ASH Basil Drummond

Flight Lieutenant Royal Naval Air Service DIED 30/09/1914 Aged 23. Born 16/05/1890 Southport Queensland Australia. Son of Cyril Alfred Drummond and Ester Elizabeth Alexander Married 1888. Basils Father was the Rector at Saxton Church Residence 1911 Saxton Vicarage. Basil Tested on Maurice Farman Biplane 24/01/1914 at The Framan School Etamps France Certificate Granted 20/02/1914.  Enlisted Dartmouth 1905. Lost his life along with Flt Lieutenant Vernon in Short Seaplane Serial 77 Scouting for German Submarines over the North Sea. Believed to be Australia's first Aviation Casualty of the War Remembered Chatham Naval Memorial.  Memorial Saxton. Kirkwall Shetlands.


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

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.   

BROWN Gerald Knapton

Lieutenant 2nd 6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 03/05/1917 Aged 21. Born Yeadon nr Leeds Baptised St Johns Yeadon 02/01/1896. Son of Joshua Knapton Brown and Jeannie Bailey Married 1893. (Martha Jane shown as mother 1911 and CWGC) CWGC Vermont House Yeadon. Gazetted September 1914. Memorial Wall Plaque All Saints Church Saxton.



Laid to Rest H. A. C. Cemetery Ecoust-St Mein France.

LAWN Benjamin

Shoeing Smith TS/1527 Attached 83rd Field Ambulance Army Service Corps KIA 28/10/1918 Aged 43. Born Tadcaster. Son of Nicholas Born Saxton 1836 and Mary Dickenson Born Saxton 1835 Married Saxton Dec 1866. Husband of Amy Green Married Saxton 1915. Enlisted 02/12/1914 York. Described at his medical as being 6ft half inches tall chest size of 38 inches. Job Bailey stated in a referance letter sent to the Army that Benjamin had been a loyal sevant to him and that he was the local Blacksmith. Benjamin Died at the 50th General Hospital Salonika of Bronchal Pneumonia his wife Amy was living at the School in Saxton. Laid to RestMikra British Cemetery Kalamaria Greece. Memorial Saxton.  


LAWN John Henry

Private 29040 Labour Corps West Yorkshire Regiment Suicide 12/06/1917 Aged 26. Born Saxton. Son of Henry and Prenella Warrington Married Saxton 1882. John had a brother who served in WW1 William Thomas Lawn.  Enlisted Tadcaster 18/01/1916 Durham Light Infantry Aged 25 Years and 4 Months. Described as being 5ft 4 half inches tall, a chest size of 35 and 3/4 inch with 3 vaccination marks on his left arm. Transferred to the Labour Corps in October 1916.

15/06/1917 an inquest was held at Spalding into the death of John Henry. His father Henry was in attendance and told the court that his son was a Farm Labourer and had lived at home before enlisting. Nurse Florance Dingle of the Johnson  Hospital Spalding said that John had been under her charge and that it was a medical problem and not from wounds. She last saw him on the Tuesday afternoon around 2.15 and John said he had a pass and was going to the pictures, he was described as being ordinarily cheerful and of a rather quit disposition, and upon discharge from the hospital was to work on a farm near Deeping St Nicholas.

George Ellis signalman at Hawthorn Bank said that John came to him at 2.38 and asked for a glass of water he was asked to leave the box after about 6 or 7 minutes and before leaving asked if there was a train approaching. John was told one had just left Deeping and he then left the box turning towards the road. George Ellis went on to say when the train passed he went out to let a coalman into the yard and was informed there was a soldiers body on the line. George said he thought he was a married man from the front and stated that John was simply in the A.S.C and would have gone back to his civilian role as a farmer.

A verdict of misadventure was given and the coroner sympathised with Johns father Henry and the Jury had decided to hand over their fees to him. One can only guess at the state of Johns mind it may have been too much not to have gone to the front along with rest of the village boys and he could for that reason have taken his own life. Laid to RestSaxton All Saints Churchyard. Memorial Saxton.

MARSHALL Frederick

Rifleman 36784 1/8th Bn.West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 16/09/1918 Aged 36. Born Barlby. Son of William Born Barlby 1856 and Sarah Ann Firth Born North Duffield 1862 Married Selby 1882. Family lived Hawkes yard Saxton Main Street. Enlisted Harrogate. Memorial Saxton.

Laid to Rest Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery France.

SCOTT George

Rifleman 48737 1/8th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/10/1917 Aged 31. Born Goole 1886. Son of John 1911 Residence Cold Hill Aberford Occupation Shepherd. Husband of Martha Elizabeth Marshall Sister of Frederick Remembered above. Married Saxton 1915 Same day as Benajamin Lawn Remembered above. Enlisted Tadcaster.  Memorial Wall Plaque All Saints Church Saxton.


Laid to Rest Tyne Cot Cemetery Belgium.  

SMITH Joseph Robert Greenwood

Private 48747 1/5th Bn.West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 25/04/1918 Aged 20. Born Saxton 1897. Son of Charles Greenwood Smith and Mary Elizabeth Birdsall Married Saxton 1879. Enlisted Saxton. Memorial Saxton.

Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.      

WHITE William Arthur

Private 11897 9th Bn.West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/08/1915 Aged 32. Born Kirk Deighton 1892 Baptised Kirk Deighton All Saints 12/11/1892. Son of William Died 1901 and Christiana Pickard Married Kirk Deighton 11/09/1876. Christiana re married  John William Wood 1903. CWGC Lea Cottage Saxton. 1911 Cowman on Farm Deighton Bar Wetherby. Enlisted Wetherby Landed Gallipoli 11/07/1915. Remembered Helles Memorial Gallipoli Turkey.   Memorial All Saints Church Saxton. Kirk Deighton.