The War Memorial in Spennithorne
Tim the transcriptions
The War Memorial is outside St John's Church. It is inscribed:
FOR KING AND COUNTRY
CAPT H C CHAYTOR, 26TH LGT CAVALRY I A
LT COMMANDER P VAN STRAUBENZEE, RN
HMS GOOD HOPE.
CPL G W STAYMAN, P P CANADIAN LI
PTE S C ALLINSON, W YORKS
PTE G E DAWSON, GREN GUARDS
PTE O C SEWELL, RIFLE BRIGADE
PTE E SPENSLEY, N Z FORCES
PTE J WILCE, HAMPS REGT.
PTE T WYNNE, DURHAM LI
PTE JAMES WILLIAM HUTCHINSON, DLI
DIED OF WOUNDS 1925
ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS OF
SPENNITHORNE AND HORNBY
IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN FROM THE PARISH
WHO GAVE THEIR
THE GREAT WAR.
Tim the Fallen
Those who Fell in WW1
ALLINSON, Sydney Charles
Private, 2nd Battalion, The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment), 23 Brigade, 8th Division. Army no. 25865
He died from his wounds on Saturday 8 September 1917 in Hospital. He was 32.
He was the son of George and Ada Allinson, Hornby.
He is buried in Étaples Military Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed greater love hath no man than this thy will be done.
CHAYTOR, Hugh Clervaux
Captain, 26th King George's Own Light Cavalry attached to 11th (Prince Albert's Own Hussars), Indian Army.
He was killed in action on Saturday 31 October 1914 in the Battle of Messines. He was 30.
He was the son of the late Clervaux D and Francis L Chaytor, Spennithorne Hall, Leyburn.
He is remembered on The Menin Gate Memorial Ypres.
DAWSON, George Ernest
Private, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, 3rd Guards Brigade, Guards Division. Army no. 22451.
He died from his wounds on Wednesday 29 May 1918. He had probably been wounded in the fighting on the Hindenburg Line. He was 23.
He was the son of Mary A and the late J W Dawson, Spennithorne.
He is buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt and his headstone is inscribed he gave his life what greater love”
HUTCHINSON, James William
He initially served as Private, Army no. 19055 with The Durham Light Infantry then he was wounded and transferred as Private, Labour Corps, Army no 387585.
He was discharged from the Army on 7 March 1919.
He died as a result of his injuries in the summer of 1925 in Brighton RD. He was 41.
I have not found any further information.
van STRAUBENZEE, Percival
Lieutenant Commander, HMS Good Hope. Royal Navy
He died on active service on Sunday 1 November 1914 at the Battle of Coronel. He was 33.
He was the son of Major General Turner van Straubenzee, CB, and his wife Florinda H H, Spennithorne House, Leyburn.
He is remembered on The Portsmouth Naval Memorial.
The German cruisers Gneisenau and Sharnhorst were the main attack in the Battle of Coronel, off the Chilean coast, on 1 November 1914. The two British Cruisers HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth were lost with all hands, 1578 crew. HMS Glasgow, a light cruiser and HMS Otranto, a converted liner escaped.
STAYMAN, George William
Lance Corporal, 4 Company, 12th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment). Army no 23217.
He was killed in action on Friday 2 June 1916 near Ypres. He was 31.
He was the son of James and Elizabeth Stayman, 34 Croxdale Terrace, Pelaw on Tyne, Co. Durham.
He is remembered on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
SEWELL, Charles Oswald The initials are reversed on the memorial
Rifleman, 3rd Battalion, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own), 17 Brigade, 6th Division. Army no Z/74.
He was killed in action on Wednesday 17 March 1915. He was 35.
He was the husband of Annie Sewell.
He is buried in Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chapelle d'Armentières.
Driver, New Zealand Field Artillery. Army no. 2/1202.
He died in the Military Hospital in Wellington on Saturday 23 November 1918. He was 29.
He is buried in Karori Cemetery, Wellington, New Zealand.
He was the son of Christopher and Sarah Spensley, Eastfield Lodge, Leyburn.
He has a Memorial Headstone in Wensley Churchyard.
The cause of death is not recorded. He had served in Egypt, 1915-16, and in Gallipoli.
WILCE, James Joseph
Private, 15th (Service) Battalion (2nd Portsmouth), The Hampshire Regiment, 122 Brigade, 41st Division. Army no. 28221. He had also served as Private, Army no. T/2/015221, with the Army Service Corps.
He died from his wounds on Tuesday 3 September 1918. He was 29.
He was the son of James and Isabella Wilce, Spennithorne.
He is buried in Esquelbecq Military Cemetery.
Private, 14th Battalion, The Durham Light Infantry, 64 Brigade, 21st Division. Army no.15518.
He was killed in action on Monday 27 September 1915 during the advance in Flanders. He was 23.
He was the son of Abraham Wynne, Jubilee Cottage, Spennithorne.
He is remembered on The Loos Memorial.
Those who Fell in WW2
METCALFE, Matthew Thomas
Flight Sergeant, Pilot, 458 (RAAF) Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 1068354.
He died on active service on Tuesday 13 July 1943. He was 22.
He was the son of John William and Florence Metcalfe, Spennithorne.
He is buried in in Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. His headstone is inscribed
For Home and Country that England might Live.
He died on a Torpedo attack training flight in a Wellington IC HX734 from 5 Middle East Training School, RAF Shallufa. The aircraft took off at about 00.35 hours. When flying down moon at low altitude over the water in a slight mist, it veered off track to the east, flew into a bank and caught fire at 00.55 hours. The five crew are buried at Suez. It is possible that he was one of the instructors on board the aircraft.
He is also remembered in Askrigg Church because he attended the school there.
Private, 5th Battalion, Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment). Army no 4393757.
He died on active service on Friday 13 November 1942. This was the day that Tobruk was captured, a turning point in the war. He was 26.
He was the son of George and Mary Wilkinson, Spennithorne.
He is buried in Tripoli War Cemetery and his headstone is inscribed I Have Gone Home, Called to Higher Service.