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Aireborough Boys, 1914 – 1918 (05)

WWI 1914-1918

SL038 – Yeadon, 1914 – 1918.

Title Aireborough Boys
Date 1914 – 1918
Location Aireborough/Europe
Written By Carlo Harrison
Comment Detailed information kindly supplied by Ken Roberts and Helen M.
Wilkinson Brothers & Alec Lee 1914-1918

1418 – Wilkinson Brothers & Alec Lee.

Wilkinson Brothers & Alec Lee

The Wilkinson boys did survive: Harry 26.03.1879 – 1954; Smith 22.02.1887 – 1956, Windmill Lane; James 07.12.1888 – 1962 Swaine Hill Street, and Fred 10.11.1890 – 1956.

Unfortunately we do have information about Alec Lee.

Alec Lee …
Residence: Yeadon
Death Date: 31 Jul 1917
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Halifax
Rank: Private
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Battalion: (Infantry)
Number: 90007
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Grave Reference
V. C. 15.

Additional Information: Son of Joseph Lee, of 13, Hawthorn Crescent, Yeadon, Leeds, Yorks, and the late Annie Lee.

Rawdon Soldiers 1914-1918

1418 – Rawdon Soldiers.

Rawdon Soldiers

The Gooder’s also survived: James Lavell Gooder 22.01.1898 – 1958; John Absalom Gooder 24.04.1896 – 1970, Grange Avenue.

Unfortunately we do have information on Fred Verity: VERITY, FREDERICK
Rank: Private
Service No: 40595…
Date of Death: 22/10/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 9th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 108 to 111.
Additional Information: Son of the late Thomas and Mary Verity.

Local Soldiers 1914-1918

1418 – Local Soldiers.

Local Soldiers

I am happy to say that we are not able to find any information on Zac Rudley, Charles Darnbrough, Fred Dunwell or Frank Saville.
This should mean that these boys survived the war and came home.

Additional Research

Zachariah Rudley. 1884 – 1952. Baptised at Wiggenhall St. Peter, Norfolk. Service No:s Private 7170 Norfolk Regiment and Private 25785 Essex Regiment. He enlisted in 1906 and served in South Africa, Gibraltar, India and France, where he was wounded in 1915. A year later he married Gertrude.

Charles E. Darnbrough. 25th Mar 1891 – 1971. Baptised at Rawdon St. Peter’s. Service No:’s Private 31462 Yorkshire Regiment and Private 13720 Labour Corps. Charles enlisted in 1915 and records show he also served with the Sherwood Foresters and suffered from trench fever. He married Carrie Wilkinson in 1916.

Fred Dunwell. 9th Jan 1890 – 1969. Born and baptised in Otley. Service No: 1392 Australia Light Horse Regiment. Fred enlisted in Melbourne when twenty-five and an apprentice carpenter. He served in Egypt and became a Lance Corporal, returning to Australia where he died in Victoria.

Frank Saville. 21st Sept 1895 – 1986 Service No:’s 12710 King’s Royal Rifle Corps and 575929 Labour Corps. Frank enlisted in December 1915 when twenty-three and served in France and Italy. He moved to the reserve list in March 1919 and married Eleanor Ramsden in 1933.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

Aireborough Sailors 1914-1918

1418 – Aireborough Sailors.

Aireborough Sailors

I am happy to say that there is no information on either Wilfred Pratt or Walter Slater which should mean that these sailors survived the war and came back home to Rawdon and Yeadon.

Additional Research

Wilfred Pratt. 5th Oct 1896 – 1972. Was born in Guiseley. Service No: J42711 Royal Navy – an Ordinary then Able Seaman. He served from 27th July 1915 (Victory 1) until 31st May 1919 (Barham). He did survive and married Ida Whittingham at Rawdon St. Peter’s in 1924, and was living in Canada Road, Rawdon, at his death.

Walter Slater. 5th Mar 1892. Born in Guiseley to Sarah Elizabeth Slater. Service No: M24080. His service record shows under the title “rating” that he was Naval School Master. His first ship was the Galatea in August 1916, his last Princess Royal. He married Annie Dickinson in 1920.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

Unfortunately we do have some detail on Telegraphist Edmund Stead.

Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist
Service No: J/35189
Date of Death: 05/06/1916
Age: 17
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy. H.M.S. “Hampshire.”
Panel Reference: 15.
Additional Information:
Son of Arthur and Rachel Stead.

Edmund Stead
Birth Date: 29 Oct 1898
Birth Place: Otley, Yorks
Cause of Death: Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action
Location of Grave: Not recorded
Name and Address of Cemetery: Body Not Recovered For Burial
Relatives Notified and Address: Mother: Rachael, 12 Morton Terrace, Guiseley, Leeds. Father, Arthur, 5 Beamsley Place, Burley, Leeds.
Rachel Ann Stead, of 3, Beamsley Place, Burley, Leeds. Native of Otley, Yorks.

Edmund was killed by mine explosion off the Orkneys.

Yeadon Soldiers 1914-1918

1418 – Yeadon Soldiers.

Yeadon Soldiers

Wm. P. Marshall – Donald Slater – William Brown.

Very happy to say that there is no information on these boys so it looks as if they all three made it back home after the war.
Just as a matter of interest here …is the census entry for Donald Slater, 5 years earlier when he was 12 years old.

1911 Census.
Donald Slater
Age in 1911: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1899
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Yeadon, Yorkshire, England
Street Address: 144 High Street Yeadon Nr Leeds
Occupation: School
Registration District: Wharfedale
Registration District Number: 491
Sub-registration District: Yeadon
ED, institution, or vessel: 15
Piece: 26043
Household Members: Name Age
James Edwin Slater
Sarah Ellen Slater
Donald Slater
Adeline Elizth Slater
Edna Slater

Additional Research

William Porter Marshall 1892 – 1982. Married Margaret Craven in 1913.

Donald Slater 1898 – 1970 .   Married Elsie Lockwood in 1922.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

Previous Comments:

Jack Metcalfe
Charles Edward Darnbrough was my wife`s grandfather on her mothers side. He served in the West Yorkshire Regiment and then the 23rd Labour Corps until he was discharged in 1919. He worked on the construction of Netherfield Road before he got a job at Peates Mill and worked there until he retired and died in 1971.
05 November 2018.

Charles Edward Darnbrough’s brother John was Killed in action in 1918 and is buried at Bedford House Cemetery, Near Ypres, Belgium.
My Grandma Bertha Elizabeth Darnbrough was their Sister.
16 January 2019.

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 08 August 2022.
Last updated: 27 August 2023 – Additional Research: Rudley, Darnborough, Dunwell, Saville, Pratt, Slater, Marshall, Slater. 31 January 2023 – All images updated.

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