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George METCALFE

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): George

Place of Birth: Ingleton, Yorkshire

Service No: 266960

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 'B' Coy 2/6th Battalion

Division: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1917-05-03

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: ARRAS MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CLAPHAM, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

George Metcalfe (born 16 March 1896) was the son of William and Catherine Betsy Metcalfe, née Windle. William was born at Linton and Catherine at Westhouse, Yorkshire.

1901 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Fell End - George Metcalfe, aged 5 years, born Ingleton, son of William and Catherine B. Metcalfe.

1911 Clapham, Yorkshire Census: Clapdale Hall - George Metcalfe, aged 15 years, born Ingleton Fells, Yorkshire, son of William and Catherine Betsy Metcalfe.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte George Metcalfe, 266960, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte George Metcalfe, 266960, 2/6 W. Rid. R. Pres dead 3.5.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte George Metcalfe, 266960, 2/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: On or since 3.5.17. Death presd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - William. £11 10s. 1d.

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Private George METCALFE

Private George METCALFE

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: 62nd (2/West Riding) Division

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

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): George

Born:

Residence: Clapham, Lancs

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 266960

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 2/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 22/11/17 [sic]

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): George

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 266960

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 2nd/6th Bn.

Age: 21

Awards:

Died Date: 03/05/1917

Additional Information: Son of William and C. B. Metcalfe, of Town Head, Newby, Clapham, Yorks.

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(Supplied by David Metcalfe, Keeper of the Computer Index for the Metcalfe Society, Catterick Garrison)

My third cousin George Metcalfe who died 3 May 1917 was born 16 Mar 1896 at Twistleton Hall nr Ingleton. Baptised 16 Mar 1896 at Chapel le Dale the son of William & Catherine Betsy (Windle) Metcalfe. In 1901 he was living at Fell End Farm, Ingleton (opposite the cemetery), before moving to Clapdale Hall, Clapham.

THE HISTORY OF THE 62nd (WEST RIDING) DIVISION 1914-1919 Volume 1, by Everard Wyrall (John Lane the Bodley Head Limited Vigo Street, London, W.)

THE BATTLE OF BULLECOURT:
3rd – 17th May, 1917.

During the three weeks following the first attack on Bullecourt on 11th April, the 62nd Division was engaged in trench warfare, and in preparing for another attack on the Hindenburg Line which had been ordered to take place on various successive dates and subsequently postponed, until it was definitely decided that Bullecourt should again be attacked on the 3rd May…

3rd MAY

In the centre of the Divisional front, the troops of the 186th Infantry Brigade reached their allotted places by 3-30 a.m., though during the evening of the 2nd, the enemy’s artillery had caused considerable trouble – all forward telephone and telegraph wires having been cut and communication interrupted. The Signallers, however, repaired them and communication was re-established. The 2/5th Duke of Wellington’s (Lieut.-Col. F.W. Best) were on the right, the 2/6th (Lieut.-Col. S.W. Ford) on the left: the 2/7th Battalion (Lieut.-Col. F.G.C. Chamberlin) was in rear of the 2/5th and the 2/4th (Lieut.-Col. H.E. Nash) in the rear of 2/6th.

Three Companies of the 2/8th West Yorks. were formed up in rear of the 2/4th and 2/7th Battalions Duke of Wellington’s Regt., the remaining Company of the 2/8th having been detailed as a carrying party was in rear of the three Companies. The 213th Machine Gun Company supported the 186th Brigade.

On the left of the Divisional front, held by the 187th Infantry Brigade, the 2/4th Battalion York and Lancs. Regt. (Lieut.-Col. F. St. J. Blacker) was on the right, the 2/5th King’s Own Yorks. Light Infantry (Lieut.-Col. W. Watson) with two Companies of the 2/4th Battalion (Lieut.-Col. R.E. Power) of the same Regiment in rear of the two front line battalions, and the remaining two Companies of the 2/4th K.O.Y.L.I. were in rear of the 2/5th Battalion, detailed for ‘carrying’ duties. The 208th Machine Gun Company was in support.

The taping and forming up operations were carried out without serious casualties and were completed by 3-30 a.m., but Lieut.-Col. F. St. J. Balcker, D.S.O., commanding the Hallamshires, was wounded on the forming up line.

Shortly after two o’clock in the morning the moon disappeared and the night turned to inky blackness, but fifteen minutes before Zero all was ready for the attack. At this period the enemy put down a very heavy barrage on the 185th Infantry Brigade, which gradually spread along the whole front.

At Zero the creeping barrage opened on the enemy’s position and the assaulting troops began to move forward immediately. But now an unexpected difficulty presented itself: the warm weather had baked the ground hard and as the shells fell, churning it up, clouds of dust filled the air, and with smoke from the guns, and the smoke bombs, the objectives were hidden from the advancing troops, and there was much loss of direction.

The 2/5th West Yorks. on the left of the 185th Brigade front speedily captured the enemy’s first line trench, the wire entanglements having been well cut. The 2/6th Battalion, however, was not as fortunate: Colonel Hastings’ Battalion had been met by very heavy machine-gun fire which caused many casualties, and in the smoke and confusion sheared off towards the left, overlapping the right of the 2/5th Battalion. Meanwhile the latter had pushed on towards the centre of the village and had established two posts, one at U.27.b.6.8. and the other at U.21.d.5.0. At this point touch was lost with the 2/6th Battalion, though it was eventually established about the church. A pigeon message timed 5-15 a.m. from an officer of the left Company of the third and fourth waves of the 2/5th Battalion which reached Divisional Headquarters stated that the writer was in the communication trench at U.21.d.5.5. with about forty of his men.

On the left of the 185th Infantry Brigade, the 186th had accomplished only part of its task. The 2/5th Duke of Wellington’s found the wire cut and no difficulty was experienced in reaching the second German trench of the first objective. Here touch was obtained with the left of the 185th Brigade, and maintained for several hours until broken by enfilade machine-gun fire from both flanks. But the 2/6th Duke of Wellington’s found the wire uncut and their attack was held up. Hostile shell-fire and the rear waves closing in on the leading waves, added to the confusion and all that could be done was to occupy some shell holes in front of the enemy’s wire. An attempt was then made to cut the second belt of wire, but again machine-gun fire from the north, and the enemy’s activity with bombs frustrated this endeavour and finally the shell-holes were established as posts.

The 2/5th Duke’s had by this time established themselves in the enemy’s front line trench from U.21.d.1.0. to U.20.d.2.4. and had been reinforced by the 2/8th West Yorks.

Similarly on the left of the 186th Brigade, the 187th had met with success – and failure. The 2/5th York and Lancs. Regt. reached its first objective without difficulty, but the 2/4th Battalion was hung up by the thick wire entanglements which were insufficiently cut. In seeking to find a way through the Battalion moved off to its left and became intermingled with the 2/5th Battalion, whose right flank was ‘in the air.’ At about 4-20 a.m. Lieut.-Col. W. Watson, commanding the 2/5th K.O.Y.L.I. was killed as he was gallantly rallying his men and leading them forward.

For a while no reports from the right flank of the attack were received at Divisional Headquarters, and nothing could be ascertained as to what was taking place in the village of Bullecourt. At 6-50 a.m. the situation was so obscure that the protective barrage was ordered to remain on the second objective until a further advance could be organized. A little later (at 7 a.m.) the situation of the 185th Brigade appears to be as follows: Posts had been established at U.21.d.5.5. with a certain number of men further east along the Support line at U.21.d.5.9., U.27.b.6.8. and at the church (U.28.a.0.9.): the whole of the German front line trench as far east as U.27.b. had been occupied. Touch was maintained with the 2/5th Duke of Wellington’s Regt., on the western side of the village and in the trench running south from the Crucifix. But of the 2/6th West Yorks. little was known, and all attempts to communicate with or reach the probable position of the Battalion, failed. Large numbers of men of the Battalion – dead and wounded – were found in front of the German wire. A Company of the 2/7th West Yorks. was sent forward to try to reach their comrades of the 2/6th, but the men were met by a murderous machine-gun fire which swept the line of the advance and after having suffered heavy casualties the Company withdrew to the Railway Embankment.

Repeated attempts by the 186th and 187th Brigades to penetrate the enemy’s positions were frustrated, and at noon the little party of the 2/5th Duke’s and 2/8th West Yorks., were bombed out of their portion of the trench and were forced to take shelter in shell holes south and south-west of Bullecourt. The advance by the 2/5th K.O.Y.L.I., under Major O.C. Watson, at first progressed, but was eventually checked by heavy machine-gun fire and a continuous H.E. barrage.

At mid-day the situation was as follows: about fifty men per battalion of the 186th Infantry Brigade had found shelter on the Railway Line U.26.c. and d., the remainder of the Brigade was in the Sunken Road in U.27.a.5.8. and U.20.d.9.4.: of the 187th Brigade elements were in the Sunken Road in U.20.b. and in shell holes in U.20.c. and d.: the Company of 2/5th West Yorks. (185th Brigade) which had been driven out of the western side of Bullecourt, had also reached the Railway Line, the 2/7th West Yorks. were also at U.27.c. and d., on the Railway Line: but there was still no news of the 2/6th West Yorks.

Just after 5 o’clock in the evening orders from Divisional Headquarters to the three Infantry Brigades contained instructions to the Brigadiers to make every effort to reorganize their battalions on the line of their original fronts, in their own sectors: the 7th Division was to take over the front held by the 185th Infantry Brigade as soon as possible. The same orders stated that the VIIth Corps had taken Chérisy and the 2nd Australian Division (on the right of the 62nd Division) was in occupation of the Hindenburg Line from U.23.c.8.1. to U.22.d.6.3.

The failure of the 62nd Division to capture Bullecourt was due largely to a fault which certainly cannot be charged to the gallant troops who stormed the village and the Hindenburg Line in the vicinity. Neither could the Divisional Staff, which had laboured to make all arrangements as complete as possible, be blamed. It was due principally to an error in tactics which had so often failed in the earlier years of the war – notably at Festubert in 1915. The Australian Division on the right of the 62nd Division did not launch its attack side by side with the 2/6th West Yorks., the flanking battalion of the West Riding Division. There was a gap – a fatal gap – in the line of attack between the Colonials and the Yorkshiremen, the former having decided to attack the first objective frontally, only as far to the left as U.23.d.6.3., and then bomb down the Hindenburg Line westwards to the left boundary where touch was to be gained with the 185th Infantry Brigade. Thus some hundreds of yards of the enemy’s positions (unfortunately that portion which was very strongly defended by machine-guns) was left free to enfilade the 2/6th West Yorks. as that Battalion advanced: which indeed happened. In all justice to the Australian troops it must be noted that they reached their objective, but before they got there the West Yorkshiremen had been cut up and of those brave fellows who had penetrated the village the greater number had either been killed, wounded, or taken prisoner, only a hundred survivors getting back to their own trenches.

The inky blackness of the night, which caused much confusion during the forming-up operations, also contributed to the failure of the assault, many of the troops losing themselves and being entirely ignorant of the direction of the enemy’s trenches.

The enemy was in considerable strength, the 49th Reserve Division and the 27th Division was holding the Hindenburg Line between Fontaine and Riencourt (inclusive). The latter had with it the 1st Musketeen (Automatic Rifle) Battalion.

Many deeds of gallantry were witnessed during that attack, and the Division emerged from its first set battle sorely tried and tested and badly mauled, but with many proofs of its fighting qualities… The casualties of the 62nd (W.R.) Division on the 3rd May were: 116 officers and 2,860 other ranks, killed, wounded and missing…

The 62nd had been ‘Blooded’!

At dusk on the 3rd, the 185th Infantry Brigade was relieved by the 22nd Infantry Brigade (7th Division), only the 2/7th West Yorks. remaining in the line under the command of the General Officer Commanding 7th Division.

4th MAY

The remnants of the 2/5th, 2/6th and 2/8th West Yorks. were withdrawn to caves in Ecoust, to reorganize: on the following day they marched to Ervillers. The 186th and 187th Brigades remained in the line, the 62nd Divisional front now extending from the Mory – Ecoust – Bullecourt Road (inclusive) to the left of the Vth Corps boundary, Judas Farm – Sensee River, to along the road at T.24.a.9.4. – U.14.c.2.9…

12th MAY

The final attack on Bullecourt began on the 12th May when the 185th Infantry Brigade assisted the 7th (British) and 5th (Australian) Divisions, by attacking the enemy’s strong point at the Crucifix.

The 2/7th Battalion West Yorks. was detailed for this operation, the 185th Trench Mortar Battery and one Section of the 212th Machine-Gun Company co-operating. Two Companies of the Battalion – B and C – attacked the Crucifix at Zero (3-40 a.m.) pus 26 minutes, but for a while no information of the situation of the attacking troops was obtainable. The 91st Brigade (7th Division) had reached the centre of the village, capturing a few Germans, but here very heavy machine-gun fire held up any further advance. About 6-30 a.m., however, an aeroplane report was received at 62nd Divisional Headquarters which stated that men of the 2/7th could be seen well dug in at the Crucifix. But from this period onwards, throughout the day, nothing could be ascertained, it being impossible to gain touch with the gallant West Yorkshiremen holding the post at the Crucifix. Possibly one of those isolated fights to a finish which were not uncommon in the War, but of which no authentic records are in existence, took place. For at 8 p.m. another aeroplane reported that the Germans once more held the Crucifix. At 10 o’clock that night patrols which attempted to reach the post were driven back, thus confirming the aeroplane report. Subsequently a few odd men returned through the lines of the 1st South Staffords (7th Division), having lost their way, but of the two officers and thirty-one other ranks who were known to be holding the Crucifix none returned nor was any further information gained concerning their fate. Five killed, thirty-one missing and thirty-two wounded were the casualties suffered by the 2/7th West Yorks. in this affair…

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26 November 1915

CLAPHAM – Obedient to the Call

Messrs. T. Constantine and Geo. Metcalfe have joined the 3/6 Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and left the village on Wednesday to train at Mansfield.

08 June 1917

CLAPHAM – SOLDIERS WOUNDED AND MISSING

Private James Metcalfe, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, at present in Crother’s V.A.D. Hospital, Tunbridge Wells, was wounded on May 3rd–the first-time he was in the firing line after returning from a convalescent period in England caused by being hit on the forehead. His present wound consists of serious damage to his thigh. He has undergone two operations, and septic poisoning set in, consequently he is almost helpless. Feeling a little better on Friday last he wrote to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Metcalfe, Clapdale Hall. Pte. Metcalfe speaks in high terms of the food and treatment he and others are receiving at the hospital.

Private George Metcalfe, younger brother of the above, and also in the Duke of Wellington’s, has been missing since May 3rd. He sent a field card home on May 2nd and all trace of him since that date has been lost though every effort has been made by Pte. Tom Constantine, an intimate friend, to locate him. Pte. G. Metcalfe went out in February and spent his 21st birthday in March in the trenches.

15 June 1917

CLAPHAM – MEMORIAL SERVICE

On Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in St. James’ Church for local soldiers who have fallen in battle. A large congregation assembled, amongst whom were relatives of the heroes and many were visibly affected by the solemnity of the occasion. A special form of service was used including the lesson from 1. Cor. xv. 20 – ‘Now is Christ risen from the dead,’ and Psalm 39 was chanted by the choir. Mr. Goddard Barker, A.R.C.O., gave as voluntaries ‘Marche Funebre’ (Beethoven), ‘But the Lord is mindful of His own’ (Mendelssohn), and ‘Marche Funebre’ (Chopin), and Miss A. Harrison feeling[ly] sang ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ (Carey). The hymns were ‘Jesu, Lover of my soul’ and ‘Lead, Kindly Light.’ Canon Rawdon Briggs preached a touching sermon from 1. Philippians, 23rd verse – ‘To depart and to be with Christ, which is far better,’ and in the course of his remarks said that was an occasion when the people were met to commemorate the sacredness of those dear ones who had fallen in battle. Their words and thoughts were with those who are asleep in the future beyond. There is no death, as the term is only a step into a larger and fuller life beyond. Life is one stage, a kindergarten or preparatory school and the Church states there is no death only a gateway, a closing of the eyes here and opening them there. Those near and dear heroes are moved on to another state. Their lives have not been wasted but developed to higher ones. They should be remembered in people’s prayers, for they are serving on the other side of the grave. In conclusion Canon Briggs quoted the verse:–

He is not dead the child of your affection,
But gone into another school;
Where he no longer needs your protection,
For Christ Himself doth rule.

15 June 1917

CLAPHAM – War Items

The parents of Pte. George Metcalfe, who was posted as ‘missing’ from May 3rd, have had a letter from the officer of the company, in which he states:– “I am sorry I cannot give you any news of George, beyond that he is missing, after being hit on May 3rd. Some of our wounded were undoubtedly captured by the enemy and I do trust we shall soon have news that he is alive in German hands. I miss him very much indeed from my Company, as he was one of my best Lewis gunners, and he would, I know, be doing his duty well to the front when he was hit. If I hear anything further I will let you know immediately. I give you my deepest sympathy in your anxiety. CLAUDE D. BENNETT, O.C. ‘B’ COMPANY.”

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bell, of the Flying Horse Shoe Hotel, have been notified that their son, Pte. J. Bell, Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on April 28th. He and his two chums, Ptes. Geoff. Sedgwick and E. Fawcett, enlisted at the same time, and were drafted first into the R.F.A., and afterwards into the ‘Fighting Fifth’. The two latter went to the Front some time in advance of Pte. Bell. All have made the supreme sacrifice.

And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods.

29 June 1917

CLAPHAM RESIDENT’S THIRD SON KILLED

Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. W. Metcalfe, Clapdale Hall, in the loss of their third son, George. He was posted as ‘missing’ on May 3rd, but on Saturday morning news came from Private Tom Constantine breaking the sad news of George’s death in action. It transpires he was wounded severely and dropped into a shell hole, and laid there with several of his chums. On account of the position no help could be got across to the poor fellows. Pte. Metcalfe was well liked by all the company and they send their sympathy to the bereaved parents and family.

Prior to the war, the dead hero was on his father’s farm. Joining up in November 1915, he enlisted in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, being trained at Clipstone, and afterwards at Salisbury Plain. An ‘old boy’ of Clapham School, he is the third to make the supreme sacrifice, and the seventh in Clapham and Keasden.

22 February 1918

INGLETON – IN MEMORY OF THE FALLEN

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.

08 March 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR – AFTER NINE MONTHS

Private George Metcalfe, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Metcalfe, Clapvale Hall, Clapham, who was reported missing after the attack of the Germans on May 3rd last, is now officially reported to have been killed on that date. Twenty years of age, Private Metcalfe enlisted in November 1915, and was previously engaged in farming. A strange coincidence happened on the 4th of May last year when the late soldier’s sheep dog was found dead behind one of the doors in an outbuilding at his home.

03 May 1918

METCALFE – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Private George Metcalfe, Duke of Wellington’s, who was killed in action at Bullecourt, May 3rd, 1917, aged 21 years.

Sleep on, dear son, and take your rest,
For God takes those He loved the best;
On earth there’s strife, in Heaven there’s rest,
They miss you most who loved you best.

From Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, Clapdale Hall, Clapham.

30 April 1920

METCALFE – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. George Metcalfe, who was killed in action on May 3rd, 1917, aged 21 years.

Three years have gone and still we miss you,
Miss you more than any tongue can tell.

From Father, Mother, Sisters and Brothers, Clapdale Hall, Clapham.

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22 February 1918

INGLETON

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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