British Prisoners of War.|
[Picture from - "Das Archiv zum 1. Weltkrieg ".]
202318 Pte Cunnington Frederick. Home at Aldwinckle Thrapston, Northants. Enlisted
Northampton. Died of wounds 30 June 18. Buried at Hamburg Cemetery. Ex Northants Regt.
6593 Pte Selman Henry. Home at St Pancras London, place of birth and enlistment. Died
9 July 18. Buried at Hamburg Cemetery.
238010 Pte Jones William David Home at Penmorfa, Portmadoc Wales. Enlisted at Carnarvon.
Died 22nd November 18. Commemorated on the Malbork Memorial. [South East of Gdansk, Poland].
48162 Pte Whysall Walter. Born Barnsley. Enlisted at Pontefract. Died 13 October 18. Commemorated on
the Malbork Memorial. Ex 87th T R Battn.
235093 Pte Lane Arthur. Enlisted at Northampton. Died 26 October 18.
34925 Pte Hugh William. Home at Penycraig Wales, place of birth. Enlisted at Tonypandy.
Died 28 October 18. Ex Welch Regt.
Grave of Pte George Kirby in Cologne Southern Cemetery.|
[Photograph and information kindly contributed by his nephew, William Kirby, of Chester-Le-Street, Co Durham.]
200628 Pte Drury John, William. Home at - 5 Back Garnet St, Saltburn, N Yorks. Enlisted at
Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Died of wounds on the 6th. Age 40. Buried at Chambieres French National Cemetery, Metz
200951 Pte Thorpe Richard, Matthew. Born and enlisted at Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Died
of wounds 8 June 18. Buried in Chambieres French National Cemetery, Metz
235308 Pte Butterfield Ellis-Taylor. Home at - 2 Goodbey, Oakworth, Keighley W Yorks, place
of enlistment. Born at Holmfield, Halifax. Died 19 June 18. Age 20. Buried at Plaine French National Cemetery.
Ex 6266 West Riding Regt.
The following five 4th Yorks men are buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery.
35098 Pte Burdell Vivian. Home at - 229 Ilkeston Rd, Nottingham, place of birth. Enlisted
at Derby. Died of wounds on the 4th June 18. Age 19. Ex 88740 Notts and Derby Regt.
21153 Pte Kirby George, Home at - 6 William St, Seaham Harbour, Co Durham. Died
11 November 19. Age 23.
George served with three different Battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment, the 7th, 10th and the 1/4th.
He must have been a Volunteer, as his Medal Card shows that he landed in France in July 1915 when the 7th Battalion first
The Green Howards Gazette for August 1916 lists him as "wounded" and he was at home to be a witness at his sister's
wedding in September 1917.
At some point he was transferred to the 10th Battalion, possibly on being sent back to France.
Men were regularly transferred between Battalions as losses and the occasion demanded and again at some unknown time he
was allocated to the 1/4th Battalion.
He was probably taken prisoner during one of the 3 German offensives of 1918, as many of the Battalion were.
Sadly, he died on the 11th, Armistice day. His nephew has obtained a British death certificate recording the cause as
pneumonia and that he was in a German Military Hospital at Wattenscheid or Wahlscheid in the Essen/Dortmund region.
Cologne Southern Cemetery.|
Situated about 5k South of Cologne it holds the graves of 2,482 Commonwealth servicemen.
They were brought together from 183 other burial grounds after the War.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".].
43569 Pte Garton Frederick, Hadfield. Home at - 69 Main Rd, Darnall, Sheffield, place of
birth and enlistment. Died 28 September 18. Age 19. Ex 87th T R Battn.
34699 Cpl Hargreave Joseph. Home at -7 The Terrace, Beeston Hill, Leeds, Yorks, place
of enlistment. Died 16 October 18. Age 20. Ex Yorks Dragoons.
33118 Pte Abnett Percy, Victor. Home in Snodland, Kent. Enlisted at Maidstone. Died
28 October 18. Ex 12592 R West Kent Regt.
33009 Cpl Hutchinson Thomas. Home at - Urlay Nook Durham, place of birth. Enlisted at
Northallerton, N Yorks. Died 9 November 18. Buried at Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery
35641 Pte Watts Walter John Home at Sulhampstead, Berks. Born Newton,
enlisted at Newbury. Died 15 November 18. Age 19. Buried at Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery. Ex Berks Yeomanry.
201675 Pte Connolly Matthew. Born at Port Clarence N Yorks and enlisted at Middlesbrough.
Died 22 September 18. Buried at Sedan-Torcy French National Cemetery
Officers in Schweidnitz Lager II, German POW Camp, 1918.
Lt Wilf Thornton, on the far right of the rear row and Archibald Gray of the 5th Yorks, third from Left in Middle row.
[Photograph kindly contributed by John Sheen, author of Tyneside Irish, Durham Pals, & Wearside Battalion.]
35100 Pte Butt Charles, William, Thomas. Born at Enfield Green Surrey and enlisted at Hampton
Hill, Middlesex. Died 25 October 18. Buried at Sedan Torcy French National Cemetery. Ex 34599 TR Battn.
204636 Pte Scurrah Arthur, George. Home at 29 Woodlands Rd, Middlesbrough, N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment.
Died 23 September 18. Age 21. Buried at Worms Hochheim Hill Cemetery.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
The citation in the London Gazette, of the 30th August 1918 reads -
"204636 Pte. A. G. Scurrah, York. R. (Middlesbrough).
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as
stretcher bearer during a heavy enemy attack.
Two out of four carriers with him were wounded. He, unaided, after upwards of one hour
manoeuvring with the stretcher, succeeded in bringing his wounded man to the dressing station.
This was carried out under intense shrapnel and machine-gun fire, with the enemy advancing in force in close proximity."
The date of Pte Scurrah's brave action is not known.
SCURRAH - On Sept 23rd, 1918 in Hospital at Worms, Germany, Pte A. George Scurrah, D.C.M.|
4th Yorks, Terr. dearly beloved eldest son of Mr and Mrs Fred Scurrah, 23 Romney St, Middlesbrough.
Deeply mourned by his father, mother, brothers, sister and Aunt Nell.
48271 Pte Johnson Sydney. Of 35 Albemarle St, Boulevard, Hull. Died,
aged 18, on the 26th October 1918. Buried
at Worms [Hochheim Hill] Cemetery.
35101 Pte Caldecoat Percy. Born and enlisted at Cambridge. Died 13 October 18. Buried at
Worms Hochheim Hill Cemetery. Ex Tr/5/3471 T R Battn.
201879 Pte Laws Harry, Norman. Home at 145 Marsh Road, Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Born at Shildon, Co Durham.
Enlisted at Saltburn, N Yorks.
Died 3rd October 1918. Buried at Worms (Hochheim Hill) Cemetery.
29229 Pte West Frank. Born at Eston, N Yorks and enlisted at Driffield Yorks. Died of wounds
5 June 18. Buried at Yutz Est Old Cemetery.
23973 Pte Dixon Albert William. Died of wounds as POW, aged 23, on the 16th April 1918. Buried at Hautmont Communal Cemetery.