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LUDDENDEN & MIDGLEY WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2008

Luddenden is a small town close to Halifax, Yorkshire. The memorial was unveiled on 29th April 1923. The memorial stands in High Street, Luddenden, between the Lord Nelson Inn and the church, on the site of what was the Old Smithy. It takes the form of a Celtic, stone, wheel, cross mounted on a tapering plinth which stands on three-stepped stone base. The plinth carries the inscription and bronze plaques on the wall behind the cross bear the names of those who died. There are 45 names for World War 1 and 18 for World War 2. There were Calderdale War Memorials pages published by Rob Hamilton originally on the web and the credit for this work is mainly his, sadly these pages are no longer on-line so this page has been created to fill the void.
Photograph taken from ebay auction

On the base of the cross:

ERECTED IN HONOUR OF THE MEN
OF MIDGLEY & LUDDENDEN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
GREAT WAR 1914-1918
ALSO TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE
WORLD WAR 1939-1945

On the wall

THEY DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY 1914-1918

ACKERLEY

William

Pioneer, Royal Engineers transferred to Labour Corps. Aged 48. Died 15th July 1920. Buried in Sowerby Bridge (Luddenden) Cemetery, Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Husband of Ellen Ackerley, of 8, Providence Place, Luddenden. He died after long illness. Father of William below.

ACKERLEY

William Noel

Private, 2nd Yorks & Lancs Regiment. Died 26th October 1918. Aged 18. Buried in St. Souplet British Cemetery, Nord, France. Son of William and Ellen Ackerley, of 9, Providence Place, Luddenden, Yorks. He enlisted in March 1918 and worked at Dean Paper Mill.

ACKROYD

Edwin

Rifleman C/7651, 18th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 15th September 1916. Aged 30. Born Barrow-in-Furness, enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. He lived at 17 Halifax Lane, Luddenden and was a native of Barrow. At first reported wounded and missing, last seen wounded and on a stretcher. His brother Mathew also died (details below). He enlisted in February 1915 and was employed in the cardroom at Watsons Mill, Sowerby Bridge. No known grave. Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B. See also Luddenden Working Men's Club.

ACKROYD

Mathew

Private, 27th Northumberland Fusiliers. Aged 25. Died 9th April 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, France. He lived at17 Halifax Lane, Luddenden, was a native of Barrow and attended St James Methodist Church. Originally enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry and was the brother of Edwin (details above). He worked at Maudes Clog Sole Makers, Hawksclough.

BINNS

Sam

Private, 2/5th Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Aged 33. Died 21st July 1918. No known grave. Commemorated on Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France. Husband of Millicent Binns, of 2, Halifax Lane, Botton, Luddenden, Yorks. He left 10 children the eldest being 10 and including 3 month old twins. Lived at Old Lane, Luddenden. He was killed at Pourrey Wood near Rheims. His body was found by the chaplain after 2 days. Worked at Copley Chemical Works.

BOLTON

John

Lance Bombardier 94123, 298th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 1st May 1918. Aged 33. Born Sowerby, enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. Son of Thomas Mitchell Bolton and Jane Bolton, of Brearley, Yorks; married with 2 children to Annie Bolton (nee Bloomer), of The Buttress, Luddenden, Yorks. He lived at Lane House, Luddenden. Killed by shellfire at an observation post, Mont des Cats. He is commemorated in Luddenden & Sowerby churchyards. Worked as a market gardener & cattle dealer. Buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Nord, France.

BREEZE

James C Morris

Private, 1st Scots Guards. Died 16th June 1916. No known grave. Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. He lived at Duke Street, Midgley. His mother lived at Honey Land, Luddenden. Served for 9 years in the navy, mainly in China. He enlisted in October 1914 and was killed by shellfire at night.

BROADBENT

George

Driver, "B" Battery, 312th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Aged 24. Died 20th July 1918. Buried in Jonchery-Sur-Vesle British Cemetery, Marne, France. Son of Luke Broadbent and Sarah Jane Broadbent, of 2, Scotland, Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Yorks. He enlisted in February 1916 and was killed by shellfire with the ration wagons at Montmeaf near Reims. He worked as a driver at Dawsons Quarry, Trimmingham.

BROOKSBANK

Leonard

Private 235053, 2/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Killed in action 25th November 1917. Aged 27. Born Halifax, enlisted Sowerby Bridge, resident Luddenden. He was the son of James and Grace Brooksbank, of Spring Bank, Luddenden, Yorks and is commemorated in Luddenden Churchyard. No known grave. Commemorated on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France.

CAMPBELL

Clifford

Private 53888, 2/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Killed in action 31st July 1918. Aged 18. Born Mirfield, enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. He was the son of Charles and Sarah Jane Campbell, of 7, Solomon Hill, Luddenden and was a native of Mirfield, Yorks. Worked for R T Riley & Co, Peel House Mills. Buried in Chambrecy British Cemetery, Marne, France.

CHAPMAN

Karl

Private 34885, 2nd Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died in the Balkans 30th June 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Luddenden, enlisted Hebden Bridge. He lived at Doves Rest, Midgley and attended St James & Midgley Sunday Schools. He originally enlisted in June 1916 in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps (no 26536). In November 1916 he went to Salonika where he died of dysentery. Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.

CORBOY

John Joseph

Gunner 27107, 1 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 15th December 1916. Aged 27. Born and enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. Son of Maurice and Margaret Corboy, of 14, Solomon Hill, Luddenden, Yorks. Buried in Becourt Military Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France.

CROWTHER

Gladstone

Private 32513, 2/6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Died of wounds 1st December 1917. Aged 32. Born Boothstown, enlisted HAlifax, resident Luddenden. Son of Bright Crowther, of Mixenden, Halifax; husband of Ruth Crowther, of 6, Peel House Gate, Luddenden, Yorks. He was wounded and gassed on 29th November 1917. Buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. Plot VI. Row E. Grave 15. See also Luddenden Working Men's Club.

DEWHIRST

Charlie

Private, 8th Yorks & Lancs Regiment. Aged 22. Died 28th May 1917. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Eliza Dewhirst, of Four Lane Ends, Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Yorks. He attended Midgley United Methodist Church & Sunday School. He originally enlisted in the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons (no 4000) and died of shrapnel wounds to his back and left leg.

FARRER

Richard Bracken

Lieutenant, 1/5th Leicester Regiment. Aged 37. Died 8th June 1917. Buried in Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas de Calais, France. He was the son of Colonel Arthur Farrar, Madras Cavalry. He enlisted in September 1914 in the Inns of Court and was wounded in France in September 1915 and returned to his unit on 25th May 1917. He was a director of Jonathan Bracken & Sons Ltd, paper manufacturers, Dean Mills, Luddenden. He was also Barrister in London.

GREENWOOD

Harold

Private 11613, 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action in the Persian Gulf. 14th March 1917. Born Sowerby, enlisted Halifax. He lived at 5 Ivy House Lane, Luddenden and was a cornet player for Sowerby Brass Band and Church Institute. Killed in Mesopotamia. He worked for Ratcliffe Bros, Green Hill, Mytholmroyd. No known grave. Commemorated on Basra Memorial, Iraq.

GREENWOOD

Thomas

Private 6513, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Killed in action 24th August 1914. Aged 31. Born and resident Luddendenfoot, enlisted Halifax. Son of H. D. and K. Greenwood, of Midgley, Yorks; married with 3 children to Annie Greenwood, of Luddenden, Yorks. An ex regular with 14 years service who served in the South African War and in India. He lived at 21 Goitside, Luddenden. Reported missing at Mons where he was reported hit while going to the aid of his colonel. First buried at 217 Chemin de Epirette, Horrn, Mons. Worked as the steward of Midgley WMC. Buried in Hautrage Military Cemetery, Saint-Ghislain, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 3. See also Luddenden Working Men's Club.

HALLAS

Richard Henry

Private, 20th Canada (Central Ontario Regiment). Aged 35. Died 24th November 1915. Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), Nord, France. Son of Henry and Mary Emma Hallas, of "East View," Luddenden, Yorks, England.

HARDING

Wilfred John

Chaplain 4th Class, Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division. Aged 31. Died 31st October 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Son of Richmond Arthur and Alice E. Harding, of Cranmore, Osterley Rd., Isleworth; husband of Mary Harding (nee Riley), of Cranmore, Isleworth, Middx. He was formerly the curate of Luddenden. He spent 2 years as a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps before being commissioned. Killed when returning with stretcher bearers looking for wounded. He had been awarded the Military Cross.

HEWITT

Frank

Private 202261, 1/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd April 1918. Aged 24. Born and enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. Son of William E. and Emma Hewitt, of 19, Halifax Lane, Luddenden, Yorks. He attended St James Church and was the secretary of the Sunday School. He was badly burnt and blinded by gas, details were received in a letter from the chaplain to his parents. Died in 10 Casualty Clearing Station and is commemorated in Luddenden churchyard. He worked for Messrs Law & Crossley, Halifax. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

HOLMES

Alfred

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HOLT

Clarence Hebblethwaite

Private, 2/10th Manchester Regiment. Aged 35. Died 9th October 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. He lived at 2 Blakey Street, Longsight, Manchester and was formerly of Carr Villa, Luddenden. He enlisted in July 1916 and was in France from March 1917 where he was a stretcher bearer. Commemorated Luddenden cemetery. Worked as the manager of H Griffiths & Co, printers. He was married with 3 children.

HORSFIELD

John Ogden

No further information currently available - possibly John O HORSFIELD, Gunner 88956, Royal Garrison Artillery. Probably died after the war, between 1922 and 1923.

JACKSON

David Victor

Private 241660, 9th (Glasgow Highland) Battalion (Territorial), Highland Light Infantry. Died of wounds 30th September 1918. Aged 23. Born Luddenden, enlisted Halifax, resident Midgley. Son of James and Elizabeth Jackson, of 11, Lane Ends, Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Yorks formerly of 23 Thorny Lane, Midgley. He attended Midgley United Methodist Church, choir and YM class. Wounded in thigh in1917and treated at Newport hospital. Wounded slightly in the head in June 1918. He was hit in the chest by shell fragments on 29th September 1918 and died the next day in 43 Casualty Clearing Station. He worked as a clerk for Godfrey Rhodes & Evans, solicitors, Commercial Bank Chambers, Halifax. Buried in Thilloy Road Cemetery, Beaulencourt, Pas de Calais, France.

KELLY

John Patrick

Private 200445, 1/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Killed in action 9th October 1917. Aged 25. Enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. Son of the late Joseph and Ann Kelly, 2 Delph Hill Lane, Midgley. He was a member of Luddenden Mechanics Institute. He enlisted on 14th August 1914 and went to France in April 1915. Killed when moving forward with a machine gun team supporting attacking infantry at the battle of Passchendaele. He worked for R T Riley & Sons, Peel House Mills. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 82 to 85 and 162A. See also Luddenden Working Men's Club.

KENNEDY

Michael Joseph

Private 31813, 20th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. Died of wounds 31st March 1918. Aged 36. Born and enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. Son of James and Ellen Kennedy, of 5, Halifax Lane Fold, Luddenden, Yorks. Native of Halifax, Yorks. He attended St Walburgas Roman Catholic Church Luddenden Foot. He was an ex regular who was at Ladysmith. After enlisting in April 1916 he suffered from pneumonia and trench-foot, losing a toe. Served in Italy in December 1917. He died at 29 Casualty Clearing Station and is commemorated in Luddenden churchyard. Buried in Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

MITCHELL

Willie

Private 3/12721, 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Killed in action 25th April 1917. Aged 29. Born Halifax, enlisted Derby, resident Luddenden. He was the son of Mrs. Grace Mitchell, of Spring Bank, Luddenden, Yorks and lived at Bank Bottom, Luddenden. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial. Pas de Calais, France. Bay 6. See also Luddenden Working Men's Club.

MURGATROYD

Herbert

Private 242350, 2/6th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own). Killed in action 11th April 1917. Aged 25.Born Luddenden, enlisted Halifax. Son of Eli and Sarah Ann Murgatroyd, of 3, Bethel Terrace, Luddenden, Yorks. He attended Luddenden Wesleyan Church & Sunday School. Killed at Bullecourt. He worked in the offices of Brookes of Lightcliffe. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

MURGATROYD

John

Private 201164, 2/4th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Killed in action 3rd May 1917. Aged 29. Enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. He lived at High Street Fold, Luddenden and was reported missing at Bullecourt. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial. Pas de Calais, France.

OATES

Hary

Private 38918, 1st Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd September 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Luddenden, enlisted Halifax. He lived at Stocks Lane, Luddenden and was in action only 2 days before being killed. Worked for Thomas Kershaw, coal merchant. Buried in Targelle Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Guislain, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section G. Grave 16. See also Luddenden Working Men's Club.

ODELL

Percy

Private 17544, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Died of wounds 2nd July 1916. Born and resident Luddenden, enlisted Halifax. He lived at Halifax Lane, Luddenden and attended Luddenden Church Institute. He enlisted in October 1915 and died of shrapnel wounds on the 2nd day of the battle of the Somme. A memorial service was held at Ebeneezer Wesleyan Church on 16th July 1916. He worked as a fettler for Clay & Co, Luddendenfoot. Buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

OGDEN

Jesse

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OGDEN

Albert

Private 32776, 15th Battalion, Warwickshire Regiment. Killed in action 26th October 1917. Aged 24. Enlisted Halifax, resident Luddenden. He lived at 2 Buttress Lane, Luddendenfoot and attended Luddenden Church. He enlisted in the Scottish Horse (no 6288) in 1916. Worked as a woollen mill operative at Rileys Mill. No known grave. Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

PATRICK

Harry

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RAYNER

Isaac

Private, 31st Veterinary Hospital, Veterinary Corps. Aged 30. Died 23rd December 1918. Buried in Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Israel. Son of Thomas and Fanny Rayner, of Broadfold, Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Yorks. He died in Egypt of malaria and pneumonia.

ROACH

John Edward

Private, 2nd Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Aged 22. Died 6th April 1918. Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Son of John and Mary E. Roach, of 26, Filbert St., Otley Rd., Bradford Yorks. He lived at Halifax Lane, Luddenden and attended St Walburgas Roman Catholic Church. A native of Bradford.

ROACH

Michael

Private, 12th Kings Liverpool Regiment. Died 30th November 1917. Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. He lived at 32 Chapel St, Luddenden.

ROBINSON

Angus

Private 30407, 11th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action 12th April 1918. Born Hull, enlisted Halifax, resident Midgley. He lived at 22 Thorney Lane, Midgley and was a native of Hull. Enlisted in August 1917 in the Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment (no 32470). He worked at Murgatroyds, Oats Royd Mill. No known grave. Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium.

SUMMERSCALES

Tom

Private, 27th Northumberland Fusiliers. Aged 25. Died 9th April 1917. No known grave. Commemorated on Arras Memorial. Pas de Calais, France. He lived at Lower Stubbings, Luddenden and attended Warley Congregational Sunday School. Died in a Casualty Clearing Station of a bullet wound to the spine. Worked as a driver for Greenwoods, cabinet makers, Halifax.

SUTCLIFFE

Thomas Henry

Private 308190, 2/7th Battalion, Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment. Died of wounds 17th September 1917. Aged 36. Enlisted HAlifax, resident Luddenden. Nephew of the late John Thomas, of Springfield, Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Yorks. He attended Midgley United Methodist Church & Sunday School. He went to France in January 1917 as a stretcher bearer. Hit in lungs by shrapnel while bringing in wounded and died in a dressing station. Worked for L Harwood & Sons, Brearley. Buried in Favreuil British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

THOMAS

Cyril Wormald

Driver 104262, 234 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Died in United Kingdom 21st September 1915. Born and resident Luddenden, enlisted Halifax. He lived at the Travellers Rest Inn, Midgley. Buried in Middlesbrough (Linthorpe) Cemetery, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

UTTLEY

Willie

Private 32662, 13th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 23rd August 1918. Aged 33. Born and resident Midgley, enlisted Halifax. Son of James and Eliza Uttley, of Far Broadfield, Midgley, Yorks. He enlisted in March 1916 in the Durham Light Infantry (no 26419) and went to France in July 1917. Killed by shellfire while digging in after an advance. Commemorated at Booth Chapel. He worked as a quarryman for Wilson & Haigh, Mount Tabor. Buried in Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France.

WILCOCK

Arthur

Gunner 104563, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action 20th January 1918. Aged 25. Born Luddenden, enlisted Halifax. He lived at 28 Duke St, Luddenden. He was invalided home in May 1917 and returned to his unit in August 1917. Wounded in the back by a shell at Ypres. Commemorated in Luddenden churchyard. He worked as a joiner for Messrs Brooks, Hipperholme. Buried in St.-Julien Dressing Station Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

WORMALD

William Henry

Lance Bombardier 122615, "A" Battery, 256th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 31st July 1918. Aged 21. Son of the late William Henry and Ann Wormald, of Luddenden, Yorks. He attended St Marys Church and Sunday School, Luddenden and was educated at Hebden Bridge Secondary School. He was a signaller and died at12 General Hospital from gassing. Commemorated in Luddenden churchyard. He worked as a clerk for William Eddleston, woollen man, Sowerby Bridge. Buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

YATES

Rufus

Private 235194, 2/7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 3rd July 1917. Aged 20. Born and resident Midgeley, enlisted Halifax. Son of Harry and Grace Elizabeth Yates, of 1, Paradise, Midgley, Luddendenfoot, Yorks. He attended St James United Methodist Church & Sunday School. He enlisted in April 1917 and trained with the Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regiment before transferring. Shot through the head by a sniper. He worked as a railway clerk at Eastwood. Buried in Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France.

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