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Ewart Gladstone MYERS

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Surname: MYERS

Forename(s): Ewart Gladstone

Place of Birth: Yeadon, Yorkshire

Service No: 10/1931

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Wellington Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: New Zealand and Australian Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1915-08-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 22.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Ewart Gladstone Myers was the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Myers, née Bingley. Daniel was born at Yeadon and Elizabeth at Rawdon, Yorkshire.

1891 Pudsey, Yorkshire Census: 10, Brick Mill Road - Ewart G. Myers, aged 3 years, born Yeadon, Yorkshire, son of Dan and Elizabeth Myers.

1901 Steeton-with-Eastburn, Yorkshire Census: 12, Emsley [Elmsley] Street, Steeton - Ewart G. Myers, aged 13 years, born Yeadon, Yorkshire, son of Daniel and Elizabeth Myers.

Ewart’s brother, Bingley Myers, served with the New Zealand Rifle Brigade and was severely wounded at Le Quesnoy on the 4 November 1918 which resulted in his right leg being amputated.

New Zealand service records:

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:

MYERS, Ewart, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, son of Mr. D. Myers, Emsley Street, Steeton, killed in the Gallipoli campaign Aug. 1915.


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Private Ewart Gladstone MYERS

Private Ewart Gladstone MYERS

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Wellington Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Wellington Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: New Zealand and Australian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: New Zealand and Australian Division

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Surname: MYERS

Forename(s): Ewart Gladstone

Country of Service: New Zealand

Service Number: 10/1931

Rank: Private

Regiment: Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F.




Died Date: 08/08/1915

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'West Yorkshire Pioneer and East Lancashire News'

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Ewart Gladstone Myers

Ewart Gladstone Myers (sitting) with his father Daniel?

Ewart Gladstone Myers (sitting) with his father Daniel?

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'Auckland Weekly News' 1915

'Auckland Weekly News' 1915

Ewart Gladstone Myers

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Steeton-with-Eastburn Cemetery

Steeton-with-Eastburn Cemetery

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Steeton-with-Eastburn Cemetery

Steeton-with-Eastburn Cemetery

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23 April 1915

STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN – Steetonians Patriotism

During the past week several men have left to join the respective branches of the service. News is to hand that a former Steeton resident, Mr. W. Brooksbank, son of Mr. R. Brooksbank, of Emsley Street, Steeton, has joined one of the Australian contingents. He has been resident in Victoria for several years, was formerly a prominent association player and referee, and a member of the St. Stephen’s C.L.B., and is the 22nd past and present member of that organisation who has joined the forces. The call has also been responded to by another former Steeton young man, Mr. E. Myers, a son of Mr. D. Myers, having joined the New Zealand contingent.

18 February 1916

MYERS – Killed in action, August 1915, Pte. Ewart Myers, of Steeton.

18 February 1916


After being reported missing since August, 1915, Private Ewart Myers, eldest son of Mr. Dan Myers, Elmsley Street, Steeton, has been officially reported dead, a notification to that effect having been received by his father, who has also received a communication conveying the sympathy of Lord and Lady Liverpool, Governor General of New Zealand. The letter stated that what was his parent’s loss was also New Zealand’s.

From the London Headquarters of the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces (Record Office), Mr. Myers, during the past week, has received a letter which states:– “At a Court of Enquiry which was held in Egypt, from evidence received, a number of non-commissioned officers and men previously reported missing are dead.”

Added were the following:– “This is to certify that I have been informed by Headquarters that Private Ewart Gladstone Myers, who was previously reported missing, is now, by a Court of Enquiry, believed dead.”

Private Myers had been in New Zealand for a number of years, and it was the fierce fighting in the Gallipoli Peninsula during August of last year that he fell fighting for the Motherland. The younger brother, Bingley Myers, who went out to join his brother in New Zealand, has also joined the Colours in that country, and has been training for some months past.

11 August 1916


On Friday last Mr. Dan Myers, of Emsley Street, Steeton, received a letter from his son, Bingley Myers, of the New Zealand forces, that he was in hospital, having been invalided home from France after taking part in severe fighting, which on occasions was hand-to-hand. Mr. Myers, it will be remembered, lost his eldest son last August at Suvla Bay. He had, like his younger brother, answered the call and joined the Colonial Forces, which were sent from New Zealand where both were residing at the outbreak of war. Pte. Myers went under an operation for appendicitis on Wednesday at Chelsea.

15 September 1916


The quarterly meeting of the Craven and District Village Institutes’ Association was held at the Steeton Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Rev. A.C. Blunt, of Gargrave, the newly-appointed president for the ensuing year. Delegates were present from Gargrave, Oakworth, Cross Roads, Kildwick, Steeton, Cononley, and Gisburn.

Mr. Alfred Stell, president of the Seeton Institute, extended a cordial welcome to the new president and the delegates…

Appreciative Letter from the Trenches

The Secretary (Mr. J. Holdsworth) next read the following letter from Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, the late president, written from the trenches in France:–“Many thanks for your letter which I received a few days ago in the front trenches. You have, of course, done quite right in electing another president, and just as I should have wished you to do. I feel as though I have been of little or no use during my two years of office, owing to the circumstances over which I have had no control. After the war I assure you and your Association that you shall have my active support, as I know there is much scope for your work, especially after this war, and when unavoidably the home ties of many of the men will be weakened. I can see some difficulty in preventing wholesale emigration from our villages to the towns and the colonies, and every inducement will be required to keep them in the villages. I think the Institutes might do much to meet this need. I wish you to convey to your Committee my sincerest thanks for the honour they have done to me in allowing me to keep the position of president during these two eventful years. I wish you every success in your work in the future and I am sure that you will get much valuable advice and assistance from your new president, Mr. Blunt. I hope it is not out of place if I add a word of admiration of the men in this Battalion, many of whom come from our villages, and most of whom have been members of the various Institutes. They have not had an easy time lately, but they seem to thrive on work and do it with a good heart, and shelling hardly disturbs them at all.”


Mr. W.J. Johns, of Oakworth, moved that the Association express its sincerest sympathy with the village of Steeton in the great sacrifice that it had been called upon to make in the prosecution of the war. Mr. Weatherall, of Cononley, having seconded.

The Secretary read a list of the Steeton men who have been killed and wounded as follows:–

Killed – W. Dawes, Herbert Dove, Prince Dawson, Wm. Brooksbank, James Dove, Fred T. Ellison, Spencer Cliff (missing), Joseph Hales, Ewart Myers, Thos. Fitzsimmons, Wm. Robson, Thos. Robson, Arthur Smith, Wm. A. Teale, Richard Nicholson, Norman Waterhouse, Clarence Wilson, J. Nelson, Wm. Naylor.

Wounded – John Brooksbank, Wm. Brayshaw, Matthew Dove, Robert Anderson, Percy Race, Fred Baldwin, Fred Greenwood, Frank Throup, Ernest Cooper, Robert Williams.

The Secretary added that many of the wounded men were back in the trenches again, and it was also stated that several of the soldiers had been members of the Steeton Institute.

The resolution of sympathy was carried by the delegates rising in their places…

12 January 1917


Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

22 June 1917


The service at the Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning took the form of a memorial service to the memory of the late Private Tom Spencer and Trooper Clifford Cockshott. The suspense of the last-named soldier’s parents was turned into grief on Thursday in last week when they were notified of their son’s death from wounds received in action. The Rev. W.L. Haim conducted the service and made sympathetic reference to the two fallen soldiers, who were old scholars and along with the under-mentioned dead heroes had attended the Wesleyan Sunday School–Privates Willie and Thos. Robson, Prince Dawson, Richard Nicholson, Ewart Myers and Sergt. Thomas Moyle.

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10 September 1915


Mr. Dan Myers, 5 Elmsley Street, Steeton, received word on Monday night by wire from the War Office that his son, Private Ewart Myers, of the Wellington Infantry, was missing in action in the Dardanelles on August 8. Private Myers, who was 27 years of age, was well known in the village, and also in football circles in the Keighley district. Prior to emigrating about six years ago, he was the regular goalkeeper for the Steeton Association Football Club, then playing in the Keighley and District League. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. John Holmes and Sons, painters and decorators, Steeton. On emigrating to New Zealand in 1909 he followed his trade, and at times he took to horse-breaking, a life which he thoroughly enjoyed. On the outbreak of war he at once answered his country’s call and joined the Hawks Bay Company of the Wellington Infantry, which went for a short time into training at Trentham, Wellington. Here his five years’ with the Keighley Old Volunteers stood him in good stead, and he left with the first batch of New Zealanders for the Dardanelles, where he has been in at the fighting line ever since. The last letter received from him by his father was dated August 1st, in which he said he had just come out of the trenches for a few days rest after being there for ten days and ten nights amidst continuous fighting; the Turkish trenches being only ten yards away. Seeing that he is reported missing on August 8th he must have had to return to the fighting in the big battle, which lasted from the 6th to the 10th, in which the British captured the crest of an important hill, which afterwards had to be abandoned.

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