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LEEDS WAR MEMORIAL INCLUDING BROOMFIELD

World War 1 & 2 & Korea - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

The Leeds memorials are to be found in St Nicholas's Church, Leeds, and take the form of severeal wooden plaques surrounding a crucifix and flanked by of the Royal British Legion. There are twenty six names for World War 1, nine names for World War 2 and one name for Korea 1950. There is also a plaque commemorating a man who fell in the Boer War.

Photograph Copyright © David Hughes and Neil Clark 2006

1914-1918

AVERY

Horace [Edward]

Corporal M2/183803, 955th Mechanical Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in Egypt 20th October 1918. Aged 37. Born Langley, Kent, enlisted and resident Maidstone. Husband of Sarah Ann Avery, of Old Mill Cottages, Leeds, Maidstone. Native of Leeds, Maidstone. Buried in Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel. Section Z. Grave 4.

BRATTON

Albert Augustus

Private 42460, 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. Formerly T4/145772 Royal Army Service Corps. Died 30th September 1918 aged 22 years. Born Kingsdown, Kent. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Walter and Emily Jane Bratton of "The Hollies", Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference III.B.2.

COLLINS

[Edward] Harry

Private G/251, 6th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 9th March 1916. Born Leeds. Enlisted Woolwich. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Listed on the memorial as Henry COLLINS.

COULTER

Charles W

Driver 33688, 54th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died 22nd October 1918 aged 21 years. Born Leeds. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of John Edwin and Maud Coulter of Little Buds, Thurnham, Detling, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy. Grave reference - I.C.24.

On the 1901 census Charles is shown residing with his widowed aunt Elizabeth Coulter at Upper Street, Leeds.

CUSHION

Albert Charles

Private 242207, 6th Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Formerly Private 5826 Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 25th March 1918 aged 19 years. Born Walworth, Surrey. Enlisted and resided Maidstone. Son of William and E.J. Cushion of Lower Street, Leeds Maidstone, Kent. Buried Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave reference - III.K.19.

DOWN

Thomas Eagles

Private CH/19201, Royal Marine Light Infantry. H.M.S. Vanguard. Died 9th July 1917 aged 21 years. Husband of Lizzie Charlotte Down of 3 Lower Street, Broomfield, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 25.

Virtually all 823 of the ships company died when HMS Vanguard exploded at 10pm resultant of unstable Cordite in the ship's magazine. In 1982 the wreck of HMS Vanguard was declared an official protected war grave.

GATLAND

Spencer

Private G/4978, 7th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 13th July 1916 aged 23 years. Born Nuthurst, Sussex. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Mr and Mrs Gatland of Broomfield, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban, Somme, France. Grave reference - F.4.

GOODWIN

William

Royal Navy. H.M.S "India" - No further information currently available.

William probably lost his life on the 8th August 1915 when HMS India was torpedoed and sunk off Bodo, West Fjord, Norway. It was sunk by the German submarine U22 commanded by Bruno Hoppe.

This man's death warrants further investigation. It is possible that his death was left off the CWGC indexes in error. Perhaps someone local to the Leeds area might consider taking up this case on William's behalf...

GRUBB

Walter Bousfield Watkins

Died 22nd September 1914 aged 35 years. Son of Colonel A Grubb R.A and Mrs Grubb of Elsfield House, Hollingbourne, Maidstone, Kent. Husband of Marguerite E.F. Grubb of "The Gables, Crowborough, Sussex. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 1.

HMS Cressy, HMS Aboukir and HMS Hogue were all sunk within a short space of time on the day that Walter died by the German submarine U9 commanded by Otto Weddingen, HMS Cressy was attacked at about 7.20am whilst attempting to pick up survivors from H.M.S Aboukir.

HENTY

Ralph

Driver 207755, Royal Field Artillery. Died 30th October 1918 aged 29 years. Son of William and Angeline Henty. Husband of Rose Annie Ambrose (formerly Henty) of Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, India. Panel reference - Face 2.

The 1901 census shows 11 year old (born Sutton Valance) Ralph residing with his parents William and Angelina Henty at Lower Street, Leeds. Ralph lived next door to the Mannings family who also lost a son in the war.

KENYON

Patrick

Private 17029, "A" Company, 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Died 1st July 1916 aged 35 years. Born Bray Village, Dublin. Enlisted Sheffield. Son of James Henry Kenyon. Husband of Shirley Augusta Kenyon of Lower Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood, Somme, France. Grave reference - V.C.30.

KING

Reginald William

Lance Corporal 391834, 9th Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles). Died 27th September 1917 aged 24 years. Born and resided Leeds. Enlisted London. Son of William and Frances Elenor King of Kings Cottages, Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Grave reference - VIII.E.10. Commemorated on the memorial plaque in St Nicholas Church as Queens Rifles. 1901 census shows the family residing at Windmill House.

KNELL

Felix Henry

Private TR/138140, 53rd (Young Soldier) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Died 5th July 1918 aged 18 years. Son of William Henry and Louisa Alice Knell of Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried locally in Leeds (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Leeds, Kent.

LATTER

Arthur

Private 633332, 20th Battalion, London Regiment. Formerly Private 3586 Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 1st October 1916 aged 18 years. Born Leeds. Enlisted and resided Maidstone. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Latter of Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Brother of Edwin Frank Latter and John Latter, below. Buried Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference - VII.G.12.

Commemorated on the memorial plaque in St Nicholas Church as belonging to the Royal West Kent's (his former Regiment).

LATTER

Edwin Frank

Private 3878, 3rd Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Transferred as Private 464925 to 680th Agricultural Company, Labour Corps. Died 26th February 1919 aged 29 years. Born Leeds. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Latter of Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Brother of John Latter, belo,w and Arthur Latter, above. Buried locally in Leeds (St Nicholas) Churchyard, Leeds, Kent.

LATTER

John

Private 27088, 4th Battalion, King's Own Shropshire Light Infantry. Formerly Private (5365) 3/6th Battalion, Notts & Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters). Died 19th April 1918 aged 37 years. Born Leeds. Enlisted Chatham. Resided Broomfield, Kent. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Latter of Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Brother of Edwin Frank Latter and Arthur Latter, above. Buried Denain Communal Cemetery, Nord, France. Grave reference B.52.

MANNERINGS

Herbert William

Sergeant 9939, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Died 12th March 1915. Born Leeds. Enlisted Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey. Commemorated on the Menin gate, Ieper, Belgium. Panel reference - 34.

The 1901 census shows 9 year old Herbert residing with his parents William and Emeline in Lower Street, Leeds. The next door neighbours, the Henty family also lost a son in the war.

MILNER

Albert William Alfred

Private G/4334, 8th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 26th September 1915. Born Leeds. Enlisted and resided Maidstone. Son of John and Catherine Milner who in 1901 resided with six year old Albert in Back Street, Leeds. Commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

MORGAN

Horace

Private 24865, 37th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Formerly Private 3880 Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 30th November 1917. Born Leeds. Enlisted Maidstone. Commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louvernal, Nord, France.

The 1901 census shows Horace aged 7 living with his parents Horace and Eliza Morgan in Upper Street, Leeds.

POPE

Francis John

Private 460162, 44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment). Died 25th October 1916. Born Sandway, Kent 26th August 1892. Enlisted Winnipeg, Canada 5th June 1915. Commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Francis enlistment papers show Sarah Pope as next of kin living at Chegwell Manor Farm, Hollingbourne, Kent.

RANDALL

Sidney Herbert

Private L/8418 RANDALL. 2nd Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 31st October 1916. Born Leeds. Enlisted Maidstone. Buried Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. Grave XXI.Q.45.

The 1901 census shows Sidney employed as a Yard Boy working with cattle and living with his grandparents Samuel & Mary Randall in Upper Street, Leeds.

SAGE

Albert

Private L/8200, 1st Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 28th October 1914 aged 28 years. Born Leeds. Enlisted Maidstone. Brother of W Sage of Ashbank, Leeds Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

SMITH

Nebuchadnezzar

Private G/4143, 8th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 19th January 1917 aged 37 years. Born Lenham. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Leeds. Husband of Elizabeth Skinner (formerly Smith) of Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave reference - X.D.26.

TOMSETT

Ernest Alfred

Lance Corporal G/24664, 7th Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 14th February 1917 aged 30 years. Born Chart Sutton, Kent. Enlisted Maidstone. Resided Hollingbourne. Son of Mr and Mrs Tomsett of Chart Sutton, Maidstone, Kent. Husband of Edith Grace Tomsett of "Fairview, Dumpton Park, Ramsgate, Kent. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

WENHAM

James

Private G/6366, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died 17th December 1916 aged 41 years. Born and enlisted Maidstone. Resided Leeds. Son of Mrs S.E. Wenham of East Hall Cottages, Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Struma Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave reference - VII.A.12.

WOOD

William

Corporal G/23855, 1st Battalion, Queen`s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 26th October 1917 aged 20 years. Born Langley, Kent. Enlisted Maidstone. Son of Charles and Mary A Wood of Upper Street, Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

The 1901 census shows William living with his parents Charles and Mary Ann Wood in Upper Street, Leeds

1939 - 1945

ANDREWS

Albert

Sapper 2126253, 254 Field Park Company, Royal Engineers. Died 1st February 1944 aged 33 years. Born and resided Kent. Husband of Francis Elizabeth Mary R. P Andrews of Doddington, Kent. Buried Minturno War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - I.B.2.

BOUCHER

Robert

Lieutenant 293694, 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 19th July 1944. Born Australia. Resided Kent. Son of Richard Thomas Comyn Boucher and Ethel Phyllis Clara Boucher of Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Commemorated on the Bayeux Memorial, Calvados, France. Panel reference - 10. Column 2.

BROAD

William

Leading Seaman C/KX 109258, Royal Navy. H.M.S. Curacoa. Died 20th October 1942 aged 30 years. Son of Mr and Mrs Richard Broad. Husband of Nellie Dardanelles Broad of Milton Regis, Kent. Commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent. Panel reference - 61, 3.

HMS Curacoa was sunk in a collision with the liner "Queen Mary" on 2nd October 1942 which she was escorting. Only 101 souls survived the sinking from a ship's company of 439. Several of the men rescued later succumbed to their injuries including William.

BRYANT

Denis Michael

Midshipman, Royal Navy. H.M.S "Hood". Died 24th May 1941 aged 18 years. Born 14th June 1922. Attended Sutton Valence school 1931-1939. Denis was at Dartmouth Naval Collage 1939-1940 and joined HMS Hood later in 1940. Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Panel reference - 45. Column 2.

Denis is also commemorated in the Hood Chapel, Church of St John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire.

The ship's crew of 1,416 sailors perished on the ship when the ship was lost in action against DKM Prinz Eugen and DKM Bismarck during the Battle of the Denmark Straight.

LUCAS

Lilian Ada

Leading Wren CH/15766 LUCAS. Womens Royal Naval Service. H.M.S. Dover Castle. Died 12th September 1943 aged 23 years. Daughter of Thomas Carey Lucas and Mary Lucas of Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried locally in the Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery. Grave reference -1496 Naval Reservation.

Commemorated on the memorial plaque in St Nicholas Church as Ada L Lucas.

MOSELEY

Eric Harrison

Driver T/84928, 507th Ambulance Company, 44th Division, Royal Army Service Corps. Died 6th August 1940 aged 27 years. Born and resided Kent. Husband of Minnie Rose Moseley of Lenham, Kent. Buried Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau, Niedersachsen, Germany. Grave reference - 26.D.2.

Eric was a pre- war member of the RAMC.

VAUGHAN

John Anthony (Tony)

Captain 153655, Royal Artillery. Attached 1st Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Indian Artillery. Died 24th December 1943 aged 23 years. Born and resided Kent. Son of Edmund John and Minna Vaughan of Leeds, Maidstone, Kent. Buried Imphal War Cemetery, India. Grave reference - 8.B.14.

John was a pre -war member of the London Scottish (Donside).

WOOLGAR

Jack Watt

Lieutenant 268857, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment). Died 13th or 14th July 1944. Born and resided Kent. Son of George Thomas Woolgar and of Elizabeth Adelaide Woolgar of Maidstone, Kent. Buried Arezzo War Cemetery, Italy. Grave reference - I.E.4.

The Korean War - 1950

BRISTOW

Bryan J

Private 22177587, 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. 27th Commonwealth Infantry Brigade. Killed in action during the Battle of Baktong Bridgehead 22nd September 1950, aged 19 years. (Some details in The Times 30th September 1950) Buried United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, Korea. Grave reference - Plot 17. Row 9. Grave 790.

Bryan was one of forty two members of his battalion to die in Korea between August 1950 and April 1951. His battalion and the 1st Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were the first British troops to go to Korea as part of the UN forces. It is quite likely that Bryan was a National Serviceman at the time of his death.

Boer War 1899-1902

LAURENCE

Philip

Trooper, Thorneycroft's Mounted Imfamtry. Died fighting at Spio Kop 24th January 1900. Aged 21. Grandson of William Laurence of Elsfield House, for many years church warden of St Nicholas Parish who died 4th June 1899. Aged 77.

Last update 13 October, 2016

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