City of Leeds United in WW1

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



St Saviours War Memorial Ellerby Road Richmond Hill. Dedicated at 14.30 on the 22nd May 1922 by the Bishop of Ripon.


            Carved by Francis Darlington of Harrogate

It is worth noting that the likeness of the faces on the memorial will be of the men taken from a photograph who fell  and areremembered on the memorial this was common practice on both war memorial carvings and stained glass window remembrance such as found at St Chads Headingley.



FAWCETT Thomas Private 7695 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders KIA 25/04/1915 Aged 32.  Husband of Sarah E Partington Married 1907 St Saviour. CWGC 3 Spring Close Terrace Richmond Hill. Laid to Rest Seaforth Cemetery Cheddar Villa Belgium.

HAYTON Walter Serjeant 17/885 17th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 25/07/1916 Aged 33. Son of Walter and Annie Eliza Berry Married 1882 St Luke Beeston Hill CWGC 10 Pontefract Street. Husband of Florrie Britton Married 1911 St Saviour Cross Green CWGC 43 Sussex Street.

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.


DOWNING Harry Gunner 2666 245th Brigade Royal Field Artillery KIA 13/11/1916 Aged 21.  Son of William a Police Constable for Leeds City Police from 1890 until 1920 and Emily Mary Salt Married 1888 Dilhorne Staffordshire.1911/CWGC 176 York Road Occupation Tailor Trimmer.

Exactly a year later there were seven remembrance notices for Harry in the Leeds Mercury.


Laid to Rest Euston Road Cemetery Colincamps France.

DOWNING Herbert Driver 96490 A Battery 47th Brigade Royal Field Artillery KIA 19/09/1916 Aged 19. Both brothers Baptised St Marys Beeston. Landed France 22/05/1915. Laid to Rest Quarry Cemetery Montauban France.

MIDDLETON Samuel Acting Company Serjeant Major 19822 York and Lancaster Regiment KIA 23/04/1917 Aged Son of Joseph and Husband of Fanny Lockwood Married 21/02/1914 St Saviour Leeds. Landed France 15/01/1915.  Remembered Arras Memorial France.

AINLEY Harold Private 29694 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DIED POW 26/05/1917 Aged 27. Son of Benjamin Malinson and Sarah Grave Registration 75 East Street Leeds. reported 1917 Died as a Prisoner of War. Laid to Rest Ohlsdorf, Hamburg-Nord Hamburg Germany.

NEWSOME George Arthur Serjeant 84941 Royal Field Artillery KIA 22/08/1917 Aged 24. Baptised All Saints Church. Son of Arthur and Sarah Jane Plant Married 1879 St Stephens Burmantofts CWGC 12 Nellie View Richmond Hill. 1911 No 15 Walter Crescent Occupation Joiner. Epitaph on Grave Reads "Far From His friends at Home, Too Far For Our Thoughts"


Laid to Rest The Huts Cemetery Belgium.

MURRAY Thomas Private S/40270 1st Bn Cameran Highlanders KIA 17/11/1917 Aged 23. Baptised 02/09/1894 St Hildas. Son of  William and Ada 1911/CWGC 14 East Park Mount York Road. Thomas was Laid in a Trench Grave near Passchendaele being identified by his discs and part of an envelope on the 08/02/1921 finally Laid to Rest Tyne Cot Cemetery Belgium.

HOPSON John Private 9th Bn Glasgow Highlanders Highland Light Infantry 12/10/1918 Age 21.  Son of John George and Sarah Maria Hunt Married 1894 St Jude Potteryfield CWGC 47 Dial Street Easy Road. 19119 Sussex Street Bank Errand Boy  Epitaph on Grave Reads "He Gave His Life That We Might live R.I.P" Laid to Rest Montay Neuvilly Road Cemetery Montay France.

NEWALL Edmund Private 3/1909 2nd Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 18/04/1915 Aged 36.  Born 1879 Hexthorpe Doncaster. Son of Edmund and Kate Kendrick Married 1871. Husband of Alice Holland Married 1900 St John's Balby Doncaster. 1911 a Dock Labourer 22 Leicester Street Bank. They had three daughters one Violet Marie was Baptised at St Saviours in 1906. Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Belgium.

WEST Vernon Serjeant 38591 9th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 09/04/1917 Aged 30. Born 29/03/1887 Newtown Leeds Baptised 19/06/1887 St Thomas Leeds. Son of  John Thomas and Emma Teale Married 1885 St Marys Whitkirk. CWGC Harehills. In 1911 Family resided at 43 and 45 Brownhill Crescent Harehills Vernon was Bookkeeper. In 1914 Vernon Enlisted into the Leeds Pals the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 1057. Husband of  Marguerite Elizabeth Ingrham Married 21/07/1915 St Aidan Leeds. Marguerite Married again in 1923 at St Aiden's to Laurence Allison CWGC 87 Potternewton Lane Chapel Allerton.

 Leeds Mercury 22/07/1915

 Laid to Rest Cojeul British Cemetery St. Martin-sur-Cojeul France.

JOWITT Arthur Private S/40205 1st Bn Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders KIA 30/06/1917 Aged 20. Baptised St Martin Potternewton 1898. Son of Samuel and Susan W Collins Married 1880 All Saints Leeds. 1911/CWGC 31 Everleigh Street York Road. Landed France 10/11/1915. Laid to Rest alongside 40204 Private A McKenzie at Nieuport Bains Military Cemetery Belgium, both boys were identified by their names on the cross over the grave and clothing.


Finally Laid to Rest 1924 Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery Belgium.

BROWN John Private 40477 6th Bn Northamptonshire Regiment DOW 22/08/1918 Aged 22. Only Son of Thomas Gatus and Emma Morritt Married 1900 St Stephens Burmantofts I can only presume John was adopted. 1911/CWGC  9 Ada View Accommodation Road. Occupation Working in a Boot Factory (There were many at this time on York Road) Epitaph on Grave Reads " Absent But Not Forgotten" Laid to Rest Daours Communal Cemetery France.

ELLIOTT John Private 307041 2/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 22/09/1917 Aged 40.  Son of Samuel and Mary Ann Herring Married 1874St Stephen, Burmantofts. 1911/CWGC 13 Sussex Crescent Richmond Hill Occupation Clerk in a wallpaper factory. Epitaph on Grave Reads  "Faithful and True Until Death" Laid to Rest Favreuil British Cemetery France. 

SHAW Alfred Bernard Writer 3rd M/22794 DIED HMS Glatton 16/09/1918 Aged 28. Born East Leeds 03/11/1889. Son of Alfred Henry and Jane Elliott Married St Saviour Cross Green 1878. 1911/CWGC/ Naval Record 176 Pontefract Lane Cross Green. Occupation Correspondence Clerk. HMS Glatton was in Dover Harbour an explosion at 18.15 ignited Cordite and killed 60 men. HMS Glatton had only been with the Royal Navy for five days. Admiral Keyes ordered all crew off the ship and after three attempts she was torpedoed. This was because there was a fear that if she exploded she would take part of Dover with her killing thousands of civilians. HMS Glatton was moved after the war and was covered by landfill and now lies under the present car terminal.

Alfreds Body was not laid to rest until 1930.

 Laid to Rest Gillingham Woodlands Cemetery.