Tadcaster Connection


Below can be found details of those men who were Born in Tadcaster Enlisted in Tadcaster or had a connection with Tadcaster and are not remembered on the War Memorial


Private 15604 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 09/08/1915 Aged 21. Born Boston Spa 1911 Thorpe Remembered Helles Memorial Greece Panel 47 to 51. CWGC States: "Son of Mrs. Frances Aldous, of The Laundry Cottage, Little Smeaton, Northallerton, Yorks."


ALLEN John Gilbert

Private 42213 6th Bn Leicestershire Regiment 28/04/1918 Aged 18.  Born Tadcaster 1900 Son of George E and Emily Born Dundalk Ireland 1868. Enlisted Darlington South Staffs Regiment Service Number 48059. 1901 census 10 Long Close Lane York. George his father was an Army reservist. Remembered Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.




Private 38942 4th Bn Yorkshire Regiment 02/05/1917 DOW Age 40. Born Tadcaster September 1876 Vol 9c Page 795. Spelt Richardson on the Those who Died records. Son of George and Elizabeth Ellerbeck. In 1911 Richard was working as a Domestic Coachman at Chilton Moor Fence Houses Houghton Le Spring. Enlisted Houghton Le Spring. 

Laid to Rest Mont Houn Military Cemetery Le Treport France

BECKETT George Private M2/193477 695th M.T Company Army Service Corps DIED Small Pox Poona India 03/05/1917 Aged 42. Born Tadcaster 1874 Vol 9c Page 765. Son of William Veterinary Surgeon Born Haxby 1845 Died Bolton Percy 1890 and Elizabeth Atley Born Morley 1848. Residence 1901 Commercial Street Tadcaster Occupation Groom and Coachman. Husband of Eliza Ann Cartman Born 1869 Married York 1905. 1911 Residence 29 Wellington Street York Occupation Military Groom, Children William George Born York 1907. Priscilla L Born 1910. Unknown Born 1912. Remembered Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial India. Kirkee New Cemetery India.

BEST Arthur Private 1909 1/5thBn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry KIA 17/08/1916 Aged 31. Born Tadcaster 1886 Vol 9c Page 809. Son of Thomas Born Tadcaster 1853 and Emma Brunt Born Bedfordshire 1851. Husband of Harriet Brook Born Castleford 1889 Married Castleford All Saints 1909. CWGC 5 Springfield Place West Gate Otley. 1911 Residence 40 Grafton Street Glasshoughton. Occupation Coal Miner Hewer. Enlisted Pontefract, Trained Otley. Landed France 29/11/1915. Memorial NONE.

Laid to Rest Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension France.


Private 36733 2/5th West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 26/03/1918 Aged 26. Born Shadwell Near 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. Remembered Arras Memorial France Memorial None.

CROWLEY Sydney Lamington

Gunner 876909 33rd Battery 33rd Brigade Royal Field Artillery 13/01/1918 Aged 21. Born Leeds Enlisted Tadcaster Husband of Emma Mabel Taylor Married Knaresbrough Sep 1917 Vol 9a Page 133. CWGC 3 Station Road Tadcaster. Laid to Rest Douchy Farm New British Cemetery Belgium. Memorial None.

DODGSON William Private 37896 7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 23/10/1917 Aged 19.Born Leeds Enlisted Harrogate Residence Tadcaster. Son of George Born 1853 Died 1924 and Anne Smith Born 1861 Died 1902 Married 08/02/1890. CWGC 9 Lytham Place Lower Wortley Leeds. Memorial None.

Laid to Rest Mendinghem Military Cemetery Belgium.

DYSON Guy William Rifelman C/12385 21st Bn Kings Royal Rifle Yeoman Rifle Corps Gave His Life 15-17/09/1916 Aged 20. Born Thorpe Arch Enlisted Helmsley Near York 23/11/1915. Resident 11 York Terrace York Road Tadcaster. Son of Fred Robinson Born Tadcaster 1873 and Laura Cecilia Born Boston Spa 1872 1911 Residence York Road Occupation Clerk in a Malt Kiln in Brewery. Landed FRANCE 05/05/1916. Memorial Tadcaster.

CEMETERY: Guards Cemetery Lesboeufs Somme France


ESPLEY Frederick Serjeant Major 9965 2nd Bn North Staffordshire Regiment DIED 28/11/1916 Aged 35. Born Biddulph Staffordshire Son of Frederick and Frances Owen Married St Peters Parish Church Congleton 26/12/1869. Husband of Florence M she remmaried to Laurence Hewitt 1920 Bradford they had a daughter Yvonne in 1921 who Married James L Connorton in Tadcaster 1940. CWGC 1921 Oxton Lane Tadcaster. 1911 Residence in Army India. Laid to Rest Bareilly Cemetery India Remembered Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial Chennai India. Memorial None.

FISHER Walter James Trooper 1216 Household Battalion KIA 11/04/1917 Aged. Born Batley Enlisted London into 1st Bn London Guards 3638 Landed France 15/10/1915. Residence time of Enlistment Tadcaster. Memorial None

Remembered Arras Memorial France. PANEL: Bay 1.


GRIME William Private 6174 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers KIA 04/03/1915 Aged Born Tadcaster Enlisted York. Landed France 23/11/1915. Remembered Ypres Menin Gate Memorial Belgium. Memorial None. Those Who Died states Born Tadcaster Surname GRIMES CWGC States GRIME. This could be a Tadcaster man who gave a false name i cannot find any record of a William Grime Being Born in Tadcaster.


LACY James Private 24818 15th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment Leeds Pals 10/01/1917 Aged 26.

Born: Tadcaster. Enlisted Leeds. LOCAL MEMORIAL: None.

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.



SERVICE NUMBER: 2399. UNIT: 1st 5th Bn Duke of Wellingtons ( West Riding Regiment ).

BORN: Tadcaster. ENLISTED: Huddersfield. GAVE HIS LIFE: 23/08/1915. AGED: 22.

CEMETERY: Ypres (Menin Gate ) Memorial. PANEL : 20.




SERVICE NUMBER: 15235. UNIT: 9th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment.

BORN: Braithwaite nr Doncaster. ENLISTED: Tadcaster. GAVE HIS LIFE: 09/08/1915. AGED:

CEMETERY: Helles Memorial ( Gallipoli ). PANEL: 47 to 51.




SERVICE NUMBER: 235016. UNIT: 2nd 7th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment.

BORN: Wetherby. ENLISTED: Tadcaster. GAVE HIS LIFE: 28/03/1918. AGED: 26.


CEMETERY: Arras Memorial. PANEL: Bay 4.

The 1901 Census shows a Thomas Rhodes Born Wetherby 1892 as a patient in the local workhouse.



SERVICE NUMBER: 133831. UNIT/REGIMENT: Postal Section Royal Engineers.

BORN: Tadcaster. ENLISTED: London. GAVE HIS LIFE: 21/02/1917. AGED: 20.

CEMETERY: Mikra Memorial Salonica Greece.


CWGC States:

"Son of Edmund Robinson of 43 Park Royal Terrace Hyde Park Leeds.

And the late Maud Robinson."



SERVICE NUMBER: 26647. REGIMENT: 1/4th Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire.

BORN: Tadcaster. ENLISTED: Durham. GAVE HIS LIFE: 19/11/1917. AGED:


Formerly 4800 Durham light Infantry.

CEMETERY: Tincourt New British Cemetery. GRAVE


SCAWBORD Tom Private 15/1545 D Company 15th Bn West Yorkshire KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 28. Born Tadcaster. Enlisted Leeds. Son of John Albert Born Church Fenton 1845 and Hannah Steel Bilbrough Born Tadcaster 1856 Died 1898 Bramley Leeds Married 1884.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST LEEDS APRIL 18 1917 "Tom Scawbord West Yorks reported missing July 1st is now presumed killed. He resided at 14 Wellington Terrace Bramley Leeds, he was employed by Messrs W. E.Yates Ltd of Bramley

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France


SMITH Stephen Company Serjeant Major 6261 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 32. Born Tadcaster 1884. Enlisted Leeds. Son of James William Born Wighill near Tadcaster in 1861 and Susannah Kendall Born Chapel Street Tadcaster 1864 passed away in 1889 aged 26 years they Married in 1894. Husband of Mary E Deighton Born Bridlington 1884 Married St John The Baptist Newton Leeds 1913. A Daughter Olive was born in 1914 Died 1965. CWGC 6 Alma Street Beckett Street. LOCAL MEMORIAL: None.

"Honoured and remembered by wife and daughter".

Stephen gave his life on the first day of the battle for Albert (Somme) out of the 189 graves at Fricort 159 belong to the10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. This area of fighting was a massacre for the men of Leeds and the surrounding towns often forgotten (people remember Serre and the Leeds Pals) some of the hardest and bravest fighting took place here indeed the 10th West Yorkshires lost the most men on the first day of the Somme. Stephen will have bravely led his men over the top into the teeth of the German defences around where he know lies at peace.

Laid to Rest Fricourt New Military Cemetery France




KILKENNY William Served as TURNER John Private 16055 10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 01/07/1916 Aged 34. Born Tadcaster 1882. Enlisted Harrogate. Son of Michael and Ann. Served in the South African Campaign. Memorial: None.

Remembered Thiepval Memorial Somme France.



SERVICE NUMBER: 325044. UNIT: 1st 8th Bn. Sherwood Foresters Notts and Derby Regiment.

BORN: Tooting Surrey. ENLISTED: Wimbledon Surrey. RESIDENCE: Tadcaster.

GAVE HIS LIFE: 12/09/1917. AGED: 27.

CEMETERY: Loos Memorial. PANEL: 87. and 89.




15703 1st Bn Coldstream Guards.

BORN: Wetherby. ENLISTED: York. RESIDENCE: Tadcaster.

GAVE HIS LIFE: 15/09/1916. AGED: 35.


CEMETERY: Thiepval Memorial. PANEL: 7D. and 8D.

Yorkshire Evening Post October 1916 Reported:

"Mrs Uttley of Wighill Tadcaster would be glad for news of her husband George Uttley 15703 of the Coldstream Guards who was in the fighting in Ginchy.

Would it be possible if comrades wounded in fighting may have news of something to contact the family."

Yorkshire Evening Post November 1916 Reported:

"George Uttley 15703 of the Coldstream Guards who has a wife and seven children the eldest only being 14 years old.

Any news gratfully recieved by his wife A.C. Dunsford of Wighill nr Tadcaster."



382542 148th Section Anti Aircraft Battery. Royal Garrison Artillery.

BORN: Tadcaster. ENLISTED: Hull. GAVE HIS LIFE: 24/05/1918. AGED: 25.


CWGC States

"Son of J. W. and Carrie Verity, of 4, Cranbrook Avenue, Hull."

William was the son of John William Born Beverley 1863 and Caroline Born 1862 in Elm Cambridgeshire.

In 1891 the family were living on Kirkgate Tadcaster where John William was described as a Bookseller and Stationer, William and his brothers were born here and had moved by the 1901 census to Sculcotes near Hull.

Thank You to Phil Wadsworth a distant relative of Williams who provided the following details and the picture of William, and his parents visiting his grave.


"I found your website as it has my 1st cousin, twice removed, William Lancelot Verity, listed as dying in WW1. ie. my great grandfather's brother's son.

The details are correct and he is buried in France. I have attached two photos, either which you may use if you wish.

I would like to visit his grave one day sometime. I think what you are doing is well worthwhile as such sacrifices are too easily forgotten by the present generation.

Although William was born in Tadcaster, he was brought up in Beverley, hence his enrolment in Hull.

He had three brothers, Charles Gordon, John Sidney and James Reginald and a sister Dora. All brothers were known by their second names, not their first, a family trait.

None of the other brothers took part in the war as far as I know."

John William and Caroline at Willliams Gravesite.

CEMETERY: Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension. GRAVE: I. B. 23.

I visited Williams Grave in 2005 it reads

"Ever Remembered By All Who Loved Him"


WALKER Fred Private 34470 16th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment KIA 29/09/1917 Aged 29. Attached to the 22nd Company Labour Corps when he lost his life having the service number 13081. Born Wetherby. Son of Henry Born Kelfield Yorkshire in 1856 and Elizabeth also Born Kelfield in 1843. Enlisted Tadcaster. Fred fell near the Ypres Comines Canal and was layed to rest 200 metres north of the canal along with 18 other men from Britain and Australia and two German prisoners at the Lock 8 Cemetery Voormezeele. Fred was moved to his present resting place when all outlying cemeterys were brought in from the battlefields. Freds brother Ernest gave his life on the 01/07/1916 Battle for Albert Somme fighting with the 1/5 West Yorkshire Regiment 1490 remembered on the Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Memorial None.

Laid to Rest Aeroplane Cemetery Belgium.


WINTERBURN Frank Private 235797 9th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment DOW 29/05/1918 Aged 21.Born Whixley 1898. Son of James George and Florence Wilkinson Married 1897 CWGC Brook Cottage Wighill Tadcaster. Enlisted York Yorkshire Hussars 3235. Laid to Rest Pernes British Cemetery France. Memorial None.