1/4TH   BATTALION
Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own
YORKSHIRE   REGIMENT
Page 31. 16 Sep. Flers-Courcelettes. Thiepval Memorial.

The Thiepval Memorial.
Thiepval is a French village to the North of Albert and due West of the village of Courcelettes.
It was one of Haig's objectives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July.
It was not captured until the end of September, by which time enormous losses had been sustained.

16th SEPTEMBER. Holding on.
The following 4 men who died this day are all commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

2Lt Walter James Hayton. Killed in action "while acting as Casualty Officer". Age 23. Home at "Falconhurst", Windsor Rd., Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Son of James and Eliza Jane Hayton. In 1911 at age 18 he was a Commercial Clerk to an Iron ore merchant.
4877 Pte Booth Albert. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Killed in action
201820 Pte Mee Albert. Home at 25 Redcar Rd, Dunsdale, Guisborough, N Yorks, place of enlistment. Died. Age 28.
201266 Pte Jones Albert, Ernest. Home at - 9 Yeoman St, Redcar, N Yorks. Born and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died. Age 19.
4775 Pte Allan Michael, Edward. Born at Wrelton. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of wounds. Left a wife and 3 children living in Middlesbrough and had 3 brothers serving in the Army.
On local War Memorial as All[e]n and on CWGC site as All[a]n.
In November 1903 he was a Farm Labourer and enlisted in the 19th Yorkshire Regiment. After 26 days his Father bought him out for 10.
Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

3280 Pte Jackson William, Ernest. Home at - 54 High St, Loftus, N Yorks, place of enlistment. Died of wounds. Age 23. Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

The Thiepval Memorial.
The Memorial bears the names of 72,000 men of the British and S African forces who died in the area and have no known grave.
Over 90% gave their lives between July and November 1916.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".].


4041 Cpl Bell Robert, T. Home at N Ormesby, N Yorks. Enlisted at Middlesbrough. Died of wounds. Age 23. Buried at Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt
2954 Pte Jones Enoch. Home at - Boosbeck N Yorks, enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Died of wounds. Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt
2722 Pte Willow Horace. Home at 24 Yeoman St, Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Enlisted at Northallerton. Killed in action. At the census of 1901, Horace, aged 14, was living at 24 Yeoman St, Skelton in Cleveland and working as a Jeweller's errand boy. His father, who came from Shoreditch London worked as an Ironstone miner. His mother came from Maidstone, Kent. He had an elder brother, Alfred 20, a grocer and an elder sister, Gertrude 16, a "day servant". Two younger sisters were Florence aged 10 and May 8.
He is buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval.
17th SEPTEMBER. At 1 p.m 150th Bde Commander ordered 5th D.L.I. with bombing squads from the 4th and 5th Yorks to attack and occupy Prue and Starfish Trenches as far as the Crescent. This was accomplished although the 5th Yorks did not appear in time.
The following men were killed in action this day and are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

2408 CSM Bainbridge John, Clifford. Home at Park Farm, Ravensworth, Richmond, N Yorks. Born Kirby. Enlisted at Northallerton. Age 30.

The Thiepval Memorial.
78 men of the 4th Yorks Battalion are commemorated here.

3147 Pte Blake Bert. Home at New Marske, N Yorks. Enlisted Margrove Park, N Yorks.
4799 Pte Brady Patrick. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, from Lislin, Lisboduff, Cootehill, Co Cavan.
5445 Pte Bruce Herbert. F. Home at - Silverdale, Masham, Ripon N Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at South Shields, Durham. Age 19.
2912 Pte Burnett Joseph. Home at Carlin How N Yorks. Born at Whitby, N Yorks. Enlisted at Loftus, N Yorks.
2945 Pte Cooke Robert. Home at 31 Cleveland St, Skelton Green, N Yorks. Enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Ag 30.
2829 Pte Crosby Charles. Enlisted at Redcar, N Yorks.
2369 Pte Fawcett Harold. C. Home at - 46 Bargate, Richmond, N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Age 22.
200310 Pte Godsmark Fred. Bell. Home at Lingdale N Yorks. Born and enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland N Yorks. Age 20.
3109 Pte Godsmark William, Edward. Home at Lingdale N Yorks. Enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Age 22. Probably the brother of Fred above.
1680 Pte Harpley William. Born and enlisted at Guisborough N Yorks.
2640 L/Cpl Jackson Herbert. Home at - 20 Park St, Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Age 21.
3961 Pte Jackson James. Home at - Brotton N Yorks. Enlisted at Saltburn, N Yorks.
2508 Pte Johnson Christopher. Brown. Home at - Earby Hall, Newsham, Richmond, Yorks. Age 22.
5458 Pte Johnson Henry. Of "X" Company. Home at Hilton, Yarm, Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at Stokesley. Age 24.
3246 Pte Kirby Thomas, Gordon. Enlisted at Redcar N Yorks.
1704 Pte Magor Ernest. Home at - 27 Westbourne Tce, Stockton on Tees. Born at Leeds and enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Age 22.
3277 Pte Massey Walter, William. Home at Cirencester Glos, place of birth. Enlisted at Skelton. Age 26.
4700 Pte McManus Patrick. Of "Z" Company. Home at 17 Barr St, Glasgow. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Age 44.
3845 Pte Mennell Alfred. Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks.
201842 Pte Neesome Charles, Goltry. Home at Thornton Le Moor, Yorks. Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Age 35.
201847 Pte Richardson Clarence, William. Home at Saltburn N Yorks. Born at Skelton Green and enlisted at Richmond, N Yorks. Age 23.
3119 Pte Shepherd James, Henry. Home at Carlin How, N Yorks. Enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Age 20.

German prisoners carry a wounded British soldier. According to "The Somme" by R Van Emden this photograph was taken by an officer of the 4th Yorks.

Pte John G Skeen.

1935 Pte Skeen John, George. Born and enlisted at Stokesley, N Yorks. In 1901 he was recorded in the census as a Groom and Gardener and later as a Poultry Dealer.
4209 Pte Smith Abel, Barker. Home at Brompton, Northallerton, N Yorks, place of enlistment.
3803 Pte Taylor Daniel. Home at 6 Prospect Place, Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Enlisted at Saltburn, N Yorks. Age 39.
3811 Pte Tuffs Joseph. Enlisted at Guisborough, N Yorks.
1681 Pte Waller John, Francis. Home at 13 Pierce Bridge, Co Durham. Born Yafforth, Northallerton and enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland. N Yorks. Age 26.
4919 Pte Welham John, William. Home at 4 Wheatlands Terrace, Loftus, N Yorks, Born at Loftus, N Yorks and enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Age 24.
4555 Pte Woodward Bertram. Home at 58 Borobridge Rd, Knaresborough, N Yorks. Born at Masham, N Yorks. Enlisted at Northallerton. Age 38.
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