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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.

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.


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.


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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