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Forename(s): Richard

Place of Birth: Keasden, Yorkshire

Service No: 14317

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 18

Date of Death: 1915-08-23

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 118 to 120.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CLAPHAM, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: KEASDEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Richard Wallbank (probably born at Ing Close, Keasden) was the son of John and Nancy Wallbank, née Ellershaw. John was born at Birk Knott, Keasden and Nancy at Ingleton, Yorkshire. Richard was the cousin of Private Edward Ellershaw (1799) (q.v.). Richard was also related to Private Joseph Ronald Lord (19672) (q.v.).

1901 Clapham, Yorkshire Census: Ing Close - Richard Wallbank, aged 6 years, born Clapham, son of John and Nancy Wallbank.

1911 Cracoe, Yorkshire Census: Richard Walbank [sic], aged 16 years, born Keasden, Yorkshire. [Richard was employed by Richard Procter, Farmer.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Richard Wallbank, 14317, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 7.7.15. Died 23.8.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Richard Wallbank, 14317, 8 W. Rid. R. D. of W. 23.8.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Richard Wallbank, 14317,8th Bn W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 23.8.15. H.S. 'Neuralia'. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Nancy. £8 2s. 3d.

Richard was buried at sea.

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:

WALLBANK, Richard, D. of W. Regt., son of Mrs. Wallbank of Clapham, died of wounds Sept. 23, 1915.


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Private Richard WALLBANK

Private Richard WALLBANK

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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Forename(s): Richard

Born: Clapham

Residence: Nelson, Lancs

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 14317

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 23/08/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Dardanelles


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Forename(s): Richard

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 14317

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 18


Died Date: 23/08/1915

Additional Information: Son of John and Nancy Wallbank, of 49, Moore St., Clover Hill, Nelson, Lancs.



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24 September 1915

WALLBANK – August 23rd, as a result of wounds received at the Dardanelles, Pte. Richard Wallbank, son of Mrs. Wallbank, of Clapham.

24 September 1915


Much sympathy was expressed on Saturday when it became known that word had been received by Mrs. Wallbank that her son, Richard, had succumbed to injuries received whilst fighting at the Dardanelles.
Pte. Wallbank was one of the first batch to offer his services to the King and country from this neighbourhood. He was attached to the 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, and trained at Halifax, Grantham, and finally Witley Camp, Surrey, being drafted to the Dardanelles about ten weeks ago.

Private Wallbank was wounded on August 21st, and succumbed to his injuries on the 23rd. The death of so promising a young fellow is more poignant from the fact that his father, Mr. John Wallbank, died about a month ago.

15 June 1917


On Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in St. James’ Church for local soldiers who have fallen in battle. A large congregation assembled, amongst whom were relatives of the heroes and many were visibly affected by the solemnity of the occasion. A special form of service was used including the lesson from 1. Cor. xv. 20 – ‘Now is Christ risen from the dead,’ and Psalm 39 was chanted by the choir. Mr. Goddard Barker, A.R.C.O., gave as voluntaries ‘Marche Funebre’ (Beethoven), ‘But the Lord is mindful of His own’ (Mendelssohn), and ‘Marche Funebre’ (Chopin), and Miss A. Harrison feeling[ly] sang ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ (Carey). The hymns were ‘Jesu, Lover of my soul’ and ‘Lead, Kindly Light.’ Canon Rawdon Briggs preached a touching sermon from 1. Philippians, 23rd verse – ‘To depart and to be with Christ, which is far better,’ and in the course of his remarks said that was an occasion when the people were met to commemorate the sacredness of those dear ones who had fallen in battle. Their words and thoughts were with those who are asleep in the future beyond. There is no death, as the term is only a step into a larger and fuller life beyond. Life is one stage, a kindergarten or preparatory school and the Church states there is no death only a gateway, a closing of the eyes here and opening them there. Those near and dear heroes are moved on to another state. Their lives have not been wasted but developed to higher ones. They should be remembered in people’s prayers, for they are serving on the other side of the grave. In conclusion Canon Briggs quoted the verse:–

He is not dead the child of your affection,
But gone into another school;
Where he no longer needs your protection,
For Christ Himself doth rule.

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24 December 1915


Pte. Richard Wallbank, 8th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of Mrs. Wallbank of Clapham. Died from wounds, September 23rd.

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