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Forename(s): Walter

Place of Birth: Newton-in-Bowland, Yorkshire

Service No: 13772

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 'A' Coy 10th (Service) Battalion

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 16

Date of Death: 1914-10-27

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: In South-East part.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Additional Information:

Walter Isherwood was the son of Thomas and Hannah Isherwood, née Topham and brother of Private Edwin Isherwood (13764) (q.v.). Both of their parents were born at Newton-in-Bowland, Yorkshire.

1901 Newton-in-Bowland, Yorkshire Census: Foulscales - Walter Isherwood, aged 3 years, born Newton, son of Thomas and Hannah Isherwood.

1911 Newton-in-Bowland, Yorkshire Census: Foulscales - Walter Isherwood, aged 13 years, born Parish of Newton, son of Hannah Isherwood, widow.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Walter Isherwood, 13772, 10 S Battn West Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 27.10.14 Cambridge Hospl. Aldershot. Place of Birth, Date of Enlistment, Trade on Enlistment: Staidburn [sic] Clitheroe 19.9.14. Farm Labourer. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Hannah. £0 14s. 11d. Including share of sister - Alice Ellen. Brother - George. £0 7s. 6d. Brother - Thomas. £0 7s. 6d. Brother - James. £0 7s. 6d. Brother - Edwin. £0 7s. 6d. Brother - Albert. £0 7s. 6d. Sister - Mary. £0 7s. 5d.

A short biography of Walter is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

ISHERWOOD, Walter, West Riding Regiment, Newton-in-Bowland, died in camp at Frensham early in Nov. 1914.


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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: 23rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 23rd Division

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Forename(s): Walter

Born: Slaidburn, Yorks

Residence: Newton, Lancs

Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 13772

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 10th Battalion


Died Date: 27/10/14

Died How: Died

Theatre of War: Home


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Forename(s): Walter

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13772

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age: 16


Died Date: 27/10/1914

Additional Information: Son of the late Thomas and Hannah Isherwood.

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‘Clitheroe Times’ (18 August 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



The rector of Slaidburn (Rev. J.C. Garnett) preached a special memorial sermon on Sunday to the late Private William Houghton, who was the village constable at Slaidburn, prior to the war, and who was killed in France. Deceased’s favourite hymns were sung and Miss Ost played the Dead March. Private Houghton was in the Black Watch. Information of his death came from a comrade and Mrs. Houghton later received confirmation from the Lieutenant-Colonel who spoke in praiseworthy terms of her husband, and of the magnificent spirit of the men under his charge, adding that they had fully maintained the proud traditions of the regiment. Private Houghton, who was only 26 years of age, enlisting in November last with two other West Riding colleagues – P.C.’s Hartley and Green. Private Houghton went to France in April. He had been in hospital at the base for six weeks suffering from septic poisoning as the result of mosquito bites, and only returned to his company the night before he met his death. Naturally anxious to know of his friend Hartley’s whereabouts, he was putting his inquiries to a comrade when a sniper hit him. The heartfelt sympathy of the villagers and of her husband’s many friends and acquaintances is felt for the widow and her two young children in their great loss. Mrs. Houghton lost her only brother at the Dardanelles, where he was killed three hours after landing.

The Rector, preaching from 1. Peter v., 7, “Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you” said: In taking this text one’s thoughts are of those whose lives have been darkened by the war. Few families have escaped the horrors of it. We try to keep right, but things are not as usual. Everything is interfered with, the keen desire for pleasure has gone for the most part. Some are suffering financial loss through the war. But beyond all was the overwhelming anxiety of those who had fathers, sons, brothers and sweethearts at the front. They were proud to serve their King and country and hard as the parting was loved ones had joined in the pardonable pride. Still there was the constant anxiety and suspense. The waiting for news and too often ‘bad news’ had come to homes. The text had immense comfort in it for those whose hearts are heavy with grief. Earthly comfort had its value. For instance the fact that he who died in a foreign land died as a hero and could never be branded as a coward or a shirker, had comfort in it. They in Slaidburn, and indeed the whole country, were grateful to him and to the other lads from Bolland who had laid down their lives. They had died for the nation and as long as the nation lasted they would be remembered. On a ‘Roll of Honour’ in our old Church their names will stand for all time and succeeding generations will learn of their brave deeds. Engraved thereon would be the names of George Bannister, Harold Charnock, John Eccles, Walter Isherwood, Fred Wilcock, Wm. Winder and William Houghton. It was in memory of the last named soldier that service was being held. He knew him as a good officer of the police force, always attentive to duty, carried out without fear or favour. Indeed he was held in high esteem by his superior officers and would soon no doubt have received promotion. He made a smart and brave soldier – the letter fro his Colonel testified to that. He was also a good and affectionate husband and father, a clean living man with a pure mind and high ideals. As such we should remember him. He had often been prayed for in our intercession services and no doubt those prayers had helped him, helped him to fight and die. Public intercession services are of the greatest value in this direction and those who attend them were doing a great service to our fighting men. It was no little comfort to the widow and fatherless children that their loved one was so highly thought of. The real comfort, however, was in the text “Casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you.”

The Rector also made special reference to the late Mr. Thomas Rudd. He spoke of him as a good and upright man, one who sought to serve God faithfully. Mr. Rudd was highly respected, especially by Lord Crawshaw and his family and in whose service he had been for a large number of years.

Mr. Garnett held a memorial service at Bishop’s House on Sunday last for Rifleman William Winder, son of Mr. Richard Winder, of Holme Head, Dunsop Bridge. He said William Winder was a good son and a thoughtful and earnest young man. The loss to his relations and to those who knew him best was a heavy one. He was a brave soldier and his death was a loss to the country that he served so well.

‘Clitheroe Times’ (20 October 1916)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)



General sympathy will go out to Mrs. Isherwood, of Foulscales Farm, Newton, in the sad blow which has befallen her this week, by the receipt of official news that her son, Private Edwin Isherwood has been killed in action. He, along with his brother Walter, responded to the call of Captain Tunstill two years ago, and joined the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. Walter contracted pneumonia during training and succumbed, his body being brought to Slaidburn for burial. Whilst attending the funeral, Edwin also was taken ill, and he lay in a critical condition for several weeks at home, later rejoining the company. He went to France about twelve months ago and had seen heavy fighting. Another brother, licensee of the Moorcock Inn, is with the forces expecting shortly to go to France.

‘The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times’ (22 September 1939)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)


There were animated scenes in the usually quiet village of Slaidburn, on the 19th, when the first batch of local recruits left to join Kitchener’s Army. They were Charles Parker, Abel Moore, George Whitfield, Joshua Crossley, Edwin and Walter Isherwood. Their departure was preceded by a little ceremony in the Mission Room, presided over by Mr. W. King-Wilkinson, at which a brief address was given by the Rev. J.C. Garnett, who counselled the men to go in the strength of God, so that whatever danger beset them they need have no fear. The Slaidburn Band played the National Anthem, and to patriotic airs and the cheers of the villagers, the men left for Settle in cars provided by Messrs. W. and L. King-Wilkinson.

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Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Unknown platoon of 'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), Aldershot, 1914

Photograph sent home to his parents at Bolton by Bowland by Pte Henry (Harry) Valance Killeen (13738). Henry is standing, with his hands behind his back, 11th from right. His brother, Pte Reginald Victor Whiteley Killeen (q.v.), was killed in action on the 25 January 1916

Courtesy of Paula Ann Payne (née Bailey), Barnoldswick

St Andrew's Churchyard, Slaidburn

St Andrew's Churchyard, Slaidburn

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06 November 1914


We regret to record that the Settle Company of Lord Kitchener's Army (formed by Mr. H.G. Tunstill) has lost two good men in Pte. Walter Isherwood, of Newton-in-Bowland, and Pte. Joshua Crossley, of Bolton-by-Bowland. Both were in No. 1. platoon of the 'A' Company of the 10th Service Battalion, and none were more appreciated or will be remembered with more, pride. They have sacrificed their lives for their country's good just as much as if they had fallen in the fighting line. They died of pneumonia and measles. There have unfortunately been four cases of measles in the Settle Company, but with the exception of two men in hospital suffering from this disease, the health and spirits of the men are excellent. It is almost inevitable that in a body of men some will succumb to the disease, and the unfortunate result named above is much regretted. With these exceptions the Settle Company has had a wonderfully good bill of health. The Company is still at Frensham Camp, Farnham.

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25 September 1914


The following men have answered the appeal by joining the Settle Company of the 10th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment:–

From Austwick – William Hoyle, Wilson Pritchard, Samuel Shepherd, Fred Swale, John William Thistlewaite, George Thistlewaite.
Airton – Kayley Earnshaw.
Arncliffe – Percy Hodgson, John Simpson.
Bolton-by-Bowland – Irvine Clark, Jim Coates, Richard Davies Ellison, Harold Greenhow, Edward Victor Grubb, James Mason, Robert Singleton, Joseph Chapman Syers.
Bell Busk – Leonard Fox.
Clapham – Albert Edward Drury, Arthur Herbert Procter.
Grindleton – William Irvin Bell, James Wilding Clarkson, Joshua Crossley, William Walker.
Gisburn – Anthony Lofthouse, John Robinson.
Hellifield – James John Angus, Charles Graham, Thomas Harding, Charles Harwood, Sidney Hoar, John Ernest Linnett, Joseph Edward Preston, Thomas Procter, Christopher Ralph, Norman Roberts, Fred Graham.
Horton – John Bruce Davidson.
Ingleton – Hugh Robinson.
Longpreston – Arthur Bailey, Thomas Garnett, John Henry Hitchin, Henry Edward Horner, William Jones, James Kayley, Job Kayley, Arthur Lawson, William Henry Metcalfe, Joseph Parker, William Procter, William Rawlinson.
Langcliffe – Richard Butler, Thomas Henry Edmondson.
Marton – John Beckwith.
Malham – James Swinbank.
Newsholme – Thomas Edward Askew, Carl Parrington Branthwaite, Benjamin Ashton Butler, William Henry Scott.
Otterburn – Harry Gilbert Tunstill.
Settle – Robert William Bell, Ernest Campbell, George Clark, John Thomas Cockerill, Robert Cresswell, Herbert Dickinson, William Edward Gibson, George Jellett, Thomas Laytham, Robert Henry Maunders, Robert Newhouse, Walter Umpleby, Thomas Walsh, Solomon Richard Webb.
Stainforth – Walter Dinsdale.
Slaidburn – Edwin Isherwood, Walter Isherwood, Abel Moore, Charles Edward Parker, George Whitfield.
Wigglesworth – Fred Metcalfe, George Oversby.
Waddington – Joseph Barrett Hartley, Albert Hird [Herd], Harry Smith, Thomas Rigby, William Watson.

24 December 1915


Pte. Walter Isherwood, Newton-in-Bowland and Pte. Joshua Crossley, Bolton-by-Bowland, ‘A’ Company, 10th Service Battalion, West Riding Regiment, died in camp at Frensham, early in November 1914.

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