Below can be found details of those men who were Born in Aberford or had a connection and are not remembered on the War Memorial

COX Arthur

Gunner 134835 88th Battery Royal Field Artillery 02/07/1918 Aged 27. Born Leeds ?. Son of Ann Elizabeth CWGC Moat Hall Scarcroft Thorner. Husband of Millicent Laurence Ward Married 1914 St John The Evangelist Wortley Leeds. CWGC Park House Aberford. Enlisted Leeds. Laid to Rest Blangy-Tronville Communal Cemetery Somme France.


Lance Corporal 11893 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 07/08/1915 Aged 30. Born Aberford 1885. Son of Daniel and Elizabeth Frank Married 1875. Enlisted Leeds Landed Gallipoli 11/07/1915. Residence 1911 Hartford Gardens Bedlington Northumberland. Remembered Helles Memorial Gallipoli Turkey. Memorial None.


Private 14982 (12982) 12th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 19/08/1916 Aged 23. Born Aberford 1893. Son of John a coal miner Born Bramham 1863 and Isabella McCormick Born Stockton on Tees 1865 Married 1890 St Peter with St Cuthbert Hunslet Moor Leeds. Residence 1911/CWGC 35 The Crescent Micklefield Occupation Coal Miner Pony Driver. Enlisted Leeds. Laid to Rest Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension France.  Memorial None.

NICHOLSON Wilfred Nelson

Private 60860 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 29/05/1918 Aged 20. Born Aberford 1899 Vol 9c Page 932. Son of Robert Nelson and Mary Ann Dillon Married 1898 Bramley and Holbeck District Registered Building CWGC No 4 Hardrow Terrace Oldfield Lane Leeds. Roberts father was a Railway Signalman which may explain the connection to Aberford. Enlisted Leeds Yorkshire Hussars 331243. Memorial None.

Remembered Soissons Memorial France


Lance Corporal 21257 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 17/09/1916 Aged 18. Born Ryton Near Malton 1887. Son of James and Jane CWGC Farm Cottage Aberford. Enlisted Malton. 1911 Westow Near Malton at School father a farmer. Laid to Rest Contay British Cemetery France. Memorial None.

SAMPSON Edward Arthur

Serjeant 249807 21st Signal Company Royal Engineers Died Aberford 01/08/1919 Vol 9c Page 775 Aged 27 Award Military Medal 16/06/1916. Born Hardley Norfolk Vol 4b Page 421. Son of James Arthur and Rosetta Claxton Rudd Married Hardley Norfolk 1891. Husband of Ada Bickerdyke Born 1896 Married Aberford 04/10/1917. Ada Remarried to John William ward in scarbrough in 1926. CWGC Banks Row Aberford. One son Edward Arthur born Aberford 1920. Enlisted Leeds 07/09/1914 Occupation Farm Labourer. described as being 5ft 7 inches tall Hazel eyes and Dark Brown Hair. Landed Le Harve 09/09/1915. Accepted rank of Serjeant 13/03/1919 was demobilised. Reported to have died Banks row of Epilepsy or a seizure whilst at home on reading the Doctors letter ( Dr T. B Abbott of Greenhill Aberford) stated that Edward may have suffered form shell shock and Pneumonia (Spanish Flu which at the time of Edwards death was sweeping not only Britain but the world.) Edward Was in France for 3 years 328 days. Laid to Rest Aberford St Ricarius Cemetery. Memorial None.

Of note is the amount of men that came home and subsequently passed away from wounds or Disease from the First World war, indeed it is thought as many men died from the spanish flu caught whilst in the trenches after the war than during the war itself. Unfortunatly like Edward these men are not recorded on a War Memorial.


Acting Corporal 4/7694 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 13/10/1916 Aged 23. Born Aberford 1893 Vol 9c Page 896a. Son of Albert and Sarah Jane Capper Married 1890 Tadcaster. 1911 Becca Lane Aberford Occupation Driver Miner. Husband of Phyllis Whittaker Born Leeds 1899 Married 22/11/1915 St Stephen and St Agnes Burmantofts Leeds Residence 52 Sheepscar Place Occupation Soldier. Phyllis remaried in 1925 to John J Ansell at St John, Newton (Burmantofts)  Leeds. Enlisted Leeds 1914 Landed France 28/12/1914. Memorial None.

Laid to Rest Grove Town Cemetery Meaulte France


Rifleman 268027 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 19/05/1918 Aged 20. Born Aberford. Son of John Edward a coal miner Born Aberford 1878 and Charlotte Nappy Born Bubwith 1870 Married St Peter Leeds 1896. CWGC Main Street Barwick-in-Elmet. Enlisted Leeds. Joseph had a brother Dennis Born in Barwick in Elmet in 1900 i believe Dennis also gave his life in 1918 with the Durham Light Infantry and was a resident of Cross Gates when he gave his life. Remembered Soissons Memorial France. Memorial Barwick in Elmet.  Cousin of John Henry wilson remembered on the Aberford Memorial


Private 6/562 1st/6th Bn.West Riding Regiment KIA 03/09/1916 Aged 20. Born Gateforth Selby. Son of Hubert Stanley and Mary Wilson Born Hambleton 1873 Married Tadcaster 1896. CWGC Lower shelf Northowram Near Halifax. 1911 White Quarry Hazlewood Tadcaster Farm Worker. Alvara is included in this section due to the Aberford People website confirming that Alvar attended school in Aberford and the following newspaper article from September 1916 Yorkshire Evening Post Private Alvara Storey aged 20 years, son of H.S Storey of Hazelwood, Tadcaster fell in action on September the 3rd.

Enlisted Halifax 10/12/1915 Landed France 15/06/1916. Residence 25 Ryburn Building Sowerby Bridge Occupation Dyers Labourer. One brother Clarence 18 was in the H A C at Woolwich another Reginald 17 Nut Hill Farm Aberford. His father was sent his medals and his personal effects a pipe, photos,purse and postcards. Alvara was reported to have been exhumed from his original resting place to Laid to Rest Connaught Cemetery Thiepval Somme France.  Memorial None.