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Place of Birth: Woolwich, Kent
Service No: 40050
Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Irish Rifles
Battalion / Unit: 7th (Service) Battalion
Division: 16th (Irish) Division
Date of Death: 1916-11-29
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: H. 1.
CWGC Cemetery: KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE
Daniel Faulkner was the son of Richard and Mary Ann Faulkner, née Merrick and brother of Private Edward Faulkner (29/174) (q.v.) and Private Job Faulkner (12147) (q.v.). Their father was born at London and mother at West Bromwich, Staffordshire.
1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 3, Hayhills Road - Daniel Faulkner, aged 4 years, born South Woolwich, London, son of Mary Ann Faulkner, widow.
1911 Heckmondwike, Yorkshire Census: 70, Brighton Street - Dan Faulkner, aged 15 years, born Silsden, Yorkshire. [Daniel was living with his aunt, Annie Griffiths, who was married.]
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Daniel Faulkner, 12967, W. Rid. R.; 7/40050, R. Ir. Rif. Theatre of War (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 18.7.15. K. in A.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Daniel Faulkner, 12967, 9/W. Rid. R.; Rfm 7/40050, 7/R. Ir. Rif. K. in A. 29.11.16.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Daniel Faulkner, 40050, 7th Bn R. Irish Rifles. Date and Place of Death: 29.11.16. In Action France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister and Legatee - Hannah. £10 12s. 5d. Sister and Legatee - Elizabeth. £5 12s. 5d. Mary E. Barritt. £0 9s. 4d. 3 Shares - Thomas, William, Edward. £1 8s. 1d.
UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for Daniel not found.
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
FAULKNER, Daniel, aged 19, Irish Rifles, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Faulkner, of Silsden, killed in action in France 1916.
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Rifleman Daniel FAULKNER
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Irish Rifles
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 16th (Irish) Division
Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records
Born: Silsden, Yorks
Residence: Silsden, Yorks
Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks
Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles
Battalion: 7th Battalion
Died Date: 29/11/16
Died How: Killed in action
Theatre of War: France & Flanders
Notes: Formerly 12967, W. Riding Regt.
CWGC Data for Soldier Records
Country of Service: United Kingdom
Service Number: 40050
Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles
Unit: 7th Bn.
Died Date: 29/11/1916
Additional Information: Son of Richard and Mary Faulkner. Native of Silsden, Keighley.
Additional Photo(s) For Soldier Records
Silsden's first volunteers, at Wimborne, Dorset, 10th November, 1914
(back l-r) - Thomas Stanley Wrigglesworth, Willie Carter, Lawrence Galvin, -----, -----, John Baldwin, Rhodes Spence, A. Turton, -----; front (l-r) - T. Summerscales, Daniel Faulkner, Job Faulkner, -----, Clarkson Baldwin, Ernest Hustwick
Courtesy of Brian Sunderland, Silsden
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16 July 1915
A SILSDEN ABSENTEE
Pte. Daniel Faulkner, a Silsden youth, pleaded guilty to being an absentee from the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment, recently stationed at Hursley Camp, Winchester.
Mr. Rankin: Do you know your regiment has left camp for a destination abroad?
Faulkner: No, sir.
Remanded to await escort.
21 July 1916
SILSDEN SOLDIER KILLED
Private Thomas Stanley Wrigglesworth, of the 9th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment (West Ridings), and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Wrigglesworth, of 1, South View Terrace, Silsden, has been killed in action during the recent heavy fighting on the Western Front.
The sad news has been conveyed to his parents in a letter from Private Dan Faulkner, a Silsden soldier in the same regiment, in which he says:– “I am sorry to have to inform you that your son Stanley has been killed. We were in a very rough place when it happened, as you will see by the papers. I know he was put away all right after the battle. You will be surprised at me writing, but he was my best pal, and I thought it was best for me to let you know, as that no doubt would have been his wish. We have been together ever since we joined.”
In a letter to his parents some weeks ago, Pte. Wrigglesworth stated that he had had a lucky escape from death after the explosion of a shell near to him. He was buried for three quarters of an hour, and one of his comrades, who dug him out, was killed the next day. Pte. Wrigglesworth, who was only 19 years of age, enlisted soon after the outbreak of war, and was formerly employed by Messrs. John Dixon and Sons, bobbin manufacturers, Steeton.
22 December 1916
SILSDEN – A SECOND BROTHER KILLED IN ACTION
Private Daniel Faulkner, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Faulkner, of Hayhills Lane, Silsden, and brother of Miss Hannah Faulkner, of 71, Oakworth Road, Keighley, and formerly of Bridge Street, Silsden, has been killed in action. Pte. Faulkner, who was 19 years of age, was formerly attached to the West Riding Regiment, but was recently transferred to the Irish Rifles. Miss Faulkner received official information on Wednesday morning from the War Office, and also the following letter which had been written by one of her brother’s friends at the Front:–
“I regret that I have to inform you that we have lost your dear brother of the Irish Rifles. He had only just joined us, and was shot and died about an hour later. I buried his body in the cemetery close by. May God comfort and solace you at this time, and give you the assurance that there is a life beyond where this life is continued in fuller and more happy surroundings.”
Prior to joining the Forces, Pte. Faulkner was employed at Messrs. John Dixon and Sons, bobbin manufacturers, Steeton.
Another brother, Private Jobey Faulkner, of the West Riding Regiment, was killed on September 7th, 1915, as the result of being hit with a piece of shrapnel. Death took place about half-an-hour after he was struck.
There are also two other brothers serving their King and Country – Pte. Thos. Faulkner, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, and Pte. Edward Faulkner, who is attached to a Scottish Regiment. Both the latter have also been wounded in France.
29 December 1916
FAULKNER – Killed in action in France, December 1916, Pte. Daniel Faulkner, Irish Rifles, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Faulkner, Hayhills Lane, Silsden, aged 19 years.
29 December 1916
SILSDEN’S FOUR FALLEN HEROES – VICAR’S INSPIRING SERMON
On Sunday morning a service was held at the Silsden Parish Church in memory of four Silsden soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country:–
Sergeant Rowland Hill, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment;
Corporal Fred Taylor, of the same regiment;
Gunner Wm. Hartley Sutcliffe, of the Royal Field Artillery; and
Pte. Dan Faulkner, of the Royal Irish Rifles.
There was a large congregation, including a number of the deceased soldiers’ relatives, and a number of local soldiers home on leave. The officiating clergyman was the Rev. E. E. Peters, M.A. (vicar).
In the course of his sermon Mr. Peters said that we as a nation, by reason of our great prosperity, and by reason of the sea surrounding us, had had for a long time very little sacrifices to make. So little had the sacrifices been that we were losing sight of the great principles of true religion. But in August, 1914, we had to make a great decision; we had to decide whether we should accept the way of the Cross, which was the way of sacrifices; whether we should show ourselves willing to be disciples of Jesus Christ, lovers of truth, righteousness and justice; or whether we should deny ourselves to be unworthy of the great place which God had given us in the world. By the grace of God we chose the way of the Cross, and because we chose that way, not in blindness, and not without a thorough realisation on the part of all thinking people at least of the terrible sacrifices entailed, because of that we had suffered many great sacrifices. We had had to make the most awful sacrifices which we as a country had ever made, and we were learning more and more the lesson that as Christ suffered so also must we suffer. They, as a community in the village of Silsden, had shared the sufferings of their kin. They had met before in that place of worship to hold services of a similar character to that they were holding that morning, and once more they were met together to the honour and glory of God and to the blessed memory of four gallant men who had accepted the law of Christ, and who had made the supreme sacrifice in giving their lives for the sake of their country.
HEAVY BLOW TO THE CHURCH
The death of Sergeant Rowland Hill had been a particularly heavy blow to the Church in Silsden. As they all knew he was the son of one of the most devoted Churchmen, and one of the most public-spirited men who lived amongst them. Sergt. Hill showed every promise of walking in the footsteps of his respected father. There were present that morning a company of Boy Scouts, and they knew well what Sergt. Hill was as one of their Scoutmasters. The Scouts remembered, and never would forget, because they had told him (Mr. Peters) so often, how during his vacation as a student at the Bradford Technical College, he formed one of a party at the beginning of the war to guard the waterworks in that neighbourhood. That they would always remember, and he hoped by the will of God they would be influenced by his example, they could well understand that a boy such as he would feel it was his duty to enlist in the armed forces of His Majesty to defend his country, and to do his part in the great battle for righteousness, truth and justice. They all knew in what love he was held by his family. He was an only son in whom great hopes were centred, and yet when he asked his father for permission to enlist the latter put no difficulty whatsoever in his way. He spoke to him as so many hundreds and thousands of fathers had done, and pointed out to him what he knew the war would be, but gave him his permission at once, although under age, to become a soldier. They knew him well in Silsden; his manners were gentle and kindly yet, like so very many more of our race, he had no natural disposition for warfare, although he made a splendid soldier. They had heard much of him from his officers and from his comrades, and they were all in agreement in saying that he was brave, without any fear, that he was capable and reliable, that he was considerate to those under him, and that above all he was ever cheerful. He soon rose to the rank of a non-commissioned officer, and they had been told over and over again that he was one of the best sergeants in the Battalion, and very soon he would have received the honour of a commission. However, that bright most promising and lovely life that he had shown was cut short so far as this world was concerned by a German shell. The information concerning his death came as a great shock to them at Silsden, and the deepest sympathy was felt by all for the bereaved family.
A PATRIOTIC FAMILY
Another young man whose memory they celebrated that morning, a young man of promise and character, was Corporal Fred Taylor of the same Battalion. He had heard much good of him too, but as they all knew a memorial service had been held for him in one of the other places of worship in that town, and he could not add anything to what had already been said at that service, except to express their deep sympathy with his friends and relatives.
The other two men, Gunner Wm. Hartley Sutcliffe and Pte. Dan Faulkner, were, like Rowland Hill, two men who as boys had been brought up in their Sunday School. They were fine young fellows who had early answered the country’s call. They all knew that Private Faulkner was the brother of Private Jobey Faulkner, in whose memory a service was held a short time ago. He had given his life also for his Country. He was a member of a very patriotic family who had two more brothers still serving at the Front. They owed their deepest gratitude to those men for what they had done for them, and their most heartfelt sympathy went out to the sorrowing families.
He was sure that when they thought of them they thought of two more families in Silsden who were in critical anxiety and suspense yearning for news of the whereabouts of their sons, which was perhaps in some ways worse than knowing their fate: the families of Pte. Garnett Longbottom and Pte. Bernard Locker, both of whom had been reported as missing. They only hoped and prayed that those families might have good news before very long.
They owed a debt of gratitude to those men, and how should they show that gratitude? Could they show it to the men themselves? They were in a very slight way showing some appreciation of what those men had done by gathering there that morning. But they hoped when the war was over to erect a permanent memorial to be handed on to their successors, to be an inspiration to them, of all those who had fallen in the war. But they could show their sympathy to the families of those men as they had done and were doing by consideration to them in every way that was possible. Another way, and perhaps the most important way of all to show their gratitude and honour for those men, was that all the forces available to us should be used to prosecute this war to a successful issue. We had heard of rumours of peace during the past week or so, and we knew perfectly well that if we made a peace which was not a real peace but just a truce to enable our enemies to strengthen their resources, it would be an act of the most cruel treachery and a betrayal of those gallant men who had died in order that our ancient liberties might be observed. There was one thought suggested to them, and probably he had suggested it before. Whenever they though of those bright, happy and splendid fellows who had gone from their midst the question came to them, “Am I worth that sacrifice?” It was a terrible and solemn question. It might be that there were some present who had asked themselves that question and had felt that they were not worthy of it. He hoped they all felt that. They all ought to feel their unworthiness, and it was very questionable whether they were individually worth it or not. It was their duty and their privilege to do as far as possible what they could to make themselves worthy of the great sacrifices that had been made for them.
How could they make themselves worthy? By being good citizens, and showing that in every way we could we would carry the burden of responsibility of membership of a great Empire to which we belonged. To most of them the burden was a very light one compared with the burden that those men carried unto death. How could we best bear that burden and do our share in the great task set before us? There was only one way and that by being followers not only in name, but also in deed and in truth, of Him who died for us and for our salvation – Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour whose birthday would be celebrated the following day. May God give them grace to learn the lessons he would have them learn amid all the sorrow and anguish of this terrible war.
Special prayers were offered, and during the service the hymns ‘O God of love, O King of peace’, ‘On the resurrection morn’, and ‘O God our help in ages past’ were sung. Appropriate music was also played by the organist (Mr. Herbert Cooper, A.R.C.M.).
29 December 1916
PRIVATE D. FAULKNER
We give a photograph of Private Daniel Faulkner, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Faulkner, of Hayhills Lane, Silsden, who, as reported in last week’s ‘Craven Herald’, was killed in action. He was attached to the Irish Rifles, and was 19 years of age. Prior to the War he was employed by Messrs. John Dixon and Sons, bobbin manufacturers, Steeton. His brother, Pte. Jobey Faulkner, of the West Riding Regiment, was killed on September 7th 1915. Two other brothers are serving in the War.
02 March 1917
SILSDEN – THREE SOLDIER BROTHERS KILLED
Three Silsden soldier brothers have made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country – Private Jobey Faulkner, of the West Riding Regiment, who was killed on September 7th, 1915 as a result of being hit in the head by a piece of shrapnel; Pte. Daniel Faulkner, of the Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action in December, 1916; and Private Edward Faulkner of a Scottish Regiment, who has recently died of wounds in a military hospital in Boulogne. They are the sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Faulkner of Silsden, and information concerning the death of Private Edward Faulkner was received by his sister, Miss Annie Faulkner, who at present resides at 71, Oakworth Road, Keighley, on Thursday of last week. He was 19 years of age and was formerly employed by Messrs. John Dixon and Sons, bobbin manufacturers, Steeton. A fourth brother of the same family, Pte. Thomas Faulkner, is at present serving in France, he being attached to the East Yorkshire Regiment. He has also been wounded. All four brothers joined up shortly after the outbreak of war.
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21 July 1916
CRAVEN CASUALTIES IN THE GREAT ADVANCE
Pte. Stanley Wrigglesworth, of the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. And Mrs. Wrigglesworth, of 1, South View Terrace, Silsden, has been killed in action in the recent heavy fighting on the Western Front. Pte. Dan Faulkner, a Silsden soldier in the same regiment, in a letter to Pte. Wrigglesworth’s parents, states:– “I am sorry to inform you that your son Stanley has been killed. We were in a very rough place when it happened as you will see by the papers. I know he was put away all right after the battle. You will be surprised at me writing, but he was my best pal, and I thought it was best for me to let you know, as that no doubt he would have been his wish. We have been together ever since we joined.”
In a letter to his parents some weeks ago, Pte. Wrigglesworth stated that he had had a lucky escape from death after the explosion of a shell near to him. He was buried for three quarters of an hour, and one of his comrades who dug him out was killed the next day.
Pte. Wrigglesworth, who was only 19 years of age, enlisted soon after the outbreak of war, and was formerly employed by Messrs. John Dixon and Sons, bobbin manufacturers, Steeton.
22 December 1916
FAULKNER – Killed in action in France, Pte. Daniel Faulkner, of the Irish Rifles, son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Richard Faulkner, of Silsden, aged 19.
22 December 1916
SILSDEN SOLDIER KILLED
Private Daniel Faulkner, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Faulkner, of Silsden, and brother of Miss Hannah Faulkner, of 71, Oakworth Road, Keighley, and formerly of Bridge Street, Silsden, has been killed in action. Private Faulkner, who was 19 years of age, was formerly attached to the West Riding Regiment, but was recently transferred to the Irish Rifles. Miss Faulkner received official information on Wednesday morning from the War Office, and also the following letter which had been written by one of her brother’s friends at the Front:–“I regret that I have to inform you that we have lost your dear brother, of the Irish Rifles. He had only just joined us, and was shot and died about an hour later. I buried his body in the cemetery. May God comfort and solace you at this time and give you the assurance that there is a life beyond where his life is continued in fuller and more happy surroundings.”
Prior to joining the forces Private Faulkner was employed at Messrs. John Dixon and Sons, bobbin manufacturers, Steeton. Another brother, Private Jobey Faulkner, of the West Riding Regiment, was killed on September 7th, 1915, he on that day being hit with a piece of shrapnel and died half an hour later. There are also two other brothers serving, Private Thomas Faulkner, of the East Yorkshire Regiment, and Private Edward Faulkner, of a Scottish Regiment, and both have been wounded in France.
05 January 1917
INTERCESSION AND MEMORIAL SERVICE AT SILSDEN – Impressive Sermon by Rev. W. Dickinson
An intercession and memorial service for the fallen heroes in the war was held at the Silsden Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday evening last. There was a large congregation, and the officiating minister was Rev. Wm. Dickinson (pastor). During the service the hymns 'O God our help in ages past,’ ‘Lord God of hosts, Whose Almighty hand,’ ‘God the all terrible! King Who ordainest,’ and ‘When wilt Thou save the people’ were sung. Miss Clara Fortune also ably sang the solo ‘O rest in the Lord,’ and at the close of the service the organist (Mr. Bernard Longbottom) played the ‘Dead march’ in ‘Saul,’ and the National Anthem was sung.
WAR A HARMFUL THING
Preaching from the text Psalm 46, 9th verse, ‘He maketh wars to cease unto the ends of the earth,’ Mr. Dickinson said it seemed almost superfluous to say in this sad day in which we lived that war was a serious and harmful thing. It was, however, a great outstanding fact. When they looked at the expense even in times of peace, when nations made preparations for war, it was even then a great expense, but in days of actual warfare as to-day, when the nation was spending at least £5,000,000 a day, then it was that they were reminded that war was a serious thing from a financial point of view. They tried to have dreams or visions as to what would have been done with that money for philanthropic purposes and for the social amelioration of the people of this country, but the country had put those dreams or visions in the back ground. Then we had the cruelty of it, and the passions that it excited. It marched to hunger and thirst and wounds and death. Then we had the bereavements. Children were made orphans, women were made widows, and parents mourned over children and many were left childless. Then we also had the deplorable feelings produced by war, feeling of revenge, feelings that produced quarrelsomeness, a desire for power and an unholy lust of ambition. That was seen by the works of the great Napoleon, and also by the Kaiser and the Prussian War Lords. The question that now forced itself to the front was ‘Is all war morally wrong?’ We had a very high ideal, and we believed that war was all wrong. They read in the Old Book that David was not allowed to build the temple of the Lord because his hands had been stained by blood, and he was spoken of as a man of war. But, in these days we had to look at actual facts. What was the actual state today? When one side would prepare for war and was determined to declare war, what then could we do? That great poet in Russia called Tolstoy preached the doctrine of being passive, but when we came to think of it, could we be passive? If our homes were to be destroyed and our wives and children to be taken from us, could we be passive? Did it not arouse within us that spirit of manhood that we must assert ourselves and that we must fight? If we were not prepared to do that, all he could think was that we were cowards. They ought to bury their heads and be ashamed of themselves. In days of peace with one breath they would denounce all war, and yet in the very next breath they would ask the question why the Congo atrocities were not stopped even if force were necessary. To-day they looked upon a devastated Serbia, Montenegro, Belgium, and alas Roumania, and they came to the conclusion that there were worse things than war – Armenia and the Congo, and the slavery of the South Americans; and what would have been the slavery of Europe had it not been for the call to arms in a cause that was just and righteous?
A JUST AND RIGHTEOUS CAUSE
If it were not for that conviction that the cause for which they were at war was just and righteous, many of them would have failed to preach, to pray, or to look to God. But, it was that which gave them strength that they looked to him Who was the present help and refuge in their trouble. In their fight against war whom should they attack? Often in the past the attack was made upon the soldier. They could not do that to-day as far as this country war concerned. They had a great civilian army, and they were fighting for freedom, for righteousness, and for justice. They never wanted to be soldiers, they never wanted to fight, but the call had come and they could do no other. Who made war, and why should there be war? Not the soldier. In the days that were gone, it was more the civilian than the soldier, the civilian because he was represented by his Parliament and that Parliament as the representative of the civilian often made war, because the lust for power and the lust for gold had got hold of them. Then in the commercial world, amongst what was known as the ruling classes, there was generally speaking a disposition to make war because there was the old saying that trade followed the flag. The soldier fought because he was ordered to do. It was neither Roberts, Kitchener, nor Buller who made the Boer War. If anybody made it, it was Kruger, Milner, and Chamberlain, and it was made because they had greed for power, and an unholy ambition and wish for gold. If they went back through the pages of history, they would find that that was the source of war as far as this country was concerned. He had come to the conclusion that the man who shouted for war had an axe to grind. The man who shouted for war ought to be made to go and face the music and not to send others. What did soldiery stand for? Generally speaking it stood for the aggressive, the quarrelsome, the brute force. They could not say that of the civilian army that had been raised by this country. They were not aggressive, they were not quarrelsome, and neither could they say that they were asserting brute force. He was sorry to have to say it of the Central Powers where conscription had been reigning for so many years. It was the brute force and the aggressive power that they would have to abolish. But when they had said that, they were bound to come to the conclusion that
SOLDIERY HAS ITS GOOD POINTS
The soldier side by side with the doctor stood to give his life for his country and that was a great deal. He would advise anyone to pause before he sneered at a soldier. He stood between them and the enemy, and if it had not been for the brave men who had stood thus, where would they have been to-day? They had no words too high in their commendation and admiration and love for the civilians of this Empire, who had stood between them and the enemy in this time of crisis. The question came to each one of them what was their position and what were they doing in the national crisis that was before them, and still after all they came to the conclusion that the soldier's life as they saw it to-day was a regrettable necessity, that all those brave men should have to shoulder the musket and defend our shores and fight for the freedom, righteousness, and justice of a cause that none of them disputed. They regretted in this the 20th century that such a thing should have happened. It ought not to have come to pass, and it never would have come to pass if the great Central Powers of Europe had taken heed of the sayings of Christ, and had seen His crucified hands instead of the mailed fist, and if they had listened to His beatitudes instead of the philosophy of the German teachers. How were they to lessen those evils? They must attack the root, that lust for power, that quarrelsome spirit, and that unholy ambition that had dominated the great Central Powers. How were they to attack the root? By educating the people for peace at the proper time, and that perhaps was not just yet. It was an easy matter to give descriptions of the horrors of war, to speak of its abominations, and even to denounce statesmen and people who sanctioned war, but how few people there were who searched for methods by means of which war could be put down and destroyed. When the history of the war and the part which the British Empire had taken in it came to be written – he was not a prophet or the son of a prophet – he ventured to say that the writer would pay a fine testimony to the ex-Foreign Minister of this country (Sir Edward Grey) who night and day at the beginning or before the declaration of war strove with all the brain power he had, and with every ounce of strength, he could put in, to avert this great catastrophe. If to-day he was in the back ground, he would looked upon as one of the finest statesmen this country ever had. On what lines were they to educate people for peace? There was a form of Government not only to arrest this demon war, but to bind him in chains. What was it? A cosmopolitan administration or a great Federal Government of the world. They might be dreamers, but certainly there would come a day either in London, Paris, or New York, when there would be a great Federal Government, and that Government would help them to the day when wars would cease.
THE CHURCH'S ROLL OF HONOUR
Proceeding, Mr. Dickinson said he was sure he was voicing the feelings of all present when he said they sympathised very deeply with the families of Pte. Percy Kellett and Lance-Corpl. T.C. Green, both of whom were in hospital suffering from wounds. They prayed for their speedy recovery, and also that their parents and relatives might he comforted. Then they had Ptes. Bernard Locker and Gannett Longbottom, who were reported as missing, and it was hoped that before long good news would be heard of them. They had to add two other names – Pte. Dan Faulkner and Gunner W.H. Sutcliffe, both of whom had been killed in action – to their list of fallen who had been intimately associated with their church and Sunday-school. Mr. Dickinson then read a list of Silsden soldiers who had died serving their King and Country. They were as follows:– Pte. Harold Snoddin [Snowden], Pte. B. Hodgson, Pte. I. Wade, Pte. R. Spence, Pte. E. Hustwick, Gunner E. Lund, Pte. W. Gill, Pte. J. Faulkner, Pte. N. Holmes, Pte. R. Read, Pte. J. Gill, Pte. S. Wrigglesworth, Sergt. J. Baldwin, Sergt. R. Hill, Pte. Wm. Richmond, Pte. W.H. Teale, Corpl. F. Taylor, Pte. H. Harper, Pte. D. Faulkner, and Gunner W.H.Sutcliffe.
Mr. Dickinson also read the church's roll of honour, which comprised 110 names.
02 March 1917
THREE SILSDEN SOLDIER BROTHERS KILLED
Three Silsden soldier brothers have made the supreme sacrifice for King and country, Private Jobey Faulkner, of the West Riding Regiment, who was killed on September 7th, 1915 as a result of being hit in the head by a piece of shrapnel; Pte. Daniel Faulkner, of the Royal Irish Rifles, killed in action in December, 1916; and Private Edward Faulkner, of a Scottish Regiment, who has recently died of wounds in a military hospital in Boulogne. They are the sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Faulkner, of Silsden, and information concerning the death of Pte. Edward Faulkner was received by his sister, Miss Annie Faulkner, who at present resides at 71, Oakworth Road, Keighley, on Thursday of last week. He was 19 years of age and was formerly employed by Messrs. John Dixon and Sons, bobbin manufacturers, Steeton. A fourth brother of the same family, Pte. Thomas Faulkner, is at present serving in France, he being attached to the East Yorkshire Regiment. He has also been wounded. All four brothers joined up shortly after the outbreak of war.
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