1/5TH   BATTALION
Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own
YORKSHIRE   REGIMENT
THE 5TH YORKS BATTALION WAR DIARY - Page 11.
French Sector - 9 marches to Arras - heavy losses.

MARCH 1917.
1st 2nd - Triangle Wood.
2395 Sgt Atkinson Samuel. Home at Londesborough Par, nr Market Weighton, Enlisted at Marske. Died on the 1st March 1917 aged 28. Commemorated at Mont Huon Military Cemetery Le Treport. Hospital.
241399 Pte Fox Austin William. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 2nd March 1917. Commemorated at Roye New British Cemetery.
241655 Pte Hudson Fritz Enlisted Thirsk. Killed in action on the 2nd March 1917. Commemorated at Roye New British Cemetery.
2nd to 6th - Moved into Front Line Trenches. Right Battalion. Left subsector.
241455 Pte Gardner George. Home at 7 Fleetham St, Middlesbrough. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 3rd March 1917.

Pte Albert Victor Taylor.

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
240728 Pte Nicholson Joseph. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 3rd March 1917. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
241492 Pte Taylor Albert Victor. Home at 123 Victoria St, Middlesbrough. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 3rd March 1917 aged 19. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
240957 Pte Watson Eric. Home at 7 Vine St, Norton Malton place of enlistment. Killed in action on the 3rd March 1917 aged 23. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2nd - 1 OR killed and 2 wounded. 3rd 3 killed.
4th - 1 killed. 5th 1 killed and 2 wounded. 6th Nil.

Between the 30th March and the 12th April the 5th Battn made 9 long marches to Arras. Many were walking to their deaths.

6th - Relieved by 2/4th Lincolns. Moved to Foucaucourt.
7th - March to Camp 59, Bayonvillers. In Corps Reserve.

243129 Pte Cleghorn James. Home at Newcastle on Tyne. Died on the 7th March 1917 aged 37. Commemorated at Littleborough, St Nicholas Churchyard.
8th to 29th - Training. On 11th 1 OR died of disease. On 27th 1 OR killed and 2 wounded accidentally.
240165 Pte Gray William Henry. Born and enlisted at Bridlington. He had been in the Territorial Force prior to the War and had worked for Gray and Sons, Coal Merchants of Bridlington. He had been wounded at Ypres in 1915 and a "further three times, always in the thigh or leg". At the end of the fighting on the Somme on the small tributary of that river, the Ancre, he was seriously wounded with an arm and both legs being fractured. Although his family received a letter from a Chaplain stating that he was "going well and cheerful" he died of his wounds on the 11th March 1917 aged 21. Commemorated at Etaples Cemetery. Hospital.
240986 Pte Jacques Harry. Born and enlisted at Thirsk, N Yorks. Died on the 27th March 1917. Commemorated at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres.
30th - March to billets at La Neuville
31st - March to billets at Mirvaux.


The 5th Bn stayed in caves at Ronville, Arras, before moving into the Front line on the River Cojeul between the villages of Heninel and Wancourt.
The villages had only just been captured from the Germans on the 12th.

APRIL.
1st - At Mirvaux.
2nd - March to billets in Talmas.
3rd - March to billets in Gezaincourt.
4th - March to billets in Bouret Sur Canche where stayed till 7th.
7th - March to Magnicourt billets.
8th - March to Liencourt billets where stayed resting until 10th.

13356 Pte Stanfield James. Home at Sowerby Bridge, place of birth. Enlisted Halifax. Killed in action on the 9th April 1917. (SDGW gives Stansfield.). Commemorated at Neuville Vitasse Road Cemetery.
10th - March to Lattre St Quentin billets, where stayed 11th.
242720 Pte Thwaite Thomas. Home at Hawes, N Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted Leyburn. Killed in action on the 9th April 1917. Commemorated at Croix Du Bac British Cemetery Steenwerck.
12th - March to the "Caves" at Arras, where stayed in Divisional Reserve until 15th.
15th - In Old German front line in Brigade Support, where stayed util 18th
19th - In Nepal Trench, in Brigade Reserve until 23rd. 2 OR killed and 1 wounded.

241703 Pte Felstead Walter. Enlisted at Stockton on Tees. Killed in action on the 19th April 1917. Commemorated at London Cemetery Neuville Vitasse.
241254 Pte Taylor John Herbert. Home at 9 Trafalgar Rd, Scarborough. Born and enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 19th April 1917 aged 27. Commemorated at London Cemetery Neuville Vitasse

British Infantry on the March.

20th - 1 OR wounded.
21st - 3 ORs killed and 13 wounded.

202130 Pte Painter Arthur Robert George. Born and enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 21st April 1917. Commemorated at London Cemetery Neuville Vitasse.
241393 Pte Trowsdale Bertie. Home at 64 St Pauls Rd, Middlesbrough. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 21st April 1917 aged 19. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
2nd Lt Welbourne Ernest Cecil. Home at 54 Middle St, Driffield. Killed in action on the 21st April 1917 aged 22. Commemorated at Heninel Communal Cemetery Extension.
22nd - 10 ORs wounded and 1 died.
23rd - Active operations. At 4.45 am the Battalion moved up in support to the 4th East Yorks Bn, who were attacking. Reinforcements were supplied during the advance, and the whole Battalion was brought up to meet the counter attack, which had succeeded in forcing back our troops to their original front line.
Here the Battalion held the line until 6.0 pm, when a second attack was launched in conjunction with 2 Battalions of the 151st Bde.
This attack was successful and the line gained was held all night.
Casualties. 3 Officers and 15 OR killed. 5 Officers and 118 OR wounded. 2 Officers and 55 OR missing. 1 OR died of wounds.

18423 Pte Dutton William James. Home at Maltby Rotherham. Born Eckington Derby, Enlisted Doncaster. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
29159 Pte Beaumont Tom. Home at Milnesbridge, Born Honley, Huddersfield place of enlistment. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
235006 Pte Carter Percy. Born and enlisted at Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Cherisy Road East Cemetery Heninel.
201549 Cpl Clarke Ernest. Home at 19 Victoria Rd, Middlesbrough. Enlisted at Middlesbrough Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 27. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
243460 Pte Cook William. Home at Murton Colliery, place of birth. Enlisted at Sunderland. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
234134 Pte Dawson John. Home at 4 Monkabecq Rd, Great Ayton, N Yorks. Enlisted at Stokesley. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Wancourt British Cemetery.
242152 Pte Diaper Frederick. Home at Swaffham, Norfolk. place of birth. Enlisted at Norwich. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. (Headstone gives 242154.) Commemorated at Heninel Communal Cemetery Extension.
8482 Pte Ede William. Home at West Hartlepool, Born Farnham Surrey. Enlisted at Aldershot. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
260031 Pte Firstbrook Jonathan. Born and enlisted at Manchester. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
240691 Sgt Frost Thomas Henry. Home at Hecklar Houses, 8 Barefoot St, Ripon. Yorks. Born Goffs Oak Waltham Cross Herts. Enlisted Melmerby. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 22. Commemorated at Wancourt British Cemetery.
241773 Pte Frow Charles Henry. Home at 44 Promenade Bridlington. Enlisted Doncaster. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 29. Ex 145111 Royal Field Artillery. Commemorated at Heninel Communal Cemetery Extension.
2nd Lt Game Walter Harold. Home 16 Culmstock Rd, Clapham Common, London. Born in Battersea in 1896. He had attended London University and was a member of their Officer Training Corps. He had been wounded during the 5th Battn's actions on the Somme in September 1916. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 21. Commemorated at Arras Memorial
18405 L/Cpl Hakes Herbert Clifford. Home at Hull. Born at Southcotes, Hull. Enlisted York. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
19852 Pte Heaney William. Born Walker on Tyne. Enlisted at Newcastle. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Wancourt British Cemetery.
201816 Pte Hebron George. Born at Stokesley. Enlisted at Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
Lt Herbert Johnstone Erskine Galway. He had joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps in October 1914. and the Yorkshire Regiment in March 1915. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Ex Inns of Court Officer Training Corps. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
240187 Pte Hill George Arthur. Home at 5 Loco Tce, Lonsborough Rd, Scarborough. Born York. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 20. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
243291 Pte Howe Joseph. Born Westminster London. Enlisted Battersea. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 28. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
14241 Pte Iley William. Home at Hendon. Born and enlisted at Sunderland. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
19511 L/Cpl Kitching Charles Edwin. Home at Kildale. place of birth. Enlisted at Whitby. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
240640 Pte Leonard John William. Born and lived in Bridlington. Son of Mrs Mary J. Leonard, 122 St. John Street. Killed in action on the 23rd April, aged 25. Buried at Wancourt British Cemetery.
Annals of Bridlington - Wounded five times. Mrs Leonard, has received notification that her son, has been reported as wounded and missing since April 23 last. The Battalion was in action. His Captain was killed and other Officers were wounded or are missing. No further particulars are forthcoming.

Germans quit Trenches.

Pte Leonard had been in several stiff engagements, and had previously been wounded on four occasions, besides contracting trench fever. On the first occasion he was wounded by shrapnel in the right shoulder, next by a bullet in the foot, and on the other occasions received wounds in the face and in the head.
Previous to enlistment he had for a time been in the employment of Cllr Gant, builder, and the Bridlington Gas Company, and for some years had been a popular member of the Bridlington Excelsior Band. He enlisted in August 1914, and went out with his regiment early in 1915. The last time he was in Bridlington was about nine months since on leave.
Sixth wound proves fatal - Mrs Leonard, 122 St John Street, has received official news that her son, Pte J. W. Leonard, was posted as wounded and missing on April 23, 1917, and has now been reported killed.

241040 Cpl Lintern George Earl. Home at Boosbeck. Enlisted Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
242474 Pte Marshall Charles Leonard. Home at High Barnet. Enlisted Holborn London. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
242719 Pte Moore Robert. Home at 4 Porritts Yard, Cooks Row, Scarborough. Born and enlisted at Scarborough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 38. Commemorated at Heninel Communal Cemetery Extension.
243296 Pte Munroe Walter. Home at 3 Bridge Tce, Bank Top. Born and enlisted at Darlington. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 21. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
240919 Pte Nellis Frederick Brown. Home at Ayton Yorks. Enlisted Driffield. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
11649 Pte Poole Thomas Stanley. Home at 73 Long Newton, Dawdon Colliery, Co Durham.. Born Whitehaven. Enlisted Seaham Harbour. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 21. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
20571 Pte Poole William Allanson. Home at East Gate, Pickering, place of birth. Enlisted Malton. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 22. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
14040 L/Cpl Richardson Thomas. Home Low Barns Farm, Meadowfield, Co Durham Brandon. place of birth. Enlisted Durham. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 24. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
242493 Pte Richmond Percy Stuart. Home at Thornton Heath, Surrey. Enlisted Croydon. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
241346 Pte Simpson George Arthur. Enlisted Beverley. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
241262 Pte Southern Charles. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Died of wounds on the 23rd April 1917 aged 19. Commemorated at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. Hospital.
201739 Pte Tibbett Thomas Herbert. Home at 10 Kendal St, Middlesbrough.. Enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 19. Commemorated at Wancourt British Cemetery.
Capt Vause Wilfrid. M.C. Home at High Stakeby nr Whitby, where he was born in 1889.
He was educated at Spring Hill School, Whitby and before the War worked for Beckett and Co's Bank in Pickering, N Yorks. A pre-War Territorial he had been with the 5th Battn since April 1914. He had been wounded in late 1915 and rejoined in March 1916.
He was awarded the Military Cross for his actions on the Somme in 1916. The London Gazette citation read - For conspicuous gallantry in action he led his Company with great courage and initiative, entering the enemy trench and holding it against counter attacks. Later he organised a bombing attack and greatly assisted in the success of the operation."
Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 27. Commemorated at Wancourt British Cemetery.
241562 L/Cpl Waddington George Thomas. Home at Raskelf, Easingwold. Enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Bucquoy Road Cemetery Ficheux.
241591 Pte Wanless Harold. Born and enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
15550 Pte Webley Harry. Born and enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
Lt Whitehead Brennand. Home at Southgate, North London. A member of the London University Officer Training Corps. He had joined the 5th Battn in the summer of 1916 and been wounded in the actions of that year on the Somme, rejoining the Battn in March 1917 at Bayonvillers.
Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial
235029 Pte Wilson John George. Home at 2 Derby St, Stockton and enlisted Middlesbrough. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 21. Commemorated at Wancourt British Cemetery.
235028 Pte Winter Harry Bertie. Born and enlisted at Norwich. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 40. Commemorated at Cherisy Road East Cemetery Heninel.
33298 Pte Wright Charles Edwin. Home Kirby Overblow Leeds, place of birth and enlisted York. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917. Ex 2632 Yorkshire Hussars. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
240962 Cpl Wright Edwin. Home at 9 Lily Grove, Regent St, Hull. Employee NER. Born and enlisted Hull. Killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 aged 39. Military Medal. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.

Ruins of Arras.

24th - Relieved by 151st Inf Bde. Moved into trenches in M.6.o, Divisional Reserve.
Relieved in evening by 14th Division. Moved into billets in Arras, where stayed until 26th.

38205 L/Cpl Bailey Walter Percival. Home at Brockholes, Enlisted at Huddersfield. Killed in action on the 24th April 1917. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
235292 Pte Davidson David Robert Home at Liversedge. Enlisted at Mirfield. Killed in action on the 24th April 1917. Ex 3831 West Riding Regiment. Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
243303 Pte Hodgson John Robert. Born and enlisted at Middlesbrough. Died of wounds on the 24th April 1917 aged 19. Commemorated at Bucquoy Road Cemetery Ficheux.
2ndLt Hofmeyr Robert Ernest Murray. Home in Cape Town. Prior to the War he was studying Dentistry at the Middlesex and Royal Dental Hospital and had been a member of the London University Officer Training Corps.
Killed in action on the 24th April 1917. Attached to Machine Gun Corps Commemorated at Arras Memorial.
241186 Pte Kirby Harold James. Home at Fridaythorpe, Malton. Enlisted Driffield. Died on the 24th April 1917 aged 24. Commemorated at Beaurains Rd Cemetery Beaurains.
26th - Moved by train to Mondicourt. March to Halloy billets where stayed until 30th reorganising and equipping.
240093 L/Cpl Bannister Thomas. Home at Rudstone, Bridlington, Yorks place of enlistment. Died on the 26th April 1917. Commemorated at St Sever Cemetery Ext Rouen. Hospital.
13790 Pte Walker Albert Moyse. Home at 21A North View, Colliery Row, Fencehouses, Co Durham. Born Blaydon and enlisted Durham. Died of wounds on the 26th April 1917 aged 27. Commemorated at Mont Huon Military Cemetery Le Treport Hospital.
241634 Pte Peacock Henry Enlisted Middleham. Died of wounds on the 28th April 1917. Commemorated at St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen. Hospital.

MAY.
1st - March to Chestnut Camp, Coigneux. Transferred to VII Corps.
2nd - March to Ficheux. In Corps Reserve for attack by Third Army on May 3rd.
3rd - In Camp at Ficheux.
4th - March back to Chestnus Camp. Retransferred to XVIII Corps.

Sgt George Claxton.

240542 Sgt Claxton George. Home at 4 St Mary’s Terrace, Bridlington. Eldest son of the late Mr S. and Mrs Claxton. Born Curragh, Dublin. Died of pneumonia on the 11th May 1917 aged aged 22. Buried at Doullens Community Cemetery Extension.
Annals of Bridlington. A wire was received on Saturday night stating that he was dangerously ill in a French hospital, and on Wednesday his mother received a letter from an army chaplain informing her that he died on Friday, the 4th inst.
Later in the day a further wire reached Mrs Claxton from the Territorial Record Office, York, confirming the news of her son’s death.
Enlisting shortly after war broke out, Sgt Claxton, who was 21 years of age, went abroad with the local Territorials two years ago. After 12 months’ foreign service he sustained shell shock and was invalided to England.
He went out to France for the second time five months ago. He had gained all his stripes on the field. Before joining the army Sgt Claxton was a gardener in the employment of Mrs Simpson, Quay Road. Mrs Claxton’s husband, who died two years ago, was himself an old soldier, having served nineteen years with the colours, and took part in the Boer War.

Mrs Claxton received the following letter from Sgt C W Crosby of 14 Platoon.
Dear Mrs Claxton. It is with heartfelt sympathy that I write to inform you (as far as is possible for me to do so), regarding the death of your beloved son, George. He first commenced his illness on April 31[30?], and was removed to hospital on May 1, afterwards being moved to the Casualty Clearing Station, where he died the following day.
At the time of his illness we were behind the firing line for a short rest, and up to the first day of his illness, he looked quite well, and was very cheerful. I can assure you that the news of his death came to me, and the rest of his platoon quiet unexpectedly, and which gave us a great shock, as we fully expected seeing him back with us in a few days’ time of his departure. I can say with confidence that he was very much appreciated by all of his fellow NCOs and men in the platoon. Only a few days previous to his death he showed a fine example to all by the way he led his platoon into a very heavy attack against the hated Hun. I trust that this little news will be of some consolation to you, and at the same time I convey to you the deepest sympathy from all his comrades, also myself, as we all know that he died whilst serving his King and country. Yours faithfully, etc.
[Photograh and information kindly contributed by Mike Wilson of Bridlington.]
38218 L/Cpl Speedie Harold William. Home at 19 Maddocks St, Saltaire Rd Shipley, Yorks. Born Bridlington and enlisted Bradford. Died of wounds on the 4th May 1917 aged 29. Commemorated at Mont Huon Military Cemetery Le Treport. Hospital.
5th - March to Billets at Halloy, where stayed until 17th Training
260065 Pte Goldie Benjamin James. Home at Yarm, N Yorks. born Eaglescliffe. Enlisted Stockton. Died of wounds on the 11th May 1917. Commemorated at Etaples Cemetery. Hospital.
243323 Pte Walker John Richard. Home at 17 Croft Tce, Hartlepool, Born Whitby and enlisted West Hartlepool. Died on the 11th May 1917 aged 22. Commemorated at St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen. Hospital.
241806 Pte Cairns Sydney William. Home at North Finchley. Enlisted Mill Hill. Died on the 15th May 1917. Commemorated at St Pancras Cemetery.
42254 Pte Allen Charles Henry. Home at 2 Lilac Ave, Hardy St, Hull. Died on the 16th May 1917 aged 29. Ex 12592 R West Kent Regt. Commemorated at St Sever Cemetery Ext Rouen. Hospital.
1789 Pte Cowperthwaite Stanley. killed in action aged 19. Home at 27 Seven St, Middlesbrough, N Yorks. He had been transferred to the 7th Battn of the East Yorkshire Regiment with Battn No 28266 and was killed during the capture of Roeux during the Arras offensive. Commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
17th - March to Chestnut Camp, Coigneux. Transferred to VII Corps.
18th - March to Camp at Douchy les Ayette, where stayed until 23rd Training.
In Corps Reserve for attack on Hindenberg Line by 33rd Division on May 20th.

242717 Pte Dickinson Smales. Born Snainton, N Yorks. place of birth. Enlisted at Scarborough. Died on the 18th May 1917. Commemorated at Snainton St Stephen Churchyard.
23rd - March back to Chestnut Camp, Coigneux, where stayed until 31st Training.
Drafts received during May - 10 Officers and 77 Other Ranks.
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