City of Leeds United in WW1

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



 Our Town Hall was designed by Cuthbert Broderick after winning a competition in 1852 and opened in 1858 by Queen Victoria. Broderick designed the Corn Exchange and Leeds Mechanic Institute now the Leeds Museum, as well as other buildings in the city. His most notable design would be the Scarborough Grand Hotel. A Weatherspoon's in Leeds can be found named in his honour in Millennium Square.

The Town Hall was a focal point over the years being a court and seeing over 80 executions in the cellars. In the First World War it was used as a recruiting centre most famously for the Leeds Pals the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. Those Loiners who gained the Victoria Cross were paraded on the steps in front of the two lions, as were other men who returned home. It was bombed in 1941 and slight damage can still be seen to the building.Found in the main entrance to Leeds Town Hall the memorial remembers the 40 men who gave their lives in World War One, and were employed by Leeds City Council. They worked in various departments within Leeds Town Hall before the war.





TURVER James Lance Corporal 2889 1/7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 14/07/1916 Aged 40. Son of John William and Mary Ann Atkinson Married 1862 St Peter Leeds. Husband of Margaret Curry Married 1904 St Peter Leeds. National Roll Great War Leeds: Enlisted 1914 Leeds. 14 Elland Street Beeston Road. Saw fighting 1st Battle of Ypres, and took part in the Battle for Albert (Somme) 01/07/1916. Probably lost his life at Grandcourt Somme. His brother Robert KIA 04/04/1917 Aged 38. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.


COGGILL Harold Corporal 15th Bn West Yorkshre Regiment Leeds Pals /07/1916 Aged 26. Born Stourton. Son of William Mason and Mary Hannah. Laid to Rest Serre Road Cemetery No1 Somme France.

SHAW Walter Clifford Private 15/806 15th Bn West Yorkshre Regiment Leeds Pals 01/07/1916 Aged 29. Born 1887 Buslingthorpe. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

FOSTER Leonard 2nd Lieutenant 15th Bn West Yorkshre Regiment Leeds Pals DOW 13/08/1916 Aged 27. Born 1898 Long Preston. Husband of Martha Avery Hill Married 1915 St Matthias Burley.

Laid to Rest St Wilfred Churchyard Pool near Otley.

MERRY George William Henry Ingham 2nd Lieutenant 16th Bn Machine Gun Corps KIA 21/03/1918 Aged 34. Son of the Reverend Joseph John Merry and Florence Hannah Ingham CWGC 12 St John's Terrace Belle Vue Road. Laid to Rest Templeux-Le-Guerard British Cemetery France. see Thorp Arch War Memorial.

THOMPSON Richard Garnett 330335 Serjeant Royal Gloucestershire Hussars 21/09/1918 Aged 33. 1911The Woodlands Park Lane Roundhay Enlisted Yorkshire Hussars (Regiment) War Diary of 1/1 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Yeomanry reports the recovery of Serjeant Thompson's body on the morning of 22/09/1918 being buried 1000 yards on slope West of town Nazareth near some trees. Laid to Rest Haifa War Cemetery.

ROSS Harry Private 18497 2nd Bn Coldstream Guards DOW2 6/10/1918 Aged 21. Son of Arthur and Mary Ann CWGC 316 York Road. Laid to Rest Etaples Military Cemetery France.

TODD Edward Percival Private 11674 1st Bn West Riding Regiment 07/11/1918 Aged 38. Born York 1880. Son of Thomas and Mary Swift. Husband of Jane Mary Nash 1911 8 Queen Square Leeds occupation Assistant To City Engineer. Laid to Rest Muree New Cemetery 37 Miles North East of Islamabad. Muree was known as the Depot. Remembered Karachi 1914-1918 Memorial Pakistan.


ATKINSON George William Lance Corporal 15/1059 B Company 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 28. Born Hunslet. Son of George William and Emily Ann  Remarried to John William Farnell. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

BRIGGS William Henry Corporal 15/139 B Company 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 28.Son of David and Emma S Brayshaw Married 1875 St Andrews. CWGC 19 Hollis Street Husband of Prudence L CWGC Osborne House Dudley Worcs. An Accountant in Electricity Department. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

JOHNSON Charles Howard Private 15/1058 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 25.Son of William Alfred and Caroline Jane 1911/CWGC 8 Woodsley Avenue Woodsley Road Woodhouse Occupation Clerk City Treasurers Office. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

MASON Harry Herbert Jagger 15/621 Lance Corporal 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 25. Born New Wortley. Son of Joseph and Laura Jagger Married 1889 Barnsley CWGC 28 Ebor Place Hyde Park. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

MEESON Arthur Lance Corporal 15/633 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 23. Born Roundhay 1892 Vol 9b Page 483. Son of Walter Stainton and Eliza Elizabeth Nockles Marriesd Shoreditch 1888 Vol 1c Page 215. CWGC/1911 Residence Oban Villas 89 Leopold Street Chapletown. Occupation Clerk Municipal Office Leeds. Landed Egypt 12/12/1915.

 (Courtesy of Len Nockles)

Laid to Rest Serre Road No 1 Cemetery Somme France.

RAYNER Frederick Private 15/74615th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 28.  Husband of Ethel Mary Payne Married 1906. Residence 1911, 32 Servia Mount Servia Road Occupation Clerk 3rd Grade. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

STEAD Robert Quartermaster Serjeant Yorkshire Hussars (Regiment) 06/12/1916 Aged  31. Husband of  Florence Elizabeth Kitson Married 1914 St Matthew Holbeck. Resident at  2 Altoft Place Holbeck at the time Robert was Laid to Rest Beeston Cemetery

THOMPSON Charles Henry Private 15/886 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals DIED Pneumonia 21/03/1917 Aged 31. Born Leeds. Son of Charles W and Martha Killerby Married 1883 St Mathias Burley CWGC Wharfedale Villa Castley Humby. 1911  Laid to rest Etaples Military Cemetery France.

DAVIES James Sheldon Private 8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 07/06/1917 Aged 21. Born Ripon. Son of John and Annie Emma Sheldon 1911/CWGC 23 West View Beeston Hill at School. 


Laid to Rest Railway Dugouts Cemetery Belgium.

GREAVES Allan Private 77901 45th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps DOW 13/08/1917 Aged 20. Born Armley 1898. Son of Allan and Annie Hainsworth Married 1887 Bramley and Holbeck District Registered Building CWGC 6 Conference Road Armley. Enlisted Leeds 03/11/1915 Occupation Clerk. Landed France 12/04/1916 from Southampton. Wounded in Action Gunshot wound to right knee 31/07/1917. Died at 19:15 in No1 Hospital Rouen. Laid to Rest St. Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen France.

GRANT Robert Clande Cameron Private 53226 11th Durham Light Infantry DOW 24/09/1917 Aged 41. Born Liverpool ?. Baptised St John the Evangelist 04/03/1891. Enlisted Leeds 72082 West Yorkshire Regiment Son of  William Gow and Annie Johnson Married 1874 CWGC 25 Luxor Street Harehills Road. 1911 living at his grandparents 7 Blenheim Place Occupation Cashier Municipal Leeds.

Laid to Rest Dozinghem Military Cemetery Belgium.

MASON John William Private 35188 9th Bn West Yorkshre Regiment KIA 09/10/1917 Aged ? John was identified by a letter when his body was exhumed from a trench near Langemark with 13 others after the war and  Laid to Rest Cement House Cemetery Belgium



HALEY Arthur Lee Company Quartermaster Serjeant T4/210417 Clearing Office Royal Army Service Corps DIED at Home 09/04/1918 Aged 32. Born Leeds 1886. Son of Jack and Kate Lee Married 1883Tadcaster. Husband of Olive Mary Vince Married 1915 St Michael Headingley. Olive remarried in 1924 to Ernest Bagley at Leeds Registered Office. Enlisted Leeds 11/11/1914  Residence 28 Norwood Place Victoria Road Headingley. Landed Le Harve 09/01/1917. Invalided Home 21/01/1918. Died Western General Hospital Manchester Cause Renal Calculus Gaul Stone. Laid to Rest Lawnswood Leeds. Remembered Headingley War Memorial.

PARKER Fred Lance Corporal Yorkshire Hussars (Regiment) DIED of Pneumonia at sea 21 /09/1918 Aged 28. Son of William and Emmaline Watson CWGC 55 Sussex Street. CWGC Also served in Salonika. 1911 22 Sussex Street Hunslet opccupation Accounts Clerk. Laid to Rest St Germain au Montd'Or Communal Cemetery Extension France. 

COOKSON John F Serjeant 32691 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DIED at Home 21/02/1919 Aged 31. Laid to Rest Batley Cemetery.

STANNARD George Private 42815 9th Bn Manchester Regiment KIA 21/03/1918 Aged  38. Husband of Clara Thornton Married 1908 Brunswick Methodist Chapel Town Street Bramley 1911 No 25 Warrels Place Bramley Occupation Municipal Clerk. Remembered Pozieres Memorial France.


 STRACHAN David Livingston Captain 6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DIED Leeds 29/12/1916 Aged 27. Born 24/03/1889 Leeds Baptised St Peter Leeds Parish Church. Son of John and Anne Anderson Hustwick married 1872 Aberdeen.1911 Assistant Librarian 12 Nassau Place living with his sister Adelaide.

 Laid to Rest Lawnswood Cemetery.


BARKER C J Captain Royal Engineers /04/1916 Aged Unknown can You Help...

COATES Percy 2nd Lieutenant Royal Engineers KIA 15/04/1916 Aged .  Laid to Rest Vermelles British Cemetery France.

WOOD Thomas Edwin Pioneer 155480 1st Bn Royal Engineers DOW 27/06/1916 Aged 30. Born Leeds Enlisted Westminster. Son of Joseph Sugden and Jane Elizabeth. Brother  Arthur Sugden KIA 04/06/1917 Aged 18.  Occupation 1911 Analytic Chemist 256 York Road.

 HAINSWORTH Frederick John Lance Corporal 265603 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 27/08/1917 Aged 24. Son of Frederick and Sarah Elizabeth Robinson Married 1878 St Michael Buslingthorpe 1911, 13 Providence Avenue Occupation Clerk.


Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.


WILLANS Harold Private 2867 1/7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 24/09/1915 Aged 24. Born Leeds 1891 Son of Sylvester and Martha Eliza SEE

DIMERY George Wentworth Second Lieutenant 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DIED London 04/04/1917 Aged 29. Born Shadwell 1887 Vol 9a Page 122. Son of Frederick George and Alice Ellen Dando Married Bedminster 1883 Vol 5c Page 1119. 1911 Residence Industrial School For Boys Moortown Lane Shadwell Occupation Clerk. Father was School Superintendent. Enlisted Leeds Town Hall 05/09/1914. Medal Index states Lance Corporal 15/278. Landed with B Company Egypt 22/12/1915. Commissioned 09/01/1917. Died from injuries sustained in Mills Bomb grenade training. Laid to Rest St John Moor Allerton Leeds.

POUNDER  Benjamin William Lieutenant 1/5th Bn West Riding Regiment KIA 09/10/1917 Aged 25. Born Holbeck 1892 Vol 9b Page 336. Son of Benjamin and Sarah Buckley Married 1890 Vol 8b Page 961. 1911 Residence Sandhill Lane Moortown Student. Landed France 03/11/1915. CWGC/Medal Index Wayside Killinghall Harrogate. Laid to Rest White House Cemetery St Jean-Les-Ypres Belgium.


CLIFF Herbert Private 5482 2nd Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment KIA 19/12/1914 Aged 33. Son of Robert Kenworthy and Ellen Morrrey. Husband of Annie Susannah Hudson Married 1909 Methodist Chapel Woodhouse Street. 1911 No 11 Wharfedale Close Ridge Road Woodhouse Municipal Lift Attendant. Remembered Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. 


 TAYLOR Sydney Private 8400 2nd Bn Yorkshire Regiment DOW 01/11/1914 Aged ? Born Harrogate. Laid to Rest Ypres Town Cemetery Extension Belgium

 WILKINSON FRED Private 3/9554 3rd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 14/03/1915 Aged ?

 NEIL Stanley Thomas Arthur Captain 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 27.  Born South Southampton Hampshire 1889. Son of William and Eliza. 1911 Stanley resided at  Leighton Masham Occupation Engineer's Clerk this was where the main water supply for the City of Leeds came from and the land was used to house the Leeds Pals the 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment whilst preparing to head to Egypt in December 1915 it can be safely assumed that at some point Stanley assisted in the area for the Pals to arrive. 

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.

 FILER John Gretton Sapper 84097 211th Field Company Royal Engineers DOW 31/07/1916 Aged 24. Born 1892 Horwich Resident Ripon when enlisted in Leeds. Son of Edward John and Betsy  1911 Reservoir House Galphay Ripon Occupation waterman. Laid to Rest Vieille Chapelle New Military Cemetery France.

 WATTS Isaac Private Machine Gun Corps /05/1917 Aged Unknown

PATERSON George Redman Company Quartermaster Serjeant 305107 1/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 25/05/1918 Aged 21. Born Hunslet. Enlisted Leeds 1400.Son of Thomas and Jane Ann Redman Married 1896 Whitby.  Laid to Rest Doullens Communal Cemetery No 2 France.