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Herbert Lawson METCALFE

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Forename(s): Herbert Lawson

Place of Birth: Countersett, Yorkshire

Service No: 16077

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Irish Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 16th (Irish) Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1917-11-20

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 5.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Local War Memorial: MARSETT, YORKSHIRE


Additional Information:

Herbert Lawson Metcalfe was the son of William and Emma Jane Metcalfe, née Metcalfe. Both parents were born at Bainbridge, Yorkshire.

1901 Countersett, Yorkshire Census: Herbert L. Metcalfe, aged 2 years, born Countersett, son of William and Emma J. Metcalfe.

1911 Countersett, Yorkshire Census: Herbert Lawson Metcalfe, aged 12 years, born Countersett, son of William and Emma Jane Metcalfe.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Herbert Metcalf, 59366, L'pool R.; 16077, R. Ir. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Herbert Metcalf, 59366, 11/L'pool R.; 16077, 2/R. Ir. Regt. Killed in action 20.11.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Herbert Lawson Metcalf, 59366, 2nd Bn R. Irish. Date and Place of Death: 20.11.17 in action France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Emma J. £7 16s. 5d.

A short biography of Herbert is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

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

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Private Herbert Lawson METCALFE

Private Herbert Lawson METCALFE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Irish Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Irish Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 16th (Irish) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 16th (Irish) Division

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Surname: METCALF

Forename(s): Herbert Lawson


Residence: Countersett, Askrigg S.O., Yorks

Enlisted: Liverpool

Number: 16077

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Irish Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 20/11/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 59366, Liverpool Regt.

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Forename(s): Herbert L.

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16077

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Irish Regiment

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 20/11/1917

Additional Information: Son of William and Emma J. Metcalfe, of Countersett, Askrigg, Yorks.

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Metcalfe Society

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

Herbert Lawson Metcalf(e) dd 20 Nov 1917 was born 1898 Countersett son of William & Emma Jane (Metcalfe) Metcalfe.


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07 December 1917

METCALFE – November 20th 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Private Herbert Metcalfe, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Metcalfe, Countersett, near Askrigg, aged 19 years.

07 December 1917


News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Metcalfe, of Countersett, near Askrigg, of the death in action of their eldest son, Private Herbert (Bert) Metcalfe, who was killed in action on the 20th November. Pte. Metcalfe was 19 years of age. He was a large hearted and quiet lad, not of robust health. After joining up on the 30th January last he was in hospital in England for some considerable time. He went out to France on 19th June and was in hospital there in August. At the time of joining up Pte. Metcalfe was assisting Mr. T. Paley in a milk business in Liverpool.

A letter was received on the 30th November from the Chaplain of his regiment, expressing sympathy with his relatives; also one from Lieutenant F. A. Hall, of the Royal Irish, in which the deceased was described as “a gallant and fearless English soldier”.

21 December 1917


A Memorial Service was held at St. Matthew’s, Stalling Busk, in memory of the late Herbert Metcalfe, who was killed in action on the 20th November last. There was a crowded congregation and great sympathy was shown. One of the choirboys carried the Union Jack, draped, up to the chancel steps. The Vicar, the Rev. F. M. Squibb, gave a very appropriate address. The Dead March was played before the address, and the National Anthem at the close.

22 November 1918

METCALFE – In ever loving memory of Herbert (Bert), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Metcalfe, of Countersett, Askrigg, killed in action in France, November 20th, 1917, aged 19 years.

“And far away from sorrow, war and weeping he is at rest.”


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