War Memorial in Kirklington
The War Memorial in the church yard of St Michael’s Church is inscribed
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
OUR HEROIC DEAD
WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES FOR THEIR
COUNTRY IN THE
PTE A RUDD RNLI 14 JAN 15
PTE H W RHODES 15 W YORKS 22 MAY 16
LT R E T HUDDART 2 RIFLE BRIG 30 JUNE 16
PIONEER G TAYLOR R E 20 OCT 16
LT C B PRIOR WANDESFORDE 4 YORKS 27 JE 17
PTE E O LANCASTER 14 DLI 16 SEP 17
PTE F WILLEY 10 YKS 27 MAR 18
L/CPL F HUNTON 1/7 W YS 15 APR 18
L/CPL J S MORTON KRR 28 AUG 18
PTE T OTHER 44 CANADA I 1 SEP 18
REV. M L HANDCOCK CF 6 NOV 18
SAPPER F BINKS R E 1 JAN 19
THEY NOBLY FELL, THAT WE MIGHT LIVE 1914 - 1919
Those who Fell in WW1
Sapper, 287th Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers. Army no 183908.
He died whilst on active service on Wednesday 1 January 1919. He was 39.
He was the son of William and Mary Binks, Thornbrough, Well and the husband of Selina Langden (formerly Binks), 8 James Street, Quarry Road, Westgate, Cleckheaton.
He is buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria and his headstone is inscribed At Rest.
HANDCOCK, The Reverend MacDonell Longuet
Rector of St. Michael's Church, Kirklington.
He was born in Prince Edward Island, Canada, in 1862, and his original surname was Liebenrood. He married Evelyn Emily Harper on 1 June 1910 at Holy Trinity Church, Chelsea.
The change of name from Liebenrood to Handcock was, presumably, to counter any anti-German feelings.
He was interviewed in April 1915 as Liebenrood for the role of Chaplain and became a Chaplain to the Armed Forces. It was about this time when he changed his name.
He died in Christchurch on 6 November 1918 and
He is buried in the churchyard of St. Philip's Church, Burwash Weald, East Sussex.
Probate notes The Reverend Handock of The Rectory, Kirklington, Bedale. The Reverend Macdonell Longuet died 6 November 1918 at Bournemouth. Probate to Evelyn Handcock, widow.
Kent & Sussex Courier - Friday 22 November 1918.
The friends in Tunbridge Wells of The Rev L. M. Handcock learned with great regret of his death at Boscombe, from heart failure, brought on by over-work as Military Chaplain. At the funeral, with military honours, at Burwash Weald, with which Parish Mr Handcock had been associated for a quarter of a century there were many marks of respect. The officers and NCO's and the W.A.A.C.s were represented both at the funeral and at a special memorial service at the R.E. Signalling School at Dunstable where Mr Handcock had worked with so much devotion.
The family mourners included relatives from Tunbridge Wells amongst whom were Major Liebenrood, Mr Liebenrood, Mr Handcock (brothers); Miss Liebenrood, Miss Logie-Pirie (sisters); Mrs Liebenrood and Miss Harper (sisters-in-law); Mr Harper (brother-in-law) and Mr J Liebenrood (nephew).
The many floral tributes included several from Military units amongst which the deceased had worked and bore touching inscriptions of appreciation of a beloved Padre.
I believe that he was largely operating from Dunstable but covered all the Signal Training Facility. In 1913 the Signal School at Aldershot assumed responsibility for both electrical and visual signalling and so, once again, both signalling disciplines were collocated. At the time of WW1, it was found that there was no reinforcement training centre to prepare non-regulars for war. Under Captain A B Cunningham RE a Reserve Signal Depot (RSD) was formed in Aldershot. Following on from this, in early 1915, Colonel R H H Boys, formed the Signal Service Training Centre (SSTC) from RSD. The SSTC HQ was initially at Ridmont and then Bedford. There were depots set in various locations under Territorial Lieutenant Colonels. By 1916 they had the following responsibilities:
Bedford - Recruit Training Hitchin and Stevenage - Holding and Drafting
Baldock - Unit Forming Houghton Regis, Dunstable - Army Signalling School
Fenny Stratford - Wireless School (Instructors Trained)
HUDDART, Robert Edward Thorne
Second Lieutenant, 5th Battalion attached to 2nd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own), 25 Brigade, 8th Division.
He was killed in action on Friday 30 June 1916 in the prelude to the Battle of the Somme. He was 31.
He was the son of The Rev George A W Huddart, LLD and Caroline Huddart and the husband of Mary Huddart. The Rev Huddart had served as the Rector of Kirklington for many years.
He is buried in Aveluy Communal Cemetery Extension and his headstone is inscribed I am a Way to Thee a Wayfarer.
Lance Corporal, 1st/7th Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) 146 Brigade, 49th Division. Army no 307715.
He was killed in action on Monday 15 April 1918 during the Battle of Bailleul. He was 28.
He was the son of William T and Isabel Hunton, Kirklington and the husband of Gertrude Hunton, 25 Broom Terrace, Rotherham.
He is remembered on The Tyne Cot Memorial.
LANCASTER, Ernest Ohbury
Private, 14th (Service) Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, 64 Brigade, 21st Division. Army no 45492.
He was killed in action on Sunday 16 September 1917. He was 28.
He was the son of Joseph and Hannah Lancaster, Leeming Lane, Sinderby, Thirsk.
He is buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Loos and his headstone is inscribed Thy Will Be Done.
MORTON, John Stanley
Rifleman, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, Army no C/12335 attached to London Regiment (City of London Rifles).
He died from his wounds on Wednesday 28 August 1918. He was 22.
He was the son of John R and Sarah Morton, Leeming Lane Farm, Sinderby, Thirsk.
He is remembered on The Vis en Artois Memorial.
Private, New Brunswick Regiment, 44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry Army no524425
Monday 2 September 1918, He was 27.
He was the son of Francis B Other, Rockferry, Cheshire.
He is buried in Vis en Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt.
Francis Bently Other, Rockferry, Cheshire.
PRIOR WANDESFORDE, Christopher Butler
Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 150 Brigade, 50th Division.
He was killed in action, dying from the effects of gas later in the same day, in no 49 Casualty Clearing Station on 27 June 1917. He was 20.
He was the son of Richard H and Florence Prior-Wandesforde, Castlecomer House, County Kilkenny and Kirklington Hall and Hipswell Lodge in Yorkshire.
He is buried in Achiet Le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.
RHODES, Herbert Walker
Corporal, 15th (Service) Battalion (1st Leeds), The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 93 Brigade, 31st Division. Army no 15/757.
He was killed in action on Monday 22 May 1916 on the Somme. He was 25.
He was the son of Samuel and Hannah Rhodes and I believe that he was engaged to Eleanor Taylor.
He is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps.
Private, Portsmouth Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Navy Division. RM no PO/18458.
He died of natural causes in Malta on Tuesday 14 December 1915. He had been in Gallipoli. He was 17.
He was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Rudd, Nosterfield Gate House, Wath.
He is buried in Pieta Military Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Blessed are the Dead which die in The Lord.
Pioneer, Special Section Flame Projectors, Special Brigade, Royal Engineers. Army no 104085.
He died from his wounds, in fact his records state that he died from the effects of gassing on Sunday 29 October 1916. He was 24.
He was the son of William and Mary J Taylor, Kirklington.
He is buried in Varennes Military Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Thy Will be Done.
Private, 10th (Service) Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 62 Brigade, 21st Division. Army no 10495.
He was killed in action on 27 March 1918 near Bapaume. He was 22.
He was the son of John and Frances Willey, Sinderby.
He is remembered on The Pozieres Memorial, France.