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Place of Birth: Osmotherley, Yorkshire
Service No: 37895
Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Battalion / Unit: 17th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Leeds)
Division: 35th Division
Date of Death: 1917-10-23
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. D. 51.
CWGC Cemetery: MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE
Harry Chilton-Merryweather was the son of Nicholson Chilton Merryweather and Elizabeth Merryweather, née Gibbon. Nicholson was born at Gayles Fields, Gayles, Yorkshire, the son of John C. and Isobel Merryweather. Elizabeth was born at Sadberge, Co. Durham. In the 1881 Census, Nicholson, named as Nicholas, was employed as a farm servant by Elizabeth’s father, John Gibbon. Nicholson and Elizabeth married in 1882.
1901 East Harlsey, Yorkshire Census: Chapel Wood - Harry Chilton, aged 7 years, born Osmotherley, Yorkshire, son of Nicholson and Elizabeth Chilton.
1911 Osmotherley, Yorkshire Census: Middlestye Farm - Harry Chilton, aged 17 years, born Osmotherley. [Harry was employed as a Cow Man by Betsy Bell, Farmer.]
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Harry Chilton, 37895, W. York. R. D. of W. 23.10.17.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Harry Chilton, 37895, 17th (S) Bn W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 23.10.17 France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother sole legatee: Betsy E. £9 2s. 0d.
The 15th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (1st Leeds), informally known as the Leeds Pals, were amalgamated with the 17th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Leeds) to form the 15th/17th Battalion on the 7 December 1917.
CWGC Additional Information: Adopted son of Mrs. B. E. Chilton, of Cotterdale, Hawes, Yorks.
Harry is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in St Peter's Church, Osmotherley.
Photograph courtesy of Ian Chilton-Merryweather.
Data Source: Local War Memorial
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
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Private Harry CHILTON
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 35th Division
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