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Lance Corporal 15080 12th Bn.West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 17/08/1916 Aged 22. Born Healaugh. Son of Arthur a cowman Born Barwick in Elmet 1870 and Alice Smith Born Healaugh 1871 sister of Charlie and Fred Smith remembered below Married 1892. Arthur and Alice also had a daughter named Annie Born Healaugh 1898. Enlisted York. Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Memorial Healaugh.

Yorkshire Evening Post Leeds Reported Lance Corporal George Benson of the West Yorkshires has been reported Killed in Action. Lance Corporal Benson was 24 years of age, his parents live in Wighill Lane, Tadcaster.












DARNTON John William

Able Seaman J/47427 Royal Navy H.M.S Britannia KIA 09/11/1918 Aged 19. Born 22/08/1899 Heworth York. Son of William and Sarah Elizabeth Prentice Married 1897.  Navy Record New Cottage Wigill Lane Tadcaster.  


John was serving on H.M.S Britannia a Dreadnought battleship King Edward V11 Class. Built in Portsmouth in 1904 She was 453 feet long and had a top speed of 33 kmh or 18 knotts, and was armed to the teeth as you would expect from a ship of this size, and had a ships complement of 777. Two days before the Armistace was signed the Britannia was at Cape Trafalger which is a headland off South West Spain near Cadiz reportedly heading for Gibralter when she was struck by a torpedo from U Boat 50. It was reported at the time that she took three hours to sink and lost 50 men John William being one of them. Remembered Portsmouth Naval Memorial.  Memorial Healaugh.