The War Memorial in Preston under Scar
A marble tablet on the Village Hall:
THIS HALL WAS ERECTED BY
THE INHABITANTS OF PRESTON
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918
ALFRED CRADDOCK KILDING
HAROLD WILLIAM SCRIVENER
ROBERT HENRY WILSON
KILDING, Alfred Craddock
Rifleman, 21st (Service) Battalion (Yeoman Rifles), The King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 124 Brigade, 41st Division. Army no. C/12880
He was killed in action on Sunday 17 September 1916 at the Battle of Flers Courcelette. He was 24.
He was the son of James and Mary Kilding.
He is buried in the Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs.
His Probate records give his address as Preston under Scar, Leyburn and states that he died or between 15 and 17 September 1916 in France.
Private, 9th (Service) Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 32 Brigade, 11th Division. Army no. 36668.
He was killed in action on Monday 27 August 1917 in the fighting around St Julien during the Battle for Ypres. He was 31.
He was the son of James and Mary Kilding and the husband of Rose Kilding.
He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Private, D Company, 9th (Service) Battalion, The King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry), 64 Brigade, 21st Division. Army no. 42194
He was killed in action on Thursday 4 October 1917 at the Battle of Broodseinde, Ypres. He was 23.
He was the son of Robert and Mary Ann Scott, Post Office Yard, Preston-under-Scar.
He is remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial.
SCRIVENER Harold William
Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, HMS Queen Mary, Royal Navy. RN no. M/1502
He died on active service on Wednesday 31 May 1916. He was 21.
He was the son of Frederick and Clara Blanche Scrivener, Bolton Gardens, Wensley.
He is remembered on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
This applies to both Harold Scrivener and Robert H Wilson.
Jutland was the largest naval battle of WW1 and the only time that the British and German fleets of 'dreadnought' battleships actually came to blows. It was a confused and bloody action involving 250 ships and around 100,000 men.
Initial encounters resulted in the loss of several ships. The Germans damaged Beatty’s flagship, HMS Lion, and sank HMS Indefatigable and HMS Queen Mary, both of which blew up when German shells hit their ammunition magazines.
The sinking of the Black Prince has remained a mystery but recently the story that has emerged has been generally accepted.
The German battleship Thüringen fixed Black Prince in her searchlights and opened fire. Up to five other German ships, including the battleships Nassau, Ostfriesland, and Friedrich der Grosse, joined in the bombardment, with return fire from Black Prince being ineffective.
The ship was hit by at least twelve heavy shells and several smaller ones, sinking within 15 minutes. There were no survivors from her crew, all 857 being killed. But the German Navy remained in port for the rest of the war.
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.
WILSON, Henry Robert known as Harry
Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, HMS Black Prince, Royal Navy. RH no M/3792.
He died on Active Service on Wednesday 31 May 1916. Please see the earlier comments for Harold W Scrivener about the Battle of Jutland. He was 19.
He was the son of Arthur Henry and Ada Wilson, Haremire, Wensley.
He is remembered on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial.