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John William CATON

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Surname: CATON

Forename(s): John William

Place of Birth: Rylstone, Yorkshire

Service No: R4/089394

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Army Service Corps

Battalion / Unit: 1st Base Remount Depot

Division: ---

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-09-18

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: R. II. V. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

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

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John William Caton (born 29 February 1872) was son of Henry and Margaret Caton, née Metcalfe. Henry was born at Kirkby Malham and Margaret at Stainforth near Settle, Yorkshire. Henry was the son of John and Margaret Caton, née Walker. John was born at Tatham, Lancashire and Margaret at Kirkby Malham, Yorkshire.

1881 Chorlton cum Medlock, Lancashire Census: 44, Ducie Street - John W. Caton, aged 9 years, born Yorkshire, nephew of Robert and Sarah Metcalf.

1891 Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland Census: Green Dragon Inn, Main Street - John Caton, aged 19 years, born Rylstone, Yorkshire. Stable Boy. [John was employed by Elizabeth Wilman, Hotelkeeper.]

John was married to Emily Robson in 1895; their son, A/Sergeant George Henry Caton (241234) (q.v.), also lost his life in the Great War.

1901 Doncaster, Yorkshire Census: 11, Cemetery Road - John William Cayton, aged 29 years, born Rylston, Yorkshire, husband of Emily Cayton.

1911 Doncaster, Yorkshire Census:16, Don Street, Wheatley - John William Caton, aged 39 years, born Rylstone-in-Craven, husband of Emily Caton.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John W. Caton, R4/089394, A.S.C. Died.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte John William Caton, R4/089394, R.A.S.C. Died 18.9.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte John William Caton, R4/089394, 1 Mount Remount Depot. Date and Place of Death: 18.9.18. 5 Gen. Hosp. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Emily. £22 7s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Emily, born 30.10.75. Address: 16, Don Street, Doncaster. Children: Alice, born 25.5.05. Emily, born, 7.10.08.

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Private John William CATON

Private John William CATON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Army Service Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Army Service Corps

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Surname: CATON

Forename(s): John William

Born: Rylstone, Yorks

Residence: Doncaster

Enlisted: Ormskirk

Number: R4/089394

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps



Died Date: 18/09/18

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: CATON

Forename(s): J W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: R4/089394

Rank: Private

Regiment: Army Service Corps

Unit: 1st Base Remount Depot



Died Date: 18/09/1918

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'Doncaster Gazette' (September 1918)


On Thursday of last week, Mrs. L. Caton, of 56, St. James Street, Doncaster, received official confirmation of the death in action of her husband, Sergt. G.H. Caton, M.M., K.O.Y.L.I., who was posted as missing on March 27th last, and who was unofficially reported by comrades to have been killed at that time. Two days later, on Saturday last, Sergt. Caton's mother, who lives at 16, Don Street, Wheatley, received an intimation that her husband, Private J.W. Caton, A.S.C., died of pneumonia at Rouen, France, on Sept. 18th.

Sergt. Caton was a well-known member of the Doncaster Territorials, who had served with outstanding distinction in the war. Going to the front in April, 1915, he was four times wounded, was twice mentioned in despatches, and awarded the Military Medal and a bar for gallantry in action. Before the war, a collier at Bullcroft, he was well known in local boxing circles. He leaves a wife and a baby boy only ten months old.

Private J.W. Caton, father of the deceased medallist, was 48 years of age, and prior to enlistment was a surface worker at Bentley Colliery. Joining the A.S.C. in April, 1915, he was in England about a month ago, when he was drafted to France. He leaves a widow, two sons, and three daughters.


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22 February 1918


CATON-February 21st, 1918, at Tennant House, Malham, Margaret Caton, the widow of the late John Caton, in her 98th year. Will be interred at Kirkby Malham Church on Monday, February 25th, at 2 o'clock. Friends please accept this (the only) intimation. No flowers by request.

01 March 1918


By the death of Mrs. Caton, which took place at the residence of her son, Mr. F.A. Caton, of Tennant Farm, Malham, on February 21st, the oldest living link in the life and history of the Dale has been broken. Mrs. Caton, who was a Miss Walker, was born at Kirkby Malham on May 2nd, 1820, the records of the Church showing that she was christened there by "Parson Procter," of Holgate Head. After her marriage she and her husband lived for 12 years at the Town Head Farm, Malham. Up to 90 years of age she was to be seen moving about with an active energy which won the admiration of many much younger in years. When about 90 years of age she had the misfortune to break a leg, and her recovery was wonderful. Still, after this, she was only able to get about with difficulty. Her memory was remarkable, and it was a treat to sit with her while she culled from the book of her experiences about the people, and the events connected with the Dale in years long past. How vividly she described her first situation, then, later, when she was a young person she lived with the Atkinson family; how, when she used to be asked to read at family worship, the 14th Chapter of St. John was the portion most frequently her choice; and often in the closing years of her life the writer has heard her repeat this and other portions of scripture. She had a living faith that made the future bright to her.

The funeral took place at Kirkby Malham Church on Monday. Prior to leaving the house a short service was conducted by the Rev. D.R. Hall, vicar, who also conducted the service at the church. The 90th Psalm was sung; also the hymn "Peace, Perfect Peace," Mrs. Hall officiating at the organ. The bearers, who were old acquaintances, were Messrs Wm. Anderton (Bordley), Wm. Taylor (Hanlith), Robert Battersby (Malham Tarn), Wm. Yeoman (Kirkby Malham), Edward Newhouse (Kirkby Malham), Thos. Hodkinson (New Close), John Walker and Richard Harrison (Malham). Besides these were present from Malham:-Messrs. H.W. Clark, C.E. Dixon, T.E. Harrison, A. Metcalfe, E. Armstrong, W. Swinbank, J. Taylor, Mrs. Wiseman, Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. and Miss Brown, Mrs, Dawson, Mrs. Bolland, Mrs. T. Carr, the Misses Turner, Baynes, E. Baynes, Atkinson, M. Carr, Mrs. and Miss Jackson and others; from Kirkby Malham-Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. T. Alderson, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. and Miss Ogden, Mr. and Mrs. R. Brown (Accraplatts), Mrs. W. Taylor and Mrs. Simpson (Hanlith); from Airton-Mr. E. Taylor, Mrs. J. Wolfenden, Mr. R.K. Richardson, Mrs. Ryder, and Miss Earnshaw; Mr. W. Kenyon, Bolton-by-Bowland; Mr. J. Pye, Skipton. Mr. H. Clark had charge of the funeral arrangements.

The relatives present were:- Mr. and Mrs. Caton (Malham), son and daughter-in-law; Mrs. Kendal (Nelson), Miss I. Caton and Miss S. Caton (Malham), Mrs. Morphett (Ribblehead), and Mrs. Russell (Nelson), grand-daughters; Corpl. W. Caton, Mr. Frank Caton, Mr. Henry Caton (Malham), and Mr. Fred Caton (Nelson), grandsons; Mr. James Tennant (Hebden Bridge), grandson; Mrs. Walker (Malham), sister-in-law; Mr. and Mrs. Walker (Skellands), nephew and niece.

27 September 1918

CATON - September 20th, at Rouen, France, from pneumonia, Private J. W. Caton, A.S.C., grandson of the late Mrs. Caton, Kirkby Malham.

27 September 1918


We regret to learn that Private J. W. Caton, A.S.C., son of the late Mr. J. W. Caton and Mrs. Caton, of 16 Don Street, Wheatley, Doncaster, died from pneumonia at Rouen on September 20th. Deceased was the grandson of the late Mrs. Caton of Kirkby Malham, and his brother, Sergeant G. Caton, K.O.Y.L.I, was killed in action on March 27th. The latter had won the Military Medal and bar, and had also been mentioned three times in the dispatches of General French and Sir Douglas Haig.

[John William and George Henry Caton were father and son respectively]


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