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James BANKS (1)

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Surname: BANKS

Forename(s): James

Place of Birth: Hawes, Yorkshire

Service No: 5836

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1916-07-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. B. 7.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CAUTLEY, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

James Banks was the son of William and Ann Banks, née Allison. William was born at West Burton and Ann at Cautley, Yorkshire.

1901 Burtersett, Yorkshire Census: James Banks, aged 7 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire, son of William and Ann Banks.

1911 Adamthwaite, Ravenstonedale, Westmorland Census: James Banks, aged 17 years, born Hawes, Yorkshire. [James was living with James Huck, Farm Manager, and his wife, Mary.]

The British Army Service Record for James Banks exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James Banks, 5/5836, W. Rid. R. D. of W. 26.7.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Banks, 5/5836, 1/5 W. Rid. R. D. of W. 26.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Banks, 5836, 1/5 Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 26.7.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Brother - Robert. £0 12s. 4d. Brother - George William. £0 12s. 3d. Sister - Sarah A. £0 12s. 3d. Sister - Mrs Agnes Burton. £0 12s. 3d. War Gratuity: Sister - Sarah. £3 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for James. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Miss Sarah Ann Banks. Relationship to soldier: Sister. Address: Burtersett, Hawes, Yorks.

Short biographies of James are included in:
‘Wensleydale Remembered – The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).
‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 – But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

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

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BANKS, James, aged 22, West Riding Regiment, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Banks, Buttersett, died of wounds July 26, 1916.


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Private James BANKS

Private James BANKS

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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BANKS

Forename(s): James

Born: Hawes, Yorks

Residence: Hawes

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 5836

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/5th Battalion


Died Date: 26/07/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BANKS

Forename(s): J

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 5836

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/5th Bn.



Died Date: 26/07/1916

Additional Information:



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

25 August 1916

BANKS - July 26th 1916 from wounds received in action in France. Pte. James Banks, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Burtersett, Hawes, aged 22 years.

25 August 1916


Pte. James Banks, West Riding Regiment, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Banks, Burtersett, Hawes, died on July 26th from wounds received in action. The deceased soldier, who was 22 years of age, and a native of Burtersett, was living with his uncle, Mr. J. Dent, Halldale Farm, Fell End, Ravenstonedale when he enlisted, and had been in France about a month. He was a fine, tall, well-built young fellow, who always made his parent's welfare his first consideration. He was well known throughout the districts of Hawes and Ravenstonedale, and his many friends will deeply mourn his loss. His sister, Miss Banks, who lives at Burtersett, received the sad news. This is the third local lad who has given his life for his country.

03 November 1916


A very impressive memorial service for the soldiers from the parish, and those closely connected with the parish, who have fallen in the War, was held in St. Margaret's Church on Sunday afternoon. From the Church tower the flag of St. George was flying half-mast, and the solemn tolling of the Church bell, announcing the hour of service, deepened the solemnity of the occasion. There was a large congregation, among whom were the relatives of many who have fallen. The service was conducted by the vicar (Rev. S. D. Crawford), and the hymns were 'Lead, Kindly Light', 'On the Resurrection Morning', and 'For all the Saints'. The soldiers whose memories were honoured were: Frederick Cockett, Albert Leach, Thomas Walton, J. W. Fryer, Reginald Milburn, James Banks, J. Chaytor Metcalfe, George Bargh, and James H. Milner

The Vicar took for his text the words, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends'. He said "As we think of those who have laid down their lives for their country in this War, two thoughts force themselves upon us - the greatness they have achieved, and the atonement they have wrought. Lads who have never trained for war have, in a few months, become the equals of the most magnificently trained army in the world, and we have lived to see a greatness in our splendid boys of which we have but little conception. These lads had acquired a deathless fame; a greatness which would survive as long the British Empire lasts. And some share of this greatness belongs to those for whose lives and deaths we thank God today, and we believe that as they gave their lives without a murmur, so our God will hear the prayers we offer that their souls may rest in peace, and light eternal shine upon them. When we recall the horrors that Belgium, France and Serbia have suffered, and realise that but for those same brave lads we might be suffering the same, we cannot honour them too much, we cannot be too grateful for their devotion and self-sacrifice. To those who mourn their loss, this comfort must come: that their loved ones have passed into the company of heroes who equated not their lives too dear, but at the call of duty sacrificed all for the sake of their country, the good of mankind, and the cause of true liberty. But their death has done more than prove their greatness; it has been an act of atonement, atonement for their country and atonement for themselves."

There was a time in the history of most nations when it had to be brought back to its allegiance to God by some sharp punishment. We went into this war with clean hands, but nevertheless it was proving a means of national purging. While we as a whole suffered in various ways, the sacrificial shedding of their blood had been the great work of our fallen heroes. "To that sacrifice those we remember today have shared and may we not confidently say that their deaths are a contribution to the cleansing of the nation?"

At the close of the sermon 'The Last Post' was sounded on the cornet by Mr. J. Blades, and after the Blessing the Dead March was played on the organ by Mr. F. Haverfield.

29 December 1916

HAWES - A Quiet Christmas

The Christmas of 1916 was the quietest experienced in living history, and many causes contributed to this end. The weather, which was cold, with alternate showers of snow and rain, did not make for cheerfulness and the day was spent for the most part either at home, or (in the case of the men folk), in the clubs. No parties of Christmas singers were abroad on Christmas Eve, or on Saturday night, and no band enlivened matters on Christmas Day. The usual services were held in St. Margaret's Church, and these were fairly well attended, about 60 partaking of Holy Communion. It was Christmas under war conditions, and which have touched almost every home. Many well-known men have made the great sacrifice. On the Hawes roll of honour are recorded the following names of those fallen in battle:-2nd Lieut. G. Bargh, Pte. James Banks, Pte. Fred Cockett, 2nd Lieut. J.W. Fryer, Pte. John Fawcett, Gunner Albert Leach, Major J.C. Metcalfe, Pte. R. Milburn, Pte. S.Moore, Pte. L. Staveley, and Corporal Tom Walton.

20 July 1917

BANKS - In loving memory of our dear brother, Private James Banks, who was killed in action on July 26th 1916.

Fondly we loved him, dear to us still,
In grief we must bend to God's holy will;
Our sorrow was great, our loss hard to bear,
But Angels, dear James, will guard you with care.

From his sorrowing Brothers and Sisters.


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