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Silcoates School War Memorials


This tablet is erected by the Boys present in Silcoates School on the occasion of The School's Centenary, July 1920 in Proud and Grateful Memory of Old Boys who Fell in The Great War 1914-1918
Name as on Memorial
Parental and other info not known *
Additional information
A Percy Antrobus
Alfred Percy Antrobus was the son of Alfred and Sarah of Doncster Road Scunthorpe. In the 1901 census he was living with his grandparents, Alfred and Hannah Antrobus, a farming family of Hill Farm, Maxstoke, Warwickshire. There is also an Alfred in the family aged 26, a widower - could this be Alfred Percy's father ? Also in the household are A Percy's aunt and uncles - Martha, Wilfred, William and Harvey. Alfred Percy was born in Allesley, Warkwickshire and enlisted in Birmingham into the Royal Warwickshire Regt., as Pte. 15/1643. Alfred Percy was KIA on 4 June 1916 aged 18 and rests in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras with over 2600 other casualties
Eli Townend Archer
Eli was the son of David and Emma Archer who in 1901 were living on School St, Ossett. David was a pork butcher born in Ossett, as was his wife. Eli attended, as we know, Silcoates School and later Leeds University, where he was in the OTC, leaving in 1915. Eli served in the KOYLI as a 2/Lt and was KIA on 23 July 1916 aged 23. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and is remembered along with over 72000 other casualties whose final resting place is known only unto their God
Leslie Ashby
James Alfred Baines
James Alfred Baines was the son of Alfred and Annie E Bains of Morley. Alfred was a woollen cloth manufacturer living at 56 Bridge Street, Morley in the 1901 census with his children :- Jane H ; James A ; Jessie and Adeline, the family also had a domestic servant helping with the household tasks. James enlisted in Morley and was formerly 011546 in the 3rd A.O.C. later becoming 59443 in the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.,). He was KIA on 26 October 1917 aged 22 and is remembered along with many other casualties on the Tyne Cot Memorial. By this time his family were living at Britannia House, Morley.
Hastings D Barbour

Served as 2/Lt in the Royal Flying Corps in the 10th Sqdn. Hastings was KIA on 21 October 1917 and is remembered in Roeselare Communal Cemetery along with 90 other casualties.

He was possibly, Hastings Duncan Barbour born in 1900 at Triqyeer, son of William and Annie who in 1901 were living at Castle Douglas Road, Troqueer, Kirkcudbrightshire where William was as a tailor

John William Berry
James Alan Drummond
Possibly - James Alan Drummond the son of James Siddall Drummond and Anne his wife. James Siddall being a Congregational Minister living at Clare Hill, Huddersfield in the 1901 census. James Alan served in the RFA as Bmdr 4156 and died on 2 July 1916 aged 21. He rests at Rue-du-Bacquerot No. 1 Military Cemetery, Laventie along with over 500 other casualties including 7 German casualties.
Albert Stuart Fortnum
Albert Stuart Bryan Fortnum was the son of Rev. John William Fortnum C.C. and Annie who c1918 were living at The Manse, Middlewich, Cheshire. In the census of 1901 John William gave his occupation as that of Congregational Minister and the family were living at 31 Quebec St, Middlewich. The next house on the enumerators record was that of the C of E Vicarage. Albert enlisted in Manchester where he joined the Royal Fusiliers and became Pte., 4054. He was KIA on 9 March 1916 aged 18 and is remembered at Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy with over 3400 burials and commemorations
Gilbert S Golding
Gilbert Smedley Golding was the son of Harry Golding and his wife Justina. According to the 1901 census Harry was a Congregational Minister living at Low Row, Muker, near Reeth in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Also living in the house was Cecil Smedley Golding, Gilbert's younger brother and Eva Eliza Smedley, sister in law. By finding a sister in law living with the family you can deduce that Smedley was Justina's maiden name and the reason both sons have it as their middle name. When Gilbert enlisted he have his birthplace as Staindrop in Durham, but he enlisted in Liverpool, the town of his residence. He served in the King's (Liverpool Regt.,) as 17611 but sources differ over his rank - either L.Cpl or Pvte. Gilbert, however, was KIA on 30 July 1917 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing.
Charles T Greenwood
Charles Thomas Greenwood was born in Rishton, Lancashire in 1898, 1 of 3 sons shown in the 1901 census to John and Grace A Greenwood. John at the time was aged 29 and employed as a Secretary in a cotton Mill. Charles served as a Flight Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Services and died on 15 March 1918 aged 19. He is remembered at Great Harwood Cemetery, Lancashire.
William Stuart Hartley M.C.

William's parents christian names in some sources are only given as initials, but a look at the 1901 census tells us that Benjamin B and Mary A were the parents of William Stuart and Albert Hartley. Benjamin was a Dentist at the time living with his family at Sandbrook House, Sandbrook Road, Upholland nr Ormskirk. William served in the Manchester Regiment and was promoted to 2nd Lieut (a notification of his promotion can be found in the London Gazette) he later rose to the rank of Captain and died of wounds on 8 October 1918 aged 28 and is remembered at Delsaux Farm Cemeterym, Beugny along with 495 identified and unidentified casualties. NOTE :- William had been awarded the M.C. and his citation in the London Gazette is as follows :-

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. After a counter-attack he collected the remnants of a company and re-organised them under heavy fire. Later he led them forward in a counter-attack against a strong position, and succeeded in driving the enemy back. His coolness and initiative throughout the operations were a fine example to all ranks."

John Mathews Hay
Reuben Heap
Reuben was the son of Joseph and Kate of "Burnside", Todmorden Road, Burnley. Joseph was a builder by trade employing some local men. Reuben, enlisted in Burnley where he joined the RAMC and became Pte., 77484. He was KIA on 18 August 1916 aged 20 and is remembered at Contalmaison Chateau Cemetery along with nearly 300 identified and unidentified casualties
Charles W Hobkinson
Charles served in the York and Lancaster Regiment as a 2/Lieut. He died of wounds on 23 August 1915 and is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Turkey along with over 20,000 other causualties of war whose final resting place is known only unto God
William Bardo Hodge
William Bardo Hodge was born in Alexandria, Dumbartonshire in 1896. His parents were Andrew and Georgina A Hodge who in 1901 were living at 20 Hawthorne Grove, Heaton Morris, Lancashire. William also has a brother mentioned in the census of 1901 - George R who was 2 years William's junior. Andrew was a chemist working in the calico industry. William enlisted into the Royal Scots Fusiliers and became a Lieutenant. He died on 4 November 1918 aged 22 and he lies in Etaples Military Cemetery. By this time Andrew was living at 16 Clifton Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport.
Arthur Dawson Hodgson
Arthur Dawson Hodgson served in the Sherwood Foresters as a Lieutenant. He was KIA on 20 July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial
George Edward Jessop
George Edward was the son of Arthur Jessop who c1918 was living at Green Mount, Ossett. George enlisted in the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regt.,) and became a Lieutenant. By this time Arthur had married Gladys Mary. He was KIA on 10 April 1918 and is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial. Note :- Gladys later became Gladys Mary Colbeck and lived at Shaftsbury Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds.
Edward W Keen
Edward during WWI served as a 2/Lieut in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers in the Gurkha Rifles. He died on 5 July 1918 and is remembered at Kut War Cemetery and Edward lies with over 400 other casualties of war
Fred J King
Possibly :- Fred Johnson King who in 1901 was living at 9 Long*as (?) Lane, Barnsley with his grandparents Amos and Jane Wainwright. Amos being a Brass and Wood Bedstead maker working on his own account. Fred served in the KRRC as Rifleman C/12371 and died of wounds at Home on 4 April 1916 and rests in Barnsley Cemetery
Donald Haigh Longbottom
Donald Haigh Longbottom or Donald Hough as he is found in some sources was the son of Fred and Lucy of Huddersfield. In the census of 1901 Fred, a Timber Merchants, was living at 18 Dingle Road, Huddersfield with his wife and 5 children. Donald joined the King's (Liverpool Regt.,) and became a 2/Lieut. He was KIA on 8 August 1916 aged 25 and rests in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt
Arthur Longbottom Mann
Arthur was born in 1889 in Liversedge. He was the son of Abel, a colliery owner, and Clara, his wife. In the census of 1901 the family of 5 were living at Woodland Cottage, Liversedge with Esther Mann, the widowed mother of Abel also being in the house. Arthur joined the Royal Engineers and held the rank of Captain. He was KIA on 30 March 1918 aged 29 and he is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial. By this time his family had moved to Mairfield Drive, Morecombe.
Harry Leonard Mansell
Harry was the son of John and Phoebe Mansell who in 1901 were living at 5 Radstock Road, West Derby. Also in the house was Harry's 3 other siblings. Both Harry's father and his eldest brother John, were self employed - John jnr. being a Photographic Material Dealer and his father who employed a number of staff was a Piassaua Dresser (?). Richard, another brother was a sculptur. Harry enlisted in Liverpool, joining the King's (Liverpool Regt.,) where he became L/Cpl 240565. He was KIA on 10 September 1916 aged 24 and is remembered at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 where he lies with over 7000 casualties - over 4000 of these men are unidentified
Charles G C Moncrieff
Charles George Conrad Moncrieff was born in 1896 in Halifax. He was the son of James and Annie Thompson Moncrieff. James being a Congregational Minister who in 1901 lived with his wife and 2 sons in The Parsonage, Warley, Halifax. Charles joined the East Yorks Regiment and became a 2/Lieut. He died of wounds on 24 November 1916 aged 20 and rests in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension.
Harry Moorhouse
Harry served as a Lt. Colonel in the KOYLI. He was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the DSO, TD, Legion of Honour. He was KIA on 9 October 1917 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial
Ronald W Moorhouse M.C
Ronald Wilkinson Moorhouse was the son of Lt. Colonel Harry Moorhouse who served in the KOYLI. Ronald also served in the KOYLI. In the 22 September 1914 issue of the London Gazette Ronald can be found being given the rank of 2nd Lieut. and later holding the rank of Captain. He was KIA on the same day as his father (above), 9 October 1917 and is also remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Ronald was awarded the MC
Sydney Barron Newlands
Sydney Barron Newlands was the son of The Rev R W and Agnes Newlands who c1916 were living at 5 Fairholme Avenue, Romford, Essex. Sydney had been form in Port Byron, Illanois, USA in 1896. He served as a 2/Lieut in the West Yorkshire Regiment and was KIA on 1 July 1916 aged 20 and he is remembered at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2
Edwin S Petch
Edwin Scott Petch is found on the census and other resources as Ernest Scott Petch. It seems that they are one and the same person. Edwin was the son of John Caleb and Elizabeth Petch of Stepney Rise, 15 Stepney Road, Scarborough. John Caleb was an Architect and Surveyor working on his own account. He was father to 4 children shown in the 1901 census. Edwin or Ernest gave Scarborough as his place of birth when he enlisted in Edinburgh and joined the Royal Scots (Lothian Regt.,) and became Pte., 1215. By the time that Edwin was KIA on 28 June 1915 aged 31 his father had died. Edwin is remembered on the Helles Memorial in Turkey
Harry Thornton Pickles
Harry was the son of Stephen and sarah who in 1901 were living on Colne Road, Barnoldswick, where Stephen was a Manufacturer. Harry was 1 of 4 children. He joined the Duke of Wellington Regt., and became a 2/Lieut. Harry was KIA on 526 April 1916 aged 26 and he is remembered at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres.
Francis Sherwood Scott
Henry Strachan
Arnold Craven Stuart
Arnold Craven Stuart or Stewart as he found in some sources was the son of William Douglas and Sarah Elizabeth. In 1901 the family were living at 5 Glen View Terrace, Shipley and William Douglas was a Silk Cloth Manufacturer aged 39 and a father of 4. In the census the family surname is transcribed as 'Skeans'. Arnold enlisted into the RFA and became Gunner 795641. He died of wounds on 26 July 1918 aged 20 and lies in Jonchery-sur-Vesle British Cemetery with 100 other casualties including 31 French and 25 Italian
John Reginald Stubley
John was the son of John and Adeline of Batley. John served during WWI as a worker in the French Red Cross Society. He died on 27 December 1915 aged 30 and rests in Nancy Southern Cemetery where he rests with 12 other casualties who served in the Indian Free Armies and possibly POW's from the Stalag 194 Prisoner of War Camp that was close to Nancy.
Ernest Taylor
James Shepherd Thomas
James was the son of the late Rev. J D Thomas of Matlock formerly of Bolton. He served as a 2/Lieut in the Prince of Wales's Own and was KIA on 3 May 1917 aged 21. James is remembered on the Memorial at Arras.
Arthur Thompson
Ralph M Thompson
Ralph Motson Thompson served in the Lincolnshire Regt., as Pte. 180. He was KIA on 1 July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial
W H Waters
William B Weatherill
William was the son of William and Margaret of Saltburn, Yorkshire. William Brown Weatherill served in The Loyal North Lancashire Regt., as a 2/Lieut. He was KIA on 18 June 1918 aged 22 and he is remembered on the Loos Memorial
Francis M Whitlow
Francis Milthorpe Whitlow was the son of John and Frances Whitlow of Wakefield. In the 1901 census the family were living in the house of Frances' father Francis Milthorpe a Printing Ink Manufacturer. John Whitlow was a Manager in the works of his father in law. Francis Milthorp(e) at some time moved to Canada with his wife Elizabeth Mathilde (nee Durham) as sources give an address as that of Usk, Skeena River, British Columbia. He served as a Captain in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles and served in the South African Campaign and was Mentioned in Despatches. Francis died on 10 August 1918 aged 41 and lies in Bouchoir New British Cemetery
George F Glaister
George Frederick Glaistre was the son of Joseph and Ruth of Preston Lancashire. He served in the Tank Corps. as a Lieutenant. George was KIA on 1 August 1918 aged 28 and is remembered at St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens.
Arnold Wynne
Son of Edwin and Lucy Wynne, Arnold went on be become a lecturer at Cape Town University. Arnold served in The King's Regiment as a 2/Lieut. He was KIA on 9 A[ril 1917 aged 37 and is remembered at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines.


To The Glory of God with Proud Thanksgiving This Tablet Commemorates The Deeds of Those 275 Silcoatians Who Served Their King & Country in the Armed Forces During the Second World War 1939 - 1945

These Gave Their Lives

Norman Birkett Burgoine
Norman was the son of Norman and Mabel Gladys Burgoine who lived in Garstang, Lancashire and attended Silcoates School between 1931 and 1938. He served as a Second Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy. He was was drowned at sea on 22 February 1942 aged 21 and has no known grave and is therefore remembered on Tower Hill Memorial
Frank William Davies
Frank was the son of George Henry and Mary Davies of Irlams-O-th-Height, Salford and attended Silcoates School between 1925 and 1928. He served in the RA's as Serjeant 842915. Frank died on 28 September 1943 aged 29 while a Prisoner of War of the Japanese. He is buried in Chungkai War Cemetery, north-west of Bangkok, Thailand.
Donald Grant
Donald was the son of the Rev. John and N Violet Grant of the Manse, Chichester and he attended Silcoates between 1935 and 1940. He joined the RAFVR and became Flight Sergeant (Nav.) 1623481. Donald died as the result of a flying accident on 19 February 1945 aged 21 and rests in Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery.
Charles William Haythornthwaite

Charles was the son of Charles Walter and Alice Gertruce Haythornthwaite of Wilpshire, Blackburn and attended the School between 1931 and 1937 He served as Flying Officer (Pilot), 50111, Royal Airforce, attached to the Royal Artillery. Charles died aged 24 in England as the result of a flying accident, on 17 August 1944 aged 24. He lies in Mellor Methodist Chapelyard

Kenneth Michael Meenz
Kenneth was the son of Horace and Doris May Meenz who were from Wakefield. Kenneth attended Silcoates between 1935 and 1940. He served as Telegraphist LT/JX 359798, in the Royal Naval Patrol Service onboard HM Morot Minesweeper 168. Kenneth was only 21 when he was drowned in a mine-sweeper on 25 June 1945 and he lies in Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa
Arthur James McCandlish Millichip
Ernest and Florence Margaret were the parents of Arthur. The family came from Liversedge and Arthur attended the School between 1934 and 1941. Arthur served as 1454045 Flight Sergeant (Air Bomber) in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. He died on 18 January 1944 aged 20 and is remembered in Bari War Cemetery, Italy along with over 2000 other casualties
Hubert Ellis Pearson M.C.

Hubert was the son of William Ellis and Dora Pearson of Cambridge and attended Silcoates school between 1930? and 1940. He served as Lieutenant, 245254 in the Reconnaissance Corps., RAC. He was KIA on 19 September 1944 aged 23 and is remembered at Arnhem Oosberbeek War Cemetery. Note :- Hubert Ellis Pearson was a recipient of the Military Cross.

NOTE :- Hubert Ellis Pearson's award of the Military Cross can be found in the London Gazette supplement dated 26 July 1946

Guthrie Morgan Wadsworth
Guthrie Morgan Brian Wadsworth attended the School between 1914 and 1917, later serveing as 10633 Capt., in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He drowned at sea on 16 January 1942 aged 42 and rests in Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery along with over 500 casualties from both World Wars
Benjamin Wroe
Benjamin was the son of John and Ethel Wroe and nephew of Mr G Wroe of Wrenthorpe. Benjamin served as 271922 Lieutenant in the Green Howards. He was KIA on 12 September 1944 aged 21 and rests in Geel War Cemetery, Belgium along with over 390 other casualties, 6 of them are known only unto God
See To It, Ye Who Follow That They Did Not Die in Vain

attendance dates at Silcoates School for WW2 casualties + Regiments which have helped in finding info for F W Davies and Donald Grant supplied by J Keymer, ex-pupil of Silcoates School

The men that worked for England they have their graves at home and bees and birds of England above the cross can roam.

But they that fought for England, following a falling star. Alas, alas, for England they have their graves afar

extract from a poem by G K Chesterton

With Thanks to Silcoates School and staff for allowing me to photograph the memorials

Photographs and additional information of any casualty mentioned on a war memorial is always welcomed and acknowledged


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