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Forename(s): Syril

Place of Birth: Ingleton, Yorkshire

Service No: 1690

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 21

Date of Death: 1915-12-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. E. 1.


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Additional Information:

Syril Tomlinson was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Jane Tomlinson, née Slinger. Both parents were born at Ingleton, Yorkshire. Edward and Elizabeth’s youngest son, Signalman Stanley Tomlinson, 2590638, 1st Corps Signals, Royal Corps of Signals, lost his life in the Second World War on 25 August 1944. Their daughter, Lilian, was married to Private Herbert Douglas Routledge (P/8758) (q.v.). Lilian, Stanley and Syril were niece and nephews of Private Vincent Slinger (265583) (q.v.).

1901 Ingleton Yorkshire Census: Lemon Cottage - Syril Tomlinson, aged 6 years, born Ingleton, son of Edward and Elizabeth J. Tomlinson.

1911 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - Syril Tomlinson, aged 16 years, born Ingleton, son of Edward and E.J. Tomlinson.

The British Army Service Record for Syril Tomlinson exists but may be incomplete.

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

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Cyril [sic] Tomlinson, 1690, W. Ride. Rgt. Theatre of War first served in: 1 - France. Date of entry therein: 14.4.15. K. in A. 17.12.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Cyril [sic] Tomlinson, 6/1690, 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 17.12.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Syril Tomlinson, 1690, 1/6 W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 17.12.15. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Edward. £7 16s. 5d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Syril. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Elizabeth Jane Tomlinson. Relationship: Mother. Address: Lemon Cottage, Ingleton.

A short biography of Syril 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 Syril TOMLINSON

Private Syril TOMLINSON

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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Forename(s): Syril

Born: Ingleton, Yorks


Enlisted: Ingleton

Number: 1690

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion


Died Date: 17/12/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): S

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 1690

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 21


Died Date: 17/12/1915

Additional Information: Son of Mrs. E. J. Tomlinson, of 8, Laburnam Cottages, Ingleton, Carnforth.

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

17 DECEMBER 1915

TRENCHES [Ypres Salient]. 9 a.m. 1690, Pte Tomlinson, S. killed by rifle bullet in advanced trench F33. Buried by Capt. Page at TALANA.

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Private Syril Tomlinson

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Courtesy of Aurel Sercu, Boezinge, Belgium

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31 December 1915

INGLETON AND THE WAR – The Sixth Fatality

Amongst those who attested at Settle were the following from Ingleton Fells:–

Thomas Faraday, John Faraday, James Parker, John Mason, Robert Lambert, Bryan Chapman, William Middleton, and William Hilton. These names bring the Ingleton Roll of Honour to 231.

Pte. W. Bolton, 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, was killed by shrapnel some time ago. He is the fifth Ingletonian to lay down his life for his country.

Pte. Stanley Thornber was shot through the chest some weeks ago, the bullet passing above the heart. The bullet has not been extracted, as an operation might prove dangerous.

Pte. Harold Howson, who has been in hospital suffering from trench foot, is at home, and Privates Joe Vickers and J. W. Robinson are at home on furlough from the Front.

News has just been received that Pte Cyril Tomlinson, 21 years of age, has been killed in the trenches by a sniper. He was the eldest son of Pte. Edward Tomlinson, Main Street; and went out to the Front with the 6th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. Immediately on receipt of the sad intelligence, the Union Jack was hoisted half-mast at St. Mary’s Church. He is the sixth Ingletonian to give up his life for his King and country. As well as his father he has two brothers and several relatives serving with the forces. His brother-in-law, Pte. H. Routledge, has been gassed and is now in hospital at Lincoln.

Dr. Mackenzie has received a telegram from the War Office intimating that his son, Capt. Gordon Mackenzie, has been wounded in action, but the extent of his injuries is not yet known.

It is also reported that Pte. J. Nash and Pte. J. Waring have been wounded, and Pte. J. Clapham gassed, so that it would appear that the Ingletonians have been in the thick of it recently.

17 March 1916

INGLETON – A Patriotic Family

Mr.and Mrs. John Slinger (Albion House, Ingleton) are to be congratulated on the part their children are playing in the war. They have nine sons, 3 sons-in-law, three grandsons, two grandsons-in-law, and several nephews now or recently serving in His Majesty’s Forces. Their names are:–

Private Sinnet Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment), now time expired; Private Ernest Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Vincent Slinger (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private John Slinger (Yorkshire Hussars); Lance-Corporal Herbert Moorey (Military Mounted Police); Pte. Cyril [Syril] Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.), who has made the supreme sacrifice, having been killed in Belgium; Private Charles Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Percy Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Private Edward Tomlinson (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.); Lance-Corporal Herbert Routledge (8th Leeds Rifles), gassed in Belgium; Private Albert Jowett (6th Duke of Wellington’s W.R.R.), invalided home from the Front; Private Thomas Richardson (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 2nd Battalion) now time expired, who has served at the Front since the outbreak of war without a scratch; Private George Richardson (Royal Garrison Artillery); Private Edward Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry); Private Walter Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry); Lance-Corporal Ernest Richardson (Yorkshire Light Infantry), wounded at Loos on September 26th with a bullet through the neck; and Private Herbert Hogg (West Yorkshire Regiment). Of the seventeen mentioned, fourteen have already seen active service, one (Private Edward Tomlinson) is a grandfather, and one of his sons has given his life for his country, and the other two are in training for the Front. Mr. Slinger who is nearing the three score years and ten, was himself a Volunteer in the old days. A keen sportsman, he is one of the best shots and one of the best anglers in the Ingleton district. In spite of his years, he is very active and thinks nothing of a day spent on the fells and moors with gun and dog.

15 December 1916

TOMLINSON – In loving remembrance of Pte. Cyril Tomlinson (Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment), eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tomlinson, Lemon Cottage, Ingleton, who was killed in action in Belgium, December 17th, 1915.

20 April 1917

INGLETON – War Items

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tomlinson, Lemon Cottage, have received word from their son, Pte. Percy Tomlinson, that he has been wounded and is in a base hospital in France. Mr. Tomlinson’s eldest son, Cyril, was killed by a sniper about twelve months ago. – Pte. Fred Foster, second son of Mrs. W. Foster, Main Street, is home on furlough. – Pte. W. Bradley, younger son of Mr. R. Bradley, Ingleton Hall, has been granted leave to assist his father during lambing time.

26 October 1917


News was received at Ingleton on Tuesday morning that Private John Wadeson, second son of Private J. H. Wadeson, Bank End, Ingleton, has been killed in action, and the flag at the church was immediately hoisted half-mast. The sad news was conveyed in a letter from Pte. Charles Tomlinson to his mother, wherein he says that his best pal, Private John Wadeson, has been killed. He asked her to break the news as gently as possible to his relatives, and said he was going to try and get to the funeral if possible at all. He is buried at the same place as his brother, Private Cyril Tomlinson, and Second-Lieutenant Gerald Kirk. Pte. John Wadeson is 20 years of age, and before the war was employed at the Ingleton Colliery. Being a Territorial he was mobilised on the outbreak of the war and had seen considerable active service. His mother died a short time ago, and his father is on active service in France.

22 February 1918


A memorial service for Ingleton men who have fallen in the war was held in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday evening. There was a large congregation, and the service was of an impressive character. The Union Jack was hoisted half-mast on the tower during the day. At the commencement of the service the organist, Mr. C. Bentham, played ‘O rest in the Lord’, and at the conclusion the Dead March in ‘Saul’, 'How bright these glorious spirits shine’, and other hymns appropriate to the occasion were sung, as was also the National Anthem. Standing on the Chancel steps, Bugler J. Robinson sounded the ‘Last Post’, and its solemn and eerie notes reverberated along the aisles.

Before commencing his address, the vicar, the Rev. D. T. Davies, read out the list of those who had fallen, as follows:–

Killed in action: Second-Lieutenant G. Kirk, Sergeant J. Metcalfe, Privates A. Noble, G. Scholey, C. Tomlinson, J. Smith, W. A. Hodgson, J. W. Wadeson, J. W. Robinson, J. Clapham, W. Smith, J. Schofield, J. Kettlewell, W. Marklew, E. Askew, P. Fletcher, G. Metcalfe, A. M. Booth, J. Woodhouse, W. Bolton, and J. [W.H.W.] Wilson.

Died in hospital: Privates W. H. Wignall and C. Newsholme.

Torpedoed: C. Grant.

Missing; Sergeant R. E. Walker, Privates A. Sherwin, W. Northey, E. Robinson, J. Saul, and W. [J.C.] Bradford.

The Vicar, speaking from the words, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’, said that the occasion brought them face in face with a question that was momentous to everyone, and the list which he had just read made them pause and ask the question, “Is the cause for which we are fighting of such a nature that these sacrifices are necessary?” They must remind themselves of the causes which led to the war. Our honour was pledged to protect a small country from an oppressing wrong, and we were compelled to stand by them. They were standing to protect a weak country from a fearful wrong committed by one of the strongest nations in the world – from a military point of view the strongest – a nation that was steadily prospering year after year and which had been training its manhood to satisfy its mad ambition for power. It was becoming clear, especially during the last few weeks, that the dominant note running through their proposals had been their determination that might should conquer over right, and that they would rule as masters over the whole world. When they analysed the causes they saw that the principles of justice and righteousness were struggling against oppression and wrong-doing. They had seen an attempt to impose injustice on the whole world, to impose the doctrine that might is right and mercy unknown by the will of one man, and to sweep away religion, man’s guidance, in a moment.

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31 December 1915

Ingleton Territorial Killed

Several Ingleton homes have been cast under a shadow during the last few … casualties … occurred … fighting in Flanders. The Ingleton Territorial Detachment, which numbered about 50, although they had been in the fighting line since April, had escaped any casualty of a fatal nature, but this run of good luck has unfortunately been broken and much sympathy is felt for Pte. And Mrs. Edward Tomlinson and family, of Lemon Cottage, in the loss of their eldest son, Cyril, aged 23, who has been killed by a sniper in Flanders, death being instantaneous. The deceased’s father and two younger brothers, two brothers-in-law, and four uncles are serving their King and Country. Prior to going away he followed the employment of shoemaker, and worked for Mr. Bryan Holmes, of Bentham. The flag on St. Mary’s Church was flying at half mast out of respect to the deceased. This raises the toll of Ingleton to four.

On Monday evening Dr. J. Mackenzie Broadwood, Ingleton, received a wire to say that his son, Lieut. Gordon Mackenzie, of the K.O.Y.L.I., had been gassed and was in hospital in France. Lieut. Mackenzie was over on short leave only a fortnight ago.

On Wednesday Mr. And Mrs. G. Walling, of Ferncliffe, Ingleton, received information that their eldest son, Lieut. Ernest Walling, who is attached to the 8th Battalion Leeds Rifles, was in hospital suffering from gas poisoning.

On Monday, the 27th, Mrs. Routledge, The Square, Ingleton, received word that her husband, Pte. Herbert Routledge, had been gassed, and was suffering from injuries caused by falling into a shell-hole, and was in hospital at Lincoln awaiting an operation. Pte. Routledge is the brother-in-law to the young man Tomlinson who has been killed.

From information received from young men who have arrived on leave from the trenches it appears that Pte. Jack Wearing, son of Mr. And Mrs. Henry Wearing, of Rock Cottage, Ingleton, has been wounded, but the extent of the wounds are not known at the time of writing. He was attached to the 6th Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment (Territorials).

22 February 1918


MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday last a memorial service for the Ingleton soldiers who have fallen during the war was held in St. Mary’s Church. The flag on the tower was hoisted at half-mast. There was a very large congregation, and prior to the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. C. Bentham) played a solemn voluntary. The vicar (Rev. T. D. Davies) conducted the service, special prayers, psalms, and hymns being read and sung. The Vicar delivered a powerful sermon, taking as his text St. John, ch. 13 v., 13, “Greater love hath no man,” and prior to this read the following name of the Ingleton men killed and missing , some of whom have been presumed dead. The ‘Dead March’ was played at the close of the service, and the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ by Bugler J. Robinson concluded a solemn and impressive service. The following were the names read out by the vicar:–

Men killed: 2nd-Lieut. Gerald Kirk, Pte. A. Noble, Pte. G. Scholey, Sergt. Jas. Metcalfe, Pte. Cyril Tomlinson, Pte. James [Jabez] Smith, Pte. Wm. A. Hodgson, Pte. John W. Wadeson, Pte. John W. Robinson, Pte. Joe Clapham, Pte. Wm. Smith, Pte. Jas. Schofield, Pte. Jas. Kettlewell, Pte. W. Marklew, Pte. E Askew, Pte. Percy Fletcher, Pte. Geo. Metcalfe, Pte. A. M. Booth, Pte. J. Woodhouse, Pte. W. Bolton, Pte. J. [W.H.W.] Wilson; died in hospital: Pte. Chris. Newsholme, Pte. Henry Wignall; missing: Sergt Robert E. Walker, Pte. Alfred Sherwin. Pte. Wm. Northy, Pte. Jas. Saul, Pte. Ed. Robinson. Pte. W. [J.C.] Bradford; torpedoed: Charles Grant.

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