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King’s Book of York Heroes
King’s Book of York Heroes

King’s Book of York Heroes is held in a locked case in York Minster.
The book lists 1,443 men from the City of York who were killed in the First World War. The names listed in the KIng's Book, and in other War Memorials in York, have been listed by Steve Mattock on the website "York and the Great War".

Two feet long and nine inches thick, it weighs nine stones and is one of the largest books on earth.

Edwin Ridsdale Tate was commissioned to design the book in 1920.
The cover is sumptuously carved oak. Inside, pages are exquisitely laid out with copperplate edging and there is a lavishly decorated dedication page.
Details of each man listed are accompanied by a photograph of that person.

Listed in the book are 54 men who served with the Yorkshire Regiment.


Private Frederick Angell. 7003. 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Angell, of 84, Cecil Rd., Sharrow, Sheffield; husband of Eliza Angell, of 29 Scamans Yard. North St., York. Killed 15 June 1915. Aged 33.
Born Evesham (Worcester), Enlisted Sheffield, Resided York.
Commemorated on Panel 12, LE TOURET MEMORIAL.

Lance Corporal Arthur Arey. 15205. 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 29 September 1916.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT.

Private Arthur Bland. 10498. 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Henry Bland, of 10, Haver Lane, Haymarket, York, and the late Ada Bland. Killed 15 June 1915. Aged 20.
Born York, Enlisted Middlesbrough, Resided York.
Commemorated on Panel 12, LE TOURET MEMORIAL.

Serjeant William Boyes, 20643. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 8 February 1917.
Born Swinton (Yorks), Enlisted York.
Commemorated Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Private Thomas Brennan, 34159. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 21 October 1917.
Born York, Enlisted Leeds, Resided York.
Commemorated Panel 52 to 54 and 162A, TYNE COT MEMORIAL.

Serjeant Gerald Ernest F Brierley (aka Eveleigh). 65552. The Yorkshire Regiment (Depot). Died at home 26 November 1918. Aged 28.
Born Leicester, Resided York.
Buried in FULFORD CEMETERY, YORK.
Adopted son of Joseph & Elizabeth Walker of 63 Walmgate, York.

Private Henry Coates. 15210. 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of John and Emma Coates, of 6, Downhill St., Layerthorpe, York. Killed 7 August 1915. Aged 16.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated Panel 55 to 58, HELLES MEMORIAL.

Private Frederick Colley. 25691. 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of John Colley, of York. Died 13 April 1918. Aged 33.
Born York, Enlisted York, Resided Askham Richard (York).
Commemorated on Panel 4, PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL.

Private Ernest Cross. 35124. 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 35589 9th T R Battn. Son of Walter Cross, of 38, Mansfield St., Foss Island Rd., York. Killed 27 May 1918.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated on the SOISSONS MEMORIAL.

Corporal Eric Irvin Crowe. 205021. 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of George and Isabella Crowe; husband of Elsie Hauxwell (formerly Crowe), of 18, Newtown Avenue, Stockton-on-Tees. Born at York. Killed 28 November 1917. Aged 25.
Born York, Enlisted Middlesbrough, Resided York.
Buried ST. PATRICK'S CEMETERY, LOOS.

Private William Dale. 15208. 8th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 16 April 1916.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried BULLY-GRENAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY, FRENCH EXTENSION.

Private Jack Douglas. 31364. 16th Labour Battalion Yorkshire Regiment transferred to (12740) 22nd Coy Labour Corps, formerly 25513 West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 10 September 1917.
Enlisted York, Resided York.
Buried DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY.

Private Percival Dunning, 8298. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 7 June 1917.
Born Thornaby, Enlisted Richmond, Resided York.
Commmemorated Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.

Private Charles Ernest Fearne. 46103. 12th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Sefton and Catherine Fearne, of 8 Wellington St., Barbican Rd., York. Killed 11 April 1918. Aged 21.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried CROIX-DU-BAC BRITISH CEMETERY, STEENWERCK.

Private George Henry Foster. 16434. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 26 September 1915.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated Panel 44 and 45, LOOS MEMORIAL.

Private Walter Gurden. 15477, 9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 10 July 1916.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Serjeant James Hardisty, MM, 14787. 13th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of John and Sarah Hardisty, of York. Killed 29 April 1918. Aged 34.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY.

Private Albert George Heppell, 26734. 8th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Isaac and Emma Heppell, of 31, Townend St., York. Killed 18 February 1917. Aged 24.
Born Lancaster, Enlisted York.
(Birth recorded as "George Alfred Heppell", b. Lancaster Q4 1892.)
Buried HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL CEMETERY.

Sergeant Charles Higgins, MM. 15228. 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. Higgins; husband of E. Higgins, of 23, Hungate, York. Died 25 September 1917. Aged 30.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated Panel 52 to 54 and 162A, TYNE COT MEMORIAL.

Private George Arthur Hill. 240187. 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Robert Hill, of 5, Loco Terrace, Lonsboro' Rd., Scarborough. Killed 23 April 1917. Aged 20.
Born York, Enlisted Scarborough.
Commemorated Bay 5, ARRAS MEMORIAL.

Private George Hopwood. 3164. 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Harriet Gatus, of Youlton Lodge, Tollerton, York. Killed 12 September 1916. Aged 20.
Enlisted Darlington, Resided Askham Richard (Yorks).
Buried FLATIRON COPSE CEMETERY.

Private Albert Ernest Jagger. 31394. 16th Labour Battalion Yorkshire Regiment transferred to (12841) 22nd Coy Labour Corps, formerly 25143 West Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 12 September 1917.
Enlisted York.
Buried DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY.

Private Clarence Jarvis. 34646. 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Frederick and Margaret Jarvis, of 46, Winterscale St., York. Died 11 April 1918. Aged 22.
Born Stockton-on-Forrest (Yorks), Enlisted York, Resided Dunnington.
Commemorated on Panel 4, PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL.

Rifleman William Herbert Lawson. 40653. 1st Battalion the Royal Irish Rifles, formerly 16519 the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of William and Annie Lawson, of 111, Bilton St., Layerthorpe, York. Killed 14 November 1916. Aged 19.
Born York, Enlisted Darlington, Resided Layerthorpe (York).
Commemorated Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Private Noel Lightfoot. 46788. 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 6/10545 13th T R Battn. Son of William and Elizabeth Lightfoot, of 35, Winterseale St., York. Killed 22 March 1918. Aged 19.
Enlisted York.
Commemorated Panel 31 and 32, POZIERES MEMORIAL.

Private Joseph Mann. 10567. 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Charles Henry and Mary Jane Mann, of 22, Gordon St., Heslington Rd., York. Killed 21 August 1915. Aged 20.
Born Yorks, Enlisted Leeds, Resided York.
Commemorated Panel 55 to 58, HELLES MEMORIAL.

Private William Mountain. 36380. 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Joseph Mountain, of 29, Moss St., York. Killed 4 October 1918. Aged 35.
Born York, Enlisted Acomb, Resided York.
Buried SUCRERIE CEMETERY, EPINOY.

Private Charles Goltry Neesome. 201842. 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of James and Rachel Neesome, of Thornton-le-Moor, Northallerton, Yorks. Killed 15 September 1916. Aged 35.
Born Thornton-le-Moor (Yorks), Enlisted Northallerton.
Commemorated Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Private Herbert Nicholls. 3/7964. 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Robert and Mary Elizabeth Day, of 7, Married Quarters, The Barracks, Scarborough. Born at York. Killed 29 September 1918. Aged 22.
Born Liverpool, Enlisted York, Resided Selby.
Buried SUCRERIE CEMETERY, EPINOY.

Private Charles Nicholson. 15203. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 10 July 1916.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated Pier and Face 15 A and 15 B, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Lieutenant Reginald Oakley. 15th Battalion attached to 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Caleb and Ellen Oakley, of 39, Grosvenor Terrace, York. Born Altofts, Normanton, Yorks. Killed 25 August 1916. Aged 21.
Buried BERKS CEMETERY EXTENSION.

Private Henry Outhwaite. 35503. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly served with the West Yorkshire Regiment (62395). Killed 8 May 1918.
Had previously served in the 5th and 11th Battalions West Yorkhsire Regiment.
From the Register of Soldier's effects, his estate was left to his mother Henrietta.
From the 1911 census, Henry Outhwaite was born in 1900 in York and was living in York. Therefore aged 18 when killed.
Commemorated Panel 52 to 54 and 162A, TYNE COT MEMORIAL.

Private George Plows. 124284. 60th Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), formerly 266542 the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Arthur and Rachel Ann Plows, of Westgate, Thirsk, Yorks. Killed 19 September 1918. Aged 20.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried RAMLEH WAR CEMETERY.

Private James William Pollard. 28341. 7th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 25591 the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 24 April 1917.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated on Bay 4 and 5, ARRAS MEMORIAL.

Private Walter Pollard. 29106. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Robert and Elizabeth Pollard, of 33, Bootham Square, York. Killed 13 May 1917. Aged 20.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated on Bay 4 and 5, ARRAS MEMORIAL.
(SDGW gives number as 29108)

Private Thomas Porritt. 8416. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 18 October 1916.
Born Marske (Yorks), Enlisted Richmond (Yorks).
Commemorated Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Private Harry Pycraft. 23359. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 5 August 1916.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Captain Robert Randerson. 6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Robert and Annie Randerson, of 114, Haxby Rd., York. Died 7 August 1915. Aged 24.
Buried LALA BABA CEMETERY.

Private John William Reed. TR5/44718. Training Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of John and Eliza Reed, of 10, Filey Terrace, Bootham, York. Died at home 7 December 1917. Aged 22.
Born York, Enlisted York
Shown in SDGW as Acting Corporal John William Reed, 25216. 14th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.
Buried NEW MALTON CEMETERY.

Private Frank Robinson, 15209. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Sarah Robinson, of 7, Richmond St., Hallfield Rd., Layerthorpe, York. Killed 14 April 1916. Aged 23.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried TRANCHEE DE MECKNES CEMETERY.

Company Serjeant Major Jack Robinson, MM . 3/9627. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Betty Robinson, of 32, Micklegate, York. Killed 31 August 1918. Aged 43.
Born Leeds, Enlisted Leeds, Resided York.
Buried VIS-EN-ARTOIS CEMETERY.
(Shown in SDGW as "Private John Robinson")

Private John Patrick Rowan. 15204. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Lily Ann Rowan, of 55, Hope St., Walmgate, York. Killed 8 February 1917. Aged 30.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Lance Corporal James Robert Sissons, MM. 39279. 9th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Robert and Louisa Sissons, of 3, Garden Court, Hungate, York. Killed 10 October 1918. Aged 20.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried ROISEL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION.

Lance Corporal Edmund Skelton. 8216. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Edmund and Dinah Skelton, of Downhill St., Layerthorpe, York. Killed 25 September 1915. Aged 36.
Born York, Enlisted Scarborough, Resided York.
Commemorated Panel 44 and 45, LOOS MEMORIAL.

Lieutenant Edward Reginald Spofforth. 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mary D. and the late Edward Spofforth, of York. Killed 2 March 1916. Aged 24.
Buried POPERINGHE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY.

Private Maynard Stephenson. 24972. 13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 8 September 1916.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Commemorated on Bay 4 and 5, ARRAS MEMORIAL.

Private Alfred Stokes, 32649. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Eliza Stokes. Killed 18 October 1916. Aged 36.
Born Woolwich (Kent), Enlisted York.
Commemorated Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D, THIEPVAL MEMORIAL.

Private Cecil Henry Thompson. 24911. 13th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Jane and the late Robert Thompson, of 27, Stamford St., Leeman Rd., York. Killed 8 August 1916. Aged 27.
Born Selby (Yorks), Enlisted Leeds, Resided York.
Buried LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY.

Serjeant James Vokes. 201851. 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 28 March 1918.
Born York, Enlisted Northallerton, Resided York
Commemorated Panel 31 and 32, POZIERES MEMORIAL.

Major Wilfrid Beckett Walker. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Capt. Edwyn Walker. His brother, Capt. O.B. Walker was also lost. Killed 29 October 1914. Aged 38.
Commmemorated on Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.

(His name is shown as "Wilfred" in the CWGC records, but he was christened "Wilfrid".
The following is taken from "Officers of the Green Howards 1688 -1931" by M L Ferrar;-
Born at Scarborough 5 August 1876, 2nd son of Captain Edwyn Walker, 15th Hussars.
2nd Lieut 20 February 1897; Lieut 15 October 1898; Captain 25 June 1904; Major 3 December 1913.
Served in the Boer War, 1900-02. Operations in the Orange River Colony, including actions at Vet and Zand Rivers. In the advance Eastwards, actions at Diamond Hill and Belfast. With the 2nd Battalion Mounted Infantry in operations in the Transvaal, 30 November 1900 to the end of the war.
Mentioned in despatches, Queen's medal and 4 clasps, King's medal and 2 clasps.
Proceeded to Zeebrugge with the 2nd Battalion in October 1914 and was killed at Ypres, 29 October 1914.")

Private Edward Ernest Ward. 24136. 7th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 11 February 1917.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE.

Corporal Frederick Ernest Webber. 8468. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of George and Annie Webber; husband of Amy Beatrice Rodley (formerly Webber), of I, Brown's Court, Swan St., York. Killed 30 October 1914. Aged 26.
Born Newington (London), Enlisted Stratford, Resided York.
Commemorated Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.

Private Solomon George Wilkinson. 8081. 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, formerly 4/8378 West Yorks Regt. Son of James Ancock Wilkinson and Jane Wilkinson, of York. Served in the South African Campaign. Killed 5 March 1916. Aged 35.
Born York, Enlisted York.
Buried CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY.


 

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