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Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Low Bentham, Yorkshire

Service No: 16995

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1918-04-11

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 82 to 85.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Additional Information:

John Adamthwaite was the son of Thomas and Ellen Adamthwaite, née Walker. Thomas was born at Greta Bank, Burton-in-Lonsdale and Ellen at Ingleton, Yorkshire.

1901 Low Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - John Adamthwaite, aged 5 years, born Low Bentham, son of Thomas and Ellen Adamthwaite.

1911 Low Bentham, Yorkshire Census: John Adamthwaite, aged 15 years, born Low Bentham, son of Thomas and Ellen Adamthwaite.

The British Army Service Record for John Adamthwaite exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Adamthwaite, 16995, W. Rid. R. K. in A. 11.4.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Adamthwaite, 16995, 9 W. Rid. R.; 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 11.4.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Adamthwaite, 16995, 6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 11.4.18. Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Thomas. £22 5s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Ellen Adamthwaite. Dependant: Mr Thomas Adamthwaite. Relationship: Father. Address: Stonegate, Low Bentham, Lancaster.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).

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

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

ADAMTHWAITE, John, Low Bentham, killed April 11, 1918.


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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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Forename(s): John


Residence: Low Bentham, Lancs

Enlisted: Lancaster

Number: 16995

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 11/04/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly T4/275583, R.A.S.C.

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Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16995

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 22


Died Date: 11/04/1918

Additional Information: Son of Thomas and Ellen Adamthwaite, of Stonegate, Low Bentham, Lancaster. Cashier and General Secretary Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

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

APRIL 1918

Casualties: . . . Pte J. Adamthwaite, 16695 [sic], Killed in A. 11.4.18.

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Tyne Cot Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial

Courtesy of Allan Hartley, High Bentham

The High & Low Bentham men who gave their lives

The High & Low Bentham men who gave their lives

Top row (l-r): Rfn Ernest Knight Newhouse, Pte John Thornber, Reverend Theodore Bayley Hardy, Pte Richard Wilson, Pte Maurice Richard Bolton, Lieut John Barclay Clibborn, Pte William Throup, Pte Richard Wilcock Carr, A/Cpl William Robinson, Pte James Auton, Pte William Savage. Third row (l-r): L/Cpl David Percival Dixon, Pte John Emmott, Pte Francis Richard Townson, Pte John Adamthwaite, Pte Robert Carter, L/Cpl John Hutchinson, Pte Alfred Edward Gunn, Pte Ezra Stephenson, Pte Edwin Rawlinson Smith, Pte Richard Wearing, Lieut Basil William Ramsbotton. Third row (l-r): Spr Robert Clark, Act L/Cpl Thomas Wilcock, Cpl William Carr, Pte Lawrence Lancelot Dowbiggin, Pte Edward Magoolagan, Pte Isaac Rucastle, Pte Henry Taylor, Cpl Edward Ramskill, L/Cpl Edward Walton Briscoe, Pte Joseph Jackson, Gnr Ernest Wilcock. Fourth row (l-r): Capt Donald Morrison, Sgt Arthur Dean Blackburn, Pte James William Bell, Pte Leonard Nelson, L/Cpl John Edward Leeming, L/Cpl Albert Lister, Pte Percy Preston Whitfield, Cpl Tom Harry Smith, Cpl Thomas Walker Sanderson, Sgt William Patrick Tobin, Pte (Signaller) W. Wilkinson.

Courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup

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10 November 1916

LOW BENTHAM - Military Items

Mr. Joseph Parker, Mr. J. Adamthwaite and Mr. James Lewis, left the village this weekend, being called up for service. Private George Fleming of the Highland Light Infantry, and Private Arnold Robinson, of the York and Lancaster Regiment, have been on a short furlough this week.

03 August 1917

LOWER BENTHAM - News of Soldiers

Mrs. Ramskill, of Highfield Terrace, received news on Tuesday morning that her youngest son, Corporal Edward Ramskill, of the West Yorkshire's, was lightly wounded in the wrist and knee on the 26th. Corporal Ramskill enlisted thirteen months ago, having been in France ten months. Prior to enlistment he was a grocer's assistant to Mr. J. Satterthwaite. - Pte. John Adamthwaite, Duke of Wellington's Regiment, and Pte. Joseph Lockwood, Cheshire Regiment, have been here on their first furlough, both having been transferred from the Army Service Corps.

10 May 1918

Private John Adamthwaite, Low Bentham

The painful news of the death in action, on April 11th, of Private John Adamthwaite, elder son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Adamthwaite, Stonegate, Low Bentham, was received on Saturday last. Twenty-two years of age, he was educated at Bentham Grammar School. When sixteen years old he became a clerk for the late Lieut. Spencer E. Barrow, architect and surveyor. He was also cashier for the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. In November, 1916, he was drafted into the A.S.C., afterwards transferred into the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, and went to the Front last August. Private Adamthwaite, who was a member of the Parish Church Choir and a keen photographer, had a fine disposition, and the loss of so promising a young life is greatly lamented by his many friends.

22 November 1918

LOWER BENTHAM – Thanksgiving Day

Special services of thanksgiving were held at the Parish Church on Sunday, the rector officiating. After evensong a memorial service was held in respect of five gallant lads who have lately given their lives, namely:– Private John Adamthwaite, Private William Throup, Lance-Corporal Percy Dixon, Corporal Edward Ramskill and Private Alec Crayston.

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10 May 1918

ADAMTHWAITE - Killed in action April 11th, Pte. John Adamthwaite, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Adamthwaite, Low Bentham.

10 May 1918


Bentham Soldier Killed

News was received on Saturday that Pte. John Adamthwaite, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Adamthwaite, of Low Bentham, was killed in action on April 11th. The deceased was a fine young man, and for some years had worked at Lancaster. He joined the Duke of Wellington's Regiment in March, 1916, and went out to France last August. He was a general favourite, and much sympathy is felt for his bereaved parents.

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