City of Leeds United in WW1

Remembering those from Leeds who gave their lives in world war one.


 Church of the Holy Spirit Beeston Hill can be found in  Tempest Road and Stratford Street. The church closed around 2012. There is a war memorial for the parish outside, in the small churchyard. The plaque below could be found  inside with names of 27 church members who gave their lives.


 Many thanks to Stephen Savage for the above information and photograph.

ABE Frank Second Lieutenant 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 23/07/1918 Aged 21. Born Son of Laid to Rest Chambrecy British Cemetery Marne France. 


ARMITAGE Clarence Private T/389768 Army Service Corps DIED 09/03/1919 Aged 22. Son of George Austin and Sarah Ann Senior Married 1888 St Jude Potteryfield. CWGC 101 Lodge Lane Beeston Hill 1911 Occupation Errand Boy. Laid to Rest Cologne Southern Cemetery Germany.

ARMITAGE George Corporal 28779 15/17th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 27/03/1918 Aged 27. Born Leeds. Son of George Austin and Sarah Ann Senior Married 1888 St Jude Potteryfield. CWGC 101 Lodge Lane Beeston Hill 1911 Occupation Punters Packer. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

BAILEY William Stanley Lance Corporal 33188 1/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/10/1917 Aged 22. Born Leigh Lancashire. Son of Thomas and Alice Fullalove 1911 2 Upper Woodview Place Occupation Grocers Clerk.  Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.

BARRETT  (Barratt) Charles Able Seaman R/521 Nelson Bn KIA 28/10/1917 Aged 31. Born Leeds 07/10/1885. Son of John Abraham and Annie Elizabeth Hampshire  Husband of Eliza A Singleton Married 1912 Holy Spirit Beeston Hill. (Naval Record) 20 Clevedon Road Gloucester Occupation Lithographic Printer. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.

BATE Harry Private 1686 1/7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 23/12/1915 Aged 20. Born Birmingham Son of Fredrick John and Blanche Fanny Beavan Married 1893 CWGC 84 Tempest Road Beeston Hill. 1911 15 Burlington Place Hunslet Occupation Tailors Trimmer. Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Belgium.

BINKS Joshua Private 49127 2nd Bn Northamptonshire Regiment MIA 25/03/1918 Aged 25. Born Son of William and Margaret Ellen Maynard Married 1890 St John The Evangelist Wortley, 1911 6 Buckley Avenue Beeston Hill Occupation Cloth Finisher. Enlisted 02/11/1915 Occupation Butcher Landed Calais France 21/03/1918. Remembered Pozieres Memorial France.

COMSTIVE Percy Private 17th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 14/07/1916 Aged 22. Born Leeds 1894. Son of John William (1926 Knocked down and killed by a Tram in Briggate) and Sarah Ann Rathmell Married 23/09/1882 Leeds Registered Building. 1911 3 Colwyn View Dewsbury Road Hunslet Occupation Apprentice Printer Letter Press. Remembered Thiepval War Memorial Somme France. PHOTO ANCESTORY

DAVIES Thomas Boy 1st Class J/48302 Died from Disease HMS Chatham 28/12/1918 Aged 19. Born Leeds 18/09/1899. Son of Albert and Sarah Gray Married 1899 St Mary the Virgin Hunslet CWGC 11 Sunbeam Avenue Beeston Hill. Laid to Rest Hunslet Old Cemetery Leeds.

ELSTUB Maurice Private 203474 1/4th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment KIA 3/09/1917 Aged 21. Born Cleckheaton Son of William and Ada Rhodes Married 1886 St Peters Birstall 1911/CWGC 35 Stratford Street Dewsbury Road Enlisted York into the Yorkshire Hussars 2829. Believed to be remembered on Cockburn High School WW1 Memorial. Laid to Rest Tournai Community Cemetery Allied Extension France.

GREASLEY Alfred Reginald Lance Serjeant 15/371 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 27. Born Hull. Son of Thomas Henry and Ada Shaw Married 1893Sculcoates Ada remarried to 1906 to George Hendley. 1911 Residence stepson of George Eli Died 1906 and Ada Hindley 3 Spring Grove Newington Hull Occupation Assistant Store Keeper. Remembered Thiepval memorial Somme France. 

GREAVES John Second Lieutenant 2/7th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment DOW 31/03/1918 Aged 31. Born Son of William and Selina Metcalf Married 1885 St Simon Leeds CWGC 16 Lodge Lane Beeston Hill 1911 Residence 56 Beechwood Terrace Occupation Woollen Merchant's Clerk. Headstone Reads "For Love of God Country and King" Laid to Rest Namps-au-Val British Cemetery France.



HEMINGWAY Harry Blackburn Private 36751 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 03/05/1917 Aged 19. Son of Harry Marston and Emily Blackburn Married 1881 St Peter Leeds, 1911 Residence 27 Wickham Street Beeston Hill. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

HEMINGWAY William Marston Gunner 283475 Royal Garrison Artillery DOW 22/09/1918 Aged 34. Son of Harry Marston and Emily Blackburn Married 1881 St Peter Leeds. Husband of Florrie Carter Married 1909 St Augustine Wrangthorne CWGC 28 Stratford Terrace Dewsbury Road Beeston Hill. 1911 Residence 7 Marian Grove Beeston Hill  Occupation Assistant Teacher. Florrie remarried in 1920 St Peter Leeds to John R Swain. Laid to Rest Bedford House Cemetery Belgium. Also remembered Leeds City Councils Education Department War Memorial found in the City's Council Offices in George Street Leeds.

KING Arthur Rifleman C/12308 21st Bn Kings Royal Rifles KIA 15/09/1916 Aged 20. Son of James and Margaret Singleton Married 1887 St Stephen Burmantofts 1911/CWGC 25 Dawson Road Beeston Hill Occupation Tailor Apprentice Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. 

LEMMON Alfred Denis Private 1453 C Company 7th Bn London Regiment DOW 07/11/1915 Aged 20. Son of Henry and Alice Mary Married 1894 St Michael Buslingthorpe CWGC 37 Hillcrest View  Beeston Hill. 1911 23 Dawson Road Beeston Hill. Enlisted Hammersmith Landed France 18/03/1915. Laid to Rest Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery France.

PICK Harry Lance Corporal G/52531 4th Bn Middlesex Regiment KIA 12/10/1918 Aged 24. Son of Henry and Ellen 1911/CWGC 23 Sefton Terrace Beeston Hill Occupation Clerk. Harry was laid to rest alongside 10 others from the 4th Bn Middlesex Regiment at map coordinates 57B-D19-A25-40 and was moved and Laid to Rest Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension France.

PRESTON John Sidney Corporal 2395 1/10th Bn Liverpool Scottish Regiment MIA 16/06/1915 Aged 27. Born Newcastle Upon Tyne 1889. Son of John William and Marian Dempster McPherson Married 1886 Newcastle Upon Tyne. CWGC 5 Stratford Terrace Dewsbury Road. medals sent to this address after war. Enlisted Liverpool 19/02/1912 Aged 23 Residence 22 Seymour Street Occupation Salesman. John was described as being 5ft 6 inches tall a chest size of 36 inches. He was called up on the 05/08/1914 landed Le Harve France on board SS Maiden 01/11/1914 in Liverpool John and those entitled to the 1914 star were called Maideners after the ship that transported them to France. In the early part of 1915 John suffered from Flu. Classed as missing KIA Railway Wood at the Battle of Hooge 2 miles east of Ypres 16/06/1915.

                        A line of soldiers standing behind tents with their army gear neatly laid out ready to be inspected. The line of soldiers continues into the distance were buildings can be seen the background.

                           E company Kit Inspection September 1914


                   Photos taken during Battle of Hooge


                      Bellewaarde Farm Railway Wood where John lost his life.

            Acknowledgment to Wikipedia

    Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Belgium.  "Also St Peters War Memorial Hunslet Moor now on Dewsbury Road."

REED Bernard 2nd Lieutenant 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Attached 15th Bn West Yorkshires KIA Aged 22 12/04/1918. LEEDS MODERN: 1909-1910. Son of Joseph a Tailor and Sarah Ann. 1901 Main Street Burley in Wharfdale near Ilkley.  1911 Residence 153 Beeston Road Apprentice Tailor. Enlisted September 1914 Leeds Town Hall 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals after training at Colsterdale and Salisbury Bernard went to Egypt in December 1915. Promoted to 2nd Lietenant in the 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment and was attached back to the 15th Bn West Yorkshire's. March 1918 Bernard was given the rank of acting Captain on Staff duties. 12/04/1918 Bernard is reported to have rallied three Battalion's as they retreated and was shot down as they galloped forward. His Commanding officer wrote: "He was brave as a lion, conscientious in all he did, and devoted to his duty, for which he layed down his life". Remembered Leeds Boys Modern.




                                                                                         Remembered The Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium

 RENTON Norman Gilbert Private 12079 7th Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light infantry KIA 16/09/1916 Aged 17. Born 24/11/1896 Hunslet. Son of Frank and Matilda Atha Married 1887. Residence 1911 143 Stratford Street Beeston Hill Occupation Mechanic Apprentice (fitter). In Normans CWGC page their are details in 1925 of Norman being laid or remembered in a Memorial Plot 2 Row B alongside 6 other men from the KOYLI at the Guards Cemetery Lesboeufs all these men including Norman are now Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. 

ROBINSON Arthur Gunner 801119 295th Brigade Royal Field Artillery DOW 20/09/1917 Aged 19. Son of Henry and Sarah Jane CWGC Woodville Mount Belle Isle Road Hunslet Carr.


                                                                                              Laid to Rest Mendinghem Military Cemetery Belgium.

ROBSON Walter Private 38689 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 31/07/1917 Aged 19. Born Lund. Son of Joseph and Hannah Hardbattle Married 1897 Driffield. 1911 at school 9 Upper Woodview Place Beeston Hill. Enlisted Harrogate. Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Belgium.

SHAW Jack Canadians 10/06/1916 Aged 28. CANNOT FIND ANY RECORD

SHEARD John Linley Private 15/809 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 26/05/1916 Aged 24. Son of James and Ada  Ratcliffe Married 1899 St Peter Leeds 1911/CWGC 226 Cross Flatts Grove Occupation Clerk. Laid to Rest Abbeville Communal Cemetery France.

SMITH George West Yorkshire Regiment 30/04/1918 Aged 21. No record assumed to have died at home after war finished.

TOWNEND Peter Austin Rifleman 266679 West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 27/09/1918 Aged 19. Son of Peter and Polly  CWGC 3 Highfield Street Beeston Hill. 1911 at school 23 Langthorpe Place Hunslet. Laid to Rest Noyelles-sur-L'Escaut Communal Cemetery France. CONTACT RELATIVE PHOTO.