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EAST COWICK WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Janet Graves 2004

The memorial is sited in the Churchyard, and the names from three conflicts are inscribed upon it. The memorial has not weathered well in places and has been hard to decipher and may not be correct. The memorial at Cowick was paid for by public subscription and was dedicated in April 1920. with the inscription "Erected in grateful recognition of the sacrifice made by the above men of this parish". It was rededicated on Remembrance Day, November 1948. A further name was added to the memorial to acknowledge a serviceman killed in Iraq.

Photographs Copyright © Michael Booker 2004

TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY OF

1914-1918

ABDY

William

Private 44618, 218th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Killed in action 16th August 1917 in France & Flanders. Aged 31. Born Cowick, enlisted Pontefract, resident West Cowick. Son of Frederick and Jane Abdy, of West Cowick, Snaith, Yorks. Formerly 21515, West Yorkshire Regiment. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 154 to 159 and 163A.

DURHAM

Arthur

Private 41317, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died of wounds 31st May 1918. Aged 28. Born 15th March 1890 Snaith, resident Snaith, enlisted Goole. Son of Emma( formerly Ward) and Arthur Durham of Snaith; husband of Annie (formerly Spivey) of Cowick. Buried in Pernes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 20

GARDNER

Fred

Acting Sergeant 16281. 9th Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 27th June 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 22. Born East Cowick, enlisted Selby. Son of Richard and Annie Gardner, of East Cowick, nr. Goole, Yorks. Buried in Pernes British cemetery, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 40.

GARNER

Francis Arthur

Private 26572, 9th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Died 11th July, 1916.  Age 32.  Son of Stephen and Louie Garner, of Banksides, Cowick, Goole and husband of Emily Hymers Garner, of New Bridge, Cowick, Goole.  Buried in the St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, A. 28. 14.

HORSFIELD

George [William]
Private 241754, 6th (City of Glasgow) Battalion (Territorial), Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action 20th October 1917. Born Cowick, enlisted Pontefract. Son of Mrs. H. Theaker, of East Cowick, Snaith, Goole, Yorks. Buried in Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot III. Row A. Grave 24.

HOLMES

Frank
Discharged from the Navy with ill health and buried in Cowick Churchyard.

HEMINGWAY

Herbert
Private 27680, 9th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 26th September 1916. Born Knottingley, enlisted Pontefract, resident Snaith. Formerly 21791, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.

PENISTONE

Ferdick

Driver 821595, Royal Field Artillery.  Born at East Cowick, Yorkshire.  Died 16th October, 1920.  Aged 33.  Son of William and Sarah Penistone.  Buried in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, East Cowick, Yorkshire.

SPIVEY

Charles Alfred

Gunner 129168, C Battery, 148th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  Died, possibly of wounds 25th April, 1918.  Age 30.  Son of Thomas and Mary Spivey, of East Cowick, Snaith, Yorkshire, and husband of Clara B. Thompson (formerly Spivey), of High Street, Rawcliffe, Yorkshire.  Buried in the Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery, Belgium, V. a. 7.

Note:  Bandaghem was the popular name given by the troops to the group of casualty clearing stations posted to this area during the First World War.

SPIVEY

Perry

Private 55710, 2nd/4th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.  Died 2nd September, 1918.  Age 25.  Son of Thomas and Mary Spivey, of East Cowick, Snaith, Yorkshire.  Buried in the Vaulx Hill Cemetery, France, III. F. 23.

SPIVEY

Tom

Private 12709, 9th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Killed in action 1st July, 1916.  Age 20.  Son of Fred and Clara Taylor, of West Cowick, Snaith, Goole, Yorkshire.  Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.

STEPHENSON

G. R.

Private 4/8691, 4th Battalion, West Yorkshire Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment.  Died 25th January, 1917.  Age 49.  Husband of the late Mary Jane Sykes Stephenson.  Buried in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, East Cowick, Yorkshire.

TASKER

James William

Private 46283, 13th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.  Killed in action 12th April, 1918.  Age 34.  Son of Thomas Hodgson Tasker and Hannah Maria Tasker, of East Cowick, Snaith, Goole, Yorkshire, and husband of Rose Hannah Benson (formerly Tasker), of  Naburn, Yorkshire.  Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 8.

TURTON

Lewis Cuthbert

Trooper 13/466, Auckland Mounted Rifles, N.Z.E.F. Died at Malta 25th August 1915 of wounds received at Gallipoli. Aged 26. Buried in Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta. Plot A. Row XII Grave 5. There is a further plaque in church dedicated by his father Thomas Coates Turton, of the Firs.

WADE

George

Private 57948, 1st/7th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Killed in action 16th April 1918 in France & Flanders. Born Leeds, enlisted Doncaster. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Panel 42 to 47 and 162.

WEST

Albert

Gunner 126817, 337th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 2nd Decmeber 1917 in France & Flanders. Born Eastbourne, enlisted Goole, resident Coswick (sic - Cowick). No known grave. Commmeorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France. Panel 1.

ERECTED IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF
THE SACRIFICE MADE BY THE ABOVE
NAMED MEN OF THIS PARISH

1939-1945

COLLEY

Frank

Corporal 14304408, 18 Mobile Ammunition Sec., Royal Army Ordnance Corps.  Killed in action 1st June, 1945.  Age 27.  Son of Ernest and Eliza Jane Colley and husband of Elsie Colley, of Greasborough, Yorkshire.  Commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Panel 19.  Column 1.

CLAYTON

N Bernard P

Private, Hong Kong Dockyard Defence Corps. Died 29th October 1942. Husband of Mrs L V Clayton Buried in Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan. British Section Plot P. Row C. Grave 3.

GARDNER

James

Trooper 7906674, 13th/18th Royal Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps.  Died 21st January, 1945.  Age 27.  Buried in the Sittard War Cemetery, Limburg, Netherlands, F. 17.

HUBY

Ronald

Private 4692789, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.  Killed in action 8th May, 1942.  Age 23.  Commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Face 16.

HUBY

Sydney

Private 1808210, 2nd/6th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey).  Died 20th September, 1944.  Age 23.  Son of John Joseph and Emily Kate Huby, of East Cowick, Yorkshire.  Buried in the Gradara War Cemetery, Pesaro, Italy, II. D. 41.

Note:  The cemetery contains the graves of casualties incurred during the advance from Ancona to Rimini (which broke the Gothic Line) and in the heavy fighting around Rimini, which was taken by the Allies on 21st September 1944.

JACKSON

Samuel Baysten

Lance Sergeant 2619504, 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards.  Died 26th July, 1944.  Son of Samuel Baysten Jackson and Florence Jackson; husband of Hannah Jackson, of Goole, Yorkshire.  Buried in the Florence War Cemetery, Italy, V. D. 12.

STEPHENSON

Jack Carr

Lance Corporal 4347487, West Yorkshire Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment.  Died 31st December, 1942.  Age 19.  Son of George Leslie and Florence Annie Stephenson, of West Cowick, Yorkshire.  Buried in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, East Cowick, Yorkshire.  Row 8. Grave 20.

NORTHERN IRELAND

O’NEILL

Michael

Warrant Officer 23866974, Royal Army Ordnance Corps.  Died 31st May, 1981. Aged 34. Born 26 June 1946. Killed when an IRA bomb exploded in a car he was examining near Newry. The device went off as he approached the car for the eighth time to prepare it for towing away. He was the 17th bomb-disposal expert to be killed in Northern Ireland since the start of the Troubles. Buried in Carlton Cemetery, Main Street, Carlton, North Humberside. Grave 297.

IRAQ

BRACKENBURY Alan
Lance Corporal 25126486, King's Royal Hussars. Killed by a roadside bomb 29th May 2005. Aged 21. Born 12 April m1984. Buried in the Churchyard of Holy Trinity Church, East Cowick, Yorkshire.  Section West Row 5, grave row 26, grave 1760.

Last updated 9 August, 2012

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