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Surname: COULSON

Forename(s): Preston

Place of Birth: Longtown, Cumberland

Service No: 265392

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 26

Date of Death: 1918-05-04

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. C. 6.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Preston Coulson was the son of William and Catherine Coulson, née Tyson. Both parents were born at Longtown, Cumberland.

1891 Longtown, Cumberland Census: Albert Street - Preston Coulson, aged 1 year, born Longtown, son of William and Catherine Coulson.

1901 Longtown, Cumberland Census: 11, Albert Street - Preston Coulson, aged 11 years, born Longtown, son of Catherine and stepson of Thomas A. Greenwood. [Catherine had married Thomas Arthur Greenwood in 1898.]

1911 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 4, Fearnside Terrace, Holling Road - Preston Coulson, aged 21 years, born Longtown, Cumberland, son of Kate and stepson of Thomas A. Greenwood.

Preston is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte P. Coulson.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Preston Coulson, 2126, 265392, 1/6 W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. D. of W. 4.5.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Preston Coulson, 265392, 1/6th W. Rid. R. D. of W. 4.5.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Preston Coulson, 265392, 1/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 4.5.18. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Kate Greenwood. £3 8s. 3d. Brother - Arthur J. £3 8s. 2d. Sister - Eva May. £3 8s. 2d. War Gratuity: Mother - Kate Greenwood. £17 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Preston. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Kate Greenwood. Deceased. Thomas Arthur Greenwood. Address: 16, Langdale Road, Barnsley.

Preston is commemorated on the Midland Railway War Memorial at Derby.

A short biography of Preston is included in: ‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War – A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

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Private Preston COULSON

Private Preston COULSON

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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: COULSON

Forename(s): Preston

Born: Longtown, Cumberland

Residence: Barnsley

Enlisted: Ingleton, Yorks

Number: 265392

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 04/05/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: COULSON

Forename(s): P

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 265392

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 26


Died Date: 04/05/1918

Additional Information: Son of Kate Coulson (now Greenwood), of 16, Langdale Rd., Barnsley, and the late William Coulson. Native of Longtown, Carlisle.

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War Diary of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

23 NOVEMBER 1917

MOLENAARELSTHOEK. In the very early morning 'A' Coy and 'D' Coy were rather heavily shelled. 2nd Lt V.R. Atkinson [q.v.] of 'A' Coy was badly hit and died in a few hours. A L/Cpl [Fred Barrett, 266003, q.v.] in ‘A’ Coy was killed and 3 OR wounded. ‘D’ Coy had 3 Killed and two wounded. [Preston was listed amongst the wounded.]

3 MAY 1918

MILLEKRUISSE. The day passed quietly. Final orders were received for forthcoming relief by the French. At 8.30 p.m. a heavy barrage was put down on Front Line and on roads and back areas. Our S.O.S. was sent up on right and left. Reports received from Front Line Battns stated that no attack had taken place. The situation had quietened by 10 p.m. [Preston was one of twelve men from the battalion who were wounded or killed in action 3 May.]


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24 May 1918

Private Preston Coulson, Ingleton

News reached Ingleton on Saturday that Private Preston Coulson, Duke of Wellington’s West Riding, Regiment, had been killed in action. The flag was immediately hoisted half-mast at St. Mary’s Church. Before the war Private Preston was employed at the Midland Railway Station as a porter, and joined the local Territorials. He went out to the Front with them in the Spring of 1915, and had thus seen three years of active service. He had been twice previously wounded, once in the back, and once in the face. He was about 28 years of age.

21 June 1918

INGLETON – Memorial Service

The third memorial service for those who have fallen in the war was held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday evening, when the building was packed. The service opened with the hymn ’O God our help in ages past,’ and was of a special character. The lessons were read by Mr. J. Harding, lay reader, and the other hymns sung were ‘How bright those glorious spirits shine’ and ‘Peace, perfect peace.’ The Vicar read out the names of those who had fallen since the last memorial service, viz., Capt. E. Walling, M.C., Flight-Lieut. R.B. Brookes, Sergeant T. Heaps, M.M., Segeant R.E. Walker, Lance-Corporal J. Fletcher, Private W. Metcalfe, Private E. Robinson, Private P. Coulson, and Private L. E. Redhead (missing). The Vicar paid all honour to the men who had made the supreme sacrifice; they had laid down their lives in order that we might live in peace, and what had we done or what were we going to do for these men who answered the call of King and Country? Were we worthy of their sacrifice? He urged them to make themselves worthy and not to mourn for them, for they had entered into their rest, but rather to reserve their sympathy for those who were left behind. The Ingleton Colliery Band played the Dead March, and Bugler Robert Howson sounded the ‘Last Post,’ an impressive service concluding with the National Anthem. A collection of £5 13s 6d. was taken towards a permanent memorial.


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