Healaugh WW1 Memorial

Healaugh is a village three miles north east of Tadcaster. The main landowner was the Brooksbank family that lost two sons during WW1. Men who gave their lives from the village are remembered on the war memorial and inside St Johns Church

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Healaugh WW1 Memorial is outside the entrance to Healaugh St Johns Church the names were added in October 2005.

St Johns Church Healaugh inside can be found a plaque and a painting remembering those who gave their lives from the village.



Lieutenant  D Company 2nd Bn Yorkshire Regiment KIA 25/09/1915 Aged 28.

Born Healaugh Old Hall 16/01/1887.Son of Sir Edward Clitherow and Catherine Lang. Educated at Eton and in 1905 at Trinity Hall Cambridge. 1991 a Law Student  

126 Warwick Street Eccleston Square Pimlico London. in 1914 Stamp attended his brothers funeral held in Healaugh one can only imagine what was in Stamps mind knowing he had to go back to the fighting and lead his men into action.

Following is taken from the Yorkshire Regiment Local Memorial Website

Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant September 1914 he joined the 2nd Yorkshires in January of 1915. He fought at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March of 1915 and also at the Battle of Festubert in May.  25/09/1915 Battle of Loos the battalion attacked towards Hulluch just to the north of Loos. The attack faltered under heavy fire and the battalion had to dig in just short of the village. At 1100pm on the 25/09/1915 Stamp was sent out with a platoon to clear a pocket of Germans in a nearby quarry. A message got back a short time later to say that Stamp had been wounded, he was never seen again and his body was not recovered. There is a possibility that he was captured and died in enemy hands.

© Imperial War Museum

Remembered Loos Memorial France. Local Memorial Healaugh.

BROOKSBANK Hugh Godfrey B Company 2nd Bn Yorkshire Regiment DOW Aldford House Park Lane London 16/12/1914 Aged 21.
Born Healaugh Old Hall 23/09/1893. Residence 1911 Student at St Peters College Radley Abingdon. It is reported that Hugh died of Heart Failure during an operatioin on his wounds.

Following is taken from the Yorkshire Regiment Local Memorial Website

He landed with the 2nd Bn Yorkshire Regiment at Zeebrugge 06/10/1914 and proceeded by train to Bruges. From there they went to Ypres, arriving at noon on October 14th. The battalion occupied an outpost line around Ypres in the area of Kruiseecke and Gheluvelt leading up to the 1st Battle of Ypres, which started 19/10/1914. The battalion then endured three weeks of almost continuous fighting in a salient formed around the Gheluvelt area. Hugh Brooksbank was in the thick of the fighting and was severely wounded in action by shellfire on November 4th in dugouts to the rear of Gheluvelt. Evacuated by the casualty clearing train back to England so severe were his wounds he lost his fight for life on 16/12/1914 at the age of 21 at Aldford House in Park Lane in London. He was also twice mentioned in Sir John French’s despatches.

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A senior officer wrote of Hugh
“A braver lad never stepped the earth. He was in command of “B” coy when all his seniors had been killed and commanded it like a veteran. On two occasions he was responsible for the battalion being saved”. His comrades will miss him badly, and an older generation will recall the loss we sustained in the loss of his Uncle William Stafford Brooksbank who died of smallpox at Bangalore India in 18/06/1891.

Leeds Mercury 21/12/1914

©Tadcaster WW1 Memorials. Laid to Rest 15.00 hrs 19/12/1914 Healaugh St John Baptist Churchyard. Local Memorial Healaugh.


Lance Corporal 15080 12th BnWest 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. 

Yorkshire Evening Post Leeds

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.

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Memorial Healaugh.


Lance Corporal 23102 1/4th Bn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 3rd Battle Ypres 21/10/1917 Aged 21.Born Healaugh near Tadcaster. Son of Arthur John Born Sheffield 1853 and Fanny Stead Born Tickhill nr Doncaster 1855 Married St George Leeds 1879 (Now St George Crypt Homless Shelter). Enlisted York Landed France 17/06/1915. 

Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. Local Memorials Healaugh  &  Bolton Percy.

POOLE Ralph aussie


Laid to Rest

SMITH Charlie

TATE Frank Private

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 knots, and was heavily armed  having a ships complement of 777. Two days before the Armistice was signed the Britannia was at Cape Trafalgar which is a headland off South West Spain near Cadiz reportedly heading for Gibraltar 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. Local Memorial Healaugh