City of Leeds United in WW1

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



The following section remembers the 3 men from Leeds who gave their lives whilst serving in the Royal Marine Artillery and the 43 men from Leeds who served in the Royal Marine Light Infantry in World War One.


                                                                               Royal Marine Artillery

CHARLES Henry Robert Gunner RMA/1286(S) Howitzer Brigade KIA 08/09/1917 Aged 27. Born 16/08/1890 Sialkot Punjab India. Son of Henry Quatermaster Serjeant at Aldershot in 1901 and Matilda Born 1862 Ireland. 1911 17 Exeter Street Tailors Cutter. Husband of Mary Alice Spivey Married 1915 Brunswick Methodist Chapel, Lovell Park Road CWGC 8 Newton Terrace Claypit Lane. Laid to Rest Gwalia Cemetery Poperinghe Belgium.

SMYTH Thomas Matthew Gunner RMA/11662 HMS Lion KIA 31/05/1916 Aged 27. Born Holbeck 21/06/1888. Son of Thomas and Ann Hutchinson married 1881 Leeds Registered Building Naval Record 21 Port Street Hoggs Field Leeds Reported to have been Buried at Sea. Remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

WHITE Joseph Inman Gunner 4th Bn RMA/14601 HMS Malaya DOW 23/04/1918 Aged 20. Born Burley 25/11/1897. Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Inman Married 1894 St John The Baptist New Wortley CWGC 24 Haddon Road Burley. Laid to Rest Lawnswood Cemetery Leeds.

Royal Marine Light Infantry


Details of the 63rd Royal Naval Division.

JACKSON Harold Muscroft Private CH/17298 HMS Formidable Torpedoed and Sunk by U24 KIA 01/01/1915 Aged 21. Born 21/10/1893. Son of John Bernard and Sarah Saville Died 1907. John Bernard Married Clara Muscroft 1908 Leeds Registered Building CWGC 61 Bankfield Terrace Burley.

Remembered Chatham Naval Memorial

PICKERING Percy Private PLY/108S Plymouth Bn RMLI KIA CWGC 03/05/1915 Naval Record 26/04/1915 Y Beach Aged 20. Born 12/09/1894 Crowle Doncaster Naval record Son of  Kate 80 Beckett Road Wheatley Doncaster later of 141 Tempest Road Dewsbury Road Leeds.  Remembered Helles Memorial Turkey.

LEDGER Arthur Lance Corporal CH/9067 Chatham Bn RMLI 04/05/1915 Aged 35. Born 29/08/1879 Kirkstall. Son of James and Elizabeth Lewell Married London. Husband of Johanna Child 1904 Burley Road Baptist Chapel Naval Record 15 Sandford Road Kirkstall. 11 Springfield Place Kirkstall Postman Saw action at Ostend, Dunkirk & Antwerp in 1914. Remembered Helles Memorial Turkey.

HEMSLEY Frederick James Private PO/17244 Portsmouth Bn KIA 06/05/1915 Aged 18. Born Basford 12/01/1897. Son of James and Edith Graves Married 1890 Leeds Registered Building. Enlisted York 20/04/1914. Served with the Portsmouth Battalion at Dunkirk and in the Defence of Antwerp between 19/09/1914 and 13/10/1914. All Portsmouth Battalion casualties recorded by the CWGC as died on the 06/05/1915 were most likely killed in the charge up Razor-Back hill, Monash Valley Gallipoli on the 03/05/1916, but may have been killed at Anzac Beachhead on any date between 28/04/1915 and 03/05/1915. Remembered on Helles Memorial Galipoli Turkey.

THOMPSON Frank Private PLY/131/S Plymouth Bn KIA 06/05/1915 Aged 24. Born 12/04/1890 Hunslet. Son of Thomas and Louisa Dixon Married 1885 Hunslet District Registered Building 1 Garden Place off Bezza Street Hunslet. Naval Record Buried about the same date by men of the 2nd Field Company Divisional Engineers RND. Reported by Officer Commanding 2nd Field Company Divisional Engineers. Remembered Helles Memorial Turkey.

DUCKWORTH Albert Robinson Private PLY/614S Plymouth Bn No 4 Company Died Stray Shell 13/05/1915 Aged 25. Born Leeds  16/04/1890. Son of Henry and Mary Enlisted Manchester 10/11/1914 Occupation railway Signalman at Hemsworth. Brother of Lieutenant Herbert Hartley KIA 24/03/1918. Naval Record Killed by a stray shell in Rest Camp at Cape Helles.

Private Horace Bruckshaw KIA 28/04/1917 Remembered Arras Memorial wrote 13/05/1915 Enjoyed a good long night's sleep for we were very tired. Our artillery has been bombarding since yesterday afternoon. We dug a hole in the ground first thing & put a waterproof sheet in it, which we filled with water. Stripping ourselves we then enjoyed a much needed bath. Soon after we had completed our rough & ready toilet a big shell dropped right in amongst us knocking out seven or eight. Pollard & Madden were two victims out of our section. Duckworth, the man who did such good work in the landing was blown to atoms. Remembered on Helles Memorial Turkey.

McCORMACK Sydney Private CH/18498 Chatham Bn RMLI DOW 28/05/1915 Aged 18. Born 20/07/1896 Burley. Son of  William H and Margaret CWGC 5 Walter Street Kirkstall Road. Died of Wounds in 11th Casualty Clearing Station GSW Left Thigh. Laid to Rest Lancashire Landing Cemetery Turkey. 

DYE Osborne PLY/142S Plymouth Company Killed by Shell 06/06/1915 Aged 22. Born 13/12/1892. Wortley Son of Robert Back and Ada Alberta Cox Married 1889 St Silas Hunslet CWGC 41 Green Hill Lane Wortley. Enlisted 12/09/1914 Leeds. Naval Record  Buried in the Plymouth Lines 06/06/1915 by the Reverand C W G Moore. Brother of Private Harry KIA 08/11/1917 Aged 27 and Rifleman Frederick KIA 13/05/1915 Aged 19.  Private Horace Bruckshaw KIA 28/04/1917 Remembered Arras Memorial Wrote "In the evening we got shelled and I had a very narrow escape. I was standing in the open when a large shrapnel shell burst just in front. Bullets simply rained all round me, one even striking my boot. I fell into some bushes, which were against me, instinct telling me to take any cover that offered. It would have been too late to stop any damage being done however. There was one chap killed and about three wounded by that shell, who like myself were caught in the open. Laid to Rest Redoubt Cemetery Helles Turkey.

SMITH Robert Brown CH/720S Chatham Bn DOW 15th General Hospital Alexandria 19/07/1915 Aged 16. Born 06/02/1899 Guiseley. Lied about age to enlist. Son of George Francis and Sarah Ann. Laid to Rest Chatby War Memorial Cemetery Alexandria Egypt. 

LANDEY Samuel (Solomon) Private PO/894(S) Cyclist Company Royal Marine Light Infantry Died Dysentery Imbros 19/10/1915 Aged 28. Born Leylands Leeds 18/05/1887. Son of Isaac Died 1937 and Charlotte Born 1861 Died Leeds 1935. Royal Naval records State 8 Brunswick Terrace Leeds. Royal Marine War Graves Roll States Fiancee Miss Margaret Curry 17 Morningside Manningham Bradford. Sams Brother Morris Married Rose Joseph 1912 Beth Hamedrash Hagodel Synagogue Newton Road. Laid to Rest Lancashire Landing Cemetery Cape Helles Gallipoli Turkey. (British Book of Jewry 8 Brunswick Terrace)

BARBER George Frederick Private PO/899S 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 11/11/1915 Aged 29. Born 20/06/1886 Leeds. Son of George and Eliza Naylor Married 1872 St Matthew Chapel Allerton CWGC 50 Green Road Meanwood Insurance Inspector. Enlisted 19/04/1915. Embarked RM Brigade 18/8/1915 joined Bn. at Cape Helles 02/09/1915. Laid to Rest Redoubt Cemetery Helles Turkey.



DURHAM Arthur Private PO/18357 HMS Invincible KIA Battle of Jutland 31/05/1916 Aged 19. Born Bramley 09/03/1897. Son of John Thomas and Mary Ann Gush Married 1899 St Peter Leeds Naval Record/CWGC 13 Aston Street Bramley. Brother of Private Edmund Frederick  KIA 16/09/1917 Laid to Rest Ypres Reservoir Cemetery Belgium. Arthur is Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. 

FLETCHER James PO/18358 HMS Invincible KIA Battle of Jutland 31/05/1916 Aged 20. Born 25/11/1896 Hunslet. Son of Thomas Born Egypt and Mary McFarlane Married 1891 Hunslet District Registered Building Naval Record 9 Askern Terrace Hunslet. Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

WESTNUTT Alfred Private PO/828S 2nd Royal Marine Bn KIA 14/06/1916 Aged 21. Born 11/05/1895 Leeds. Son of John Mathew and Elizabeth Liddall Married 1883 St Mathias Burley Naval Record 6 Herbert Street Canal Street Wellington Road Wortley.  Laid to Rest Tranchée de Mecknes Cemetery Aix-Noulette France.

SIMPSON John Edward Private PO/18289 2nd Royal Marine Bn Attached 188th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery 03/08/1916 Aged 19. Born Leeds 23/08/1896. Son of John W and Louisa Naval Record 10 Upper Woollsworth Street Leeds. 1st RM Bn War Diary 03/08/1916 Front Line Trenches Angres II Sector. An explosion occurred in a Dugout in which was stowed about 100 rounds of Stokes Gun Ammo. The Dugout was completely wrecked & 1 Corporal & 4 Privates of the 188th Trench Mortar Battery were killed. No knowledge as to how explosion occurred. Laid to Rest Tranchée de Mecknes Cemetery Aix-Noulette France.



COOPER Henry Douglas Private CH/19509 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 23/10/1916 Aged 19. Born 21/11/1896 Osgodby Near Selby. Son of Robert John Cooper and Bettsey Douglass Married 1889 Naval Record 6 Providence Square Moortown. Enlisted 09/12/1914. Laid to Rest Knightsbridge Cemetery Mesnil-Martinsart Somme France.

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ALLERTON Joseph Private PLY/41/S 2nd Royal Marine Bn B Company KIA 13/11/16 Aged 22. Born Leeds 30/08/1893. Son of William & Harriet Alice (Naval Record) 1 Wortley Grove New Wortley. Enlisted Leeds 12/09/1914. 14823 Private King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Occupation Printer.Transferred to Plymouth Bn RMLI 16/9/14. Fought at Cape Helles Turkey 1915. Laid to Rest No 7 Trench Ancre British Cemetery Beaumont-Hamel Somme France.

CARROLL Jack Thomas Private PO/17206 2nd Royal Marine Bn KIA 13/11/1916 Aged 21. Born Leeds 29/09/1895 Son of Ada CWGC 54 Alexandra Road Handsworth Birmingham. Enlisted Gosport 07/03/1914. Fought at Cape Helles Turkey 1915. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

SEDDON Frederick Pollitt Private CH/16187 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 13/11/1916 Aged 26.  Born 21/7/1890 Hunslet. Son of Joseph and Isabella Naval Record 85 All Saints Road Leicester. Ancre British Cemetery Beaumont-Hamel France.

SMITH Albert Private CH/19671 1st Royal Marine Bn DOW 13/11/1916 Aged 19. Born 09/03/1897 Garforth. Son of William and Alice Maud 26 Caledonian Road Leeds. 1911 Westfield House Garfield Leeds. Laid to Rest Ancre British Cemetery Beaumont-Hamel France


EDEN George Frederick Corporal PO/1270S C Company 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 17/02/1917 Aged 24. Born 06/06/1892 Leeds. Son of Robert and Mary Naylor Married 1887 Leeds Registered Building Naval Record 5 Burnley Street Park Lane Leeds. CWGC 23 Duchy Avenue Cold Bath Road Harrogate Laid to Rest Queens Cemetery Bucquoy France.

ROBINSON Frederick William Private Royal Marines Medical Unit Attached Drake Bn DOW 23/04/1917 Aged 34 . Born 27/07/1883. Son of John and Jane Navy Record 3 Ellis Terrace Far Headingley. Frederick was at the Advanced Dressing Station 3rd RN Field Ambulance when he passed away. Enlisted 05/01/1915. Frederick was laid to rest in an isolated grave 1 1/4 Miles South West of Gavrelle France. Remembered  Arras Memorial France.

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GRAYSON Thomas Private PO/1020S 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 1st Day Battle of Arras 09/04/1917 Aged 22. Born 06/12/1893 Hunslet. Son of John and Emily Lewis Married 1872 Wortley Naval Record 36 Woodville Place Hunslet Carr. 1911, 9 Playfair Terrace Hunslet Carr Pony Driver. Went to Alexandria Egypt served Mudros and Stavros Macedonia Now Greece. Laid to Rest Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery France.

GRINSTEAD Leonard Private PLY/156/S 2nd Royal Marine Bn KIA 27/04/1917 Aged 21. Born Leeds 18/02/1896. Son of John and Emily Mary Blakeborough Married 1896 Leeds Registered Building. Enlisted Bradford Shop Assistant 6 Arnold Place Bradford 10/09/1914 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Transferred 16/09/1914 Royal Marines. Naval Record Father at John 352 Dumbarton Road Dalmuir Glasgow. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

Arras Offensive Battle of Arleux 28-29 April 1917.

The following Men listed below from Benson to Lever fought On the 28th-29th April 1917April British and Canadian forces fought a bitter battle at Arleux in an attempt to secure the southeast flank of Vimy Ridge

BENSON Clarence Private PO/1203/S 2nd Royal Marine Bn D Company 15th Platoon KIA 28/04/1917 Aged 22. Born 13/05/1894 Hunslet. Son of Albert and Hannah Maria Belch Married 1884 Castleford 15 Springfield Avenue Hunslet Carr. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

DENISON Joe Maurice Private PO/1271S 2nd Royal Marine Bn KIA 28/04/1917 Aged 21. Born Woodhouse 03/01/1896. Son of John William and Marion Atkinson Married 1894 Leeds Registered Building Naval Record 10 Jackman Yard Institution Street Woodhouse. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

FAWCETT Harry Private PO/1280S A Company 2nd Royal Marine Bn KIA 28/04/1917 Aged 23. Born 25/08/1894 East End Park Leeds. Son of John William and Emily Oddy Married 1884 St Peter Leeds. 1911/Naval Record 55 Victoria Grove East End Park Shop Boy in a Druggist. Born Remembered Arras Memorial France.

GANNON George William Sergeant CH/18137 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA KIA 28/04/1917 Aged 25 Military Medal awarded Operations North of the Ancre never issued ? Naval record HQ awaiting presentation 17/05/1917 returned to the Admiralty. Born Hunslet 04/02/1894. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth. CWGC 4 Royal View Hunslet Carr. Enlisted 22/03/1913. Saw action Ostend Dunkirk and Defence of Antwerp 1914. Naval Record states  Exhumed from Map Reference 51b.B.24.b.2.5. (Viscount Street) and Laid to Rest Orchard Dump Cemetery Arleux-en-Gohelle France. (Along with 28 other Bodies including Lieutenant Neville Isadore Lion Remembered Arras Memorial 19 are recorded CWGC for that day.)

GREEN Sydney Private 2nd Royal Marine Bn KIA 28/04/1917 Aged 20. Born 05/01/1897 Leeds. Son of Arthur and Ada Crossley Married 1893 Leeds Registered Building. Naval Record Father at Graycombe House Fladbury Worcestershire. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

HARRIMAN Wilfred Private PO/1021S 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 28/04/1917 Aged 22. Born 15/03/1895 Hunslet. Son of James and Sarah Cowburn Married 1894 Hunslet District Registered Building Naval Record 60 Spring Street West Burley Road. 1911 Residence 10 Pepper Terrace Hunslet Paper Makers Assistant. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

ILLINGWORTH Alfred Private CH/1448/S 1st Royal Marine Bn 28/04/1917 Aged 25. Born 30/09/1892 Leeds. Son of Walter and Emily Townend Married 1891 St Mary the Virgin Middleton 5 Wainwright Terrace Coal Miner. Enlisted 24/01/1916. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

MILNER Robert Victor Private CH/1284S C Company Lewis Gun Section 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 28/04/1917 Aged 19. Born 26/06/1897 Leeds. Son of John and Eleanor Vaux Married 1881 Gateshead CWGC 2 St Luke's Road Beeston Road. Enlisted 29/11/1915.  Naval record States Missing later reported KIA by 11th East Lancs. Regiment. Remembered Arras Memorial France. 

ISSOTT Alfred Vernon St Johns Roundhay Memorial

LEVER Harry Private CH/1370S 190th Machine Gun Company DOW 30/04/1917 Aged 21. Born 26/08/1895 Manchester. Son of Charlotte Died Leeds 1935. CWGC 7 Dawlish Mount York Road. Died of Wounds in 8th Casualty Clearing Station GSW Buttock Right Knee and Abdomen. Laid to Rest Duisans British Cemetery Etrun France.

GREEN Arthur Private PLY/1464S 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 20/05/1917 Aged 33. Born 25/01/1883 Copley Hill. Son of John & Sarah Ann Craven Married 1870 St Peter with St Cuthbert Hunslet Moor Naval Record 2a Somerby Street Leeds. Enlisted 06/03/1916. Remembered Arras Memorial France.

BARRETT Charles Able Seaman R/521 Nelson Bn KIA 28/10/1917 Aged 31. Born Leeds 07/10/1885. Son of Husband of Eliza A (Naval Record) 20 Clevedon Road Gloucester Occupation Lithographic Printer. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.


DAY Thomas Private PLY/922S 2nd Royal Marine Bn DOW 24/03/1918 Aged 19. Born Leeds 05/04/1896. CWGC Grandson of Mary Smales Tibthorpe Lodge Driffield. Enlisted 29/06/1915. Went to Alexandria Egypt then Mudros. Died  Gun Shot Wound to Face and Head 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital Doullens. Laid to Rest Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1 France.

FASE Alfred Allerton Haines Private PO/1355S 2nd Royal Marine Bn KIA 06/04/1918 Aged 24. Born 1894 Clacton on sea. Son of Alfred Haines Died Leeds 1923 and Edith Scott. 1911/Naval Record Garden Cottage Potter Newton Lane Chapeltown Cart Driver. Remembered Pozieres Memorial France.PATRICK Sam Private PLY/43S Plymouth Bn RMLI Died 24/05/1918 Aged 25. Born 03/01/1893 Leeds. Son of Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Gosling Married 1891 Hunslet District Registered Building Low Hold Farm Dewsbury Road Sam was a Glass Blower. Enlisted 09/09/1914 Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Transferred 16/09/1914. Naval Record States Killed whilst digging a communication trench near Brown House. Laid to Rest Redoubt Cemetery Helles Turkey.

CORDUKES George William Private Ply/1411S 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 24/08/1918 Aged 21. Born 14/10/1896 Scarborough. Son of George William Died 1917 Leeds and Elizabeth Sutton  Married 1891. CWGC 3 Haigh Street Newtown Leeds. Enlisted 17/02/1916 5a Atlas Road North Street Scarborough. Died of Wounds in 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. Laid to Rest St Hilaire Cemetery Extension Frevent France. 

BROOKE Jacob Bennett Private PO/1126S 1st Royal Marine Bn KIA 02/09/1918 Aged 24. Born 17/10/1893 Stanningley. Son of Jacob and Ada Hall Married 1890 St Luke Beeston Hill CWGC 2 Church Hill Place Stanningley Shoe Maker And Clogger. Remembered Vis-En-Artois Memorial France.

CUNDALL Robert Private Private PLY/39/S 63rd Machine Gun Bn KIA 08/10/1918 Aged 26. Born 15/01/1891 Leeds. Son of William Simeon and Hannah Maria Lawley Married 1884 St Simon Leeds. Enlisted 11/09/1914 Leeds 18 Angel Street Kirkstall Road Box Maker. Remembered Vis-En-Artois Memorial France.


BLAKEY John Private PO/1049S 2nd Royal Marine Bn HMS Renown Died of Pneumonia  RN Hospital Haslar 26/02/1919 Aged 24. Born Son of John and Elizabeth Ann CWGC 30 Oak Street York Road. Laid to Rest Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery.