1/4TH   BATTALION
Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own
YORKSHIRE   REGIMENT
Page 43. Arras Burial Sites.

Wancourt British Cemetery.
Situated about 8k South West of Arras.
17 men of the 4th Yorks Btn are buried here.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".].

The following 15 men were killed in action on the 23rd and are buried at Wancourt British Cemetery.

201087 Pte Cope Thomas. Home at - 31 Lord St, Middlesbrough, N Yorks, town of enlistment. Age 42.
202280 Pte Finch Horace. Home at Kettering Northants and enlisted at Northampton. Ex Northants Regt.
200236 Pte Flanary Harry. Home at - 161 Westgate, Guisborough, N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Age 20.
202240 Pte Goodman Arthur. Home at - 22 Ambush St, St James End, Northampton, place of birth and enlistment. Age 22. Ex Northants Regt.
202289 Pte Holloway Ernest. Home at 18 Norfolk St, Northampton. Age 30. Ex Northants Regt.
203082 Cpl Humphrey Sidney. Born at Stulcoates, Hull, place of enlistment.
Pte William P Garbutt.

203091 Pte Garbutt William Parkinson. Eldest son of Walter James and Fanny Louisa Garbutt, 11 Church Green, Bridlington. Born in Manchester. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 20. Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery.
Annals of Bridlington Sep 1916 - Pte Garbutt has been wounded abroad. A bomb exploded in the trench by his side, and he sustained injuries to his thigh and side. They are not serious. Pte Garbutt has been with his Regiment since the outbreak of war, having been called up on mobilisation and has been abroad for a few months.
May 11, 1917 - Mrs W. J. Garbutt received a letter from an Officer in France on Tuesday morning informing her of the death in action during the battle of Arras of her eldest son.:-
"It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, who was killed in action in the great attack on April 23. He died well out in No Manís Land, and was in the area occupied by another Battalion, so I have allowed four days to elapse to get proper information. He was killed instantaneously, and was laid to rest by the men of another battalion. You have the sympathy of all the company, who have lost a good pal, and you have my deepest personal sympathy."
Pte Garbutt was a fine, well-built young soldier, fearless, and always cheerful.
His death at the age of 21 years will be deeply regretted. He had been a member of the local Territorials about four years,and was well liked by his comrades and Officers. The regiment was in camp when war broke out, and he was one of the many local Territorials who were mobilised for home defence service. At the first opportunity, Pte Garbutt volunteered for foreign service, but owing to illness missed the draft which went to France in April 1915 and took part in the battle of St Julien. He was attached to the transport section of the regiment, but not being able to go abroad with them, he transferred to the line again, and early last year went to France. Through the Somme struggle, when the regiment sustained heavy losses, Pte Garbutt fought, and although many times in a tight corner he always came though unscathed, until, during the latter days of September, a bomb exploded in the trench near him, and he sustained injuries to his thigh and side. He was invalided to England, and after recovering spent a few days at home. He returned to his depot, and after receiving further leave last Christmas, went abroad for the second time four months ago.
Before the regiment was mobilised, Pte Garbutt was an apprentice with Mr Lyon, ironmonger, Queen Street, and was a capable and hard worker. His father, who died in February, was the late ex-Special Constable Walter James Garbutt. He was also an ex-soldier, being formerly in a Cavalry Regiment in the Regular Army. He joined up again when the present war broke out, but his health gave way, and he was invalided out. He then became a Special Constable, but owing to his health, he had to leave the force, and after a short illness passed away in February.

202952 Pte Lunn Joseph, Gibson. Home at - 33 Bessemer Tce, Mount Pleasant, Spennymoor, Co Durham, place of birth and enlistment. Age 22.
202954 Pte Matthews John, Naisbitt. Born at Spennymoor, Durham and enlisted at Ferryhill Durham. Age 22.
203171 Pte Millington John. Home at Thornaby N Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at Stockton on Tees. Age 20.
20184 Pte Postgate George. Born at Hull, Yorks and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks.
200591 L/Cpl Raine William, Ernest. Born at Darlington and enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Age 20.
201058 Pte Richards Harold. Home at Eston N Yorks. Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Age 39. Cemy
243374 Pte Robinson John, William. Enlisted at Beverley Yorks. Age 22.
202968 Pte Wallace John, George. Home at Low Spennymoor, Co Durham. Born Castle Eden and enlisted Deaf Hill Colliery, Co Durham.
201786 Pte Whisker Raymond, Newton. Born and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks.


The following 3 men were killed in action and are buried at Faubourg D'Amiens, Arras.
203799 Pte Brown John, George. Born and enlisted at Richmond N Yorks.
200318 Pte Smith John. E. Home at 78 Belmangate, Guisborough, N Yorks, place of enlistment. Age 29.
200167 Pte Horton Frederick, William. Home at - 33 Bargate, Richmond, N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Age 20.
The following 3 are buried at L'Homme Mort British Cemetery Ecoust St Mein.
241674 Pte Eades Robert, William. Home at Lewisham Kent, place of birth. Enlisted at Hull, Yorks.
235083 Pte Tann John, F. Home at Stibbard Norfolk. Born at Woodnorton Norfolk and enlisted at Norwich.
203172 Pte Maude Robert, Henry. Home at - 8 Clowes Tce, Annfield Plain, Co Durham, place of birth. Enlisted at Sunderland. Age 21.
The following 2 are buried at Dury Crucifix Cemetery.
203107 Pte Bell Robert, Davies. Born and enlisted at Newcastle on Tyne.
203050 Pte Dunnell Thomas. Home at - Ivy Bungalow, Brookbank Ave, Redcar, N Yorks. Born and enlisted at Middlesbrough. Age 19.
200090 Pte Brand Reginald. Home at - 1 Gallowgate, Richmond N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Killed in action. Age 25. Buried at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery Wancourt.
On this day the Battalion lost the services of Company Sergeant Major Thomas Banks, who suffered a Gun Shot Wound to his Left wrist and had to return to the UK for treatment.
Born in 1888, Thomas had been a teenage volunteer at his home town of Middlesbrough about 1906. Initially in the local 1st Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry and then after the Government reorganisation of 1908 the 4th Yorks Battalion of the Territorial Force.
He was discharged in 1910 when his time expired. In this year he married Ana Hartburn and lived in Hampden St, Middlesbrough.
He worked as a "Commercial traveller in Glass" for Drake and Co, elsewhere described as a "Rolleyman", or drove horse and cart.
When War broke out he re-enlisted in the 4th Yorks as a Private with Battalion number 2056.
His enlistment papers record him at this time as 26yrs 7mths old, 5ft 7in and 11 st 7lb.
He went to France when the 4th Yorks first went out on 18 April 1915 and was wounded at Ypres on the 25th April.
He was treated at Hospital in Rouen before being sent to the 2nd Territorial Base Unit at Le Havre and rejoining 4th Yorks on 9 May 1915.
He was promoted to Corporal on the 25th May 1915 and to Sergeant on the 29th of the same month.
At some point he qualified as a Bombing Instructor.
He was admitted to Hospital at Armentieres on 15th September 1915 for a Hand Grenade wound to the right arm and returned to light duties with the 4th Yorks on the 17th of that month.
He was mentioned in dispatches for Gallant and Distinguished Service on the 30th November 1915, when the 4th Yorks were still at Armentieres.[London Gazette].
When the whole Army was renumbered in 1916, he became 200412.
17th June 1916 he was admitted to Hospital for a Shell wound to the Right thigh and rejoined his Unit the same day.
15th/16th Sept 1916 in the Battle of Flers Courcelettes in the Somme region the Battalion had many losses.
Thomas was promoted to Company Sergeant Major on the 18th September 1916.
23rd April 1917 at Arras, when many men were killed and wounded, he suffered a Gun Shot Wound to the left wrist. He was admitted to 11 Stat Hospital, Rouen on the 24th April.
1st May 1917 he was awarded the Croix de Guerre [London Gazette].
He was re-patriated to the UK on the 2nd May 1917 to 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle on Tyne and to an Auxiliary Convalescent Hospital on the 2nd June 1917.
He was posted to 4th Battalion Reserves at Hornsea on 18th April 1918 and to the Depot at Richmond on 18th Oct 1918.
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