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Forename(s): Harold

Place of Birth: Whitewell, Yorkshire

Service No: 15088

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1915-08-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. G. 7.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

Harold Charnock (born 10 August 1886) was the son of Henry and Agnes Charnock, née Douthwaite and brother of Private Robert Charnock (29030) (q.v.). Their father was born at Whitewell and mother at Settle, Yorkshire.

1891 Bowland Forest (Higher Division), Yorkshire Census: Bishop's House [near Dunsop Bridge] - Harold Charnock, aged 4 years, born Whitewell, Yorkshire, son of Henry and Agnes Charnock.

1901 Bowland Forest (Lower Division), Yorkshire: Lees Cottage [near Whitewell] - Harold Charnock, aged 14 years, born Whitewell, Yorkshire. [Harold was lodging with Isaac and Annie Wooff.]

1911 Bowland Forest (Higher Division), Yorkshire Census: Hareden [near Dunsop Bridge] - Harold Charnock, aged 24 years, born Slaidburn, Yorkshire. [Harold was living with Thomas Beattie, a farm bailiff.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harold Charnock, 15088, W. Rid. Rgt. Theatre of War first served in: 1 - France. Date of entry therein: 15.7.15. Died 26[sic].8.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Harold Charnock, 15088, 9 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 23.8.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Harold Charnock, 15088, 9th Bn W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 23.8.15. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father Sole Legatee - Henry. £6 14s. 3d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: joint card(s) exist for Harold and Robert. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mr Henry Charnock. Relationship: Father. Address: Eddisford Cottages, Nr Clitheroe, Lancs.

A short biography of Harold is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance – Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

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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: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Forename(s): Harold

Born: Whitewell, Yorks

Residence: Clitheroe, Lancs

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 15088

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 23/08/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): H

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 15088

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 9th Bn.



Died Date: 23/08/1915

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


CHARNOCK Harold of Edisford Cottage Bashall Eaves Yorkshire a private in the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment 9th battalion died 23 August 1915 on active military service in Northern Europe Administration Wakefield 8 October to Henry Charnock farmer. Effects £218 13s. 3d.

'Clitheroe Times' (18 August 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



The rector of Slaidburn (Rev. J.C. Garnett) preached a special memorial sermon on Sunday to the late Private William Houghton, who was the village constable at Slaidburn, prior to the war, and who was killed in France. Deceased's favourite hymns were sung and Miss Ost played the Dead March. Private Houghton was in the Black Watch. Information of his death came from a comrade and Mrs. Houghton later received confirmation from the Lieutenant-Colonel who spoke in praiseworthy terms of her husband, and of the magnificent spirit of the men under his charge, adding that they had fully maintained the proud traditions of the regiment. Private Houghton, who was only 26 years of age, enlisting in November last with two other West Riding colleagues - P.C.'s Hartley and Green. Private Houghton went to France in April. He had been in hospital at the base for six weeks suffering from septic poisoning as the result of mosquito bites, and only returned to his company the night before he met his death. Naturally anxious to know of his friend Hartley's whereabouts, he was putting his inquiries to a comrade when a sniper hit him. The heartfelt sympathy of the villagers and of her husband's many friends and acquaintances is felt for the widow and her two young children in their great loss. Mrs. Houghton lost her only brother at the Dardanelles, where he was killed three hours after landing.

The Rector, preaching from 1. Peter v., 7, "Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you" said: In taking this text one's thoughts are of those whose lives have been darkened by the war. Few families have escaped the horrors of it. We try to keep right, but things are not as usual. Everything is interfered with, the keen desire for pleasure has gone for the most part. Some are suffering financial loss through the war. But beyond all was the overwhelming anxiety of those who had fathers, sons, brothers and sweethearts at the front. They were proud to serve their King and country and hard as the parting was loved ones had joined in the pardonable pride. Still there was the constant anxiety and suspense. The waiting for news and too often 'bad news' had come to homes. The text had immense comfort in it for those whose hearts are heavy with grief. Earthly comfort had its value. For instance the fact that he who died in a foreign land died as a hero and could never be branded as a coward or a shirker, had comfort in it. They in Slaidburn, and indeed the whole country, were grateful to him and to the other lads from Bolland who had laid down their lives. They had died for the nation and as long as the nation lasted they would be remembered. On a 'Roll of Honour' in our old Church their names will stand for all time and succeeding generations will learn of their brave deeds. Engraved thereon would be the names of George Bannister, Harold Charnock, John Eccles, Walter Isherwood, Fred Wilcock, Wm. Winder and William Houghton. It was in memory of the last named soldier that service was being held. He knew him as a good officer of the police force, always attentive to duty, carried out without fear or favour. Indeed he was held in high esteem by his superior officers and would soon no doubt have received promotion. He made a smart and brave soldier - the letter fro his Colonel testified to that. He was also a good and affectionate husband and father, a clean living man with a pure mind and high ideals. As such we should remember him. He had often been prayed for in our intercession services and no doubt those prayers had helped him, helped him to fight and die. Public intercession services are of the greatest value in this direction and those who attend them were doing a great service to our fighting men. It was no little comfort to the widow and fatherless children that their loved one was so highly thought of. The real comfort, however, was in the text "Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you."

The Rector also made special reference to the late Mr. Thomas Rudd. He spoke of him as a good and upright man, one who sought to serve God faithfully. Mr. Rudd was highly respected, especially by Lord Crawshaw and his family and in whose service he had been for a large number of years.

Mr. Garnett held a memorial service at Bishop's House on Sunday last for Rifleman William Winder, son of Mr. Richard Winder, of Holme Head, Dunsop Bridge. He said William Winder was a good son and a thoughtful and earnest young man. The loss to his relations and to those who knew him best was a heavy one. He was a brave soldier and his death was a loss to the country that he served so well.

'Clitheroe Times' (3 November 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



We have pleasure in drawing attention to the fine record of Burholme Farm, Whitewell, in the occupation of Mr. W.M. Haslewood, from which a large number of men have joined the army. The list, which Mr. Haslewood has supplied at our request, is given below, and we shall be glad to print similar records, if there are any such:-

Private John Eccles. In his third year of service at Burholme, he joined the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in December, 1914, and went out to France in July, 1915. He was shot by a sniper in March, 1916.

Private Harold Charnock. Lodged at Burholme during the autumn of 1914, when he was engaged by Blackburn Corporation Waterworks, and enlisted with Private Eccles in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, and went out to France with him. He was shot by a sniper in August, 1915, Private Eccles sending the sad news to Burholme.

Rifleman R.J. Tomlinson. Formerly lived two years in service at Burholme but was in service near Settle when he joined the K.R.R.'s in March, 1916. He visited Burholme in August last, and went out to France a week later and was killed September 16th, 1916.

Private F. Wilcock. Engaged for hay time 1913, and afterwards worked on Towneley Estate. Joining Duke of Wellington's Regiment in 1915 he was killed by a shell in January, 1916.

Private Roland Seed. A native of Chipping, formerly in service at Burholme. He joined the North Lancs. Regiment and died of fever at the Dardanelles.

Private James Worswick. Was 3 years in service at Burholme. He joined the Duke of Wellington's Regiment early in 1915, and has been out at the Dardanelles and in Egypt. He is now in France.

Driver James Parker. Was in service at Burholme to December, 1915, when he joined the R.H.A. Trained at Woolwich, he has now gone to France.

Private Walter Eccles. Was a year at Burholme, 1914. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, and is in training at Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Private Frank Seed. A drainer on Towneley Estate. Worked a month's hay time at Burholme in 1915. He has joined the Duke of Wellington's Regiment and is in training at North Shields.

Private J. Dobson. A Goosnargh man, worked hay time 1914, and joined the Coldstream Guards early in 1915. Wounded in France, he is in hospital at Oxford.

Private E. Seed. A Chipping man, formerly a year in service, joined the R.F.A. and has been for more than a year in France.

Private Roger Marsden. A former hay time man and lately motor driver at Whitewell Hotel, has joined the A.S.C. Motor Section.

Private Joseph Boothman. Formerly a year in service, had joined the R.F.A. and is now in India.

Private Wilfrid Gudgeon. In service at Burholme when a lad, and who emigrated to Australia some years ago, has joined the Colonial Forces and is now in France.

'Clitheroe Advertiser' (25 May 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



Mr. Henry Charnock, of Edisford has drunk deeply of the cup of sorrow caused by the war. On the 23rd August, 1915, his son Harold, gave his life for King and Country, and, last week-end, the news was received of the death of his third son, Private Robert Charnock, 9th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. The melancholy intelligence was contained in a letter from the Rev. A. Edington, chaplain, as follows:- "I have a very sad duty to perform, and I do it with the greatest sympathy with you. I have to tell you that your son, Private Robert Charnock, was killed in action the other day. He, and all our men, were splendid, and he is a loss to his friends and to the regiment. I always feel that these times weigh heavier on you at home than on any of us out here, and especially on the parents, wives and sweethearts who make the greatest sacrifice of all by giving those they love for England and the future. Let me send you my sympathy, and assure you of my prayers." - Further information was conveyed in a letter to Miss Charnock, dated the 13th inst., from Pte. T.A. Sharman, who signed himself, "Bob's sincere chum." It ran as follows: "It is my sad duty to inform you that your brother, Bob, was killed inaction on the 10th of this month. He had been my chum ever since we were warned for the draft, and we were greatly attached to each other. His death, therefore, has been a great shock to me. Whenever it was possible, we were together, but, on the night of the 10th, we were placed in different sections of the trench. I did not know until the following morning that he was dead. Perhaps it will some slight consolation to you to know that he was killed instantaneously. A shell burst on the little dug-out where, one of our men told me, your brother was sleeping a few minutes before. He was a popular man with all who knew him, and I know how clean-living and straightforward he was. Although I had only known him since Xmas, we had grown to be like brothers and, the day before he died, he told me that if we came through this war, I should have to go and spend my holidays with him on the farm. May God give you strength to bear this terrible blow. I cannot say how deeply I sympathise with you." - The news will be received with great regret in the Whitewell district, Private Charnock having worked for Mr. W. Carr, Langden Holme since boyhood. He was 33 years of age and joined up in August last.

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St Michael's Churchyard, Whitewell, Yorkshire

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St Michael's Churchyard, Whitewell, Yorkshire

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