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Roll of Honour

These are the names and details of the 67 men from Addingham who were lost in the Great War. Their names are commemorated on the village War Memorial, together with the (thankfully fewer) lost in the Second World War 1939-1945.

ASHTON, THOMAS Private 28050 6th Bn., Border Regiment who died on Thursday, 4th October 1917. Age 20. Son of Mr. J. E. and Mrs. J. Ashton, of 14, James St., Earby, Colne, Lancs. Native of Addingham, Ilkley, Yorks.

ATKINSON, CHARLES, J. Corporal 6/4546 1st/6th Bn., Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt.) who died on Friday, 18th August 1916.

George BaileyBAILEY, GEORGE, West Riding Regiment, son of Mrs T. Bailey Addingham, Died of wounds August 1916, Battle of the Somme.


BECK, NORMAN South Staffs Regiment, Age 19 yrs, Grandson of Mrs. Clarke, Main St, Killed in Action 14 Jun 1918.

Francis Norman BellBELL, FRANCIS NORMAN, Ordinary Seaman, HMS Glasgow, Age 24, son of Mr & Mrs William & Mary Bell, Husband of Edith Bell, 17 Wharfedale View, Addingham, died 22nd November 1917. Buried 56, Gamboa British Cemetary, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

BELL, FREDERICK W., Private, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. & Mrs. Be11, Chapel St, Addingham. Officially presumed killed in Action 3rd Sep 1916 Battle of the Somme

Wilfred BlackburnBLACKBURN, WILFRED, Sgt. Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, Age 23 yrs, nephew Mr Thomas B1ackburn of West Hall Farm, Addingham, K.I.A France July 1916Battle of the Somme.

BROWN, JOHN HEJohn Henry BrownNRY, Sgt., Wharfedale Howitzer Volunteer Brigade & D Bty. 312th Bde., Royal Field Artillary, Age 27 yrs, son of Mr. Thomas & Eliza Ann. Brown, 42 main St, Addingham. Killed in Action France 13 March 1917. Service No. 785991 Duke of Wellington’s Regt. He was well known in Wharfedale football circles as Secretary and Delegate of Addingham Trinity Football Club. Left wife and one child. Brother of Phillip Brown, below. Queens Cemetary, Bucquoy.

Phillip BrownBROWN, PHILIP. Bombadier. Royal Field Artillery. son of Mr. T. Brown, 42 Main St, died from burns, 11 May 1917. Service No.781190, D Bty. 311Bde., Royal Field Artillary. Brother of John Henry Brown, above. Etaples Millitary Cemetary.

CLARKE, CHARLES PRIOR, Seaman, Royal Navy Age 32 yrs, drowned at the sinking (1914) of HMS Good Hope at the Battle of Coronel (or Battle of The Falklands) off the coast of Chile, South America, 1 November 1914.

CLARKE, JOHN, Lance Serjeant 8840 2nd Bn., King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who died on Wednesday, 26th August 1914. Retreat to the Marne.

DEWHIRST, ABRAHAM, Born in 1886 in Skipton. He originally enlisted 11/12/15 as Pte 50404 of the West Yorkshire Regiment, he was later transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers, to serve at the depot. He was discharged due to wounds 8th July 1918.I would say he may be buried in Addingham Church yard or similar and died from wounds between when the memorial was erected and approx 1922/23 when the CWGC stopped recording deaths. Unusually he has 2 medal index cards. (Information:James Cooper).

William DixonDIXON, WILLIAM,18739. Lance-Cpl., Duke of Wellingtons West Riding Regiment, Age 23yrs.. son of Mr. &Mrs. William & Ruth Ann Dixon of Addingham, Died of wounds. Italy, 27 October 1918. Buried Plot1 RowH, Grave 9 Giavera British Cemetary, Arcade, Italy.

DOVE, JAMJames DoveES, Private 15707 9th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers who died on Tuesday, 8th August 1916. Age 22 yrs. Son of Thomas and Frances Dove, of 49, High St., Steeton, Yorks.and brother of Mathias Dove below. Burried Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France I. C. 39. Mametz is a village about 8 kilometres east of the town of Albert. The Cemetery is a little east of the village on the north side of the road, D64, to Montauban. Battle of The Somme.

Mathias DoveDOVE, MATHIAS (also known as Nathias or Mathews). Private 15706 10th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers who died on Wednesday, 4th October 1916. Age 25 yrs. Son of Thomas and Frances Dove, of 49, High St., Steeton, Keighley.and brother of James Dove, above. Native of Addingham, Yorks. Buried at Warencourt British Cemetary, Pas De Calais, France.

Charles EllisELLIS, CHARLES, Trooper, Yorkshire Hussars. Age 29 yrs. son of Mr. & Mrs. Lister Ellis, Crag House Farm, Addingham Moorside, Killed in Action 24th May 1915.

ELLIS, WILLIWilliam James EllisAM JAMES, Durham Light Infantry, Age 22 yrs, son Mr. & Mrs. Lister Ellis, Crag House Farm, Addingham Moorside, Died of wounds France 9 Nov 1918.


Ambrose EmmottEMMOTT, AMBROSE, Private, Royal Marines, Chatham, Age 35 yrs, (formerly Addingham}, Killed in Action 21 March 1918. Son of Mr & Mrs Emmott, School Lane, Addingham.

EMMOT, WALTER, L,Cpl. West Riding Regiment, Age 22 yrs, Killed in Action. France 20 Mar 1915.

Clifford FawcettFAWCETT, CLIFFORD, East Lancashire Regiment, Age 21yrs, Killed in Action. 9th May 1915 grandson of Mr & Mrs T Myers (on Craven records but not on memorial). A native of Addingham but his parents lived in Nelson. In a letter, his Officer said that ‘he had been killed instantaneously, and that his presence was missed by all of the company. Fawcett has a brother in the Royal Engineers’.

Fred FisherFISHER, FRED, West Riding Regiment, Age 21 yrs, son Mr & Mrs T (David?) Fisher, 20, Bolton Rd, Addingham. Died of wounds. France 1916. He joined Kitchener’s army in 1914 and two of his brothers, one of whom is a Sargeant, were in France. A younger brother had just gone into training. Fred was a well known Rugby Football player, having played with the Ilkley team.

Arthur FosterFOSTER, ARTHUR, Private, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, Age 37 yrs, formerly of Cockshott Fold, Addingham, Died of wounds. 31 Dec 1917.

FOSTER, TOM, 266657, Private, Gordon Highlanders, 1/7th (Deeside Highland) Battalion, 51st. (Highland) Division. Age 20 years, Died 14th. April 1918, Ploegsteert Memorial, Ref. Panel 9. Born Addingham.

William GaleGALE, WILLIAM, 786017 Staff Sgt, (or Fitter Cpl.) Royal Field Artillery, D Battery 312th Brigade, 62nd.(2nd West Riding) Division. 31 yrs, Killed in Action 1st October 1918. Left wife and one daughter. Wife was the daughter of Mr & Mrs Cousins of the Swan Hotel, Addingham.He joined the army in July 1915, after being rejected three times he underwent an operation to get into the army and went to France in Jauary 1917. His wife received her last letter from him by the same post that brought the news of his death. Sgt. Gale was well known as a football player and was Vice Captain of the Addingham Football Club. See Letters from The Front.

GOULDING,JOHN WILLIAM, Private, 14319. 8th Bn., Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). 21 August 1915. HELLES MEMORIAL (Gallipoli) Panel 117-119.

S K HadleyHADLEY, S. K., Canadian Regiment, Age 22 yrs, son of Mr. S.C. Hadley Station Master at Addingham, Died of wounds 18 Oct 1917.

HODGSON, THOMAS MM, Private, 32385. 6th Bn., King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. 30 November 1917. Age 35 yrs. Son of Annie Hodgson, of 12, Claremont Terrace, Nelson, and the late James Hodgson; husband of Emma Hodgson, of 67, Albert Rd., Colne, Lancs. Cambrai Memorial Panel 8 and 9.

HOLGATE, DDennis HolgateENNIS, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery, Age 19 yrs, son Mr J Holgate, Main St,Addingham, Died of wounds. 17 May 1917.

HOLMES, NORMAN, Serjeant, 265024, 2nd/6th. Bn., Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt.) who died on Tuesday 27 November 1917 age 25 yrs. Cemetry: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval Nord, France. His name also appears on the memorial plaque inside St. Peter’s Church in Addingham (details from Barry Holmes, son of Norman Holmes who was named after him by his brother Frank Holmes).

HOLMES, WILFWilfred HolmesRID, 10990, Private, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, Age 20 yrs son of Mr William Holmes, Addingham (later Barnoldswick), Killed in Action 27th April 1917 leaving a wife & child living at 4 Railway View, Addingham. He was orderly to Capt. Allen Clough. Both were reported missing in Ilkley Gazette rpt. 14 July 1916. Before the war, Holmes was employed by Messrs. D Illingworth & Son, Bradford. Buried D6, Hermes Brtish Cemetery.

HOLMES, WILFRED, 16/713 Private, 16th Battalion W Yorks Regt (Prince of Wales’s Own) ‘The Bradford Pals’, and was killed on 1 July 1916 at the battle of The Somme, aged 28 yrs.He was born in Addingham but lived in Keighley with his wife Margaret at the time of his death. His only child, Betty, married Fletcher Wall. The Walls were well known in Addingham and Fletcher’s father represented Addingham on Skipton Rural District Council for many years. Fletcher and Betty had two sons, Trevor (who now lives in Eire) and Beverley (now sadly deceased).

HOOD, CHARLES, Private, 4886. 1st/5th Bn., Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt.). 3 September 1916. Thiepval Memorial. Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B. Son of Mr & Mrs Isaac Hood, Victoria Terrace, Addingham.

HORSMAN, WILLIE, Royal Scots Guards, son of Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Horsman, Southfield Terr,Addingham. Killed in Action. 26 Sept 1917.

HUSTWICK, PERCY, Private, 1155. 1st/6th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales’s Own). 1 July 1916 . Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.

JONES, PERPercy JonesCY, Durham Light Infantry, 18 yrs, son of Mr. Noah Jones, Reported as ‘Killed in Action 26 Mar 1918’ but further information indicates that Percy Jones actually survived the war. This is proved by his army record which still exists. He received a gunshot wound to the head on 27 March 1918 and was taken prisoner.

E J C KiddKIDD, E J C, 21yrs.,Second Lieutenant. Royal Flying Corps and West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales’s Own). Son of Mr. W. Kidd, Headmaster National School, Accidentally killed in aeroplane accident while acting as observer. 10 April 1918. Addingham (St. Peter) Churchyard.

LEACH, H, Private West Riding Regiment, 38 yrs. first Addingham man to enlist in Kitcheners Army, Died of wounds. 2 March 1916.

LISTEJ ListerR. J., Private, Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, 38yrs. son of Mrs Lister, School Lane, Addingham. Died of wounds, 1st September 1918.


LIJames ListerSTER. JAMES, Private, Yorkshire Regiment. son of Mr. James Lister, 8 Cragg View, Killed in Action. 2nd April 1917.


John ListerLISTER, JOHN, East Yorkshire regiment, 29 yrs, son of Mrs Lister, the Green, Killed in Action. 26 Aug 1918.


George MaudsleyMAUDSLEY, GEORGE N., 32yrs., Private. 7651. 2nd Bn., Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action between 25 October & 2 November 1914. Nephew of Mr & Mrs R Brooks, George St. Addingham. Buried Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial Panel 33, Belgium.

McRINK,Laurence McRink LAWRENCE 27240 Farrier Sgt. Royal Field Artillery, 32 yrs, son of Mr. Stephen and Mary Ann McRink, 1, Bolton Rd. Addingham, Died of wounds 8 Sep 1918. Buried III D.6 La Kreule Military Cemetary, Hazebrook, France.His brother John McRink was also a serving soldier in the 18th Hussars. In June 1915, Lawrence wrote ‘It is getting cold and wet out here, but we can still stand it as well as the Germans. We are losing a lot of men every day. My battery was in a village the other day and a shell came over and killed 5 of our drivers and wounded 7 of our gunners. The next day we caught them napping and mowed them down and captured a lot of their guns and men. We are beating the Germans in every battle and they are giving thenselves up every day. Some are very old and some are quite young.’

Patrick McSheeMcSHEE, PATRICK, Sapper, 83839. 210th Field Coy., Royal Engineers. killed by a shell, 31 March 1918. Age 43. Husband of Edith McShee, of Parkinson Fold, Addingham, Ilkley, Yorks. Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere. In his younger days he was a prominent local footballer.

Carl S MouldingMOULDING, CARL S., Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, 22 yrs, son of Mr & Mrs. W.C. Moulding. School House, Lazenby, Killed in Action. France 1916. Before enlisting he was an Addingham Railway Booking Clerk.

OGDEN, WILLIAM, Private, 1st.West Yorkshire Regiment, 21 yrs, son Mrs. T. Barnes, Main St, Addingham. Killed in Action. 26 Sep 1914.

Hedley RichardsonRICHARDSON, HEDLEY, Private, West Riding (Duke of Wellington’s) Regiment, 24 yrs, son of Mrs. Richardson, formerly of Addingham, Killed in Action. France Jul 3rd 1916 The Battle of the Somme. Before enlisting he worked for Shepherds Dairy, Bradford. His brother Willie Richardson lived at Townhead, Addingham.

Arthur P RyderRYDER, ARTHUR. P, Private, 2nd Btn. West Yorkshire Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, 19 yrs, Killed in Action. France 23 Aug 1914. The Battle of Mons.


Frederick RyderRYDER, FREDERICK, Rifleman, (attached Kings Royal Rifles) 26 yrs, brother of Mrs. J. T. Robinson, Low Mill Lane, missing 5th May 1915, death presumed May 1916.

SMITH, RALPH, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. Mrs. Smith, Died of wounds. 11 Jun 1917.

SMITH, Ruebens SmithRUEBENS, Private, 13601. 10th Bn., Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt.) 11 June 1917 . Age 23. Son of Frederick and Emily Smith, of 6, Adelaide Terrace or Church Street, Addingham, Ilkley. Lijssenthoek Military . Brother of William Smith below. Cemetery XV. G. 16A.

William SmithSMITH, WILLIAM, 55780 Private, Yorks & Lancs Regiment, 2ndd/4th Btn., son of Frederic & Emily Smith, 5, Adelaide Terrace or Church St. Killed in Action. 2 Sep 1918. Vaulk Hill Cemetary, France Ref.IB1. Brother of Reuben Smith, above. His other brothers Private Craven Smith, Private Tom Smith, Private John Smith and Able Seaman Allan Smith survived the War.

Frank SpencerSPENCER FRANK, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. & Mrs. John Spencer, Bolton Rd, Died of wounds. 25(?) Aug 1915. A bullet hit his right arm, breaking it, and then passed through his chest. Spencer joined the New Army soon after war broke out and was attached to 2nd. Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Rgt. He had been in France btween 2 and 3 months. The information came in a letter from a chum who was with him at the time. They were both standing on the parapet of the trench when suddenly Spencer exclaimed ‘I am hit’ and dropped.

SUTCLIFFE. TED, Air Mechanic, R.A.F, son of Mr. B. Sutcliffe, Skipton, Killed in Action. Italy 30 Aug 1918.

Alfred TiffanyTIFFANY, ALFRED, Lance Corporal (Private?), 39368. 2nd/4th Bn., King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 20 July 1918. Age 41. Son of Mrs. M. Tiffany, of 10 Rose Terrace, Addingham, Yorkshire. Bouilly Cross Roads Military Cemetery I. D. 33. His brother Private J E Tiffany had been taken as a Prisoner of War in October 1916.

TOPHAM, WILLIAM T., Driver, 44463. 9th Div. Signals H.Q., Royal Engineers. 23 April 1917. Son of Mrs. G. Topham, of Ivy House, Church Street, Ilkley, Yorks. Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun.

TOWNHarry Town, HARRY, Army Service Corps, Motor Transport, 23 yrs, son of Mr. & Mrs. Town, Low Mill Lane, died of pneumonia in Netley Hospital, 19 Mar 1917.


TOWNBen TownsonSON, BEN, Private, Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, 27 yrs, formerly of Addingham, Killed in Action. France 2 Mar 1916.


James TownsendTOWNSEND, JAMES, Private, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, 22 yrs, son Mrs Townson, Southfield Terr, Addingham Killed in Action. 3 Jul 1916. The Battle of the Somme.

WAGGITT, JOHN GEORGE, Driver, Canadian Field Artillery, 23 yrs, son of Mr. John Waggitt, Moorside Farm, drowned Ilkley 31 Jul 1917.

WAGGW WaggitITT, W, Private, Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, son of Mr J.J. Waggitt, Farmer, Addingham Moorside, Killed in Action. France October 1916. The Battle of the Somme. Waggitt, then of the 9th. West Riding Regt., was wounded in France in November 1915 and had one of his fingers amputated.

WHITAKEJohn WhitakerR, JOHN (Johnnie), 776147 Trumpeter, Royal Field Artillary, ‘D’ Battery 245th Brigade, 49th (West Riding) Division, Duke of Wellingtons Regiment, 26 yrs, Died of wounds 12or13or14th May 1918. Nine Elms British Cemetery, Ref.XlV. D. 5. Born Manchester but lived Addingham.

WHITAKER, WILLIAM, Private, 20547. 6th Bn., East Lancashire Regiment. 5 February 1917. Panel 19, Basra Memorial Iraq.

WHITEOAK, CHARLES BUCKLEY, Private, 45316. 1st/4th Bn., York and Lancaster Regiment. 13 April 1918. Age 22. Son of Craven Buckley Whiteoak, of High House Farm, Addingham, Ilkley, Yorks. Tyne Cot Memorial.

WILD, WILLIAM, 29864,Cpl. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 30 years, Died 25 November 1918, died of pneumonia in training at Grantham. son of Edwin & Mary Wild, Lambert Street, Skipton but born in Addingham. Husband of Mrs Wild, 11, Thornton St. Skipton. Skipton (Waltonwrays) Cemetary Ref.R. ‘U’ 2609.

Tom WoodWOOD, TOM, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery (795226), 23 yrs, son Mr. K. Wood, Ling Park, Nessfield, Thought to have been fatally gassed at Passendaele and died 11 Nov 1918 (the last day of the war).

WRIGHT, HAROLD, 18/189, Lance Cpl. 18th Btn.Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Rgt. ‘2nd Btn. Bradford Pals’, 20, Theatre of war: Brough, Died of wounds at home 15th July 1916. Buried in Heaton Baptist Burial ground, Bradford, Grave Ref.B (North West). N.5. Son of Tom & Lucy Wright, formerly of Addingham but probably then resident in Bradford. Was a very early enlistee.


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