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Walter Rawleigh HUMPHRIES

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Surname: HUMPHRIES

Forename(s): Walter Rawleigh

Place of Birth: Great Horton (Bradford), Yorkshire

Service No: ---

Rank: T/2nd Lieutenant

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

Battalion / Unit: 18th (Service) Battalion. (2nd Bradford)

Division: 31st Division

Age: 20

Date of Death: 1916-07-27

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. F. 15.

CWGC Cemetery: ST. VAAST POST MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURGE-L’AVOUE

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: EMBSAY-WITH-EASTBY, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Walter Rawleigh Humphries (born 15 January 1896) was the son of Rawleigh and Susannah Humphries, née Buckle. Rawleigh was born at Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire and Susannah at Great Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire.

1901 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 216, Great Horton Road - Walter Rawleigh Humphries, aged 5 years, born Bradford, son of Rawleigh and Susan Humphries.

1911 Bradford, Yorkshire Census: 218, Great Horton Road, Great Horton - Walter Rawleigh Humphries, aged 15 years, born Bradford, son of Rawleigh and Susanah Humphries.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: L/Cpl W. Humphries, 1391 & 2nd Lieut West Yorkshire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: 1 - France. Date of entry therein: 15 April 1915. Correspondence: (Father N. of K.) Rawleigh Humphries, Esq, Bridgend House, Eastby, Skipton, Yorks.

The informal title of the 18th (Service) Bn Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) (2nd Bradford) was the 2nd Bradford Pals.

Walter is commemorated in the 'City of Bradford Great War 1914-1918 Roll of Honour'.

A short biography of Walter is included in: ‘Though lost to sight to memory ever dear - Embsay-with-Eastby First World War Roll of Honour’ by Jane Lunnon, David Turner, Chris Lunnon (2018).

Photograph: 'Yorkshire Rugby Football Union - In Memoriam 1914-19'.

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

HUMPHRIES, Second Lieutenant W.R., in his 21st year, West Yorks., son of Mr. and Mrs. Rawleigh Humphries, of Great Horton, Bradford, and Bridge House, Eastby, killed in action in France July 28, 1916.

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T/2nd Lieutenant Walter Rawleigh HUMPHRIES

T/2nd Lieutenant Walter Rawleigh HUMPHRIES

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

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Surname: HUMPHRIES

Forename(s): Walter Rawleigh

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Rank: 2/Lt (TP)

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

Battalion: 18th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 27/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:

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Surname: HUMPHRIES

Forename(s): Walter Rawleigh

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Second Lieutenant

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

Unit: 18th Bn.

Age: 20

Awards:

Died Date: 27/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Rawleigh and Susan Humphries, of Great Horton, Bradford, Yorks. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: BORN JANUARY 15TH 1896 SON OF RAWLEIGH AND SUSAN HUMPHRIES OF BRADFORD A GOOD SON)

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Horton & Baildon R. U. F. C., Strensall 1914 (photo by 'Fox, York')

Horton & Baildon R. U. F. C., Strensall 1914 (photo by 'Fox, York')

Back row, left to right: F.T. Brocklehurst (wounded), H.S. Cryer (killed), P.C. Emmerson, A. Brough (killed), H.A. Jowett (wounded), B.P. Nary, F.V. Robinson (killed), T.E. Howlett (killed). Middle row, left to right: F. Whittaker (wounded), J.B. Field (killed), W. Walmsley (wounded, died a p.o.w.), J. Constantine (killed), W.R. Humphries (killed), A.K. Bloomer (killed), J.H. Cutliffe. Front row, sitting left to right: J. Whittaker (killed), F. Vickerman (wounded), H. Melhuish (wounded), S. Sellars (wounded).

Source: Fred Trafford Brocklehurst (Snaps of the War, 1914-5-6-7-8-9)

ROLL CALL OF THE SKIPTON DIVISION LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATIONS, August 4th 1914 - August 4th 1916

ROLL CALL OF THE SKIPTON DIVISION LIBERAL & CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATIONS, August 4th 1914 - August 4th 1916

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26 October 1917

EASTBY – IN MEMORIAM

On Saturday, the unveiling took place of a memorial in the grounds of Bridgend House, the residence of Mr. R. Humphries, which has been erected by him to his two sons, who have fallen in the war, and also to his wife. The monument is a simple storied pillar. The unveiling ceremony was performed by Messrs. Bennett and Morley, of Great Horton, and Mrs. Warner, widow of the late Rev. G. Warner, and the Revs. G. Chun (Skipton) and G. Lucas (Great Horton) also took part in the proceedings.

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06 August 1915

MR. RAWLEIGH HUMPHREYS’ SON WOUNDED

Lance-Corporal R. [W] R. Humphreys, of the 6th West Yorkshire (T.F.) Regiment, son of Mr. Rawleigh Humphreys, of Bridgend House, Eastby, had been wounded by shrapnel and is now at the Duchess of Westminster’s Hospital, Le Touquet, Paris Plage.

11 August 1916

HUMPHRIES – July 28th, killed in action, Lieut. Walter Rawleigh Humphries, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Rawleigh Humphries, Great Horton, Bradford, and Eastby, in his 21st year.

11 August 1916

LIEUTENANT W.R. HUMPHRIES KILLED

Second Lieutenant Walter Rawleigh Humphries, of the West Yorkshires, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Rawleigh Humphries, of Great Horton, Bradford, and Bradford House, Eastby, has been killed in action. He was educated at the Great Horton Council School and the Grange Secondary School. The late soldier won one of the Clothworker’s scholarships for wool at the Technical College, and was later apprenticed to Mr. Reddiough, wool merchant, Bradford. He was also connected with the Primitive Methodist Church, Great Horton, and was a teacher in the Sunday School. He was formerly a private in the Bradford Territorials (6th West Yorkshire), and had previously been wounded in the war on July 28th 1915 near Ypres. Mr. and Mrs. Humphries have an older son serving in the Forces.

18 August 1916

THE LATE LIEUT. RAWLEIGH HUMPHREYS

Mr. and Mrs. Rawleigh Humphries of Eastby have received many letters of sympathy on the occasion of the death in France of their son, Lieut. Walter Rawleigh Humphries. The officer commanding writes:– “He was always so cheerful and full of life, and we miss him very much. He was appointed machine gun officer just before going in the trenches, and it was whilst visiting his guns in the front line that he was killed. . . . I am the only officer left who went abroad with the battalion.”

26 October 1917

WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED AT EASTBY

On Saturday afternoon, in the presence of a large company, there was unveiled at Bridgend House, Eastby, the residence of Mr. Rawleigh Humphries, a memorial to Mrs. Rawleigh Humphries (who died in November, 1916), Lieut. Walter Rawleigh Humphries (killed in France, July 1916), and Rawleigh Buckle Humphries, who died in 1911. The memorial consists of a simple storied pillar of local stone, and on it are the following inscriptions:–

RAWLEIGH BUCKLE HUMPHRIES,
born August, 13th, 1884, died December 21, 1911.

WALTER RAWLEIGH HUMPHRIES,
born, January 15, 1896. Volunteered with the Bradford Territorials. Wounded in France with the 6th West Yorks, July 28, 1915. Killed in France July 27, 1916, Second-Lieutenant, 18th West Yorks.

SUSAN HUMPHRIES
born August 2, 1861, died November 27, 1916. Mother of the above.

There is also the inscription “They shall learn war no more for ever.” Placed on the monument was a lovely wreath bearing the inscription ‘Jack,’ the only surviving son, now serving in France. Lieutenant W. R. Humphries was apprenticed to Messrs. Riddiough, wool merchants, Bradford. who speak highly of him. He continued his studies at Bradford Technical College, and won the first prize for work given by the Clothworkers’ Guild, of London.

The, unveiling ceremony was most impressive. Rev. G. Chun announced the hymn ‘Oh God our help in ages past.’ After dedicatory prayers, ‘Jesus lover of my soul’ was sung. Mr. Arthur Bennett and Mr. H. Morley, from Bradford, Superintendents of the Primitive Methodist School, Great Horton, spoke highly of the late Second Lieutenant W.R. Humphries as scholar and teacher of the school, and afterwards removed wreaths of evergreens and flowers in front of the inscription. Mrs. Warner, of Leicester (widow of Rev. George Warner, the well known evangelist), then gave a touching address, after removing flowers, etc. Rev. G. Lucas (Great Horton), then unveiled the inscription “They shall learn war no more for ever,” and the inscription to Mrs. Rawleigh Humphries, who in such a sudden and mysterious way so soon followed her brave son. He read touching letters from Rev. J.W. Reeves, and others speaking of the useful activities of this lady and her sons, and said how much poorer Great Horton was without them, how the orphanage and mission effort would miss them, and how he had expected Lieut. W. R. Humphries would become a pillar in that church. Mrs. Humphries had cheered and encouraged him as the minister many times, and he could not realise Great Horton Primitive Methodist Church without her, and the young ladies’ class would miss her.

After ‘For ever with the Lord’ had been sung, Mr. Rawleigh Humphries with broken voice and under deep emotion thanked all for the gifts of flowers in such profusion at the foot of the monument – lovely roses, chrysanthemums, michaelmas daisies, etc., the gift of people in the village, and remarked how much his son loved the village. The organist of Embsay Primitive Methodist Church played the harmonium and the choir was in attendance.

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