The War Memorials in Leyburn
The Town War Memorial in Leyburn is inscribed as follows;-
THIS CROSS WAS
ERECTED BY THE
THE MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF LEYBURN
WHO GAVE THEIR
LIVES IN THE
HENRY BESWICK PIONEER, R E
JAMES CHILTON PTE WEST YORKS
J. RAYMOND CLAPHAM GUNR R G A.
GEORGE W CLARK PTE YORK & LANCS
FREDERICK HOLMES PTE LANCS FUS
ALFRED W SALMON L/CPL YORKS REG.
WILLIAM SMITH MM CPL R G A
JOHN W TEASDALE PTE YORKS REGT
THOMAS WARDMAN PTE LANCS FUS
WALTER E WILKINSON PTE KOYLI
FLT/LT. J A BROADLEY PTE J D CHAPMAN DLI
DSO DFC DFM RAF PTE. G. M. LUMLEY HG
PTE R W MARKS KGS RGT LT J R MAY E YORKS
FLT/SGT F S SEYMOUR RAF AC/2 J E TAYLOR RAF
LAC F BURTON RAF SGT. A. E. WARRINER, AEC
ERECTED NEAR THE SITE OF THE OLD MARKET
CROSS WHICH WAS REMOVED IN 1837
in the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist there is a framed metal plaque
To the Glory of God and
to keep in remembrance the
names of the following men
who gave their lives in the
Great European War
Joseph ALDERSON Merchant Navy jy Irene
Henry BESWICK Royal Engineers
George William CLARKE York & Lancs Regiment
James CHILTON West Yorkshire Regiment
James Raymond CLAPHAM Royal Garrison Artillery
William Truefitt DEIGHTON Royal Army Service Corps
Frederick HOLMES Lancashire Fusiliers
Alfred Ward SALMON Yorkshire Regiment
William SMITH MM Royal Garrison Artillery
John William TEASDALE Yorkshire Regiment
Thomas Lawson WARDMAN Lancashire Fusiliers
Walter Edward WILKINSON Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
and a wooden plaque for WW2
1939 + 1945
Flt Lt J A Broadley
DSO DFC DFM
LAC F Burton
Pte J D Chapman DLI
Pte G M Lumley HG
Pte R W Marks Kings Regt
Lt J R May E Yorks
Flt Sgt F S Seymour
AC2 J E Taylor
Sgt A E Warriner AEC
Those who Fell in WW1
Coxswain, Motor Yacht Irene (London), Merchant Navy.
He died on active service on Tuesday 9 November 1915.
He is remembered on The Tower Hill Memorial.
The steamer Irene, employed by the Trinity House Corporation in connection with lighthouse and pilotage work sank when it struck a mine in the Thames Estuary 1.5 nautical miles east south east of the Tongue Lightship with the loss of 21 of her crew.
Pioneer, G Special Company, Royal Engineers. Army no. 224934.
He was killed in action on Thursday 21 March 1918. This was during the Kaisers Battle, the British lost 8,000 soldiers and 38,000 were injured or were captured on that day. He was 26
He was the son of Mary Jane and the late John Beswick.
He is remembered on the Arras Memorial.
His unit was involved in gas warfare.
Private, 16th (Service) Battalion (1st Bradford), The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 93 Brigade, 31st Division. Army no. 28145
He died from his wounds on Thursday 14 June 1917 probably at the 8th Casualty Clearing Station which was in the village. He was 22.
He was the son of James and the late Mary Chilton, Railway Street, Leyburn.
He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Étrun near Arras.
CLAPHAM, James Raymond
Gunner, 294th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Army no. 127074.
He was killed in action on Thursday 21 June 1917. He was 19.
He was the son of Joseph and Ruth Clapham, 128 Malsis Road, Keighley.
He is buried in La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery and the headstone is inscribed Our Beloved and Our Pride Father & Mother.
CLARKE, George William
Private, 9th (Service) Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment, 70 Brigade, 23rd Division. Army no. 235458. He also served as Private, Army no. 24489 with Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment).
He was killed in action on Saturday 15 June 1918 in the Battle of the Piave. He was 24.
He was the nephew of Margaret E Clarke, South View, Horsehouse.
He is buried in Granezza British Cemetery, Italy and inscribed on his headstone is He that is Faithful in that which is least is Faithful also in much (S. Luke Xvi.10).
And he was born in Horsehouse.
DEIGHTON, William Truefitt
Corporal, 3rd Company, 23rd Divisional Train, Army Service Corps. Army no. T2/14505.
He was killed in action on Friday 21 September 1917 repulsing a German attack on Tower Hamlets Ridge. He was 30.
He was the son of Thomas and Jane Ann Deighton, Leyburn.
He is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery near Poperinge, Belgium. Inscribed on his headstone is In Loving Memory of Our Dear Brother Not Forgotten.
Private, 1st/7th Battalion (TF), The Lancashire Fusiliers, 125 Brigade, 42nd Division. Army no. 300131. He had also as Private, Army no 205037 with the Northumberland Fusiliers.
He was killed in action on Wednesday 21 August 1918 at the Battle of Albert. He was 29.
He was the son of Annie and the late Leonard Holmes, Ivy Cottage, Leyburn and the husband of Mary Holmes, 35 Durban Street, Scarborough.
He is buried in Queens Cemetery, Bucquoy.
SALMON, Alfred Ward
Private, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own, (Yorkshire Regiment). Army no. 241698. He had previously served as Army no. 4230 in the same Regiment.
He was awarded the Silver War Badge and discharged from the Army as being no longer fit to be a soldier on 15 April 1918. He died in Darlington “in February 1919 from pneumonia having suffered from Bronchitis and general debility since his discharge.” (Dr A T Thompson 2 August 1921). He was 36.
He was the son of Annie Salmon, Darlington.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does not record his death or burial but I have found a reference to his Burial in Darlington West Cemetery.
SMITH, William known as Willie MM
Corporal, 13th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery Army no. 45563.
He was killed in action on Wednesday 26 September 1917 in the fighting at Polygon Wood.
He is buried in The Huts Cemetery.
TEASDALE, John William
Private, 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own, (Yorkshire Regiment), 21 Brigade, 30th Division. Army no. 23433 or maybe 3/9456.
He was killed in action on the Somme on Saturday 8 July 1916. He was 37.
He was the son of John and the late Ann Teasdale.
He is buried in London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval near Albert, France.
WARDMAN, Thomas Lawson
Private, 1st/7th Battalion (TF), The Lancashire Fusiliers, 125 Brigade, 42nd Division. Army no. 300157. He had served as Private, Army no. 205033 with The Northumberland Fusiliers.
He was killed in action on Monday 25 March 1918 in the Battle of Bapaume. He was 20.
He was the son of Taylor and Eliza Wardman, Risborough Lane, Leyburn.
He is remembered on The Arras Memorial.
WILKINSON, Walter Edward
Private, 5th Battalion, The King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry), 187 Brigade, 62nd Division. Army no. 39259. He also served as Private Army no. 82332 with the Training Reserve Battalion.
He was killed in action on Saturday 20 July 1918. He was 19.
He was the son of Walter and Elizabeth Wilkinson, Grove Square, Leyburn.
He is buried in Courmas British Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed “He fought the Good Fight”.
Those who Fell in WW2
BROADLEY, John Alan DSO DFC DFM
Flight Lieutenant, 487 (RNZAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAF no 47690.
He was killed in action on Friday 18 February 1944. He was 23.
He was the son of Thomas P and Irene Broadley.
He is buried in St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens and the headstone is inscribed “All that he came to give He gave and went again”.
He joined the RAF from school and, in the first years of the war, flew many operations over Germany. He was teamed up with Pick Piccard’s as his regular navigator with 9 Squadron in May 1941. During June-August he flew with Pickard against major German targets such as Hamburg, Dusseldorf and Cologne and was awarded the DFM.
In August 1941 he was posted to 138 Squadron, a special duties unit, supplying the resistance and dropping/recovering agents.
On 18 November 1941 he was commissioned as Pilot Officer and posted to 51 Squadron. On 27/28 February he flew with Pickard on Operation Biting, which involved dropping paratroops to capture a German radar from Bruneral near Le Havre.
In July 1942 he was posted to 296 Squadron, a glider towing unit, then in November, he was posted to 161 Squadron, another special duties unit and where was awarded the DFC, DSO and promoted to Flight Lieutenant. On 1 December 1943 he was posted to 21 Squadron part of 2nd Tactical Air Force.
He was appointed Wing Navigational Officer during January 1944 flying many low level raids culminating with Operation Jericho.
He died on 18 February 1944 when his Mosquito Mk.FB.VI EG-F of 464 Squadron, RAAF was shot down by Fw190s during the raid on Amiens.
Leading Aircraftman, 946 Balloon Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 983749.
He died whilst on active service on Saturday 6 January 1945. He was 25.
He was the son of John W Burton and Mary Burton, Leyburn.
He is buried in Leyburn Cemetery and the headstone is inscribed At Rest.
This Squadron was involved in the Balloon defence of Glasgow.
CHAPMAN, John Dixon
Private, 9th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry Brigade, Division. Army no. 4470492
This was the time of the Invasion of Sicily and I suspect that he had been wounded there and taken to Hospital in Malta where he died on Tuesday 17 August 1943. He was 20.
He was the son of James and Margaret A Chapman, Leyburn.
He is buried in Imtarfa Military Cemetery, Malta and the headstone is inscribed Memories of You and Us Together linger in Our Hearts Forever. Mam, Dad.
LUMLEY, George Miles
He is commemorated on the Town War Memorial as Private, HG. I presume this is an acronym for The Home Guard.
I have established that he was born on 26 October 1909, the son of John J and Ada J Lumley and married Millie Herring on 25 June 1935. His occupation was Motor Driver with LNER (Railway) who lived at 11 Thornborough Crescent Leyburn.
He died in the Darlington Registration District on 16 August 1941. He was 32
He does not appear in the CWGC database.
MARKS, Robert William
Private, Army Catering Corps attached to 5th Battalion, The King's Regiment (Liverpool)
Army no. 3776520.
He was killed on D Day on Tuesday 6 June 1944 during the Normandy Landing. He was 28.
He was the son of R M and Charlotte E. Marks, Southport but he had been living at 4 South View, Leyburn in 1939.
MAY, James Rowland
Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment Brigade, Division. Army no. 269350.
He was killed on active service on Friday 16 June 1944 just 10 days after D Day. He was 25.
He was the son of Rowland and Mary H May and the husband of E Dorothy May, Streatham Hill, London.
He is buried in Hottot les Bagues War Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed Your life a treasured memory your death a silent grief. Dorothy.
SEYMOUR, Francis Stanley
Sergeant, 49 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 1475129.
He was killed on active service on Wednesday 19 July 1944. He was 22.
He was the son of Francis and Florence Seymour, Leyburn.
He is buried in Herbisse Churchyard and the headstone is inscribed Eternal Rest give unto him, O Lord; May he rest in Peace.
Lancaster JB178 EA-U took off from RAF Fiskerton, Lincolnshire at 22.38 hours bound for the rail junction at Revigny. 14 other Lancasters from the squadron were also involved in this raid. On this trip, their 27th operation, they were attacked by a night fighter and U for Uncle fell to earth at Herbisse. All of the crew were killed.
TAYLOR, John Ernest
Aircraftman 2nd Class, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 747494.
He died whilst on active service on Thursday 8 February 1940. He was 47.
He was the son of John and Annie E Taylor and the husband of Mary A C Taylor, Leyburn.
He is buried in Leyburn Cemetery and the headstone is inscribed Brave, Unselfish, Loving. His Duty Well Done.
WARRINER, Alan Edward
Serjeant, Army Educational Corps. Army no. 2372600.
He died on active service on Wednesday 13 June 1945. He was 38.
He was the son of Edward and Mary Warriner and the husband of Edith Warriner, Leyburn, LRAM, Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.
He is buried in Benghazi War Cemetery and the headstone is inscribed The Dearly Loved Husband of Edith.