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John Chaytor METCALFE

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Forename(s): John Chaytor

Place of Birth: York, Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: T/Major

Regiment / Corps / Service: Cheshire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 13th (Service) Battalion

Division: 25th Division

Age: 34

Date of Death: 1916-07-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Sp. Mem. 24.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

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John Chaytor Metcalfe (born 21 April 1882) was the son of John Augustus and Emily Metcalfe, née Chaytor. John, senior, was born at Hawes and Emily at Spennithorne, Yorkshire.

1891 Huntington, Yorkshire Census: West Huntington Hall - John C. Metcalfe, aged 8 years, born York, Yorkshire, son of Emily Metcalfe, widow.

1901 Brighton, Sussex Census: Hotel Metropole - John C. Metcalfe, aged 18 years, born York, Yorkshire. Army Officer, West Yorks Regt.

1911 Wanborough, Swindon, Wiltshire Census: King Edward's Place - John Chaytor Metcalfe, aged 28 years, born York.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Major John Chaytor Metcalfe, Ches. R. Theatre of War first served in: France. K. in A. 7.7.16. Correspondence: W.W. Whitworth, Esq. The Close, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, Wilts.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Major J. C. Metcalfe, Cheshire Regiment. K. in A. 7.7.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Major J. C. Metcalfe, Cheshire Regt. Date and Place of Death: 7.7.16. In action. To whom issued/Amount: Executor - Walter William Whitworth Esq. £138 18s. 11d.

John is commemorated on the Wanborough Parish War Memorial.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

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, Major John Chaytor, aged 24, Cheshire Regiment, son of the late Major John Augustus Metcalfe, Ings House, Hawes, killed in action in France July 3, 1916.


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T/Major John Chaytor METCALFE

T/Major John Chaytor METCALFE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Cheshire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Cheshire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 25th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 25th Division

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Forename(s): John Chaytor





Rank: Major (Tp)

Regiment: Cheshire Regiment

Battalion: 13th Battalion


Died Date: 07/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:


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Forename(s): J C

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Major

Regiment: Cheshire Regiment

Unit: 13th Bn.



Died Date: 07/07/1916

Additional Information: (CWGC Headstone Inscription: THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT)

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Metcalfe Society

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John Chaytor Metcalfe dd 7 Jul 1916 was born 21 Apr 1882 York son of John Augustus & Emily (Chaytor) Metcalfe.

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


METCALFE John Chaytor of King Edward’s-place Wanborough Wiltshire major 13th Cheshire regiment was killed 7 July 1916 in France on active service Probate London 3 October to Walter William Whitworth farmer. Effects £11364 9s. 2d.

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28 July 1916

METCALFE – July 7th, killed in action in France, Major John Chaytor Metcalfe, only son of the late Major John Augustus Metcalfe, of Ings House, Hawes, of the Cheshire Regiment, aged 34 years.

28 July 1916


News has been received of the death of Major John Chayter Metcalfe, Cheshire Regiment, who was killed in action on July 3rd. The deceased officer, who was 31 years of age, was the only son of the late Major John Augustus Metcalfe, of Ings House, Hawes, and resided at King Edward’s Place Wanborough in Wiltshire. He served with the 3rd West Yorkshires during the Boer War, where he was for some time temporary aide-de-camp to the late Lord Cloughton. He afterwards received a commission in the 13th Hussars. He left the Army in 1906 and took up racing and was a successful amateur Steeplechase rider, and breeder of thoroughbred horses. When the war commenced he enlisted in the Public Schools Corps, and in October 1914 received a captaincy in the Cheshire Regiment, and in September, 1915, was gazetted temporary Major. He was one of the biggest landowners around Hawes. His grandfather, who resided at Ings House, Hawes, was Chaplain to the Duke of Wellington and his uncle, the late Dr. Parker, was for many years vicar of Hawes.

Mr. T. Metcalfe, uncle of the deceased officer, has received the following letters of condolence.

The Lieut.-Col. of his regiment writes:– “I hasten to send my deepest sympathy on the death of your nephew. He did useful work in command of a company and his loss is one that the regiment can ill afford. He died gallantly leading his men in an attack on the German trenches. A higher eulogy no British officer would ask or desire.”

The Major commanding his Battalion writes:– “It is with the deepest regret that I have to tell you of the death of your nephew, Major. J. C. Metcalfe, killed in action on the 3rd, gallantly leading his men in our attack on the German trenches. Being one of the first to join the Battalion on its mobilisation, his loss to us is deeply felt, and the officers and men join me in the expressions of sympathy on your bereavement.”

A letter from the Chaplain reads:–“I am writing to express my great sympathy with you on the loss of your nephew. I have only been a short time with the Battalion but long enough to know what a splendid fellow he was. He had won the regard of all his brother officers, and the confidence of his men. The blow must be very heavy to bear, but it will be a consolation to know that he died for his country, leading his men. My heart goes out to you in your sorrow.”

03 November 1916


A very impressive memorial service for the soldiers from the parish, and those closely connected with the parish, who have fallen in the War, was held in St. Margaret’s Church on Sunday afternoon. From the Church tower the flag of St. George was flying half-mast, and the solemn tolling of the Church bell, announcing the hour of service, deepened the solemnity of the occasion. There was a large congregation, among whom were the relatives of many who have fallen. The service was conducted by the vicar (Rev. S. D. Crawford), and the hymns were 'Lead, Kindly Light’, ‘On the Resurrection Morning’, and ‘For all the Saints’. The soldiers whose memories were honoured were: Frederick Cockett, Albert Leach, Thomas Walton, J. W. Fryer, Reginald Milburn, James Banks, J. Chaytor Metcalfe, George Bargh, and James H. Milner

The Vicar took for his text the words, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’. He said “As we think of those who have laid down their lives for their country in this War, two thoughts force themselves upon us – the greatness they have achieved, and the atonement they have wrought. Lads who have never trained for war have, in a few months, become the equals of the most magnificently trained army in the world, and we have lived to see a greatness in our splendid boys of which we have but little conception. These lads had acquired a deathless fame; a greatness which would survive as long the British Empire lasts. And some share of this greatness belongs to those for whose lives and deaths we thank God today, and we believe that as they gave their lives without a murmur, so our God will hear the prayers we offer that their souls may rest in peace, and light eternal shine upon them. When we recall the horrors that Belgium, France and Serbia have suffered, and realise that but for those same brave lads we might be suffering the same, we cannot honour them too much, we cannot be too grateful for their devotion and self-sacrifice. To those who mourn their loss, this comfort must come: that their loved ones have passed into the company of heroes who equated not their lives too dear, but at the call of duty sacrificed all for the sake of their country, the good of mankind, and the cause of true liberty. But their death has done more than prove their greatness; it has been an act of atonement, atonement for their country and atonement for themselves.”

There was a time in the history of most nations when it had to be brought back to its allegiance to God by some sharp punishment. We went into this war with clean hands, but nevertheless it was proving a means of national purging. While we as a whole suffered in various ways, the sacrificial shedding of their blood had been the great work of our fallen heroes. “To that sacrifice those we remember today have shared and may we not confidently say that their deaths are a contribution to the cleansing of the nation?”

At the close of the sermon ‘The Last Post’ was sounded on the cornet by Mr. J. Blades, and after the Blessing the Dead March was played on the organ by Mr. F. Haverfield.

29 December 1916

HAWES – A Quiet Christmas

The Christmas of 1916 was the quietest experienced in living history, and many causes contributed to this end. The weather, which was cold, with alternate showers of snow and rain, did not make for cheerfulness and the day was spent for the most part either at home, or (in the case of the men folk), in the clubs. No parties of Christmas singers were abroad on Christmas Eve, or on Saturday night, and no band enlivened matters on Christmas Day. The usual services were held in St. Margaret’s Church, and these were fairly well attended, about 60 partaking of Holy Communion. It was Christmas under war conditions, and which have touched almost every home. Many well-known men have made the great sacrifice. On the Hawes roll of honour are recorded the following names of those fallen in battle:–2nd Lieut. G. Bargh, Pte. James Banks, Pte. Fred Cockett, 2nd Lieut. J.W. Fryer, Pte. John Fawcett, Gunner Albert Leach, Major J.C. Metcalfe, Pte. R. Milburn, Pte. S.Moore, Pte. L. Staveley, and Corporal Tom Walton.

04 July 1919



Cheshire Regiment, son of the late Major J. A. Metcalfe, Ings House, Hawes, killed in action July 2nd 1916.


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