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George Henry CATON

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Surname: CATON

Forename(s): George Henry

Place of Birth: Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire

Service No: 241234

Rank: A/Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion / Unit: 5th Battalion

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-03-27

Awards: M.M. & Bar, M.I.D.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sp. Mem. A. 1.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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George Henry Caton was the son of Private John William Caton (R4/089394) (q.v.) and Emily Caton, née Robson. John was born at Rylstone and Emily at Doncaster, Yorkshire.

1901 Doncaster, Yorkshire Census: 11, Cemetery Road - George Henry Cayton, aged 5 years, born Kirby Mallham, son of John William and Emily Cayton.

1911 Doncaster, Yorkshire Census:16, Don Street, Wheatley - George Henery Caton, aged 15 years, born Kirkby Malham in Craven, son of John William and Emily Caton.

George was married to Lillie Womack in 1915. Lillie married Ernest Parker in 1919.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: A/Sgt George Caton, 1710, 241234, Yorks L. I. Theatre of War: (1) France. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 13.4.15. K. in A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: A/Sgt George Caton, 1710, 241234, 5th Yorks L. I. Pres. Dead 27.3.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: A/Sgt George H. Caton M.M., 241234, 5th Bn Y.L.I. Date and Place of Death: 24.3.18 France K. in A. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and Sole Legatee - Lillie. £15 10s. 3d. War Gratuity: Widow and Sole Legatee - Lillie Parker. £18 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for George. Name(s) on card(s): Lily Parker, born 25.3.95. Remarried. Address: 56, St James Street, Doncaster. Children: George, born 1.11.17.

On the 2 February 1918 the 1/5th Bn K.O.Y.L.I. was transferred from the 49th (West Riding) Division to the 62nd (2/West Riding) Division. The battalion absorbed the 2/5th Battalion, K.O.Y.L.I. becoming the 5th Battalion.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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A/Sergeant George Henry CATON

A/Sergeant George Henry CATON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

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Surname: CATON

Forename(s): George

Born: Skeghill Mills [Scalegill Mill, Kirkby Malham], Skipton


Enlisted: Doncaster

Number: 241234

Rank: A/Sgt

Regiment: King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

Battalion: 5th Battalion

Decorations: M.M. & Bar

Died Date: 27/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: CATON

Forename(s): G

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 241234

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Unit: 5th Bn.


Awards: M M and Bar

Died Date: 27/03/1918

Additional Information: (CWGC Headstone Inscription: THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT)

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'Doncaster Gazette' (September 1918)


On Thursday of last week, Mrs. L. Caton, of 56, St. James Street, Doncaster, received official confirmation of the death in action of her husband, Sergt. G.H. Caton, M.M., K.O.Y.L.I., who was posted as missing on March 27th last, and who was unofficially reported by comrades to have been killed at that time. Two days later, on Saturday last, Sergt. Caton's mother, who lives at 16, Don Street, Wheatley, received an intimation that her husband, Private J.W. Caton, A.S.C., died of pneumonia at Rouen, France, on Sept. 18th.

Sergt. Caton was a well-known member of the Doncaster Territorials, who had served with outstanding distinction in the war. Going to the front in April, 1915, he was four times wounded, was twice mentioned in despatches, and awarded the Military Medal and a bar for gallantry in action. Before the war, a collier at Bullcroft, he was well known in local boxing circles. He leaves a wife and a baby boy only ten months old.

Private J.W. Caton, father of the deceased medallist, was 48 years of age, and prior to enlistment was a surface worker at Bentley Colliery. Joining the A.S.C. in April, 1915, he was in England about a month ago, when he was drafted to France. He leaves a widow, two sons, and three daughters.

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27 September 1918

CATON - March 27th, killed In action, Sergeant G. Caton, K.O.Y.L.I., eldest son of the late Mr. J. W. Caton and Mrs. J. W. Caton,, 16 Don Street, Wheatley, Doncaster.

27 September 1918


We regret to learn that Private J. W. Caton, A.S.C., son of the late Mr. J. W. Caton and Mrs. Caton, of 16 Don Street, Wheatley, Doncaster, died from pneumonia at Rouen on September 20th. Deceased was the grandson of the late Mrs. Caton of Kirkby Malham, and his brother, Sergeant G. Caton, K.O.Y.L.I, was killed in action on March 27th. The latter had won the Military Medal and bar, and had also been mentioned three times in the dispatches of General French and Sir Douglas Haig.

[John William and George Henry Caton were father and son respectively]


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