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Bertie Phillip EMSLEY

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Surname: EMSLEY

Forename(s): Bertie Phillip

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 67378

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

Battalion / Unit: 2/2nd (City of London) Battalion

Division: 58th (2/1st London) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-10-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 28 to 30.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Bertie Phillip Emsley (born 1 January 1896) was the son of Major Wilkins and Clara Emsley, née Phillip. Major was born at Hartlington and Clara at Embsay, Yorkshire.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 31, High Street - Bertie P. Emsley, aged 5 years, born Skipton, son of M.W. and Clara Emsley.

1911 Embsay, Yorkshire Census: Rockwood House, Cragg View, Embsay - Bertie Emsley, aged 15 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, son of Major and Clara Emsley.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Bertie P. Emsley, GS/67378, 2nd London Regiment Royal Fusiliers.

Bertie is commemorated in the 'Service Roll of Martins Bank'.

Short biographies of Bertie are included in:
‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).
‘Though lost to sight to memory ever dear - Embsay-with-Eastby First World War Roll of Honour’ by Jane Lunnon, David Turner, Chris Lunnon (2018).

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:

EMSLEY, Bertie Phillip, 26th October, 1917. [Additional]


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Private Bertie Phillip EMSLEY

Private Bertie Phillip EMSLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 58th (2/1st London) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 58th (2/1st London) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: EMSLEY

Forename(s): Bert Philip

Born: Embasy

Residence: Skipton

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 67378

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion: Posted 2/2nd London


Died Date: 26/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly T/308383, A.S.C.

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: EMSLEY

Forename(s): Bert Phillip

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 67378

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers posted to 2nd/2nd Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)




Died Date: 26/10/1917

Additional Information:


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Bertie Phillip Emsley, from a school photograph

Bertie Phillip Emsley, from a school photograph

Courtesy of Ermysted’s Grammar School Archive

Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

The identical memorial that was at the Skipton and other branches are lost

Courtesy of David Hearn (War Memorials Online project)

View Craven Herald Articles

View Craven Herald Articles

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

30 November 1917


Mr. M. W. Emsley, grocer, High Street, Skipton, received an official intimation yesterday that his eldest son, Private Bert Emsley, was reported missing since towards the end of October. He has been out in France several months. We hope that later news will be more reassuring.

15 February 1918


Private Bertie Philip Emsley, of the London Fusiliers, eldest son of Mr. M. W. and Mrs. Emsley, High Street, Skipton, has been missing on the Western Front since October 20th last. He joined up last year after being several times rejected on medical grounds, and after a short training went over to France. The parents, and the many friends of Private Emsley, are anxious to have news of him, and we pen these few lines in the fervent hope that they may catch the eye of some soldier who is, or has been, serving in the fighting line and who can throw some light on the whereabouts of the missing soldier. The C.O. of the regiment, in a letter a few days ago, said visits had been paid to the hospitals in the district, but no trace of Private Emsley could be found. The hope is that he is a prisoner of war. If anyone can give information, it would be gratefully received by the parents.

16 August 1918


Mr. and Mrs. Emsley, High, Street, Skipton, are hoping that an intimation in last Friday’s ‘Yorkshire Post’ will bring them good news of their son, Private Bertie Emsley, formerly in the employ of the Bank of Liverpool at Skipton, who has been missing for many months, and concerning whose fate no information of a decisive character has been received. Writing from Parchim, Germany, Sergeant C. F. Mallett of Bradford, who is interned there stated that among other men from Bradford and district who are unwounded prisoners of war is “Bennie” Emsley. It is hoped that the Christian name is a misprint for Bertie, by which name Private Emsley was popularly known amongst his many friends. The lad’s parents are in communication with the authorities on the point, and we hope the result will be reassuring.


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