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John Edward MUMBY

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Surname: MUMBY

Forename(s): John Edward

Place of Birth: Bradford, Yorkshire

Service No: 3/8264

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1915-08-07

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 55 to 58.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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John Edward Mumby was the son of William and Alice Mumby, née Bowker. William was born at Ulceby, Lincolnshire and Alice at Bradford, Yorkshire.

1891 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 34, Lawrence Street - John Edward Mumby, aged 6 years, born Bradford, son of William and Alice Mumby. [William and Alice were living next door to his parents, Edward and Mary Jane Mumby.]

John was married to Ethel Martin in 1905.

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 13, Walker's Place - John Edward Mumby, aged 26 years, born Bradford, Yorkshire, husband of Ethel Mumby.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John E. Mumby, 3/8264, Yorkshire Regiment. Theatre of War: (2B) Balkans. Qualifying date [for 1914-15 Star]: 14 July 1915.

John is commemorated in the 'City of Bradford Great War 1914-1918 Roll of Honour'.

Data Source: Craven Herald Article


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: MUMBY

Forename(s): John Edward

Born: Bradford

Residence: Bradford

Enlisted: Richmond, Yorks

Number: 3/8264

Rank: Private

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 07/08/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Gallipoli


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Surname: MUMBY

Forename(s): John Edward

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3/8264

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 07/08/1915

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BRITISH REGIMENTS AT GALLIPOLI, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1996)

6th (Service) Bn. Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Embarked for Gallipoli (6th). Strength – 25 officers, 750 other ranks. In The Green Howards in the Great War Colonel H.C. Wylly records that troops wore a white patch sewn on the corner of their haversacks, two white armbands and triangular pieces of tin cut from biscuit boxes tied to the haversacks to act as unit identification. ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies landed ‘B’ Beach, southeast of Nibrunesi Point 11.00 p.m. and commenced attack on Lala Baba. Official History of the Great War records that the assault was the first to be made by any unit of the New Army. The attack being under conditions that would have ‘tried the mettle of highly experienced troops.’ ‘C’ Company landed and under Major Shannon advanced on Turkish positions at Nibrunesi Point. ‘D’ Company moved towards Salt Lake and set up piquet line. Under orders to use the bayonet only, ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies advanced to top of hill in pitch dark. Official History records ‘officers and men fell thickly . . . most of the Turks scattered, but some lay low in their deep narrow trenches till the attacking troops had passed, and then sprang up to shoot them in the back.’ ‘C’ Company cleared enemy from Nibrunesi Point and then advanced on Lala Baba Hill. Colonel Wylly includes the following account by Major Shannon in his history – “On arriving at the base of Lala Baba I ordered a charge and we ran up the hill. About three-quarters of the way up we came upon a Turkish trench, very narrow and flush with the ground. We ran over this and the enemy fired into our rear, firing going on at this time from several directions. I shouted out that the Yorkshire Regiment was coming, in order to avoid running into our own people. We ran on and about twelve paces further on, as far as I can judge, came to another trench; this we also crossed and again were fired into from the rear. I ordered the company to jump back into the second trench, and we got into this, which was so narrow that it was quite impossible for one man to pass another, or even to walk up it unless he moved sideways; another difficulty was that if there were any wounded or dead men in the bottom of the trench it was impossible to avoid treading on them in passing. There was a little communication trench running from right to left behind me, and whenever I shouted an order a Turk, who appeared to be in this trench, fired at me from a distance of apparently five or ten yards. I had some difficulty in getting anybody to fire down the communication trench in order to quiet the enterprising Turk, who was endeavouring to pot me with great regularity, but eventually got him shot.” Major Shannon pressed attack on over crest of hill . . . “A little way down the reverse slope we came to some groups of men (survivors of ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies), several of whom were lying about apparently awaiting orders, and one group on the left was ‘scrapping’ with some Turks in a trench a few yards distant from them. In response to shouting I got an answer from two directions and picked up Lieutenant Whitworth and Second-Lieutenant Simpson. These were all the officers then present. I formed such of the Battalion as could be collected into a line facing north and we charged down to the base of the hill facing the further beach – afterwards known as “A” Beach.” War Diary records ‘enemy driven north-east to Hill 10. Casualties – 16 officers, approx. 250 other ranks.’ Battalion took up outpost position on Hill 10 mid-day (7th).

[John Edward Mumby was killed in action on the 7th of August.]

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Marriage Register of Allerton Parish Church, Bradford, Yorkshire

Marriage Register of Allerton Parish Church, Bradford, Yorkshire

Entry for the marriage of John Edward Mumby to Ethel Martin, 19 August 1905

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10 September 1915


News has been received that Private J. E. Mumby, 11, Green Top Street, Fairweather Green, Bradford, was killed in action in the Dardanelles on the 7th August. Private Mumby was formerly a resident of Silsden, where he was at one time employed at the Silsden Dyeworks in Keighley Road. Whilst here he played regularly with the local football team who were then members of the Bradford and District League. He played in various positions in the forward line with much success, he being an artistic player and a prolific scorer. He was also well known in the Bradford and District football circles where he figured conspicuously prior to throwing in his lot with Silsden. He leaves a widow and five children.


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