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Samuel Kirk LAMBERT

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Surname: LAMBERT

Forename(s): Samuel Kirk

Place of Birth: Aysgarth, Yorkshire

Service No: 30337

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1917-11-12

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. M. 30.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Local War Memorial: HARDRAW, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SEDBUSK, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Samuel Kirk Lambert was the son of Frances Lambert (born Askrigg, c. 1874), daughter of John and Frances Mary Lambert, née Halton. John was born at Leas House near Askrigg and Frances Mary at Askrigg, Yorkshire. Samuel’s mother married Wilfred Kirk (born Cotterdale, Yorkshire, c. 1855) in 1899. Wilfred's sister, Margaret Kirk, was the mother of Private Michael Akrigg (268427) (q.v.). Wilfred and Margaret’s half-brother, John Brunskill, was the father of Private Wilfred Brunskill (532529) (q.v.).

1901 Cotterdale, Yorkshire Census: Cotterdale Road - Samuel K. Lambert, aged 6 years, born Aysgarth, Yorkshire, grandson of Margaret Kirk, widow. [Wilfred, Frances, Samuel and daughter Margaret were living with Wilfred's mother.]

1911 Cotterdale, Yorkshire Census: Samuel Kirk Lambert, aged 16 years, born Askrigg, Yorkshire, son of Frances and stepson of Wilfred Kirk.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Samuel K. Lambert, 30337, York. R. Dead.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Samuel K. Lambert, 30337, 2/York. R.; 9/York. R.; 6/York. R. Dead.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Samuel Kirk Lambert, 30337, 6th Bn Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 12.11.17. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and Sole Legatee - Frances Kirk. £15 8s. 3d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Samuel using the surname of both Lambert and Kirk. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Frances Kirk. Relationship: Mother. Address: Cotterdale, Hawes, Yorkshire. Dead 25.11.27.

Samuel is commemorated on the Cotterdale, Hardraw, Hawes and Sedbusk Memorials as 'Samuel Kirk'.

A short biography of Samuel 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:

LAMBERT, Samuel K., Yorkshire Regiment, Cotterdale, died of wounds Nov. 12, 1917.


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Private Samuel Kirk LAMBERT

Private Samuel Kirk LAMBERT

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: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: LAMBERT

Forename(s): Samuel Kirk

Born: Cotterdale, Yorks

Residence: Cotterdale

Enlisted: Leyburn

Number: 30337

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 12/11/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: LAMBERT

Forename(s): Samuel Kirk

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 30337

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 12/11/1917

Additional Information: Son of Wilfred and Frances Kirk, of Cotterdale, Hawes, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


KIRK Wilfred of Middle Farm Cotterdale near Hawes Yorkshire died 6 February 1926 Administration London 12 April to Frances Kirk widow. Effects £441 17s. 11d.


KIRK Frances of Middle Farm Cotterdale near Hawes Yorkshire widow died 22 May 1927 Administration London 12 November to Margaret Kirk and Sarah Mary Kirk spinsters. Effects £414 12s. 8d.


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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

23 November 1917

LAMBERT – November 12th 1917 from wounds received in action, Private Samuel Kirk Lambert, Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Kirk Lambert, Cotterdale, near Hawes, aged 23 years.

23 November 1917


The desolating hand of war has reached out and touched for the first time the tiny outlying hamlet of Cotterdale near Hawes, and one of its sons, Pte. Samuel Kirk Lambert, Yorkshire Regiment, has fallen for his country, succumbing on November 12th to wounds received in action. The deceased soldier, who was only 23 years of age, enlisted in June 1916, and went to France three months later. The sad news of his death was conveyed to the parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Kirk, Cotterdale, in an official notification. This was followed by a letter from the chaplain, which bears eloquent testimony to the splendid character of the young soldier:–

“Dear Mrs. Kirk, – News will have already reached you that your son, Pte. S. K. Lambert, died of wounds yesterday – news, the meaning of which to you I can only guess. But in spite of the sorrow it must bring, is there not also in it a note of triumph for those of us who believe in the love of God? I was with your boy before he passed away and he sent you the message of his love. He was a splendid boy and you may well be proud of such a son. It was my privilege to lay him to rest today in a little cemetery behind the lines. Your son gave his life for his country and for love of you. I may say that God will give you His own comfort and the peace which passeth understanding.”

Much sympathy is felt for the parents in their sad bereavement.

15 November 1918

KIRK – In loving memory of our dear nephew and cousin, Private Samuel Kirk, who was killed in action November 12th, 1917.

Somewhere in France, in a lonely grave,
Beside his comrades he is laid;
A loving nephew and cousin dear,
None at his grave to shed a tear.
No one who knew him need ever be told,
A warmer heart death never made cold.

From his loving Aunt, Uncle and Cousins at Cotterdale.

KIRK – In loving memory of our dear son, Samuel Kirk, who died of wounds in France, November 12th, 1917, aged 23 years.

It may be a soldier’s honour
For his country’s cause to fall;
But we cannot think of the glory
For the sorrow it has caused us all.
We do not forget him, nor do we intend,
We think of him daily and will to the end,
Gone and forgotten by some he may be,
But dear to our memory for ever he’ll be,

From his loving Father, Mother and Sister.

12 November 1920

KIRK – In loving memory of Samuel Kirk, Cotterdale, who died in France, Nov. 12th, 1917.

Three years have passed, our hearts still sore,
As time goes on we miss him more;
No mother’s care did him attend,
Nor o’er him a father bend;
No sister by to shed a tear,
No loved one his last words to hear.

Lovingly remembered by Father, Mother and Sisters.


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