The War Memorial in Dishforth
All these men are deduced from records. I need the War Memorial detail to clarify who was involved
Those who Fell in WW1
Sergeant,12th (Service) Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 9 Brigade, 3rd Division. Army no 16349.
He was killed in action on Friday 28 September 1917 at the Battle of Polygon Wood, near Ypres. He was 21.
He was the son of William and Ada Barker, Tollerton, York.
He is remembered on The Tyne Cot Memorial
Private, 1st Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 18 Brigade, 6th Division. Army no 29097.
He was killed in action on Saturday 3 August 1918 in Belgium. He was 27.
He was the only son of James and Annie Heward, Gate Bridge, Galphay, Ripon
He is buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed In Loving Memory.
Private, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), 85 Brigade, 28th Division. Army no G/6747.
He was killed in action on Tuesday 28 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. He was 24.
He was the son of George and Ellen Kitson, Low House, Dishforth.
He is remembered on The Loos Memorial.
Corporal, 115th Company, The Machine Gun Corps. Army no 11367. He also served as Private, Army no 20636 with Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment).
He was killed in action on Tuesday 12 June 1917 near Ypres. He was 19.
He was the son of James and Emma Mason, Dishforth.
He is buried in Ferme-Olivier Cemetery.
PARVIN, George Francis
Rifleman,1st/8th Battalion (Leeds Rifles) TF, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 146 Brigade, 49th Division. Army no 42730. He also served as Private, Army no 40712 with The Durham Light Infantry.
He died from his wounds on Tuesday 14 August 1917. He was 21.
He was the son of Robert and Isobel Parvin, Southfield Cottage, Dishforth.
He is buried in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St Omer.
Private, 2nd/4th Battalion, The King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry), 187 Brigade, 62nd Division. Army no 47360. He was a Prisoner of War of the German Army.
He died on Thursday 7 November 1918. He was 31.
He was the son of William G and Alice Southeran and the husband of Elizabeth Southeran.
He is buried in Robermont Cemetery, Liege
Those who Fell in WW2
Able Seaman, HMS President III, Royal Navy. Service Number P/JX 268483.
Sunday 22 February 1942. He was 21.
He was the son of Robert and Cora Alice Brigham, Dishforth.
He is remembered on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
HMS President III was a shore-based unit established on 28 August 1939 in Bristol to train those allocated for service on the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships. It was later transferred to locations across Windsor and London. However, the personnel attached to this base were operating elsewhere and he was serving on one of the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships. On the day he died, ss Adellan, a tanker, ss Bintang a cargo ship, ss Empire Redshank a cargo ship and ss Kars, a motor tanker were all sunk.
Gunner Harold Brigham was on board ss Kars owned by Western Oil Shipping Co Ltd (Baltic Trading Co), London when she was struck by a torpedo fired by the German submarine U-96 whilst on route from Trinidad (13 Feb) - Halifax - Belfast with 12,700 tons of aviation spirit and fuel oil about 25 miles south-southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The master, 39 crew members and five gunners were lost. Two crew members were picked up by HMCS Melville.
GROOKE, Thomas or is it Grooks
A civilian who died at RAF Dishforth on Tuesday 11 June 1940. He was 57.
All I have been able to piece together is from the 1939 Register:
Born 18 Nov 1877.
Lived Manchester – 2 The Grove
He was single, a builders labourer/heavy w?
The reporting Authority was Thirsk, Rural District
Aircraft were despatched that evening from RAF Dishforth to bomb Genoa and Turin.
HUNT, Basil Oliver
Pilot Officer, 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 176483.
He was killed on active service on Sunday 30 July 1944. He was 21.
He was the son of Oliver James and Clara Hunt, Dishforth
He is remembered on The Runnymede Memorial.
I believe that he was killed in an operation to bomb a Flying Bomb Ammunition Depot in Northern France.
He was based at RAF East Kirby and flying a Lancaster Bomber.