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John Archie METCALFE

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Forename(s): John Archie

Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire

Service No: 201469

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1917-12-05

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 42 to 47.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

John Archie Metcalfe was the son of Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Metcalfe, née Heaton. Joseph was born at Kettlewell and Sarah at Bradford, Yorkshire.

1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 75, Aireview - John Archie Metcalf, aged 3 years, born Silsden, son of Joseph and Sar. E. Metcalf.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 33, East Parade - Archie Metcalfe, aged 13 years, born Silsden, Yorkshire, son of Joseph and Sarah Elizeabeth [sic] Metcalfe.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John A. Metcalfe, 3643, 201469, W. York. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Archie Metcalfe, 3643, 2/5 W. York. R.; 201469, 1/6 W. York. R. Killed in Action 5.12.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John A. Metcalfe, 1/6 W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 5.12.17 in Action France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Joseph. £17 3s. 7d.

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:

METCALFE, John, aged 20, West Yorkshire Regiment, East Parade, [Steeton], killed in action France Dec. 5, 1917.


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Private John Archie METCALFE

Private John Archie METCALFE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

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

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

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Forename(s): John Archie


Residence: Steeton, Yorks

Enlisted: Otley, Yorks

Number: 201469

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 05/12/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): John Archie

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 201469

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.



Died Date: 05/12/1917

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Metcalfe Society

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

John Archie Metcalfe dd 5 Dec 1917 was born 1897 Steeton son of Joseph & Sarah E Metcalfe.

HISTORY OF THE 6TH BATTALION WEST YORKSHIRE REGIMENT, Vol. 1. 1/6th Battalion by Capt. E.V. Tempest D.S.O., M.C.


Itinerary of the 1/6th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, 1914-1920.
Date of move.
5/12/17 Anzac House–Left support. Relieving 1/5th Battalion York and Lancaster Regt.

[Private John Archie Metcalfe was killed in action on the 5 December 1917.]


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14 December 1917

METCALFE – December 5th 1917, killed in action on the Western Front, Private John Metcalfe, West Yorks. Regiment, son of Mr. Joseph Metcalfe, East Parade, Steeton, aged 20 years.

14 December 1917


Mr. Joseph Metcalfe and family, East Parade, Steeton, mourn for the loss of a brave son and brother in Private John Metcalfe, West Yorkshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the Western Front on December 5th. Mr. Metcalfe received information of his son’s death on Tuesday morning. An officer of his company, Lieut. Stansfield, stated that the deceased soldier had just returned from delivering a message when a shell burst at the entrance of a ‘pill box.’ He had evidently not time to find cover and was killed instantaneously. The letter added:– “As a battalion runner he had been attached to headquarters’ staff for some time past. I have invariably found him reliable and cheerful under all the trying experiences we have had to undergo during the past two months, subsequently I feel his loss very much.”

The deceased soldier, who was 20 years of age last July, joined the Army in September 1915. He had twice previously been wounded and returned to France five months ago. The youngest of three brothers who offered their services in the early days of the war, the other two being discharged after being in training for some time, he was in civil life employed by the Keighley Gas and Oil Engine Company.


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