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Forename(s): Anthony

Place of Birth: Paythorne, Yorkshire

Service No: 13730

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1916-10-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: GISBURN, YORKSHIRE


Additional Information:

Anthony Lofthouse (born 22 July 1893) was the son of John Thornber and Mary Jane Lofthouse, née Thompson. John was born at Paythorne, Yorkshire and Mary at Seaton Delaval, Northumberland. Anthony was the cousin of Private Anthony Thompson (12976) (q.v.) and a distant cousin of Private Richard Lofthouse (6407) (q.v.).

1901 Paythorne, Yorkshire Census: Paa - Anthony Lofthouse, aged 7 years, born Paythorne, son of John T. and Mary J. Lofthouse.

1911 Paythorne, Yorkshire Census: Paa - Anthony Lofthouse, aged 17 years, born Manor House, Paythorne, son of John Thornber Lofthouse, widower.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Anthony Lofthouse, 13730, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 26.8.1915. K. in A. 5.10.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Anthony Lofthouse, 13730, 10th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 5.10.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Anthony Lofthouse, 13730, 10th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 5.10.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - John T. £22 14s. 7d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Anthony not found.

Photograph: 'West Yorkshire Pioneer' (3 November 1916).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

LOFTHOUSE, Anthony, aged 23, West Riding Regiment, son of Mrs. J.T. Lofthouse, of Paa Farm Paythorne, killed in action 1916.


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Private Anthony LOFTHOUSE

Private Anthony LOFTHOUSE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Forename(s): Anthony

Born: Paythorne, Yorks

Residence: Paythorne

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 13730

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion


Died Date: 05/10/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): Anthony

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13730

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 05/10/1916

Additional Information: Son of John Thornber Lofthouse and Mary Jane Lofthouse, of Park Rd., Gisburn, Clitheroe, Yorks.

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‘The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times’ (22 September 1939)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



Recruits from Waddington who joined Mr. Tunstill’s Settle Company of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, were Joseph B. Hartley, Albert Herd, Harry Smith, Thomas Rigby and William Watson. Grindleton: William I. Bell, James W. Clarkson, Joshua Crossley, and William Walker. Gisburn: Anthony Lofthouse and John Robinson. Newsholme: Thomas E. Askew, Carl P. Braithwaite [Branthwaite], Benjamin A. Butler and William H. Scott.

BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

10th (Service) Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

To front line Le Sars (2/10). Small party entered Flers support north off Bapaume Road (4/10) – held until bombs and ammunition ran out. In support during attack on Le Sars (7/10).

[Anthony Lofthouse was killed in action on the 5th October 1916.]

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


LOFTHOUSE John Thornber of Park-road Gisburn Yorkshire died 21 August 1948 Probate Lancaster 5 October to Jane Elizabeth Askew (wife of Thomas Edward Askew) and Grace Dunford (wife of James Dunford). Effects £6703 2s. 2d.

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Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Photograph sent home to his parents at Bolton by Bowland by Pte Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (13738). Henry is standing, with his hands behind his back, 11th from right. His brother, Pte Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen (q.v.), was killed in action on the 25 January 1916

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

Courtesy of Bernard Ideson

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03 November 1916

PAYTHORNE – Cr. J. T. Lofthouse’s Loss

At the monthly meeting of Bowland Rural Council on Monday a vote of condolence was passed with Mr. J. T. Lofthouse, Paythorne, in the loss of his only son who was killed in France a few weeks ago. In moving the resolution, the Chairman said that if there was any consolation for Mr. Lofthouse, it was the knowledge that his son died in the service of his King and Country. The resolution was seconded by Mr. Gill, and the members signified their approval by standing.

10 October 1918

GISBURNE - Wedding

Private John Askew, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Askew, Demesne Farm, Newsholme, was married on October 10th to Miss Violet Lofthouse, third daughter of Mr. John Lofthouse, Pad [Paa] Farm, Paythorne. The bridegroom was on short draft leave and has now returned to his unit. It is interesting to note that in his final marksmanship test a short time ago he gained 123 out of a possible 125 points. The bride, who was dressed in a brown and fawn coat frock with a hat of fawn velour, was attended by the bridegroom’s sister, Mrs. Tom Smith, and Miss Hannah Askew, and the bride’s sister, Miss Grace Lofthouse. Miss Lofthouse gave her sister away, and the ‘best man’ and groomsman were Private Tom Smith, the bridegroom’s brother-in-law, home on leave from France, and Mr. T. Askew, cousin of the bridegroom. The ceremony was performed in the Gisburne Parish Church by the Rev. C.C. Brodhurst, rector of Bolton-by-Bowland, in the absence of the Vicar of the Parish.

[The above marriage is of the sister of the late Private Anthony Lofthouse, killed in action, 5 October 1916.]

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25 September 1914


The following men have answered the appeal by joining the Settle Company of the 10th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment:–

From Austwick – William Hoyle, Wilson Pritchard, Samuel Shepherd, Fred Swale, John William Thistlewaite, George Thistlewaite.
Airton – Kayley Earnshaw.
Arncliffe – Percy Hodgson, John Simpson.
Bolton-by-Bowland – Irvine Clark, Jim Coates, Richard Davies Ellison, Harold Greenhow, Edward Victor Grubb, James Mason, Robert Singleton, Joseph Chapman Syers.
Bell Busk – Leonard Fox.
Clapham – Albert Edward Drury, Arthur Herbert Procter.
Grindleton – William Irvin Bell, James Wilding Clarkson, Joshua Crossley, William Walker.
Gisburn – Anthony Lofthouse, John Robinson.
Hellifield – James John Angus, Charles Graham, Thomas Harding, Charles Harwood, Sidney Hoar, John Ernest Linnett, Joseph Edward Preston, Thomas Procter, Christopher Ralph, Norman Roberts, Fred Graham.
Horton – John Bruce Davidson.
Ingleton – Hugh Robinson.
Longpreston – Arthur Bailey, Thomas Garnett, John Henry Hitchin, Henry Edward Horner, William Jones, James Kayley, Job Kayley, Arthur Lawson, William Henry Metcalfe, Joseph Parker, William Procter, William Rawlinson.
Langcliffe – Richard Butler, Thomas Henry Edmondson.
Marton – John Beckwith.
Malham – James Swinbank.
Newsholme – Thomas Edward Askew, Carl Parrington Branthwaite, Benjamin Ashton Butler, William Henry Scott.
Otterburn – Harry Gilbert Tunstill.
Settle – Robert William Bell, Ernest Campbell, George Clark, John Thomas Cockerill, Robert Cresswell, Herbert Dickinson, William Edward Gibson, George Jellett, Thomas Laytham, Robert Henry Maunders, Robert Newhouse, Walter Umpleby, Thomas Walsh, Solomon Richard Webb.
Stainforth – Walter Dinsdale.
Slaidburn – Edwin Isherwood, Walter Isherwood, Abel Moore, Charles Edward Parker, George Whitfield.
Wigglesworth – Fred Metcalfe, George Oversby.
Waddington – Joseph Barrett Hartley, Albert Hird [Herd], Harry Smith, Thomas Rigby, William Watson.

03 November 1916


Mrs. J. T. Lofthouse, of Paa Farm, Paythorne, has received information that his son, Pte. Anthony Lofthouse, of the West Riding Regiment, has been killed in action.

Pte. Lofthouse, who was an only son, and 23 years of age, enlisted in Capt. Tunstill’s troop in September, 1914, going out to France a year later. He will be much missed in the neighbourhood, for he was of a happy and genial disposition.

Pte. B. Butler, writing to Mr. Lofthouse, says:– “I am extremely sorry to have to break the news to you. Anthony got killed by a shell in a bombing expedition on October 5th. I feel very much upset about him. We were good pals, and he was greatly respected by all the lads in the company. I shall miss him very much. I saw him buried and got some of his belongings, so I will see you get them. We have had a rough time of it lately, but are out of the trenches now for a rest."

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    4 Responses to Anthony LOFTHOUSE

    1. Lisa Blackburn July 2, 2019 at 11:53 pm #

      Hey just want to say thank you for all this info on my great uncle Anthony Lofthouse. I hope to visit Paa this summer 2019 and see his memorial plaque on the Paythorne Methodist Church. There are some things here that I have not seen.

      Much appreciated and thank you from our family for keeping Pte. Anthony Lofthouse memory alive.

      Lisa Blackburn
      Vancouver, Canada

      • Dr Bill Smith September 5, 2023 at 1:06 pm #

        In reply to Lisa Blackburn.

        I have extensively researched and chronicled the history of 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment with whom Anthony served. You will find a day by day account of the Battalion at I hope you may find this of interest.
        I also work with schools and provide workshops to support their understanding of the impact of the First War on local communities. Next Monday (11th September 2023) I shall be working with students at Gisburn Primary School and Anthony’s will be one of the stories which we will be exploring as he is among the men who enlisted at a meeting held in the school in September 1914 and is also named on the Gisburn War Memorial. I can assure you that we will do our utmost to do justice to Anthony’s memory.

    2. Lisa Blackburn September 5, 2023 at 5:49 pm #

      Thank you Dr Bill Smith for replying to my message from 2019. I have looking through the website and did find some further information, also got a sense of the time of events leading up to my grand Uncle death. So sad, and scary and the fact that he was originally buried there. It was also interesting to see my grand Aunts husband Ted Askew was one of the first to enlist with Tunstills men. Just so you know I did make it to Paythorne, and Gisburn and saw the honour roll in St. Mary’s Church, the memorial plaque on Paythorne Methodist church, and the war memorial in Gisburn, where Anthony is listed with his cousin Richard Lofthouse.

      I was told when I visited Paythorne Methodist Church that they honour the “3 cousins” on November 11th each year. Anthony Lofthouse, Richard Lofthouse and Anthony Thompson.

      So I am very interested to hear that you are working with the students at Gisburn Primary, where my family would have gone many years ago, and talk about Anthony’s story, and that his story, with others are remembered all these years later. I have a pin as a crest with the West Riding on it, and I have often wondered if this was Anthony’s and was sent to his sister, my grandmother, after his death.

      Ironically I am writing a novel based on my grandmother Mabel’s story, emigrating to Canada in 1911, and am presently editing 1916-1917 when she would have heard of her brother’s death. So reading your website, made his death today me even more tragic.

      I will be thinking of you on September 11!
      Have a good day,

    3. Dr Bill Smith September 6, 2023 at 12:41 pm #

      Hello Lisa
      Thanks so much for your message. It is lovely to make contact with someone with connections to 10th Dukes and especially so when you have such a great project in progress – good luck with it and I hope it goes really well. The ‘pin’ you mention may well be what was known as a ‘sweetheart’ badge – small items given by men to friends and relatives bearing their regimental insignia – I would love to see it if you might be kind enough to photograph? I would be very happy for John to pass on my email address to you if that would help?

      As you say I would imagine that Anthony and his sisters would have attended Gisburn School (though the current building only opened in 1913) and it will be really special to share with the children their direct connection to his story as he would have been in the very same assembly hall when he enlisted in September 1914. Tragically the other man who joined up on the same evening, John Robinson, died of heart failure while in training in Folkestone in 1915; his body was returned to Gisburn and he is buried in the churchyard.

      The letter, quoted in the local press at the time, informing Anthony’s parents of his death was written by Ben Butler. Ben and his brother, Richard, had lived at Adams Farm, next door to the Lofthouses in Paythorne and the three (Anthony, Ben and Richard) had served together in the same Company. Both Ben and Richard survived the war. Richard was twice wounded, including losing the sight in his left eye, and was awarded the Military Medal for his ‘courage in rescuing a wounded comrade under fire’ in September 1917.

      I see from your Ancestry tree that your grandfather had lived on Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe – five minutes walk from where I live!

      I shall send you some photos of the session from Monday which I hope will be of interest.

      Thanks again for getting in touch; good luck with the novel and hope to keep in touch.

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