Private 63291 79th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps DIED 22/10/1918 Aged 25. Born Tadcaster. Enlisted York. Son of Charlie a postman by trade Born Longwood Huddersfield 1862 and Amelia Wilkinson Born 1865 Ouston Ferry Lincolnshire passed away 1938 Married Tadcaster 1889. Charles had brothers Alfred Born Tadcaster 1900 William Wilkinson Born Tadcaster 1892 and Edward Elisha Born Tadcaster 1897 Remembered Below. Sisters Martha Ann Born Otley 1890, Sarah Ann Born Tadcaster 1895 named after Amelias mum and Mary Amelia Born Tadcaster 1898. 1911 residence Wharfe Banks Tadcaster Occupation Boot repairer.

The photo was provided by Graham Johnson who is Wendy Iredales son. Wendy was the Daughter of Alfred Iredale who lied about his age to join up in 1914 aged 14 and became an observer in the RFC in Belgiium. Alfred opened a tailers shop in Tadcaster which is now the Buckles sweet shop. After Alfred passed away in 1954 Wendy moved to Bedworth in the midlands to join her elder sister and settled there. Graham has informed me that Charles passed away from Influenza (Spanish Flu) and his father Charlie was on his way to visit his sick son when news of his passing was received.

Charles served on the forgotten Salonika front where the British army were involved in heavy fighting with the Bulgarian army. This part of the world was a nightmare for the British soldier as bad if at times worse than the western Front.The heat and mosquitos were a constant menace for the soldiers in particular malaria which killed more men than the actual fighting. This area of the Great War finished on the 30th September 1918. Memorial Tadcaster. Laid to Rest in northern Greece near the Bulgarian border in Doiran Military Cemetery Greece.

IREDALE Edward Elisha

Company Serjeant Major 1588 "A" Company 1st 5th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 29/08/1916 Aged 19 AWARDS Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal. Born Tadcaster Enlisted Tadcaster. Edward was the Brother of Charles Remembered Above and was given the middle name Elisha after his Grandfather who was a painter and plumber in Tadcaster. In 1911 he was an errand boy in a brewery office. Edward must have been an amazingly brave young man rising to the rank of Company Sergeant Major by the age of 19.





lost his life in an attack on the "Popes Nose" near Thiepval a witness describes Edward leading his men and observing a shell killing him outright the blast was such that the witness reported having his own socks and boots blown off Edward lies at peace metres from where he lost is life. Memorial Tadcaster. Laid to Rest Connaught Cemetery Thiepval France


Serjeant 15/509 "A" Company 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 01/07/1916 Aged 27. Born Castleford. Enlisted Leeds. Son of Willliam and Mary Knowles Married 1875 Pontefract. 1911 Residence Shann Cottage Westgate Occupation Clerk. Brothers sidney served in Yorkshire Hussars and Horace B served in the Australians according to the news article below. Memorial Tadcaster.


Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France

JAKEMAN George William

Private 35311 2nd Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 18/11/1916 Medal 15/11/1916 Aged 34. Born Bramham 1880. Enlisted York. Son of George and Mary Grey Married Bramham 1873. Husband of Edith Henderson Married 1904 Tadcaster Vol 9b Page 1356. 1911 Residence Stutton Grove Stutton Occupation Brewers Labourer. CWGC Chapel Street Tadcaster. One of Georges sons Lawrence Gave His Life  in WW2. Memorial Tadcaster.


Laid to Rest Waggon Road Cemetery Beumont-Hamel France.  


Private 17147 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 18/09/1916 Aged 18. Born Tadcaster. Enlisted York Son of Arthur Born Wighill 1865 and Annie Hawkins Born Tadcaster 1871 they Married 1891 Tadcaster. 1911 Residence Rosemary Row at School. Landed France 01/05/1915. Memorial Tadcaster.

                  Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.                        


Private 13239 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 35. Born Tadcaster 1881. Enlisted York. Son of James Born Ireland 1861 and Mary Born Tadcaster 1862. Husband of Emily Hindley Married 1902 Tadcaster. 1911 Residence Bradleys Yard Chapel Street Occupation Brewers Labourer. Memorial Tadcaster.

Laid to Rest Dantzig Alley British Cememtery Mametz France. 


Private 26109 2nd Bn West Yorkshire Regiment 28/10/1916 Aged 37. Born Royston nr Barnsley 11/12/1878 Baptised Royston St John the Baptist 09/03/1879. Enlisted Leeds. Residence at Enlistment Tadcaster. Son of Charles Born Barkston Ash 1836 and Sarah Elizabeth Born Cayton Scarbrough. 1911 Residence Wingate Hill Hazlewood nr Tadcaster Occupation Farm Labourer. Memorial Tadcaster. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.


Leading Stoker K/1186 Royal Navy HMS Falcon DOW 03/04/1918 Aged 34. Born Dacre Banks Pateley Bridge. Son of Edward Born Tadcaster 1865 and Eliza Born Tadcaster 1863. Husband of Annie Barber Married Keighley 1914. CWGC 7 Prospect Place Halifax Road Keighley. In the 1901 census John Edward was living in Tadcaster with wife Eliza and a son George born 1890 at Dacre Banks Pately Bridge. 1 York Terrace Tadcaster in 1911 no sign of George in 1911.  Memorial Tadcaster.


The Falcon was launched in 1899 a "C" class destroyer and was 220 feet long she was a fast ship for her size and could reach 30 knotts the "Falcon" was used as part of the famous Dover Patrol escorting troops throughout the war to France and Belgium. In 1917 she suffered sever damage when hit off the Belgium coast losing her Captain and eight other ranks. In 1918 after being repaired the "Falcon" patrolled the channel and the North Sea for U boats and enemy vessels escorting troop ships and laying mines off the Belgium coast.

On the night of April the 1st 1918 She was due to escort troop ships bringing American and Canadian Troops to the front with the trawler the John Fitzgerald when they collided in heavy fog. The Captain was no other than Lt Charles "Lights" Lightowler, Charles was the most senior surviving officer from the "Titanic"and was the man who was responsible for ensuring all the Women and Children boarded liferafts on that fatefull night in 1912.

"Lights" as he was nicknamed survived the court marshal and in true Naval tradition was promoted to a new faster ship. "Lights survived the war and though he was always tarred with the Titanic disaster which ensured he never captained a major liner again. In WW2 he took part in the rescue from Dunkirk and passed awayin 1952. Laid to Rest South Shields (Harton)

LAMB Wilfred

Private 57588 2/5th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW Gun Shot Wound to Foot 04/04/1918 Aged 38. Born Leeds 1880 Vol 9b Page 440. Son of William and Ann. Husband of Mary Cork Married 30/07/1904 Richmond Hill Chapel Leeds. Enlisted Harrogate 20/07/1917 Occupation Fish Fryer Residence Kirkgate Tadcaster. 1911 Residence 2 Glensdale Grove York Road Leeds. Occupation Fish Dealer. Memorial Tadcaster.

Laid to Rest St Sever Cemetery Extension Rouen France.

LEDDY Joseph

Private 25582 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 20/05/1918 Aged 29. Born Tadcaster 1889. Enlisted Leeds 1915. Son of William Leddy Born 1860 Tadcaster and Ann Mulrooney Born 1862 Ireland Died 1897 Married Wetherby 1883. Brother William served in Royal Engineers. Residence 1911 Golden Lion Yard Bridge Street Tadcaster Occupation Malsters Labourer in Brewery. YORKSHIRE HERALD 1916. "Sapper W. Leddy, Cooper, (John Smiths Brewery) Cawood Terrace Tadcaster, has been wounded. He enlisted in November 1915, is in the Royal Engineers and has a brother in the West Yorkshires."  Memorial Tadcaster. Laid to Rest Philosophe British Cememtery Mazingarbe.

LINDLEY George Maurice

Private 11637 12th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 14/07/1916 Aged 21. Born Tadcaster 1894 Vol 9c Page 822. Enlisted York 1914. Son of Henry and Mary Louisa Wood Married 1891. 1911/CWGC Hodgsons Terrace Occupation Grocer Assistant. France 27/08/1915. Memorial Tadcaster. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.



Private 19127 1st Bn East Yorkshire Regiment KIA 04/10/1917 Aged 20. Born Ryther nr Selby. Enlisted Beverley. Son of Richard and Mary Ann Russell Married Tadcaster 1876. Memorial Tadcaster.

Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium