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Alfred MARONEY

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Surname: MARONEY

Forename(s): Alfred

Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire

Service No: 15808

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Coldstream Guards

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1918-03-27

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 1.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Alfred Maroney was the son of John and Jane Maroney, née Whitaker. John was born in London, Middlesex and Jane at Oakworth, Yorkshire.

1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 15, Keighley Road - Alfred Maroney, aged 5 years, born Silsden, son of John and Jane Maroney.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 7, Midland Street, Broughton Road - Alfred Maroney, aged 15 years, born Silsden, Yorkshire, son of John and Jane Maroney.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Alfred Maroney, 15808, C. Gds. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 21.12.15. K. in A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Alfred Maroney, 15808, C. Gds.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Alfred Maroney, 15808, 2 Bn Coldsteams. Date and Place of Death: 27.3.18 in Action France.To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - John. £18 13s. 4d.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

MAROONEY, Alfred, aged 21, Coldstream Guards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marooney, 2, Bradley Street, Skipton, killed in action March 27, 1918.

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Private Alfred MARONEY

Private Alfred MARONEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Coldstream Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Coldstream Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

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Surname: MARONEY

Forename(s): Alfred

Born: Silsden, Yorks

Residence: Skipton

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 15808

Rank: Private

Regiment: Coldstream Guards

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 27/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: MARONEY

Forename(s): Alfred

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 15808

Rank: Private

Regiment: Coldstream Guards

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 22

Awards:

Died Date: 27/03/1918

Additional Information: Son of John and Jane Maroney, of 2, Bradley St., Broughton Rd., Skipton, Yorks.

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07 December 1917

MARONEY – Killed by an enemy shell on the Western Front, Private Alfred Maroney, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, 2, Bradley Street, Skipton, aged 21 years.

07 December 1917

MORE SKIPTON CASUALTIES – PRIVATE ALFRED MARONEY

After coming safely through many stiff engagements fought by the famous Coldstream Guards, Private Alfred Maroney, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, 2, Bradley Street, Skipton, was, we regret to say, killed recently by a piece of an enemy shell whilst in a shell hole. In a touching letter, dated December 3rd, to the bereaved parents, Second Lieutenant Archie D. Cross says:– “The War Office will have advised you of the death of your son, but I would like to give you the true facts of what actually took place. Private Maroney and myself were in the same shell hole together all night. He was acting as my orderly, and about 6.20 in the morning the Germans put down a heavy barrage in ----- where we were at the time, and a piece of shell went right through the head of your son and he died instantaneously without the slightest pain or struggle. Mere words of mine are, alas, useless to comfort you, for these are things too deep for a written word, but I would ask you to try and remember one thing -somewhere or other in the soldiers’ Valhalla he is waiting for you, waiting contented and happy. He knows now where all is clear that it was necessary, and he would have you know that too. He was carefully and reverently buried the same afternoon. Should there be anything else you would like information about, please let me know.”

Formerly a weaver at Messrs. Rose Hewitt and Co., and a playing member of the Niffany Rovers Football Club, Private Maroney was 21 years of age and enlisted in March 1915. He went to France just before Christmas the same year, and was invalided home with trench feet the following November, but returned to the Front last Whitsuntide. He took part in the fierce fighting at Givenchy, and Lizbuffs [Lesboeufs], and also in other battles on the Somme last Autumn, and on one occasion he and his corporal were the only ones out of their section to return from a sanguinary encounter with the enemy. Another brother, Private James Maroney, Transport Section of the West Riding Regiment, is at present at home on leave after being at the Front since April 1915.

14 December 1917

REPORTED DEAD, BUT NOW ALIVE – GOOD NEWS OF A SKIPTON SOLDIER

Last week we reported a communication from an officer of the Coldstream Guards to the effect that Pte. Alfred Maroney of the same famous regiment, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney 2, Bradley Street, Skipton, had been killed by an enemy shell while fighting on the Western Front. Following a letter from the parents to the authorities, a telegram has been received to the effect that a mistake has been made, and that Pte. Maroney was safe and sound; and on Wednesday morning the parents received a field post-card from their son, which contained the brief but satisfactory statement:– “I am quite well.”

26 April 1918

Private Alfred Maroney, Skipton

Another Skiptonian who has been killed in the big battle is Pte. Alfred Maroney, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, 2 Bradley Street, Skipton, who had previously come safely through many stiff engagements fought by the famous Coldstream Guards. He was killed instantaneously by a piece of shell on March 27th. Pte. Maroney was reported killed in December last, but a telegram was afterwards received by the parents to the effect that a mistake had been made. Twenty-one years of age, deceased was formerly a weaver at Messrs. Rose Hewitt & Co., and a playing member of the Niffany Rovers Football Club. He enlisted in March 1915, went to France just before Christmas the same year, and was invalided home with trench feet the following November, but returned to the Front last Whitsuntide. He took part in the fierce fighting at Givenchy and Lizbuffs [Lesboeufs], and also in other battles on the Somme last autumn, and on one occasion he and his Corporal were the only ones out of their section to return from a sanguinary encounter with the Hun. He was on leave during last month and was killed ten days after returning to the Front. Another brother, Private James Maroney, is serving with the Transport Section of the West Riding Regiment.

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07 December 1917

MARONEY – Killed in action, Pte. Alfred Maroney, of the Coldstream Guards, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, of Bradley Street, Skipton, aged 21.

07 December 1917

SKIPTON

PTE. A. MARONEY KILLED

Pte. Alfred Maroney, of the Coldstream Guards, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, of Bradley Street, Skipton, has been killed in action. Pte. Maroney, who was 21 years of age, enlisted in March, 1915, and went out to France about Christmas of the same year. He had trench feet in the following November, and after coming to England went back again last Whit Saturday. He had taken part in a good deal of heavy fighting, and on one occasion he and his Corporal were the only two to return out of their section. He was formerly employed as a weaver by Messrs. Rose, Hewitt and Co., Broughton Road Shed, Skipton, and was a playing member of the Niffany Rovers Football Team.

Second Lieutenant Archie D. Cross, in a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Maroney, states:– “The War Office will have advised you of the death of your son, but I would like to give you a few true facts of what actually took place. Pte. Maroney and myself were in the same shell hole together all night. He was acting as my orderly, and about 6-20 in the morning the Germans put down a heavy barrage in -----, where we were at the time, and a piece of shell went right through the head of your son, and he died instantaneously without the slightest pain or struggle. Mere words of mine are useless to comfort you, for there are things too deep for the written word, but I would ask you to try and remember one thing. Somewhere or other in the soldiers' Valhalla he is waiting for you, waiting contented and happy. He knows now where all is clear, that it was necessary, and he would have you and I know that he was carefully and reverently buried the same afternoon. Should there be anything else you would like information on please let me know.”

14 December 1917

SKIPTON

REPORTED DEAD – NOW “QUITE WELL”

In our last week’s issue we reported that Private Alfred Maroney, of the Coldstream Guards, third son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, of Bradley Street, Skipton, had been killed in action, news to this effect having been received from Second-Lieutenant Archie D. Cross, for whom Pte. Maroney was acting as orderly. We are now pleased to state that following a letter from the parents to the authorities, a telegram has been received to the effect that a mistake has been made, and that Pte. Maroney is “safe and sound.” On Wednesday the parents received a field card from their son, which contained the brief but satisfactory statement “I am quite well.”

26 April 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Private Alfred Maroney Killed

Pte. Alfred Maroney, of the Coldstream Guards, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, of 2, Bradley Street, Skipton, was killed instantaneously by a shell on March 27th. Pte. Maroney, who was 21 years of age, enlisted in March, 1915, and first went out to France about Christmas of the same year. He had trench feet in the following November, and after coming to England went back again last Whit Sunday. He was home on leave last March, and was killed ten days after returning to the front. He had taken part in a great deal of heavy fighting, and on one occasion he and his Corporal were the only two to return out of their section. He was formerly employed as a weaver by Messrs. Rose, Hewitt and Co., Broughton Road Shed, Skipton, and was a playing member of the Niffany Rovers Football Team. It will be remembered that in December last Pte. Maroney was reported killed, but shortly after a field card was received from him which contained the brief but satisfactory statement “I am quite well.”

26 April 1918

MARONEY – Killed in action, March 27th, Pte. Alfred Maroney, of the Coldstream Guards, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maroney, of 2, Bradley Street, Skipton, aged 21.

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