Lieutenant 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 22/10/1914 Aged 22. Born Colton 1892. Son of Edward Maule Lawson-Smith born 1859 Longhurst Northumberland Died 1942 and Ethel Mary nee Davies Born Lahore India 1853 Died 1906. The family lived at Colton Lodge bought by Edward in 1894 owning 900 acres of land in the area and 700 acres in Amble Morpeth Northumberland. They acquired this in 1880 under the will of a cousin T.E. Smith and assumed the surname under royal licence in 1881 on succeding to Togston Hall Morpeth sold in 1913. Enlisted Sandhurst. Medal Index States London Gazette 17/02/1915 Page 1660. Memorial Bolton Percy. Colton/Steeton. St Pauls Church Colton. Amble Memorial Northumberland.

Remembered Le Touret Memorial France.

LAWSON-SMITH Thomas Edward

Lieutenant 13th Hussars KIA Messines Ridge 01/11/1914 Aged 25. Born Bolton Percy 1889. Enlisted Sandhurst 1909. Both brothers were"Old Contemptables" a name given to those who had fought before 22nd of November 1914. 1911 was in India. Memorial Bolton Percy. Colton/Steeton. Brother Above.

Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Belgium.

MASON Joseph

Driver L/19958 D Battery 161st Brigade Royal Field Artillery DOW 01/07/1916 Aged 22. Born Wakefield 1894. Son of John and Martha Roberts Married Tadcaster 1892. Enlisted York Landed France 30/12/1915. 1911 Ploug Boy on Farm Askham Richard.Joseph took part in the attack on Serre on the first day of the battle for Albert Somme DOW at the ambulance clearing station at Bouzincourt. Memorial Bolton Percy. Colton/Steeton

Laid to Rest Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

BARTER William

Gunner 44746 A Battery 103rd Brigade Royal Horse Field Artillery KIA 24/07/1916 Aged ?? Military Medal.Those Who Died Record Born Chelmsford Essex. Enlisted York Landed France 25/08/1915. Medal Index No Known Next of Kin. 1911 Mr Barter in Appleton Roebuck. Memorial Bolton Percy. Colton/Steeton

Laid to Rest Peake Wood Cemetery Fricourt Somme France.

SMITH Arthur Waite

Gunner 141162 C Battery 66th Brigade Royal Field Artillery KIA 14/04/1917 Aged 22. Born Cawood nr Selby 1894. Son of Francis and Emma Mary Bussey Born Ryther 1863 Married 1889. 1911 Barlow nr Selby on farm. CWGC Thornton Melbourne York. Memorial Bolton Percy. Colton/Steeton. Remembered Basra Memorial Iraq.


Private 36733 2nd / 5th West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 26/03/1918 Aged 26. Born Moortown Leeds Enlisted Tadcaster. Son of Henry Born Terrington 1857 and Annie. In 1901 Percys father was the landlord of the George and Dragon Hotel High Street in Tadcaster. 1911 Working on fathers farm in Colton. Remembered Arras Memorial France Memorial Bolton Percy. Colton/Steeton.

GILMAN Arthur Ivan 

Private 377029 16th Bn Manchester Regiment KIA 21/03/1918 Aged 24. Born Hoxne Diss Norfolk. Son of Arthur and Edith Thrower Married Hoxne Norfolk 1888. Arthur remarried 1900 Florance Eliza Butcher 1900. Husband of Lily Clark Married Tadcaster 1917. Enlisted York Kings Own Yorkshire light Infantry 22622. Memorial Bolton Percy. Colton/Steeton

Remembered Pozieres Memorial France


Private 10804 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/08/1915 Aged 25. Born Toulston near Tadcaster 1889. Son of Richard and Emma Ann Kidd Married 1883 Pocklington. Enlisted York Landed 11/07/1915 Gallipoli. Residence 1911 14 Tapton Terrace Chesterfield Gardener. Alfred gave his life on the same day as three other men from the Tadcaster area who were also in the 9th West Yorkshires at Gallipoli. Memorial Bolton Percy. Brother John William also gave his life Remembered below. Remembered Helles Memorial Gallipoli Turkey.

DANIEL James William Gorden 

Private PLY/14452 HM Monitor 20 Royal Marine light Infantry Drowned 06/09/1915 Aged 27. Born Bolton Percy 15/09/1888. Son of William and Rebecca Mary Annie Beal Married 1888. Residence 1891 7 Wharfe Terrace Tadcaster James was with his grandparents. Enlisted 1909 Awarded Medal of the Order of St. Stanislas Russia. The York paper at the time reported that a memorial service was conducted at Bolton Percy Church and the Bishop of Beverley had conducted the service. It was attended by his brother Tom several cousins and his grandparents Thomas and Emma Beal. After the service flowers were placed on the grave.  Memorial Bolton Percy.

H.M. MONITOR "20" built in 1915 and scrapped in 1920.

James is remembered on the family grave in Bolton Percy Churchyard

Remembered Plymouth Naval Memorial.

WILSON Richard

Private 2466 5th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 19/12/1915 Aged 25. Born Bolton Percy 1890. Son of ? . 1901 Richard Wilson grandson was living with William and Martha Wilson in Bolton Percy. Enlisted York Landed France 15/04/1915. Laid to Rest Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium. Memorial Bolton Percy. 

Leeds Roll of Honour/CWGC Brother of William Weller View Stoney Rock Lane Leeds. Williams son Wilfred John Gave his Life 1918. was a stoker in the Royal Navy having volunteered in 1915. He was engaged on patrol in the mediterranean and the red sea. He died of Influenza (Bird Flu?) in 1918. 1911 Living in Leeds Brother Jacob Born Bolton Percy.



Private 19990 8th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 18. Born Headingley 28/02/1898 Baptised St Michaels Headingley.Thomas was the son of Richard and Jeane Knaggs 1911 Rectory Cottages Bolton Percy. Enlisted Pontefract Landed Egypt 01/09/1915. Memorial Bolton Percy. Brother John Edward Remembered on Bolton Percy Memorial. Remembered Thiepval Memorial France.