Bilton and Bickerton are villages 7 miles North West of Tadcaster on the York to Wetherby road.

The WW1 Memorial dedicated in the grounds of St Helens Church Bilton is to the men who gave their lives from the villages of Bilton and Bickerton. This was unvailed on the 5th June 1920 by Colonal Jerome of Bilton Hall and dedicated by Reverend Canon Austin of York Minster.


CHAPMAN Arthur Edwin

Serjeant 746278 116th Bn Manitoba Regiment Canadian Infantry KIA Cambrai 13/09/1918 Aged 28. SEE CANADIAN SECTION

FRANKLIN Edgar Ingram

Rifleman Z/1323 1st Bn Rifle Brigade KIA 13/05/1915 Aged 20.Born Ingmanthorpe nr Wetherby 07/02/1895 Baptised All Saints Kirk Deighton. Son of Charles Ingram Born Hurley Berkshire 1866 and Harriett Fisher Born Laxfield Suffolk Married Kensington London in 1890. CWGC The Cottage Pittern Hill Kineton Warwickshire. 1911 Family residence The Lodge Bilton Hall Occupation Groom his father was the Gardener. Enlisted Fulham Middlesex 02/09/1914 5ft 2/1/2 inches tall Fair Hair Grey Eyes. Landed France 01/05/1915. Belongings sent home were a French Dictionary, Wallet, Letters and a Note Book.  Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Belgium. Memorial St Helens Church Bilton.

YORKSHIRE HERALD JULY 14 1916. Pvt Edgar Franklin, Rifle Brigade Bilton, Wetherby, has been killed in action, and a memorial service has been held in Bilton Church.

SKILBECK Francis Wilson

Corporal C/12172 21 St Bn Kings Royal Rifle Corps KIA Fleurs 17/09/1916 Aged 39. Born Bilton. Son of Richard Wilson and Mary Jane Foxon Married Whitby 1875. Husband of Fanny Jane Parker Born 1879 Died Bilton 1907 Married 1899. CWGC Husband of Alice no record found of marriage living together in 1911 in Bilton. CWGC Springfield The Green Acomb York. Enlisted York. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Memorial St Helens Church Bilton.



Lance Corporal PLY/16887 1st Royal Marine Bn. Royal Marine Light Infantry KIA 17/09/1916 Aged 20. Born Syningthwaite Bilton 24/11/1896. Son of Edward and Emma Navy Record Hobberly Lane Shadwell Nr Leeds. Enlisted York 14/08/1914 Occupation Gardener. Appointed Lance Corporal 20/04/1916 Joined Deal Bn at Dunkirk on 19/09/1914 until 12/10/1914. Was with the Mediteranean Expeditionary Force from 28/02/1915 until 07/09/1916. Killed in action by an enemy 5.9" shell which fell amongst the 1st Royal Marine Battalion as they were coming out of the front line between 8.30am & 9.30am killing 7 Other Ranks. 1914 Star issued to mother 15/09/1919. Laid to Rest Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery Aix-Noulette Arras France. Memorial None.


BARNES Thomas Private 15001 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/08/1915 Aged 31. Born Bickerton. Son of Thomas Born Bickerton 1833 and Catherine Moran Born York 1853 Married 1875.  Enlisted Wetherby Landed Gallipoli 11/07/1915.  Remembered Helles Memorial Gallipoli Turkey. Memorial St Helens Church Bilton.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST LEEDS SEPTEMBER 4th 1915 "News recieved of death of Pvt Thomas Barnes of Bickerton near Wetherby. Barnes aged about 30years of age was previousley emploued at Ingmanthorpe as a painter."

BARNES William

Private 525190 7th Bn British Columbia Regiment Canadian Regiment KIA 02/09/1918 Aged 41. SEE CANADIAN SECTION


Private 32/439 Northumberland Fusiliers KIA 08/11/1916 Aged ??  Born??  Enlisted Harrogate. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.  Memorial St Helens Church Bilton.