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John Thomas METCALFE

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): John Thomas

Place of Birth: Embsay, Yorkshire

Service No: 24062

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 37

Date of Death: 1917-10-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 82 to 85.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Thomas Metcalfe was the son of Thomas and Sarah Metcalfe, née Taylor and half-brother of Private Joseph Metcalfe (14896) (q.v.) John's father was born at Embsay, Yorkshire and his mother at Manchester, Lancashire. John was the brother-in-law of Corporal Thomas Upton (15886) (q.v.).

1881 Embsay, Yorkshire Census: Centenary Place - John T. Metcalfe, aged 7 months, born Embsay, son of Thomas and Sarah Metcalfe.

1891 Embsay, Yorkshire Census: The Fold - John T. Metcalfe, aged 10 years, born Embsay, son of Sarah Metcalfe, servant (married). [Sarah and her children were living with Aaron Thompson.]

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 22, Low Spring Gardens - John Thomas Thompson, aged 20 years, born Embsay, Yorkshire, son of Aaron and Sarah Thompson.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: School Yard, Otley Street - John Thomas Metcalfe, aged 30 years, born Embsay, Yorkshire, son of Sarah Metcalfe (married).

John was married to Sarah Ellen Beck in 1912.

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

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John T. Metcalfe, 24062, W. Rid. R. K. in A. 9.10.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John Thomas Metcalfe, 24062, 8 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 9.10.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John Thomas Metcalfe, 24062, 8 W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 9.10.17. France or Belgm. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and Sole Legatee - Sarah E. £17 8s. 9d. + £1 5s. 9d. being the share due from the estate of decd's Brother - Joseph.

A short biography of John is included in: ‘Though lost to sight to memory ever dear - Embsay-with-Eastby First World War Roll of Honour’ by Jane Lunnon, David Turner, Chris Lunnon (2018).

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METCALFE, John T., aged 37, West Riding Regiment, 8, Russell Street, Skipton, killed in action Oct. 9, 1917.

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Private John Thomas METCALFE

Private John Thomas METCALFE

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: 11th (Northern) Division

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

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): John Thomas

Born:

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 24062

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 8th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 09/10/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: METCALFE

Forename(s): John Thomas

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 24062

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 37

Awards:

Died Date: 09/10/1917

Additional Information: Son of Mr. T. Metcalfe, of Skipton; husband of Sarah Ellen Metcalfe, of 50, Westgate, Skipton, Yorks.

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John Thomas Metcalfe dd 9 Oct 1917 was born 1880 Embsay son of Thomas & Sarah Metcalfe

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Private John T. Metcalfe with his wife, Sarah Ellen and son

Private John T. Metcalfe with his wife, Sarah Ellen and son

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19 October 1917

METCALFE – Killed in action on the Western Front on October 9th 1917, Private John Thomas Metcalfe, West Riding Regiment, husband of Mrs. Metcalfe, 8, Russell Street, Skipton, aged 37 years.

19 October 1917

CRAVEN AND THE WAR – PRIVATE JOHN THOMAS METCALFE

News was received on Wednesday, in a letter from Second-Lieutenant Susman, of the death in action of Private John Thomas Metcalfe, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. The letter reads:– “Dear Mrs. Metcalfe, – I am very sorry to have to inform you that your husband has been killed in action on the 9th. He certainly died like a true British soldier. He was buried, and a cross will be put up later. Throughout the time he was with me he was a brave soldier, always a keen and willing worker, and you may well be proud of him and the bit he has done. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereavement, and also remember that he died in a great and worthy cause.”

Prior to enlisting in 1915, Private Metcalfe was employed at Belle Vue Mills, and had been in France about a year. He was 37 years of age and leaves a widow and one child residing at No. 8, Russell Street, Skipton.

Deceased’s younger brother was reported missing in July, but has since been presumed to have died.

11 October 1918

METCALFE – In affectionate remembrance of Private John Thomas Metcalfe, 8th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, killed in action October 9th, 1917.

Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Hidden tears often flow;
For memory keeps our dear one near us,
Although he died a year ago.

From his loving sister, Janie, 5 Prospect Terrace, Skipton.

METCALFE – In loving memory of a dear husband, John T. Metcalfe, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, of Skipton, who was killed in action October 9th, 1917.

Some may think that I forget you
When they sometimes see me smile;
But they little know the sorrow
That the smile hides all the while.

From his Wife, 8 Russell Street.

METCALFE – In loving remembrance of John T. Metcalfe, 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who was killed in action in France October 9th, 1917.

“Gone, but not forgotten.”

From his Mother-in-law, Mrs. Beck, 8 Russell Street, Skipton.

19 October 1919

METCALFE – In affectionate remembrance of my dear brother, Private J. T. Metcalfe, 8th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, killed in France October 9th, 1917.

“A day of remembrance sad to recall.”

Ever remembered by his Sister, 5 Prospect Terrace, Skipton.

METCALFE – In loving memory of my dear husband, Pte. J. T. Metcalfe, 8th West Riding Regt., killed in action October 9th, 1917.

We who loved you sadly miss you
As it dawns another year;
In our lonely hours of thinking
Thoughts of you are very near.

Ever his memory shall be cherished
In our hearts – a sacred spot,
For his loving acts of kindness,
Could they ever be forgot.

From his loving Wife and Child, 8 Russell Street, Skipton.

15 October 1920

METCALFE – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private T. B. Metcalfe, 8th Duke of Wellington’s Regt., who was killed in action 9th October, 1917.

He has gone, and to us he will never return;
To his voice we shall listen no more;
But the love that we bore him will dwell in each breast,
Till we meet him again in the realms of the blest.

From his Wife and Child, 8 Russell Street, Skipton.

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19 October 1917

METCALFE – Killed in action, Oct. 9th, Pte. John Metcalfe, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, husband of Mrs. Metcalfe, of 8, Russell Street, Skipton, aged 37.

19 October 1917

SKIPTON

PTE. J. METCALFE KILLED

News was received on Wednesday of the death in action of Private John Thos. Metcalfe, of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, husband of Mrs. Metcalfe, of 8, Russell Street, Skipton. The only information received was in a letter from Lieut. William Susman, who states:– “I am very sorry to have to inform you that your husband has been killed on the 9th of October. He certainly died like a true British soldier. He was buried and a cross will be put up later. Throughout the time he was with me, he was a brave soldier, always keen, and a willing worker. You may well be proud of him and the bit he has done. Please accept my deepest sympathy in your bereavement, and also remember that he died in a great and worthy cause.” Private Metcalfe, who was 37 years of age, leaves a widow and one child. Prior to enlistment in 1915, he was employed at Belle Vue Mills. He has had another younger brother reported missing since July, 1916, and has since been presumed killed. He had been out in France about a year.

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