Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own
Page 58. Losses at Estaires - Ploegsteert Memorial.
Area of Retreat April 1918.

12 APRIL. 42 Other ranks were killed in action this day. The following 30 have no known grave and are commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.
241729 Pte Board Alfred. Born in London and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks.
35103 Pte Carter Arthur, E. Of Bradford, W Yorks. Ex 35672 9th T R Battn.
35105 Pte Champkins Ivor, Bertie. Home at - 19 Council Cottages, Dark Lane, Langford, Biggleswade, Beds, town of enlistment. Age 18. Ex 34525 9 TR. Battn.
35129 Pte Darbyshire Harry. Home at 45 Chestnut Ave, Hyde Park, Leeds, place of enlistment. Born at Ripon, N Yorks. Age 18. Ex 9th T R Battn.
35130 Pte Dixon James, Charles. Home at - 24 Carnarvon Rd, West Bridgford Notts. Born Nottingham. Enlisted Ilkeston. Age 18. Ex 9th T R Battn.
35136 Pte Dumbrill Horace, Francis. Born at Hackney London and enlisted at Ilford Essex. Age 18. Ex 9th T R Bn.
28836 Pte Fryer Percy. Home at - Old Scriven, Knaresborough N Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at Harrogate, N Yorks. Age 21.
He had been wounded the previous year.
Harrogate Herald - 30th May 1917 - "Private P Fryer, Princess of Wales' Own Yorks Regiment, of Old Scriven, Knaresborough, has been wounded".

Pte Thomas Greenwood

35151 Pte Greenwood Thomas. Home at Enfield Tottenham, place of birth and enlistment. Ex 9th T R Battn.
28088 Pte Hayle Albert, Victor, Warrington. Home at - 27 Station Rd, Normanton, Yorks. Born at Batley, Yorks. Age 20.
43675 Pte Higgins Percy, Baxter. Home at 25 Outram St, Leicester. Age 18. Ex 87th T R Battn.
240442 Pte Hollingsworth Reginald. Of Scarborough. Age 26. Enlisted with the 1/5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment in 1914. Previously wounded.
35167 Pte Holroyd Fred. Of Mexborough Yorks. Ex 9th T R Battn.
22677 Pte Johnson Albert. Of Middlesbrough, N Yorks.
33236 Pte Kearton John, Chapman. Home at 8 Sleegill, Richmond, Yorks, place of enlistment. Born at Marrick, Yorks. Age 34.
From the Darlington and Stockton Times 21st December 1918, 8 months later. His wife only knew he was missing:-

32928 Pte King James, Phillip. Home at - 56 Sharman Rd, St James, Northampton, place of birth. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Age 30.
241465 L/Cpl Landess Albert. Home at - 13 Lamport St, Middlesbrough, N Yorks, place of enlistment. Age 19.
42392 Pte Lee Frank. Home at 24 Orwell Rd, Coventry. Age 40.
23864 Pte Marwood Archie. Born at Stockton on Tees and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks.
32913 Pte Miller Arthur Charles. Home at Strawberry cottage, West End, Hinderwell, N Yorks. Died age 32. Of W Company.
Officers and Warrant Officers of the 4th Battalion.
Back row - E.Lord - Unknown - CSM J.G.Morley.
Front row - J.C.Mawer - O.C.Grace - Unknown - W.G.C. MacFayden - H.Francis.
[Photograph and information kindly donated by CSM J G Morley's grandson, Graham R Morley of Windsor, Berks.
Click here to read CSM Morley's story.]

35182 Pte Mitchell Edward. Home at 92 Bridge St, West Bromwich, place of birth. Enlisted at Smethwick. Age 19. Ex 6th T R Battn.
35338 Pte Neil(l) Edward. Born and enlisted at Liverpool. Age 18.
35187 Pte Nelson Thomas, William, Horsley. Home at 15 Oakland Gardens, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington, Co Durham, place of birth and enlistment. Age 19.
240924 Pte Pybus Edwin. Enlisted at Malton, N Yorks. Military Medal
235184 Pte Quinlan John. Born and enlisted at Bolton Lancs. Died of wounds. Age 21.
2551 later 200604 Sgt Royle William. Born Henbury, Cheshire. Son of James and Lydia Royle of Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, N Yorks. Enlisted at Guisborough. N Yorks. 1911 census records him as a horse driver down the local Ironstone mines and residing with parents at 45 Mill St, Guisborough, N Yorks. He had married in 1917 Margaret Cresswell of 10 Park St, Middlesbrough. Killed in action, age 26. He had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. The London Gazette of 24 November 1916 recorded this. The acts of gallantry were most likely performed in September 1916 when the Battalion had been ordered to attack the German trenches near High Wood/Martinpuich and lost a great many men.
Dead in the streets of Estaires.

Ruins of Estaires.

24 NOVEMBER 1916.

2551 Sjt. W. Royle, York. R.

For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his men with great courage and determination, himself killing and wounding eight of the enemy. Later, on four occasions he rescued wounded men under very heavy fire.
46552 Pte Shields John. Home at Southwick on Weir. Born Chester Moor and enlisted at Birtley, Co Durham.
240854 Pte Smith Harry. Home at Bridlington Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at Driffield.
203764 Pte Taylor John, T. Home at 26 Manor St, Nelson, Lancs, place of enlistment. Born at Burnley, Lancs. Age 35.
260144 Pte Thompson George, Beattie. Enlisted at Chopwell. Ex Durham L I.
204399 Pte Turner George. Home at 108 Beaumont Terrace, Westerhope, Newcastle upon Tyne, place of enlistment. Age 27.
23868 L/Cpl White Charles. Home at 7 Lucknow St, Albert Hill, Darlington, Co Durham, place of birth and enlistment. Age 28.
Croix Du Bac British Cemetery.
Situated about 5k to the North East of Estaires.
9 men of the 4th Yorks Btn are buried here.
[Picture courtesy of - "WW1Cemeteries.com".]

The following five are buried at Pont Du Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue.
243523 Sgt Wood Albert, Edwin. Born and enlisted at Leeds Yorks. Age 35.
200396 Sgt Smith Alfred. Home at Moortown Leeds. Born and enlisted at Richmond, N Yorks.
35175 Pte Hukin Charles. Born and enlisted at Sheffield, Yorks. Ex 9th T R Battn.
38441 Pte Christmas William, H. Home at - 29 Shaftesbury Sq, Rotherham, Yorks, town of enlistment. Born Parkgates, Yorks. Age 20. Ex 26039 Yorks and Lancs Regt.
22705 Pte Bannister John, William. Home at Eston, N Yorks. Enlisted at Middlesbrough.
The following 3 men are buried at Croix Du Bac Cemetery, Steenwerck.
21068 Pte Watson Charles. Born at Sporle near Swaffham and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks.
German Cemetery at Sailly Sur La Lys.
For an advance of a few miles the Germans paid a high price and it was this repeated loss of their best and irreplaceable storm-troopers that was to be a major factor in deciding the outcome of the War.

35297 Pte Hedditch George, William. Home at Darwen Lancs, place of birth. Enlisted at Blackburn.
35302 Pte Halliwell Frank. Home at - 7 Jackson Tce, Chorlton on Medlock Manchester, place of birth and enlistment. Age 18. Ex 7th T R Battn.
35337 Pte Nicholas Frederick, Stanley. Home at Manchester, place of birth and enlistment. Died of wounds. Age 18. Buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery. Ex 74th T R Battn.
202296 Pte Lewington Charles. Born at Merstham, Surrey and enlisted at Northampton. Died of wounds.Buried at Aire Communal Cemetery.
203114 Pte Bowey Francis. Of Sunderland. Killed in action. Buried at Anzac Cemetery, Sailly Sur La Lys.
35133 Pte Dovey Charles, Edward. Home at 35 High St, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, Staffs. Enlisted at Wolverhampton. Killed in action. Age 18. Buried at Anzac Cemetery Sailly Sur La Lys. Ex 9th T R Battn.
35312 Pte Johns Wilfred. Of Nantyglo Abertillery. Died of wounds. Buried at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. Ex S Wales Borderers.
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