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ACKWORTH WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Bill Henderson 2008

The memorial was erected to celebrate the Millenium Celebrations. It stands at the roadside adjacent to a roundabout within Ackworth. It akes the form of a square plinth of stone blocks, ten courses high, with a pyramidal cap and surmounted by a small Celtic style wheel cross on a two stepped base. There are 83 names for World War 1 and 40 for World War 2. It was unveiled on 5th September 1999 by Dowager Ldy St Oswald.

Photographs Copyright © Bill Henderson 2008

DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF
ACKWORTH
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN TWO WORLD WARS
1914 - 1918 1939 - 1945
THEY GAVE THEIR TOMORROW
FOR OUR TODAY
"WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"
TO THOSE WHO SUFFERED
AS A RESULT OF SERVICE
TO THE SPIRIT AND COURAGE
OF THE PEOPLE
OF THE 20TH CENTURY
ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE AND FRIENDS
OF ACKWORTH
TO MARK THE MILLENNIUM

1914-1918

ASQUITH

Harry
Private 241993 Highland Light Infantry 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Battalion, 38 years, Died 12th October, 1918, son of William and Elizabeth Ann Asquith, of Ackworth, Pontefract. Buried Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery, Montay

BECKETT

Edwin
Driver 41512, Royal Field Artillery, 105th Brigade, 27 years, Died 3rd August, 1915, husband of Emily Beckett, 2 Pleasant View, Bracken Hill, Ackworth. Buried Ackworth All Saints Churchyard

BOOCOCK

Joseph
No further information currently available

BREWARD

Ernest
Private 22022, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 34 years, Died 30th August 1915, son of James Breward, husband of Selina Breward, of Bell Lane, Ackworth, Buried Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery

BRIGGS 

Arthur
Private 4891, 5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 27 years, Died 19th August, 1916, the son of Fred and Hannah Briggs, Albion Cottages, Low Ackworth, Pontefract. Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery

BRIGGS

Edwin
Private 104095 29th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, 21 years, Died 17th September, 1918, son of Arthur and Elizabeth Briggs, Low Green, Ackworth, Pontefract. Commemorated Panel 128 to 131 and 162 and 162a Tyne Cot Memorial

BRISCOE

Edwin
No further information currently available

BURLAND

Edward
No further information currently available

BURTON

Harry
Private 214736 Highland Light Infantry, 9th (Glasgow Highlanders) Battalion, 20 years, Died 26th September, 1917, son of Sarah Ann Burton, of 2, Halls Yard, High Ackworth, Pontefract. Commemorated Panel 131 to 132 Tyne Cot Memorial

BURTON

Herbert
Private 4632, 1st /5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 23 years, Died 1st July, 1916, son of Mrs Sarah Ann Burton, of Glebelands Tce., Brackenhill, Ackworth, Pontefract. Commemorated Thiepval Memorial

CALVERT

Reginald
No further information currently available

CARTWRIGHT

John
No further information currently available

CHAMBERS

John
No further information currently available

CLARKE

Edward V
Private 11205, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, 25 years, Died 25th July, 1916, son of Thomas and Annie Clarke, of the Lymes, High Ackworth, Pontefract. Buried St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen.

CLARKSON

Harry
No further information currently available

CLEMENTS

F
Private 19916, 9th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own), 31 years, Died 18th December, 1916, husband of Ada Pritchard 9 Formerly Clements) 5, Francis Buildings, Moor Top, Ackworth, Pontefract. Buried Bradford (Bowling) Cemetery

COLTART

Robert
No further information currently available

COWLING

Thomas William
Private 15/1184 15th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regt (Prince of Wales's Own), 25 years, Died 1st July, 1916, son of James and Ann Cowling, 6, Mill Lane, Moor Top, Ackworth, Pontefrcat. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial.

COX

Ernest
No further information currently available

CROOKES

Jim
Private M2/192956, Army Service Corps, Mechanical Transport, 24 years, Died 14th October, 1918, son of Fred and Emma Croookes, of Ackworth, Pontefract. Buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France.

CUTT

Harry
Private 40655, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers, 35 years, Died22nd October, 1917, son of Mrs Mary Cutt, of Bell Lane Terrace, Ackworth Moor Top, Pontefract. Commemorated Panel 66 to 68 Tyne Cot Memorial

CUTT

Wilfred
Private 203643, 2nd/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, 25 years, Died 22nd October, 1917, the son of Mrs Mary Cutt, of Bell Lane Terrace, Ackworth Moor Top, Pontefract. Buried in Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension

DENTON

Mark 
Private 13262, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, 24years, Died 20th October, 1915, son of Arthur and Jane Denton, of 7, Leigh St., Moor Top, Ackworth, husband of Martha Denton, 2, Leigh Street, Moor Top, Ackworth, Pontefract Commemorated on Loos Memorial

DICKINSON

Charles David
Private 2nd/4th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 21 years, Died 15th April, 1918. son of Lionel and Clara Dickinson, of High Ackworth, Nr Pontefract. Buried at Doullens Communal Cemetery, Extension No.1

DONBAVAND

William J
No further information currently available

DOUGHTY

Walter
No further information currently available

DRAKE

George
No further information currently available

ELLIS

John
Corporal 121908 12th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 20 years, Died 5th January, 1917, son of Alice Emma Turton (Formerly Ellis) of 3 Bell Lane Terracew, Ackworth Moor Top, Pontefract and the Late William James Ellis. Buried at Sailly-Au-Bois Cemetery

EVERITT

Ernest
No further information currently available

FOSTER

Harry
No further information currently available

GRAHAM

John William
Private 142587 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 29 years. Died 5th May 1918, husband of Mary Alice Lees (Formerly Graham) of Leal's Buildings, Brackenhill, Ackworth, Pontefract. Buried at Wragby, West Yorks, St Michael and Our Lady Churchyard

GREENFIELD

Charles R
Private 23654, 16th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 32 years, Died 21st August, 1918, son of Thomas Richard and Margaret Greenfield of Brackenhill, Ackworth husband of Elsie Hannah Green Field of 19, Garden Street, Ackworth, Pontefract Buried at Adnac Military Cemetery, Miraumont

GUY

William
Private 3154, 1st/5th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Died from wounds on 6th December 1915. Aged 19. Born in Hemsworth, 1896. Lived on Brackenhill, Ackworth. Enlisted South Kirby, Yorkshire. Son of, William Guy, of 16 Victoria Street, Moor Top, Ackworth. Buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row L. Grave 11.

HAMES

John William
Private 36999 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, 18 years, Died 31st October 1917, Don of John W and Ellan Hames of New St., Moor Top, Ackworth. Buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery.

HARRISON

Hartley
Private 5326, 2nd Battalion, Yorks & Lancs Regiment, Commemorated Panel 36 & 55 Ypres Menin Gate Memorial

HIRST

George
Private 48494 9th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, 31 years, Died 16th April, 1918, son of James Edward and Emma Hirst of Moor Top, Ackworth, Pontefract, Commemorated Panel 19 to 23 and 162 Tyne Cot Memorial

HOWITT

David Holmes
Private 4970 1st /5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 28 years, Died 28th August, 1916, son of Tom Herbert and Harriet Howitt, of Ackworth. Commemorated Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A of Thiepval Memorial

HUGHES

Thomas
No further information currently available

KIRK

Alan
No further information currently available

KIRK

John Wilfred
L/Cpl 11073 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, 25 years, Died 22nd December, 1914, son of J R and Betsy Kirk of Norton, Doncaster, Born Ackworth. Buried at Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez

KIRKBRIDE

George L
No further information currently available

LEE

J. William
No further information currently available

LEE

Louis
Driver 2/17604a, New Zeland Field Artillery (Formerly 9th (Canterbury) Battalion, Died 4th September 1915, son of George Andmary Lee. of Ackworth. Buried Embarkation Pier Cemetery, Turkey

LEE

T E
Pte241824 2nd /5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 26 years, Died21/January 1921, Buried Ackworth St Cuthbert's Churchyard

LOVELL

Harold
Private 241796 2nd /5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 19 years Died 25th February, 1917, son of David and Alice Lovell, 3 Greenfield's Bldgs, Brackenhill, Ackworth. Commemorated Pier and Face 11c and 12 A Thiepval Memorial

MEAYS

Harry
Private 650, 18th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regt (Prince of Wales's Own), Died 30th June, 1916. Buried Bertrancourt Military Cemetery

MURGATROYD MM

Albert
Driver 775380, Royal Field Artillery, 25 years, Died 13th May. 1917, son of John William and Mary A Murgatroyd, of Seals Bldgs, Brakenhill, Ackworth. Buried Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue.

NORTH MM

John William
Petty Officer Kw/284 Howe Battalion, Rnvr, 23 years, Died 23rd April 1917, son of Mr & Mrs T North of 6, College Tce., Ackworth. Commemorated Bay 1 Arras Memoria

NORTON

Charles
Private 3/2975 10th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Died 9th April, 1917, husband of Alice Norton, of Frances Bldgs, Brackenhill, Ackworth. Commemorated Bay 7 Arras Memorial

O'HARA

James
Private 302232 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, 21 years, Died 22 March 1918, son of John and Elizabeth O'hara, Station Rd, Ackworth, Pobntefract. Commemorated Bay 5 Arras Memorial

OUTRAM

John
No further information currently available

PARKIN

Frank
No further information currently available

PARR

Alfred
Lance corporal 2670, 1/5th Battalion, King's OWn Yorkshire Light INfantry. Killed in action 5 July 1916. Aged 31. Born Newark, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Doncaster. Husband of Alice Parr (nee Hall), of 3 Club Houses, Moor Top, Ackworth, Pontefract. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

PESTERFIELD

John Th.
Private 241775 2nd/5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 19 years, Died 25th February, 1917. Son of Edwin and Mary Ann Pesterfield, Parkers Fold, Braklenhill, Ackworth, Pontefract. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

PICKEN

Ralph
No further information currently available

PYCOCK MM

Percy Waldemar
Sgt 37571 319th Siege Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery, 23 years, Died 8th May 1918, son of W.M. and S Pycock, the Poplars Farm, Moor Top, Ackworth. Buried Lijssenthoek Miltary Cemetery.

RIDSDALE

Herbert
Pte33216, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Died 25th October 1918. Buried Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension

SEAL

Douglas
Ordinary Telegraphist J/34393, Royal Navy, HMS Black Prince, 17 years, Died 31st May, 1916, son of Harold and Annie Mary Seal of South Field Farm, Moor Top, Ackworth. Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial.

SHARPE

Samuel Gordon
Ordinary Telegraphist Tyneside Z/11487, Rnvr, H.M..C.M.B.No. 31 (Tender to HMS Arrogant) 18 years, Died 7th April 1918 son of Samuel and Sarah Sharpe of 8 Greenfield Tce, High Ackworth, Pontefract. Buried Nunhead (All Saints) Cemetery

SILVESTER

Albert
Private 12/506 9thbn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 32 years, Died 9th April, 1917 husband of May Chapman, (Formerly Silvester) 10 College Tce, Ackworth Moor Top, Pontefract. Buroied Cojeul British Cemetery, St Martin Sur Cojeul

SMITH MC

Matthew F
Captain, 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regt (Prince of Wales Own) 27 years, Died 18th September, 1918, son of Matthew James and Emma Smith of Harehills House, Ackworth, husband of Jessie Marion Smith, 53, Sandringham Gdns, Preston, North Shields. Buried Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery

LEONARD

Spencer
Sgt 5202, 2nd Battalion, Cameron Highlanders, 40 years, Died 5th May, 1915, son of Edwin Spencer of Ackworth, Pontefract

STORK

Willie
Private Tr5/142064, 84th Battalion, Training Reserve, 20 years, Died23rd July, 1917. Buried Ackworth St Cuthbert’s Churchyard

TEMPEST

Wilfred Norman
Major 2nd Battalion, (Att to 9th Battalion,) Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 27 years, Died 26th September, 1916, son of Wilfred Francis and Florence Helen Tempest of Ackworth Grange, Pontefract. Commemorated on Pier and Face 11c and 12 A Thiepval Memorial. Also Commemorated on East Hardwick Village War Memorial West Yorkshire.

TERRY

Wilfred
No further information currently available

THORPE

Arthur
No further information currently available

TIPLING

Joseph
Private 47799, 5th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 20 years, Died 20th July, 1918, son of Joseph and Martha Tipling, of 11 Francis Tce, Moor Top, Ackworth, Pontefrcat, Buried in Courmas British Cemetery

TURTON

Fred
No further information currently available

TURTON

Jack
No further information currently available

TURTON

Sidney B
Private 702, Guards Machine Gun Regiment, 32 years, Died 21st August, 1918, son of Walter Booth Turton and Georgina Grace Turton, of the Mount, Pontefract. Buried St Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frevent

TURTON

Wilfred Smith
Private 26231, 7th Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 324 years, Died 1st July, 1916, son of Walter B and Georgina G Turton, husband of Marion Turton of the Mount, Pontefract, Born Ackworth. Buried in Lijssenthoek Miltary Cemetery,

WALKER

Thomas
Gunner 188562, 325th Siege Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery, 21 years, Died 17th November, 1918son of Robert Walker of Council Houses, Moortop, Ackworth Pontefract, Buried in Solesmes British Cemetery

WALLER

William Mckenzie C
Pye 38320, 10th Battalion, Yorks and Lancs Regiment, 20 years Died 16th November, 1916 son of Joseph Edmund and Kate Annie Waller of 33, Wakefield Road, Ackworth. Commemorated Pier and Face 14a and 14 B Thiepval Memorial

WARD

Albert E
No further information currently available

WARD

H. Walter
No further information currently available

WARRENER

William
Ordinary Seaman J/47467 Royal Navy, HMS Genista, 20 years, Died 23rd October 1916, son of John Joseph and Margaret Warrener, of 45, New Buildings, Ackworth Moor Top, Pontefrcat. Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial

WEATHERILL

Clarence
L/Cpl 11588 10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regt (Prince of Wales's Own), Died 2nd March, 1916. Commemorated on panel 21 Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

WESTROPE

Gordon
Private 760089 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regt), 32 years, Died 10th November, 1917, son of Richard and Alice Westrope, Cedar Lawn, Ackworth, Pontefract. Commemorated Panel 18-28-30 Menin Gate, Ypres

WIGGLESWORTH

Fred
Private 22195, 2nd Battalion, West Yorkshire Regt (Prince of Wales's Own), 26 years, Died 6th July, 1916, Native of Ackworth Moor Top, Pontefract. Buried Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt - L'abbe

WILLIAMS

Thomas
No further information currently available

WILSON

Alfred
No further information currently available

WOOD

John H
Gunner 94725. 306th Siege Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery, Died 14th October 1918, son of Mr W Wood of Station Rd. Low Ackworth, Buried St Aubert British Cemetery.
1939-1945

ALLEN

Pellam
No further information currently available

BROOKE

Harry
Gunner 833832, 2 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, 29 years Died 27th May, 1940, So on Norman and Elizabeth Brooke, of Ackworth, Buried Westoutre British Cemetery

BICKLEY

Arthur
No further information currently available

BAKE

Herbert
Trooper 553166, 10th Royal Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps, 27 years Died 28th May 1942. Commemorated on Alamein Memorial

CAWLEY

Thomas
Private 13015069, Pioneer Corps, 44 years, Died 9th August, 1941, son of John and Maria Cawley, husband of Catherine Cawley of Ackworth. Buried Ackworth Cemetery

CHAPMAN

Clifford
No further information currently available

CHAMBERS

Robert
No further information currently available

DERWICK

Frederick
No further information currently available

ELLIS

George
No further information currently available

FARRAND

Walter
Gunner 963813, 122 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, 27 years, Died 21 September, 1944. husband of Milicant Farrand, of Low Ackworth, Pontefract. Commemorated Column 18 Singapore Memorial

FOX

Wilfred
No further information currently available

FIELDSEND

Basil
Signalman 14569361, Royal Corps of Signals, 19 years, Died 6th June, 1944, son of Henry and Agitha Fieldsend of Ackworth. Buried in Ackworth Cemetery.

GEE

John
No further information currently available

GARTHWAITE

Owen
No further information currently available

GREENING

Stanley
Cpl 4693090, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 26 years, Died 26/12/1943. Commemorated on Casion Memorial Panel 9

HUGILL

Kenneth Joseph 
Trooper, Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C., 22 years, Died 17th June, 1941, son of George and Blanche Hugill of Ackworth. Commemorated Column 23 Alamein Memorial

HAIGH

Kenneth
Flight Sgt.1682005 (Nav/W.Op), Raf Volunteer Reserve, 22 years, Died 29th August, 1944, son of James Edwin and Martha Jane Haigh of High Ackworth. Buried Taukkyan War Cemetery.

HARRISON

Harry
Air Raid Warden, Civilian War Dead, husband of Zeina Harrison of 106, Pontefrcat Road, Ackworth, Died 1st September, 1940. Buried Hemsworth Rural District Cemetery.

HAGUE

John
No further information currently available

HEPWORTH

Arnold
No further information currently available

HILTON

Arthur
Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 150105, 102 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 23 years, Died 15th February, 1944, son of Harold and Florence Mary Hilton, Nephew of Frank Hilton, of High Ackworth. Buried in Berlin 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery.

HOPWOOD

Gwilym Rowland
Bombardier 921541 61 (the Denbighshire Yeomanry) Medium Regt. Royal Artillery. 26 years, Died 19th July. 1944, son of Benjamin and Sarah Hopwood, husband of Elsie Hopwood, of Ackworth Moor Top. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery

JENKS

Alfred
Gunner 1794599, 239 Bty, 77 H.A.A. Regiment, Royal Artillery, 24 years, Died 28th September, 1945, son of Herbert Smith Jenks of Moor Top, Ackworth, Buried at Kranji War Cemetery

KING

Ronald
No further information currently available

O'NEILL

Kenneth
Flight Sgt 1435702 Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Died 13/11/1945, Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial

O'NEILL

Terrence
Gunner 1465925, 287 Bty, 96 H..A..A. Regiment, Royal Artillery, 20 years. Died 12th November, 1940, son of Reginald Grattan O'Neill and Lilian O'Neill of Ackworth. Cremated at Leeds Lawnswood Crematorium

NORTH

Walter
Air Raid Warden, Civilian, 39 years, Died 1st September, 1940, son of, Rs M North of 5, Fair View, Ackworth, husband of E.M. North of 18, Wakefield Road, Ackworth. Died at Hill Top Farm, Hessle and Hill Top. Buried in Hemsworth Rural District Cemetery.

OAKES

Leonard
Sapper 1923218, 706 Gen Construction Company, Royal Engineers, 21 years, Died 7th August, 1940, son of William and Eliza Annoakes of High Ackworth. Commemorated on Dunkirk Memorial

PICKERING

Benjamin
Sergeant 612453, Royal Air Force, 22 years, Died 17th November, 1942, son of Robert and Ethel Pickering, of Ackworth. Buried at Dely Ibrahim War Cemetery, Algeria

RICHARDSON

Henry Ivan
Warrant Officer Class 1 (S.M) Royal Artillery, Att. Hq 6th Airborne Div., 43 years, Died 24th March, 1945, son of Henry W and Gwendoline C Richardson, husband of Margaret Richardson, of Ackworth. Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery

SMITH

Jack
No further information currently available

SYKES

Cecil
L/Cpl 6th Battalion, York and Lancs Regiment, 25 years, Died 21 March, 1943 son of Reginald Percy and Grace Ann Sykes, husband of Iris Sykes of, Moor Top, Ackworth. Buried in Tabarka Ras Rajel War Cemetery, Tunisia

SCOTT

Joseph
No further information currently available

TAYLOR

Frederick Arthur
Sapper 1063036 170 Tunnelling Coy, Royal Engineers, 34 years, Died 19th November, 1940, son of Ethel and Arthur Taylor, husband of Ada Taylor of Ackworth. Buried Hemsworth Cemetery.

WARDELL

Dorothy Margaret
Wren 6923, Womens Royal Naval Service, 22 years, Died 23rd November, 1940, Daughter of Henry and Dorothy M Wardell of Ackworth. Buried in Haslar Royal Naval Cemetery, Hampshire

WARNER

Cyril
No further information currently available

WARNER

Ronald
Cpl 1112646, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Died 24th March, 1946. Buried Ackworth Cemetery

WILSON

Harry
Sergeant 4534957, Durham Light Infantry. Died 24th February, 1944. Aged 30. Husband of F Wilson, of Ackworth. Buried in Ackworth Cemetery.

WILSON

Harry
No further information currently available

WRAGG

Leonard
Gunner 781157, 1 Medium Regiment, Royal Artillery. Aged 30. Died 28th May, 1940, son of Charles and Mary E Wragg husband of Elsie Wragg of Ackworth. Buried at Dickebusch Old Military Cemetery, Belgium

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