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Place of Birth: Oakworth, Yorkshire
Service No: 481793
Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Engineers
Battalion / Unit: 49th Division Signal Coy
Division: 49th (West Riding) Division
Date of Death: 1918-10-11
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VII. B. 60.
CWGC Cemetery: DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial: COWLING, YORKSHIRE
Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE
Sam Bancroft (born 8 November 1891) was the son of John Henry and Agnes Ann Bancroft, née Anderton and brother of Sergeant Joseph Bancroft (200453) (q.v.). Their father was born at Denholme and mother at Cullingworth, Yorkshire.
Sam and Joseph's sister, Emma, was the fiancée of Private Tom Clarke (8796) (q.v.) who died of wounds on the 19 March 1915.
1901 Cowling, Yorkshire Census: Ickornshaw - Sam Bancroft, aged 9 years, born Oakworth, Yorkshire, son of John H. and Agnes A. Bancroft.
1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 11, Walker's Place - Sam Bancroft, aged 19 years, born Oakworth, Yorkshire, son of John Henry and Agnes Ann Bancroft.
Sam was married to Nora Crossley in 1917.
Sam is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte S. Bancroft.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Sam Bancroft, 1637, 265107, W. Rid. R.; 481793, R.E. Theatre of War first served in: 1 [France]. Date of entry therein: 15.4.15. D/W 11.10.18.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Sam Bancroft, 1637, 265107, W. Riding Regt. (T); Spr 481793, R.E.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Spr Sam Bancroft, 481793, 49 Sig. Co. Date and Place of Death: 11.10.18. 23 C.C. Stn., France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Nora. £39 0s. 2d.
UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Sam. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Nora, born 11.10.95. Address 1. 41, Bolton Road, Silsden, Keighley. Address 2. 13, Wood View, Laycock, Keighley. Children: Joyce, born 31.10.17.
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).
Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entryView Entry in CPGW Book
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:
BANCROFT, Signaller Sam, West Riding Regiment, Bolton Road [Silsden], died of wounds Oct. 1918.
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Sapper Sam BANCROFT
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Engineers
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division
Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records
Born: Keighley, Yorks
Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks
Regiment: Corps of Royal Engineers
Died Date: 11/10/18
Died How: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: France & Flanders
Notes: Formerly 1637, W.R.R. (49th Div. Signal Coy., R.E.)
CWGC Data for Soldier Records
Country of Service: United Kingdom
Service Number: 481793
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Unit: 49th Div. Signal Coy.
Died Date: 11/10/1918
Additional Information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bancroft, of Silsden, Keighley; husband of Nora Bancroft, of "Woodview," Laycock, Keighley, Yorks. Scout Master, 1st Silsden Troop, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE)
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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
BANCROFT John Henry of 11 Walkers-place Silsden Yorkshire died 20 August 1931 Probate London to Ernest Bancroft electrician. Effects £248 11s.6d.
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Signal Section, 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) in 1915
Back row: Lieut. A.E.K. Slingsby - 1st on left. Private Sam Bancroft - 2nd from right
Courtesy of Roger Bancroft
Marriage Register of St James’ Church, Silsden, Yorkshire
Entry for the marriage of Sam Bancroft to Nora Crossley, 12 July 1917
Courtesy of West Yorkshire Archive Service
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08 January 1915
Private Sam Bancroft, of the 6th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment also writes:- "I received the parcel and all the men from Silsden who are stationed here wish me to thank all who have contributed on their behalf. We could not have a better gift, as the clothing will keep us very warm during the winter. I have been getting into trouble over going home without leave from Birstall. I fairly caught it when I got back, but I was not alone. There were 84 of us, and we all got 21 days pay stopped, which is rather hard lines. However, we broke one of the Army laws so we must keep on smiling. It will take more than that to make me downhearted, but some of them are rather kicking against it. It was our own fault, so we must stand it, although it is hard lines."
14 May 1915
SILSDEN YOUTH'S EXPERIENCES.
In letters received by an Addingham friend from two brothers, natives of Silsden, named Bancroft, who are serving with the 4th and 6th Battalion of the West Riding Regiment at the front, some interesting details are given, and Joe, who is with the 4th Battalion, says his platoon was fetching rations one day, and it was a very risky job, going about a mile under fire, with no cover or anything. They are just getting used to it. They had only had one killed yet, and that was when they had been there ten days. He had not seen his brother since the day they arrived. He said he was enjoying himself "if only he had more Woodbines."
Sam, who is in the Signal Section, in a few lines said he was still keeping in the best of health and that it was surprising how it got out that they had lost a lot of men. They had been in the trenches three days and they could count on one hand how many they had had either killed or wounded. Besides, they had been shelled out of a village which was not a pleasant beginning. The second night they were in the trenches they had all the wires broken. The officer and himself went out to repair them. It was not a very nice job, but it had to be done so that they could get news through.
28 May 1915
NEWS FROM A SILSDEN SOLDIER
In a letter to Mr. Ambrose Longbottom, of Kirkgate, Silsden, Private Sam Bancroft, of one of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiments, says:-
"You will be wondering by now how I am getting on amongst it all. Well, I am still in the best of health, and have got accustomed to sleeping under all sorts of conditions. We have been in the trenches twice since I wrote to you last. The first time we were in three days, and then we came out to rest three days in a place where the Germans kept landing a few shells just to let us know they were alive. The second time we were in the trenches four days. We came out on Sunday night, and I expect we shall go in again on Wednesday. We don't get a big lot of rest when we are in the trenches, as we have to keep on the telephone and bullets keep catching the wire and cutting them, and then the fun starts in going out to mend them. I have been out a few times both day and night; it is not very nice to have bullets whistling round you, or a shell bursting not far off. They make us kiss the ground, but Mr. Slingsby always goes out with us, and do you know I would go anywhere with him.
"Well, you will like to know a little about the trenches and the way we get into them. The first time we went in we went down a road and you could keep hearing a bullet pass. There has been a few wounded while going down to the trenches. When we get about 200 yards off we go down the side of a high wall, and there is a good sniper or two who keep letting drive at the wall and we have to keep ducking. When we get into the trenches it is very safe unless we keep our head above the parapet too long. The parapet is about six feet high and made of sand-bags. Most of the firing goes on at night. Each side keeps sending up flares or star shells, and they make it as light as day. The trenches are very fair at present as we have had five days of very fine weather, but when we went in the last time it had been raining, and they were very bad. We were nearly up to the knees in mud. It must have been bad in winter as we had only a shower or two to make such a state of affairs as mentioned. Another thing that has been done now is that we have made a trench to go down instead of going down the road.
"How are the Boy Scouts getting on at Silsden? I had a P.C. from Mr. Berry, and he said they were going strong. I hope you have a good time if you go into camp anywhere. I am not doing bad for cigarettes. I have had a good few sent out, and we get a weekly allowance, which runs about 20 each, and one ounce of tobacco, so we are not doing bad. But we smoke nearly all the time, both day and night."
Mr. Longbottom is Scoutmaster of the Parish Church Boy Scouts, of which Private Bancroft was formerly a prominent member.
25 June 1915
SILSDEN - Mementoes from Germany
A couple of German shell heads, which have been found in Flanders, have been on view during the week in the shop window of Mr. Wm. Sugden, draper, Kirkgate, Silsden. They have been sent to Mr. Fred Crossley, of 41, Bolton Road, Silsden, by Private Charles Crossley (nephew), and Pte. Sam Bancroft (the latter being a Silsden soldier). In a letter to his uncle Private Crossley says:- "We are sending you some German shell heads and bullets, and please send word whether you receive them or not. I have been away from my company for a fortnight to learn bomb throwing, but came back on the 15th inst., and had to go into the trenches. Sam Bancroft is going into the trenches to-night (Thursday, 17th) for three days, and then out for six days into billets. I am not far from him and always go up to see him when we are out of the trenches together. I get on splendid with him. I have not troubled so much about collecting souvenirs as they are nearly all lumber for us to carry, but Sam has a bicycle to ride on and has no pack to carry, and he has three days at headquarters out of six."
17 September 1915
CRAVEN AND THE WAR
Silsden is paying a heavy price. On Monday morning Miss Hannah Faulkner, who resides at Bridge Street, Silsden, received information concerning the death of one of her brothers, Private Jobey Faulkner, of the 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. Private Faulkner, who enlisted after the outbreak of war, was one of five brothers serving their King and Country. The Faulkners were the only family in Silsden who could claim to have five representatives in the Army.
Privates Edward and Tom Faulkner have both been wounded in France, the former having gained convalescence and gone beck to the front, but the latter is said to be still nursing his wound in one of the hospitals in this country. Private Jobey Faulkner was killed in France. In a letter to his sister, Private Dan Faulkner says:- "I am sorry to tell you that our Jobey got killed while on duty. He was hit by a piece of shrapnel and died half an hour later. He was hit on the 7th of September about half-past six at night, and was buried the same evening. You must cheer up; it has been very hard for me but we can always say that he did his duty to the last."
Prior to his death Private Faulkner sent a letter to his sister in which he said:- "I had a letter from George W. Barrett the other day. He said he was going on all right. He said he had had a letter from our "Teddy" when he was coming across to France. We went for a walk as far as the 6th Battalion, and there I saw Sam Bancroft but I did not see Percy Baldwin and Fred Taylor (all Silsden soldiers), as Percy had gone out in the morning with the R.E. and Fred Taylor had just gone on pass. I saw several Steeton and Sutton lads, and they looked very well, but the same as me a bit rough. When you write to Tom or 'Teddy' just tell them we should like a word from them."
Silsden's list of fallen is now eight, four of whom have been recorded during the short space of a week. Four have been killed in France, three in the Dardanelles, and one is this country while on guard duty.
22 October 1915
REPORTED HONOUR FOR SILSDEN SOLDIER
It is reported that Private Sam Bancroft, a signaller in the 6th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, and whose home is in Walker's Place, Silsden, has been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery whilst carrying out his duties at the Front.
It is said that the deed, which led to Private Bancroft's recommendation for the D.C.M., was that a telephone wire had been broken and the lieutenant in command asked for volunteers to repair it. The whole of the Signalling Corps at once volunteered, but he chose two out of them, one being Private Bancroft. The work was started at 8 o'clock in the evening and was not completed until 3-30 a.m., during which lengthy period Private Bancroft was constantly under shell fire. He was operating in a bullet-swept zone all the time.
After the work had been completed he made tracks to his previous destination by the guidance of the stars. Being a former Boy Scout, Private Bancroft had learned how to locate himself by this means. He was not allowed to use any kind of light for fear of being located by the enemy. He was able to return safely and was afterwards complimented on his successful work by the commander.
Prior to the war he took a very important part in the Boy Scout movement locally, he being attached to the Silsden Parish Church Troop (Silsden 2nd). He was also a member of the Silsden St. John Ambulance Brigade. Private Bancroft, along with his two brothers - Willie and Joe - have all been home during the past week on leave for a few days. The latter came from Le Havre Hospital, where he has been under treatment for some time suffering from gas poisoning.
10 December 1915
SILSDEN SOLDIERS' APPRECIATION - INTERESTING LETTERS
Mrs. Charles Sugden, Lady Superintendent of the Silsden St John Ambulance Nursing Division, has received a number of interesting letters from local soldiers and sailors conveying their thanks to the inhabitants of Silsden for the parcels which have recently been forwarded to them.
Signaller Sam Bancroft, 6th Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment, who has been in the trenches in Flanders for some months, writes:-
"It is very good of you to think of us, and I can assure you the socks came in very handy as we had just come out of the trenches. We had been in four days, and I think they were the worst I have had since we came out here. They have given us an idea of what it is going to be like in winter. I got a letter from Sam Fort (a Silsden Ambulance man in a hospital at Rouen) the other day, and he has always something to say about going to college before we go collecting again. I again thank you for the parcel."
18 February 1916
SILSDEN SOLDIERS' APPRECIATION - SOME INTERESTING LETTERS
A number of interesting letters have again been received by Mrs. Charles Sugden (Lady Supt. of the Silsden Ambulance Division) from Silsden Soldiers and Sailors on active service abroad, and who have been the recipients of a second parcel sent last month. Each parcel contained a box of biscuits, pair of socks, pair of woollen gloves, box of chocolates, candles, oxo, and either tea or cocoa tablets, the expense of which was borne out of the local Soldiers War Fund, as was the case with the Christmas Parcels. The inhabitants of Silsden therefore may well be pleased at the good work which their liberal contributions has enabled the lady workers to perform.
Private Sam Bancroft, writing from France, states:- "In thanking you for a second parcel I can only say what all who receive them say, 'they are fine'. We are now enjoying a well-earned rest; we must have earned it or we should not have got one. It feels grand, I can tell you, to be away from the trenches for a while. I suppose Silsden will be quiet now as all the young men who are medically fit will be soldiers; if not they ought to be. How do you think the war is going on? It can't last for ever, and we can hold out longer than the Germans. We do know that every day the Germans are getting worse off, so let us hope that before long they have to give it up as a bad job."
11 August 1916
Corporal Joe Bancroft, of the West Riding Regiment, and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bancroft, of 11, Walker's Place, Silsden, has also been wounded and is at present in hospital. In a letter to his parents he says:-
"I have bad news for you this time; I was hit last night with a piece of shell at the back of my shoulder. I do not think though it is very bad. We were making a night attack, but the enemy found us before we took up our position. I had just got back into our trench when a shell dropped amongst my half of the platoon. Only two of us were hit, and I think we got off lucky."
In a letter received the day before he was wounded, Corporal Bancroft stated:- "I have been promoted full Corporal, so you see I am not doing so very bad. I think the Silsden men have come out fairly lucky so far in the advance. I hope no more casualties have come through."
Corporal Bancroft is one of three brothers serving in the West Riding Regiment. He and his brother, Sam, were members of the Territorials prior to the outbreak of war, the latter also being a prominent ambulance worker in Silsden before enlisting.
17 May 1918
Sergeant J. Bancroft, Silsden
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bancroft, of Walker's Place, Silsden, have received official news that their son, Sergeant Joe Bancroft, of the West Riding Regiment, was killed in action on May 4th. In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Bancroft, Lieutenant Colonel R.E. Sugden writes:- "I am awfully grieved to tell you of your son's death. He, along with others, was left in the line to assist a famous foreign battalion, and it appears that he was accidentally killed by a shell. There are thousands of very brave men out here, and I have had scores in my battalion, but I have never seen a man so utterly indifferent and regardless of personal danger as your son. After one German attack, which was repulsed with very heavy losses to the enemy, your son went out about eight times on patrol close to the enemy's position. He had already gained a Military Medal and I had recommended him for the D.C.M. for great gallantry about April 16th, and I sincerely hope it will be awarded. I can ill afford to lose such men as your son, as his influence on his comrades was great, and enabled them to hold out in many a tight corner. You and your family can be proud all your life of your son's record in this terrible war, and I can say most sincerely that I never came across a braver man."
Sergeant Bancroft, who was 25 years of age, enlisted on the outbreak of war, having previously been in the local Territorials. He went to France in April 1915. He had previously been wounded and gassed, and only a few weeks previous to being killed he was wounded in the head. He was one of five brothers serving, the others being: Sapper Sam Bancroft, Royal Engineers; Private Willie Bancroft, who is in hospital wounded; Corporal Fred Bancroft, who has also won the Military Medal; and John Bancroft, who joined up last Tuesday.
25 October 1918
SILSDEN - ANOTHER SCOUTMASTER PAYS THE PRICE
A letter has been received by Mrs. Bancroft, Bolton Road, Silsden, stating that her husband, Signaller Sam Bancroft, West Riding Regiment, was dangerously wounded by shell fire on the night of Friday, 11th October, and that it had been necessary to amputate the limb, which had resulted in his death. Signaller Bancroft was mobilized when war was declared, being a member of the West Riding Territorials, and went to France in April, 1915, and before this had not received a scratch. Signaller Bancroft, who is the son of Mr. And Mrs. J. H. Bancroft, Walker's Place, Silsden, has three other brothers serving - Corporal Fred Bancroft, Military Medallist, who is at present in Ripon Convalescent Hospital; Trooper John Bancroft, Cavalry Reserve Regiment, at Newbridge Camp, Ireland; Private Willie Bancroft, West Yorks. Regiment, who is in Netley Military Hospital. Another brother, Sergeant Joe Bancroft, D.C.M., and M.M., Duke of Wellington's Regiment, was killed in action in May, 1918. Signaller Bancroft is the third assistant Scout Master of the 2nd Silsden Boy Scouts to make the supreme sacrifice in this war, and his death will be greatly regretted by a large circle of friends and by the lads of whom he had charge.
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11 August 1916
SILSDEN SOLDIERS WOUNDED
Corporal Joe Bancroft, of the West Riding Regiment, and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bancroft, of 11, Walker's Place, Silsden, has also been wounded and is at present in hospital. In a letter to his parents he says:- "I have bad news for you this time: I was hit last night with a piece of shell at the back of my shoulder. I do not think, though, it is very bad. We were making a night attack, but the enemy found us before we took up our position. I had just got back into our trench when a shell dropped amongst my half of the platoon. Only two of us were hit, and I think we got off lucky." In a letter received the day before he was wounded, Corporal Bancroft states:- "I have been promoted full Corporal, so you see I am not doing so very bad. I think the Silsden men have come out fairly lucky so far in this advance. I hope no more casualties have come through."
Corporal Bancroft is one of three brothers serving in the West Riding Regiment. He and his brother, Sam, were members of the Territorials prior to the outbreak of war, the latter also being a prominent ambulance worker in Silsden before enlisting. Sam was reported some time ago as having been recommended for the D.C.M. The other brother is Private Fred Bancroft, while another brother, Willie, joined the Colours, but he returned home as he was under military age.
13 April 1917
SILSDEN - THANKS FOR PARCELS
Letters acknowledging the receipt of parcels sent out by the Girls' Friendly Society on behalf of the members of the congregation of the Silsden Parish Church, to local soldiers associated with the church, have been received from the following:- Lieut. Arthur Driver, Lieut. H. Longbottom, Pte. J.H. Riley, Pte. Wm. Bradley, Pte. Thos Tillotson, Pte. Ernest Botomley, Pte. S. Bancroft, Pte. E.G. Tillotson, Pte. Duncan Wade, Pte. Harry Wade, Pte. H. Green, and Pte. H. Smith.
21 September 1917
ANOTHER SILSDEN MILITARY MEDALLIST
Pte. Fred Bancroft, one of the five soldier sons of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bancroft, of 11, Walker's Place, Silsden, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty while in action. The deed for which Pte. Bancroft gained the coveted honour is described by his commanding officer (C.E.N. Logan) as follows:- "On the 25th August, 1917, a small party of the 24th Labour Company was proceeding on the railway east of ----- when the shelling become very heavy, and one shell exploded near the party and mortally wounded one of Pte. Bancroft's comrades. The rest of the party ran for cover except Pte. Bancroft, who remained very cool and collected. In spite of the continued shelling which was becoming more and more severe he proceeded along the track to obtain a stretcher, and returning with one other man, carried his wounded comrade to the dressing station. Unfortunately the man died five minutes after being admitted, or Pte. Bancroft would undoubtedly have saved his life, as shells continued to fall round the spot where he was lying helpless." Pte. Bancroft has also received congratulations from several officers in respect to his gallantry and the honour that has been conferred upon him. On Sept. 8th the company to which Pte. Bancroft is attached paraded, and Capt. Logan pinned the ribbon to his breast, and he will later receive the medal. He is at present home on a short leave. Pte. Bancroft, who is 21 years of age, is attached to a Labour Battalion. He enlisted in January, 1916, and went out to France towards the end of March of the same year. He was formerly employed at the Silsden Dyeworks. Pte. Bancroft was engaged working near the front line during the battle of the Somme. His other brothers serving are Sergt. Joe Bancroft, of the West Riding Regiment, who was also recently awarded the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty; Signaller Sam Bancroft, of the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment; and Corpl. Willie Bancroft, of the Training Reserve Battalion. The latter enlisted soon after war broke out, he then not being 15 years of age. After 18 months service he was discharged owing to being under age. Upon reaching 18 years of age he joined up last May, and is at present stationed is England.
16 November 1917
SCOUTS' ROLL OF HONOUR
The following is a list of the Boy Scouts connected with the Silsden Parish Church Troop serving in the Army and Navy:- Scoutmaster Tom Ayrey, Sam Bancroft, Geoffrey Barrett, Tom B. Wilkinson, James Fry, Harold Newnes, Frank Steel, Lawrence Galvin, Edward Galvin (discharged), Duncan Wade, Jack Crossley, Ottewell Lodge, Frank Shackleton, Tom Stocks (Second-Lieutenant), Tom Shackleton, Ernest Bottomley, Edward Saddington, Ernest Shackleton, Fred Bancroft (Military Medal), Willie Bancroft, Tom Cooke, Harold Middleton, Cyril Riley, Alfred Spencer, Oswald Hill, Isaac Webster, Rowland Hill (killed), Norman Phillip (killed), Ernest, Hardcastle (killed), and David Mason (killed).
17 May 1918
CRAVEN AND THE WAR
Silsden Military Medallist Killed
We regret to announce that Sergt. Joe Bancroft, of the West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Bancroft, of 11, Walker's Place, Silsden, was killed in action by a shell on May 4th. In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Bancroft, Lieut.-Col. Sugden states:- I am awfully grieved to tell you of you son's death. He was left in the line with some of my best men to help a famous foreign battalion, and it appears that he was instantly killed by a shell. There are thousands of very brave men out here, and I have had scores in my battalion, but I have never seen a man so utterly indifferent and regardless to personal danger as your son. After one German attack which we repulsed with very heavy losses to the enemy, your son went out about eight times on patrol close to the enemy position. He had already gained the Military Medal, and I had also recommended him for the D.C.M. for great gallantry about April 16th, and I sincerely hope it will be awarded. I can ill afford to lose such men as your son, as his influence on his comrades was great and enabled them to hold out in many a tight corner. You and your family can be proud all your life of your son's record in this terrible war, and I can say most sincerely that I never came across a braver man." Sergt. Bancroft, who was 25 years of age, enlisted on the outbreak of war, having previously been in the local Territorials for a number of years. He went out to France in April, 1915, and was wounded and gassed during the heavy fighting which he had gone through. Only a few weeks prior to his being killed he was also wounded in the head. In January, 1917, he was awarded the Military Medal. He was one of five brothers serving, the others being Sapper Sam Bancroft, of the Royal Engineers; Pte. Willie Bancroft, who is at present in hospital wounded; Corpl. Fred Bancroft, who has been awarded the Military Medal, and recently came out of hospital; and John Bancroft, who joined up on Tuesday last.
05 July 1918
CRAVEN AND THE WAR
Posthumous Honour for Silsden Sergeant
Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Bancroft, of 11, Walker's Place, Silsden, on Tuesday last received news that their son, Sergt. Joe Bancroft, of the West Riding Regiment, who was killed is action on May 4th last, had been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry in the field about April 16th. Sergt. Bancroft had already gained the Military Medal. He was 25 years of age, went out to France in April, 1915, and was wounded and gassed during the heavy fighting which he had gone through. He was one of five brothers serving, the others being Sapper Sam Bancroft, of the Royal Engineers, Pte. Willie Bancroft, who is at present in hospital at Netley suffering from wounds in the right arm, Corpl. Fred Bancroft, who has also been awarded the Military Medal, and who is in hospital at Norwich suffering from blood poisoning, and Pte. John Bancroft, who is serving in Ireland.
25 October 1918
BANCROFT - Died of wounds Oct. 11th, Signaller S. Bancroft, West Riding Regiment, husband of Mrs. Bancroft, Bolton Road, Silsden, and son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Bancroft, Walker's Place, Silsden.
25 October 1918
Silsden Family's Second Bereavement
A letter had been received by Mrs. Bancroft, of Bolton Road, Silsden, stating that her husband, Signaller Sam Bancroft, West Riding Regiment, was dangerously wounded by shell fire in the right leg on Friday, Oct. 11th. and that it had been necessary to amputate the limb, which had resulted in his death. Signaller Bancroft was mobilised when war was declared, being a member of the West Riding Territorials, and went to France in April, 1915, and before this had not received a scratch. Signaller Bancroft, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Bancroft, Walker's Place, Silsden, has three other brothers serving, Corpl. Fred Bancroft, Military Medallist, who is at present in Ripon Convalescent Hospital, Trooper John Bancroft, Cavalry Reserve Regiment, at Newbridge Camp, Ireland, and Pte. Willie Bancroft, West Yorks. Regiment, who is in Netley Military hospital. Another brother, Sergt. Joe Bancroft, D.C.M. and M.M., Duke of Wellington's Regiment, was killed in action in May, 1918. Signaller Bancroft is the third assistant scoutmaster belonging to the 2nd Silsden Baden Powell Scout Troop to make the supreme sacrifice in the war, and his death will be greatly regretted by a wide circle of friends and by the lads of whom he had charge.
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