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James John William Turner METCALFE

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Forename(s): James John William Turner

Place of Birth: Ingleton, Yorkshire

Service No: 2329

Rank: L/Sergeant

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

Battalion / Unit: 'C' Coy 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1916-09-04

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Plot 3. Row B. Grave 17.


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James John William Turner Metcalfe was the son of Silvester and Rosanna Metcalfe, née Turner. Silvester was born at Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland and Rosanna at Kenninghall, Norfolk.

1901 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: 2, Paradise Cottages - James J.W.T. Metcalfe, aged 7 years, born Ingleton, son of Silvester and Rosanne Metcalfe.

1911 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: High Street - James John William Turner Metcalfe, aged 17 years, born Ingleton, son of Silvester and Rosanna Metcalfe.

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

James is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte J. Metcalfe.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl James Metcalfe, 2329, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. D. of W. 4.9.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Corporal James Metcalfe, 6/2329, 1/6 W. Rid. R. D. of W. 4.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Lce. Sgt. James Metcalfe, 2329, 1/6th Bn W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 4.9.16. 2nd (W.R.) Field Ambulance. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and sole legatee - Rosanna. £16 4s. 6d.

James died of wounds received in action during the Battles of the Somme, 1916, 1 July-18 November, at the Battle of Pozières, 23 July-3 September.

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

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War – A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

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L/Sergeant James John William Turner METCALFE

L/Sergeant James John William Turner METCALFE

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

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Forename(s): James

Born: Ingleton, Yorks

Residence: Ingleton

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 2329

Rank: L/Sgt

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 04/09/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): J J W T

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 2329

Rank: Serjeant

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

Unit: C Coy 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 04/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of Silvester and Rosanna Metcalfe, of Ingleton, Yorks.

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War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)


TRENCHES – THIEPVAL WOOD. The assaulting Bns of the 147 Bde (4th and 5th W.R.R.) moved into position in parallels [trenches], ‘A’ Coy having a covering party out in front to cover the movement, which was completed at 4.15 a.m. and ‘A’ Coy withdrew to NORTH BLUFF dug outs.
5 a.m. Relief completed and all ‘A’ Coy back at the BLUFF.
At the Bluff, a good many shells fell all round and one dug out was blown in, 6 men being killed.
Casualties [Deaths only]: 2701, Pte Barnes, F. A. ‘A’ Coy. Killed by shell. 3444, Pte Moorhouse, H. ‘A’ Coy. Killed by shell. Pte 4282, Pte Turnbull, J. ‘A’ Coy. Killed by shell. Pte 4332, Bond, G. ‘A’ Coy. Killed by shell. Pte 2031, Kelly, F. ‘A’ Coy. Killed by shell. Pte 5627, Storey, A. ‘A’ Coy. Killed by shell. Pte 2500, Pte Robinson, J. W. ‘C’ Coy. Killed by shrapnel. L/Sgt 2329, Metcalfe, J. ‘C’ Coy. Died of Wounds. 2 Lieut F. B. Gill. Killed by shell.

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

James Metcalfe a.k.a. James John W T Metcalfe dd 3 Sep 1916 was born 1893 Ingleton son of Silvester & Rosanna (Turner) Metcalfe.


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27 August 1915

INGLETON – War Items

Lance Corporal James Metcalfe, who is a bomb thrower in his company, was wounded above his right knee by the explosion of an enemy bomb on July 18th. After spending some time in a French hospital, he was removed to a convalescent home in Perth, and this week he has been recuperating at home. He reports himself at Skipton on Saturday next.

16 June 1916

INGLETON – War Items

Captain E. Walling and Private T. Bonnick have been spending a few days at home on leave from the front, and amongst those who have been allowed a few days from various training camps are Cadet G. Walling, Sergt. W.J. Routledge, Private A. Jowitt, Private J. Waring, Private W. Robinson, Private Fred Dixon and Private J. Sutton. Privates Frank Dixon and J. Metcalfe, who were wounded a short time ago, are now in England and are reported to be progressing favourably.

28 July 1916


Mrs. Chris. Hodgson, Backgate, Ingleton, has had a letter from Corpl. J. Metcalfe, informing her that her youngest son, Pte. W. Hodgson, of the 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding T.F., had been wounded by shrapnel in several places. Pte Hodgson was the youngest of the Ingleton Territorials to go and fight for King and Country at the outbreak of the War and the hope is general that his wounds are not of a serious nature.

15 September 1916

METCALFE – Died in hospital in France from wounds received in action, September 3rd, 1916, Sergt. J. Metcalfe, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Metcalfe, Ingleton.

15 September 1916


Private J. W. Robinson, whose mother resides in Back Gate, Ingleton, was also killed by the same shell. The following letters give particulars:–

September 4th 1916

“Dear Mrs. Robinson, – I regret exceedingly to have the painful duty of writing to inform you that your son, Pte. J. W. Robinson, was killed in action yesterday, September 3rd, as a result of a shell which came into the trench. After the explosion I, with one of his comrades, started to carry him to the dressing station, but he died a few minutes before he reached the doctor. He did not suffer much pain. I, on behalf of his comrades and myself, offer you the sincerest of sympathy in your bereavement. Of his qualities as a soldier and his devotion to duty I can only speak in the highest terms, as he was always ready for any duty. He was of a bright cheery disposition and he will be greatly missed in the platoon to which he belonged. Believe me, yours in sympathy.

“ARCHIBALD McCOLL, 2nd Lieutenant, West Riding Regiment”

September 4th 1916

“Dear Friends, – I am writing to you and I don’t know how to tell you. You don’t know how I feel, but it has to be done. I am sorry to have to tell you poor Jack, your nephew, got killed yesterday, and all the boys are very sorry. He got hit with a piece of shell and died in a minute or two. He did not suffer much at all. It was only about ten yards from him when it was done, and there was a lot more knocked out with the same shell. I am very sorry for his poor mother, and I am sure it will be a shock for you all. He was one of the very best of lads in our Battalion, and everybody liked him, and he has gone down for a good cause, same as many thousands more. We went up to the trenches together, and we were quite lively, but you know this is an awful game. Just now where we are it is a worse quarter than where we were last year at this time. It is simply ‘hell’ and nothing else, and he is a lucky man that gets through it. It is hard lines when we lose a pal like Jack; he was one that was always in for a bit of fun and we shall always miss him very much. We slept together the weeks before we went, and I shall miss him more than a lot of them because I have known him all his life. They buried him last night with lots more of our poor fellows. Jim Metcalfe got wounded with the same shell and Billy Preston, and those two have gone down the line somewhere, and I think they will pull through in time. You must tell his poor mother how sorry I am to write this letter. From your friend.


15 September 1916


Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Metcalfe, Paradise Row, have received intimation that their son, Lance-Corporal James Metcalfe, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, has died of wounds in France. The following letters give details:–

September 4th 1916

“Dear Mrs. Metcalfe, – I regret exceedingly to have the painful duty of writing to inform you that your son, Sergt. James Metcalfe, has died of wounds received in action yesterday. He was wounded with the explosion of a shell in the trench where we were. I saw him as he was being carried down the trench to the dressing station and he was very cheerful under the circumstances, and I thought that he would have a speedy recovery, but today I got the sad news that he had died in hospital. I, on behalf of his comrades and myself, offer you our sincerest sympathy in your bereavement. Of his qualities as a soldier, his devotion to duty and his character I can only speak in the very highest terms. As one of my platoon sergeants he was of great assistance to me, and was always ready and willing for any duty. He leaves a place in the platoon which will be hard to fill. Your other son, Pte. S. Metcalfe, has today gone to the place of interment to visit the grave. You will in due course receive official notice from the War Office. Again assuring you of the deepest sympathy.

“Believe me, Yours sincerely, ARCHIBALD McCOLL, 2nd Lieut. attached Duke of Wellington’s West Riding”

September 4th 1916

“Dear Mrs. Metcalfe, – I regret to be the bearer of the sad news to you that your son died here this morning and was buried today by the Church of England Chaplain, Mr. Barnes, in Forceville Military Cemetery. I presume he has written you, but I would like to add this word of sincere sympathy. May God sustain you in your sorrow.

“Faithfully yours, D. TAIT PATTERSON, C.F.”

Mr. and Mrs. Metcalfe’s eldest son lost a leg in the battle of Mons, and they have two other sons serving their King and Country, one in the Army and the other in the Navy.

05 January 1917


After being four months in hospital, Corporal W. Preston, eldest son of Mr. John Preston, fruiter and fishmonger, is now home on 10 days’ leave. He was wounded in the face with shrapnel, a part of which has not been extracted. He was able to walk to a dressing station in the trenches, and was in the act of climbing over when a machine gun bullet passed through one leg and lodged in the knee of the other. He was between Sergeant J. Metcalfe and Pte. J.W. Robinson when they had the misfortune to be killed.

Other who have been home are: Sergeant W. Routledge (direct from the trenches), Corporal J.W. Routledge (his father), Corporal T. Heaps (Military Medallist) and Private Sherwin.

22 February 1918


A memorial service for Ingleton men who have fallen in the war was held in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday evening. There was a large congregation, and the service was of an impressive character. The Union Jack was hoisted half-mast on the tower during the day. At the commencement of the service the organist, Mr. C. Bentham, played ‘O rest in the Lord’, and at the conclusion the Dead March in ‘Saul’, 'How bright these glorious spirits shine’, and other hymns appropriate to the occasion were sung, as was also the National Anthem. Standing on the Chancel steps, Bugler J. Robinson sounded the ‘Last Post’, and its solemn and eerie notes reverberated along the aisles.

Before commencing his address, the vicar, the Rev. D. T. Davies, read out the list of those who had fallen, as follows:–

Killed in action: Second-Lieutenant G. Kirk, Sergeant J. Metcalfe, Privates A. Noble, G. Scholey, C. Tomlinson, J. Smith, W. A. Hodgson, J. W. Wadeson, J. W. Robinson, J. Clapham, W. Smith, J. Schofield, J. Kettlewell, W. Marklew, E. Askew, P. Fletcher, G. Metcalfe, A. M. Booth, J. Woodhouse, W. Bolton, and J. [W.H.W.] Wilson.

Died in hospital: Privates W. H. Wignall and C. Newsholme.

Torpedoed: C. Grant.

Missing; Sergeant R. E. Walker, Privates A. Sherwin, W. Northey, E. Robinson, J. Saul, and W. [J.C.] Bradford.

The Vicar, speaking from the words, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’, said that the occasion brought them face in face with a question that was momentous to everyone, and the list which he had just read made them pause and ask the question, “Is the cause for which we are fighting of such a nature that these sacrifices are necessary?” They must remind themselves of the causes which led to the war. Our honour was pledged to protect a small country from an oppressing wrong, and we were compelled to stand by them. They were standing to protect a weak country from a fearful wrong committed by one of the strongest nations in the world – from a military point of view the strongest – a nation that was steadily prospering year after year and which had been training its manhood to satisfy its mad ambition for power. It was becoming clear, especially during the last few weeks, that the dominant note running through their proposals had been their determination that might should conquer over right, and that they would rule as masters over the whole world. When they analysed the causes they saw that the principles of justice and righteousness were struggling against oppression and wrong-doing. They had seen an attempt to impose injustice on the whole world, to impose the doctrine that might is right and mercy unknown by the will of one man, and to sweep away religion, man’s guidance, in a moment.

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28 July 1916


Mrs. Clapham, of the Craven Heifer Inn, Ingleton, has had a letter from her nephew, who is somewhere in France, which states that he is sorry to inform her that her son, Pte. Joseph Clapham, of the 9th Duke of Wellington’s, had been killed in a bayonet charge, near to Fricourt, on July 7th. Pte. Clapham, who was the youngest son of Mrs. Clapham, prior to enlisting was a gardener. He was of a very versatile nature, and was very popular. It has often been said of him by men who know that had he gone on the halls there was a good future for him. His loss is greatly regretted, and much sympathy is felt for his widowed mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Hodgson have had a letter from Corpl. J. Metcalfe informing them that their youngest son, Pte. W. Hodgson, of the 6th Duke of Wellington’s (T.F.) had been wounded in several places by shrapnel. Pte. Hodgson was the youngest of the Ingleton Territorials to go for King and Country at the outbreak of war. His comrades all speak of his bright and cheery nature, and hopes are expressed that his wounds are not serious.

15 September 1916

METCALFE – September 3rd in France, Sergt. Jas. Metcalfe, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Metcalfe, Ingleton, aged 23.

15 September 1916


Ingleton is having to pay the full price for its loyalty to King and Country. Great regret was felt in the district on Saturday last when it became known that two more Ingleton lads had been killed, and a third had been wounded somewhat severely. This brings the number of Ingletonians who have been killed up to 12, which is rather a large toll for a place of little over 1,000 inhabitants. The two latest to give their lives are Sergeant James Metcalfe, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Metcalfe, Paradise Row, Ingleton, and Private J.W. Robinson, of Backgate, Ingleton, aged 23 and 26 respectively. Both young men were attached to the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. The first intimation Mr. and Mrs. Metcalfe received was a letter from Rev. Cecil Patterson, chaplain to the forces, stating that he had died of wounds and had been buried.

The deceased was wounded in the right leg in July 1915, and was sent to Perth. He returned to France in January of this year. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalfe have had four sons serving, three in the army and one in the navy, on H.M.S. Benbow. One of the former was wounded and taken prisoner by the Germans in the early days of the war, he having his right leg amputated, which he believes was owing to lack of attention whilst a prisoner. Sergeant J. Metcalfe joined with the Ingleton Territorials the day after the war broke out.

Private J. W. Robinson resided with his mother in Backgate, Ingleton. He was a very popular young fellow, being a prominent member of the Ingleton Football team, with whom he was a great favourite. His wounds were of such a serious nature that he succumbed before he reached the dressing station. Prior to enlisting he was employed at the Ingleton Colliery. Both young men were single, and much sympathy is felt with their parents. The flag on St. Mary’s Church was hoisted half mast in respect of the fallen lads.

Mr. J. Preston, fishmonger and fruitier, Ingleton, has received word that his eldest son, Corporal W. Preston, has been wounded in the face and right leg. We understand that the wounds are not of a very serious nature, although a slight operation will be necessary.

31 August 1917

In loving memory of our dear brother, Sergt. James Metcalfe, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, who died of wounds Sept. 4th, 1916.

Sleep on, dear brother, in a soldier’s grave,
Your life for your loved ones you nobly gave;
Not one of us near you to bid you goodbye,
But in God’s precious keeping you safely lie.

– From his only sister Annie and brother Sil. in France. Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

22 February 1918


MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday last a memorial service for the Ingleton soldiers who have fallen during the war was held in St. Mary’s Church. The flag on the tower was hoisted at half-mast. There was a very large congregation, and prior to the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. C. Bentham) played a solemn voluntary. The vicar (Rev. T. D. Davies) conducted the service, special prayers, psalms, and hymns being read and sung. The Vicar delivered a powerful sermon, taking as his text St. John, ch. 13 v., 13, “Greater love hath no man,” and prior to this read the following name of the Ingleton men killed and missing , some of whom have been presumed dead. The ‘Dead March’ was played at the close of the service, and the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ by Bugler J. Robinson concluded a solemn and impressive service. The following were the names read out by the vicar:–

Men killed: 2nd-Lieut. Gerald Kirk, Pte. A. Noble, Pte. G. Scholey, Sergt. Jas. Metcalfe, Pte. Cyril Tomlinson, Pte. James [Jabez] Smith, Pte. Wm. A. Hodgson, Pte. John W. Wadeson, Pte. John W. Robinson, Pte. Joe Clapham, Pte. Wm. Smith, Pte. Jas. Schofield, Pte. Jas. Kettlewell, Pte. W. Marklew, Pte. E Askew, Pte. Percy Fletcher, Pte. Geo. Metcalfe, Pte. A. M. Booth, Pte. J. Woodhouse, Pte. W. Bolton, Pte. J. [W.H.W.] Wilson; died in hospital: Pte. Chris. Newsholme, Pte. Henry Wignall; missing: Sergt Robert E. Walker, Pte. Alfred Sherwin. Pte. Wm. Northy, Pte. Jas. Saul, Pte. Ed. Robinson. Pte. W. [J.C.] Bradford; torpedoed: Charles Grant.

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