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Surname: FAWCETT

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Castle Bolton, Yorkshire

Service No: 40330

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 18th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Bradford)

Division: 31st Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-06-16

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. H. 36.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

John Fawcett was the son of Ann Fawcett (born Castle Bolton, c. 1843), daughter of John and Mary Fawcett.

1881 Castle Bolton, Yorkshire Census: John Fawcett, aged 1 year, born Castle Bolton, grandson of Mary Fawcett, widow.

1891 Castle Bolton, Yorkshire Census: John Fawcett, aged 11 years, born Castle Bolton. [John and his mother Ann were living with her mother, Mary Fawcett, widow.]

1901 Castle Bolton, Yorkshire Census: John Fawcett, aged 21 years, born Castle Bolton, son of Ann Fawcett, single.

1911 Alwoodley, Leeds, Yorkshire Census: John Fawcett, aged 31 years, born Castle Bolton, Yorkshire. [John was employed by Harry Kent, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Fawcett, 40330, W. York. R. D. of W. 16.6.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Fawcett, 40330, 18th W. York. R. Died of Wounds 16.6.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Fawcett, 40330, 18th Bn W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 16.6.17 France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Cousin and Administratrix - Mrs. Annie Wade £7 15s. 6d. [Annie was the wife of John Jackson Wade and daughter of Robert and Isabella Horn, née Fawcett.]

The informal title of the 18th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Bradford) was the 2nd Bradford Pals.

A Roll of Honour, with photographs of those serving in the Great War, existed in the Wesleyan Chapel at Halton East. John Fawcett is the only one, of fourteen, whose name is known (see 'Craven Herald' 28 June 1918).

Short biographies of John are included in:
‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).
‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

FAWCETT, John, West Yorkshire Regiment, Halton East, killed in action June 16, 1917.


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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: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

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Surname: FAWCETT

Forename(s): John

Born: Castle Bolton, Yorks

Residence: Skipton, Yorks

Enlisted: Halifax

Number: 40330

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 18th Battalion


Died Date: 16/06/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: FAWCETT

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 40330

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 18th Battalion



Died Date: 16/06/1917

Additional Information: Cousin of Annie Wade, of Japonica House, Halton East, Skipton.

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


FAWCETT Ann of Castle Bolton near Leyburn Yorkshire spinster died 29 January 1915 Probate London 24 September to Thomas Hunter farmer. Effects £77 10s. 11d.


FAWCETT John of Halton East near Skipton Yorkshire private 18th battalion West Yorkshire regiment died 16 June 1917 in France Administration (with Will) London 28 December to Annie Wade (wife of John Jackson Wade). Effects £108 8s. 3d.


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28 June 1918

HALTON EAST – Anniversary Services

The Wesleyan Chapel at Halton East was crowded to excess on Sunday last, the occasion being the Sunday School anniversary. Two eloquent sermons were preached by the Rev. H. P. Thomas, of Silsden, who also said special prayers for the soldiers who had enlisted from the village. Most of them have passed through the Sunday School; fourteen having joined the Colours, and one has paid the supreme sacrifice (Private John Fawcett). The singing was much appreciated, the children’s efforts being a credit to Miss Soulby, the Sunday School superintendent. Mrs. Walker, of Skipton, was the soloist and she was in fine form. The Roll of Honour was read out at both services, and the collections amounted to £4 0s. 4d. It has been decided to forward 5s. each to the young men serving with the Forces from Halton. Their photos are hung in the chapel. Miss Walker accompanied for the soloist, and Miss Soulby played for the other part of the service.

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06 July 1917


Official news has been received from the War Office by Mrs. J. Wade that her cousin, Pte. John Fawcett, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action on June 16th. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Messrs. John Green and Sons, Bolton Abbey. He is the first man from Halton East to lay down his life for his country. A memorial service was held in the Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday last.

06 July 1917

FAWCETT – Killed in action, June 16th, Pte. John Fawcett, West Yorks. Regiment, of Halton East, near Skipton.

06 December 1918

Bolton Abbey and the War

The ecclesiastical parish of Bolton Abbey, which includes Beamsley, Barden, Bolton Abbey, Halton East & Hazlewood with Storiths, has worked with untiring energy and zeal since the commencement of the war. The following amounts have been raised for War Charities:– By collections in the Abbey church, £38 2s. 11d; by collections in Beamsley Wesleyan Chapel, £12 8s. 1½d; by collections in Barden Church, £3s. 3d [£3 3s]; by the Bolton Abbey working party, £385: by concert, arranged by Mrs. Herbert Carr £18 18s.; making a grand total of £459 15s. 3½d.

The roll of honour contains 97 names; eleven have given their lives in the great cause. These are:– Sylvester Hartley, John Fawcett, Basil Newall, Gill Morell, Herbert Holmes, George Binns, John Thomas Ideson, John Mitchell, William Mitchell, William Johnson and James Atkins. Two are at present prisoners in Germany, Dixon Robinson, Allan Hudson; three have been discharged as unfit, Alex Nelson, Norman Nelson, Frank Higgins; and one presumed killed but not definitely notified, Sec. Lieutenant C. Boothman, R.F.C. Each Christmas the lads from Bolton Abbey have received a parcel, and the greatest credit is due to the committee and Mrs. Downs, who has been secretary, for their labour of love.

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