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Surname: UPTON

Forename(s): Jim

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 265005

Rank: Sergeant

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-11-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: C. 3.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Jim Upton was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Young Upton, née Riley and brother of Corporal Thomas Upton (15886) (q.v.). Their father was born at Idle, Yorkshire and mother at Ulverston, Lancashire. Elizabeth (born c. 1864) was the daughter of Margaret Riley and William Young who married in1866.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 8, Westgate - James Upton, aged 2 years, born Skipton, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Upton.

1901 Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire Census: 5, Cardigan Terrace - James Upton, aged 12 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Upton.

Jim was married to Annie Banks in 1907.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 50, Commercial Street - Jim Upton, aged 23 years, born Skipton, husband of Annie Upton.

Jim is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): L/Sgt J. Upton.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl, L/Sgt Jim Upton, 100; Sgt 265005, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. K. in A. 1.11.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sgt Jim Upton, 265005, 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 1.11.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Sgt Jim Upton, 265005, 6/W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 1.11.18. France. K. in A. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and sole legatee - Annie. £53 15s. 1d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Jim. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Annie, born 16.5.85. Address: 56, Commercial Street, Skipton. Children: Edith Mary Banks, born 18.1.04. Phyllis Upton, born 10.6.12.

Jim was killed in action during the Battle of Valenciennes, 1-2 November, 1918. In the War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), he is listed under the heading: ‘Killed in Action’ on the 1 November. The battalion suffered many casualties, in this, their last battle of the war.

Sgt Jim Upton is mentioned on p. 31 of the CPGW book.

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).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

UPTON, James, 1st November, 1918. [Additional]


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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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Surname: UPTON

Forename(s): Jim

Born: Skipton, Yorks


Enlisted: Skipton

Number: 265005

Rank: Sergt

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 01/11/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: UPTON

Forename(s): J

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 265005

Rank: Serjeant

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.



Died Date: 01/11/1918

Additional Information:

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

HEADQUARTERS, 147th Infantry Brigade.

On 1st November 1918 the Battalion attacked in a North Easterly direction across the river RHONELLE, the frontage boundaries, and objectives, being shown on the map issued by Division.

The scheme of attack was as under:

Two Companies – A. and B. Companies – each of two platoons formed the first wave, and were to advance and seize all the ground up to and including the INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVE. The second wave consisting of C. and D. Companies (each of three platoons) were to leap-frog through A. and B. Companies and to advance and seize the final objective.

It was expected there would be considerable difficulty in crossing the River RHONELLE and special bridges were provided and a carrying party consisting of EIGHT men and one N.C.O. were found by the 19th Lancashire Fusiliers. In all six parties were found by the 19th Lancashire Fusiliers and all bridges were placed in position with the exception of one. The carrying party followed the first wave.

ZERO was at 0515 hours and the barrage came down to about Two hundred yards in front of the SUNKEN ROAD which was our jumping off point. It was very intense and accurate and all ranks testified most highly to its accuracy.

As soon as the advance started the assaulting troops were harassed and worried by hostile M. G. fire, the bulk of which seemed to come from the far side of the river and the high ground beyond it, although a number of machine guns were on the near side of the river, but no serious difficulty was experienced and the river was successfully crossed, and the advance proceeded. In advancing up the slopes on the far side of the river the second wave suffered severely from long range machine gun fire, the whole of One Company Headquarters being knocked out, at about [map reference] K. 11. c. 3. 3..

The INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVE was seized up to the proper time and in due course C. and D. Companies continued to advance to the FINAL OBJECTIVE, but owing to the Division on our right not making good their ground, D. Company were not able to seize and hold their objective, but the left of C. Company advanced and held their objective for some few hours. About 0930 I went forward and found the line ran roughly as follows: On the left we were in touch with the 5th West Yorks and the line ran along the Final Objective for a distance of approximately Two to three hundred yards up to about a point E. 30 c. 2. 7. and from there it bent back and went about Three hundred yards west of the wood in K. 6. a. and joined up with the First Hampshire Regt. on our right about K. 12. b. cent. at this time there was considerable hostile Machine Gun fire from the wood, and from the high ground in K. 12. b. and d. which rendered any further advance exceedingly difficult. I came back and reported the position to Brigade. Later on I received information from the O. C. C. Company on my left that the 5th West Yorks had retired leaving him in the air, and that he had withdrawn to a position approximately along the line Y – Y.

At this time Two companies of the 1/7th Dke of Wellingtons Regt. had been sent up to the INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVE, and, on the enemy counterattacking about1639 hours the attack was repulsed, and our line advanced so as to run along the road from about K. 5. b. 0. 9. to K. 5. b. 5. 8. and thence in a South Easterly direction to about K. 12. a. cent, and the line remained pretty much in this position until it was taken over by the 1/7th Duke of Wellingtons Regt. who took and seized the FINAL OBJECTIVE early next morning.

10th November 1918. A B Clarkson Lt. Colonel Comg. 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s Regt.


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30 June 1916


Four Skipton Soldiers, all time expired Territorials who have been serving at the Front with the 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, were called to the Colours once again last week. On Monday evening, accompanied by their wives, they were played to the station by a tin can band. The names of the men who had such a gallant ‘send off’ are Pte. James Upton, Pte. Preston, Pte. Barrett and Pte. H. Ingham.

[It is not known if Pte. James Upton is referring to Sergeant Jim Upton.]

29 November 1918

UPTON – Killed in France on November 1st, 1918, Sergeant Jim Upton 1/6th West Riding Regiment, aged 29 years, beloved husband of Annie Upton, 9 Back Water Street, Skipton.

Just to have seen him and clasped his hand
Before he was called to the better land;
His battles are o’er and God thought it best
To take him to a beautiful home of rest.

“Greater love hath no man than this – That he lay down his life for his friends.”

31 October 1919

UPTON – In sad but loving memory of a dear husband and father, Sergt. Jim Upton, 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s, killed in action on Nov. 1st, 1918.

We often sit and think of him,
And wonder how be died;
But oh it was so hard to think
We were not by his side.
We think of him in silence,
No eye may see us weep;
But just within our aching hearts
His memory we do keep.

From his Wife and two Daughters; also Sisters, 9 Back Water Street.

05 November 1920

UPTON – In sad but loving memory of Sergt. Jim Upton, 1/6th West Riding Regiment, who was killed in action November 1st, 1918.

Two years have passed, but not forgot
By those who loved you well;
Your memory is as dear today
As in the hour you fell.

From his loving Wife and Daughters.

04 November 1921

UPTON – In loving memory of Sergt. Jim Upton, 1/6th West Riding Regiment, killed November 1st, 1918.

Nothing but memories as we journey on,
Longing for a smile from a face that is gone;
None knew how deep was our regret,
But we remember when others forget.

From his wife and children.


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