Barkston Ash can be found 5.00 miles from Tadcaster on the A162 road the old A1 which led to London. The village is close to Saxton and children from that village used the school in Barkston during at the time of WW1 the village at that time was known simply as Barkston.

Below can be found details of the men remembered on the Barkston Ash WW1 Memorial. The memorial is in the entrance to the Holy Trinity Church. Men not mentioned on the memorial had a connection to the village ie they were born there had family there or were residents in the village when they enlisted.


Private 3785 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/10/1917 Aged 34. Born North Milford. Son of Joseph Born Seaton Ross 1852 and Louisa Dean Born North Cave 1856 married 1876 Hotham nr Selby. Enlisted York. Memorial Barkston Ash.

Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.

BIRDSALL Thomas Zenis
Lance Serjeant 40144 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 8th Clearing Station 23/10/1917 Aged 26. Born Towton nr Saxton 1891. Son of Charles Born Towton 1858 and Emma Webster Born Kippax 1860 Married 1880. CWGC Vine House Barkston Ash. Enlisted Pontefract. Memorial Barkston Ash. Thomas was also shown in the CWGC and those who died  records as "Bardsall" and was remembered in the West Yorkshire's section Panal No 4 at the Arras Memorial.  Brother Ernest William Gave his Life 01/07/1916 Remembered below. 

Laid to Rest Duisans British Cemetery Etrun France.     

Moore Clifford Son of Harry and Eliza CWGC 3 Stone Street Sandy Lane Bradford. Thomas and Ernest sister Charlotte Annie Married Clifford Moore in 1916 Heaton Bradford. CWGC 26 Oulton Terrace Horton Road Bradford. He is Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial Somme France and the Birdsall family gravestone in Saxton Churchyard.         

BIRDSALL Ernest William

Private 25991 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 12/10/1918 Aged 28. Born Towton nr Saxton 1889. Brother of Thomas ( above ) Ernest is remembered along with his brother in Saxton churchyard. Husband of Alice Oliver Married St Barnabos Heaton Bradford 1916 Marriage Banns whilst Ernest was at Clipstone Camp Mansfield, Alice remarried to Robert Catchpole Darlington 1919. CWGC 13 Vernon Gardens Harrowgate Hill Darlington. 1911 Towton Farm Labourer. Memorial Barkston Ash.

Laid to Rest Montay-Neuvilly Road Cemetery Montay France


Captain 6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 20/11/1917 Aged 29 Award Military Cross. Born Saxton Cum Scarthingwell. Son of Thomas and Ann Elizabeth Weatherhill Married Tadcaster 1877. Medal index states Brother Reverand William Joseph Catholic Church Bentham Lancaster. Memorial Barkston Ash.


Laid to Rest Sains-Les-Marquion British Cemetery France

CALVERT Reginald

Private 18578 1st Bn East Yorkshire Regiment DOW 07/10/1915 Aged 22. Born Hunslet Leeds 1893. Son of William Henry Born Goathland near Whitby and Louisa Mary Smith Born Slingsby nr Malton Married 1889 Slingsby. Enlisted Wakefield Hussars 19663. Landed France 04/08/1915. 1911 Lucerne Cottages Newton Kyme Waggoner on a Farm. Probably DOW at Potijze Chateau which was used as an advanced dressing station. Memorial Barkston Ash.

Laid to Rest Potijze Burial Ground Belgium.

CRAFT Ernest

Private 73714 2nd Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 04/11/1918 Aged 20. Born Barkston Ash 14/07/1898. Son of Arthur and Sarah Jane Wilson Married 1896 Tadcaster. Enlisted York York and Lancaster Regiment 60758. Memorial Barkston Ash.

Laid to Rest Landrecies British Cemetery France.

EASTWOOD Thomas Edwin

Lance Corporal 3/26904 4th Bn South Wales Borderers DOW 07/09/1916 Aged 31. Born St Crux York. Son of Paul and Mary Ann Walker. Enlisted York Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 21735. Living with parents 1911 Fox Inn Nether Poppleton Nr York Occupation Business Assitant in fathers pub. Husband of Florence Mary Nattriss brother John William remembered below Married Tadcaster 1915. Daughter Winifred A Born Tadcaster 1916. The CWGC states that Thomas and the other men at rest in Amara would originally have had their own gravesite, but in the 1930's it was found salt was eroding the stone so the stones were removed and a memorial erected. Memorial Barkston Ash. Laid to Rest Amara War Cemetery Iraq.


Rifleman 37078 2/7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA Bourlon Wood ? 28/11/1917 AGED 35.Born Barkston Ash. Son of John Thomas and Ann Upton St Andrew Leeds. 1871. 1911 Wighill Lane Tadcaster Occupation Maltster Labourer in Brewery. There is a Charles Lazenby Born Sherburn living Durham 1911 ? Enlisted Leeds.

Remembered Cambrai Memorial Louverval France.

NATTRISS John William 

Lance Corporal S/10781 1st Bn Queens Own Cameron Highlanders KIA 03/09/1916 Aged 20. Born Ulleskelf March 1896 Vol 9c Page 898. Son of Joseph Born Ulleskelf 1864 and Annie Wilson Born Marske By The Sea 1864. Married Tadcaster September 1888 Vol 9c Page 985. Enlisted Inverness 31/08/1914 Aged 18 25 days Occupation Footman. 5ft 4 inch tall Grey Eyes dark Hair. Landed 03/01/1915. Gun Shot Wound to hand 28/07/1915. Memorial Barkston Ash / Kirkby Wharfe.


         Laid to Rest Caterpillar Valley Cemetery Longueval France.     

THORNTON Charles Alfred

Gunner/Staff Serjeant 98949 A Battery 183rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery KIA 03/09/1918 Aged 27. Born Tadcaster 1891. Enlisted Woolwich. Memorial Barkston Ash. (Charles is shown as a Gunner in the CWGC record and the rank of Staff Serjeant in the Soldiers Died Record.

Laid to Rest Beaulencourt British Cemetery Ligny-Thilloy France


Private 240063 C Company 2/5th Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 27/03/1918 Aged 26. Born South Milford 1891. CWGC Son of William and William and Zillah Cromack Married Tadcaster 1890 Died 1897. William remarried to Susannah Taylor Pontefract 1899. Susannah passed away with her baby Clifford in 1903 and was laid to rest 29/12/1903 Castleford All Saints. Husband of Mary Louisa Liddle Married Tadcaster 1912 Died 1957. Residence 1911 Lotherton Stables Aberford Domestic Groom. Enlisted Castleford. Memorial Barkston Ash. Church Fenton.

RememberedArras Memorial France.


LAWTON William Victor

Lieutenant 7th Pontoon Park Royal Engineers KIA 08/07/1918 Aged 26. Born Barkston Ash 03/12/1891. Son of Charles Henry John Victor Born York 1844 and Catherine Augusta Born Leeds 1854 Married 1877 in the Strand Area of the City of London. William was educated at St Peters Schoool in York, he was an Associate of the Surveyors Institute and the R.I.B.A. and was a keen sportsman playing for the Knaresborough Cricket Club and the Harrogate Old Boys Rugby Club. William joined the Queens Own Yorkshire Dragoons on the 17/09/1914 as a Trooper Service Number 3096, and served with the British Expeditionary Force from 20/07/1915. He recieved his commision and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on the 23rd of October 1915 and was promoted to Lieutenant in May 1916. William had an accident and was taken to No 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station where he passed away he left 1072.00 in a will to his mother. 1911/  medal Card Castle Cliffe Knaresborough. Laid to Rest Esquelbecq Military Cemetery France. Memorial None.

KELLETT Samuel Pearson

Private 37654 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 28/08/1917 Aged 37.Born Barkston Ash 1879. Son of George Born Barkston Ash 1855 and Sarah Elizabeth Pearson Born Pannel 1852 Married Wetherby 1876. Husband of Amelia Raper Married Holy Trinity Armley 1904. Residence 1911 Southfield Place Armley Leeds Occupation Boot Warehouseman. Enlisted Leeds. CWGC Father of Mr. George Harry Kellett 15 Carlisle Street New Wortley Leeds. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. St Mathews Church Holbeck Leeds.

FRANK William

Private 11480 6th Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment KIA 09/08/1915 Aged 27. Born Barkston Ash 1888. Son of Robert William and Jane 1911 residence with Brother Arthur 19 Abbey Yard Selby Occupation Metal Polisher. Enlisted Manchester Landed France 15/06/1915. Remembered Helles Memorial Gallipoli Turkey.