Roll of Honour Pt.1

The War Memorial to The Glorius Dead of Addingham
The memorial was erected for the village by Lord Masham (Samual Cunliffe-Lister).


 For The Fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.


Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,

They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam.


But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night.


As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon.



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.


Part 1: Ashton – Hustwick                             Part 2: Jones – Wright


Part 1

                     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.

 BAILEY, 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.

BELL, 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

BLACKBURN, 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 HENRY, 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.

BROWN, 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, ABRAHAMBorn 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)

DIXON, 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, JAMES. 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

DOVE,  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.

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

EMMOTT, 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.

FAWCETT, 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’.

FISHER, 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.

FOSTER, 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 20years, Died 14th. April 1918, Ploegsteert Memorial, Ref. Panel 9. Born Addingham.


GALE, 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.

HADLEY, 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, DENNIS, 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, WILFRID. 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 Cemetary;view=main

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). Recorded on CWGC website (

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

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