The War Memorial in Leeming
in the Church of St John, the Baptist
The Memorial for WW1
FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH
TO THE MEMORY OF PARISHIONERS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR
COUNTRY IN THE WAR 1914 – 1919.
JOHN SIDNEY ALLINSON JAMES BARNES
HAROLD CHARLES BROWN JOHN WILLIAM WRAY
DAVID WILLIAM KING WILLIAM CRITCHINSON
JOHN WILLIAM BURN THOMAS CRITCHINSON
FRANK DOBBY FREDERICK BELL
The Memorial for WW2
IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF
THE MEN FROM THE PARISH
WHO DIED IN THE SERVICE OF HUMANITY IN THE GREAT WAR
1939 – 1945
J D YEOMAN E ALTON
J W CLARKSON F P MYERS
R A H KENT H RIGBY
“THEY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE”
Those who Fell in WW1
ALLINSON, John Sidney
Private, 6th (Service) Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 32 Brigade, 11th Division. Army no 18761.
He was killed in action on Tuesday 7 December 1915 in Gallipoli. He was 34.
He was the son of Mrs. Auton, Leeming and the husband of Margaret Lawson (formerly Allinson), 22 Lord Street, Middlesbrough.
He is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed in a far away grave he is sleeping one of the best.
I suspect that this BURNS, John William
Gunner, A Battery, 235th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Army no 26353
He died from his wounds on Saturday 5 January 1918. He was 40.
He was the brother of I. Burns, Hill Cottage, Leeming.
He is buried in Étaples Military Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Ever Remembered by a Loving Brother.
I have not identified him.
BROWN, Harold Charles
Private, 4th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 150 Brigade, 50th Division. Army no 5471.
He was killed in action on Friday 15 September 1916 in the fighting at Flers Courcellette. He was 21.
He was the son of Thomas and Rhoda Brown, Leeming.
He is remembered on The Thiepval Memorial.
BURN, John William
Private, 20th (Service) Battalion (Wearside), Durham Light Infantry, 123 Brigade, 41st Division. Army no 20/859.
He was killed in action on Friday 8 June 1917 in the fighting at Flers Courcellette. He was 25.
He was the eldest son of John G and Francis Burn, 27 Selborne Terrace, Darlington.
He is buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No. 3 and his headstone is inscribed He now awaits the Last Clear Trumpet Call of God.
Private, 22nd (Service) Battalion (3rd County Pioneers), The Durham Light Infantry, Pioneer Battalion, 8th Division. Army no 81920.
He was killed in action on Tuesday 28 May 1918 in the battle of the Aisne. He was 18.
He was the son of John and Minnie Critchinson, Leeming.
He is remembered on The Soissons Memorial.
Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
32 Brigade, 11th Division. Army no 204031.
He was killed in action on Wednesday 6 November 1918 in the fighting at the Passage of the Grande Honnelle. He was 20.
He was the son of Mary Critchinson, Leeming.
He is buried in Bettrechies Communal Cemetery.
Serjeant, C Battery, 58th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Army no 20929.
He was killed in action on Thursday 25 April 1918. He was 27.
He was the son of Francis and Maria Dobby, Leeming and the husband of Mary J Dobby, Bishop Burton, Beverley.
He is buried in Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension and his headstone is inscribed At Rest.
KING, David William
Corporal, 4th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), Brigade, Division. Army no 3882 and 201147.
He died on active service on Wednesday 14 February 1917. Rouen was a hospital centre so it is probable that he died in Hospital.
He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.
WRAY, John William
Private, 1st/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 147 Brigade, 49th Division. Army no 235127.
He was killed in action on Friday 10 May 1918. He was 22.
He was the son and step-son of Alban and Mary Clark, Leeming.
He is buried in rue David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix near Lille.
Those who Fell in WW2
Corporal, 208 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 941311.
He died on active service on Monday 8 June 1942. He was 23.
He was the son of Robert B and Ann R Alton, Leeming.
He is buried in Halfaya Sollum War Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Until the day break and the shadows flee away.
The role of this Squadron was to spot and identify the Italian Army positions in North Africa.
CLARKSON, John William
Able Seaman, HMS Cossack, Royal Navy. RN no P/J 32392.
He died on active service on Thursday 23 October 1941. He was 42.
He was the husband of Kathleen Clarkson, Londonderry.
He is remembered on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
HMS Cossack was a destroyer who became renowned for the boarding of the German supply ship Altmark in Norwegian waters, and the associated rescue of sailors originally captured by the Admiral Graf Spee. She was torpedoed by U-563 on 23 October 1941 and sank 4 days later. She had been escorting a convoy from Gibraltar to the UK when she was struck by a single torpedo fired by the German submarine U-563. She was taken in tow by a tug from Gibraltar on 25 October but the weather worsened and the tow was slipped on 26 October. Cossack sank in the Atlantic west of Gibraltar on 27 October 1941. 159 of her crew were lost.
KENT, Reginald Addison Hope
Corporal, Royal Corps of Signals, Army no 2330268, attached to 8th Indian Divisional Signals, Indian Signal Corps.
He died on active service on Thursday 27 November 1941. He was 22.
He was the son of the Reverend Frank and Mary C Kent, Leeming Vicarage.
He is buried in North Gate War Cemetery, Baghdad and his headstone is inscribed We will not forget that you died for Freedom, the safety of the Weak, the cause of Christ”
MYERS, Frank Percival
Trooper, 25th Dragoons, Royal Armoured Corps. Army no 7958512.
He died on active service on Monday 14 February 1944. He was 20.
He was the son of Frank and Mabel J Myers.
He is buried in Taukkyan War Cemetery, Burma.
Frank Myers died in the second Battle of Arakan. On this day the Japanese launched a major attack on the Anglo-Indian defensive position known as "Admin Box" at Sinzweya, Burma, capturing one hill on the perimeter but this was the turning point of the war in Burma.
Lieutenant, Royal Army Service Corps. Army no 303774.
He died on active service on Sunday 18 June 1944. He was 35.
He was the son of Boyd and Mary Elizabeth Rigby and the husband of Ethel Rigby, Londonderry.
He is buried in the Churchyard of St. John the Baptist’s Church in Leeming and his headstone is inscribed “In proud and loving memory of Henry. In sorrow we parted in joy we will meet”.
I suspect he had been wounded during the D Day landings in Normandy and had been returned to England where his wounds had proved fatal.
YEOMAN, John Dawson
Able Seaman, HMS Ardent, Royal Navy. RN no D/SSX 22830
He was killed in action on Saturday 8 June 1940. He was 20.
He was the son of Francis and Mary Yeoman, Leeming.
He is remembered on The Plymouth Naval Memorial.
HMS Ardent was detached on 8 June and joined HMS Acasta in escorting the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious back to Scapa Flow. En route, the three ships were discovered by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.
The two destroyers HMS Ardent and HMS Acasta laid a protective smokescreen and engaged the German ships with their 120 mm main armament, which was ineffective.
Despite coming under heavy fire from the much larger guns of the Germans, HMS Ardent carried out a torpedo attack and also scored a single hit with her 120 mm gun, but was struck repeatedly by enemy shells. HMS Ardent eventually capsized with the loss of 10 officers and 142 ratings. HMS Acasta and HMS Glorious were also sunk in the engagement.