On the night 3rd-4th May 1915 allied troops were withdrawn to the red line running round Ypres
at a distance of about 3 miles.
Other names mentioned in despatches were:-|
Capt W. W. Constantine,Capt T. H. Hutchinson, Lt W. P. Orde-Powlett,
Reg Sgt Maj P. D. Denman, Coy Sgt Maj J. F. Myers, Pte E. Broadley [stretcher bearer], Pte J. H. Royle and
Pte J. Hood.
16 men were killed this day, 2nd May, and all are commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.
1562 Pte Banks Thomas Edward. Born at York. Enlisted at Brafferton, Helperby, N Yorks.
Killed in action. Age 21.
2110 Pte Binks Peter Home at - Askew Bedale N Yorks. Born at Wath, Yorks and enlisted at Northallerton.
Killed in action.
1780 Pte Brabiner Robert A. Home at Helperby N Yorks, place of birth.
Enlisted at Brafferton. Killed in action.
1155 Pte Burn Joseph William. Home at - 4 Primrose Tce, Brompton, Northallerton,
N Yorks, place of birth. Enlisted at Northallerton. Killed in action. Age 22. Born 18 April 1893.
In the few days prior to his death Joseph Burn had managed to write home.
Just a line hoping you are all well as it leaves me at present.
By the time you receive this you will have seen we have been in action & that we lost Joe Taylor of Northallerton.
All Brompton lads are alright.
We are having a rest now.
Pte Joseph W Burn.
Killed in action, 2nd May 1915.
[Photograph kindly donated by his Great Nephew, John Burn.]
If you get Wilf Parker's address off Lucy, mine is the same except name and number (1155).|
When you write will you please send me a small bit of brown twist, not too much as we get shag dished out.
Well I think this is all just now - so look after Jess.
From your loving son,
1711 Pte Hood John Henry. Home at 18 Moorcock Row, Lingdale, N Yorks.
Killed in action. Age 28.
1478 Pte Garbutt Septimus George. Born and enlisted at Brompton,
N Yorks. Killed in action. Age 19. The youngest son of William and Annie Garbutt of Cockpit Hill, Brompton.
He had 5 brothers, who all fought in France.
He was probably killed by a German sniper.
2720 Pte Gill Thomas William. Home at North Skelton N Yorks. Born at Thirsk Yorks
and enlisted at Newcastle on Tyne. Killed in action.
1998 Pte Hardwick Ernest Harper. Home at - 35 Gladstone St, Eston, N Yorks.
Enlisted at Middlesbrough, N Yorks. Killed in action. Age 26.
67 Pte Chapman George. Home at - West View, Romanby, Northallerton, town of birth
and enlistment. Killed in action. Age 24.
The ruins of Ypres.
[Picture courtesy of - "Photos of The Great War".].
Corporal Chapman was born in Northallerton and his parents were called George and Alice.|
His wife's name was Elsie (nee Wells), with whom he lived at West View in Romanby.
George was a bandsman in the Territorial Band and a keen football player, playing for the Territorial's team.
A Sergeant Wilf Parker, of the 4th Yorkshires, wrote to his friend in Northallerton:-
"...The worst day we had was Sunday, when the Germans started to advance.
At about 4.30 their Artillery commenced to shell us and they didn't half send the shells flying.
Then the Germans came out of their trenches and we let them have it.
We kept firing away, but then they sent their gas shells among us.
Oh dear! the smell is fearful. The poor fellows in the thick of it are absolutely helpless.
It gives one a horrible feeling and one hardly knows what he is doing.
Just at this stage George Chapman got killed..."
1829 Pte Hutchinson Alfred. Home at - Askew, Bedale, N Yorks, place of birth.
Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Killed in action. Age 20.
British Soldiers after being "gassed".
1729 Pte I'Anson Henry. Born and enlisted at Thirsk N Yorks. Killed in action.
2719 Pte Jacques Isaac. Home at 37 Richard St, North Skelton N Yorks, place of birth.
Enlisted at Northallerton, N Yorks. Killed in action.
1592 Pte Morrell Thomas. Home at Whixley, Yorks. Born Newton, Yorks and enlisted
at Helperby, N Yorks. Killed in action. Age 19.
1567 Pte Render George Septimus. Home at Bratherton Helperby, place of birth and
enlistment. Killed in action.
1664 Pte Royle Henry James. Home at Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, N Yorks.
Born at Hembury, Macclesfield. Enlisted at Guisborough, N Yorks. Killed in action.
Pte Thomas Wood.|
[Photograph kindly contributed by his Great Nephew, Graham Smallburn of Birmingham.]
1437 Pte Telford Allan. Home at Oxendales Yard, Northallerton, N Yorks place of
birth and enlistment. Killed in action. Age 24.
At night the Battalion returned to "C Camp" under shell fire.
2071 Pte Brigham Albert. Home at - 15 Talbot St, Middlesbrough, place of birth and enlistment.
Killed in action. Age 20. Menin Gate Memorial Ypres.
2294 Pte Elwell Wilfred. Home at - 129 Essex St, Middlesbrough, N Yorks, place of enlistment.
Killed in action. Age 22. Menin Gate Memorial Ypres.
183 CSM Preston Ernest. Home at Brotton N Yorks. Born and enlisted at Redcar,
N Yorks. Killed in action. Age 34. Menin Gate Memorial Ypres.
386 Pte Wood Thomas. Home at 137 High St, Skelton in Cleveland, N Yorks,
place of birth and enlistment. Killed in action. Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
1785 Pte Best Sidney. Home at Darlington, Co Durham. Born at Welbury and
enlisted at Catterick, N Yorks. Died of wounds. Age 19. Buried at Boulogne Eastern [Hospital] Cemetery.
He had joined the Territorial Force in 1913.
484 Sgt Jones Jesse. Home at - 9 Hewitt's Buildings, Guisborough N Yorks, place of enlistment.
Born at Mitcham, Surrey. Died of wounds. Age 47. Buried at Bailleul Communal [Hospital] Cemetery Extension (Nord)