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James Parker METCALFE

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): James Parker

Place of Birth: Bolton-by-Bowland, Yorkshire

Service No: 204330

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1918-04-19

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 68.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: LOOS MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BOLTON-BY-BOWLAND, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: TOSSIDE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

James Parker Metcalfe was the son of Thomas and Mary Anne Metcalfe, née Parker. Thomas was born at Stainforth, Yorkshire and Mary at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire.

1901 Bolton-by-Bowland, Yorkshire Census: Gills - James P. Metcalfe, aged 6 years, born Bolton, son of Thomas and Mary Metcalfe.

1911 Tosside, Yorkshire Census: Trees Farm - James Metcalfe, aged 16 years, born Tosside. [James was employed by Jonas Barnes, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte James P. Metcalfe, 204330, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte James Parker Metcalfe, 204330, 2/4 W. Rid. R.; 8 W. Rid. R.; 2 W. Rid. R. Pres. died 19.4.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte James Parker Metcalfe, 204330, 2/Btn W. Ridings. Date and Place of Death: 19.4.18 presumed on or since France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Thomas. £14 2s. 1d.

A short biography of James is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

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Private James Parker METCALFE

Private James Parker 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: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): James Parker

Born: Long Preston, Yorks

Residence: Long Preston

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 204330

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 19/04/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): James Parker

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 204330

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 23

Awards:

Died Date: 19/04/1918

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Mary A. Metcalfe, of The Gill's Farm, Tosside, Long Preston, Leeds.

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Metcalfe Society

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

James Parker Metcalfe dd 19 Apr 1918 was born 1894 Tosside son of Thomas & Mary Ann (Parker) Metcalfe.

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The family of Thomas and Mary Anne Metcalfe, née Parker

The family of Thomas and Mary Anne Metcalfe, née Parker

James Parker Metcalfe is second left at the back and his sister, Isabella, second from left in front line of five girls

Courtesy of Andrew Mellin

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17 May 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Official news has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf, of Gill’s Farm, Tosside, that their eldest son, Private James Metcalf, has been wounded.

19 July 1918

A TOSSIDE SOLDIER MISSING

News has been received by means of a letter written by Mr. Hindson to his wife at Longpreston, that Private James Metcalfe, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mr. Thos. Metcalfe, The Gills, Tosside, is missing since April 19th last. Private Metcalfe who was much respected in the district, wrote to his mother on April 18th, saying they were having a bad time and had lost nearly all their officers. Mr. Hindson, in a previous letter to his wife said, Private Metcalfe had been wounded, adding, “I was about 100 yards away when the accident happened, and I did not get to know about it until I got about a mile away, but I heard he was unconscious when they took him away. I can’t get to know what his wounds are, but I know that it was a shell. He was attended by stretcher bearers belonging to another regiment, and that is why I cannot get to know anything. He was a nice lad and a pal of every lad in the platoon.” The parents of Private Metcalfe will be greatly obliged if this report comes to the knowledge of any soldier who can send information concerning his fate. As we state above, he is now reported missing since April 19th. A photograph of Private Metcalfe, the property of Mrs. Wicks, 9, Calton Terrace, Skipton, was dropped in Skipton streets last Monday evening. It bears Private Metcalfe’s name, and if the finder will return it to Mrs. Wicks she will be greatly obliged.

04 April 1919

LONG PRESTON – A MISSING SOLDIER

Can any soldier or returned prisoner give any news concerning Private J. P. Metcalfe (204330), 2nd Duke of Wellington’s W.R. Regiment, wounded and missing April 19th, 1918? Was last seen to be picked up by some stretcher bearers belonging to Hampshire Regt. in canal line near Hinges, and not heard of since. Any information would be gratefully received by his parents at The Gills Farm, Tosside, Long Preston.

08 August 1919

TOSSIDE – PRIVATE J. P. METCALFE PRESUMED DEAD

The parents of Private James Parker Metcalfe, of the Gills Farm, Tosside, have been informed that after being missing since April 19th, 1918, the Army Council have been regretfully constrained to conclude that he is dead, and that death took place on the date named. He was in the West Riding Regiment. We tender deep sympathy to the family.

29 August 1919

TOSSIDE – PRIVATE J. J. METCALFE: The Eldest in a Family of 16

We give a photograph of the late Pte. J. J. Metcalfe, the eldest of 16 children of Mrs. Mary A. Metcalfe, of the Gills Farm, Tosside, of whom 14 are living. Pte. Metcalfe, a fine lad, with a continual smile, enlisted on February 26th, 1917, and went out to France in August the same year. He was reported wounded and missing April 19th, 1918, and has since been officially presumed dead. He was 21 years of age when he enlisted and was at that time farm man for Mr. T. Huddleston, Snape House, Austwick. We extend deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

23 April 1920

METCALFE – In loving memory of Pte. J. P. Metcalfe, reported missing, afterwards presumed to have died on April 19th, 1918, near Cambrai, Belgium, aged 22 years.

“To memory ever dear.”

The Gills Farm, Tosside.

15 April 1921

METCALFE – In loving memory of James P. Metcalfe, reported missing and presumed killed on the 19th April, 1918.

“To memory ever dear.”

The Gells [sic] Farm, Tosside.

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17 May 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Tosside Soldier Wounded

Official news has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Metcalfe, of Gills Farm, Tosside, that their eldest son, Private James Metcalfe, has been wounded.

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