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Henry KIRKLEY

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Surname: KIRKLEY

Forename(s): Henry

Place of Birth: Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire

Service No: M2/182865

Rank: A/L/Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Army Service Corps

Battalion / Unit: 402nd Mechanical Transport Coy

Division: ---

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-11-08

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. M. 9.

CWGC Cemetery: OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: LINTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Henry Kirkley was the son of Thomas and Margaret Jane Kirkley, née Moore. Thomas was born at Middlesmoor, Yorkshire and Margaret at Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham.

1891 Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire Census: 42, Sun Lane - Harry Kirkley, aged 2 years, born Burley-in-Wharfedale, son of Thomas and Margaret J. Kirkley.

1901 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 2, Hainworth Crag Road - Harry Kirkley, aged 12 years, born Burley [in] Wharfedale, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Margaret Kirkley.

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 104, Fell Lane - Harry Kirkley, aged 22 years, born Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Margaret Jane Kirkley.

Henry was married to Jennie Briddon in 1912.

Jennie died on the 27 November 1918.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Henry Kirkley, M2/182865, A.S.C. Dead.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Private Henry Kirkley, M2/182865, R.A.S.C. Died 8.11.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte (a/L/Cpl) M/2/182865, 402 M.T. Co. A.S.C. Date and Place of Death: 8.11.17. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Wife - Jennie. £6 15s. 0d. Self and children. Guardian - Thomas Kirkley. £6 0s. 0d.

A short biography of Henry is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Photograph courtesy of David Kirkley, Keighley.

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

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A/L/Corporal Henry KIRKLEY

A/L/Corporal Henry KIRKLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Army Service Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Army Service Corps

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: KIRKLEY

Forename(s): Henry

Born: Burley-in-Wharfedale

Residence: Keighley, Yorks

Enlisted: Skipton

Number: M2/182865

Rank: A. L/Cpl

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 08/11/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: KIRKLEY

Forename(s): H

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: M2/182865

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Army Service Corps

Unit: 402nd Mech. Transport Coy.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 08/11/1917

Additional Information:

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

1919

KIRKLEY Jennie of Laburnum Cottage Grassington Yorkshire widow died 27 November 1918 Administration (limited) London 6 June to Jane Hill (wife of John Hill). Effects £96 8s. 8d.

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Wife and children of Henry Kirkley

Wife and children of Henry Kirkley

- Allan (aged 3), Jennie Kirkley (née Briddon) and Winnie

All images are courtesy of David Kirkley, Keighley

Henry Kirkley, whilst employed as a bus driver at Grassington by Christopher Chapman

Henry Kirkley, whilst employed as a bus driver at Grassington by Christopher Chapman

Henry Kirkley, whilst employed as a bus driver by Keighley Corporation Tramways (taken at Oakworth, c. 1913)

Henry Kirkley, whilst employed as a bus driver by Keighley Corporation Tramways (taken at Oakworth, c. 1913)

Henry Kirkley, whilst employed as a bus driver by Keighley Corporation Tramways (taken at Oakworth, c. 1913)

Henry Kirkley, whilst employed as a bus driver by Keighley Corporation Tramways (taken at Oakworth, c. 1913)

Private Henry Kirkley (on the right) whilst serving pre-war, in a Territorial Force battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Private Henry Kirkley (on the right) whilst serving pre-war, in a Territorial Force battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Private Henry Kirkley whilst serving in a Territorial Force battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Private Henry Kirkley whilst serving in a Territorial Force battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

- back row, 3rd from left

Army Service Corps (M. T.) Christmas card (1916)

Army Service Corps (M. T.) Christmas card (1916)

Private Henry Kirkley is at the back (middle figure) with his hand on the soldier in front

Private Henry Kirkley is at the back (middle figure) with his hand on the soldier in front

Trench Art - bearing the names of Henry and Jennie's children

Trench Art - bearing the names of Henry and Jennie's children

Trench Art - with the names of battles where Private Henry Kirkley was involved

Trench Art - with the names of battles where Private Henry Kirkley was involved

Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium

Oxford Road Cemetery, Belgium

CWGC Headstone

A/L/Corporal Henry Kirkley’s non-army issue identity disc

A/L/Corporal Henry Kirkley’s non-army issue identity disc

Shoulder title belonging to A/L/Corporal Henry Kirkley

Shoulder title belonging to A/L/Corporal Henry Kirkley

Next of kin Memorial Plaque

Next of kin Memorial Plaque

Silk Bookmark in memory of Jennie Kirkley

Silk Bookmark in memory of Jennie Kirkley

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23 November 1917

KIRKLEY – Killed in action on the Western Front, Lance-Corporal Harry Kirkley, Motor Transport Service, formerly chauffeur to Mr. C. Holdsworth, Netherside Hall, Grassington.

23 November 1917

GRASSINGTON – FORMER CHAUFFEUR KILLED

It is with regret that we record the death, in action, of Lance-Corporal Harry Kirkley, of the Motor Transport Service. The deceased, who was a native of Keighley, had lived in Grassington for some time, being employed by Mr. C. Holdsworth, J.P., of Netherside Hall, as chauffeur. He was greatly respected by all who knew him. He joined the forces about 18 months ago, being sent immediately to France. He was daily expecting to be sent home on leave when unfortunately he met his death. He leaves a widow and two little children, with whom much sympathy is felt.

A letter from his superior officer says:– “He died at his post of duty, being struck by the fragment of a shell from the effects of which he never recovered. None of the men of the column, however, were near him or saw him fall. Although I had not the pleasure of knowing him as I should have liked to – having only taken charge of the column a few days ago – I am told by all his fellow N.C.O.s and men that he was trustworthy and reliable in all his duties and a man who could ill be spared from the column. I will do what I can to see that his grave is attended to. Please accept my deepest sympathy in this your heavy loss. Not only on behalf of myself do I write, but also on behalf of his comrades who feel that they have lost in him a brother and a friend.”

08 November 1918

KIRKLEY – In loving memory of my dear husband, Lance-Corporal Harry Kirkley, M.T., A.S.C., killed at Ypres, November 8th, 1917.

No one who knew him need ever be told
That a warmer heart death never turned cold,
His loving smile, his cheerful face,
There’s none can fill my husband’s place.

From his loving Wife and little Children, Allan and Winnie, Laburnum Cottage, Grassington.

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23 November 1917

GRASSINGTON

LANCE-CORPORAL H. KIRKLEY KILLED

It is with regret that we record the death, in action, of Lance-Corpl. Harry Kirkley, of the Motor Transport Service. The deceased, who was a native of Keighley, had lived in Grassington for some time, being employed by Mr. C. Holdsworth, J.P., of Netherside Hall, as chauffeur. He was greatly respected by all who knew him. He joined the forces about 18 months ago, being sent immediately to France. He was daily expecting to be sent home on leave, when unfortunately he met his death. He leaves a widow and two little children, with whom much sympathy is felt.

A letter from his superior officer says:– “He died at his post of duty, being struck by the fragment of a shell, from the effects of which he never recovered. None of the men of the column, however, were near him or saw him fall. Although I had not the pleasure of knowing him as I should have liked to – having only taken charge of the column a few days ago – I am told by all his fellow N.C.O.’s and men that he was trustworthy and reliable in all his duties, and a man who could ill he spared from the column. I will do what I can to see that his grave is attended to. Please accept my deepest sympathy in this your heavy loss. Not only on behalf of myself do I write, but, also on behalf of his comrades, who feel that they have lot in him a brother and a friend.”

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