World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Andrew Dudley-Smith 2014
further research Martin Edwards 2020
Thorganby war memorial is to be found in St Helen's Church, Main Street,
Thorganby, on the south side of the chancel arch behind the lectern.
It takes the form of an engraved brass plaque with a Latin Cross at
the top centre mounted on a marble backboard with the inscription highlighted
in black; the plaque was made by Jones & Willis Ltd. There are 11
names listed with details. The erection of a War memorial was first
mentioned in the Minutes of the Parish Council by Cllr. A. Moscrop.
He called a special meeting for the whole village to discuss how to
THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE
MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY DURING
THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1919
67621, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) posted 3rd Battalion,
London Regiment formerly 77478, 89th Training Reserve Battalion.
[Memorial states "Died of wounds while a Prisoner of War"]
Killed in action 26 October 1917. Aged 19. Born Topcliffe, resident
Thorganby, enlisted Selby. Son of Joseph Cossins, of West Cottingwith,
York, and the late Emma Mary Cossins. Native of Topcliff, Yorks.
In the 1911 census he was aged 12, born Top Cliffe, Yorkshire, at
school, son of Joseph and Rachel Cossins, resident Fir Tree House,
South Duffield, Selby, Yorkshire. Buried in GENT CITY CEMETERY,
Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row B. Grave 13.
45039, 77th Small Arms Ammunition Column, Royal Field Artillery.
Died on service in Salonika 26 January 1918. Aged 24. Born and enlisted
York. Native of Green Hammerton, York. Son of Christina Annie Ditchburn,
of Buckingham House, 35, Bishophill, York, and the late George Ditchburn.
In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Yorkshire, stepson of George
and Christina Scaife, resident Cottage, Green Hammerton, Great Ouseburn,
Yorkshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Green Hammerton,
Yorkshire, a Horseman on Farm, nephew of Thomas Ditchburn, resident
Hessay, Yorkshire. Buried in SALONIKA (LEMBET ROAD) MILITARY CEMETERY,
Greece. Grave 1351.
Lieutenant, 7th Battalion attached to 3rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
(City of London Regiment). Killed in action 27 April 1915 [25
April on memorial]. Aged 23. Born 2 April 1892, baptised 1 May
1892 in Bishopthorpe, Yorkshire, son of Mervyn and Louisa Dorothy
Dunnington, residemt York. Son of the late Capt. M. Dunnington-Jefferson
and Mrs. Dunnington Jefferson, of Thicket Priory, York. No known
grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Panel 6 and 8. Also listed on Memorial at St Clement's
Church, Scarcroft Road, York.
from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 1,
DUNNINGTON-JEFFERSON, WILFRED MERVYN, 2nd Lieut.,
7th, attd. 3rd, Battn. The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.),
yst. s. of the late Capt. Mervyn Dunnington-Jefferson,
33rd Regt., by his wife, Louisa Dorothy (Ashcroft, Old Nunthorpe,
York), dau. of the Rev. J. Barry, Rector of Great Smeaton, Yorkshire
; b. at Middlethorpe Hall, York, 2 April, 1892; educ.
Radley, and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with honours
; entered the Inner Temple, 1912; volunteered on the outbreak
of war ; gazetted 2nd Lieut. to the 7th Royal Fusiliers, 15 Aug.
1914 ; went to the Front in April, 1915, attd. to the 3rd Battn.,
and was killed In action at the Second Battle of Ypres, 25 April
1915 ; unm.
His elder brother, Major J. A. Dunnington- Jefferson, is (1916)
serving on the Headquarters Staff with the Expeditionary Force
from Bond of Sacrifice - Officers Died in the Great War,
Volume 2, page 253:
LIEUTENANT WILFRID MERVYN DUNNINGTON-JEFFERSON 7th (EXTRA RESERVE)
attd. 3rd BATTN. THE ROYAL FUSILIERS (CITY OF, LONDON REGT.),
the youngest son of the late Captain M. Dunnington - Jefferson,
of Thicket Priory, near York, and of Mrs. Dunnington - Jefferson,
of Ashcroft, York, was born at Middlethorpe Ball, York, on the
2nd April, 1893.
He was educated
at Radley and Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated with honours.
He entered for the Inner Temple, of which he was a member.
Dunnington-Jefferson received his commission in August, 1914.
He reached the firing line on the 20th April, 1915, and was wounded
on the 125th April, 1915 at the second Battle of Ypres, only five
days after his arrival. He died next day, and was buried at Gravenstafel.
529, 4th Company, Machine Gun Guards formerly 15896, Coldstream
Guards. Killed in action 5 December 1917. Aged 22. Born Goodmanham,
Yorks, resident Market Weighton Yorks, enlisted Hull, Yorks. Baptised
21 April 1895 in Goodmanham, son of James and Ann Gosley. Son of
Mrs. A. Gosley, of Goodmanham Market Weighton, Yorks. In the 1901
census he was aged 6, born Goodmanham, Yorkshire, son of James and
Ann Gosley, resident Goodmanham, Pocklington, Yorkshire. Buried
in METZ-EN-COUTURE COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 3.
14506, 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 16 September
1915 [memorial states 15 September]. Aged 31. Son of James and Hannah
Hanley, of Thornaby, Yorks. Attested 4 January 1915. Buried in GUARDS'
CEMETERY, LESBOEUFS, Somme, France. Plot XIII. Row K. Grave 7.
32811, "D" Company, Depot, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince
of Wales's Own). Died 12 September 1917. Born Thorganby, Yorkshire,
1885. Baptised 19 July 1885 in Thorganby, Yorkshire, resident Thorganby,
Yorkshire, son of Eliza Lancaster. Married Maud Mary Arnold 17 September
1915 at Wheldrake, Yorkshire. Resident Middlesbrough. Enlisted 27
November 1916, aged 30 years 6 months, a Gardener by trade, resident
Thicket Priory, York, height 5 feet 5¾ inches, weight 110
lbs, chest 36-39 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, dark hair.
Discharged 10 July 1917 as being no longer physically fit for War
Service, under King's
Regulations, Sickness Para. 392 (xvi), disability chrnoic bronchitis,
intended place of residence Thicket Priory, York. Served in France
15 September 1916 to 29 December 1916. Issued Silver War Badge 31
July 1917. Admitted to 31st Ambulance Train 21 December 1916 with
a Carbuncle on left shoulder, discharged 21 December 1916. In the
1891 census he was aged 5, born Thorganby, a scholar, grandson of
George and Mary Lancaster, resident Village Street, Thorganby, York,
Yorkshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 15, born Thorganby, a
Domestic garden Labourer, nephew of George Lancaster (a widower),
resident Thorganby, Thorganby with West Cottingwith, York, Yorkshire.
Buried 15 September 1917 in THORGANBY WITH WEST COTTINGWITH, Yorkshire
2838, 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys). Killed in action 23 March
1918. Born Hawick, Roxburgh, resident York, enlisted Edinburgh.
Buried in LONDON CEMETERY AND EXTENSION, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France.
Plot 9. Row E. Grave 24.
15542, 3rd Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Missing believed killed
in action 15 September 1915. Born and resident Thorganby, Yorks,
enlisted Pocklington. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Thorganby,
Yorkshire, son of Frank and Emmeline Spencer, resident Thorganby
Gale, Thorganby, Thorganby with West Cottingwith, York. In the 1911
census he was aged 15, born Thorganby, Yorkshire, son working on
farm, son of Frank and Emmeline, Spencer, resident Thorganby Gale
York, Thorganby with West Cottingwith, Yorkshire. Attested 20 february
1915. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme,
France. Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D.
20970, 2nd Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Died
from Tuberculosis of the Lung (Pulmonary Tuverculosis) 24 May 1919,
originally taken Prisoner of War 17 June 1918, imprisoned Germany.
Aged 35. Born Whitgift, Yorkshire. Husband of Emily Mary Thompson,
of 13, Aldwarke Rd., Parkgate, Rotherham. Discharged 29 July 1918
at York, under Para
392 (XVI) King's Regulations as no longer fit for War Service,
aged 32 years 11 months, height 5 feet 7¼ inches, weight
135 lbs, chest 36-39 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, fair har,
intended place of residence 13, Aldwark Road, Parkgate, Rotherham,
Sawyer by trade.Buried in RAWMARSH (HAUGH ROAD) CEMETERY, Yorkshire.
Grave refeence B. "C." 123.
16750, 10th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment formerly 17414, 11th Reserve
Cavalry Regiment. Killed in action in the Balkans 1 September 1918.
Aged 30. Born Westcottingwith, Yorks, resident Howdendyke, Yorks,
enlisted Hull, Yorks. Son of James S. Wilson, of Cottingwith, Yorks;
husband of Mrs. Wilson, of "Glendene," Spaunton, Sinnington,
Yorks. Served from Sept, 1914. In the 1891 census he was aged 4,
born Thorganby, a scholar, son of James and Eliza Wilson, resident
Village Street, Thorganby, York, Yorkshire. In the 1911 census he
was aged 14, born Yorkshire, an Ordinary Farm Labourer, son of James
and Eliza Wilson, resident West Cottingwith, Thorganby with West
Cottingwith, York, Yorkshire. Buried in KARASOULI MILITARY CEMETERY,
Greece. Plot C. Grave 689.
Corporal 45199, 113th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps.
Died of wounds 17 August 1916 [memorial states 19 August]. Aged
26. Born Butterwick, Yorkshire. Son of Thomas Alfred and Jane Wilson
of West Cottingwith. In the 1891 census he was newborn, born Butterwick,
Yorkshire, son of Jane Wilson, grandson of George and Hannah Johnstone,
resident Cottage House, Butterwick, Driffield, Yorkshire. Buried
in BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY NO.3, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Plot II. Row F. Grave 19.
THEM TO BE NUMBERED WITH THY SAINTS
IN GLORY EVERLASTING."
16 December, 2020