WW1


The number of deaths in World War One includes from 9 to 11 million military personnel and about 5 to 6 million civilians. The Allies lost about 6 million military personnel while the Central Powers lost about 4 million. At least 2 million died from diseases and 6 million went missing, presumed dead. This pre-amble lists the casualties of the belligerent powers based on official published sources. About two-thirds of military deaths in World War I were in battle. Nevertheless, disease, including the 1918 flu pandemic and deaths while soldiers were held as prisoners of war, still caused about one third of total military deaths. There were three or four wounded for every man killed.


Those who did not return


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Private 10910 George Waplington
Age 19
1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

NO KNOWN GRAVE

Died Tuesday, December 22, 1914. It was not confirmed that he had died in action until February 1916.

Baptised 10th March 1895 at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Son of William and Fanny Waplington, who were newsagents at Firvale, Harthill.

Reported missing in action Tuesday, December 22, 1914. It was not confirmed to his parents that he had died in action on that day until February 1916.

Commemorated Le Touret Memorial, France.
Commemorated on Harthill War Memorial, and on Kiveton Park Colliery memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Grenadier Guards Cap Badge

Private 18306 Albert Arthur Smith,
Age 22
1st Battalion Grenadier Guards

Died Tuesday 15th June 1915, of wounds received in action at the Second Battle of Artois.

Baptised 14th August 1892 at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Son of William Arthur and Sarah Smith, of Spens Cottage, Harthill.

Buried at Hinges Military Cemetery, France.
Commemorated on Harthill War Memorial, and on the Kiveton Park Colliery memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Northumberland Fusiliers Badge

Private 17768 Harold Gay
Age 20
1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

Killed in action, Saturday, November 20, 1915. Most likely to have died in local operations in the Voormezeele/St Eloi area of the Ypres Salient Front.

Son of Martha Ann Tyler (nee Gay), Fir Vale, Harthill.

Buried at Voormezeele Enclosures No.1 And No.2, Belgium. Commemorated on Harthill War Memorial, and on Kiveton Park Colliery memorial.

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Warrant Officer George Henry Field
Age 35
Commissioned Royal Marine Light Infantry Gunner, H.M.S. Indefatigable

Killed in action Wednesday, May 31, 1916, when H.M.S., Indefatigable was sunk during the Battle of Jutland.

Son of James and Elizabeth Field, of Woodall; husband of Amy Field, of "The Traveller's Rest," Highmoor, Killamarsh.

Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, England, and on Harthill War Memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Leading Seaman Badge

Leading Seaman J/4716(PO) James Horace Wainscoat C.G.M.
Age 23
H.M.S. Southampton

Served on HMS Southampton. Seriously wounded at Battle of Jutland May 31, 1916. Died on HMHS Plassy en-route to Queensferry. June 7, 1916.

Born in Retford, and son of Thomas and Annie Elizabeth Wainscoat, of 184, Gateford Rd., Worksop, Notts.

Commemorated on Chatham Naval Memorial, and on Worksop War Memorial.
Buried at Harthill (All Hallows) Churchyard CWGC Extension 10th June 1916.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Lancashire Fusiliers

Private 14654 (Allen) Joseph Featherstone
Age 27
10th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

NO KNOWN GRAVE

Killed in Action 14th July 1916, Somme, France

Husband of Annie Featherstone, Woodall. Father of Mabel Featherstone.

Commemorated - Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, as Joseph Featherstone and on the Kiveton Park Colliery Memorial in the same name, but not commemorated on Harthill War Memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Yorks and Lancs Badge

Private 23369 Robert Henry Featherstone
Age 24
9th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

Killed in action, Thursday, July 20, 1916, in the Battle of the Somme.

Baptised 10th January 1892 at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Son of William and Jane Featherstone and lived with his brother William at Harthill

Buried Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuille. France - Plot VI, H5. Commemorated on Harthill War Memorial, and on Kiveton Park Colliery memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Yorks and Lancs Badge

Private 12/2033 John Thomas Presley Ellis
Age 36
2nd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

Killed in action, Thursday 20th July, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme.

Husband of Sarah Elizabeth Ellis and father of Ronald Ellis, Harthill.

Buried Authuile Military Cemetery, France, and commemorated on Harthill War Memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


South Wales Borderers Badge

Private 25877 Albert Allison
Age 20
1st Battalion South Wales Borderers

Killed in action, Tuesday July 25, 1916. Battle of the Somme, during the attack on Munster Alley.

Buried Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-La Boisselle, Somme, France, and commemorated on Harthill War Memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate



Yorks and Lancs Badge

Lance Corporal 11820 Richard Jones
A
ge 21
9th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

NO KNOWN GRAVE

Killed in action, 2nd October 1916, Somme - (Richard was killed a week after his brother Private Alexander (Alec) Jones). 

Baptised 14 April 1895 at All Hallows Church. Son of the late Richard Jones and Ann Elizabeth Jones, of Fir Vale, Harthill. He married Lily Elizabeth Ross in 1915 and they had a daughter called Winsome Iris Jones in 1915. In 1911 Richard worked at Kiveton Colliery, as a pit pony driver.

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, and on Harthill War Memorial. Also commemorated on the Kiveton Park Colliery memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Sherwood Foresters Badge

Private 21832 Alexander (Alec) Jones
Age 23
9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters
(Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment)

Killed in action September 26, 1916, Somme .

Baptised 12th March 1893 at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Son of Richard Jones and Ann Elizabeth Jones, of Fir Vale, Harthill.

Buried Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France. Commemorated on Harthill War Memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


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Private 28253 William Covell
Age 37
8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

NO KNOWN GRAVE

Killed in action, Wednesday 26th  September 1917. Most likely died in the attack on Zonnebeke, near Passchendaele.

Baptised 5th September 1880 at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Son of William and Sarah Covell, Firvale, Harthill.

Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, and on Harthill War Memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


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Private 18269 John Baxter
Age 19
1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment

Killed in action 4th October 1917, at the Battle of Polygon Wood during the Third Battle of Ypres

Born Whitwell Common, Derbyshire, but lived at Harthill.

Buried Hooge Crater Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Panel 11. Bay L. Grave 10. Commemorated on Harthill War Memorial, and on the Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour WW1.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


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Edward Eric Renshaw
Age 34
(Alias Private 764847 Eric Glyn - Renshaw )
27th London Regiment (Artists' Rifles)

NO KNOWN GRAVE

Killed in Action, Thursday, 30 October, 1917, at the Battle of Passchendaele.

Baptised Edward Eric Renshaw, 12th August 1883 at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Son of James and Annie Renshaw.

Commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium, and on Harthill War Memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


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Labour Corps Badge

George Bennett Age 47
(alias)

Gunner 3690 George White
Royal Garrison Artillery

Lance Corporal 377444 George White
764th Company Labour Corps

Wounded in action April 29, 1918 died of wounds Wednesday, June 12, 1918, Son of Robert and Sarah Bennett; husband of Elizabeth Bennett.

Buried at Harthill (All Hallows) CWGC Churchyard Extension 18th June 1918. Not commemorated on Harthill War Memorial.

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Commonwealth War Graves Certificate 02


Yorks and Lancs Badge

Private 18793 Herbert Smith,
Age 32
1/4th (Hallamshire Territorial Battalion), York and Lancaster Regiment

Died 18th October 1918 whilst a prisoner of war.

Baptised 10th October 1886 at All Hallows Church, Harthill.  Son of William and Charlotte Smith of Firvale.

PRISONER OF WAR

Herbert died of cardiac arrest after losing consciousness, due to illness, infection, and lack of medical care, in Marpent prisoner of war camp.

Buried at Marpent Communal Cemetery. France. Commemorated on Harthill and Barlborough War Memorials.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate
Information provided by Barlborough Heritage Society


Army Service Corps Badge

Driver T2/11405 Frederick Henry Moseley,
Age 36
Royal Army Service Corps/Royal Field Artillery.

Died from from pneumonia, as a result of influenza, in Salonica, Greece, Sunday January 5, 1919. Married Alice Wilkinson 21st June 1902, at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Father of Frederick Henry, Rose, John Henry, Eva, Annie and Nelly Moseley.

Buried Sofia War Cemetery, Sofia, Bulgaria. Commemorated on Harthill War Memorial. Also commemorated on the Kiveton Park Colliery memorial.

Further Information | Commonwealth War Graves Certificate


Returned Home After Active Service



West Riding Regiment

Private 51975 Albert Bennett
Age 19
Duke of Wellington's
(West Riding Regiment)

Son of William and Elizabeth Bennett of Firvale. He worked as a blacksmith before signing up on 26th April 1918.
Wounded


Voluntary Aid Detachmet

Nurse 9851Ethel Bennett
Age 24
Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD)

Daughter of William and Elizabeth Bennett of Firvale. Ethel was the sister of Albert Bennett. She was posted to the south coast after training, and kept a look out for her brother, and his friends, as the casualties were brought back from France for treatment.


Royal Field Artillery

Private 1515 George Bilham
Age 23
Royal Field Artillery

Enlisted at the age of 23. He was born around 1891 in Harthill. Son of George and Elizabeth Bilham. Prior to enlisting, he worked at Kiveton Park Colliery.


Machine Gun Corps

Private 53118 William (Billy) Drabble
Age 22
Machine Gun Corps

Enlisted at the age 22 on the 12th December 1915, at Worksop Police Station. He did his initial training at Cannock Chase under canvas. On finishing his training he volunteered for the Machine Gun Corps and went to France on the 8th May 1916.


Not Known

Bertram Featherstone
Age 27
Possibly - Royal Garrison Artillery

Son of William and Jane Featherstone of Harthill. Married Maggie Ibbotson of Harthill 2nd August 1915


Yorks and Lancs

Private 25486 Edward Froggatt
Age 21
York and Lancaster Regiment

Enlisted at the age of 21, and was later attached to the 27th Northumberland Fusiliers. He was born in Waleswood, and lived at New Cottages, Woodall. He was posted to France 24th July 1916, and accidentally wounded on 7th August 1916.


Highland Light Infantry

Private 281904 Clifford Leslie Harrison
Age 19
10th Highland Light Infantry

Baptised at All Hallows Church 8th September 1895. Son of Sam Harrison (Schoolmaster), and Mary Harrison of Harthill.

Passed away December 1937 and was buried at All Hallows Church, Harthill


Yorks and Lancs Badge

Corporal 117113 Clement Howard Hill
Age 22
Corporal, York and Lancaster Regiment

Enlisted at the age of 22. He was born on 23rd August 1893. Son of to Jacob and Fanny Hill of Firvale.

He was seriously wounded in the right thigh - on 1st July 1916.


Royal Artillery

Driver/Gunner L/23343 Frank Hydes MM
Age 18
34 Division Ammunition Column
Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery

Enlisted at the age of 18. He served in the Royal Field Artillery, Trench Mortar battery, where he was awarded the Military Medal in November 1916 for “conspicuous gallantry and bravery in keeping to his post under heavy bombardment”.

Before the war he worked at Kiveton Park Colliery, and was the son of John William and Mary Ellen Hydes of Woodall.


Royal Navy

Stoker 1st Class SS103350 Horace Laking
Age 28
4th (Collingwood) Battalion, 1st Brigade Royal Naval Division

Enlisted before the First World War in the Royal Fleet Reserve Portsmouth. In June 1913, he was transferred to the 4th (Collingwood) Battalion, 1st Brigade Royal Naval Division.

He fought in the defence of Antwerp; on the 8th of October the Royal Naval Division were ordered to withdraw; of the 700 men of the Collingwood Battalion only 22 got back to England the rest were either captured by the Germans or interned at Groningen in Holland. Horace was one of those interned at Groningen.


Royal Artillery

Driver/Gunner 65478 Thomas Laking
Age 30
Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery

Thomas served as a Driver/Gunner in the Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery in France and Salonika where he contracted Malaria, which remained with him all his life. He was discharged on 14/3/1919: Thomas the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Laking, Firvale, was baptised at Harthill Church 17th November 1884, with his surname recorded as Lakin.


WRAF

Zilphah Mary Nicholls
Age 20
Women's Royal Air Force

Enlisted on 12th June 1918 at the age of 20. She was born at Normanton Barracks, and was employed sewing fabric to airplanes.


Durham Light Infantry

Second Lieutenant Cass Wilkinson Smith
Age 34
Durham Light Infantry

Baptised 4 November 1883 at All Hallows Church - Father Cass Smith, Harthill Farmer, Mother Harriet Smith.

He enlisted in the early days of the war, and was wounded in France.


Royal Navy

Leading Stoker 232799 Horace Stone
Age 26
Royal Navy, HMS Hydra

Enlisted at the age of 19. Baptised 5th August 1888 at Harthill Church. He was the son of William and Sarah Stone of Firvale. 


York and Lancs

Private 241783 Wilfred Storey
Age 23
York and Lancaster Regiment, 2/5th Battalion

Enlisted 10th March 1916 at the age of 23. Son of William and Elizabeth Ann Storey and stated his occupation as a painter at the time of his enlistment.

He was seriously wounded which resulted in his leg being amputated.


Royal Artillery

Gunner 133827 Francis Greaves Wainscoat
Age 33
Royal Garrison Artillery

Invalided home through illness via the Leicester War Hospital. Son of James and Susanna Wainscoat, Harthill, Baptised at All Hallows Church 1st May 1881


Royal Navy

Able Seaman S.S.3167 Ernest Walker
Age 23
Royal Navy

Married Eva Smith on 25th February 1915 Eva Smith, daughter of George Smith at All Hallows Church, Harthill. Marriage register states 'Groom parish Firvale and Father Benjamin Walker'


Sherwood Foresters

Private 202428 James Walker
Age 24
Sherwood Foresters
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment

On 24th July 1917 he married Lucy Storey the daughter of William Storey, at All Hallows Church, Harthill.

On 20th May 1918 he was listed as missing in action.
On 20th November 1918 He was reported as a prisoner of war in Germany.
On 20th January 1919 He was released from Germany, and arrived back in England


Royal Field Artillery

2nd Lieutenant 266721 Arthur Guy Wall MC.
Joined as a Gunner in 1914
Age 19
Royal Field Artillery

Passed away in 1970 Age 75 Years - Buried in All Hallows Churchyard, Harthill. Married to Helena Elizabeth.

Coldstream Guards

Private 6173 Joseph Waplington
Age 27
Coldstream Guards

Joseph had previously served as a soldier, and was a reservist at the time of the outbreak of war and was recalled to his regiment at the age of 27. He was wounded in the leg. He lived at Firvale.

Joseph was the elder brother of George Waplington - Private 10910, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards aged 19, who was reported missing in action on the Western Front on 22nd December 1914, and was reported as having been killed in action some 14 months later on the 4th February 1916.


East Yorkshire

Private 52207 William Weston
Age 18
East Yorkshire Regiment

Enlisted at the age of 18. Son of William and Gertrude Weston of Firvale. He worked at Kiveton Park Colliery and married Annie Parker in February 1917.


Acknowledgements


We are grateful to Laura Gardiner, Archives & Local Studies Assistant, Archives and Local Studies Service, Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane, Rotherham S65 2AA. For her assistance in solving the puzzle of Private 18793 Herbert Smith, and to Anthony Laking for his corrections to the information listed regarding Horace and Thomas Laking..

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