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PATRICK BROMPTON WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Janet Whitfield 2008

The memorial is in the form of a small stone pillar in the church yard of St. Patricks' Church, Patrick Brompton, North Yorkshire, at the north end. It contains the names of 11 men who died in World War 1 and none for World War 2.

TO THE GLORIOUS DEAD WHO REST IN THE DEEP SEA AND MANY LANDS
HAVING GIVEN THEIR LIVES THAT WE MAY LIVE IN FREEDOM AND IN PEACE

1914-1918

BROWN

John Thomas
Private 20622, 2nd Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action 8th July 1916. Aged 23. Born Crakehall, enlisted Leyburn, resident Patrick brompton, Bedale. Son of Joseph and Ellen Brown, of Patrick Brompton, Bedale, Yorks. No known grave. Commmeorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

CRABTREE

Frederick Arthur
Private 51910, 2nd/4th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Died of wounds 24th December 1918. Aged 20. Enlisted Leyburn. Son of James and Annie Crabtree, of Newton-le-Willows. Buried at the west end of the churchyard in ST. PATRICK CHURCHYARD, PATRICK BROMPTON, Yorkshire.

FAWCETT

John William
Private M/225634, Motor Transport, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in East Africa 29th August 1917. Aged 38. Born York, resident and enlisted Bedale. Husband of Catherine Webb (formerly Fawcett), of Patrick Brompton, Bedale, Yorks. Buried in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 7. Row J. Grave 21.

JOHNSON

Joseph
Joseph JOHNSON born Newton Le Willows in 1878 son of George [agricultural labourer] & Mary Ann. By 1901 his mother is widowed and Joseph is a horseman on farm in Kirby Wiske. - No further information currently available

LAINE

Arthur
268973 Chief Engine Room Artificer 1st Class Arthur LAINE was born August 1875 Darlington son of John [Foreman Engine Fitter] & Elizabeth Laine. In 1881 & 1891 Arthur was the youngest son of 8 children; living at Wales St. Darlington and by 1901 he had joined the Navy and was on board Royal Naval vessel ‘Ramillies’ in the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta. Arthur married Mabel Alice [nee] SNOOK in December 1908 at Portsmouth. When he dies his widow is at Sheerness, Kent where she was born. They had at least one son.

Arthur Laine died 31st May 1916 aged 40 of H.M.S. 'Black Prince', Royal Navy.

The ‘Black Prince’ participated in the Battle of Jutland, where she was sunk with heavy loss of life. The circumstances under which she sank were mysterious for some years after. Recent historians, however, hold to the German account of the ship's sinking. Separated from the rest of the British fleet, the Black Prince approached the German lines at approximately midnight. Realizing his error, Captain Bonham ordered his crew to turn around, but it was too late. The German ship ‘Thüringen’ fixed the Black Prince in its spotlights and opened fire. Up to five other German ships, most of them within 1000 yards joined in the bombardment; the armoured cruiser was sunk within 15 minutes.

Arthur is remembered with honour at the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL.

MYERS

Frank
43816 Frank MYERS, Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Not in KOYLI at death. No further information currently available

PROCTER

John
17364 Corporal [later Lance-Sgt] John PROCTER born at Newton Le Willows 1891 son of Joseph [proprietor of a steam thrasher] & Maria. In 1901 he is with his parents and two sisters living at Newton Le Willows. John enlisted at Wakefield; with the 8th Battalion Kings Own [Yorkshire Light Infantry] and was killed in action aged 25 on 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme. The 8th Bn KOYLI and the 8th Bn York and Lancaster, were at Olvillers and succeeded in crossing no-man's land and got into the German front line and entered the 2nd, but were forced to withdraw. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances. Buried at BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILE WOOD, France. Plot III. Row H. Grave 1.

SARGEANT

William R W
Able Seaman J41640 William Rawlinson Wells SARGEANT born 1898 at Leyburn son of Maria Sargeant. His widowed mother is at Hunton in 1901 and her son is living in West Patrick Brompton aged 2 with his widowed aunt, Margaret SIMPSON. In 1916 he had been a blacksmith’s apprentice, just after his 18th birthday he enlisted in the Navy for 12 years. Sadly, he was invalided out of the service in December 1919 from the ship ‘Columbine’ having contracted the respiratory decease of Tuberculosis; more than likely caught due to the conditions aboard ship. William was buried in the churchyard on 15th June 1920; his widowed mother would not have been able to provide funds for a headstone.

SCAIFE

Ernest
Gunner 26702, "W" Battery, 18th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 8th July 1916. Born Thirsk, enlisted Richmond. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot A. Row 24. Grave 28.

WILSON

David Askew
Able Seaman, S.S. "Persia" (Greenock), Mercantile Marine. Died 30th December 1915. Aged 19. Son of Theresa Anne Georgina Wilson, of Patrick Brompton Vicarage, Bedale, Yorks. No known grave. Commemorated on TOWER HILL MEMORIAL, London.
Buried in the churchyard but not on the memorial

SMITH

Eric Edward
Guardsman 2669727, Coldstream Guards. Died 23rd August 1945. Aged 18. Son of Albert Edward and Amelia Smith, of Hunton. Buried in ST. PATRICK CHURCHYARD, PATRICK BROMPTON, Yorkshire. Row M. Grave 23.

Last updated 2 September, 2016

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