War Memorial in North Stainley
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin
Two plaques in the Church
THE BRAVE AND HONOURED MEMORY
ALBERT EDWARD ILLINGWORTH
SCHOOLMASTER OF THIS PARISH
WHO FELL IN ACTION NEAR CAMBRAI OCT 2ND 1918
JOHN EDWARD EADDIE
OF MANOR FARM
WHO FELL AT ST ELOI, FRANCE APRIL 3RD 1916
And for WW2
THE WORLD WAR
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR FREEDOM
REGINALD FLETCHER Royal Air Force
MAJOR HARPER Grenadier Guards
ALFRED HUDSON Royal Artillery
The Fallen in WW1
ILLINGWORTH, Albert Edward
Lance Bombardier, 170th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Army no. 177057.
He was killed in action on Wednesday 2 October 1918 at Cambrai. He was 46.
He was the son of Joseph and the late Hannah Illingworth, Birstall, Leeds and the husband of Florence Illingworth, North Stainley.
He is buried in Anneux British Cemetery.
He had married in 1899 and they had a son John in 1901. He had been the Schoolmaster for 14 years when he enlisted in 1917.
EADDIE, John Edward
Lance Corporal, 12th (Service) Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 9 Brigade, 3rd Division. Army no. 11476.
He was the son of James G and the late Elizabeth Eaddie, Manor Farm, North Stainley.
He was killed in action on Monday 3 April 1916 in the fighting at St Eloi, France. This was the site of the explosion of 6 mines by the Allies creating enormous craters. He was 27.
He is remembered on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
Probate records show that he was living at 7 Birkdale Road, Dewsbury.
The Fallen in WW2
Sergeant, 12 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. RAFVR no. 1088071.
He was killed on active service on Tuesday 15 June 1943. He was 20.
He was the son of Mr and Mrs A J Fletcher, Borrowby.
He is buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed In God's Keeping.
He is also remembered on the war memorial at St Mary's churchyard, Leake.
Lancaster III W4992 GZ-A took off at 23.13 hours from RAF Wickenby, near Lincoln on an operation to Oberhausen. Hit by flack when approaching the target, the aircraft exploded and crashed near Stadfriedhof. Six of the crew died and one was taken prisoner.
HARPER, Major Maurice
Lance Sergeant, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Army no. 2622212.
He died on active service on Monday 30 October 1944 as the British 8th Army reached Forti. He was 24.
He was the son of Major and Julia Harper, North Stainley.
He is buried in Castiglione South African Cemetery Italy between Florence and Bologna. His headstone is inscribed At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will always remember him.
Gunner, 183 Battery, 59 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery. Army no. 1777687.
He died on active service on Tuesday 13 January 1942.
He is buried in Crookes Cemetery Sheffield.
I have found no further information.