30 May 2016

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry - PoW Other Ranks 1914


The 389 men listed below all became prisoners of war on or before the 25th December 1914. All served with the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and over 300 of them were captured on the 26th August, a mere 12 days after the majority had disembarked at Havre. This from Ray Westlake's British Battalions in France & Belgium 1914:

"Moved to defensive trenches west of Le Cateau (25th). Order received from Brigade Headquarters instructing the battalion, "There will be NO retirement for the fighting troops; fill up your trenches with water, food and ammunition, as far as you can." Enemy attacked (26th). Positions held until eventually surrounded on three sides. There was much hand-to-hand fighting. Lieutenant Colonel Bond records in his war history of the regiment, "There was no surrender. The occupants of the trenches were mobbed and swamped by the riding tide of grey-coated Germans." Fighting ceased about 4.30pm and survivors withdrew along the Reumont road to Estrees, then (27th) to Ollezy."

The original record - a nineteen-page hand-written list sent to Sir Ernest Goodhart on the 3rd February 1919 - is held at the Imperial War Museum in London (reference B.O.2 1/137). Filmed some years ago, the microfilm is difficult to read in places.  My full transcription includes next of kin and their address.

The medals above were issued to 9738 Private Watling whose next of kin is listed as his father, W Watling, of 173 Ann's Street. Norwich. I bought Richard's medals yesterday; also those of his son who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Richard, who had enlisted in June 1908, was in Ireland in 1914 and was possibly one of those men captured on the 26th August. News that he was missing in action was published in The Times on the 26th October.

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8991 Philip Thomas Adams 
8570 Thomas Alford 
7276 Thomas Edward Allcock 
10931 Charles Allen 
9086 James Allen 
7271 Thomas Allen 
6058 Herbert Allender 
7978 Ernest Allott 
7434 James Thomas Annakin 
7898 Alfred Arkle 
6879 Fred Arran 
8507 Frederick Charles Ashley 
8386 David Ashton 
7924 William Ashton 
8642 Charles Frank Aston 
10786 Francis Atack 
9648 Ambrose Atkinson 
9631 Frederick Atkinson 
10756 William Austin 
10661 Oliver Baines 
8748 John Thomas Baker 
8709 Albert Barker 
9521 John Henry Barker 
8583 Joseph Sidney Barker 
5870 Oliver Barker 
7255 John Bartle 
10064 George Arthur Beardsley 
10442 Alfred Beasley 
10466 Harold Beaumont 
9095 Richard Beavan 
7943 Ridgdale Bellwood 
10850 Samuel Best 
7339 Herbert Beswick 
7820 Percy Ernest Birch 
7163 Peter Birmingham 
7972 Ernest Blakemore 
10589 Frederick Blatch 
10217 Arthur Charles Boddington
6531 Frederick Bodsworth 
8335 William Bolderson 
10401 Albert Bolton 
7235 George Bonsor 
7061 William Herbert Booth 
10418 Harry Bottomley 
7238 Albert Boulding 
9138 George Boully 
7856 John W Bowerman 
9382 John William Bradley 
6235 Thomas Bradshaw 
7244 John Brady
8366 John Brailsford 
8626 Robert Ernest Brammer 
8005 Christopher Bridgewater 
7918 Alfred Bridsow 
7957 William Brown 
10545 William John Brown 
7863 John Brownhill 
10872 Ernest Bryan 
7767 Joseph Bucci 
9067 James Buck 
8532 John Thomas Bunting 
7285 Thomas Burchett 
10163 William Henry Burgess 
8676 Edwin Burke 
8707 Thomas Burkenshaw 
8134 Robert John Butler 
8290 Thomas Button 
8252 George Campbell 
10736 Sydney Cardwell 
7805 Frank Carpenter
8002 William Cawood Fred Cawthorne 
6967 Thomas Chadwick 
8504 Charles Challis 
9129 John E Chaplin 
10693 Arthur Chappelow 
8218 Sam Charlesworth 
8090 Thomas Henry Chatterway 
9475 Samuel Child 
10840 Edward Chivers 
8278 Albert Chopping 
8520 Harry George Coates 
8656 Harry Cocker 
10607 George Cockridge 
8939 William Collett 
10550 Joseph Conn 
10595 Matthew Connor 
9005 Alfred Cooper 
8228 Joseph Cooper 
10921 William Cooper 
8182 Ernest Cooze 
10816 Frederick John Corbett 
9635 John R Coultish 
7851 Edwin Cranleigh 
7298 William Crawford 
8641 Reginald E Cripps 
8440 Percy J Crow 
6481 John E Cunningham 
9199 Alfred Darley 
10290 Edwin Davies 
10625 Lewis Davies 
10959 Isaac Day 
7137 Albert Denton 
10866 Charles Dickinson 
10977 Arthur Douglas 
6766 John Draycott 
10741 George Ernest Drury 
10215 Thomas Duggan 
10890 William Duggan 
9053 John Dunn 
9114 Daniel Dunnell 
8882 Harold Eames 7031 Frank Ellis 
6143 Harry Emerson 
6464 William England 
6696 Pte George English 
7175 Thomas Eyre 
8692 Arthur Fiddler 
8686 William Henry Fleetwood 
10709 Ernest Flockton 
8514 Alma Fowler 
5881 Frederick P Fowler 
10800 Fred Fox 
7387 Harry Fox 
10860 Arthur France 
8250 George France 
8902 Albert Franklyn 
8137 Alfred George Franks 
10621 Thomas S Frith 
8471 Henry C Fuller 
7403 George Gabbitas 
5981 Robert T Gadsby 
9185 Frank Gallacher 
7384 John Galloway 
5938 Herbert Gilder 
10770 Frederick Gilroyd 
10503 Bernard Gleeson 
9419 John Glew 
8726 Joseph Godson 
10685 Albert E Goulding 
10998 Michael Goulding 
10722 Walter Goulding 
9102 Alfred Green 
8855 Charless Paul Green 
10687 Thomas Green 
10066 Walter J Green 
6427 Edward Greenfield 
6556 Ernest Gregg 
10863 George Hadfield 
6780 George Hague 
9266 Harry Hall 
9575 Winning Hall 
8519 Reuben Halstead 
7984 George Hardy 
10832 George Hardy 
10911 Frederick Harrison 
9017 George Harrop 
8077 Edward James Hemp 
9202 Stephen Henson 
10969 Harold Heppenstall 
7439 John Hewitt 
7040 Frederick Hill 
10578 John Robert Hirst 
10766 Benjamin Hobson 
7198 Joseph Hobson 
8338 William Hodgkinson 
9007 Martin B Hodson 
8826 Matthew Hogan 
10194 Charles G Hollick 
6319 William Henry Hoole 
7149 Thomas Houghton 
4671 Harry Howard 
6440 Percy Howard 
6926 Samuel Howarth 
6705 William Howson 
10882 Frederick Hubbard 
9785 John William Hufton 
9128 Admiral Huntingdon 
7799 Percy Alfred Hurst 
8542 Charles Hutchinson 
9923 William Hutchinson 
8526 Andrew Hyslop 
9130 John Charles Hyslop 
8875 George Ibbotson 
9091 Bertie Ingleton 
7973 Alfred J Isaacs 
8515 Alfred Jackson 
10435 Bertie Jackson 
7365 Miles Jackson 
8330 Arthur Jeffs 
10824 William Jennings 
8547 John Frederick Jesson 
7942 Albert Edward Jeyes 
6446 Thomas Johnson 
9244 Edward Jones 
8598 Thomas Henry Jones 
8144 James H Kennedy 
10647 Samuel Kinchin 
9209 Bertie King 
8462 Herbert F King 
9916 John James King 
7155 Walter King 
9814 Percy John Lambert 
7919 Charles Large 
7816 Herbert J Leavesley 
8538 Harry Lemon 
8258 James Leyland 
10668 William Charles H Linnett 
8213 Charles Littlewood 
7160 John William Liversidge 
7421 Edward William Lobb 
10743 William Lockett 
11036 Lewis Lomas 
8575 Frank Long 
6070 Horace Loukes 
7346 Herbert H Loxton 
8590 Walter Lycett 
8467 Thomas Lynn 
8332 George Machin 
9425 William W Machin 
8363 Richard Malyou 
7308 Henry Mankin 
8310 Charles J Marchant 
7853 John Marriott 
9168 Richard Marshall 
7930 Thomas E Marshall 
7*** John Thomas Marson 
8095 Edward Thomas Martin 
10856 George Thomas Mason 
7146 James Mason 
8112 William Robert Mayham 
10867 Stephen McCall 
10456 Peter McGregor 
7193 Victor M McGuirk 
9400 Henry McKay 
8782 Michael McLoughlin 
9736 Charles Mercier 
10511 Frank Midwinter 
6935 Charles Miller 
6669 Joseph Molloy 
7783 Arthur F Moore 
10273 George Morris 
8113 John Moss 
7214 John William Mullins 
7335 Herbert Munns 
9267 William A Murray 
8116 Albert Nance 
10131 Harold Naylor 
8407 James S Naylor 
8718 Thomas L Neal 
10603 Thomas James Nevard 
8703 Frederick George Newall 
9842 Joseph Newey 
10825 Rhodes Nicholls 
8039 William Nixon 
9874 Joe Noble 
8550 Thomas Notman 
9290 Fred Nunn 
10876 William O'Brien 
7205 Walter Olaranshaw 
9620 James Orton 
7117 John A Parker 
7357 George Parkin 
9296 Herbert Peaker 
7297 Albert Peters 
8382 James Pike 
6462 Ernest Poole 
9863 John R Porter 
8339 George Powell 
9332 Henry Prescott 
8770 John Price 
10737 John Priestley 
8554 William Priestley 
8111 James H Raker 
383 Matthew Reed 
8268 John Reeves 
9283 Renshaw 
7778 Joseph Rhodes 
9395 George Riley 
7060 Edwin Roberts 
5902 Albert Robinson 
8927 Frank Robinson 
7375 Albert Rogers 
9120 Philip S Royston 
7148 Samuel Roystone 
8956 Jabez Sanderson 
10715 Pte F Schofeld 
9275 Frederick Schofield 
7953 Joseph Schofield 
8558 William Scott 
8398 Willie Searles 
8225 Richard Seiles 
7889 Jonathan Self 
8171 John Sharp 
10388 William H Sharpe 
6390 Ernest R Shaw 
9036 Samuel Shaw 
7282 Charles Shelton 
6004 Tom Shemeld 
7064 David R Sherwood 
10659 Leonard Shilbeck 
7945 Benjamin Simpson 
9665 Fred W Singleton 
8973 Charles H Slater 
9866 Claude F Slawson 
8280 Edward Sleigh 
10038 Robert L Smeaton 
7412 Alfred Smith 
8153 George Smith 
8529 Henry Smith 
10116 John W Smith 
9004 Joseph Smith 
7975 John Snepp 
7927 John J Spencer 
8943 Frederick T Stampson 
8042 Fred Stayton 
10694 Royce Steels 
9345 William Steers 
8492 Henry Stone 
10827 John Sykes 
7124 William Sykes 
5895 Frederick William Tagg 
9144 Frank Taylor 
8409 James H Taylor 
10972 Joseph Taylor 
[unclear] [unclear] Thompson 
7186 Fred Thompson 
7125 John R Thompson 
7275 T Thorpe 
7810 L/Cpl Charles Tilling 
9111 Charles Todkill 
6841 Charles Tompkins 
9161 Percy J Towersey 
8502 Frank Townsend 
8785 Edward Trend 
7342 William J Trydell 
[unclear] Sydney E Tucker 
10869 F Turner 
10020 William J Tye 
10978 John Tyler 
8517 Arthur Ussher 
8376 George A Varney 
9215 Thomas Varney 
10519 Arthur D Venters 
7889 Frank Vickers 
9448 John Viney 
9192 David Wadley 
8251 Harry Wakefield 
9271 Pte Reginald G Wakefield 
9642 James Walker 
8920 Tom Walker 
8203 Thomas Walters 
7793 E Warburton 
8666 Herbert Ward 
5989 Thomas Ward 
9145 Ernest Waterhouse 
10364 John Waterworth 
9225 Joseph F Watkinson 
9738 Richard Watling 
8117 Sidney Watson 
10644 Victor G Watt 
 8648 Percy Watts 
8585 Philip J Weaving 
9468 Ernest Whincup 
9477 Sidney E White 
9263 William White 
7210 John Whitham 
10842 Albert Whittaker 
[unclear] Edwin Whittaker 
9041 William E Wild 
8224 Martin Wilkinson 
9846 William Willets 
9094 John C Williams 
8997 W Henry Williams 
8919 John Willis 
7390 Joseph Wilton 
8423 George Sidney Wiseman 
10563 John T Wood 
8205 Henry Woodall 
6186 John Charles Woodley 
9140 George Woodward 
7307 Enoch Wormston 
10810 Samuel G Wright 
8172 Thomas Wright 
9105 Thomas Wright 
8832 Wilfred Wright 
8509 Robert Wyatt 
8545 George Yeoman

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