and returned to England being sent back to France in September 1916 this time being attached to the 20th Bn of the Manchester Regiment. The Manchesters took part in fighting at Bullecourt in France and Passendale Ridge in Belgium before being sent to Italy in November 1917, John being given the rank of Acting Captain.
In July 1918 whilst on leave John Married Dorothy Verity. He returned to the Manchesters in August 1918 and returned to France in the September of that year, and on the 6th of October 1918 John lost his life in fighting at Beaurevoir near Le Catelet France. Laid to Rest Prospect Hill Cemetery Gouy Aisne France.
WATSON Ernest Sergeant 32447 1st/6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 15/09/1918 Aged 30. LEEDS MODERN: 1900-1903.Son of Richard and Mary Ann Morley Married 1884 Leeds Husband of Ella Maud Dobson Married Leeds 1916. CWGC 38 Osmondthorpe Lane Leeds. Ernest had been brought up on York Road in Leeds and had won a scholership to attend Leeds Boys Modern, after leaving he worked as a Commercial Traveller for Brownhill and Son of Saville Street London. May 1916 enlisted into the 1/6th Bn of the West Yorkshire Regiment training at Rugeley and was soon being promoted to a Sergeant to instruct musketry. Ernest was so good at this that he was kept in England as an instructor until May 1918, being sent back to his Regiment part of the 49th Division. Transferred to the Arras region of France in September 1918 and on the 15th Ernest was hit by a shell and was buried where he fell. Ernest was moved to Roclincourt after the war where he now lies. COMPANY OFFICER WROTE: "Sergeant watson died a soldiers death at the post of his duty, setting a good example to his men. His cheerfull disposition had endeared him to all, and as a soldier he was the essence of effiency and one of our best instructors" Laid to Rest Roclincourt Military Cemetery France.
WHITE George Edward Private 6383 2nd/19th Bn. London Regiment 20/09/1916 Aged 21. LEEDS MODERN: 1906-1908. Born Leeds Only son of Arthur Born Leeds in 1871 and Mary Elizabeth Born Leeds 1872. CWGC 20 Cross Green Avenue. Brought up in South East Leeds, after leaving Leeds Boys Modern George worked for a Pawnbrokers in Leeds. Tried to enlist into the Army in September 1914 at Leeds Town Hall but was refused on health grounds, and was finally accepted in November 1915 joining the Royal Army Medical Corps. Volunteered in March 1916 to be transferred to the Infantry and was sent to the 2/18th County of London Regiment(the London Irish rifles). June 1916 sent to France and joined the Lewis Gun Section of his Battalion. George lost his life in the trenches of Neuville St. Vaast on the morning of 20/09/1916 those who lost their lives in the trenches were taken by a French military tram. Laid to Rest Ecoivres Military Cemetery Mon St Eloi Arras France.
WHITEHEAD John Sydney Private 15/960 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 01/07/1916 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Leeds. Son of Harry a partner in J. Whitehead printers and Lithograthers of Alfred Street Leeds and Emily Jane Scott Married 1864 in Leeds. CWGC Alfred Street Boar Lane Enlisted with Brother Arthur. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work in in an engineering firm. September 1914 with his brother Arthur enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals. Both brothers trained at Colsterdale and Salisbury, and John was sent with the Pals to Egypt. Arthur, John Sydneys brother was discharged 05/05/1915 without serving overseas. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.
WILCHER Harold Second Lieutenant 3rd Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 05/07/1916 Aged LEEDS MODERN: 1902-1907. Born District of Greenwich London. Second son of Louis Faithorn and Elizabeth Maria Williams Married 1889 in Greenwich. Harold was a member of the Leeds Boys Rifle Brigade whilst he attended Leeds Boys Modern under Captain Percy Stock. In August 1914 at the outbreak of war harold enlisted being given a commision into the kings Own Yorkshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Laid to Rest Heilly Station Cemetery France.
WILCHER Leslie Reginald Victor 2nd Lieutenant 113th Brigade Royal Field Artillery 08/05/1919 Aged 21. LEEDS MODERN: 1908-1913. Born District of Greenwich London. Brother of Harold remembered above. Left Leeds Boys Modern School to go to the Grammar School in Leeds. August 1914 joined the Leeds troop of the Yeomanry Cadets and when he was old enough to enlist applied for a commission. Trained at the Royal Artillery Cadet School and was posted to the Royal Field Artillery in 1917. Reported that Leslie lost his life due to an accident in the execution of his duty in Bonn Germany on the 08/05/1919.
Laid to Rest Cologne Southern Cemetery 5 km south of the centre of Cologne Germany.
WILCOCKS Frederick Tootell Private 19118 8th Bn Yorkshire Regiment 19/10/1917 Aged 32. LEEDS MODERN: 1897-1899. Born Adlington near Chorley Lancashire. Son of John F and Margaret. Left Leeds Boys Modern and went into the tailoring trade and worked for 12 years at the Grand Pygmalion Stores. November 1914 joined the Yorkshire Regiment 8th Battalion Green Howards went to France in June 1915. Frederick came home on leave in 1916 and Married Constance Emily Wear at St Augustine's Church Leeds sadly Constance passed away giving birth to their son Kenneth in early 1917. Laid to Rest Bedford House Cemetery Belgium.
WILKINSON Edward Louis Third Mate Mercantile Marine S.S. Tatarrax Greenock 10/08/1918 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: 1909-1912. Son of Arthur and Annie Elizabeth Liddle Married at St Marks Church Woodhouse Leeds in 1893 CWGC39, Headingley Avenue Headingley. Left Leeds Boys Modern to join straight into the Merchant Navy as an apprentice. During the War Edward worked as an officer in the Transport Office of the Admiralty and lost his life on the 11th of August 1918 in the Mediterranean Sea on board the SS. TATARRAX described as an Oiler. Remembered The Tower Hill Memorial London.
WILSON Charles Percival Royal Air Force 08/04/1918 Aged 38. LEEDS MODERN: 1890-1896. Born 12/06/1879. Only son of Alderman Charles Henry and Victoria Alice Married Knaresborough in 1879. Charles worked for his father after leaving Leeds Boys Modern and qualified as a Incorperated Accountant. Throughout the early part of the last century Charles was well known as a leading Motorist throughout Yorkshire. This fascination in cars led him to take an interest in avation and was one of the first thousend men to enlist into the Royal Air Force. In 1906 Charles Married Marian Jane Tate at St Mathews Chapel Allerton Leeds. 1911 303 Roundhay Road Incorporated Accountant. September 1914 Charles qualified as a "Pilote Aviateur International" flying a Maurice Farman Biplane at Brooklands. Recieved his commission in the Air Force Residence 5 Park Row. Reported that Charles crashed his plane and was transferred to the Army Audit department, however his injuries were so severe he had an operation from which he passed away on 08/04/1918. Charles is not remembered on the CWGC website. Final resting place unknown can you help ?
WILSON John Stanley Corporal 37470 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Shot by a Sniper 14/07/1918 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Yeadon Near Leeds. Son of Francis Henry and Charlotte Ellen Armitage CWGC The Grange Collingham. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work in his fathers business at Yeadon near leeds working in his Woolen Mill there. Enlisted as soon as he was 18 in August 1916 joining the 4th Bn of the West Yorkshire Regiment being transferred to the 16th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Bradford Pals and was sent to France later that year. John worked as one of the Battalions Observer Scouts and was wounded in May 1917 spending a month in hospital. Returned to the Bradford Pals but was again transferred this time to the 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment and in early 1918 was promoted to Corporal. At Ridge Wood Belgium John was shot by a sniper he was buried where he fell but his final resting place was lost. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.
WILTON Fred Private 21773 5th Bn Canadian Infantry Saskatchewan Regiment 02/05/1915 Aged 33. LEEDS MODERN: 1890's. Born Leeds 16/04/1882. Son of William Edwin and Harriett Eliza Cooke Married 1876 St Peters Leeds Harriett Died in 1888 and William Edwin re married to Emma Jane Waring Married 1890 St George Leeds. Left Liverpool for Toronto in 1903. Enlisted 23/09/1914 Valcartier Quebec Canada Occupation Clerk. Gave next of kin as W. A Wilton 19 Moor Lane Headingley. Killed by a shell by the Ypres Canal Bank reported to have been Laid to Rest in the shell hole on the west bank of the Yser between the canal and the small stream. 200 Yards NW of the bridge by a garden. Cross was Erected. 1929 Memorial register was sent to next of kin Sister Florence Smith Born 1877 of 42 Hillcrest Avenue Leeds. Details on card also state Messer's Hotham and Whiting Wellington Street Leeds. 4 Regents Park Terrace Hyde Park. Remembered Menin Gate Ieper Belgium.
WOODCOCK Victor Joseph Lieutenant 3rd Sqdn.Royal Flying Corps 30/09/1917 Aged 21. LEEDS MODERN: 1905-1912. Born Leeds. Son of George Redfern Born Liversidge West Yorkshire in 1868 and Harriet Eliza Lawrenson Born 1868, Married 1895 in Liversidge of Ravenscroft The Drive Roundhay Under Graduate Leeds University Science (Engineering). Whilst at Leeds Boys Modern Victor won the Craven Scholership for engineering and went to Leeds University Engineering Department. Victor joined the Leeds University officer Training Corps and in 1915 was gazetted as 2nd Leiutenant in the Northumberland Fusiliers. Posted to France in June 1916 and fought at the Battle for Albert on the opening day of the Somme Offensive. Transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in August 1916 and returned to England for training. posted with his Squadron to France and on the same day he was promoted to Lieutenant he crashed his plane losing his life. Laid to Rest Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery Manancourt France.
WORTHY William Lance Corporal 39968 10th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment 28/09/1917 Aged 23. LEEDS MODERN: 1907-1912. Born Appleton-le-Moor Yorkshire. Son of William Born Southwick County Durham in 1865 and Annie Gibson Born Hemington County Durham 1866, Married 1890 near Sunderland. Left Leeds Boys Modern and trained as a school master, attending York training Collage being a student there in 1914. At Colsterdale in July 1915 Enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals Service Number 15/1926, being badly wounded on 01/07/1916. William was sent to hospital and stayed there for five months before being attached to another West Yorkshire Battalion. Suffered from severe frost bite in the winter of 1916 and was again sent to hospital leaving there in April 1917. May 1917 sent to France again this time with the York and Lancaster Regiment. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.