BANKS Fred Gamble
Private 36736 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 16/08/1917 Aged 35. Born Boston Spa. Son of Joseph Born Clifford 1854 and Ellen Died 1890 Married Clifford 1882. Husband of Maria Jakeman Married 1902 Sister of George William Jakeman Remembered Bramham War Memorial. Enlisted Boston Spa. Memorial Clifford.
Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.
BAXTER William Henry
Private CH/16525 Royal Marine Light Infantry HMS Africa Died from Disease 14/09/1918 Aged 27. Born Stutton Near Tadcaster 13/01/1891. Son of John Landlord of Bay Horse Inn Clifford and Zillah Ward Died 1894 Aged 25 Married Tadcaster 1888. John re married to Constance Ward Married Skipton 1895. Laid to Rest Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery Sierra Leone. Memorial Clifford.
Private 25459 13th Bn Alexandria Princess of Wales Yorkshire Regiment DOW 30/01/1917 Aged 23. Born Clifford. Son of Patrick Harold Born Belfast 1864 and Emily Holmes Born Clifford 1864 Died 1895 Aged 31 Married Clifford 1887. Patrick remarried 1896 to Anne Jane Hyde Born Clifford 1871. Enlisted Leeds. Laid to RestBois Guillaume Communal Cemetery France. Memorial Clifford.
CAYGILL Percy Private 40304 18th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 03/05/1917 Aged 21. Born Clifford. Son of Joseph Born Skidby Hall nr Hull 1857 and Jayne Potter Born Boston Spa 1857 Married Clifford 1876. Enlisted Garforth.
Picture kindly provided by Christine Thompson (nee Caygill) Grandaughter of Percy's brother Ernest.
On the 03/05/1917 Percy along with the 18th Bn West Yorks 2nd Bn West Yorks the 15th Bn West Yorks Leeds Pals and the 16th Bn West Yorks 1st Bradford Pals, attcked the Germans at Fresnoy north of St Quentin France.Here is the reported timeline of events from that evenings attack
03.00 Germans lay heavy barrage for 17 minutes. 03.45 all three battalions leave trenches behind creeping British barrage. 03.49 Germans bombard British troops accompanied by heavy machine gun fire and rifle fire. 06.13 All Officers reported killed. Other ranks depleted (down to 20 in some sections) 07.35 Germans counter attack. 12.00 German barrage stops.
It is difficult to estimate what time Percy gave his life but many men were mown down easily due to the battlefield being heavily lit by the moon making the German machine gunners task easier. (Above information taken from Bradford Pals Book click here to link) Remembered Arras Memorial France. Memorial Clifford.
CRYER Richard Elliott
Acting Corporal 26168 10th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment DOW 14/10/1918 Aged 28. Born Boston Spa. Son of Richard and Mercy Pickering Married Clifford 1869. Husband of Annie Ellen Midgley Born 1891 Married Horsforth 21/08/1909. CWGC 80 Town Street Horsforth. Richards Brother Edwin was the Butcher and landlord at the Crown Inn Clifford in 1891. Enlisted Leeds 27/06/1916 Occupation Dyers Labourer. Gun shot wound 16/03/1918. Memorial Clifford.
Laid to Rest Underhill Farm Cemetery Belgium.
Gunner 152820 B Battery 312 Brigade Royal Horse Field Artillery KIA 20/11/1917 Aged 19. Born Newton Kyme. Son of George and Lucy Ann Steele Bilbrough Married Tadcaster 1889. Enlisted Tadcaster. Memorial Clifford. Brother of Wilson Steele Fowler Remembered Tadcaster WW1 Memorial.
Laid to Rest Hermies Hill British Cemetery France.
Rifleman 3916 1st/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 02/07/1916 Aged 22. Born Hunslet 20/01/1894 Vol 9b Page 285. Son of Sam born Leeds 1847 and Hannah Born Heathtown Wolverhampton Staffordshire 1858 Married St Mary the Virgin Church Hunslet Leeds 1888. 1911 53 Alton Street Hunslet Apprentice Boiler Maker. Enlisted Leeds. Yorkshire Evening Post July 12th 1916 Private Sam Illingworth Leeds Rifles has been reported Killed in Action on July 2nd. Private Illingworth was 22 years of age and the Eldest son of Mr and Mrs Illingworth of Clifford Boston Spa. Private Illingworth was of late 53 Alton Street Hunslet Leeds. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Memorial Clifford.