City of Leeds United in WW1

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




Parker - Singleton<

PARKER John Womersley 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn Att 1/5th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 13/11/1917 Aged 21. LEEDS MODERN:1909-1910. Award Military Cross. Born 1896 Leeds. Son of Harry Womersley and Annie 1911 24 Park Mount Kirkstall Office Boy. Left Leeds Boys Modern and worked at the General Electricity Supply Company in Leeds. Enlisted Leeds September 1914 into Leeds Rifles 1/8th West Yorkshire Regiment sent to France in April 1917. John was promoted to the 1/5th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment in July 1917, being described by his Commanding Officer Colonel Bousfield  "As an Officer with exceptional merit". John was awarded the Military Cross 09/10/1917 at Passendale Belgium for "feats of valour" sadly this was not announced until after John had lost his life. The London Gazette gave the following details: "When the barrage had got far ahead of the attacking troops,owing to the bad state of the ground, he took command of men from different Battalions and organised an attack on a two pill boxes which were holding the advance" 10/11/1917 Wounded. 1918 Father received John's effects totalling £7. 16s. 



                                                           Laid to Rest Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium.  

PARR Wilfred Alexander 2nd Lieutenant 4th Bn Royal Fusiliers KIA 03/05/1917 Aged 27 LEEDS MODERN:1903-1905. Born Copmanthorpe Near York. Son of Charles Ambrose and Sarah Ann Sergeant Married 1885 Hunsingore near Wetherby. Left Leeds Boys Modern and moved in August 1914 to Bournmouth, and it can be presumed he joined the Royal fusiliers there, he was promoted to Platoon Sergeant and was sent to France in July 1915. In July 1916 Wilfred was recommended for a commision after being wounded by shrapnel near Neuve Chapelle, and after recovering was sent to Officer Training School in November 1916. London 1917 Effects Valued at £165. 4s. 1d. left to Frank Copley Heaton Clerk. Remembered Arras Memorial France.


PARSONS Herbert 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Bn Scots Guards Lothian Regiment KIA 14/07/1916 Aged 24 LEEDS MODERN: 1902-1909. Born Leeds. Enlisted London. Son of Thomas and Maria Middleton Married 1877 St Peter Leeds CWGC 295 Harehills Lane. Herbert left Leeds Boys Modern with a Kings Scholership, attended Isleworth College Middlesex, where he gained his Batchelor of Arts Degree. Working as a teacher in London at the outbreak of the war he joined the 18th County Irish Rifles London Regiment, and was promoted to a Sergeant Instructor.  Gazetted for a commision as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Scot's Regiment, and was sent to France in September 1915. Herbert was wounded and sent back to England on the 05/12/1915, and returned to France in early 1916. 


Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. 

PLACKETT Harry Sergeant 305413 A Company 1/6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA Kemmel Hill 24/04/1918 Aged 24 LEEDS MODERN: 1905-1909. Son of William Chesterman and Anne CWGC/1920 19 Avenue Crescent Harehills. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work as a Clerk in the Leeds Office of the National Insurance Company. Enlisted Leeds 14/08/1914 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment went to France with the 49th Division in 1915. Wounded at Ypres on the 23/09/1915 July 1917  was gassed at Nieuport Belgium. September of 1917 was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the 6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment February of 1918. London 1920 effects Valued at £208. 0s. 7d. to Ann. Remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. 


POLLARD Arthur 2nd Lieutenant C Company 2/6th Bn Sherwood Foresters Notts and Derby Regiment KIA 21/03/1918 Aged 27 LEEDS MODERN:1903-1906. Born Leeds. Enlisted Alexandra Egypt ? Son of Joseph Henry a schoolmaster and Sarah Eleanor Thurwell Married 1886 Emmanuel Leeds CWGC 14 Eldon Place Woodhouse Lane. Arthur was the last old Leeds Boy to be awarded the Science and Art Scholership. In October 1915 Arthur joined the Royal Army Medical Corps at Alexandria Egypt ? and returned to England in 1917 to train as a cadet at Lichfield near Stafford. 12/11/917 Arthur was gazetted to the Notts and Derby Regiment, and was posted to France in January 1918.  21/03/1918 Arthur was reported missing, an eywitness report from the time gave the follwing details: "Observed at Tank avenue Bullecourt near Cambrai. he was first wounded by a German Officer, but continued to assist his *Company Sergeant Major (also wounded)* until they were both shot again, and killed instantly"  I have researched the Company Serjeant Major from the 2/6th Bn killed on that day by crosschecking the Army's Those who Died and the CWGC site : Company Serjeant Major John Randall Kitchen Service Number 305688 Aged 24 Born and Enlisted in Mansfield Son of Charles and Sarah Kitchen of 100 Union Street Mansfield Nottinghamshire. Both Arthur and John Randall lie where they fell to this day and are Remembered on the Arras Memorial France.


POLLITT Geoffrey James Private M/336599 Army Service Corps DIED Malaria Bangalore 05/03/1918 Aged 23  LEEDS MODERN:1902-1912. Born 1894 Leeds. Son of Wiliam Dibble a Chemist and Mary Isabel Ingleby Married 1890 Leeds CWGC of Thornton Dale Pickering. Attended Leeds Boys Modern with his brother and they both worked for the civil service. Moved to Ireland living in Kilkenny working in the Customs and excise department, Enlisted Tullamore County Offaly Ireland. Sent to India where he contracted Malaria. Wakefield 1918 Effects valued at £148.00 to his father CWGC Laid to Rest Bangalore Hosur Road Cemetery Remembered Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial Chennai India.


POTTS William Edgar 2nd Lieutenant 5th Bn Attached 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals KIA 13/04/1918 Aged 27 LEEDS MODERN:Unknown. Award Military Medal. Born 1891 Lees Baptised 04/02/1891 All Souls Leeds. Son of Joseph a clock maker with a business in the city and Sarah Anna Burton Middleton Married 1890 St Peter Leeds 1911 26 Estcourt Avenue Kirkstall. Husband of Winifred Middleton Married 1918 Brentford Winifred re married to Arthur S Mussabini in 1923 CWGC 20 Merton Avenue Chiswick. William emigrated to Canada in 1913 and in August 1914 William Enlisted into the Alberta Hussars, not being called to join the fight in europe. He came back to England to enlist joining the 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Rifles of which he had joined in 1909 before going to Canada. In 1916 he went to France with the 1/8th Bn and was promoted to the rank of Lance Sergeant. Was awarded the Military Medal for holding an outpost against the Germans. William was Gazetted a commision into the 5th West Yorkshire Regiment, and in April 1918 was sent to France again, this time attached to the 15/17th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. He gave his life whilst leading a platoon into action reported that he lost his life whilst operating a Lewis Machine Gun when a shell landed. 1920 Left Winifred effects of £1,323. 7s. 9d. Remembered Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium.


POUNDER Benjamin William Lieutenant 1st/5th Bn West Riding Regiment KIA Passendale 09/10/1917 Aged 25 LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Son of Benjamin and Sarah CWGC Killinghall Harrogate. Left Leeds Boys Modern School Benjamin was accepted into the Leeds Boys Grammer School, and worked for Leeds City Council as a town clerk. November 1914 was Gazetted into the 2/5th Bn West Riding Regiment and proceeded to France.  Laid to Rest White House Cemetery Ypres Belgium.

POWER Allen Maynard Private 15/732 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 28/04/1916 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Willesdon London. Enlisted September 1914 Leeds. Son of Horace a Commercial Traveller and Alice CWGC Elmet Avenue Roundhay. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work for a company called Marsh Jones and Cribb in Leeds.  September 1914 enlisted Leeds Town Hall into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals, trained at Colsterdale and Salisbury. December 1915 he proceeded to Egypt with the battalion and was posted to France on his return to Europe. In the early morning of the 28/04/1916 it was reported he was engaged with an officer and Sergeant in observing German lines from no man's land when he lost his life when a shell exploded near by. Laid to Rest Sucrerie Military Cemetery Colincamps Somme France. 

PULLAN Charles Maxwell 2nd Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery 2nd West Riding Brigade 22/03/1917 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Holbeck 1895. Son of John Green Pullan and Laura Hannah Atkinson Married  1891 Summerbridge Harrogate CWGC The Laurels Summerbridge Harrogate. On leaving Leeds Charles attended School at the Bilton Grange near Harrogate. On leaving school Charles gained his Law Degree whilst working for Rooke and Midgley Solicitors in Leeds in November 1914. Charles joined the Leeds University Officer Training Corps and was gazeetted into the West Riding Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery in February 1915.



                                                        Laid to Rest Mory Abbey Military France. 

RATHMELL John Reginald Gunner 67370 105th Siege Bty Royal Garrison Artillery 25/07/1916 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: 1900-1912. Born Horsforth. Enlisted Leeds. John was the son of John William and Edith Margaret Minikin Married 1894 Horsforth. Left Leeds Boys Modern and worked in the Banking trade at the London Joint Stock Bank on Kirkstall Road and in Kirkgate Leeds. He regularly attended church attending the Horsforth Grove Wesleyan Church, and in 1915 he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery. Posted to France in May 1916. John was injured and sent to one of Two French clearing station's on a crossroads near Etinehem which was shelled on the 25/07/1916.



                                          Laid to Rest Cote 80 French National Cemetery Etinehem France. 

RAYFIELD Sydney Marshall Private 15/745 C Company 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 01/07/1916 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Kirkstall. Son of Thomas a Bank Clerk and Mary Ann Farrington Married 1880 Leeds CWGC 37 Chestnut Avenue Crossgates. Left Leeds boys Modern and worked as a Clerk at the  Yorkshire Evening Post. Moving to Beckett's Bank on Park Row in Leeds. Sydney enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment in September 1915 and trained at Colsterdale and Salisbury. Like many old Leeds Modernians Sydney was sent to Egypt in December 1915 and then onto France in early 1916.  Laid to Rest Euston Road Cemetery Colincamps Somme France.


RAYNER Roy Balfour Hodgson 2nd Lieutenant 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 24/05/1916 Aged 25. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Born Leeds. Left Leeds Modern to go to Leeds Grammer school and went into the textile business on leaving that school. When war broke out Roy enlisted into the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds pals and obtained his commission of 2nd Lieutenant in "B" Company. He trained with the Battalion at Colsterdale and salisbury and in December 1915 went to Egypt, and on to France in early 1916. Sydney was one of the first Leeds Pals officers to give his life passing away from injuries recieved on the on the night of Monday 22nd May 1916, whilst out on patrol cutting German barbed wire. Here is a following extract from the War Diary from 22/05/1916: Men from Nos 7 & 8 Platoons went out with a covering party and these were attacked by a German Patrol, whose members threw bombs. At about 10:30pm, shortly after the fight in no mans land, the German artillery opened up again and shrapnel rained down on the men who were trying to rescue the wounded members of the wiring party. Laid to Rest Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension Doullens France.

REED Bernard 2nd Lieutenant 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Attached 15th Bn West Yorkshires 12/04/1918 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: 1909-1910. Son of Joseph a Tailor and Sarah Ann. 1901 Main Street Burley in Wharfdale near Ilkley. Enlisted September 1914 Leeds Town Hall 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals after training at Colsterdale and Salisbury Bernard went to Egypt in December 1915. Promoted to 2nd Lietenant in the 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment and was attached back to the 15th Bn West Yorkshire's. March 1918 Bernard was given the rank of acting Captain on Staff duties. 12/04/1918 Bernard is reported to have rallied three Battalion's as they retreated and was shot down as they galloped forward. His Commanding officer wrote: "He was brave as a lion, conscientious in all he did, and devoted to his duty, for which he layed down his life". 




                                                 Remembered The Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium

RICHARDSON Rowland Private 49721 2nd Bn Lincolnshire Regiment 22/03/1918 Aged 19. LEEDS MODERN: 1910-1914. Born Leeds. Enlisted Leeds. Rowland was the son of Alfred Rowland and Eliza Annie Sollie Married Southport 1888 CWGC 98 Bayswater Place Harehills. Left Leeds Boys Modern to work as a Clerk in the National Insurance Company in Leeds.  March 1917 when he had reached 18 the age of enlistment, he joined the 2nd Lincolnshires being sent to France in January 1918. Injured by a shell at the end of March 1918 and was sent to the 53rd Casualty Clearing Station at Roye where he passed away from wounds recieved. Origanilly Laid to Rest at Marchelpot British Cemetery on the North-East side of the village used by the British in the early months of 1918 and by the Germans in March-August 1918 and containing 115 British graves. After the Armistance Rowland was moved and Laid to Rest Roye New British Cemetery France. (Marchelepot British Cemetery Memorial 27.) 


RILEY Albert Victor Lieutenant A Battery 155th Brigade Royal Field Artillery  20/08/1917 Aged 29. LEEDS MODERN: 1900-1907. Born Horsforth. Son of Edwin Alvan the Estate Agent for the Stanhope Estate and Mary Clarissa Westerman Married 1886Horsforth. Left Leeds Boys Modern to study Engineering and attended London University, he was also working at a solicitors as an Articulated Clerk, and when war broke out in August 1914 Albert was a managing clerk at Mumford and Johnstone of Bradford. In October 1914 enlisted into Royal Artillery as an officer, and in the March of 1915 was sent to France with the 108th Brigade. Albert was promoted to Lieutenant and sent to join the 177th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery.


                                             Laid to Rest Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery Belgium.

ROBERTS Birdsall 2nd Lieutenant D Company attached 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 09/10/1917 Aged 24. LEEDS MODERN: 1906-1909. Born Bramley. Birdsell left Leeds Boys Modern to work in the tar distillers and chemical manufacturing trade, and when war was declared in August 1914 attempted to enlist into the Army being rejected due to poor eyesight. Birdsell tried again in early 1915 and was again unsuccessfull, as a result he joined the United Public Schools 19th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, being acepted later that year. Birdsell was trained and sent to France in November 1915, and was shortly redcommended for his commision. On the 7th July 1916 Birdsell was gazetted to the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Reported at the time that Birdsell was buried near a church close to where he fell, however his grave was lost and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.


ROBERTSON Harry Private 71999 104th Field Amb Royal Army Medical Corps 24/07/1918 Aged  LEEDS MODERN: 1901-1905. Born Glasgow Scotland. Son of N. Robertson Enlisted October 1915 into the 135th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps, went to France in May 1916. Was transferred to the 118th Field Ambulance. Laid to Rest Raperie British Cemetery Soissons France.


ROBINSON Charles Captain 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 15/07/1918 Aged 26. LEEDS MODERN: 1905-1907. Son of Robert J and Mary CWGC the Avenue Scholes. Charles left school to work in the offices of the superintendant of the Great Northern Railway in Leeds. In June 1917 Charles joined the 17th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment the Leeds Bantams, and was posted to France as a Lewis Gunner Sergeant in January 1916. Charles was gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant for services in the field, and was posted to the 12th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment in the January of 1917. In the August of that year he was given the rank of Acting Captain and Adjutant,and in February was posted with the 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment holding the same rank. Charles was promoted to Lieutenant in August 1918 in the 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment, again been given the rank of Acting Captain and Adjutant. Charles was mentioned in the Commander in Chief's despatches for showing gallent conduct in both April and the July of 1918.  (Further details of Charles can be found on Nigal Marshall's excellent website giving details of the men who lost their lives from the villages of Scholes and Barwick in Elmet near Leeds)Scholes and Barwick in Elmet Website. Laid to Rest Nine Elms British Cemetery Belgium. 


ROSCOE Ernest Second Lieutenant 17th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 26/06/1915 Aged 38. LEEDS MODERN: 1885-1891. Born Leeds. Son of John Thomas and Eliza Kilburn Married 1871 Holbeck. Left Leeds Boys Modern and worked as the manager at the Leeds Britannic Assurance Company, in 1914 Ernest had changed trades and moved up in the world being the Managing Director of Gawthorpes Ltd a sign printers in Leeds. Ernest was involved in politics and was a member of the National Lifeboat Institution, and a member of the Leeds Modern Old Boys Assoiciation. Ernest was involved in the raising of the 17th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment known as the Leeds Bantams in which he recieved his commision as a 2nd Lieutenant. The Bantams were training at Ilkley West Yorkshire in June 1915 where he was Acting adjutant to the Battalion, when he was fately injured whilst travelling with other Officers in a car from Ilkley to Skipton. Laid to Rest Lawnswood Cemetery Leeds with Full Military Honours.

RUSHWORTH Alec Brellisford Gunner 6158 O Battery 246th Brigade Royal Field Artillery DOW 19/11/1916 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: 1909-1913. Award Military Medal. Born Horsforth. Son of John Thomas a farmer at Penny Lane Farm Horsforth and Maria Brellisford married 1893 Horsforth. Alec's younger brother "Thomas Edward Lance Corporal 18875 1st Bn Coldsteam Guards KIA 09/10/1917 Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium."  Left Leeds Boys Modern and worked as a student teacher for leeds City Training collage. Alec enlisted at Leeds into the West Riding Howitzer Brigade, and serveed with the 49th Division. On November 11th 1916 Alec was awarded the Military Medal for meritorious service whilst repairing a telephone wire, whilst working as a signaller. Two days later on the 13th November 1916 whilst sheltering with his officer and other men in a dug out Alec was badly injured when a shell landed a direct hit. Laid to Rest  Forceville Communal Cemetery France.


SAVILLE Robert Captain Royal Flying Corps 16/03/1918 Aged 30. LEEDS MODERN: Unknown. Son of Arthur and Annie.  Left Leeds Boys Modern and worked firstly in the engineering trade, he had great knowledge of electrical engineering and this gave him the skills to enlist in the Royal Navy gaining his commision in late 1914. Transferred to the Royal Air Force and gained his pilots certificate, being promoted shortly afterwards to Captain. Robert became a flying instructor at Lincoln when he lost his life when the plane he was piloting crashed. Laid to Rest Otley (Newall-with-Clifton and Lindley) Cemetery.


SAWER Edgar Geoffrey Simpson Major Australian Machine Gun Corps DIED Caulfield Victoria 31/05/1918 Aged 40. LEEDS MODERN: 1890. Award Military Cross. Born East Keswick 1875. Son of Riley and Lucy Sawer Married 1870 East Keswick. Husband of Edith Langman Married 1910 whilst Edgar was in the British Army Maymyo Burma Bengal India. Enlisted 01/09/1914 Morphettville Adelaide South Australia. Mentioned in Dispatches 05/11/1915 London Gazette. Laid to Rest Brighton General Cemetery Victoria Australia. 


                                               Edgars Death Certificate he passed away at 12:15 am.



SIMPSON James Hawthorn Lieutenant 1/1st West Riding Field Company Royal Engineers 03/07/1916 Aged 37. LEEDS MODERN: 1890-1897. Born Rothwell. Enlisted Leeds. Son of David and Louise Hawthorne Married 1877 Hunslet. James was brought up at Stourton Lodge near Leeds and Clevedon House Roundhay Leeds, and after leaving Leeds Boys Modern went into his grandfathers business of Simpson Fawcett and Company described as making Perambulators. At the time war broke out in August 1914 James was a Captain in the Leeds Engineers, disbanded at the outbreak of war. Enlisted Leeds September 1914 James joined the Royal Engineers, West riding Terratorials, and in early 1915 was posted with the 29th Division to Gallipoli Turkey, with the rank of Lieutenant, being badly injured and invalided back to England. James recovered and was posted back to France in June 1916. Laid to Rest Auchonvillers Military Cemetery Somme France. 


SINGLETON John 476023 Staff Serjeant Canadian Ordnance Corps 02/09/1918 Aged 30. Born Headingley 15/01/1888. Only son of Wilson and Mary Elizabeth Kerfoot Married 1880. Mother in 1932 40 Cardigan Road Headingley. Enlisted Saskatoon 19/07/1915 Occupation Electrical Engineer. Was laid to Rest on Right of the Arras to Cambrai Road going towards Vimy Village exhumed and moved to Drury Crucifix.


Laid to Rest Drury Crucifix Cemetery France.