City of Leeds United in WW1

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




St Edmonds Anglican Church was built around 1905. The War Memorial was dedicated and unveiled at 15.30 Hrs on Saturday April the 3rd 1921 by Lieutenant Colonel Bousfield and the Archdeacon of Richmond local ex servicemen were requested to attend in uniform. The memorial Remembers 36 men from the parish who gave their lives in World War One.


The Memorial depicts men walking off to battle.

A popular theme for churches when remembering men on either stain glass windows or images on memorials was to place show the likeness of their family member who gave their lives. It is highly possible that the soldiers above are a true likeness to some of the men remembered on the memorial.


BALL Frank Rifleman R/7386 1st Bn Kings Royal Rifles KIA 29/09/1915 Aged 23. Born Hickleton Near Doncaster. Son of William and Matilda Duggleby Married 1868 Pockleton. 


Yorkshire Evening Post  20/10/1915

Remembered Loos Memorial France.

BEDNALL John Godfrey Wilfred Private 55069 North Staffordshire Regiment DOW 04/11/1918 Aged 19. Born 26/05/1899 Baptised St Agnes St Stephen Burmantofts 14/06/1899. Son of George and Clara Kirk Married 1894 Loughborough 1911 and enlistment 29 Chandos Terrace Roundhay. Enlisted Notts and Derby Regiment at Leeds 26/06/1917 Occupation Clerk. Johns personal effects were sent home in April 1919.  Laid to Rest Wargnies Le Grand Churchyard France. 

BUCHANAN Harry Cyril Dudley Lieutenant Middlesex Regiment DOGSW 12/11/1916 Aged 23. Born 1893 Cavan Ireland. Son of Laura Elizabeth Sweeney CWGC 220 Hamlet Gardens Ravenscourt Park London. Laid to Rest Etaples Military Cemetery France. 

COCKBURN John Paterson Private 266637 1/7th Bn Gordon Highlanders 23/07/1918 Aged 24. Son of Thomas and Margaret Paterson Married 1890 St Mathew Holbeck CWGC 38 Chandos Place Roundhay. Laid to Rest La Neuville-Aux-Larris Military Cemetery France. 

COOKSON Alfred Owen Lieutenant A Company Hawke Bn KIA 08/10/1918 Aged 24. Born 1894 Wakefield Son of Albert and Kate Maude Smithson Married 1891 Tyneside. Naval Record Denholme Denton Avenue Roundhay. Remembered Vis-En-Artois Memorial France.

CULLINGWORTH Harold 2nd Lieutenant Royal Lancashire Regiment DIED Sheffield 30/10/1918 Aged 22. Son of Albert and Delia Ward Married 1890 Middlesbrough CWGC 18 Gledhow Wood Avenue. Remembered in the Du Ruvigney Roll Of Honour


                                                                               Laid to Rest St Johns Churchyard Roundhay.

DIXON Kenneth 2nd Lieutenant 6th Bn West Riding Regiment DOW 20/11/1916 Aged 20. Born Leeds. Son of George Edward and Margaret Brewis Cockrill Married 1879 Died Leeds 1896 in child birth ?. Kenneth's father remarried to Emily Fawcett in 1898 at Emmanuel Headingley Leeds CWGC of 3 St. Mark's Avenue Leeds Road Harrogate.  After attending Leeds Boys Modern School Kenneth along with his twin brother Eric, joined the Leeds Medical school in July 1914, both brothers joined the Leeds University Officer Training Corps, and in 1915 they gained their commissions.  Remembered Leeds Boys Modern.

Yorkshire Evening Post 30/11/1916



                                                               Laid to Rest Couin British Cemetery France.

DODGSON John Ernest 15/283 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 09/07/1916 Aged 22. Son of John Treble and Edith Dixon Marshall Married 1889 Leeds Registered Building CWGC Uplands Old Park Road Roundhay. Laid to Rest St Pol Communal Cemetery Extension France.

DOUGLAS Bryce Lieutenant 101st Grenadiers Indian Army KIA 13/11/1917 Aged 19. Born Scarborough 1898.Son of Dr Norman Gladstone and Mary Caroline Clegg Married 1890 Stockport CWGC The Manor House Whitkirk. Attended Bromsgrove Grammar School 1911. Was Attached 58th Vaughan's Rifles Frontier Force when he lost his life. Laid to Rest Ramleh War Cemetery Israel.

FILLINGHAM Arthur Edwin Private 15/327 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 20. Born Leeds. Son of Arthur Herbert and Kate Ramsden Married 1893 Hunslet CWGC 3 The Crescent Street Lane Roundhay. Arthur had held a choral scholarship at Lincoln Cathedral before joining Leeds Boys Modern at the age of 15, he was a keen sportsman and played for the school cricket team. After leaving school worked for the Legal and General Assurance Company in Leeds City Centre. Enlisted August 1914 at Leeds Town Hall into the Leeds Pals the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment, serving in Egypt then France after training at Colsterdale and Salisbury. Remembered Leeds Boys Modern.

 Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. 

FOWLER Bernard Edwin 2nd Lieutenant 19th Bn Machine Gun Corps KIA 22/03/1918 Aged 19. Born 18/08/1898 Teignmouth Devon. Named at Birth Edwin Henry Alfred Athelstan. Bernards father was not known. His mother Florence Pearson did marry to a fowler. Residence 1911 7 Ingledew Crescent Roundhay Florence is shown as a widow. KIA Beugny France.


Remembered Arras Memorial France.

FRANCE Thomas Norman West Yorkshire Regiment DIED AT HOME 1919 Aged 25. Born Leeds 28/02/1894. Baptised St Emmanual Roundhay 23/03/1894 resident at 12 Grosvenor View Roundhay. Son of Richard Robson and Mary Isle Married 1892 Thorne. 1911 Thomas was at School in Sedgbrough family residing at Faulconbury North Roundhay. Laid to Rest 21/08/1919 St John Churchyard Roundhay.

GIESHEN John Private 307459 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 14/07/1918 Aged 41. Born 1877 London. Son of Martin and Amelia Munchow Married 1876 Whitechapel London. 1911 Glenesk Gledhow Wood Grove. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.

HAMPSON James 7679 D Company 2nd Bn South Lancashire Regiment 24/08/1914 Aged 27. Born 1887 Sunderland. Son of Edmund and Annie Henrietta Young Married 1887 St Pancras London. CWGC 62 Shaftsbury Avenue Roundhay.  Remembered La Fert-Sous-Jouarre Memorial France.   

HAYHURST John Private 15/128115th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 22/05/1916 Aged 20. Son of John James and Sarah Elizabeth Pickles Married 1890 Burnley CWGC Winterthur The Drive Roundhay. John was a Watchmaker & Jeweller Apprentice in his fathers business.


                                             Laid to Rest Sucrerie Military Cemetery Colincamps Somme France.

HEWITT Marcus George Private M2/076118 49th Divsion Mechanical Transport Company DIED 02/11/1918 Aged 24. Born Thrybergh Yorkshire. Son of Josephus George and Alice Mary Weightman Married 11/02/1893 St Peters Bradford Cathedral. CWGC Saint Sever The Green Acomb York  "note how they named their house after the cemetery Marcus was laid to rest in."  Landed France 15/04/1915. Laid to Rest St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen France. "Worthy of Everlasting Love"

HOWARTH Norman Frederick 2nd Lieutenant Yorkshire Regiment KIA 22/03/1918 Aged 27.  Born Toronto Canada. only Son of Frederick and Ellen Born Toronto Canada. CWGC 12 Ayresome Avenue Roundhay. 1911 No 21 Savile Place Chapeltown Road Occupation Provision Agent. Enlisted September 1914 at Leeds Town Hall into the Leeds Pals the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 15/481. landed Egypt 22/12/1915. YEP reported on Saturday 08/07/1916 That Private Norman Howarth had been shot and wounded in the leg. Remembered Pozieres Memorial France.

HUNT John Private 49804  C Company 2/4th Bn West Riding Regiment KIA 31/08/1918 Aged 36. Son of Joseph and Mary Eleanor  Andrews Married 1898 St Mathias Burley CWGC/1911 Woodmere North Park Road Roundhay. Occupation  Canal Carrier. Enlisted 22/03/1916 Leeds into West Yorkshire Regiment 267322. Described as being 5ft 5 inches tall  Landed France 20/07/1916. originally laid to rest in Vaulx Vraucourt Churchyard Extension Cemetery before being exhumed after the war John was identified by his clothing. 


     Laid to Rest Vaulx Hill Cemetery France.

HUNT Sydney Edgar Middlesex Regiment Unknown Can You Help.


IVES Derrick Sub Lieutenant HM Submarine H 10 Drowned North Sea 19/01/1918 Aged 21. Born Leeds 1896. Son of Alfred Edward  nd Beatrice Caroline Hill Married St Martin Potter Newton December 1888. CWGC Residence Greystones Roundhay. Brother Kenneth Hill Ives remembered on other Memorial Panel. Chatham Naval Memorial. Remembered St Johns Roundhay. 

IVES Kenneth Hill Second Lieutenant 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Died at Home 09/12/1914 Aged 22. Born Leeds September 1892 Vol Page 525. Son of Alfred Edward and Beatrice Caroline Hill Married St Martin Potternewton December 1888 Vol 9b Page 773. CWGC Residence Greystones Roundhay. Brother Derrick Ives remembered on other Memorial Panel. Laid to Rest Lawnswood Cemetery. Remembered St Johns Roundhay. 

 JENKINSON F Victor Corporal R A S C


LEATHERBARROW Edmund Private 16590 18th Bn Kings Liverpool Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 32. Son of John Clough and Fanny Whitteron Married 1856 Prestwich CWGC Ryecroft Lidgett Lane Roundhay. Known as Ted.


Yorkshire Evening Post July 1916

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

LEATHERBARROW William W 10260 Lance Corporal 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 27/08/1915 Aged 19. SERVED AS LEATHER. KIA at Suvla Bay. In 1934 left effects totalling £20 to his father.

Leeds Mercury 07/09/1915 


Remembered Helles Memorial Gallipoli Turkey.

MALCOLM Archibald Hugh 2nd Lieutenant 1st Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers KIA 16/05/1916 Aged 22. Son of James and Mary Ann Gallagher Married 1893 Leeds Registry Office 1911 No 18 Colwyn Road. Enlisted Scots Guards 14992. Landed France  25/04/1917. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

MARSDEN Harold 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn West Riding Regiment  DIED at Home 05/06/1918 Aged 25. Son of Eli and Hannah Elizabeth Freeborn Married 1879 St Andrew Leeds. 1911 12 Gledhow Wood Avenue Roundhay Occupation Cashiers Clerk. Laid to Rest Roundhay St Johns Churchyard.

MOTTRAM Harry James Rifleman Corporal  1263 1/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 21/02/1916 Aged 20.  Born Didsbury Manchester (James Henry Butters Mottram). Son of  Thomas Robert and  Harriett Lloyd Butters. 1911 No 34 Chandos Place Roundhay Occupation Engineers Junior Draughtsman. Laid to Rest Authuile Military Cemetery France.

NEWTON Harold  Private 23849 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment  KIA 03/05/1917 Aged 20. Born 11/05/1896 Rothwell. Son of James and Annie Wright Married 1893 Holy Trinity Rothwell CWGC Ryder Gardens Gledhow Lane. Remembered Arras Memorial France.



ORPIN William James Private 34188 West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/10/1917 Aged ?   Born West Malling Kent. Son of William Edward and Emma Bedford. Husband of Margaret Bowyer Murphy Married 1909 London. 1911 No 78 Woodland Lane Roundhay Occupation Gardener at Roundhay Park. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.

PECK William Rifleman 2193 1/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 24/08/1915 Aged 18.  Son of John William and Ellen CWGC 26 Davies Avenue Roundhay.

Leeds Mercury 25/08/1915.

Laid to Rest Essex Farm Cemetery Belgium.

SCHOLEFIELD Harry 2nd Lieutenant 4th Bn Kings Own Yorkshire light Infantry DOW 28/04/1917 Aged 27. Son of Fred and Alice Amelia Bell Married 1885. CWGC The Croft  3 Welburn Avenue Far Headingley. 1911 No Redcliffe Lidgett Park Road Roundhay  assisted in his fathers Leather Business  Laid to Rest Etaples Military Cemetery France.

SIMPSON James Lance Corporal 43597 Attached 16th Bn London Regiment KIA 27/08/1916 Aged 37.  Born 1879 East Rigton. Enlisted Leeds 33666 West Riding Regiment. Actually Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Son of William and Susannah Goodwill Married 1867. Remembered Vis En Artois Memorial France.

SKELTON Frank Second Lieutenant 28th Squadron KIA 21/10/1917 Aged 19. Born 1899. Son of William and Fanny CWGC Adare Roundhay. 

Laid to Rest Mendinghem Military Cemetery Belgium.

SWANN John Robert Royal Marine Light Infantry DIED at Home 1920 Aged 33. Born Keighley ?. Son of  Charles. Husband of Florrie Clarkson Married 1920 St Peter Leeds. Laid to Rest 20/04/1920 Harehills Cemetery Leeds.

TAYLOR George Milburn Lieutenant A Company 161st Battery Royal Field Artillery 25/05/1916 Aged 20. LEEDS MODERN: 1903-1910. Born Holbeck. Son of John Leopold and Mary Ann Milburn Married 1886 CWGC Highbury Old Park Road Roundhay. Left Leeds Boys Modern to become an apprentice at Sir John Fowler and Company's Steam Plough works in Hunslet Leeds, and became somewhat of an expert working with combustion engines. In his spare time he was a member of the North Leeds Boys Scout movement, and won the Kings Scout Badge. Leeds 1912 George enlisted into the 2nd West riding Territorial Field Ambulance, and served until gaining his commission into the Royal Field Artillery as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 23rd April 1915.  Posted to France in December 1915 and came home on leave in May 1916, being promoted to rank of Lieutenant in early May 1916, back in France after two weeks leave lost his life leading his men on the 25/05/1916.  The Sergeant Major George was with in France wrote a letter to his Uncle a Colonel Milburn of Hull stating: "He was the finest Officer i have served with in just under seventeen years service in the army". Laid to Rest Warloy Baillon Communal France.

Laid to Rest Warloy Baillon Communal Cemetery France. "Where Can Man Die Better Than Where He Dies For Man"


THOMPSON Horace Clifford Serjeant Yorkshire Hussars Born Ossett 1886. Son of Richard Wright and Sarah Hannah Garnett Married 1883 St Luke Beeston Hill 1911 The Woodlands Park Lane Roundhay Occupation Accountant & Cashier. Husband of Gertrude Bradley Married 02/12/1916 Wrangthorn St Augustine Hyde Park.  Unknown can you help...

THOMPSON Richard Garnett Serjeant 330335 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars KIA 21/09/1918 Aged 34.  Born Ossett 1884. 1911 The Woodlands Park Lane Roundhay Occupation Croil Engineer. Thanks to Hussar Hunter for the following "War Diary of 1/1 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry reports the recovery of Sgt. Thompson's body on the morning of 22nd Sept 1918; being "buried 1000 yards on slope W(est) of town (Nazareth) near some trees". It would appear that he was attached to this unit and died during the successful capture of the town "at the gallop with swords drawn" A true Hussar!  Laid to Rest Haifa War Cemetery Palestine. (Israel)

WILKINSON Edward Cowgill Lance Corporal 36510 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 03/05/1917 Aged 38. Born Clitheroe. 1911 Resident 169 Hyde Park Road Commercial Traveller. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

WILTON Frederick Private 21773 5th Bn Canadian Infantry 02/05/1915 Aged 32. Son of William Edwin and Harriett Eliza Cooke Died 1888 Married St Peters 1876. William Remarried in 1890 to Emma Jane Waring at St George Leeds. 1891 family lived 15 Regent Terrace Headingley. 1903 Fred emigrated to Toronto Canada. Records state Killed by a shell by the Ypres Canal Bank reported to have been Laid to Rest in the shell hole on the west bank of the Yser between the canal and the small stream. 200 Yards NW of the bridge by a garden. Cross was Erected. Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Belgium.

WINCH Arthur Lance Corporal 15/997 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 31.  Born 1885 Seaforth Liverpool. Son of Frederick Edward and Eliza.1911 No 3 Roundhay Mount Harehills Lane Occupation Architect. Thank You to Duckworth64 for the following His name is recorded on the Memorial at Ashville College, Harrogate as having been a pupil(1900-04)of Elmfield College, York, a sister school" After the War Arthurs body was identified by his waterproof sheet which had his service number on he was found next to an unknown soldier and they lay at rest together today.  YEP 30/06/1917 I presume this was from Arthurs Girl: Doris Irene King was born in Harrogate and in 1911 lives at 22 Oakwood Avenue Roundhay.  

Laid to Rest Serre Road Cemetery No 2.

WOODHOUSE George Cuthbert Private 62595 4th Bn  Royal Fusiliers DOW 22/05/1917 Aged 36. Son of Alfred Henry and Mary Eliza  Husband of Ethel CWGC 23  Chandos Avenue Gledhow  Laid to Rest Etaples Military Cemetery France. "Till the Day Breaks and the Shadows Flee"