||The following men of Skelton gave their lives in
the first world war.
Most are remembered by the war Memorials at Skelton and North Skelton and a plaque in Skelton Church.
The names on the two Memorials do not make a comprehensive list of men who died in the War with connections to Skelton.
It seems that the criteria for inclusion was simply those who had been living in the village at the time of the outbreak of the War.
For instance, a plaque giving the names of Stanghow Lane School old boys who died in the War lists the names of 9 other men, who are omitted from the village Memorials.
There must have been several more casualties who had lived in Skelton at different times in the pre-War years and are commemorated elsewhere.
For example, the name of a Northumbrian Gardener working at Skelton Castle in 1914 appears on the Memorials. He may have lived in Skelton for a few
months, while someone who spent most of his life here and moved away is not included.
It has been estimated that for every man who died in the First War there were 4 or 5 others who were physically mutilated or suffered mentally.
Many of these would have had early deaths related to their War wounds and sadly they have been mostly forgotten.
As a young lad living in Skelton High Street just after the War I could never forget a picture burnt on my mind of a New Skelton man who often walked past our house. His face was blue and he was constantly trembling like a leaf from shell shock.
The village Memorials were planned and erected in the years immediately after the War, as were the Commonwealth War Graves, and men who died later were classed as survivors.
So the names on all the Nation's War Memorials are to some extent just a representation of the suffering and sacrifice made by that unfortunate generation.
There are those who would re-write History and say that Britain should never have taken part in the First War and that all this sacrifice was a waste.
But what Europe would be like today if the evil Kaiser had been allowed to drive the Western Front to the Channel and Atlantic ports cannot be imagined.
In any case, ordinary village folk did not see the conflict in the light of international politics.
Our local lads had seen the German bombardment of the North East coast and believed that Britain was at risk of invasion. They went off to fight and die, often the most terrible of prolonged deaths, to protect their families and country.
They had a patriotism that today many British people have lost. Left wingers even denigrate it.
If they could come back today though, and witness the crazy Socialist experiment with multi-culturalism that has changed the character of our Nation forever, where a British soldier can be butchered in broad daylight on our own streets by invaders who hate us and many folk live in fear of similar atrocities and foreign take-over, they may well wonder why they bothered.
I like to think that G K Chesterton's words in his poem 'English Graves' still apply -
"They died to save their Country and they only saved the World."
I am trying to add some details here about their Families, the War situation in which they died, and the places where they are buried or commemorated.
Any information or corrections are welcome.
Stoker John William Parker. [31 May 1916]. Click to see memorial.
Stoker George Webster. [31 May 1916.] Click to see memorial.
Royal Naval Division.
10th (Prince of Wales's Own) Royal Hussars.
18th (Queen Mary's Own) Hussars.
Royal Field Artillery [Gunners].
Royal Garrison Artillery [Heavy gunners].
14th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
East Yorkshire Regiment.
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).
Pte Frank Dunn. [3 Sep 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte Robert Ernest Garbutt. [13 June 1917.] Click to see memorial
Pte Albert E Winfield. [20th Sep 1918.] Click to see memorial
2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
1/4th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
Pte John William Hardwick [27 Sep 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte W Harris. [14 July 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte Isaac Jacques. [2 May 1915.] Click to see memorial
Sgt Thomas Johnson. [24 May 1915.]Click to see memorial
L/Cpl Herbert Jackson. [17 Sep 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte Henry Paul Laing-Taylor. [31 Oct 1916.] Click to see memorial
Cpl Harry Leeks. [11 Jan 1917.] Click to see memorial
Pte Albert Lonsdale. [27 May 1918] Click to see memorial
Cpl Benjamin E Nunn [25 Sep 1916.]Click to see memorial
Pte Arthur Henry Rising [18 June 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte Joseph William Scuffham. [15 July 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte Robert Speechley. [10 Aug 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte Daniel Taylor. [17 Sep 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte A Thorpe. [1 Sep 1918.] Click to see memorial
Pte R M Thorpe. [8 June 1918.] Click to see memorial
Pte Thomas Wood. [3 May 1915.] Click to see memorial
Pte William Watson. [15 Sep 1916.] Click to see memorial
Pte Horace Willow. [16 Sep 1916.]Click to see memorial
1/5th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
Authorised in 1918, the 1914/15 Star was awarded to those individuals who saw service in France and Flanders from 23 November 1914 to 31 December 1915 and to those individuals who saw service in any other operational theatre from 5 August 1914 to 31 December 1915.
BRITISH WAR MEDAL.
The British War Medal 1914-1920, authorised in 1919, was awarded to eligible service personnel and civilians alike.
Qualification for the award varied slightly according to service.
The basic requirement for army personnel and civilians was that they either entered a theatre of war, or rendered approved service overseas between 5 August 1914 and 11 November 1918.
The Victory Medal 1914-1919 was also authorised in 1919 and was awarded to all eligible personnel who served on the establishment of a unit in an operational theatre.
6th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
Pte Edward Covell. [7 Aug 1915.] Click to see memorial
Pte Sidney G Craven. [21 Aug 1915.] Click to see memorial
L/Cpl Wright Freeman. [10 Aug 1915.] Click to see memorial
L/Cpl Allan H Rooks. [14 Sep 1916.] Click to see memorial and photograph.
Pte John William Rudd. [28 Sep 1916.]Click to see memorial
7th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
12th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
13th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment.
1st/5th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment.
"Pass not this stone in Sorrow, but in Pride
And may you live as nobly as they died"
|Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
Pte Alvin H Mohun. [2 July 1916.] Click to see memorial
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
King's Royal Rifle Corps.
1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.
1/4th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.
Durham Light Infantry.
10th/11th Battalion, Highland Light Infantry.
1/5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders.
South African Regiment.
Friends' Ambulance Unit.