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John William HORN

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Surname: HORN

Forename(s): John William

Place of Birth: Burtersett, Yorkshire

Service No: 5176

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/4th Battalion

Division: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1916-09-27

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: ASKRIGG, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John William Horn was the son of Jeremiah Hammond and Margaret Ann Horn, née Moore. Jeremiah was born at Preston-under-Scar and Margaret at Burtersett, Yorkshire.

1901 Burtersett, Yorkshire Census: John W. Horn, aged 5 years, born Leyburn, Yorkshire, son of Jeremiah H. and Margaret A. Horn.

1911 Burtersett, Yorkshire Census: John William Horn, aged 15 years, born Burtersett, son of Jeremiah and Margaret Ann Horn.

John was married to Jane Ann Wake in 1916.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John W. Horn, 5176, Yorkshire Regiment.

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:

HORN, J. W., Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Horn, Buttersett, killed in action.


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Private John William HORN

Private John William HORN

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: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 50th (Northumbrian) Division

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Surname: HORN

Forename(s): John William

Born: Burtersett, Hawes, Yorks

Residence: Hawes, Yorks

Enlisted: Askrigg

Number: 5176

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 4th Battalion


Died Date: 27/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: HORN

Forename(s): John William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 5176

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment

Unit: 4th Bn.

Age: 20


Died Date: 27/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of Jeremiah H. and Margaret Ann Horn, of Burtersett, Hawes; husband of Jane Ann Horn, of Burtersett, Hawes, Yorks.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

1/4th Bn. Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

To Starfish Trench and attacked towards Eaucourt l’Abbaye (26/9) – enemy trenches taken but later driven back to Starfish by strong counter attack. Relieved and to support positions (28/9).

[John William Horn was killed on the 27th September 1916.]


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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

16 March 1917

HORN – Previously reported missing, now officially reported killed, Pte J.W. Horn, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Horn, Burtersett, Hawes.

16 March 1917


Mrs. J.W. Horn, Burtersett, Hawes, has official notification that her husband, Pte. J.W. Horn, Yorkshire Regiment, has been killed in action. Pte. Horn enlisted in October 1915. He was married in February last year and went out to France the following April.

He was reported missing about five months’ ago, but official notification of his death was only received last week. He leaves a widow and one child. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved widow and also for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Horn, in their sad bereavement.

From the little village of Burtersett two have made the great sacrifice, and two have been wounded.

18 May 1917


A memorial service for all the local men who have fallen in the War since October was held in St. Margaret’s Church on Sunday afternoon. There was a large congregation and the service was conducted by the Rev. S.D. Crawford. The soldiers to whose memory honour was paid were:– Corporal S. Moore; Private C.E. Bacon; Private J.W. Horn; Private A. Kirkbride; Private J. Iveson; Private J. Mitton; Private R. Walton; Private J. Fawcett; Private L. Staveley.

The choir and clergy were preceded to the chancel from the choir vestry by one of the choristers, Master Kenneth Wilson, in Boy Scouts’ uniform, carrying the Union Jack draped in black. The service opened with the hymn ‘Days and Moments,’ followed by Psalm xxiii, and the lesson from Rev. xxi, verses 1 – 5. Then was sung the hymn ‘Nearer my God to Thee.’ Sentences and collects from the Burial Service, with other special collects, were followed by the singing of the ‘Nunc Dimittis’ and the hymn ‘On the Resurrection Morning.’

The Vicar said: “For the second time we meet to mourn the loss of our fellow townsmen in this terrible and sad war. Your presence here is not only to pay honour to their memory, but is a proof of your sympathy with their sorrowing relatives. No words can lighten that sorrow I know, but I pray – and I am sure you all pray – that time, the great healer of all wounds, may do its work, and that in the years to come their sorrow may be lightened by the thought that their dear ones died the noblest of all deaths – that of the soldier who falls in a righteous cause and for King and Country – aye, and more than that, for civilisation and liberty. I have been asked in more houses than one, “Why should all this fighting and bloodshed be going on between professedly Christian countries?” and I think the only answer that can be given is that it has been forced upon the rest of the world by a country which has substituted for the laws of Christianity the laws of the devil. When a nation goes so far as to brush aside treaties hitherto held sacred among the nations as mere scraps of paper, when it breaks not only the laws of humanity, drawn up to alleviate the horrors of war – laws to which itself had given assent, and gives as its only excuse, the laws of necessity, and when it tries to force upon other nations the ‘Kultur’ which has produced this spirit of ruthlessness and contempt for all that is just and noble and chivalrous, then I say, the danger to civilisation is so great that no Christian country should stand by and take no part in wiping it out. The fact that nearly the whole of the New World, following in the steps of the U.S.A., are either openly at war, or have broken off relations with our enemy, is a strong proof that our cause is just, for it is a condemnation, the greatest condemnation, of their conduct and action. So long as the spirit of militarism, which governs a powerful nation like Germany, lasts, and is allowed to exist so long there will be danger of fresh and repeated wars. We and our Allies are out to put an end to this; we are out to bring about a time when war shall be no more, and peaceful arbitration shall take its place. Is not that worth fighting for? It is a noble object, and those dear lads we mourn to-day, with thousands of others who have made the great sacrifice with them, have not sacrificed their lives in vain, for they have helped to bring about that victory which, God grant, will be the prelude of universal peace.”

After the address and whilst Mr. Haverfield played the Dead March, the chorister before mentioned stood at ‘Attention’ at the chancel steps holding the Union Jack.

The sounding of the ‘Last Post’ by Mr. J. Blades brought a most impressive service to a close.


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