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Herbert Douglas ROUTLEDGE

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Forename(s): Herbert Douglas

Place of Birth: Penrith, Cumberland

Service No: P/8758

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Military Police Corps (Foot Branch)

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Age: 31

Date of Death: 1919-01-02

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: B. 7 (North-West part).


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Herbert Douglas Routledge (born 23 August 1887) was the son of William James and Jane Routledge, née Kirkbride and brother of Trumpeter Thomas Kirkbride Routledge (230093) (q.v.). Their father was born at Bewcastle and mother at Newton Reigny, Cumberland.

1891 Newton, Cumberland Census: Herbert D. Routledge, aged 3 years, born Penrith, Cumberland. [Herbert's mother Jane and her children were visiting her mother, Helen, and stepfather John Mattinson. Helen Graham married Thomas Kirkbride in 1863 and John Mattinson in 1871.]

1901 Lazonby, Cumberland Census: Herbert D. Routledge, aged 13 years, born Penrith, Cumberland, grandson of Catherine Routledge, widow.

1911 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Hollin Tree - Herbert Routledge, aged 23 years, born Penrith, Cumberland, son of William James and Jane Routledge.

Herbert was married to Lilian Tomlinson in 1911; she married Thomas White in 1920. Lilian was the sister of Private Syril Tomlinson (1690) (q.v.).

The British Army Pension Record for Herbert Douglas Routledge exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte H. Routledge, 1974, 1/8 W. York. R., P.8758, M.F.P. Theatre of War first served in: (1) [France]. Date of entry therein: 16.4.15. [Herbert received the Silver War Badge.]

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte H. Routledge, 1974, 8th W. Yorks.; P.8758, Military Foot Police. Dis. M.U. 4.7.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: L/Cpl H.D. Routledge, P8758, M.F.P. Date and Place of Death: Disch. 4.7.18. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Lilian and children. £20 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Herbert. Name(s) on card(s): Remarried Widow: Lilian White, born 25.9.90. Address: The Square, Ingleton, Yorks. Children: Eric, born 7.11.12. Bryan, born 12.4.14. Joan, born 19.1.15.

A short biography of Herbert is included in: ‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).

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Private Herbert Douglas ROUTLEDGE

Private Herbert Douglas ROUTLEDGE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Military Police Corps (Foot Branch)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Military Police Corps (Foot Branch)

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Forename(s): Herbert Douglas

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: P/8758

Rank: Private

Regiment: Military Police Corps


Age: 31


Died Date: 02/01/1919

Additional Information: Son of William James Routledge and Jane Routledge, of Hollin Tree, Ingleton.

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DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part Four

ROUTLEDGE, HERBERT DOUGLAS, L.-Corpl., No 1974, 8th (Territorial) Battn. The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regt.), 2nd s. of William James Routledge, of Hollin Tree, Ingleton, co. York, by his wife, Jane, dau. of Thomas Kirkbride; and brother to Trumpeter T.K. Routledge (q.v.); b. Penrith, co. Cumberland, 23 Aug. 1887; educ. Barnard Castle, co. Durham; was employed as a Clerk by the Midland Railway Co.; enlisted in the West Riding Regt. (33rd Foot) in 1903; served three years with the Colours, and joined the Reserve; was called up on the outbreak of war, but rejected as medically unfit; subsequently re-enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regt.; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from April 1915; was gassed near Ypres in Dec. 1916, and invalided to England; later appointed to the Military Police on Home Service, and died at Ilkley 2 Jan. 1919, from phthisis resulting from gas poisoning, received while on active service. Buried at Ingleton, co. York; unm. [sic]

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William James and Jane Routledge

William James and Jane Routledge

William James and Jane Routledge, née Kirkbride, the parents of Herbert Douglas and Thomas Kirkbride Routledge

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William James Routledge

William James Routledge

William James Routledge, the father of Herbert Douglas and Thomas Kirkbride Routledge

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Silk Bookmark

Silk Bookmark

Silk Bookmark in memory of Herbert Douglas Routledge

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Ingleton Cemetery

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31 December 1915

INGLETON AND THE WAR – The Sixth Fatality

Amongst those who attested at Settle were the following from Ingleton Fells:–

Thomas Faraday, John Faraday, James Parker, John Mason, Robert Lambert, Bryan Chapman, William Middleton, and William Hilton. These names bring the Ingleton Roll of Honour to 231.

Pte. W. Bolton, 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, was killed by shrapnel some time ago. He is the fifth Ingletonian to lay down his life for his country.

Pte. Stanley Thornber was shot through the chest some weeks ago, the bullet passing above the heart. The bullet has not been extracted, as an operation might prove dangerous.

Pte. Harold Howson, who has been in hospital suffering from trench foot, is at home, and Privates Joe Vickers and J. W. Robinson are at home on furlough from the Front.

News has just been received that Pte Cyril Tomlinson, 21 years of age, has been killed in the trenches by a sniper. He was the eldest son of Pte. Edward Tomlinson, Main Street; and went out to the Front with the 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Immediately on receipt of the sad intelligence, the Union Jack was hoisted half-mast at St. Mary’s Church. He is the sixth Ingletonian to give up his life for his King and country. As well as his father he has two brothers and several relatives serving with the forces. His brother-in-law, Pte. H. Routledge, has been gassed and is now in hospital at Lincoln.

Dr. Mackenzie has received a telegram from the War Office intimating that his son, Capt. Gordon Mackenzie, has been wounded in action, but the extent of his injuries is not yet known.

It is also reported that Pte. J. Nash and Pte. J. Waring have been wounded, and Pte. J. Clapham gassed, so that it would appear that the Ingletonians have been in the thick of it recently.

17 March 1916

INGLETON – War Items

Lance-Corporal H.D. Routledge has been home on sick leave. He was gassed some time ago and hurled into a crater, sustaining a severe shock. He has now been ordered to report himself in Ireland and sailed on Saturday night from Holyhead.

Seaman Victor Marklew, who has joined the Navy, has been home for a few days’ leave from somewhere in the North Sea.

17 March 1916

INGLETON – A Patriotic Family

Mr.and Mrs. John Slinger (Albion House, Ingleton) are to be congratulated on the part their children are playing in the war. They have nine sons, 3 sons-in-law, three grandsons, two grandsons-in-law, and several nephews now or recently serving in His Majesty’s Forces. Their names are:–

Private Sinnet Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment), now time expired; Private Ernest Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Vincent Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private John Slinger (Yorkshire Hussars); Lance-Corporal Herbert Moorey (Military Mounted Police); Pte. Cyril [Syril] Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.), who has made the supreme sacrifice, having been killed in Belgium; Private Charles Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Percy Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Edward Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Lance-Corporal Herbert Routledge (8th Leeds Rifles), gassed in Belgium; Private Albert Jowett (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.), invalided home from the Front; Private Thomas Richardson (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 2nd Battalion) now time expired, who has served at the Front since the outbreak of war without a scratch; Private George Richardson (Royal Garrison Artillery); Private Edward Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry); Private Walter Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry); Lance-Corporal Ernest Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry), wounded at Loos on September 26th with a bullet through the neck; and Private Herbert Hogg (West Yorkshire Regiment). Of the seventeen mentioned, fourteen have already seen active service, one (Private Edward Tomlinson) is a grandfather, and one of his sons has given his life for his country, and the other two are in training for the Front. Mr. Slinger who is nearing the three score years and ten, was himself a Volunteer in the old days. A keen sportsman, he is one of the best shots and one of the best anglers in the Ingleton district. In spite of his years, he is very active and thinks nothing of a day spent on the fells and moors with gun and dog.

14 April 1916

ROUTLEDGE – April 7th, at Ingleton, Denis Routledge, son of Lance-Corporal H.D. Routledge, aged 6 years.

06 April 1917

INGLETON – War Items

…Amongst others who have been spending a few days leave at home are:–Corporal H. Routledge, Quarter-Master Sergeant J.W. Lambert and Pte. James Hodkinson, of Masongill.

03 August 1917

INGLETON – War Items

Amongst those who have been home on leave during the past week are Pte. T.E. Thistlethwaite, Pte. Jack Tomlinson, Pte Charles Marklew, Pte. Chris Briscoe and Corporal H.D. Routledge…

22 February 1918


The following Ingleton soldiers have been home on leave during the past week:– Lieut. J. Barritt, Sergeant J.A. Preston, Sergeant J. Slawson, Corpl. H.J. [sic] Routledge, Private R. Parrington (who was wounded a short time ago), Pte. L. Redhead, Private A. Collett, Private E. Heaps, Private J. Hodgkinson and Victor Marklew (Royal Navy).

27 December 1918

ROUTLEDGE – December 22nd, at Ingleton, Elsie Routledge, aged 23 years.

[The above obituary refers to the sister of Private Herbert Douglas Routledge and Trumpeter Thomas Kirkbride Routledge]

27 December 1918

INGLETON – Obituary

For the second time within a few days three persons have been lying dead at the same time. On Sunday last Miss Elsie Routledge passed away at the early age of 23. She was formerly employed at the Co-operative Stores, where she gained the esteem and goodwill of all, and latterly as clerk at the Midland Railway Station. As a member of St. Mary’s choir her services were much appreciated, and her early demise is generally regretted. Some months ago her declining health became noticeable, and she went into a sanatorium at Ilkley, but all in vain, and she returned home only to die. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents. Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Routledge, Hollin Tree, have recently had more than their share of trouble. A few weeks ago one of their sons, Trumpeter T.E. [sic] Routledge, of the Dorset Yeomanry, was killed in action in Palestine, and another, Corporal H.D. Routledge, was badly gassed in France. He is now in a sanatorium at Ilkley and is in a very critical condition of health. An old volunteer with the long service medal, Mr. Routledge joined up when war broke out, and has four sons serving with his Majesty’s Forces…

[The above obituary refers to the sister of Private Herbert Douglas Routledge and Trumpeter Thomas Kirkbride Routledge]

10 January 1919

INGLETON – Military Funeral

One of the most impressive and largely attended funerals ever held at Ingleton took place on Monday, when Lance-Corporal H. D. Routledge was laid to rest in the Cemetery. As a Reservist, he was called up at the outbreak of war, and was badly gassed in France. A few months ago he entered a sanatorium at Ilkley, but the mischief was beyond cure, and he gradually sank, dying on Thursday the 2nd inst. The first portion of the Burial Service was taken in the church by the Vicar, where the hymns ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘Thy will be done’ were sung. As the cortege left the church the organist played a funeral march. The coffin, wrapped in a Union Jack and covered with beautiful wreaths, was borne by relays of soldiers on leave, under the charge of Sergt. F. Slinger. The Colliery Band played the ‘Dead March’ as the large procession slowly wound its way through the village, where all the blinds were drawn as a token of respect and sympathy. After the last rights had been performed, a firing party, under the command of Sergt. G. Littlefair, fired three volleys over the grave, and the ‘Last Post’ was sounded by Bugler R. Robinson.

Lance-Corporal Routledge was 31 years of age, and leaves a widow and three children. Much sympathy is felt for Private and Mrs. W. J. Routledge, Hollin Tree, in the triple bereavement they have recently sustained. A short time ago their son, Trumpeter Tom Routledge, was killed in Palestine, and their daughter Elsie, aged 23, was laid to rest a few days ago. The death of Lance-Corporal H. D. Routledge makes three deaths, all of young people, within a few months. Mr. J. Howarth had charge of the funeral arrangement.

24 December 1920

ROUTLEDGE – In ever loving remembrance of our dear Elsie and Herbert, who died Dec. 22nd 1918, and Jan. 2nd, 1919.

“Though lost to sight, to memory dear.”

Hollin Tree, Ingleton.

23 December 1921

ROUTLEDGE – In ever loving memory of our dear Elsie and Herbert, who died Dec. 22nd, 1918, and Jan. 2nd, 1919, aged 23 and 32 years.

“For ever in our thoughts.”

Hollin Tree, Ingleton.

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31 December 1915

Ingleton Territorial Killed

Several Ingleton homes have been cast under a shadow during the last few … casualties … occurred … fighting in Flanders. The Ingleton Territorial Detachment, which numbered about 50, although they had been in the fighting line since April, had escaped any casualty of a fatal nature, but this run of good luck has unfortunately been broken and much sympathy is felt for Pte. And Mrs. Edward Tomlinson and family, of Lemon Cottage, in the loss of their eldest son, Cyril, aged 23, who has been killed by a sniper in Flanders, death being instantaneous. The deceased’s father and two younger brothers, two brothers-in-law, and four uncles are serving their King and Country. Prior to going away he followed the employment of shoemaker, and worked for Mr. Bryan Holmes, of Bentham. The flag on St. Mary’s Church was flying at half mast out of respect to the deceased. This raises the toll of Ingleton to four.

On Monday evening Dr. J. Mackenzie Broadwood, Ingleton, received a wire to say that his son, Lieut. Gordon Mackenzie, of the K.O.Y.L.I., had been gassed and was in hospital in France. Lieut. Mackenzie was over on short leave only a fortnight ago.

On Wednesday Mr. And Mrs. G. Walling, of Ferncliffe, Ingleton, received information that their eldest son, Lieut. Ernest Walling, who is attached to the 8th Battalion Leeds Rifles, was in hospital suffering from gas poisoning.

On Monday, the 27th, Mrs. Routledge, The Square, Ingleton, received word that her husband, Pte. Herbert Routledge, had been gassed, and was suffering from injuries caused by falling into a shell-hole, and was in hospital at Lincoln awaiting an operation. Pte. Routledge is the brother-in-law to the young man Tomlinson who has been killed.

From information received from young men who have arrived on leave from the trenches it appears that Pte. Jack Wearing, son of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Wearing, of Rock Cottage, Ingleton, has been wounded, but the extent of the wounds are not known at the time of writing. He was attached to the 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment (Territorials).

03 August 1917


HOME FROM THE FRONT – During the past few days several Ingleton boys have been over on leave Private Jack Tomlinson, of the Tunnelling Corps, who has been out in France and seen much active service, is spending ten days with his relatives. Corporal H. Routledge, The Square, Ingleton, is also on short leave; he is attached to the Leeds Rifles and has spent considerable time on active service. Private Chris. Briscoe, Private J. Stevenson. and Private C. Marklew are also on leave from their various camps.

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