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Aireborough Boys, 1914 – 1918 (10)

WWI 1914-1918

SL038 – Yeadon, 1914 – 1918.

Title Aireborough Boys
Date 1914 – 1918
Location Aireborough/Europe
Written By Carlo Harrison
Comment Articles taken from a scrap book donated to AHS. Additional research by Ken Roberts.
1418-A Flescher, E Flescher, Nicholson 1914-1918

1418 – A Flescher, E Flescher, J W Nicholson.

Private A Flrescher, Driver E Flescher, Sergeant J W Nicolson

Rank: Private
Service No: 143561
Date of Death: 05/11/1918
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Army Medical Corps
20th Coy
Grave Reference: B. “U.” 435.
Additional Information: Son of Christopher and Emma Flesher, of 4, Carlton Mount, Yeadon.

Driver Edward Flesher, brother to the above. I can find no military info on him so assume he survived his wounds.

Addtional Research

Edward Flesher. 18th Sept 1896 – 1967. Service No: Driver 134613 Royal Field Artillery. Edward was a shuttle maker when he enlisted in December 1915 and his family was living in King Street. Whilst with the British Expeditionary Force to France in 1917 he suffered a fractured clavicle and rib injuries having delivered equipment to the front line. On being told to “trot to safety” a witness said that Edward fell to the ground and was hit by a wheel resulting in his injuries. Surviving the war he was demobilised in 1919 and a year later married Mercy McCormack.

Helen M.

Sergeant J W Nicholson, He is not listed in CWGC Register so assume he did not die. But without a first name I cannot locate him in the 1911 census.

Additional Research

John W. Nicholson. 1875 – 1933. Son of William and Mary Ann, Otley. Service No: Sgt 795443 Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery. Already married (in 1897) and with three sons, he left for France in April 1915, his employment being a currier (a specialist in the leather processing industry). One of their sons, Norman, also served but died in October 1917.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

1418-Harrison, N Shaw, A Shaw 1914-1918

1418 – D G Harrison, N Shaw, A Shaw.

Gunner D G Harrison, Signaller N Shaw, Private A Shaw

Gunner DG Harrison, he is not listed in CWGC Register so assume he did not die.

Additional Research

David Greenbury Harrison. 6th May 1891 – 1962. Baptised at Yeadon St. John’s, son of Holdsworth and Hannah. ervice No: Gunner 123592 Royal Garrison Artillery, 334 Siege Battery. David enlisted in October 1916 when a weaver, and after three year’s marriage to Hannah Townsend. His records show service in France, Italy and Egypt.

Rank: Private
Service No: 307089
Date of Death: 14/08/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)
1st/7th Bn.
Grave Reference: II. H. 19.
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Shaw, of Horsforth, Leeds.

Pte. Alfred Shaw. Not a brother of the above. There are about 2 dozen Alfred Shaw’s listed in the CWGC Register. Non that point me to Horsforth, nor can I find him in the 1911 census.

Additiona Research

Alfred Houlden Shaw. Nov 24th 1879 – July 1st 1916.Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Service No:Private 15/1568 West Yorkshire Regiment 15th Battalion. Alfred was born in Horsforth to draper father William and Sarah Jane. He married Violet Calverley in 1907 and his death left Violet and seven dependents.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

1418-Hargreaves, Hargreaves, Hargreaves 1914-1918

1418 – W L Hargreaves, H Hargreaves, F Hargreaves.

Private W L Hargreaves, Lance-Corpl H Hargreaves, Lance-Corpl F Hargreaves

I cannot find the 3 Hargreaves brothers so I assume they survived. Nor can I find them living in Yeadon at the 1911 census. During the period of WW1 & of the 1911 census Hargreaves was very much a Lancastrian name. Maybe the family moved into Yeadon after the census & before or during WW1. I can think of no other explanation.

Additional Research

William Lawson Hargreaves. 1887 – Nov 1944. One of Edmund and Sarah Ann’s sons. Service No: DM2/162944 Private and Acting Sergeant, Royal Army Service Corps. William was a spinner before enlisting. Records show that he was part of the Indian General Service Afghanistan North West Frontier Force. Returning home he first married at Queen Street Chapel in 1921 and at his death, lived in Joffre Mount, Yeadon.

John Harvey Hargreaves. 1884 – 1961. This is the only son of Edmund and Sarah Ann of 3, Carlton Terrace (address in 1911) who has “H” as an initial.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

1418-Exley, Exley, Exley 1914-1918

1418 – E Exley, E Exley, A Exley.

Private Evan Exley, Private Ernest Exley, Private Amos Exley

Name: Amos Exley
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892
Age at Enlistment: 24
Residence: 5 Wood Yards Yeadon, Nr Leeds
Document Year: 1916
Regimental Number: 464
Regiment Name: Durham Light Infantry
Called up 30/6/1916
Went to France 14/11/1916.
I presume he survived.

Name: Ernest Exley
Birth Place: Yeadon, Yorks
Death Date: 21 Mar 1918
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Keighley
Rank: Private
Regiment: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Number: 52662
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 268806, West Riding Regt

Rank: Private
Service No: 52662
Date of Death: 21/03/1918
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)
1st Bn.
Grave Reference Sp. Mem. A. 10.
Cemetery VAULX HILL CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.

Additional Research

Amos Hudson Exley. 1891 – 1966.

Evan Hudson Exley. 3rd Apr 1884 – 1963. Son of David and Elizabeth Ann Exley. Service No: Private 13428 West Riding Regiment and 22928 Labour Corps. He married Ellen Houlden in June 1912 and left for France on July 15th 1915. Evan was posted in 1919 to Class Z – a reserve contingent, obliged to return if called upon.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

1418-Shaw, Shaw, Shaw 1914-1918

1418 – C Shaw, J Shaw, A Shaw.

Bombardier C Shaw, Sergeant J Shaw, Driver A Shaw

Rank: Bombardier
Service No: 776138
Date of Death: 23/11/1917
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery
“D” Bty. 245th (West Riding) Bde.
Grave Reference J. 12.
Cemetery DIVISIONAL CEMETERY, Ypres, Belgium.
Additional Information:
Son of Charles and Catherine Shaw, of 2, Thornbury Place, Derry Hill, Menston, Leeds.

Driver Andrew Shaw, Born 1897
5’ 2”. 34 ” chest.
West Riding Howitzer Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
Service number. 1171
Enlisted at Otley. 25/2/1915.
Demobilised 28/4/1919.
Two cases of insubordination & insolence. Seven days punishment.
Survived, no injuries recorded.

Sgt. John Shaw. No trace of him in military records. Presume he survived.

1418-Mongon, Smith 1914-1918

1418 – J H Mongon, E W Smith.

Private J H Mongon, Private E W Smith

Cannot find Pte. J H Mongon. Presume survived.

Additional Research

Below. This is a likely match. The Horsforth Cenotaph lists J.H. Mongan, but in records and census returns there are no J.H. initials. Perhaps the press cuttings at the AHS might show his cap badge more clearly – it looks like a serpent wrapped round a staff – Ed. Royal Army Medical Corps.
Joseph Mongan. 26th Aug 1896 – 1916. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Service No: Private 47999 Royal Army Medical Corps, 77th Field Ambulance. Joseph was born in Hunslet to Thomas and Mary Ann and he left for France in September 1915. Barely a year later he was killed in action. Pension records give his mother as next of kin living in Ash Grove and Brownberrie Lane, both in Horsforth.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

1418 – T Yates, P Ive.

Private T Yates, Private P Ive

Cannot find Pte. Tom Yates.

Additional Research

Tom Yates. Died 16th Sept 1916. Buried at Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Service No: Private 15273 West Riding Regiment 8th Battalion. Tom enlisted in Keighley and first entered the war in the Balkans on 7th Sept 1915. His next of kin was mother Annie (Anne Elizabeth) who was married to Tom senior – they lived at 21 Ivegate, Yeadon.

George Slater Yates, (Private 203291 Lincolnshire Regiment), Tom’s younger brother also died during the conflict, on March 22nd 1918 and is buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, France.

Pollard Ive. 4th June 1892 – 1982. Born in Guiseley and died in Brighouse. Service No: Rifleman C/12422 King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 21st Battalion. One of four surviving children of Herbert and Agnes Ive. Pollard suffered gunshot wounds to his right ankle and was discharged in January 1918, to live in Cambridge Street, Guiseley. He married Irene Clabour in 1921.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

Pte. Pollard Ive. Enlisted with Kings Royal Rifle Corps. Service no. C/12422…

1418-C Lambourne 1914-1918

1418 – C Lambourne.

Private C Lambourne

Rank: Private
Service No: 37031
Date of Death: 09/10/1917
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own)
9th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 42 to 47 and 162.
Additional Information:
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lambourne, of 1, Lombard St., Little London, Rawdon, Leeds.

1418-R Wade 1914-1918

1418 – R Wade.

Private R Wade

Pte. R. Wade. Possibly buried in Pudsey Cemetery, otherwise can’t find him.

Additional Research

Robert Wade. 1893 – 1950, died in Guiseley. Son of William Driver Wade and his wife Sarah Hannah. Service No: Private 24182 West Yorkshire Regiment. Robert enlisted in November 1915 when living at 44 Rose Terrace in Horsforth. He left for France in May 1916 and later was wounded in three consecutive years. He was put on the reserve list in March 1919.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

1418-G L Shaw 1914-1918

1418 – Geo Luty Shaw.

Private George Luty Shaw

Pte. George Luty Shaw. Duke of Wellington’s Regt. Service no. 5696.
Posted missing in action. 5/5/1917
Posted POW 28/7/1917

Additional Reserach

George Luty Shaw. 1896 – 1968 (Yeadon Cemetery). Son of George, who died in 1898, and Alice. Service No: Private 204622 West Riding Regiment and 5696, 5967 on various documents. George enlisted in December 1915 and joined the British Expeditionary Force to France in June 1916. He received facial injuries in the September and later returned to France in March 1917, prior to his prisoner-of-war status. At the time his mother received a letter asking her to send information regarding George’s measurements – height, shoe size etc. – to the Halifax Guardian so that parcels could be sent to him in Germany. In George’s records there is also an enquiry about his brothers – Arthur with the Northumberland Fusiliers, Horace – died March 15th 1917 Northumberland Fusiliers and Ernest – died March 12th 1917 Royal Field Artillery.

Helen M.

27 August 2023

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Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 10 August 2022.
Last updated: 27 August 2023 – Additional Research: Flesher, Nicholson, Harrison, Shaw, Hargreaves, Exley, Mongan, Yates, Yates, Ive, Wade, Shaw. 31 January 2023 – All images updated.

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