City of Leeds United in WW1

Remembering those from Leeds who gave their lives in world war one.




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HALL James Thompson 2nd Lieutenant 8th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry DOW 09/06/1917 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Manchester. Son of Henry Herron Hall and Beatrice Sinclair Thomson Married 1892 Chorlton Manchester CWGC Hollin House Moorhead Shipley. James left Leeds Modern when his parents moved to shipley and on finishing school james joined the Union of London and Smiths bank. September 1914 Enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals after two and half years whilst serving as a Corporal he was promoted and sent to a Cadet school. In April 1917 he was given a commision in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

 Laid to Rest Etaples Military Cemetery France 

HAMER Arthur Ernest Private 43864 14th Bn Durham Light Infantry KIA 03/12/1917 Aged 19. LEEDS MODERN: 1910-1916. Born Leeds. Edest son of Arthur Haigh and Clara Riley Married 1886 Halifax CWGC 2 Burchett Terrace Delph Lane. He gained access to Leeds Boys Modern by achieving a Leeds Junior School Scholarship and by 1915 had become a school burser with the aim of going into the teaching profession. He was accepted to University in 1916 however the lure of joing the Army was too much and he enlisted Leeds 02/01/1917 into the Durham Light Infantry. Landed 12/04/1917 Boulogne Joined Bn at Etaples 28/04/1917. Laid to Rest Cambrai Memorial Louverval. 

HARRIS Christopher Samuel Second Lieutenant  6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 27/05/1917 Aged 20.LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born 1897 Leeds. Son of Philip and Hannah Kirk Married 1889 St Mary the Virgin Middleton CWGC 14 Newport View Headingley. Christopher played sports for both his house and school first team and was member of the Boys Rifle Brigade. At the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Army Maintanence Corps which his father was already serving, this was despite Christopher being underage. On his 18th birthday Christopher applied for a commision and was accepted as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. After training he was sent to France 17/06/1916 with the 49th Division and lost his life whilst on patrol. His commanding officer Major General Percival wrote to Christopher's father: "I have seldom had as good reports on any officer as those recieved about your son. He was undoubtedly a very gallent officer, with great military ability, and had done a great deal of valuable work in his Battalion in spite of his being only twenty years of age" November 1917 Wakefield Effects left to Philip a Sergeant in the West Yorkshire Regiment His Father ? Value of £226. 9s. 10d.


Remembered Loos Memorial France.

FAIRBURN-HART George Stanley Private 15/317 A Company 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals DOW 27/04/1916 Aged 26 LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Burley Cum Headingley Leeds. George was the only son of William  a textile patent agent and Florance Camburn Married 1880 Elham CWGC 6 Airdale-Cliff Pollard Lane Newlay Bramley 1911 28 Regent Park Terrace Headingley. After Leaving Leeds Boys Modern George attended Leeds University. Enlisted September 1914 at Leeds Town Hall After training in Colsterdale, Ripon and Salisbury, George was posted with the Battalion to Egypt and then France. 1916 Effects Totalling £376.7s.8d to his Father.


                                                            Laid to Rest Beauval Communal Cemetery France. 

HEAP Herbert Corporal C/12164 21st Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps DOW 19/09/1916 Aged 30 LEEDS MODERN:19-1907. Born 1886 Leeds. Son of James Herbert and Mary Eliza Marsland Married 1878 Leeds Registered Building CWGC Oakland House 70 Victoria Road Headingley. Herbert left Leeds Boys Modern and joined his fathers business which was J.E Marsland on Water Lane Leeds in which he later became a partner. Herbert was well known in the villages of Collingham near leeds and the market town of Wetherby where he was member of the Golf club there, winning a trophy in 1914. Enlisted 01/12/1915 Bradford Occupation Shoddy Manufacturer. Promoted 05/05/1916 Lance Sergeant. He had just been recommended for his commision when he was wounded on the 15/09/1916. "Herbert lies in peace in the same grave as Private Thomas Barnes, Born and enlisted in Leicester, Son of Thomas and Clara Barnes of Leicester Aged 19." May 1917 Effects Totalling £924. 15s. 4d. to His Mother. 

 Laid to Rest Heilly Station Cemetery Mericourt-L'Abbe France. 

HIGGINS Rowland Lance Corporal 23461 1st Bn Royal Fusiliers City of London Regiment KIA 23/03/1918 Aged 35 LEEDS MODERN: 1896-1901. Born Oulton near Wakefield. Son of Benjamin Wood and Annie Eliza Wilson Married 1873 St Mary the Virgin Hunslet. Rowland was one of seven brothers, including: Private Ernest Arthur Service Number M2/104377 Born Oulton 1876 who lost his life aged 43 on the 1st March 1918 serving with the 61st Ammunition Sub Park Army Service Corps and lies in peace at the Ham British Cemetery near St Quentin France. Left Leeds Boys Modern and worked in the London City Midland Bank, staying there until he Enlisted in Pontefract 1st Battalion Royal fusiliers. Rowland was an active member of the local community in Oulton and was involved as a church worker, and was a member of the local cricket club. Rowland was sent to France in early 1916 and 21st March 21/03/1918 his battalion were involved in the Armys retreat as the Germans made one final push, it was reported at the time that Rowland lost his life on the Railway near Chaulnes 25/03/1918 with other members of his company. Remembered Pozieres Memorial France.

HOLLINGS Hubert Second Lieutenant  202nd Squadron Royal Air Force KIA 28/09/1918 Aged 19 LEEDS MODERN: 1911-1914. Born 1900 Middleton. Son of Tom and Jane Neal Married 1898 St Mary the Virgin Middleton CWGC 16 Middleton Lane Rothwell Haigh. 1911 Ivy Cottage Middleton. Left Leeds Boys Modern became a Mining engineer moving to South Wales. Returned to Rothwell near Wakefield attending Sheffield University to attain his Mine Surveyor Certificate. In April 1917 Hubert joined the Officer Training Corps at Leeds University. Enlisted Leeds September 1917 The Royal Flying Corps at Farnborough. Hubert was stationed at Eastwood gaining his commision there, and proceeded to France 08/08/1918. Hubert lost his life carrying out a reconasance mission behind German lines, he was buried by the Germans at Steenbrugge Cemetery near Brugges Belgium. 

After the war Hubert was finally Laid to Rest Larchwood Railway Cutting Cemetery Belgium

HUDSON Lawrence Armitage Lance Serjeant 716 10th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment DOW 14/07/1916 Aged 23. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Shipley West Yorkshire. Son of Albert Born Bradford 1865 and Hannah Mary Armitage Married 1888 Bradford 1911 CWGC 14 St. John's Terrace Leeds Occupation Outfitters Shop Assistant. Lawrence went into the clothing trade after leaving Leeds Boys Modern and moved to London working for Colletts Limited. Enlisted Grimsby 10/09/1914 he joined the 10th Lincolns and during training was promoted to Sergeant. Lawrence  was  posted to France in January 1916 and on the opening day of the Battle for Albert was wounded near La Boiselle Suffering GSW to his thigh and a Fracture to his leg. Brought back to England to the Military Hospital in Northampton and had his leg amputated soon after arriving there. Passed away at 19:50. Laid to Rest Lawnswood Cemetery Leeds. 

HULLAH George Robert Private 241938 (5008) 1st/5th Bn kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 06/07/1916 Aged 26 LEEDS MODERN:Unknown. Born 1886 Beeston Hill Leeds. Enlisted Rothwell. Son of Thomas William a Surveyor and Land Agent and Mary Hannah Weare Married 1878 Christ Church Leeds 1911 Beech Grove House Oulton Occupation Lithographic Artist. Husband of Bertha Elizabeth Whitley Married 1916 St Margaret Horsforth CWGC Mount Royal Horsforth. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

HUMMERSTON Eric Sapper 84112 211th Field Company Royal Engineers DOW 01/05/1916 Aged 18. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Leeds. Enlisted Leeds. Son of James and Annie Breach. 1911 Residence38 Chestnut Avenue Kirkstall. 

Laid to Rest Bertrancourt Military Cemetery France.


INGLESON Ernest Private 15/501 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Own Leeds Pals KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 25 LEEDS MODERN: 1903-1905. Born 1891 Headingley. After leaving Leeds Boys Modern Ernest worked in the woolen trade. 1911 21 Victoria Terrace Belle Vue Road Woollen Merchants Assistant. September 1914 Enlisted into the Leeds Pals West Yorkshire Regiment at Leeds Town Hall. 

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. 

INGLESON Thomas Bennett Lance Corporal 14527 1st Bn Scots Guards KIA near Langemarcke 03/08/1917 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN:1903-1905. Born 1892 Leeds. Son of Thomas and Annie CWGC 21 Victoria Terrace Belle Vue Road. Worked in the woolen trade after leaving Leeds Boys Modern. Thomas joined the 1st Battalion Scots Guards October 1915 trained at Wellington Barracks and Caterham moving to France in February 1917.

 Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Belgium. 

JACKSON Ernest 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn Attached 15th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 23. LEEDS MODERN: 1913-1915 Modern Language Master. Ernest was a teacher and held the post of Asisistant Head master at Tynemouth Municipal High School until 1913 when he arrived at Leeds Modern to the Post of Modern Language Master. Ernest enlisted into the Rifle Brigade in April 1915 and in June 1915 was granted a commision into the 2nd Lancashire Fusilliers. He married a E. Tunnicliffe from Leeds in late 1915 and was posted to France in January 1916. 


       Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

KETTLEWELL Percy Hunter Serjeant 3354 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers KIA Trenches Henin near Lens  28/03/1918 Aged 33  LEEDS MODERN: 1898-1900. Born Leeds. Enlisted  Leeds. Son of Thomas and Grace Hunter Married 1884 Leeds CWGC The Mount Armley. Percy left Leeds Modern to work as a bank clerk, and in 1912 joined the regular army, enlisting into the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Percy was sent to India in 1913 and saw service at Amballa, Subatha. Percy's Regiment were in India and called back to Europe when war broke out arriving England December 1914, being sent to France in January 1915. On the  12/02/915 Percy took part in a baynot charge on the German defences Percy was badly wounded being shot through his right shoulder, and was sent to hospital in England. Percy spent over four months in hospitals in both Lincoln and Horncastle before returning to France in June 1915, being posted to the 1st Battalion. Reported that: "his Battalion had fought at close quarters against great odds, and kept the enemy at bay for more than two hours." 


                                                    Remembered Arras Memorial France 

KIRK Alfred Edward Morgan Lance Corporal 15/557 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 01/07/1916 Aged 22 LEEDS MODERN: 1908-1910. Born Forest Gate London.  E Alfred was the son of Alfred a Railway Building Contractors Agent and Mary R Born Ireland 1868 CWGC Woodvale Ashley New Mikon Hampshire. After leaving Leeds Boys Modern Alfred worked for the Leeds City Education Committee. Enlisted September 1914 Leeds Town Hall.


                                  Laid to Rest Serre Road Cemetery No.3, Puisieux Somme France. 

LAVINGTON James Laurence Lieutenant 100053 12th Squadron Royal Air Force 22/08/1918 Aged 18. LEEDS MODERN:1915-1917 ? Born Sydenham 28/09/1899.  Son of Albert James and Ethel Mary CWGC of Maesmer Gordon Road Claygate Surrey. Laurence attended Leeds Boys Modern and was a member of the Schools Cadet Corps between 1915 and 1917. Enlisted 09/10/1917 into the Royal Flying Corps and trained at Farnborough and No 1 Squadron at St Leonards on Sea. Laurence gained his commision in July 1918, and was posted to France on 04/08/1918, he was at the front eighteen (18) days when he lost his life. 


                                               Laid to Rest Bienvillers Military Cemetery France.

LAX Donald Elsworth Private 235924 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 05/11/1918 Aged 21 LEEDS MODERN: 1909-1911. Born Leeds. Son of Henry and Emily Elsworth Rawson Married 1887 Leeds CWGC Ivy Dene Harehills Lane. After Leeds Boys Modern Donald became a Cadet in the Merchant Navy in Hull, he travelled the world and contracted malaria in India, and as a result gave up this career. Donald started to work as a motor engineer and Enlisted 1915 in York into the Yorkshire Hussars Service Number 3232, Donald served in France with this Regiment until it was transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1917. Donald sadly lost his life six days before the Armistace was declared near the the village of Sebourg France the scene of fighting in November 1918 during the crossing of the River Aunelle. In the July edition of the "Owlet" the school magazine Mrs Lax had donated the sum of £3.00 pounds towards the cost of a War Memorial Tablet which was to be unvailed in 1922. 



                                               Laid to Rest Valenciennes St Roch Communal Cemetery France 

A special thank You to Pauline Franklin of New Zealand who is a distant relative of Donald for providing the above picture of his final resting place, taken by her daughter in June 2006.

LEASON Thomas Herbert 2nd Lieutenant 9th Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 16/09/1916 Aged 23. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Ganton North Yorkshire. Son of William Herbert and Dinah Waterworth Married 1890 Ganton. Joined Leeds Boys Modern after obtaining a West Riding School Scholership, he passed his Kings Scholership in 1911 and attended Leeds City Training College leaving in 1914 to begin a career of teaching. Thomas joined the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, going to France at the beginning of 1916, it was reported at the time that he had lost his life on the Somme Battlefield on 01/07/1916, however Thomas survived and carried on fighting passing away in the September of that year. A memorial service was held for Thomas at Adel Church near Leeds where Thomas had been a Choir Boy conducted by Canon Draper, the service was attended by the Leeds Boys Modern Cadet Force and the Schools Scout Troup. 



                                                     Laid to Rest Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel-Becourt France.

LEATHERBARROW William Whitteron Lance Corporal 10260 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 27/08/1915 Aged 19 LEEDS MODERN: 1907-1911. Served as LEATHER.  Born Darlington. Son of John Clough and Fanny Whitteron Married 1882 Halifax CWGC  Ryecroft Lidgett Lane Roundhay. Brother Private Edmund Leatherbarrow 16590 18th Bn The Kings Liverpool Regiment Born Manchester KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 32 Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work as an apprentice at a drapers firm. Enlisted 1914. He was sent to Gallipoli as part of the 29th division and was badly wounded and placed on board an Hospital ship where he lost his life to wounds recieved, William was reported to have been buried at sea. 


                                                       Remembered Helles Memorial Turkey.

LEE Frank Stanley Lieutenant 13th Bn Rifle Brigade 22/03/1918 Aged 23 LEEDS MODERN: 1906-1911. Born Bramley Leeds. Enlisted London 1915. Son of Phineas Waterworth and Elizabeth married 1880 Oldham 398 Meanwood Road. Frank left Leeds Boys Modern and worked in the Leeds City education department as a junior Clerk. Frank moved to London to work in a government department, and joined the Civil Service Rifles at the beginning of the war. He was later transferred to the Rifle Brigade obtaining his commission.  

Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.

MALCOLM Archibald Hugh 2nd Lieutenant 1st Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers 16/05/1917 Aged 23. LEEDS MODERN: 1904-1909. Born Leeds. Only son of James and Mary Ann Gallagher Married 1893 Leeds. Left Leeds Modern and worked with his father at the Royal Liver Insurance Company in Leeds. He had joined the Scots Guards early in the war, and trained at Caterham the Guards depot, and obtained a First Class certificate, this entitled him to apply for a commision. After training he was posted to the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, and went to France in 1916. Archibald gave his life leading his men on the 16/05/1917 His Commanding Officer wrote: "He was a splendid type of the best class of young officer, clean and straight in life and limb, an example to all young men in high character and devotion to duty".


                                                                    Remembered Arras Memorial France.
MARSHALL John (Jack) Day Private 307741 1/7th Bn West Riding Regiment DOW 12/14/1918 Aged 27 LEEDS MODERN: Unknown Born Arthington. Son of John and Elizabeth Francis. Enlisted Guiseley Near Leeds. Residence Arlington Devonshire.


                                         Laid to Rest Mont-Noir Military Cemetery St. Jans-Cappel France. 

MILLS Frank Private 38545 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals  03/05/1917 Aged 20 LEEDS MODERN:1908-1909. Born Leeds. Son of Robert and Sarah E  Franks 1901 residence Upper Accomadation Road Franks father worked as a Boot Maker possibly at one of the many factories located in the Burmantofts York Road area of Leeds. By the time Frank gave his life they had moved to Marshall Terrace Cross Gates Leeds. Frank left Leeds Boys Modern and went to work for the Cooperative Society, and also was employed at the Boot and Shoe Factory in Leeds. Frank tried to enlist and was rejected several times before being accepted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Pals on the 31st october 1916. After training Frank was posted to France where he gave his life on the 3rd of May 1917 during the attack on Gavrelle, which involved the Leeds and Bradford Pals. Frank went over the top at 03.45 and at 04.00 the Germans replied with an heavy bombardment of shells, the Pals managed to capture a German trench, however a German machine gun was missed in the confusion and riddled the captured trench. Many Pals were killed outright whilst others badly injured managed to get back to there original trench. 


                                                       Remembered Arras Memorial France.

MILNE Douglas Thwaite Captain 4th Bn attached 7th Bn Queens Own Cameron Highlanders DOW 28/03/1918 Aged 22. LEEDS MODERN: 1904-1911. Born Birkenhead Cheshire. Enlisted Leeds. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Mary CWGC 11 Hall Lane Chapeltown. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work in the Leeds Education Commitee, and in September 1914 he went to Leeds Town Hall and joined the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals. In June 1915 douglas was granted a commision in the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, during this time Douglas was the Brigade Physical Instructor. Was sent to France and then Belgium with the 7th Camerons and fought around Iepers  being promoted to Captain. Douglas was reported missing in the March of 1918 at Arras, which was confirmed in the November of that year. (Army's Those Who Died Records a comment is placed on Douglas's record that he Died of Wounds in German Hands.)  


                                                           Remembered Arras Memorial France.

MILNER Arthur Frederick Lance Corporal 260211 1st County of London Yeomanry Middlesex Duke of Cambridge Hussars  27/10/1917 Aged 26 LEEDS MODERN: 1903-1909. Born Leeds. Son of Frederick William and Eliza CWGC The Beeches Stepney Road Scarborough. Civil Servant and an Associate in Arts of the University of Oxford. Left Leeds Boys Modern to join the Civil service, April 1914 in Chelsea London he enlisted into the Army joining the County of London Regiment in Yeomanry. Sent to Egypt in April 1915, Arthur went onto Gallipoli in Turkey and was involved in the landing at Suvla Bay.  Wounded at Sari Bair  sent to Hospital on the Greek island of Lemnos to recuperate, then back to Suvla until his Battalion was evacuated. Saw action around the Suez Canal area and was then sent to Salonica to take part in the Balkan campaign against the Bulgarians. Arthur was on the move again in May 1917 joining the Palestine Expiditionary Force, on the 27th October 1917 whilst protecting an advanced poat a large group of Turkish troops attacked his position, it was reported that Arthur's troop held out for over twelve hours, it was during this encounter that a shell landed on his position. He must have been evacuated as he lies at peace in Israel.


                                                                    Laid to Rest Beersheba War Cemetery Isreal. 

NICHOLSON Edwin Austin Private 60850 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 29/05/1918 Aged LEEDS MODERN: ?Born Pannal Harrogate. Enlisted Leeds. Son of Edwin and Evirilda Annie Todd Married 1897 Spofforth,All Saints Church. 1911 Osborne House Victoria Park Kirkstall at School. Left school and worked as an assistant cashier and was the secretary of the local Sunday school in Upper Armley Leeds, he was also in the Lads Brigade being a Sergeant, and was a Captain in the Football and Cricket teams. In March 1917 joined the Yorkshire Hussars Service Number 331303, and trained with them in Bridlington, gaining the rank of Lance Corporal. On Easter Sunday 31/03/1918  set sail for France, and was transferred with the rest of the Yorkshire Hussars to the 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. Arthur was reported missing on the 27/05/1918 on the Le Chemin Des Dames Road.


                                                             Remembered Soissons Memorial Aisne France.