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1914     THE GREAT WAR     1918

1916

"LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN"

 

 

 

The 1914 to 1918 Great War was to claim 250 lives of men who worked at Silverwood, and 62 miners who worked at the Roundwood colliery. Both mines were owned by the Dalton Main Collieries Ltd. In December of 1923 the Dalton Main Company Ltd erected a monument to the miners lost in the Great War. This monument is shown on the photo below.
 

The following pages are a tribute to those that were sadly lost who worked at Silverwood or Roundwood Collieries prior to joining the armed forces.


Where known there is additional information added to each name

 

Some of the men were buried in un-named graves,  or their bodies were never recovered for burial and are remembered on the many memorials. Others were buried in the countless graveyards of Europe , there were those that died from wounds received who actually made it back to Blighty and were buried locally.

At this moment in time I do not know which of the men named on this tribute worked at Silverwood, or who worked at Roundwood

If you can help with further information on the men below it would be gratefully received. Email John Doxey

 

Jethro Worth born at Skinningrove, Cleveland. The son of William Worth; husband of Phoebe Elizabeth Whatley (formerly Worth), of 44, Doncaster Rd., Dalton, Rotherham.
Jethro enlisted as a Sapper Service No: 132531 in the 3rd Provisional Coy. of the Royal Engineers. He died of his injuries age 35 on the 8th February 1916 and is buried at Section A. "C." 144. in the Rawmarsh Haugh Road Cemetery

 

George Gunn was born in Rotherham Yorkshire the son of Reuben and Hannah Gunn, by 1901 the family were living at Rawmarsh in 1916 the family were living at 32, Holm Flatt St., Park Gate, Rotherham, his father Reuben was born in Nuneaton Warwickshire and was a Coal Miner Hewer. George's mother Hannah was born at Hanley Staffordshire.

Private George Gunn service number 3/2156 of the 9th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was killed age 20 on the 27th February 1916 and was buried at the Bailleul Communal Cemetary Extension [ Nord ]

 

George William Dodd enlisted as a Private Service No: 17251in the10th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment. George was killed in action on the 22nd March 1916 and is buried at section II. B. 16. of the Bailleul Communal Cemetary Extension [ Nord

 

Enoch Moxon was the husband of Mrs. E. Moxon, of 13, Abell St., Whinney Hill, Rotherham, Yorks. Enoch enlisted as a Sapper Service No: 155902 in the182nd Tunnelling Coy.  of the Royal Engineers, he was killed in action on the 20th April 1916 and is buried at  section I. E. 9. of the Ecoivres Military Cemetery Mont-St Eloi

Ernest [Ed ]Durham a descendant of Enoch writes, "My mother's maiden name was Moxon and her father was Enoch Moxon, my wife and I went to see the grave last month October 2006.   Enoch came from a mining family and I believe he worked at Silverwood.   He joined the York and Lancs at the outbreak of WW1 but re-mustered and became a tunneller with 182 Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.   Clearly with his experience he was volunteered when the business of mines and countermines started in France.   He was 35 years old when he died and my grandmother remarried and lived for another 10 years, having 3 more children to add to her already large family, of whom my mother was the only girl.
 

Horace Sales was the son of  Arthur and the late Annie Elizabeth Sayles, of Bramley, Rotherham, Yorks. Horace enlisted as a Private Service No: 23763 in the 2nd Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment , he was killed in action age 28 on the 29th April 1916 and is buried at section VI. B. 27. of the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
 

 

P. Higgins enlisted as a Private Service No: 4358 in the 3rd/5th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment he died from his wounds on the 21st June 1916 and is buried at section B. 13. of the Whinney Hill St. Gerard's Roman Catholic Cemetery
 

Jack Page became a Corporal Service No: PLY/793(S) in the 2nd R.M. Bn. R.N. Div. of the Royal Marine Light Infantry, he was killed in action on the 22nd June 1916 and is buried at section I. C. 2.  of the Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension.

 

Reginald Gustave Desmond Bentley enlisted as a Private Service No: 13429 in the 8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment . Reginald was killed in action on the 1st July 1916, he is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. Panel Thiepval Memorial.
 

Percy Thomas Robinson was born at Wellam Wood the son of Herbert Robinson who was born at Eakring Nottinghamshire. In 1901 the family were living at  Mexbrough and Herbert was a General Carter. By 1916 Herbert was living at 13, 63 Main St., Bramley, Rotherham

Percy enlisted and was made a private in the 8th Bn.  York and Lancaster Regiment,  Service No: 13148. On the 1st July 1916 age 21 he was killed in action and his name placed on the Thiepval Memorial

 

Josiah Bott enlisted as a Private Service No: 13137 in the 8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed in action on the 1st of July 1916and is buried in  section II. G. 3. of the Blighty Valley cemetery Authuile Wood.

 

Vincent Slack was born the son of William and Annie Slack  of 46, Doncaster Rd., Dalton, Rotherham, Yorks.

Vincent enlisted as a Private Service No: 13017  in the 8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

Herbert Valentine Brown   was born the son of Charles Henry and Sarah Ann Brown, of Bradford and married Claudia Weston Brown, in 1916 the couple were living at 22, Doncaster Rd. Dalton, Yorks. Herbert had enlisted in the 8th Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a Lance Sergeant Service No: 13980. At the age of 34 Herbert was killed in action on the1st July 1916 and is remembered on the  Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B Thiepval Memorial

 

John William Caswell enlisted as a Private Service No: 13154 in the 8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial
 

William Cook was the husband of Mrs. S. A. Rollett (formerly Cooke), of 47, Abell St., Whinney Hill, Rotherham. He enlisted as a  Private Service No: 25959  in the 9th Bn. of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is remembered on section  II. A. 15. of the Mericourt-L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension
 

Patrick Snow enlisted in the 9th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a Corporal Service No: 3/4246 he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is remembered on the  Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

Horace Langley Butler  was the son of Samuel and Rella Butler, of 371, Doncaster Rd., Eastwood, Rotherham.  Horace enlisted in the 9th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a Corporal Service No: 14763, he was killed in action age 20 on the 1st July 1916and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

Frederick Kelly enlisted in the  8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a  Lance Serjeant, Service No: 11637, he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. Thiepval Memorial: [ more]

 

Ironically the soldier below also named Kelly [ Relationship unknown to the above] died on the same day

 

James Kelly was born Craggs, Galway and enlisted in Rotherham in the 8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a Lance Corporal Service No: 19925 , he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916 and is buried at section
V. B. 27.  Blighty Valley Cemetery Authuile Wood

 

John Crabtree enlisted in the 9th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment and became a Lance Corporal Service No: 12822, on the 1st July 1916 he was killed in action and is buried at section V. A. 2. of the Blighty Valley Cemetery AuthuileWood.
 

Frank Brailsford enlisted as a  Private Service No: 11656 in the 9th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, He was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. Frank is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial.

 

Ellis Bates enlisted in the 10th Bn. of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in which he became a Lance Corporal Service No: 21345, he was killed in action on the 1st July 1916. Ellis is remembered on the Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A. at the Thiepval Memorial.

 

Fred Holmes was the husband of Emily Holmes, of High St., Whiston, Rotherham. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 12/1464 in the 12th Bn. of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Fred was killed in action age 31 on the 1st July 1916
and is remembered on the Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

Joseph Hiley was the son of Hannah Hiley, of Quarry Fields, Wickersley, Rotherham, and the late John Hiley.  Joseph enlisted in the 8th Bn  of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a  Lance Corporal Service No: 1350. He was killed in action age 24 on the 1July 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial
 

Thomas Smedley was the son of William and Martha Smedley, of 4, Arthur St., Ashton-under-Lyne. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 3/3051  in the 10th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, Thomas was killed in action age 23 on the 1st July 1916, and is remembered on thePier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

John Baker was born the son  of Charlotte Baker and Thomas Wadsworth Baker, of Wickersley, Rotherham . His father was the Village Postman in 1901. John enlisted as a Private Service No: 5102 in the 1st/5th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment. John was killed in action age 25 on the 7th July 1916, and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

Thomas Albert Price was the son of Thomas and Emily Price, of 3, Station Row, Parkgate, Rotherham. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 1721 in the 24th (Tyneside Irish) Bn. of the Northumberland Fusiliers, Thomas was killed in action age 22 on the 14th July 1916, and is remembered on thePier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

William Beswick enlisted in the  6th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a Lance Corporal Service No: 17533. William was killed in action on the 20th July 1916, and is buried at section D. 17. of the Agny Military Cemetery

 

 

Oscar  Turton was born in Wombwell Yorkshire and was found living there age 7in 1901. Oscar enlisted as a Private Service No: 3948 in the 1st/5th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed in action on the 28th July 1916, and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. at the Thiepval Memorial

 

Samuel James Dunning enlisted as a Private Service No: 4027 in the 1st/5th Bn.  of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He was killed in action on the 8th August 1916 and is buried at section  IX. H. 1. of the Lonsdale Cemetery Authuile

 

Samual Wilmot was born the son of Samuel and Annie Wilmot, of 105, Midland Rd., Masbrough, Rotherham, Yorks. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 15424 in the  1st Bn. Private of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) Samual was killed in action age 23 on the 9th August 1916 and is buried in section III. M. 15. of the Vermelles British

 

W. Hallsworth enlisted in the 10th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a Lance Corporal Service No: 14435. He was killed in action on the 12th August 1916 and is buried at section  I. E. 3. of the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.

 

G. W. Parkin was the Son of Annie and William Parkin, of Rotherham; husband of Mrs. Emma Parkin, of 49, Selbourne Street, Rotherham. He enlisted as a  Private  Service No: 2417 in the 5th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He was killed in action age 33 on the 14th August 1916 , and is buried at  Plot 2. Row D. Grave 2. of the Forceville Communial Cemetery and Extension

 

Earnest Steed enlisted as a Private Service No: 5808 in the 1st/4th Bn. of the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
He was killed in action on the 2nd September 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

Henry  Ball was born in  Dosthill West Tomworth Warwickshire, the son of  William Henry and Rhoda Ball both of whom were born in Hoyland West Barnsley.  In 1901 the family were living at Flimby Cumberland   where his father was a colliery Manager. Henry's father was to become a manager at Roundwood Colliery by 1908, and later manager at Silverwood, and the family became residents of Milburn House Hollings Lane Thrybergh.

1916 found Henry as a Lieutenant in the 3rd Bn Royal Engineers, and with his mining knowledge was in the Secondary Unit  attd. 160th Tunnelling Coy. East Yorkshire Regiment.  On the 13th of September 1916 age 21 Henry was killed in action and is buried at the Guards Cemetary, Windy Corner Cunchy.

 

Harry Lawson was the son of Harry and Emma Lawson, of 54, Blith St., Denaby; husband of Annie Roebuck (formerly Lawson), of 80, Kelvin St., Dalton Brook, Rotherham, Yorks. Harry enlisted as a Private Service No: 20977 in the 6th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed in action age 20 on the 15th September 1916 and is buried at section IX. H. 1. of the Serre Road Cemetery No2

 

Charles Gordon Hemstock was the son of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Harley, of 158, Church St., Old Whittington, Chesterfield.
He enlisted in the1st Bn. of the Coldstream Guards and became a Lance Corporal Service No: 15804, he was killed in action age 24 on the 15th September 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D. of the Thiepval Memorial
 

H. Hollin enlisted as a Private Service No: 22256 in the 1st Bn.  of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

He was killed in action on the 15th September 1916and is buried in section VII. G. 8. of the Flatiron Copse Cemetery Mametz

 

Walter Wolley enlisted as a Private Service No: 13457 in the  8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, and was killed in action on the 15th September 1916, he is remembered on the  Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial. His widow was Sarah Muller (formerly Woolley), of 5, Wood St., Whinney Hill, Thrybergh, Rotherham,

 

John Longden enlisted as a Private Service No: 241536 in the 1st/5th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed in action on the 20th September 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial.
 

W. H. Hamer was the son of  Thomas and Mary Ann Hamer, of 19, Maurice St., Parkgate, Rotherham. he enlisted as a Private Service No: 3501in the 7th Bn. of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, he was killed in action age 19 on the 24th September 1916 and is buried at section 460 of the Salonika [ Lembet Road ] Military Cemetery.

 

Arthur Thomas Holryod was the son of Arthur and Sarah E. Holroyd, of 7, Maurice St., Parkgate, Rotherham. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 27684 in the 9th Bn. of the Lancashire Fusiliers. Arthur was killed in action age 24 on the 26th September 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

Thomas " Tom " Hetherington was born in 1982 the son of  Tom and Martha Hetherington, of Rotherham, his widow was Lucy Hetherington, of 160, Nottingham St., Rotherham, Yorkshire. He became a Lance Corporal Service No: 34125  in the10th Bn.  of the York and Lancaster Regiment. Tom was killed in action on the 27th September 1916 and was buried at the Barlin Communal Cemetary Extension Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 41.

 

Benjamin  Abson was born in Rotherham Yorkshire, at the age of 13 in 1901 he was listed as a 13  Paper Boy Hawk, he enlisted as a Private Service No: 39032 in the  32nd Coy of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Benjamin was killed in action on the 28th September 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 5 C and 12 C. of the Thiepval Memorial
 

Ernest R Cartwright was the husband of Elsie Cartwright, of 18, Hartley Lane, Thornhill, Rotherham, Yorks. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 2947 in the 5th Bn. of the Connaught Rangers, he was killed in action on the 3rd October 1916 and is remembered on the Doiran Memorial

 

Thomas Froggatt was born the son of Thomas and Susannah Froggatt, of Warren Vale, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, Yorks.

Thomas enlisted as a Private Service No: 12824  in the 7th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, at the age of 24 he was killed in action and is buried at  section II. H. 10. of the Grove Town Cemetery Meaulte.

 

James Winstanley  was the son of John Thomas and Ellen Winstanley, of Plank Lane, Leigh, Lancs. Born at Wigan, Lancs.
He enlisted as a  Private Service No: 17958 in the 6th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, and was killed in action age 23 on the 6th October 1916, he is buried at section I. F. 33. of the Contay British Cemetery Contay
 

James Thomas Maiden enlisted in the 8th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment in which he became a Corporal Service No: 14346. James was killed in action on the 8th October 1916, he was awarded a Military Medal. He is remembered on the
Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B.  of the Thiepval Memorial
 

James William Austin was the husband of  Ethel Austin, of 2 Back, Couper St., Old Goole, Goole, Yorks. he enlisted as a Private Service No: 22236 in the 8th Bn. of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry . He was killed in action on the 8th October 1916 age 24. James is buried at section  III. F. 35. of the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension

 

Enoch Watts enlisted as a Private Service No: 17374 in the 10th Bn.  of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) He was killed in action on the 1st November 1916 and is remembered on the Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D. of the Thiepval Memorial: 

 

William Henry Mellars was the son of Samuel and Sarah Mellars, of 46, Abell St., Thrybergh, Rotherham, Yorks. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 3/2943 in the 10th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, Arthur was killed in action age 19 on the 18th November 1916and is remembered on the Pier and Face 14 A and 14 B. of the Thiepval Memorial

 

George Frederick Wroe was the son of George Fredrick and Lily Wroe, of 36, Cross St., Whinney Hill, Rotherham. He enlisted as a Private Service No: 4009 in the  1st/5th Bn. of the York and Lancaster Regiment, he was killed in action age 19 on the 30th November 1916 and is buried in section IV. D. 5. of the Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery Saulty
 

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