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Ernest ASKEW

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Surname: ASKEW

Forename(s): Ernest

Place of Birth: Shap, Westmorland

Service No: 2006

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1915-07-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. A. 18A.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Ernest Askew was the son of George and Margaret Askew, née Nicholson. George was born at Sedbergh, Yorkshire and Margaret at Shap, Westmorland.

1891 Shap, Westmorland Census: Ernest Askew, aged 2 months, born Shap, son of George and Margaret Askew.

1901 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: 1, Thacking - Ernest Askew, aged 10 years, born Shap, Westmorland, son of George and Margaret Askew.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 37, Westmorland Street - Ernest Askew, aged 20 years, born Ingleton, Yorkshire. [Ernest was boarding with Sarah Ann Wappett, widow.]

The British Army Service Record for Ernest Askew exists but may be incomplete.

Ernest is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte E. Askew.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Ernest Askew, 2006, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) [France]. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. D. of W. 23.7.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Ernest Askew, 6/2006, 1/6 W. Rid. R. D. of W. 23.7.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Ernest Askew, 2006, 1/6th Bn W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 23.7.15. No. 10 Cas. Cl. Stn., Abeele. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister and Sole Legatee - Ethel. £8 16s. 4d.

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

Ernest is commemorated on the Midland Railway War Memorial at Derby.

A short biography of Ernest is included in: ‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War – A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (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:

ASKEW, Ernest, 6th D. of W., 40, Westmorland Street, Skipton, formerly employed at Skipton engine shed (M.R.), killed July 20, 1915.


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Private Ernest ASKEW

Private Ernest ASKEW

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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: ASKEW

Forename(s): Ernest

Born: Shap, Cumberland


Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 2006

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 23/07/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: ASKEW

Forename(s): E

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 2006

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 23/07/1915

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War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

22 JULY 1915

Yser Canal N. of Ypres. No. 2006, Pte E. Askew, 'A' Coy. Shell wounds, side and hands at 8.20 AM Canal bank, died 23rd No.10 Casualty Clearing Station.


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30 July 1915


If the titanic struggle on the continent had already run its fearful course, no one would be able to say that the lads of Skipton had not done their fair share in the stupendous task of smashing the 'mailed fist.' Hundreds of brave young fellows from the Skipton district have answered with eagerness the call of their beloved country, and have gone forth: some, alas, never to return.

Such a one was the late Private Ernest Askew of the 6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment who went to the Front with his battalion but a few months ago. The sad news was conveyed to the young man's parents, who live at 40, Westmorland Street, Skipton, in a brief message from No.19 Clearing Station, and was couched in the following terms:- "I deeply regret to say that Ernest Askew died early this morning. He will be laid to rest in our cemetery at 3pm, and the grave will be properly marked with a cross. With my most sincere sympathy. Yours very truly, H.K. Southwell."

It will be observed that the nature of the young man's injuries is not mentioned.

Pte. Askew was a single young man, 24 years of age, and was formerly employed by the Midland Railway Co. as an engine cleaner. He had been a member of the Territorials for 2 years before the commencement of hostilities, at which date he entered into training with his regiment.

01 October 1915

INGLETON - War Items

Private F. Hawcroft has been wounded, and is now in hospital at Birmingham.-Private J.T. Bradley has been home for 6 days on furlough, and has now returned to the Front.-Lance-Corporal Harry Atkinson, Royal Field Artillery, and Privates T. Heaps and E. Heaps have been spending a few days at home before being despatched to the Front.-The Ingleton Roll of Honour now contains the names of 154 persons. Of these, three have been killed, viz., Lieut. Gerald Kirk, Pte. A. Noble and Pte. E. Askew. The National School roll contains 98 names.

22 February 1918


A memorial service for Ingleton men who have fallen in the war was held in St. Mary's Church on Sunday evening. There was a large congregation, and the service was of an impressive character. The Union Jack was hoisted half-mast on the tower during the day. At the commencement of the service the organist, Mr. C. Bentham, played 'O rest in the Lord', and at the conclusion the Dead March in 'Saul', 'How bright these glorious spirits shine', and other hymns appropriate to the occasion were sung, as was also the National Anthem. Standing on the Chancel steps, Bugler J. Robinson sounded the 'Last Post', and its solemn and eerie notes reverberated along the aisles.

Before commencing his address, the vicar, the Rev. D. T. Davies, read out the list of those who had fallen, as follows:-

Killed in action: Second-Lieutenant G. Kirk, Sergeant J. Metcalfe, Privates A. Noble, G. Scholey, C. Tomlinson, J. Smith, W. A. Hodgson, J. W. Wadeson, J. W. Robinson, J. Clapham, W. Smith, J. Schofield, J. Kettlewell, W. Marklew, E. Askew, P. Fletcher, G. Metcalfe, A. M. Booth, J. Woodhouse, W. Bolton, and J. [W.H.W.] Wilson.

Died in hospital: Privates W. H. Wignall and C. Newsholme.

Torpedoed: C. Grant.

Missing; Sergeant R. E. Walker, Privates A. Sherwin, W. Northey, E. Robinson, J. Saul, and W. [J.C.] Bradford.

The Vicar, speaking from the words, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends', said that the occasion brought them face in face with a question that was momentous to everyone, and the list which he had just read made them pause and ask the question, "Is the cause for which we are fighting of such a nature that these sacrifices are necessary?" They must remind themselves of the causes which led to the war. Our honour was pledged to protect a small country from an oppressing wrong, and we were compelled to stand by them. They were standing to protect a weak country from a fearful wrong committed by one of the strongest nations in the world - from a military point of view the strongest - a nation that was steadily prospering year after year and which had been training its manhood to satisfy its mad ambition for power. It was becoming clear, especially during the last few weeks, that the dominant note running through their proposals had been their determination that might should conquer over right, and that they would rule as masters over the whole world. When they analysed the causes they saw that the principles of justice and righteousness were struggling against oppression and wrong-doing. They had seen an attempt to impose injustice on the whole world, to impose the doctrine that might is right and mercy unknown by the will of one man, and to sweep away religion, man's guidance, in a moment.

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30 July 1915


News of the death of another Skipton Territorial, Private Ernest Askew, of the 6th West Riding (Duke of Wellington's) Regiment, at the Front, has been received in the town during the week. On Monday morning, Mr. John Hodgson of 40 Westmorland Street, Skipton, received the following note dated July 20th from the 10th Casualty Clearing Station, British Expeditionary Force:- "I deeply regret to say that Ernest Askew died early this morning. He will be laid to rest in our cemetery at 3 p.m. and the grave will be properly marked with a cross. With our most sincere sympathy. - H.K. Southwell."

Private Askew, whose parents predeceased him, has two sisters residing in the town and he himself, prior to the outbreak of hostilities, resided for several years with Mr. Hodgson, the receiver of the above note. Before the war broke out Private Askew was a Territorial and was employed at the Skipton Engine Shed.

24 December 1915


Pte. Ernest Askew, 6th West Riding (Duke of Wellington's) Regiment, killed on July 20th. He resided for many years with John Hodgson of 40, Westmoreland Street, Skipton. Employed at the Skipton Engine Shed.

22 February 1918


MEMORIAL SERVICE - On Sunday last a memorial service for the Ingleton soldiers who have fallen during the war was held in St. Mary's Church. The flag on the tower was hoisted at half-mast. There was a very large congregation, and prior to the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. C. Bentham) played a solemn voluntary. The vicar (Rev. T. D. Davies) conducted the service, special prayers, psalms, and hymns being read and sung. The Vicar delivered a powerful sermon, taking as his text St. John, ch. 13 v., 13, "Greater love hath no man," and prior to this read the following name of the Ingleton men killed and missing , some of whom have been presumed dead. The 'Dead March' was played at the close of the service, and the sounding of the 'Last Post' by Bugler J. Robinson concluded a solemn and impressive service. The following were the names read out by the vicar:-

Men killed: 2nd-Lieut. Gerald Kirk, Pte. A. Noble, Pte. G. Scholey, Sergt. Jas. Metcalfe, Pte. Cyril Tomlinson, Pte. James [Jabez] Smith, Pte. Wm. A. Hodgson, Pte. John W. Wadeson, Pte. John W. Robinson, Pte. Joe Clapham, Pte. Wm. Smith, Pte. Jas. Schofield, Pte. Jas. Kettlewell, Pte. W. Marklew, Pte. E Askew, Pte. Percy Fletcher, Pte. Geo. Metcalfe, Pte. A. M. Booth, Pte. J. Woodhouse, Pte. W. Bolton, Pte. J. [W.H.W.] Wilson; died in hospital: Pte. Chris. Newsholme, Pte. Henry Wignall; missing: Sergt Robert E. Walker, Pte. Alfred Sherwin. Pte. Wm. Northy, Pte. Jas. Saul, Pte. Ed. Robinson. Pte. W. [J.C.] Bradford; torpedoed: Charles Grant.

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