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Britons, Lord Kitchener wants you. Join your country's army!  God save the King!First and Second World War casualties whose names appear on the memorial plaque inside St. Helen's Church and also on the War Memorial in Walton.
(Walton being part of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Sandal Magna).

"Much of the research has been carried out by David Burnage, of Kettlethorpe, who has been researching Wakefield’s First World War memorials for the past ten years, pursuing his interest in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He has generously shared the extensive fruits of that research, to which Sandal Community Association has added information about those who fell in the Second World War."
(Sandal Community Association)


Additional information has been added but most of the credit is due to the original researchers. For more information visit the
Sandal Community Association's website.

THE GREAT WAR (WWI)
(Go to the Second World War names)
1914 - 1919
These names appear on the front plate of the memorial


 A. AMOS
R. E. ATKINSON
J. BROADHEAD
E. F. CLARKE
W. B. CRESWICK
G. R. ELSEY
J. LUMB
T. MARSHALL
R. E. MELLY
R. OSBURN
C. POXON 


 G. F. PRIDAY
H. ROWLANDS
C. R. SMITH
G. SMITH
C. A. THOMPSON
L. R. WARBURTON
H. WARD
C. WILSON
H. WILSON
P. WILKINSON
E. YOUNG
WORLD WAR I

 

Several of those named below had links with Walton Colliery and Haw Park Cottages, both of these places have, of course, ceased to exist, at least in their original form.

A. AMOS
18746 Private Alfred Amos, 6th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action on 20 July 1915. Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.

Amos was a single man who lived with his parents at Haw Park and worked at Walton Colliery before joining the colours. He was killed by a shell bursting in his trench and he was buried nearby (Wakefield Express 31 July 1915).
Haw Park Cottages were situated in the south of Walton C.P. on Haw Park Lane near the pit shaft in Haw Park Wood.


R. E. ATKINSON
2007 Private Robert Edward Atkinson, 1/4th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action aged 22years (or 24*) on 19 December 1915.

Atkinson, who was gassed, lived at 40 Ings Cottage, Crofton, and left a widow and two children. He worked as a miner at Walton Colliery.
* The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Wakefield Express both give his age as 22 years , but a further newspaper announcement by the widow gives it as 24 years.
Ings Cottages (Spike Island) were demolished some while ago and now the area is part of Walton Colliery Nature Park.

J. BROADHEAD
10839 Signaller/Private John Broadhead, of the 2nd Bn, Coldstream Guards, was killed in action aged 20 years on 14 September 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. His address was given as Castle Terrace, Walton. Castle Terrace is a row of attractive cottages in The Balk.

E. CLARKE
201263 Private Ernest Frederick Clarke, 10th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died aged 26* years on 19 December 1917. Remembered at Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery, Somme.

Clarke, who lived at Walton House Cottage, Walton, enlisted in November 1914, previous to which he had worked in the brickyard at Sharlston Colliery. He died of severe wounds caused by a shell burst.
* A Wakefield Express report of 5 January 1918 gives his age as 25 years. Walton House is in Shay Lane, and has since been renamed as Walton Manor and is a care home for senior citizens.

G.R. ELSEY
C/12363 Rifleman George Robert Elsey, 21st Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action aged 20 years on 15-17 September 1916. He was the son of George Elsey, of Greenside, Walton, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme.

Various Roll of Honour announcements were made by family and friends in the Wakefield Express.

J. LUMB
220118 Private Jasper Lumb, 2/4th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died aged 35 years on 27 November 1917. He is commemorated with 7.000 others on the Cambrai Memorial at Louveral, France. Another man from Walton Colliery.

Wakefield Express 15 December 1917:
REFUSED TO GO BACK THOUGH HE WAS WOUNDED
DIED LIKE A TRUE GALLANT SOLDIER

The death took place in action on November 27th of Private Jasper Lumb, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, second son of Mr Lumb, Crossley Street, Sharlston.

His widow, who is left with one child, has received the following letter from Lieutenant McClausland:-
‘It is my painful duty to have to inform you of your husband’s death, he died like a true gallant soldier. He had been wounded but refused to go back, and was killed by a shell on November 27th in the big advance. He was one of our very best Lewis gunners, always keen and cheerful and to the fore. He was loved and respected by everyone in the company, and we all feel we have lost a personal friend, whose place can never be filled. Please accept my sympathy in your great loss.’

Deceased, who was 35 years of age, enlisted on November 12th 1914, previous to which he was a fitter at Walton Colliery. He had been in France since January 1915.

T. MARSHALL
R/35768 Rifleman Tom Marshall, 12th Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, killed in action aged 21 years on 20 November 1917. He is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial at Louverval, France.

A family Roll of Honour announcement in the Wakefield Express on 29 December 1917 described him as ‘a happy boy’.

R.E. MELLY
Lieutenant Reginald Ernest Melly, 20th Bn, King’s Liverpool Regiment, killed aged 28 on 30 July 1916. Son of Florence Melly, later of Highbury Bank, Meriden, Warwickshire, and the late Ernest Louis Melly, a solicitor. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme. Melly's link with Walton is not immediately apparent but one obviously existed.

His birth was registered in the Ormskirk district in the September quarter of 1888 (FreeBMD website). No further information could be found on this individual.

R. OSBOURN
R/17434 Rifleman Robert Osbourn, 2nd Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, died aged 20 on 10 or 12 (CWGC) July 1917. He is commemorated on the Nieuport Memorial, Belgium.

Wakefield Express Roll of Honour 28 August 1917:
Killed in action somewhere in France on July 10th 1917, Bugler R Osbourn, aged 20, King’s Royal Rifles, of Walton.

C. POXON
34268 Private Charles Poxon, 5th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died aged 38 on Christmas Day, 25 December 1918. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery. Son of Mr John Poxon, of 10 Haw Park, Walton. Another casualty of war from Haw Park.
Haw Park Cottages were situated in the south of Walton C.P. on Haw Park Lane near the pit shaft in Haw Park Wood.

G. PRIDAY
3573 Private George Frederick Priday, 1/4th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died aged 21 on 31 December 1915. Son of David and Fanny Amelia Priday, of Low Town, Walton. Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais.
Low Town, or Lower Town, is the area of Walton around the western end of School Lane (where the sharp bend is) near the old junior school and Manor Estate.

Wakefield Express Roll of Honour, 6 January 1917:

PRIDAY: In loving memory of our beloved son, brother and friend, Private George Frederick Priday, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who fell asleep from gas poisoning at Etaples Farm, December 31, 1915. Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters.

Note: Numerous Roll of Honour announcements including verses continue to at least 1919.

H. ROWLANDS
No further details are available for this casualty of war. The researcher (see note 1) states: "There are 12 people with this name and first initial in the CWGC register, including a Territorial Force nurse".

C.R. SMITH
201162 Private Charles Richard Smith, 2/4th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died aged 22 or 23 on 27 November 1917. Son of Henry and Sarah Smith, of 4 Victoria Terrace, Walton. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. He was formerly a worker at Walton Pit, a footballer and a chorister.
Victoria Terrace is in School Lane, Low Town, opposite the post office.

Wakefield Express, 8 December 1917:
CASUALTY LIST

News has been received of the death in action of Private Charles Richard Smith, of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, whose parents live at 4 Victoria Terrace, Walton. He enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in December 1914, and had been in France over twelve months. He previously worked at Walton pit, and was a member of the Walton Athletic A.F.C. and also in the choir at Walton Church.

In a letter to deceased's parents Second Lieutenant Rodgers says:- ‘He was killed instantly by shell fire during the recent operations . I can honestly say he was the smartest man in the platoon, and I was terribly grieved at his death. His death is felt throughout the whole Company as he was respected by everyone.’

He was the son of Mr and Mrs Harry Smith and was 22 years of age.

A later Roll of Honour announcement in the Wakefield Express says Pte Smith was killed in action near Bourlon Wood.

G. SMITH
556 Private George Smith, 1/4th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. died aged 28/29 on 20 November 1915. He was the son of Walter and Jane Smith, of Wakefield, and husband of Evelyn Smith, later of 15 Haigh Moor Street, Wakefield. He is buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ypres.

Wakefield Express, 27 November 1915:
WALTON TERRITORIAL KILLED
A BULLET FROM A GERMAN MACHINE GUN

The death as taken place in action of Private George Smith of the l/4th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who lived with his wife and son at Priory Square, Walton. Major Harry Moorhouse, writing to the widow on Sunday last, expresses regret that Smith died on Saturday night from a bullet wound in the knee from a German machine gun whilst on a working party. The wound was so serious that every effort to save his life was to no avail. He is buried in a Military Cemetery just behind the firing line, alongside some of his other comrades who have fallen.’
Lieutenant H. G. Fraser, in writing to deceased’s mother, who also lives at Walton, states that Smith was a very popular man in the Company, and his death is deeply deplored by both Officers and men.
Private Smith, who was 28 years of age, worked at Walton Pit, and formerly lived at Thornes Lane Wharf, Wakefield. He had been a member of the Territorials for eight years, and he was home on furlough about three weeks ago. Deceased had two brothers in the army. One of them Driver H. Smith, Royal Field Artillery, is now in Greece, and on a ship which was torpedoed. He was in the water eight hours before being picked up by a French boat. The other brother is in the l/4th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He has been wounded and is now in hospital at Mansfield.

Wakefield Express, 18 December 1915:
THE DEATH OF A WALTON SOLDIER
‘THE LIFE AND SOUL OF No 6 SECTION’

In reference to the death of Private George Smith, l/4th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, of Walton, his widow has received the following letter from Private Richard W. Paterson of the 2nd Platoon A Company:- ‘The boys in your husband’s old section wish me to express their profound sorrow at his unfortunate death. His ready wit, unfailing good humour and spirit made very dear to us all.
‘He was the life and soul of No 6 Section, so you can readily understand how much we miss him, and we realise what a great loss it is to you. Be brave and show a cheerful heart ever as George did in face of the greatest hardship.’

C.A. THOMPSON
Quartermaster Serjeant Charles Arthur Thompson, aged 35yrs. (Walton WM only). "Quartermaster Serjeant" might suggest that he was, in today's terms, a Regimental or Company Quartermaster Sergeant (CQMS, a Warrant Officer II) or a Staff Quartermaster Sergeant (SQMS, a Warrant Officer II). Over time the 'j' in 'serjeant' has tended to be replaced by 'g'.

L.R. WARBURTON
24439 Sergeant Lionel Robson Warburton, 4th Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, died of wounds aged 25 on 22 August 1918. Son of Seth and Mary Ann Warburton, of Beech Cottage, Walton. Buried at Daours Communal Cemetery extension, Somme.

Wakefield Express Casualty List, 28 September 1918:
Sergeant L.R. Warburton, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, has died in France as a result of an accident. Before enlisting he was under-gardener for Mr J.V. Hodgson, Walton House.
Walton House is in Shay Lane, and has since been renamed as Walton Manor and is a care home for senior citizens.

H. WARD
3452 Private Herbert Ward, 1/4th Bn, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died (gassed) aged 18 on 19 December 1915. Son of John and S.A. Ward, later of 12 Apple Tree Lane, Stanfree, Chesterfield. Native of Walton, Wakefield. Buried at Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ypres.

Wakefield Express, 1 January 1916:
YOUNG WALTON SOLDIER

Private H. Ward, of Wood’s Yard, Walton, who was 18 years of age, joined the 2nd/4th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in November 1914. Although so young he was an enthusiastic soldier, and he had his desire when he went to join the 1st/4th at the front. Regularly he wrote cheery letters to his parents. Any hardship did not appear to trouble him, and he always spoke highly of the good food and warm clothing with which they were provided. He was a fine young fellow weighing about 11 stone, and his height 5ft 6ins. Previous to enlisting he worked at Walton Colliery.

The Wakefield Express published numerous Roll of Honour announcements, many with verse, from various members of the family until at least 1919.

Wilkinson headstone

P. WILKINSON
12007 Gunner Percy Wilkinson, 168th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, died aged 27 on 31 January 1917. He was the son of Mr G. Wilkinson, of Woodyard Cottages, Walton. Buried at Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme.

Wakefield Express, 17 February 1917:
WALTON SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION
A MAN WHO DID NOT KNOW WHAT FEAR WAS
ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR MEN IN THE BATTERY

Information has been received of the death in action of Gunner P. Wilkinson, of the Royal Field Artillery, who lived with his parents at Woodyard Cottages, Walton. He was 27 years of age. He enlisted in April 1915 and had been at the front thirteen months. Prior to enlistment he worked at Walton Colliery.

Deceased's mother has received several sympathetic letters from Officers and others connected with the Battery. The Chaplin (Reverend R. E. Grice-Hutchinson) writing on February 2nd says:- ‘I am so grieved to have to write and tell you that I was called upon to carry out the burial of your son on Thursday. I have seldom heard of a man whose death was spoken of with greater regret both by his Officers and fellow soldiers in the Battery. Lieutenant James, who commands the sub section to which he belonged, told me what a capital fellow he was, and his Sergeant (who was present at the funeral) said that he was the cheeriest and brightest man in the Battery, and did not know what fear was. He was killed in action in the Battery. Mr James told me his fellow soldiers were making a cross for his grave as a mark of their respect for him. I am afraid it must be a terrible blow to you, but I am sure you will be glad to know how popular your boy was and that he died in a moment while doing his duty. He could not have suffered at all.

Lieutenant Harold L. James in the course of his letter says:- ‘It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son Percy he was hit today January 31st with shrapnel and died almost Instantaneously. His last remarks were "I am hit". I can assure you he was of a fearless nature and always willing to do his duty at all times, and he won the admiration of all who knew him. His social disposition made him one of the most popular men in the Battery, and as you undoubtedly know he was always ready to give anyone a helping hand. His death will be deeply felt by us all, and kindly accept the sincere sympathy of the Officers, N.C.O. of the Battery who share with you in this painful loss. In closing please accept my deepest sympathy. I was his section Officer for ten months, and I shall miss him very much.

Sergeant A. Ward also sends a sympathetic letter, in the course of which he says:- ‘Your son was always a good and willing young man, ever ready to give one a helping hand. He was of a brave and fearless nature, and was liked very much in the Battery by Officers, N.C.O. and men. We shall miss him very much, I can assure you. Little did I think when I came on leave and told you how he was getting on, that I should have to write a letter of this description three months later.’

C. WILSON
J42160 Ordinary Seaman (Oswald) Cyril Wilson, Royal Navy, died aged 19 when his ship blew up at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916.

Wakefield Express Roll of Honour, 8 July 1916:

WILSON: At the Battle of Jutland on H.M.S. Queen Mary, Seaman Cyril Wilson, aged 19, second son of the late Albert Wilson and Mrs Green, of Heath View, Walton.

Note 1: The battlecruiser Queen Mary, along with the other Jutland wrecks, has been declared a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 to discourage further damage to the resting place of her 1,266 officers and men. Surveys of this site in 2001–03 showed the wreck is actually in three sections, with the two forward sections being heavily damaged and in pieces. Her aft end is upside down and relatively intact except for her propellers, which have been salvaged. Examination of the damage to the ship has suggested that the initial explosion was in the magazine of the forward 4-inch battery.

Note 2: Oswald Cyril Wilson was born on 16 January 1896 and his Royal Navy service record can be downloaded from The National Archives website (fee payable).

H. WILSON
22163 Private Harold Wilson, 1/4th Bn, York and Lancaster Regiment, died aged 25 on 13 October 1918. Son of Mrs L.E. Green, of Fern Bank Cottages, Agbrigg Road, Sandal. He is buried at York Cemetery, Haspres, France.

Wakefield Express, 14 December 1918:

Signaller Harold Wilson, York and Lancashire Regiment, eldest son of the late Mr Albert Wilson and Mrs Wilson Green, Fern Cottages, Sandal, who was previously reported missing on October 13th is now presumed to have been killed on that date. He was 25 years of age and previous to enlisting in February 1916 he was in the employ of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company at Barnsley.

E. YOUNG
There are 108 records under this name in the CWGC register, none shown as relating to Sandal and only one to Yorkshire. There are, however, many such gaps in the register.

THE SECOND WORLD WAR (WWII)
(Go to the First World War names)
1939 - 1945
These names appear on the plate on
the lefthand side of the memorial


JACK RAY

THOMAS E. HARRIS

KENNETH BULLIMORE

WILLIAM WILLIAMS

KENNETH ORFORD

RONALD HUGHES

HAROLD SMITH

ERIC CHURCHILL


JACK RAY
4689688 Private Jack Ray, 2/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, died aged 23 on 9 December 1944. He was the son of Isaac and Florence Ray, of Walton, and is buried at Faenza War Cemetery, Italy.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission states:

Following the fall of Rome to the Allies in June 1944, the German retreat became ordered and successive stands were made on a series of defensive lines. In the northern Apennine mountains the last of these, the Gothic Line, was breached by the Allies during the autumn campaign and the front inched forward as far as Ravenna in the Adriatic sector, but with divisions transferred to support the new offensive in France, and the Germans dug in to a number of key defensive positions, the advance stalled as winter set in.

The war cemetery at Faenza was formed during these months for the burial of those who were killed in the static fighting before the Allied advance was renewed in April 1945.

THOMAS E. HARRIS
Thomas Edward Harris, 24 yrs. (Walton WM only). (No additional information)

KENNETH BULLIMORE
Flt. Sergeant Pilot Kenneth Bullimore, 21 yrs. (Walton WM only). (No additional information)

WILLIAM WILLIAMS
C/SSX 35757 Ordinary Seaman William Williams died aged 19 when HMS Galatea was sunk on 15 December 1941. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Son of Jack and Elizabeth Ann Williams, of Walton.

The light cruiser Galatea was torpedoed and sunk by U-557 off Alexandria, Egypt, when Captain E.W.B. Sim, 22 officers and 447 ratings were killed, although some 100 survivors were picked up by the destroyers Griffin and Hotspur. Less than 48 hours later U-557 was rammed by the Italian torpedo boat Orione and sunk with all hands.

KENNETH ORFORD
2664353 Guardsman Kenneth Orford was serving in the 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards when he died on 7 August 1944, aged 23. He was the son of Albert and Annie Orford, of Walton, and is buried at Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy.

For a detailed history of the battalion go to http://www.shinycapstar.com/images/Tribute2ndbn11.jpg

RONALD HUGHES
Flt Sgt. The CWGC register lists 124 people with this name and initial. (No additional information).

HAROLD SMITH
20yrs (Walton WM only) (No additional information)

ERIC CHURCHILL
E.S. Churchill. Only one person with these initials appears on the CWGC register. He is 2824327 Private Eric Sidney Churchill, who died aged 24 on 6 April 1943. He was serving with the 5th Bn, Seaforth Highlanders, and is buried at Sfax War Cemetery in Tunisia. He was the son of Arthur Robert and Ethel Churchill, and husband of Elizabeth Churchill, of Boston Spa.

 

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