Alexandra,  Princess   of   Wales's   Own
Page 63. Last weeks of the War.

JULY. On the 15th the Germans made one last effort and started the Second Battle of the Marne. On the 18th the Allies counter attacked and for the first time in the year the Germans were forced to retreat.
39159 Pte Smith John. Died aged 38 on the 7th at home. Buried at Eston Cemetery, N Yorks.
2nd Lt Brown Rowland – Rowland Brown first served as a private soldier in the West Yorkshire regiment before receiving his commission. He was killed in action on July 13th 1918 and his grave can be seen today in Perth China Wall Cemetery just to the east of Ypres.
238014 Pte Dowding Ernest, Edward. Home at 9 Walker St, Cardiff town of birth and enlistment. Died of wounds on the 14th. Age 26. Buried at St Erme Communal Cemetery Extension. Ex Welsh Regt Cyclists Bn.
2nd Lt Milburn Robert Norman. Killed in action on the 20th July, aged 24. Home at 11 Whitehouse St, Middlesbrough, N Yorks.
Born in Sunderland and enlisted Middlesbrough. He was serving with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on the closing stages of the Battle of the Aisne when he was killed. He served in the ranks of the 4th Yorks Battalion as number 1176 and went out to France when the Battn first went on 18 April 1915.
He rose to be Sgt before being commissioned into the KOYLI. Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial.
3/8327 Pte Ford Frank. Home at N Ormesby, Middlesbrough N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Died of wounds on the 24th. Buried at Sissonne British Cemetery.
19986 Pte Harbottle George. Born at Thornaby on Tees and enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of wounds on the 24th. Age 38. Buried at St Erme Communal Cemetery Extension. Newspaper notice dated 27th December 1918:-
Will any returned Soldier that knows anything about L/Cpl George HARBOTTLE, 19986, W Company, 4th Yorks, taken prisoner May 27th, reported died July 24th at Rannicourt please call at his mother's 56 Birks St, Middlesbrough.
21057 Pte Evison Henry. Born at Bishop Burton, Yorks and enlisted at Stockton on Tees, Co Durham. Died on the 27th. Buried at Valenciennes St Roch Communal Cemetery.

Badge of the Yorkshire Regiment
As it appears on the headstones of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
[Contributed by Christopher Weekes of Horley, Surrey.]

201374 Pte Jukes Richard. Home at - 3 Customs Row, Cargo Fleet, Middlesbrough, N Yorks, place of enlistment. Died of wounds on the 27th. Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial.
2Lt William Thomas Cole. Killed in action. Died. Age 23.Home at 2, Blossomgate, Ripon, Yorks. Buried in Chambrecy British Cemetery.
203276 Pte Haines Henry, Herbert. Home at Hindringham, Walsingham, Norfolk, place of birth. Enlisted at Cromer, Norfolk. Died on the 30th. Age 35. Buried at Hautmont Communal Cemetery.
AUGUST. The Battle of Amiens commences and the Germans are forced back to the Hindenburg line.
26620 Pte Watson Alfred, Edmund. Born and enlisted atMiddlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of wounds on the 1st. Age 32. Buried at Sissonne British Cemetery.
17503 Pte Mather John. Home at Low Trewhitt, Thropton, Morpeth, Northumberland.Born at Alwinton Rothbury. Enlisted at Alnwick. Died on the 9th. Age 27. Buried at St Souplet British Cemetery
25142 Pte Middleton George, Stockburn. Home at Newton Bewley Durham, place of birth. Enlisted at Stockton on Tees. Killed in action on the 15th. Buried at Anzac Cemetery Sailly Sur La Lys
16th August. The 1/4th Yorks Battalion [Cadre] transferred to 116th Brigade, 39th Division and were engaged in training the newly arrived American 77th Division.

2Lt Henry Banks. Killed in action. on the 27th. He initially served as a private soldier with the 5th and 4th Battalions of the Yorkshires before receiving his commission.
He was killed in action on August 27th 1918 during operations known as the Breaking of the Hindenberg Line in the Arras sector.
Commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial at Haucourt to the south east of Arras..
22766 Pte Markham Edgar. Home at South Bank, Middlesbrough, N Yorks place of birth and enlistment. Died on the 28th. Buried at Sissonne British Cemetery.
A family stone in Eston Cemetery, N Yorks, records that Pte Markham died "a prisoner of War Aged 26."
[a photograph of this memorial can be seen in the index of names at the end of this website.]
The stone also records that Pte Markham had an old father of 73, who died 6 years later and a broken-hearted mother of 55 who lost two other sons in the First World War in other Units:-
Henry John on July 3 1916, age 19, buried at Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, France.
and Frank on March 27th also age 19, on March 27, 1918.

201141 previously 3872 L/Cpl Bricklebank James William. Son of John F and Marta of 133 Glebe Rd, Middlesbrough, place of enlistment. Born Honley, Yorks and moved to Middlesbrough in 1902. CWGC gives 2nd Yorks Battn. Probably transferred from 4th Battn after Battn reduced to Cadre in June 1918. Died of wounds on the 31st Age 20. Buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.
35604 Pte Upton Thomas, Edward, Harold. Home at 297 Fishponds Rd, Eastville, Bristol, place of birth and enlistment. Killed in action on the 31st. Age 19. Buried at Sissonne British Cemetery.
SEPTEMBER. British offensive against the Hindenburg Line on the 27th starts a breakthrough, while the French/Americans attack on the Meuse-Argonne and the Belgians at Ypres.
35608 Pte Musgrave Thomas, Robert. Home at 100 Oxford St, Totterdown, Bristol, place of birth and enlistment. Died on the 7th. Age 19. Buried at Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension.
202883 Pte Side Sidney, James. Home at Maltby N Yorks. Born Castleton, N Yorks and enlisted at Stockton on Tees. Died on the 10th. Age 20. Buried at Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension.
30728 Pte Darling Charles. Home at 20 Commercial St, Scarborough, Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Died on the 14th. Age 38. Buried at Chauny Communal Cemetery British Extension.
Lt Aust Henry Ernest. Killed in action age 22 and commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Haucourt SE of Arras. His home was in Reading, Berks and he had been commissioned into the Battalion from the London University Officer Training Corps. He had fought with the Battalion through the 1916 action in the Somme area, during which he was wounded. After the Battalion was reduced to cadre strength in July 1918 those few remaining were transferred. Lt Aust was sent to the 7th Battalion, the East Yorkshire Regiment and was with them at the Battle of Epehy at this time when he met his death.
35181 Pte Jarman Jacob, Charles. Born and enlisted at Grimsby Lincs. Died on the 14th. Buried at Clermont Les Fermes Churchyard. Ex 9th T R Battn.
35058 Pte Morris Harold, Home at Pontypool Mon, place of enlistment. Born at Varleg, Mon. Died on the 23rd Buried at Grand Seraucourt British Cemetery. Ex 64th R Welsh Fus.
2Lt John Edwin Cram. Killed in action on the 30th. Age 27. He had been awarded the Military Cross and was attached to the 2nd/4th Bn., Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Home at 61, Wood St., Norton, Malton, Yorks. Buried in Grand Ravine British Cemetery, Havrincourt.
OCTOBER. Ludendorff, German director of the War, resigned. German Navy mutinied. Turkey agreed an Armistice.

German Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated on November 9th 1918.
[Picture from -
"Das Archiv zum 1. Weltkrieg ".].

38132 Pte Moorhouse James, Willie. Born at Eccleshill, Bradford, Yorks, place of enlistment. Died on the 2nd. Buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille.
200040 Pte Hurn George William. Died on the 14th. Buried at Guisborough Cemetery, N Yorks.
37989 Pte Ayre William. Home in Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died of wounds on the 14th. Age 35. Buried at Middlesbrough Linthorpe Cemetery.
2nd Lt Barrett Norman Kenyon. Attached to 1st East Yorks.
He was born in Bradford in 1888 and first served as a private soldier with the West Yorkshire regiment and then the Yorkshire regiment, before receiving his commission. 2nd Lt Barrett served with the 4th battalion until it was disbanded in July 1918 and they were reduced to a training cadre. The remaining officers and men were dispersed to other Battalions and Regiments with Norman Barrett joining up with the 1st Battalion of the East Yorkshires. On September 18th 1918 they were involved in the Battle of Epehy. The action opened at 7-00am and the East Yorks were the right hand attacking battalion of the 64th brigade. Their objective was Meunier Trench and it was quickly taken and four hundred POW’s captured. 2nd Lt Norman Kenyon Barrett was killed in this action on September 18th 1918 at the age of 31. His body never found he is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial seven miles south east of Arras. 2nd Lt Norman Barrett was the son of Elizabeth and the late Arthur George Barrett.
3991/201217 Pte Kidd John Thomas died in Italy on the 20th October 1918. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. He had served originally with the 4th Yorks from the 2nd October 1915 and was probably wounded before being transferred at some point to the 8th Yorks Battalion. Buried at Cremona Town Cemetery.
201504 Pte Tyreman William Ernest. 1/4th Battn Regiment Depot. Died 28th October 1918. Enlisted Saltburn. Home at Loftus, N Yorks and buried in the cemetery there.
Lt Harrison Henry Leslie. Son of Mr and Mrs H G Harrison of 38 Richmond Road,Barnsbury, London. He was a member of the University of London Officer Training Corps before the onset of war. He served with the 4th Battalion in France and Flanders and was twice wounded in action. The first was during the Somme offensive in actions at Eaucourt L’abbaye in late September and early October 1916. He recovered to rejoin and during the great German Spring Offensive of March 1918 was wounded again in operations around the town of Hancourt. After the 4th battalion was reduced to Cadre in June 1918 Lt Harrison was transferred to the newly formed Royal Air Force.
He died of pneumonia in Reading just before war’s end on October 28th 1918 at the age of 23. His grave today lies unmarked in Highgate Cemetery in London where his name is remembered on Panel 2 of the screen wall.
200184 Herron Fredrick. Died on the 29th aged 23. Buried at Etaples [Hospital] Military Cemetery.
200946 Pte Laurie Harry. Home at Wilton, nr Redcar, N Yorks. Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Died on the 31st. Age 22. Buried at Wilton in Cleveland (St Cuthbert) Churchyard.
NOVEMBER. The German Kaiser abdicated on the 9th and the Armistice was signed on the 11th.
48036 Pte Ferguson F. Had been transferred to 29th Coy, Labour Corps. Died on the 4th. Buried at Lille Southern Cemetery.
34640 Pte Cadman Ernest. Home at - 345 Ashton Old Rd, Openshaw, Manchester, town of birth and enlistment Died on the 10th. Age 33. Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial. Ex 018241 RASC.

Cpl J R Johnson.

1129 Cpl Johnson Joseph Roantree. Died in the UK on the 11th November 1918 aged 24. Born in Rosedale Abbey, N Yorks in 1894. In 1911 he was living in Great Ayton, N Yorks and worked as an Ironstone Miner. He enlisted with the local TF unit in 1910 when he must have been under age. On the 1st February 1916 he had received a gunshot wound to the shoulder and after treatment at Wimereaux in France he was repatriated to the UK and discharged from the Army on the 29th February 1916. He died on Armistice Day of pneumonia and left a wife Amy, who he had married in 1917 and a son. He is buried in the Church Burial Ground at Stokesley, N Yorks.
1612 Pte Hodgson John Thomas Wilse. Of "G" Company. Home at 6 Holden St, Grangetown, N Yorks. Husband of Annie Hodgson. Died on the 14th, age 25. Buried at Boosbeck [St Aidan] Churchyard.
201687 Pte Morris Robert Joseph Home at Brompton N Yorks. Born at Kidderminster, Worcs. Enlisted at Northallerton. Killed in action. CWGC site gives date of death as 15th. Commemorated on the Soissons Memorial.
203062 Pte Ferguson James. Home at Tantoble, Co Durham. Born at Medomsley Consett and enlisted at Boldon Colliery, Durham. Died on the 19th. Buried at Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension.
200235 Pte Watson R. Died on the 29th. Buried at Guisborough Cemetery, N Yorks.
205512 Pte Nicholson Richard, Foster. Home at Winton Northallerton, N Yorks, place of birth and enlistment. Died on the 27th. Buried at Nunburnholme St James Churchyard.
30th November - Mr John Cole of Darlington Tce, Staithes, N Yorks has received official news that his Grandson, Pte J W Verrill of the 4th Yorks, who has been a prisoner of War n Germany since April, has arrived at Hull. Pte Verrill was the Branch Manager of the Meadow Dairy, Loftus, before joining the Forces.


200702 Sgt Wilson Alfred, Percy. Home at Great Ayton, N Yorks. Born at Kirbymoorside, Enlisted at Stokesley Died on the 2nd. Age 34. Buried at Bransdale St Nicholas Churchyard.
18th December - Newspaper notice:-
News wanted of Pte D Bryan, 25146, Y Company, 4th Yorks. Reported missing since March 26th 1918. Information will be gratefully received by Mrs Bryan, 86 Hartington Rd, Stockton on Tees.

In the years that followed many others, often unremembered on the War Graves site, suffered and died early deaths as a result of wounds, disease, deprivation and mental shock. If their families were too poor to erect a family memorial headstone, some have probably vanished from the record forever.

200238 L/Cpl O'Hern J died 1st February 1919. Buried at Richmond Cemetery, N Yorks.
35577 Pte Cox James, J. Born and enlisted at Reading, Berks. Died 16 February 1919. Buried at Reading Cemetery. Ex R Berks Regt.
200708 Pte Ruecroft John, Henry. Died on the 26th February 1919. Born Redmire, Yorks. Cemetery unknown. Commemorated on Redmire Memorial.
34940 Pte Jenkins Walter. Home at - Brynhyfrydd, Radyr. Cardiff Died 1st March 1919. Age 25. Buried at Radyr (St John the Baptist) Old Churchyard. Ex Welsh Regiment.
8946 Pte Joyce Edward. Died in UK. Home at 111 Duncombe St, Middlesbrough. Born 1881, he had served as a Regular in the Army and in 1901 was at Fulford Barracks, York. He left the Army and worked as a Hot Straightener in the local Steelworks at Middlesbrough. He re-enlisted or was recalled as a Reservist on the 4th September 1914, when his papers show that he had served in the 4th Battalion and "time expired", which probably indicates that he had joined the local Territorials for a period after 1908.
He was allocated to the 8th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and served in France from the 26th August 1915 to the 15th September 1916. He was diagnosed as suffering severe effects of diabetes, invalided home and discharged as medically unfit on the 4th December 1916. He died at home on the 5th March 1919 and is buried in North Ormesby Cemetery, Middlesbrough, N Yorks.
2425 Pte Spence Thomas. Died on the 18th April 1919. Age 23. Born Haw Farm, Burton-cum-Walden, N Yorks. Buried at Aysgarth [St Andrew] Cemetery.

CSM Ernest Radford.

789 - later 208182 - Company Serjeant Major Radford Ernest. Died on the 10th July 1919 after completing a shift at Skinningrove Iron Works, N Yorks. Cause of death not known. He is buried beneath a family stone at Brotton Church Cemetery, N Yorks.
Prior to the War he was a striker at Skinningrove. Home at 25 Jackson St, Brotton, N Yorks.
He had enlisted in the local Territorials on the 12 March 1909 aged 22 Years and 8 months and went to France when the 4th Yorks first went in April 1915. When his time expired "in the field", he re-engaged on the 1st November 1915 at Armentieres for the duration of the War.
He had been promoted to Cpl before the War on the 9 June 1913 and then to Sgt 25 April 1914. He was reduced back to Cpl in the field on the 26th June 1915 as the punishment at a Court Martial for "gross neglect of duty", which family recollection say was falling asleep on guard.
He was promoted back to Sgt on the 26 January 1916 and then to Company Sergeant Major on the 31st March 1916.
He received a gunshot wound to the Left cheek on the 25 September 1916 in the later stages of the Battle of the Somme, which required extensive dental treatment in the UK, including a full upper artificial denture.
He returned to France in 1917, but soon posted back to the UK, "absorbed into the Establishment", presumably to train recruits back home.
In December 1919 he was transferred to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
He was shipped home from Dieppe on the 12 February 1919 and disembodied on the 14th March 1919.
200300 Regimental Quartermaster Serjeant Evans D C. Died on the 10th May 1920. Buried at Redcar Cemetery, N Yorks.
Cpl Berryman J E. Home at 39 Bedford St, Middlesbrough. A shop assistant [clothier]. Died at Sherburn Hospital on 18th July 1920 aged 35. Buried at Middlesbrough Linthorpe Cemetery. Cause of death: cerebral tumour. Operation performed 13th July 1920. Certified by Stanley Ritson MB. Informant: Hilda Wake, sister (present at the death) of 128 Princes Rd, M'bro.
1380 L/Cpl Hall Matthew J R. Home at 6 Westbourne Grove, Redcar. Died aged 25 on the 5th August 1920. Buried at Redcar Coatham Christ Churchyard.
4381414 Pte Marshall P. Died aged 25 on the 10th March 1921. Buried at Brotton Church Cemetery, N Yorks.
7044/202875 Pte Lawton John E. Died at home March 1921. Enlisted 29 September 1916. Papers show some previous service with the 4th Yorks. Served in France with the 7th Yorks Battn from 15th June to 27 Sep 1917. Back home for some unknown reason and given District Court Martial, probably for overstaying his Christmas 1917 leave. Posted to the 1/4th Yorks on 2nd April 1918. In the general retreat in the Battle of St Quentin he received a gunshot wound in the buttock and was taken prisoner on the 11th April 1918. Repatriated to UK on 17th December 1918 and received further Hospital treatment until being demobbed on 16th April 1920. Place of burial unknown.
4171 A/Sjt Milburn Thomas. Died on the 13th January 1922. Buried in Linthorpe Cemetery, Middlesbrough.
201773 L/Cpl Thomas Metcalfe Coates. Born Marsett Yorks. Died age 32 on the 21st January 1925. Awarded the Military Medal. Commemorated on the Marsett and Stalling Busk Memorials.
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