Thornton War Memorial and War Graves

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The War Memorial is accessible both from the main (western),  and eastern entrances to the Cemetery, on the internal road/pathway on the southern edge of the cemetery by the main Thornton Road.  The memorial was erected by the people of Thornton and unveiled and dedicated on 30th September 1922.  It was rededicated on 20th May, 1951.

The Thornton War memorial contains the names of 142 men who were killed in the First World War, 1914-1918, and 33 who were killed in the Second World War, 1939 -1945.  We are slowly adding information about all those remembered, mainly from the Commomwealth War Graves Commission websiteThose remembered are as listed below: (# followed by a number is the service number of the person). If you follow the link to the cemetery for the casualty details of the historical context of that cemetery in the war is given.  Where there is no information following a name it means that to date we have been unable to find any information about that person. In some cases there may be 40 or more people with the same name.  We will return to those and check each one after we’ve been through the 142 names, and do further research where necessary.  In addition to those remembered on the War Memorial, there are others commemorated in both the Bell Chapel Churchyard, and Thornton Cemetery and a plaque formerly at the former Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church which is now in Thornton Library.  All will be added to this page in due course. 

The War Memorial received Listed Status in November 2016, due to the efforts of children at Thornton Primary School.

FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918

Robert R Alston, Corporal,West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st/6th Bn., # 3313.  Died 20 December 1915.  Commemorated on Panel 21 of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Alfred Ambler, Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 1st/6th Bn.,  # 18359.  Died 12 October 1918, aged 21.  Grave reference III D 6, Wellington Cemetery, Rieux-en-Cambresis Additional information: Son of George and Sarah Ann Ambler, of 449, Thornton Rd., Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Benjamin Sydney Appleyard Second Lieutenant, Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Bn.  Died 29 September, 1918, aged 27.   Grave reference: D 18, Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-LestréeAdditional information: Son of Mrs. Jane Ann Appleyard, of 233, Hall Lane, Bradford.

Harry Armstrong,   Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 1st/4th Bn.,  # 203031.  Died 9 October, 1917,  aged 41.  Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 82 to 85 and 162A.    Additional information: Husband of Emily Armstrong, of 7, School Green, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

George Edward Ashcroft,   Private, # 203090, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 1st/4th Bn.  Died 15 October, 1918, aged 28.  Grave referenceLXVI. J. 6, Etaples Military Cemetery,.  Additional information: Son of John Tyrer Ashcroft and Mary Ann Ashcroft, of Station View, Thornton; husband of Elizabeth Ann Ashcroft, of 1, South St., Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Clarence O. Barker,  Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery West Riding Bde, # 733. Died 1 March, 1916.  War grave in the churchyard of Clifford, St. Luke, north-east of church (the village of Clifford between Boston Spa and Braham),

Francis BatesGunner, Royal Field Artillery “A” Bty. 282nd Bde, # 144773.  Died 23 March 1918.  Commemorated at panel in Bay 1, Arras Memorial.

George Beetham,    Rifleman, King’s Royal Rifle Corps 9th Bn, # R/11223.  Died 30 July, 1915.   Commemorated at panels 51 and 53, Ypres (Menin Gate), Memorial

Herbert Bentham Private, Army Service Corps 565th Mechanical Transport Coy. attd. 47th Heavy Artillery Group, # M2/078086.  Died 23 July, 1917, aged 23.  Grave reference XVI. H. 18.,  Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Additional information: Son of Henry Arthur and Margaret Novello Bentham, of 27, Denby St., Bradford, Yorks.

Joseph Edward Bentham,      Durham Light Infantry, 15th Bn. # 47026.  Died 26 October, 1918, aged 22.  Grave reference II. F. 13,  Awoingt British Cemetery      Additional information: Son of Susanah and Herbert Bentham, of 9, Spring Holes, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Percy Birch,   Private, Cheshire Regiment, 1st Bn, # 52182; previously a Private in the 16th West Yorkshire Regiment, service number 25.  Died 2nd September 1918, aged 23.  Grave reference II. C. 8, Vaulx Hill CemeteryAdditional information: Son of Verity and Hannah Birch, of 4, Wellheads, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks

Wesley Birch,   Private, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 9th Bn, # 27685.  Died 19 October, 1917.  Grave referenceVII. C. 16. Cement House Cemetery

Harold Blake, Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 8th Bn., # 11651.  Died 12 August, 1915, aged 21.  Commemorated at Helles Memorial, (Turkey),  panel 117 to 119.  Additional information: Son of James and Lucy Ann Blake, of 28, Havelock St., Thornton, Bradford

Jonas S. Bower Private,  Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd/4th Bn, # 29811.  Died  29 July, 1918.  Grave referenceI. G. 12, Marfaux British Cemetery.

Alfred BrookPrivate, East Yorkshire Regiment 1st Bn, # 28630.  Died 10 September, 1918.  Grave reference: IV. A. 13.  Gouzeaucort New British CemeteryAdditional information: Husband of Linda Brook, of 40, Albert St., Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Edgar BrookPrivate,  King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st Bn., # 24882.  Died 17 October, 1918.  Grave referenceIII. D. 16,  Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau

Sowden BulmerGunner,  Royal Field Artillery “C” Bty. 223rd Bde, # 152725.  Died 31 October, 1917.  Grave reference I. D. 31.  Solferino Farm Cemetery 

Oates BurrowsPrivate,   West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st/5th Bn., # 22738.  Died 31 May, 1917, aged 39.  Grave reference  I. A. 14., Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue   Additional information:  Son of Oates Burrows, of 1164 Thornton Rd., Thornton, Bradford.

Aaron Butson is a mystery.  His name is on a plaque of 9 names which look as if they were added to the memorial after 1922.  We can find no military record of him.  We know he was born about 1879 in Bradford, and his wife, Mary Alice Rushworth,  was born about 1875. They were married in 1910.  At the 1901 census  his wife-to-be was living in Clayton.  A Charles Edward Butson of Bradford is in military records.   We shall have to do further research.  If anyone has information about him please contact us.

Herbert Butterfield, Private, Royal Army Medical Corps formerly (Dvr. 28668) Royal Field Artillery, # 206623.  Died of sickness, 17 May, 1920, aged 41.  Grave reference: F. “U” 951, Thornton Cemetery, Bradford.  Additional information: Son of Edwin and Sarah Butterfield. 21 years’ service. Born at Thornton.

Thomas Clay Private, Grenadier Guards 2nd Bn, # 26340.  Died 27 May, 1918, aged 28.  Grave reference D. 7,  Ayette  British Cemetery  Additional information: Son of Ann and the late William Clay; husband of Lillie Mary Clay, of The Street, Gildersome, Leeds.

Herbert Coleman,

Alfred CollierGunner, Royal Field Artillery “A” Bty. 162nd Bde, # 185536.  Died 3 September, 1918, aged 32.  Grave reference:K. “C.” 562, Thornton Cemetery, Bradford.     Additional information:Son of James and Annie E. Collier; husband of Emily Collier, of 8, Back Queen St., Brighouse, Yorks. Born at Thornton.

Herbert Collier, Private, Coldstream Guards 1st Bn, # 18082.  Died 4 August, 1917, aged 28.  Grave reference XXII. N. 14, Etaples Military Cemetery  Additional information: Son of James and Annie Elizabeth Collier, of 1350 Bricks, Thornton, Yorks.

Joseph Conroy Corporal,   Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) Depot, # 3/12033.  Died on 3 April, 1918.  Grave reference: K. “C.” 607, Thornton Cemetery, BradfordAdditional information:Husband of Mary Ellen Conroy, of 28, Spring Holes Lane, Thornton. Served in the South African Campaign.

William Coulson, most likely to be: Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Bn, #28803.  Died 14 April, 1917.  Grave reference:XXII. H. 24, Etaples Military Cemetery

Harry H. CravenPrivate,   Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd/7th Bn., # 307041.  Died 14 May, 1917, aged 33.  Grave reference I. F. 6,  Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory      Additional information:  Son of Hiram and Ann Craven, of 28, Spring Bank, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks. Harry H. Craven was the captain of Thornton Cricket Club in 1913.

Arthur Crossley Private,   West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st/8th Bn., # 307441.   Died 7 August, 1917, aged 24.  Grave reference  III. B. 2A,  Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport.   Additional information:  Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Crossley, of 3, Wensley Bank, Thornton, Bradford.

Morris Daniel,

Willie Dean,  Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Bn, #19467.  Died 12October, 1916, aged 29.  Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial , Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.     Additional information:  Son of Jane Dean. of 29, Alderscholes Lane, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks, and the late George Dean.

Allen Dixon,

Clarence Dixon Private,  Royal Army Medical Corps, #62905.  Died 19 September, 1918, aged 23.  Grave reference: F. “U” 948, Thornton Cemetery, Bradford.   Additional information: Son of Fred and Emily Dixon.

Granville Dixon, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery “B” Bty. 211th Bde, #166295.  Died 28 March, 1918, aged 33.  Grave reference:I. A. 8.Cemetery: Bienvillers Military Cemetry  Additional information: Husband of Priscilla Dixon, of  2, King Edward Terrace, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Edwin Drake,

John H. Drake, Private York and Lancaster Regiment 2nd/4th Bn., #14/844.  Died 27 March, 1918, aged 35.  Grave reference: I. F. 5   Humbercamps Communal Cemetery Extension.   Additional information: Son of Wade and Jane Drake, of 8, James St., Allerton, Bradford, Yorks. Native of Thornton, Bradford.

Joseph Drake,

Norman Drake,   Private, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 8th Bn., #40868.  Died 27 September, 1918, aged 19.  Grave reference: H. 12., Lowrie Cemetery, Havrincourt.    Additional information: Son of J. W. and Lily Drake, of 6, Moss St., Thomton, Bradford, Yorks. Native of Lorldon.

 Harold E. Drasdo, Private,Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Bn, #48090.  Died 21 March 1918.   Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial,  Panel 31 and 32.  

Alfred A. Driver,

Harry Dugmore,  Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 9th Bn, #15014.  Died 21 December, 1915.  Grave reference:  II. C. 18, Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery    Additional information: Son of John Henry and Mary Dugmore, of 17, Hammerton St., Bradford, Yorks. Native of Burbage, Buxton.

James DunnPrivate, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 10th Bn, #10750.  Died 20 September, 1916, aged 22.  Comemorated at Thiepval MemorialPier and Face 6 A and 6 B.  Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Dunn, of 32, West Lane, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Lewis Ellwood, Private,  Leicestershire Regiment 6th Bn, #39872.  Died 23 April, 1918, aged 19. Grave reference: XI. F. 4A, Wimereux Communal Cemetery.     Additional Information:Son of George and Mary Ann Ellwood, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Willie Emmett,

Charles Farrar, D.C.M.,   Serjeant, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 16th Bn., #637.  Died 2 March, 1917, aged 23.  Grave reference: I. I. 61., Varennes Military Cemetery.   Additional Information: Son of Alfred and Mary Louisa Farrar, of Thornton, Bradford.

John Farrar, Lance Serjeant, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 93rd Coy., #22751.  Died 27 July, 1916, aged 21.  Grave reference:III. J. 14, St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue     Additional Information:  Son of Alfred and Mary Louisa Farrar, of Stoneleigh, Thornton, Bradford.

Sam FeatherPrivate, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 9th Bn, #18776.  Died 1 February, 1917.  Commemorated at  Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

William Gillbanks,   Gunner, Royal Field Artillery 121st Bty. 27th Bde, #152801.  Died 15 October, 1917, aged 33.  Grave reference:I. O. 21, Godewaersvelde British CemeteryAdditional Information:Husband of Catherine D. Bates (formerly Gillbanks, of 35, Spring Gardens, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Ewart Gledhill,

John Greenwood,

Lancelot Greenwood Corporal, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st/6th Bn., #2305. Died 14 July, 1916.  Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.

Edgar Haggas,   Private, West Riding Regiment, #203728

Traverra Haggas,   Lance Corporal, York and Lancaster Regiment 8th Bn, #32747.  Died 7 June, 1917, aged 40, #32747.  Commemorated at Ypres  (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 36 and 55.   Additional Information:Son of Jonas and Elizabeth Haggas, of Bradford; husband of Ethel Vernon Haggas, of 126, Whitby Rd., Bradford, Yorks. (but under the wrong forename, Graverra, rather than Traverra)  We shall try to get that changed.

Frank Hallyburton,

James W. Hannam, Private, York and Lancaster Regiment 6th Bn, #63442.  Died 19 December, 1918.  Grave reference:XLVII. E. 9, Etaples Military Cemetery

John Hare,   Private, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 2nd Bn., #40214.  Died 31 July, 1917, aged 33.  Commemorated at  Ypres  (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 21.   Additional information:  Son of John Henry and Ruth Hare, of 63, Moscow, Thornton, Bradford.

Edgar Harker,  Private,West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 11th Bn., #29261.  Died 19 September, 1917,b aged 21.  Grave reference LXVI. H. 19, Tyne Cot Cemetery.  Additional information:Son of Grace Harker, of 3, Hugill St., Thornton, Bradford, Yorks, and the late George Harker.

Herbert Overend Harker, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st/8th Bn, #307533.  Died 19 October, 1917.   Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, panels 42 to 47 and 162.

Jasper Harrison Private,West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 12th Bn., #16495,  Died 23 July 1916, aged 41.  Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.  Additional information: Husband of J. Harrison, of 10, King St., Morley, Yorks.  (Listed at Commonwealth War Graves Commission as “Jesper Harrison”, but on the War Memorial and his Medal Index Card as Jasper.)

Irvine HartleyPrivate, York and Lancaster Regiment 8th Bn, #32622.  Died 25 May, 1917.  Grave reference:IV. F. 21Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)

Edward HeapPrivate, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 8th Bn, #19074.  Died 14 September 1916, aged 23.  Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.  Additional Information: Son of Mary Ann Heap, of 9, Back Field, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks, and the late John Heap.

Job HesseldonPrivate, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Bn, #268989.  Died 15 April, 1918.  Commemorated on Panel 6 of the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium.

Harold Hey,

Dewhirst Hill, Stoker 1st Class, Royal Navy, H.M.S. “Defence”, #SS/112901.  Died 31 May 1916, aged 23, at the Battle of Jutland.  Commemorated at Plymouth Naval Memorial, Panel 16.  Additional information: Son of Frederick Henry and Maria Hill, of 78, Parsonage Rd., Laisterdyke, Bradford.

Raistrick Holmes, Private,  Lincolnshire Regiment 1st Labour Coy. transf. to (23613) 40th Coy. Labour Corps, #33046.  Died 9 August, 1917, aged 21.  Grave reference:V. D. 34., Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery     Additional Information: Son of Benjamin and Alice Ann Holmes. Native of Thornton, Yorks.

Walter Hudson,

Herbert Hurley,

Fred Ingham,   Private, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st/5th Bn., #242954.  Died 2 August 1917, aged 38.   Commemorated at Nieuport Memorial     Additional Information:Son of Ellis and Elizabeth Ingham; husband of Esther Ingham, of 4, Prospect St., Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Also:

Fred Wight Ingham, Private, King’s Own Scottish Borderers 1st Bn, #7844.  Died 14 June, 1916, aged 34.   Grave reference: K.21, Dickebusch New Military Cemetery, Belgium.  Additional information: Son of the late John and Martha Ingham, of Bradford, Yorks. Also served at Mons and Gallipoli.

Charles Jackson,

George Jackson,

George H. Jackson,

Thomas Jackson,

Ben JenningsShoeing Smith, Royal Field Artillery “C” Bty. 148th Bde, #780660.  Died 19 November 1918, aged 23, of pneumonia.  Grave reference:K. “C” 589, Thornton Cemetery, Bradford   Additional Information: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jennings, of Thornton; husband of Phoebe Jennings, of 18, Clare St., Northampton.

Stephen H. Johnson,

(Charles) Neville Jollyson of the first vicar of the new St. James church, served with the Y.M.C.A., after repeated rejections to join the Army.  He undertook voluntary service on both the French and Italian Fronts from 1916 to 1918, despite his poor health.  He studied at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University, from 1914 to 1916, and in 1919.  He died on 10 February, 1920, in Liverpool, aged 26, his health having been undermined by War service.

William R. Kirk Private, Durham Light Infantry 2nd Bn., #93038.  Died 8 May 1918, aged 28.  Grave referenceIX. B. 59, Boulogne Eastern Cemetery     Additional Information:Husband of Mary Ann Kirk, of 6, Providence Terrace, Thornton, Bradford.

Fred Knapton, Private, York and Lancaster Regiment 1st Bn., #15348.  Died 8 May 1915, aged 34.  Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,  Panel 36 and 55. Additional Information:Son of John Henry and Martha Jane Knapton, of 10 Wellheads, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks; husband of May Knapton, of 36, Wakefield Rd., Old Mill, Barnsley. Served in the South African Campaign.

Harold Knapton, Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Bn., #28873.  Died 11 April, 1917.   Commemorated at Arras Memorial  Bay 6.

Herbert Laycock,

Herbert Layton Private, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 10th Bn., #16/1306.  Died 23 April, 1917.  Commemorated at  Arras Memorial , Bay 4.

Eddie Leach Private, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 16th Bn, #16/531.  Died 1 July 1916.  Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.

Ernest LeachPrivate, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 16th Bn., #16/198.  Died 1 July 1916.  Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D.

Frank Leach,

Morris Leach, Private, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry “B” Coy. 2nd Bn., #23000.  Died 27 June 1916, aged 19.  Grave reference II. C. 6., Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension    Additional Information: Son of Joshua and Eliza Leach, of 31, Back Lane, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

James H. Lee,

Charlie Long Private,  Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 10th Bn., #29898.  Died 8 June 1917, aged 23.  Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 20.  Additional information: Son of Joseph and Sarah Long, of 26, Spring Bank, Thornton, Bradford.

Horace Long,

Edgar Mercer MellorPrivate, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1st/4th Bn., #6530.  Died 9 September 1916. aged 20.  Grave reference:I. A. 38., Varennes Military Cemetery   Additional Information:Son of Stephen C. and Betsy Mellor, of Bramley, Leeds.

 Sydney Metcalf,

 Harold Milnes,

 Arthur Mitchell,

Harry Naylor

George Nicholson, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, #41846 transf. to Labour Corps, #238010.  Died  11 March, 1920, aged 33.  Grave reference 112, Denholme Cough Primitive Methodist Church   Additional information: Husband of Florrie Nicholson, of 30, Bottomley Holes, Thornton, Bradford.

Geoffrey William Northrop,  Captain, 2nd West Riding Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, enlisted 1911, retired 1920, died 1937. (source, The National Archives)

Harold Northrop,  2nd. Lieutenant, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 8th Bn. In territorial Army before 1914#1317 as Corporal, then #305078 as Corporal, then commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, December 1916, died 9 October 1917, aged 22.    Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 42 to 47 and 162.  Additional information:  Born in Bramley. Son of Mrs. S. E. Northrop, of 1, Sharp Row, Littlemoor Rd., Pudsey, Leeds, and the late Mr. J. Northrop.

Albert Ogden,

 John Ogden,

 Harry Owen,

Lawrence Passman,

James A. PearsonPrivate,  West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 16th Bn. attd. Cheshire Regiment, #20/131.  Died 29 September, 1916.  Grave reference: X. F. 30, Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval  Additional information:  Son of Fred and Lily Pearson, of 26, Back Field, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Herbert Phillips,

 Luther PicklesPrivate, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 10th Bn., #29177.    Died 7 June, 1917.  Commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 20.

Herbert PimmPrivate, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 12th Bn, #20/164.  Died 13 April, 1917.  Commenorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 4.

Arthur Pullan,   Private,  West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 12th Bn, #50518.  Died 3 May, 1917.  Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 4.

William H. Raywood,   Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd/4th Bn, #268891.  Died 25 March, 1918.  Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Bay 6,

Richard N. RedmanPrivate, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 7th Bn., #11492.  Died 23 August 1916.  Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

Frank Robertshaw,

John F. Robertshaw, Serjeant, Royal Field Artillery, #231355.  Died 20 February, 1920.  Grave reference: West J 11, Thornton (St James) Old Churchyard.  Additional information: address 7 Vine Terrace, Thornton.

Linton Robertshaw,   

Albert Robinson,   Private, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st Bn., #20/29.  Died 22 April 1918, aged 23.  Grave reference: V. C. 34, Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery   Additional information:  Son of Hudson and Harriet Ann Robinson, of Thornton, Bradford; husband of Florence Robinson, of Walker Terrace, Cullingworth, Bradford, Yorks.

Edgar Robinson,

Edwin Robinson,

George Robinson,

Sam Robinson,

Wilfred Scott,

James W. Shackleton, Gunner, Royal Field Artillery “A” Bty. 155th Bde, #5977.  Died 18 February, 1917, aged 33.  Grave reference, F 2 ,Courcelles-au-Bois Communal Cemetery Extension   Additional information: Son of Alice Ann and the late Wilson Shackleton, of 7, Wensley Bank West, Thornton, Bradford, Yorks

 Arthur Shaw, 

Ernest Simpson,

George S. Smith,

Harry Smith,

Landa Smith, Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 1st/4th Bn, 202853.  Died 3 September 1916.  Panel Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.  Thiepval Memorial

George E. Smithson,  Private, Lincolnshire Regiment, 5th Labour Coy. transf. to (26029), 101st Coy. Labour Corps, #35798.  Died 12th August, 1918, aged 22.  Grave reference: III.D.11,  Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere, Pas de Calas.   Additional Information: Son of Charlie and Clara Smithson, of 4, Springfield St., Thornton, Bradford, Yorks.

Ellis Suddards,   Private, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) “C” Coy. 9th Bn., #10743.  Died 9th August, 1915, aged 19.  Commemerorated on Panels 47 – 51, Helles Memorial, Turkey  Additional information: Son of Mrs. Lydia Pallitt, of 12, Mount Pleasant, Mountain, Queensbury, Bradford, Yorks.

Ralph Sugden,    Private, Cameron Highlanders, 1st. Batallion,  #43047.  Died 18 June, 1917, aged 22.  Grave reference: II.F.19, Bard Cottage Cemetery (Belgium).  Additional information: Son of William and Emma Sugden, of 17, Hill Top Rd., Thornton, Bradford.

Donald S. Sunderland, Private, Northumberland Fusiliers, 12th  13th Batallion, #60056.  Died 11 November 1919.  Grave reference: II.C.279.  Bradford (Scholemoor) Cemetery

Frank Sutcliffe,

Frank W. Varley,

James H. Waddington

Joseph Walker

Percy H. Walker, Private, Army Service Corps, #T4/219258.  Died 23 March 1918, aged 36.  Grave Reference 91, Denholme Clough Primitive Methodist Burial Ground. Additional information:  Husband of Eva Walker, of 12, Keelham Place, Denholme Gate.

George N. Waterworth,

Richard J. Waterworth

Alfred Watmough,

Frank Watmough

Harry Watkin,

Arthur Whitaker,

Herman Whitham,

William H. Wilkinson,

Jim Wilman,

George M. Wood,

Lewis Wright

SECOND WORLD WAR, 1939 – 1945

John Battersby, Sergeant, fligh engineer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 76 Sqdn, #971129.  Died 4th June, 1942, aged 29.  Grave reference, 5.D.3, Sage War Cemetery, (Germany).  Additional information: Son of Samuel and Helena Battersby; husband of Alice Battersby, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

Edmund R. BeecroftGunner, Royal Artillery 397 Bty. 49 (6th Bn. The West Yorkshire Regt.) Searchlight Regt., #2086946.  Died 21 August, 1940, aged 20. Grave near south wall of Woodside St James Church, Horsforth, Leeds.  Additional information:Son of Edmund and Mabel Beecroft, of Thornton, Bradford.

George W. Bentley,  Driver, Royal Army Service Corps, #T/141233.  Died 26th November 1941, aged 24.  Commemorated on Column 74 at the Alamein Memorial, (Egypt).  Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hanson Bentley, of Thornton, Yorkshire.

Edward Binns,  Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 39 Squadron, #912413.  Died 14 June, 1941, aged 22.  Commemorated on Column 242 at the Alamein Memorial, (Egypt).  Additional information: Son of Thomas Arnold Binns, and of Muriel Hannah Binns, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

Granville Bishop,  Private, East Yorkshire Regiment, 8th Bn, #435443.  Died 31st December 1940, aged 22.  Grave reference: Section G, grave 1362, Thornton Cemetery.  Additional information:Son of Eli and Kate Bishop, of Thornton, Bradford.

Ernest Box,  Able Seaman, Royal Navy, French Ship Branlebas, #P/JX 140444.  Died 14 December, 1940, aged  22.  Commemorated on Panel 38, column 2 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.  Additional information: Son of Thomas and Clara Box; husband of Elsie May Box, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire

George A. Brian, Signalman, Royal Corps of Signals 14 Beach Sig. Sec, #2381490.  Died 7 June, 1944, aged 21.  Grave reference II.C.23, Bayeux War Cemetery, France.  Additional information: Son of George Albert and Clara Brian, of Fairweather Green, Yorkshire.

Leslie A. Clayton, Leading Aircraftman, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, #1100939.  Died 31 October 1943, aged 22.  Grave reference: 2.B.12. Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.  Additional information: Son of Ernest and Ivy Ann Clayton, of Bradford, Yorkshire; husband of Hilda Clayton, of Little Horton, Bradford.

John Dalby, Serjeant, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, #4345163.  Died 5 February 1946, aged 27.  Grave reference:Mil. Sec. Grave 397, Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery, South Africa.  Additional information: Adopted son and grandson of John and Leah Dalby, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire, England.

Fred Downs, Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, #85815.  Died 28 May, 1942.  Grave reference Section G, grave 1377, Thornton Cemetery.

Patrick Doyle, Private, the Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) 6th Btn., #4395741.  Died 26 October, 1942.  Grave reference XXVII. D. 21, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt.  Additional Information:  Son of John and Margaret Doyle; husband of Marjorie May Doyle, of Bilton, Harrogate, Yorkshire.  Also comemorated on the former Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church memorial which is now located in the main room at Thornton Community Centre.

Edgar Driver, Trooper, Royal Tank Regiment R. A. C. 1st. #7946566.  Died 6 October 1944, aged 23.  Grave reference: 17.B.11. Bergen-op-Zoom War Cemetery, The Netherlands.  Additional information: Son of Eliza Driver, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

Richard H. Ellis,

Edgar Feather, Sergeant (Air Gunner), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 7 Squadron, #1459770.  Died 2 May, 1944, aged 20.  Grave: Coll. grave.  Nointel Communal Cemetery, France.  Additional information: Son of Rhudall Feather and of Annie Feather (nee Mellor), nephew of Norman C. Mellor, of Halifax, Yorkshire.

Jack Feather,  Gunner, Royal Artillery 3/2 Maritime Regt. #4543690.  Died 1 January 1943, aged 28.  Commemorated on Panel 80, column 3 of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.  Additional information: Son of Ralph and Elizabeth Ann Feather; husband of Edith Feather, of Thornton, Yorkshire.

Edmund Goodison, Serjeant, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own), #4542783.  Died 12 July 1947, aged 32.  Grave Reference:Sec. K. Grave 578, Thornton Cemetery.    Additional Information: Awarded the Military Medal; son of Sam E. Goodison and Beatrice Goodison, of Thornton, Bradford.

Jack Hainsworth,

Peter J. Hollingsworth,  Sapper, Royal Engineers 629 Field Sqn, #14435785.  Died 25 June, 1944, aged 18.   Grave reference: 1.R 11, Hermanville War Cemetery, France.  Additional information:  Son of Percy and Ivy Hollings worth, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

Kenneth Kellett,  Gunner, Royal Artillery 8 Field Regt., #14275660.  Died 4 February 1945, aged 21. Commemorated on Face 3, Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar.  Additional information: Son of George and Clara Kellett

Maurice Knapton,  Sergeant, Wireless operator / Air Gunner,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, #1026154.  Died 4 December 1942, aged 22.  Grave reference: Section J, grave 399, Thornton Cemetery.   Additional information:  Son of Frank and Eleanor Knapton, of Thornton, Bradford.

John Lee,

Thomas Edward Mackrill, Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 462 (R.A.A.F.) Sqdn, #944296.  Died 9 February, 1943, aged 24.  Commemoated at the Alamein Memorial, , Egypt, column 271.  Additional information: Son of James and Ada Mackrill; husband of Marie Mackrill, of Charlestown, Yorkshire.        

Sgt Thomas Mackrill was in a Halifax DT 495 which took off from Solluch No 1, (Libya) for a raid on Palermo Harbour on the night 8/9th February 1943, but the aircraft failed to return.   The other members of the crew of the Halifax were Sgt Humphrey Ralph Green, from Anglesey, Sgt Henry Nicholson Balmforth, from Yorkshire, Sgt William Sutherland Murray, from Glasgow, Sgt Michael Denis McHale, from London, Sgt Donald McCardle, from Lancashire, and Sgt George Henry Hale of Willesden, Middlesex. (Source: https://static.awm.gov.au/images/collection/pdf/RC09125_012–1-.pdf  page 15)

Arthur William Munro,Sergeant, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force 57 Sqdn., #642623.  Died 29 April, 1942, aged 22.  Grave reference: Coll grave 1-11, Bevres Communal Churchyard, France.  Additional information: Son of Joseph William and Isabella Munro of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

Colin John David Murray, Flying Officer, Navigator / Wireless Operator,  Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, #152928.  Died 24 March, 1944, aged 22.  Grave reference: Sec B, grave 5 at Bradford (Scholemoor) Cemetery.  Additional information: Son of Richard and Agnes Ursula Mary Josephine Murray, of Horton Park, Bradford. B.Sc. (Leeds).

 

Owen Rourke, Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) 2nd Bn., #4623544.  Died 30 March 1942, aged 29.  Commemorated on Face 13 of the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar.

Wilfred Salmon,

Thomas H. Saul, Sapper, Royal Engineers 23 Field Coy., #1943637.  Died 2 September 1944, aged 24.  Grave reference: V.A.5.  Florence War Cemetery, Italy.  Additional information: Son of Thomas Henry and Freda Saul, of Thornton, Yorkshire.

Harry Campbell Sugden, Private, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1st Bn., #4543840.  Died 12 March 1944, aged 28.  Commemorated on Face 8 of the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar.

Edmund Teale,  Lance Corporal, Royal Army Medical Corps, #4627359.  Died 10 July 1944, aged 39.  Grave reference: V.J.2., Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, France. Additional information: Son of Joseph Harper Teale and Charlotte Teale, of Bradford, Yorkshire; husband of Nellie Teale, of Thornton, Bradford.

John Carr Throup, Driver, Royal Army Service Corps, #T/10663380.  Died 21 October 1944, aged 23.  Grave reference I.B.24., Castiglione South African Cemetery, Italy.  Additional information: Son of Norman Henry and Margaret Throup, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

William Walker, Serjeant, Royal Artillery 122 Field Regiment, #913174.  Died 21 September 1944, aged 24.  Commemorated on Column 6 of the Singapore Memorial, Singapore.  Additional Information:   Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Ann Walker; husband of Winifred Walker, of Thornton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

William Wilkinson,

 

EGYPT AND SUEZ CANAL, 1951-1956

Far away in a foreign land
They pitched their tents in the desert sand.
Oh, so young, were these brave men,
Never to see their homes again.
That heat, disease, and then the foe
Would take young Bill, and Fred and Joe.
Three long years this war went on,
So many souls were dead and gone.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and civilians too,
Commonwealth troops, to name a few.
We will remember them with pride,
It was for all of us they died.


Poem: © Suez Veteran Tony Tolan. 2003.

Peter Raywood, Private, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, #22173772.  Died 26 April, 1951, aged 20.  Buried at the British Military Cemetery, Moascar, Egypt. (Source of information: http://www.suezcanalzone.com/roh_intro.html )

 

The Bell Chapel Churchyard, opposite St. James Church, contains 2 Commonwealth War Commission war graves.  They are for J. F. Robertshaw (see above)  and E. Robinson.

Thornton Cemetery contains 17 graves listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  3 of Thornton men, not listed elsewhere, are:

Ambler Carter, Sapper, Royal Engineers 396 Coy., 49 (6th Bn. The West Yorkshire Regt.) A.A. Bn., #4534691.  Died 5 June 1942, aged 43.  Grave reference: Sction K, Grave 764, Thornton Cemetery.  Additional information: Son of John and Lidia Carter; husband of Lily Carter, of Thornton, Bradford.

John Wallace Clegg, Private, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, #19125946.  Died 28 May 1947, aged 18.  Grave reference: Section K, Grave 6, Thornton Cemetery.   Additional information: Son of Wallace and Frances Eleanor Clegg, of Thornton, Bradford.

Arthur Young, Sergeant, Air Gunner, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, #2206984.  Died 3 September 1943, aged 30.  Grave reference: Section K, Grave 774, Thornton Cemetery.  Additional information: Son of Joseph and Edith Young, of Bradford; husband of Gladys Mary Young, of Thornton, Bradford.

The War memorial plaque, attached to the pulpit, in the former Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church (demolished about 2011) is now in the large room of Thornton Community Centre.

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It commemorates: James Alder, Patrick Doyle (see above), James Towers, Fred Wood, and John Stanley May.

James Alder, Private, Durham Light infantry 8th Btn, formerly of the West Yorkshire Regiment, #4539583. Died 12 June, 1944, aged 26.  Grave Reference VI. J. 2, Ryes War Cemetery, Bazenville, FranceAdditional Information:  Son of James and Mary Alder, of Bradford, Yorkshire; husband of Jessie Alder, of 40 Exeter Street, Bradford.

John Stanley May, Flying Officer / Navigator / Air Bomber, Royal Air Force, Shawbury, Shropshire,  #1016364.  Died 25 June, 1946, aged 21.  He was flying in a Wellington Aircraft, serial number NC661, while taking 2 air cadets who were on camp at RAF Shawbury, on an air experience flight.  The starboard engine packed up, and atempting to land on one engine lost control and crashed near Derby.  All 4 aircrew and 2 air cadets were killed.  Interred in Thornton Cemetery, section K, number 616.  His grave is marked by a standard CWGC headstone.

James Towers, Marine, Royal Marines, no. 40 T. M. Commando, #PLY/X105669.  Died 7 March, 1944, aged 22.  Grave reference: XXII. E. 6.,  Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio, Italy    Additional information: Son of James and Margaret Towers, of 45 Vivien Road, Fairweather Green, Yorkshire.  Also named on the Allerton War Memorial.

Fred Wood, Private, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), 1st Btn, #4619289. Died, 17 July, 1940, aged 23.  Grave reference, Section P, grave 1013,  Bradford (Bowling) Cemetery.

 

(updated August 5, 2017)

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Thornton War Memorial and War Graves

    • Thanks, Susan. I haven’t started on the 2nd World War yet. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission says:
      Rank:
      Serjeant
      Service No:
      4542783
      Date of Death:
      12/07/1947
      Age:
      32
      Regiment/Service:
      West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)
      Awards:
      M M
      Grave Reference:
      Sec. K. Grave 578.
      Cemetery:
      BRADFORD (THORNTON) CEMETERY
      Additional Information:
      Son of Sam E. Goodison and Beatrice Goodison, of Thornton, Bradford.
      I see he was awarded the Military Medal. I’ll email you tomorrow about further information. Clive Richardson.

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