1/5TH   BATTALION
Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own
YORKSHIRE   REGIMENT
THE 5TH YORKS BATTALION WAR DIARY - Page 9.
To the Somme - Battle of Flers-Courcelettes - many Casualties.


Between the 7th and 17th August 1916 the 5th Battalion moved from Kemmel to Millencourt, a village just West of Albert in the Somme department.
They travelled by train from Bailleul to Doullens.
The rest was foot slogging by a roundabout route, with terrible conditions at the Camps in between.

AUGUST 1916.

1st to 3rd - In trenches K2 to L5 both inclusive. Canadian Corps on Left and 4th East Yorks on Right. 2 OR wounded on 3rd.
4th - Relieved by 5th DLI and moved into Brigade Reserve at RC Farm. 2 Coys and HQ in Billets and 2 Coys in bivouacs.
5th - 4 ORs wounded. Billets shelled. Resting and carrying parties provided for 1st Field Coy RE.

2491 Cpl Nalton Fred Albert. Home at 53 Eastgate North, Sunderlandwick. Enlisted at Driffield. Died of wounds on the 6th August 1916. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord.
7th - Relieved by 9th Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Marched to billets at Eecke. In V Corps Reserve.
7th to 10th - Training.
11th - Battalion moved into GHQ Reserve in Reserve Army. Entrained at Bailleul West. Detrained at Doullens South. [Somme region] Marched to Bernaville.
12th to 15th - Training.
15th - Marched to Flesselles. 3 Coys in Billets, 1 Coy and HQ in Bivouacs. 4th Army, III Corps.
16th - Marched to Milliens Au Bois. 1 Coy and HQ in Billets, 3 Coys in Bivouacs.
17th - Marched to Millencourt. III Corps, Reserve Area. 3 Coys and HQ in Billets, 1 Coy in Bivouacs to 30/8/16 and then in Camp
18th to 31st - Training.

SEPTEMBER.
1st to 8th - In 4th Army Reserve doing Battalion and Brigade Training.
2678 L/Cpl Smithies Tom. Home at Thornton Le Dale, N Yorks. Enlisted Malton. Died of wounds on the 4th September 1916 aged 27. Commemorated at Forceville Communal Cemetery Extension.
The National Probate Calendar of 1917 states [erroneously giving his Regiment as Yorkshire and Lancashire]:
“SMITHIES Tom Newton otherwise Tom of 11 Roxby Terrace, Thornton Dale Yorkshire; Lance Corporal Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment died 4th September 1916 at the 2nd West Riding Field Ambulance ,France.
Probate York 27th March to Elizabeth Atkinson, widow. Effects £124.4s.4d.”
3016 Pte Lancaster David Home at 26 Catholie St, Stockton on Tees, Enlisted Beverley. Died of wounds on the 7th September 1916 aged 28. Commemorated at Contay British Cemetery.

On the 10th Sep 1916 the 5th Yorks Battalion left Millencourt for the Trenches in front of Bazentin Le Petit.
The Battle of the Somme had been raging since the 1st July, when the front had been at the green line.
By the 31st August the Germans had been pushed back to the red line, but only at the expense of severe losses.
The 50th Division had been ordered to take over the Front line to the North and North East of Bazentin Le Petit.
On the 15th of September the Battle of Flers-Courcelettes started with the Front shown by the blue line.

9th - Moved from Millencourt to Lozenge Wood in Reserve to 44th Bde, 15th Division.
10th - Battalion moved from Lozenge Wood to O.G. Line 1 and relieved 7th Camerons, 44th Bde, 15th Div.
B Coy relieved 1 Company of 4th East Yorks in Poineer Alley and Swansea Trench. A Coy relieved 1 Coy of Gordons in KOYLI Redoubt. 1 OR killed and 7 ORs wounded.

1545 Pte Collinson Harold. Born and enlisted at Driffield. Killed in action on the 10th September 1916. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
11th - Battalion HQ and 2 Coys in OG line 1. C Coy relieved A coy in KOYLI Redoubt and A Coy relieved B Coy in Pioneer Alley and Swansea Trench. B Coy came back to OG line 1.
3 ORs killed and 13 wounded.

4209 Pte Elliott Clarence William. Born at Coatham N Yorks. Enlisted Redcar. Killed in action on the 11th September 1916. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
1224 L/Cpl Robson Herbert. Home at 18 Londesborough St, Hull. Born South Cave Riplingham Yorks. Enlisted Driffield. Killed in action on the 11th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
3476 Pte Stonehouse Charles Edwin. Home at Dalton nr Driffield place of enlistment.
Killed in action on the 11th September 1916 aged 31. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
12th - Battalion HQ and 2 Coys in OG line 1. D Coy relieved C Coy in KOYLI Redoubt. C Coy relieved A Coy in Pioneer Alley and Swansea Trench. A coy came back to OG Line 1. 4 ORs killed and 2 wounded.

Pte Thomas Gray.


1258 Pte Gray Thomas H. Only son of Mrs Thomas Gray of 14 New Burlington Road. Born and lived at Bridlington, killed in action on the 12th Sep 1916, aged 20. Buried in Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz.
Annals of Bridlington - Mrs Thomas Gray received official intimation on Sunday morning. The painful news was conveyed to the bereaved mother in the following letter from France:
‘September 13, 1916. Dear Madam,
"It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, No. 1258 Pte Thomas Gray, who was killed in action on the 12th inst. I should like to express the sympathy of myself and his platoon commander and comrades with you in your bereavement. It will be some comfort to you to know that your son died at his post with his face to the enemy, doing his duty as a soldier should. I need hardly add that he will be missed by all his friends in the camp.
I am, dear madam, yours sincerely, E. M. Robson, Lieut."
The deceased soldier, who was well know in the town and district, was 20 years of age, and had been a member of the local Territorials four and a half years. He had been with the Regiment since the outbreak of war, and took part in that memorable weekend in April, 1915, when the Germans first launched their gas attacks.

Battle of Flers-Courcelettes.
The orange area was the sector to be attacked by 150 Brigade.
The trenches between the French villages of Bazentin Le Petit and Martinpuich are shown as they were held before the assault. Blue lines for British held and Red for German.
The 4th Yorks Btn in Eye Trench had 3 objectives as shown and reached the third, but at great expense.

He had seen since much hard fighting on the British front, and was slightly wounded in the hand as recently as 24th July. Before mobilisation he was employed by the North Wastern Railway Company at Bridlington. Sympathy will be felt for the bereaved relatives. The young soldier’s father, Pte Thomas Gray, is also serving his country, doing duty as a National Reservist. He served through the Boer War.
[Photograph and information kindly contributed by Mike Wilson of Bridlington.]
3164 Pte Hopwood George. Home at Askham Richard. Yorks. Enlisted Darlington. Killed in action on the 12th September 1916 aged 20. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
41056 Pte Nicholson Richard. Enlisted Bedale. Died of wounds on the 12th September 1916 aged 23. Commemorated at Heilly Station Cemetery.
4021 Pte Nicholson George. Home at Thornaby. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 12th September 1916. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
13th - 2nd Lt W Featherstone killed.
2394 Pte Allinson Thompson. Home at Marske, nr Richmond, N Yorks. place of enlistment. Killed in action on the 13th September 1916. War grave gives 2379. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
1709 Pte Archer George. Born and enlisted at Scarborough, Yorks. Killed in action on the 13th September 1916 aged 33. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
Lt Featherstone William Home at 56 Newcomen Tce, Redcar, N Yorks. place of birth in 1883. Killed in action on the 13th September. Commissioned from the Yorkshire Hussars. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
3965 Pte Mainprize Thomas Johnson. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 13th September 1916. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
2897 Pte Pickard John Arthur. Son of Mrs A. Pickard, 14 Olinda Road, Bridlington. Killed in action on 13th Sep 1916 aged 19. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Annals of Bridlington - Mrs Pickard has received news that her eldest son, Pte John Arthur Pickard, has been killed in action during recent fighting at the front. The news was conveyed in a letter by the officer of his Company, which stated that the brave young soldier, who is just over 19 years of age, was killed instantly by the explosion of a German shell
The letter also contained the following words: "Your son was well known throughout the Company as a good soldier, and he will be greatly missed by all." Previous to enlistment, over a year ago, he was in the employ of Mr J. W. Allerston, hairdresser, and during training was a drummer in the regimental band. He went out to the Front about two months ago.”
3555 Pte Thornton John Edward. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 13th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
14th - HQ moved up into Swansea Trench and all Coys moved into Pioneer Alley. 15th Div on our Left and 4th Yorks on Right. 17 ORs wounded.

Pte Thomas William Sunley.

4137 Pte Sunley Thomas William. Home at Malpas Villa Malpas Rd Northallerton. Enlisted at Northallerton Yorks. Died of wounds on the 14th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery.
Thomas Sunley was born in Yafforth on 22nd March 1897 and his parents were called Alfred and Catherine. They then moved to Gladstone Street in Northallerton, where they were living when he decided to join up with two of his friends who also worked in the North Eastern Railway engine sheds, where he was employed as a fireman.
He was educated at the Northallerton National School on East Road and was a keen member of the Romanby Junior Football Club, with whom he won medals in the Allertonshire League. He was also a keen woodcarver and made several small items which are still treasured by his family today.
Private Sunley died as a result of wounds received on the Somme, six months after his 19th birthday. He is buried in Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery in the village of Contalmaison. The cemetery stands in the grounds of the former chateau which was completely destroyed during the War, but it's cellars were used by both the Germans and the Allies to shelter and treat their wounded.
The cemetery was begun by fighting units on 14th July 1916 and it continued to be used by Field Ambulances from September 1916 to March 1917. Thomas is also commemorated on the LNER Railway Memorial in York, which lists the names of all the staff of the LNER Company who lost their lives in World War One.
[Photo and information by kind permission of the Northallerton Memorial Project. Click here. ]
15th to 18th - Battalion engaged in active operations about M32d and M33b.
Battalion CO, Lt Col J Mortimer CMG, Capt F Woodcock,2nd Lt WR Lowson and 2nd Lt GS Phillips killed.
Capt H Brown, DSO, MC, Lts CM Robson, G Harker, 2nd Lts PH Sykes, AG Winterbottom, C Martin, CR Hurworth, CH Dell, WH Game, W Rennison, JS Purvis wounded.
48 ORs killed, 162 wounded and 27 missing.

1203 Pte Abram George. Home 76 Middle St, Driffield. Born and enlisted in Driffield. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2667 Pte Artley Henry. Home at Stonegate, Hunmanby, Yorks, Enlisted at Bridlington. Died on the 15th September 1916 aged 18. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
4045 Pte Barker Charles. Enlisted at Richmond, N Yorks. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
240495 L/Cpl Buck Arthur Edward. Home at Eastgate Beverley. Born and enlisted at Beverley. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 24. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1759 Pte Clarke John Patrick. Home at Leeds. Born Middlesbrough. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
3496 Pte Cook John. Home at Staithes Yorks. Born Wigan, Lancs. Enlisted at Whitby. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1598 Pte Davis John. Born and enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1507 Pte Day Edmund Holmes. Born and enlisted at Beverley. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
2440 Pte Groves Robert Mapstead. Home at 65 Palsgrave Rd, Scarborough. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 29. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.

Pte William Harper.

1472 Pte Harper William. Killed in action on 15th September 1916, age 23. Born and enlisted at Pickering. Buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.
3794 L/Cpl Heatley Thomas. Home at Thornaby on Tees. Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 34. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2240 L/Cpl Henham Frank. Born at Sittingbourne Kent. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. He had been Scout Patrol Leader of 4th Scarborough Troop. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2025 Pte Leighton Charles. Born and enlisted at Beverley. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
241489 Pte Maloney Peter. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died on the 15th September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1392 Pte Megson Horace. Born in Hull, Youngest son of Mr John Megson, 39 West Street, Bridlington. Killed in action on the 15th Sep 1916 aged 23. Buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.
Annals of Bridlington. - Pte H. Megson shot by sniper. It is with deep regret we have to record the death in action of yet another Bridlington soldier. The deceased soldier was shot by a sniper whilst carrying messages from his company to Battalion Headquarters. His Officer speaks highly of his devotion to duty.
Pte Megson was a member of the local Territorials for a number of years and went abroad in April 1915. He spent a few days home on leave early in the year, and his death is deeply regretted by his Officers and comrades. He was a well-known footballer and had played in many local football matches. The sympathy of his many friends, who knew him as a fearless and cheerful young soldier, will go out to his bereaved father. His brother, Pte Harold Megson, West Yorks Regt, is on active service in France.”


Lt Col James Mortimer.

Lt Col Mortimer James. C.M.G. Home at Grove Cottage, Driffield, where he was born in 1870.
He first enlisted at the age of 17 in the 2nd Volunteer Battn of the East Yorks Regt and rose to command a Company during the Boer War.
At the start of the First World War he was a Major and Commanding Officer of the 5th Yorks and fought with them from the start in April 1915.
The comments in the Battn War Diary to this point are his. He won fame at the Battle of St Julien, Ypres, in the Battn's first experience of fighting when he refused to retire as those about them were.
Afterwards he wrote home to his wife:-
"The Battalion has done splendidly. We were five days in the trenches and the men have stood it well and with great credit - such trials as no Territorials have experienced as far as I know. All the time, five days, was spent under heavy Artillery and rifle fire without a break. The Battalion was shelled very badly, but the men and Officers behaved very well."
He was hit by a shell this day as he approached the Assembly Trenches prior to zero hour for the attack.
A General wrote of him later:- He was the soul of his Battalion, the pride of the Brigade and an example to us all."
His brother in law Capt Frank Woodcock was also killed this day.
Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 45. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz
240541 Pte Oliver John Reginald. Born in Old Town, Bridlington, and lived in Bridlington, reported missing/killed in action on 15th Sep 1916, aged 20. Son of George and Ruth Oliver. Buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.
“Annals of Bridlington - Miss Ethel Oliver, Scarborough Road, has received official notice that her brother, Pte J. Oliver, of the Yorkshire Regiment, must be presumed dead. He was reported missing on September 15, 1916. He was serving his apprenticeship as a cabinet maker with Messrs Wentworth and Son, Westgate, when he enlisted in September 1914. He was drafted to France in April 1915, and had been in some stiff engagements during 17 months’ foreign service.
2082 L/Cpl Park Leon. Home at 91A Longwest Gate, Scarborough. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 26. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
241024 Pte Parks Benjamin. Home at Brotton, N Yorks. Enlisted Saltburn. Died on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2nd Lt Phillips Guy Saggerson. Born Middlesbrough in 1882. Prior to the War he had been an analytical chemist and had joined the Yorkshire Hussars as an other rank before being commissioned into the Yorkshire Regiment on the 2nd Sept 1915. Prior to the War he was a managing director of Theo Phillips and Son in Middlesbrough, a firm that manufactured oil and grease products, having taken over on the death of his father. His brother 2nd Lt Frank Stewert Phillips was killed on the 23rd November 1917 while serving with the 13th Yorks Battalion. They both have family grave markers in Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough. Guy was killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 34. He is buried in the Adanac Military Cemetery.
241572 Pte Raper Albert Edward. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2668 Pte Smith Alfred. Home at 54 North Marine Rd, Scarborough. Leicester. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2400 Pte Smith Frederick. Home at Sharrow Ripon. Enlisted Norton Conyers. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.

Cpl Alexander Spink.

1377 Cpl Spink Alexander. Son of Mr W Spink of Pickering. Wounded in May 1915. Killed in action on 15th September 1916. Born at Nawton, Helmsley. Enlisted Pickering. Buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.
3902 Pte Tattersall Walter. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3717 Pte Walker Thomas Henry. Home at 11 Springfield Rd, Darlington. Born Shotley Bridge, Co Durham and enlisted Darlington. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 29. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3369 Pte Watson Henry. Home at Station View, Nawton. Enlisted Helmsley. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
963 Pte Widdas John Edward. Born and enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2666 later 240826 Pte Willis Richard Arthur. Son of George and Mary H. Willis, 75, Hilderthorpe Road, Bridlington. Killed in action on 15 Sep 1916. (CWGC records date as 17th Sep 1916). Commemorated at Pier and Face 3A and 3D, Thiepval Memorial.
240591 Pte Wood Charles. Home at Thaxendale, Wharram, Malton, place of birth and enlistment. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 20. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
Capt Woodcock Frank. Home at Grove Cottage, Driffield, where he was born in 1895.
He had been a Territorial before the War and served with the 5th Battn from their entry into active service. He had been wounded on the 31st July and was out of action for a while. Killed in action on the 15th September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
3357 Pte Woodmansey Reginald Graham. Only son of Mrs. Ernestine Woodmansey, 49 Quay Road,Bridlington and the late Thomas Woodmansey. Died of wounds on 15th September 1916, aged 20. Commemorated at Pier and Face 3A and 3D, Thiepval Memorial.
Annals of Bridlington - Intimation has been received from the authorities that Pte R. G. Woodmansey, has died from wounds. He was in the employment of Mr C. G. Southcott and Son at their Bridlington branch and later at their York branch. Mrs Woodmansey will have the sympathy of our readers in their great sorrow. Only a few weeks ago her father passed away.”
3010 Pte Agar William Amos. Enlisted Guisborough Yorks. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3307 Pte Baldwin Frederick Walter. Home at Carlton, Nr Hemsley, Enlisted at Malton. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916 aged 28. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3701 Pte Barker Norris William. Home at Driffield Enlisted at Bridlington. Died of wounds on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
3629 Pte Blyth Percy. Home at 3 Musgraves Yard, Toll Gavel Beverley, place of enlistment. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.

Pte Arthur V Burn.

3489 Pte Burn Arthur V. Home at Lockton, Pickering. Enlisted at Scarborough. Died of wounds on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Heilly Station Cemetery.
3972 Pte Goforth Fred. Home at 6 Winds Yard. Theldgate Beverley. Enlisted at Beverley. Died of wounds on the 16th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Heilly Station Cemetery.
2081 Pte Hornsey Wilfred James. Home at Brook Lodge. Norton Malton. place of birth. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
241348 Pte Ineson Samuel. Home at Norton, Malton. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
2ndLt Lawson Wilfred Robert. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916 aged 25. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
4056 Pte Lister Lamplough Oswell. Home at Thornton le Clay. Yorks. Enlisted Flaxton. Died of wounds on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
2ndLt Lowson Wilfred Robert. Home at 16 Westborough Scarborough. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916 aged 25. He had been Scoutmasster of the 4th [Holy Trinity] Scarborough Troop. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
3514 Pte Milner George Robert. Home at Rudstone Bridlington. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916 aged 29. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3966 Pte Padgett Leonard. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial. (CWGC gives 1918.)
241146 Pte Scoby Harry. Home at Rye Gate. Enlisted Hemsley N Yorks. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1538 L/Cpl Scott Alfred. Born Uppingham and enlisted Bridlington. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3166 Pte Trenholme Albert. Home at Malton and enlisted Darlington. Died of wounds on the 16th September 1916. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
1912 Pte Webster Harry. Home at 10 Ida View, Stourton, Leeds. Born and enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 16th September 1916 aged 28. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3371 Pte Beck John. Home at Framlington. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1916 L/Cpl Cattle John. Home at 17A Belle Vue St, Scarborough. Born and enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1770 Cpl Churchley George. Home at Newcastle, Born Warwick. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1825 Pte Costello Albert. Born and enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 18. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
2249 Pte Cotton Samuel [Jacky]. Home at 36 Nelson St, Bridlington. Only son of Mr and Mrs Samuel Cotton. Killed in action on the 17th of September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
3014 Pte Dale John. Born at Barton, Enlisted at Darlington. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2166 L/Cpl Dawson Reginald. Home at Hovingham N Yorks. place of birth. Enlisted at Malton. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1655 Pte Dawson William. Home at 9 St Marks St, Woodhouse, Leeds. Born and enlisted at Scarborough Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 18. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
2075 Pte Edmonds David. Home at 3 Eastgate South, Driffield. Born and enlisted at Driffield. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2ndLt Fell Matthew Henry. Home at 14 Alexandra Park, Scarborough, where he was born in 1891. He had enlisted as an other rank in the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 24. Commissioned from the Yorkshire Regiment. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont.
2148 Sgt Gill Herbert. Born York. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
165 CSM Grant Henry Pakenham. Born South Cave Market Weighton, place of enlistment. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1300 Pte Hall Stanley. Home at Rytham Gate, Seaton Ross, York. Born and enlisted at Pocklington, Yorks. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
240839 Pte Hardy Ernest. Home at 40 Keldgate, Beverley. Enlisted Beverley. Died on the 17th September 1916 aged 34. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1559 Sgt Hogg George. Home at Cambridge Place, Scalby Rd, Scarborough. Born Bradford Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 33. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
2837 Pte Hornsey Maurice. Home at Brook Lodge, Norton, Malton Yorks place of enlistment. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz.
1583 Pte Huxley George Herbert. Born Epping, North Wales. Enlisted at Pickering N Yorks. Died of wounds on the 17th September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at St Pierre Cemetery Amiens.

3570 Pte Walter Bollands.
Home at 5 Fife Street, Middlesbrough. He had enlisted as a "boy soldier" and was wounded, aged 16yrs 9mths, at this time. After recovery in the UK he was transferred to the Highland Light Infantry and was taken prisoner in the German Spring offensives of March/April 1918. He survived the War and went on to serve in the Second World War in the Royal Artillery, when this photograph was taken.

[Photo kindly contributed by his Grandson, Paul Bollands.]

3685 Pte Jaques William. Home at 28 Long St, Topcliffe, Thirsk, N Yorks. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 33. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2134 Pte Johnson Arthur. Born and enlisted Sheriff Hutton, Yorks. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 37. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3953 Pte Johnson James. Home at Wombleton, Nawton, Yorks. Enlisted Malton. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
4061 Pte Lake William. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Delville Wood Cemetery Longueval.
3895 Pte Lynam Fred Home at Dalton Holme, Beverley. Enlisted Hull. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 25. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
241555 Pte Massheder William Henry Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
240922 Pte Nelson George William. Enlisted Beverley. Died on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3366 Pte Peacock Thomas. Home at Cayton Bay. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 26. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.
3286 L/Cpl Pexton Frank. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
240562 Pte Prest Thomas. Born and enlisted at Beverley. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3937 Pte Ransome John Edward Archer. Home at Pilmoor Yorks. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.

1768 Pte Redding Walter. Home at Norton on Tees, place of birth. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916.Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1801 Pte Ruston John Hawcroft. Home at Pocklington, place of birth. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. SDGW gives Rushton. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3460 Pte Sellars Arthur. Home at Ganton. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1521 Pte Skilbeck Jonathan. Born Snainton and enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Adanac Military Cemetery Miraumont.

Pte George F Stabler.

240975 Pte Stabler George Frederick. Home at 75 Trafalgar Square, Scarborough, place of enlistment. Died on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
He had served with the Battalion from their first arrival in France. He sent a letter to his parents describing his first days at Ypres in April 1915.
"We've had a rough five days in the trenches and are now out for a rest. War is terrible - dead horses, broken carts and wounded men lying about everywhere. Alas, the worst sight is the poor refugees, with their bundles, trudging along the roads.
The country hereabouts is in a terrible state, all the roads being like ploughed fields. All the farms are practically destroyed and at night the sky is lit up by burning buildings. At some of the farms the cattle have been left and you can see the poor things standing looking at their broken down sheds.
The German Artillery is very heavy and they fire constantly. We of D Companyt were in two very tight corners, but I was fortunate to come out without a scratch.
You have to be careful what you drink hereabouts because the water may be off. We've had a lot of German aeroplanes over us and although fired upon by our lads I saw none brought down. I've lost a lot of weight marching about in the sun."
3643 Pte Thackeray Alf. Home at 68 St Andrews St, Beverley. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3939 Pte Warriner John Ernest. Home at 60 Teesville, Normanby Eston, N Yorks. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died of wounds on the 17th September 1916. Commemorated at Dartmoor Cemetery Becordel Becourt.
3333 L/Cpl Watson William Henry. Home at Seamer and enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 28. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
240826 Pte Willis Richard Arthur. Home at 75 Hilderthorpe Rd, Bridlington. Enlisted Bridlington. Died on the 17th September 1916 aged 22. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
241507 Pte Wilson Alexander James. Home at 84 Marton Rd, Middlesbrough. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died on the 17th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
4094 Pte Agar William Burnett. Home at Cross Farm, Egton, Yorks. Enlisted Whitby. Killed in action on the 18th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3888 Pte Cooper John. Born at 100 Queen St, South Bank, N Yorks. Enlisted at Middlesbrough. Died of wounds on the 18th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
19th - Battalion relieved at 6.0 am by 69th Inf Bde, 23rd Division and proceeded to OG Line 1 into Divisional Reserve. 1 OR wounded.

Pte "Ted" Ward.


1323 Pte Ward Edward Sidney (Ted). Born in Leeds, lived in Bridlington, Died of wounds on the 19th Sep 1916. Buried at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz (moved from Bottom Wood Cemetery, Fricourt, after the Armistice.)
Annals of Bridlington - He died on September 19 from wounds received on the previous day. The deceased soldier was the nephew of Mrs Dove, 29 Cambridge Street, and had been brought up from early age by his grandmother, Mrs E. Ward, of Filey. Shortly before the outbreak of war they came to reside in Bridlington, young Ward having secured a position at Messrs Ouston’s (grocers), King Street, Bridlington. He had been a member of the Territorials from June 1912, and when war broke out he was called up and went abroad with the first line in April 1915. He was seriously wounded by a bomb while helping to guard a trench on September 18 and, as stated, he died the following day. Pte Ward was 20 years of age, and came of a fighting race, many of his ancestors having fought in the old wars of the 19th century. His grandfather, who died a few years ago, was an ex-chief petty officer of the Royal Navy, and he took part in the Baltic, the China, the Crimean and the New Zealand wars.”
20th 21st - Battalion reorganising and refitting in OG Line 1.
3932 Pte Capps Joseph. Enlisted at Middlesbrough. Died of wounds on the 20th September 1916 aged 20, Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
1348 Pte Dawson Arthur Cyril. Born and enlisted at Beverley. Died of wounds on the 20th September 1916. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
1281 Pte Johnson Harold. Born and enlisted at Pocklington. Killed in action on the 20th September 1916 20. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2133 Pte Newby Henry. Home at Scarborough. Born and enlisted at Bridlington. Died of wounds on the 21st September 1916 aged 23. Commemorated at Etaples Cemetery. Hospital.
3883 Pte Willis George. Born at Pocklington, N Yorks. Home at Old Eston, N Yorks. Enlisted Middlesbrough.
He had suffered wounds on the 15th Sept and died of these on the 21st.
He was the son of William (John) and the late Eleanor Wills (died 1895) and the husband of Margaret Hannah Willis (nee Foster) later of Low Job Hill Crook Co Durham. The couple married in Middlesbrough in 1914. George can be found on the 1911 census residing with his Uncle and Aunt, Robert and Mary Willis at 16 Pembroke Street, Middlesbrough, N Yorks. He was employed as a joiner's labourer in a local ironworks.
He is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery Mericourt-L'Abby.
22nd - Battalion moved up to Swansea Trench at 7.0 am in support to 149th Bde. 2nd Lt TJ Dickson wounded.
3823 Pte Murphy Peter. Home at 22 Elm St, Cargo Fleet, N Yorks. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died of wounds on the 22nd September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at St Pierre Cemetery Amiens.
23rd - At 9.0 pm C Coy moved to Starfish Line at disposal of 5th DLI. D Coy moved to Sunken Road. A and B Coys to Hook Trench. HQ remained in Swansea Trench. 1 OR Killed and 6 wounded.
2872 Pte Lawson Albert Home at Brickyard Cottages, Nafferton, Yorks. Born Kilhawn Lowthorpe. Enlisted Driffield. Killed in action on the 23rd September 1916 aged 23. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
24th - Same positions. 5 ORs killed and 18 wounded.
5519 Pte Henderson Edward. Home at West Ayton Yorks. Born at Sherburn Yorks. Enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 24th September 1916. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
2604 Pte Hodgson Ernest. Home at 3 New Cut, Malton. Enlisted at Malton Yorks. Killed in action on the 24th September 1916 aged 24. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
4058 Pte Turner Harold Home at 21 Town St, Old Malton and enlisted Malton. Killed in action on the 24th September 1916 aged 32. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
5522 Pte Tyreman Edgar. Home at Staithes, N Yorks. Born and enlisted Whitby. Killed in action on the 24th September 1916. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
3878 Pte Watson William. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 24th September 1916, aged 20. Commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.
25th - Same positions. 1 OR killed and 10 wounded.
5222 Pte Palmer Frederick. Enlisted Soham Cambs. Died of wounds on the 25th September 1916. Commemorated at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery.
26th - At 6.0 am Battalion relieved 5th DLI in Prue Trench and Starfish Line. HQ at Sunken Road from 11.0 pm 26th to 2.00 pm on 28th. Battalion engaged in active operations about M28a central. 5th DLI and 23rd Div on Left and 1st Div on Right. Battalion relieved at 2.00 pm by 5th Border Bn and proceeded as follows:-
B Coy to Tyne Street. C and D Coys to Boast Trench. A Coy to Hook Trench. HQ to Swansea Trench.
2nd Lts AJL Ramm, CA Lister and IA Sleightholme wounded. 7 ORs killed and 33 wounded.

Pte Albert E Vasey.

3763 Pte Cooper John Richard. Enlisted at Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 26th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3804 Pte Holt Charles Jesse. Home at 41 Ann St, South Bank, N Yorks. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 26th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2258 Pte Maddison Charles. Home at Leven Carr, nr Beverley, place of enlistment. Born Catterick Yorks. Killed in action on the 26th September 1916 aged 20. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
3183 Pte Parker Henry. Home at Wandsford. Enlisted Driffield. Killed in action on the 26th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.

Cpl Maurice Pilgrim.

240587 Cpl Pilgrim Maurice. Son of CG and Louisa Pilgrim. Home at Burton Pedwardine, Sleaford Lincs. Born Worksop. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 26th September 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.

3095 Pte Vasey Albert Edward. Home at Skinningrove, N Yorks. Enlisted Saltburn. Died of wounds on the 26th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension Hospital.
[Photograph kindly contributed by Mick Trainor of New Marske, N Yorks.]
2ndLt Chapman George Edwin. Home at The Cottage, Ivy Lane, Woking, Surrey. He was at the University of London studying Mathematics before the War and had just joined the 5th Battalion in August 1916. He was wounded in the attack on the German lines on the 15th September and died on the 27th, aged 20. Commemorated at Grove Town Cemetery Meaulte, about 4 miles South of Albert.
5221 Pte Ockenden Albert. Home at Hanwell. Enlisted Ealing. Died of wounds on the 27th September 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
3199 Pte Wilson Richard Colley. Home at Bainton and enlisted Driffield. Died of wounds on the 27th September 1916. Commemorated at Dantzig Alley British Cemetery.
29th - Battalion relieved at 11.0 am by 6th Northumberland Fusiliers and proceeded into Divisional Reserve. 3 OR wounded.
30th - Re-organising and refitting in Mametz Wood.

OCTOBER.
1st - 1.0 pm. Battalion moved into OG 1 Line into Brigade reserve for operations.
2nd - 8.30 am Returned into Div Reserve in Mametz Wood. 2nd Lt CBR Rees wounded.
3rd - 8.30 am Battalion moved to Albert into Billets.
4th to 6th - 8.00 am Moved to Baizieux into billets, where re-organising and re-equipping.
7th - Moved into Camp South of Baizieux wood.
8th to 10th - Training.
11th - Moved into Camp South of Mametz Wood. Attached to 27th Inf Bde.
12th to 23rd - Working on Corps Roads.

Pte Stephenson David. Home at Norton Malton. place of birth and enlistment. Died of wounds on the 20th October 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Etaples Cemetery. Hospital.
24th to 29th Moved to front line trenches in relief of 11th Royal Scots [9th Div].
1 OR killed and 7 wounded.
1 Coy in trenches. 1 coy at Abbaye Lane. 2 Coys at Flers Switch.

2945 Pte Tomlinson John Robert. Home at North Frodingham, Driffield. Enlisted Driffield. Killed in action on the 24th October 1916 aged 25. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
6149 Pte Durkin William. Home at Thornaby, Enlisted at Northallerton. Died of wounds on the 25th October 1916. Commemorated at Becourt Military Cemetery Becordel-Becourt.
1123 Pte Holmes John. Home at Bond Gate, Helmsley, Yorks. Born Swinton Malton. Enlisted Pickering. Killed in action on the 25th October 1916 aged 29. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2743 Cpl Lyth Arthur. Home at 9 Windsor Crescent, Bridlington. Enlisted Bridlington. Killed in action on the 25th October 1916 aged 23. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial. He had served 2 years in the Battn and the last 12 months in France. Prior to the War he had worked for Bridlington Co-op, Quay Rd.

Sgt Arthur Warley.


1975 Sgt Warley Arthur. Home at 10 Applegarth Lane, Bridlington. Born at Foston, near Driffield. Only son of Mrs J. W. Smith, 142 Brookland Road, Bridlington. Killed in action on 25th October 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Annals of Bridlington - He is officially reported to have fallen in action on October 25. Sgt Warley had served in France 19 months, having enlisted in November 1914. He was 22 years of age, and had only recently been promoted on the field for gallant conduct. Previous to joining the local Territorials, he was employed in the N.E.R. goods warehouse at Bridlington, and was also for a time with Messrs Eastman Ltd, Bridlington. An Officer has tendered sympathy to the relatives on behalf of himself and Sgt Warley’s comrades.”
[Photo and information kindly contributed by Mike Wilson of Bridlington.]
5233 Pte Redding Arthur George. Home at Southall. Enlisted London. Killed in action on the 26th October 1916. Ex 24757 Royal Fusiliers. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2227 L/Cpl Wilson Harry Home at Old Malton place of birth and enlistment. Died of wounds on the 26th October 1916 aged 29. Commemorated at Old Malton Cemetery.
3630 Pte Cross Edward. Enlisted at Beverley. Died of wounds on the 27th October 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3837 Pte Perks George. Home at Haverton Hill. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 27th October 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
242489 Pte Reuben John. Home at Bourne. Enlisted Cambridge. Died on the 27th October 1916. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
1538 A/Cpl Scott Alfred. Home at 97, Quay Rd, Bridlington, Yorks. Enlisted in Bridlington. Killed in action on the 27th September 1916 whilst fighting as a Lewis gunner to repel repeated counter-attacks on a Trench that the British had recently captured. He had been a Territorial for 3 years and had went to to France in April 1915. He had been promoted to Lance Corporal in the field & was acting Corporal at the time of his death. Prior to the War he had been employed by R Bailey Timber Yard, Bridlington. Commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.
2779 Pte Bryan Albert. Home at Lowthorpe Yorks. Enlisted at Driffield. Died of wounds on the 28th October 1916. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
2152 Pte Webster Harry. Home at 35 Rothbury St, Scarborough. Born and enlisted Scarborough. Died of wounds on the 28th October 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Becourt Military Cemetery Becordel Becourt.
29th - Relieved by 5th DLI and proceeded to S15b.
Total casualties. 1 Officer wounded. 6 ORs killed. 32 ORs wounded and 1 missing.

3723 Pte Nicholson William. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died of wounds on the 29th October 1916. Commemorated at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.
30th 31st - Re-organizing and equipping and supplying working parties.
4050 Pte Wainwright Wilfred. Home at 65 Springstone Ave, Ossett, Yorks. Enlisted Richmond Yorks. Killed in action on the 31st October 1916. Commemorated at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval.
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