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Surname: LISTER

Forename(s): Sam

Place of Birth: Bradford, Yorkshire

Service No: 16/1091

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 15th/17th Battalion

Division: 31st Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1918-09-22

Awards: M.M.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 3 and 4.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

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

Additional Information:

Sam Lister was the son of John and Ann Elizabeth Lister, formerly Nettleton, née Bakes. John, the son of William and Mary Lister, née Dallow, was born at Barden and Ann at Fagley near Bradford, Yorkshire. They married in 1912.

1901 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 14, Garnett Square - Sam Lister, aged 7 years, born Bradford. [Sam and his father are described as boarding with Annie Nettleton, a widow and her family that included her mother, Mary Bakes.]

1911 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 350, Harewood Street - Sam Lister, aged 17 years, born Bradford Moor, son of John and Annie Lister.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Sgt Sam Lister M.M., 16/1091 West Yorkshire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (3) Egypt. Date of entry therein: 22 December 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sgt Sam Lister, (M.M.) 16/1091, 16 W. Yks.; 15/17 W. Yks. Killed in Action 22/9/18.

Sam was probably transferred to the 15th/17th Bn when the 16th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (1st Bradford), informally known as the 1st Bradford Pals, was disbanded on the 15 February 1918.

The 15th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (1st Leeds), informally known as the Leeds Pals, were amalgamated with the 17th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Leeds) to form the 15th/17th Battalion on the 7 December 1917.

Sam is commemorated in the 'City of Bradford Great War 1914-1918 Roll of Honour' and is perhaps the S. Lister on the St Peter’s Cathedral Church Parishioners’ War Memorial, Bradford.

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Sergeant Sam LISTER

Sergeant Sam LISTER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: LISTER

Forename(s): Sam

Born: Bradford


Enlisted: Bradford

Number: 16/1091

Rank: Sergt

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 15/17th Battalion

Decorations: M.M.

Died Date: 22/09/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: LISTER

Forename(s): Sam

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 16/1091

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 15th/17th Bn.


Awards: M M

Died Date: 22/09/1918

Additional Information:



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

22 November 1918

LISTER – Killed in action, aged 25 years, Sergt. Sam Lister (Military Medal), West Yorkshire Regiment, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lister, Sydenham Place, Bradford, and nephew of Silvester Lister, Watergate, Barden.

22 November 1918

BARDEN – The Late Sergeant S. Lister, M.M.

The late Sergeant Sam Lister, West Yorkshire Regiment, Bradford, who won the M.M. for gallantry in the field, is a direct descendant of the John Lister who fought at the Battle of Flodden, and whose halberd is shown to the many visitors at the old farmhouse, Barden Tower. He belonged to the 1st Bradford ‘Pals’, having joined up in November 1914, and was for some time stationed at Skipton when the ‘Pals’ wore blue. He served in Egypt and France, where he was killed in action September 29th, aged 25 years.


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