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William Allan MURGATROYD

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Surname: MURGATROYD

Forename(s): William Allan

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: G/17650

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 29th Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1918-03-20

Awards: D.C.M.

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. D. 26.

CWGC Cemetery: OXFORD ROAD CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON – ERMYSTED’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Allan Murgatroyd was the son of William and Margaret Elizabeth Murgatroyd, née Baynes. William, senior, was born at Skipton, Yorkshire and Margaret at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Carleton Street - Allen Murgatroyde, aged 1 year, born Skipton, son of William and Elizabeth Murgatroyde.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Rockvilla - Allan Murgatroyd, aged 11 years, born Skipton, son of William and Margaret E. Murgatroyd.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: Rock Villa - William Allan Murgatroyd, aged 21 years, born Skipton, son of William and Margaret Elizabeth Murgatroyd.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: L/Cpl W.A. Murgatroyd, 17650, 2nd Royal Fusiliers, D.C.M.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Sgt William A. Murgatroyd, GS/17650, Royal Fusiliers. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 25 August 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Sgt William Allan Murgatroyd, GS/17650, 2/R. Fus. Theatres of war in which served: 2(b) 24.10.15 to 18.1.16. 4(a) [Egypt] 19.1.16 to 21.3.16. 1(a) [France and Belgium] 22.3.16. to 20.3.18.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).

See also: 'Growing up in Old Skipton - The memoirs of Joyce Murgatroyd' edited by Stephanie Carter and Ella Hatfield (2011).

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:

MURGATROYD, Sgt. Wm. Allen, aged 28, Royal Fusiliers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Murgatroyd. Rock Villa, Skipton, killed in action March 20, 1918.

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Sergeant William Allan MURGATROYD

Sergeant William Allan MURGATROYD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 29th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 29th Division

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

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Surname: MURGATROYD

Forename(s): William Allan

Born: Skipton

Residence: Skipton

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: G/17650

Rank: Sergt

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 20/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: MURGATROYD

Forename(s): William Allan

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 17650

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 28

Awards: D C M

Died Date: 20/03/1918

Additional Information: Son of William and Margaret Elizabeth Murgatroyd, of Rock Villa, Skipton.

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Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1920

17650 L/Cpl. W.A. Murgatroyd (Skipton)

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun post in front of the line. A party of about fifty of the enemy advanced against his post covered by snipers, but he mounted his gun and beat off the attack. He showed great contempt of danger, and set an excellent example to his men. (6. 2. 18)

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

1918

MURGATROYD William Allan of Skipton Yorkshire died 20 March 1918 in France Administration London 19 December to William Murgatroyd coal merchant. Effects £71 4s. 10d.

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Private (later Sergeant) William Allan Murgatroyd, sitting on the ground, in the middle

Private (later Sergeant) William Allan Murgatroyd, sitting on the ground, in the middle

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Waltonwrays (Cemetery) Skipton

Waltonwrays (Cemetery) Skipton

Family gravestone

Waltonwrays (Cemetery) Skipton

Waltonwrays (Cemetery) Skipton

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

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23 March 1917

MORE SKIPTON MEN WOUNDED

Mrs. Wright, of Millbridge, has been officially informed that her son, Pte. Edgar Wright, of the Royal Fusiliers, has been wounded in the Western Front. From another Skipton soldier named Murgatroyd she has received a letter stating that her son was wounded in the right arm on February 28th, and that he was in hospital in France. Formerly employed as an engineer at the works of Messrs. Grace and Sutcliffe, Keighley. Pte. Wright enlisted over two years ago before he had reached the age of 17, and had served in the Dardanelles before being transferred to France.

09 November 1917

D. C. M. FOR SKIPTON CORPORAL

We are pleased to learn that Corporal William Allan Murgatroyd, Royal Fusiliers, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Murgatroyd, of Rock Villa, Skipton, has been recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry on the field. At a full parade of the Division on Thursday of last week he had the ribbon pinned on his breast by the Divisional General.

This is the third time Corporal Murgatroyd has been ‘recommended’, and the deed which has won him the coveted honour was for holding with a machine gun, against strong counter attacks, a ‘pill box’ captured from the enemy by his sergeant. The latter was also recommended for an honour for his bravery, but unfortunately he has since died.

Twenty-eight years of age, Corporal Murgatroyd was educated at the Skipton Grammar School, and prior to enlisting in May 1915 assisted his father in the business of coal merchant. He served in the Dardanelles campaign and afterwards went to Egypt, and subsequently to France. So far he has the good fortune to escape unscathed.

Corporal Murgatroyd was a member of the Skipton Shop Assistants Union, who has forwarded him a letter of congratulation on the honour which has been bestowed upon him.

05 April 1918

SKIPTON D.C.M. WINNER KILLED – SERGEANT W. A. MURGATROYD

We regret to record the death of another fine young Skipton soldier – Sergeant William Allan Murgatroyd, D.C.M., Royal Fusiliers, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Murgatroyd, Rock Villa, Skipton. In a touching letter of sympathy to the bereaved parents, the Battalion Chaplain states that Sergeant Murgatroyd was killed on the night of March 20th by a stray shell when he was going out of the line. He describes him as “such a good example of cheerfulness and courage to the men in the line.” “He was,” the writer adds, “a brave and gallant man, and his death will be a great loss to the Battalion.” The Chaplain also mentions that he conducted the burial service on March 22nd, and that the Colonel wished him to convey his sincerest sympathy.

Twenty-eight years of age, Sergeant Murgatroyd was a fine type of the new British soldier. He was ‘recommended’ on three different occasions, and the D.C.M. was awarded him in October last for holding with a machine gun, against strong counter-attacks, a ‘pill’ box captured from the enemy by his sergeant (deceased was then a corporal). He was educated at the Skipton Grammar School, and prior to enlisting in May 1915 assisted his father in the business of coal merchant, and was an esteemed member of the Skipton Shop Assistants’ Union. He served in the Dardanelles campaign and afterwards went to Egypt, and subsequently, two years ago, to France.

21 March 1919

MURGATROYD – In loving memory of Sergt. William Allen Murgatroyd, D.C.M., 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in France March 20th, 1918.

“Only those who have loved and lost can understand.”

Agnes, Ivy Cottage, Rectory Lane.

MURGATROYD – In affectionate remembrance of a good pal and a fine soldier, William Allen Murgatroyd, Sergeant, 1915 Star and D.C.M., 2nd Royal Fusiliers, who made the supreme sacrifice in the Ypres Salient, March 20th, 1918.

Amy and Harold Duckett and Harry Hartley.

19 March 1920

MURGATROYD – In loving memory of Sergeant W. A. Murgatroyd, D.C.M., 2nd Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in action 29th March, 1918.

“Greater love hath no man than this – that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Harold Duckett, Clitheroe, and H.H. Kely.

26 March 1920

MURGATROYD – In loving memory of Sergt. W. A. Murgatroyd, D.C.M., 2nd Battalion Royal Fusiliers, who was killed in France, 20th March, 1918.

“Ever remembered.”

Agnes.

18 March 1921

MURGATROYD – In loving memory of my friend, Sergt. W. A. Murgatroyd, D.C.M., 2nd Royal Fusiliers, killed in action 20th March, 1918.

From H. Duckett, Cracoe.

MURGATROYD – In loving memory of Sgt. W. A. Murgatroyd, D.C.M., 2nd Royal Fusiliers, killed in France 20th March, 1918.

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09 November 1917

SKIPTON D.C.M. WINNER

Corporal William Allan Murgatroyd, of the Royal Fusiliers, only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Murgatroyd, of Rock Villa, Skipton, has been awarded the D.C.M. for gallantry and devotion to duty, the ribbon being pinned to his breast in front of the whole division by his Divisional Commander on Thursday of last week. The deed for which he has been awarded the coveted honour was for holding a ‘pill box’ despite strong counter attacks by the enemy. The pill box was taken by his Sergeant, who was also recommended, but has since died. Corpl. Murgatroyd, who is 28 years of age, was educated at Skipton Grammar School, and prior to enlisting he assisted his father in his coal business at Skipton. He enlisted in May, 1915, first going out to the Dardanelles, then to Egypt, and was transferred to France. He has up to the present come through without a single scratch. This is the third time he has been recommended for distinction.

14 December 1917

FOUNDER’S DAY AT SKIPTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL

A Fifteenth Century Foundation – War Memorial Proposed

COMMEMORATION SERVICE

Wednesday’s proceedings were opened with a service in commemoration not only of the founders and benefactors of the school but also of the gallant men who formerly passed through the school and who had given their lives for their country in the present war. The service was conducted by the headmaster (Rev. F.G. Forder) in the big school and there was a good attendance of old boys and others interested in the school. The names of the fallen heroes are as follows:– 2nd Lieut. T.B. Bellamy, Captain C.D. Bennett, 2nd Lieut. T.D. Broughton, Captain C.W. Brown, Gunner Philip Brown, Corporal H.S. Caw, Sergt. J. Cockerill, 2nd Lieut. H. Colley (master), Major M.E. Cookson, 2nd Lieut. E.G. Goodman, 2nd Lieut. F.H. Gill, Private W. Hartley, Rifleman W.M. Jowett, Lieut. H. Knowles, 2nd Lieut. C.H. Lee (master), 2nd Lieut. J.C. McIntyre, Captain J.B. McKay, Lance-Corporal A.J. Metcalfe, J.H. [E.] Metcalfe, Private E. Platt, Private C.T.W. Rigby, 2nd Lieut. W.A. Rodwell, Sergt. A.F. Ryder, Lieut. E.J.C. Supple (master), Private F. Thornton, Rifleman H. Tindall, Sergt. H. Walker, Gunner Herbert Watson, 2nd Lieut. Alec Wilson, Private Cameron Wilson, 2nd Lieut. Ian Wilson.

Among the old boys who have gained distinctions are the following:– Military Cross, Second-Lieutenant J.G. Berry, Second-Lieutenant J.B. Hartley, Captain J.T. Hurst, Lieut. P. Jowett, Lieut. J. Petty, and Capt. T.B. Pollard (master); Distinguished Conduct Medal, Corpl. W.A. Murgatroyd; Mentioned in Despatches, Lieut. J. Pethybridge, Capt. Allan Wilson, and many others.

05 April 1918

MURGATROYD – Killed in action, March 20th, Sergt. Wm. Allan Murgatroyd, of the Royal Fusiliers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Murgatroyd, of Rock Villa, Skipton, aged 28.

05 April 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Skipton D.C.M. Winner Killed

We regret to announce that Sergt. Wm. Allan Murgatroyd, of the Royal Fusiliers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Murgatroyd, of Rock Ville, Skipton, was killed in action by a stray shell on March 20th. The news was received in a letter from the chaplain, who states:– “I deeply regret to have to be the bearer of bad news. Your son, Sergt. W. A. Murgatroyd, was killed instantaneously while going out of the line. He is a very great loss to the battalion, as he was such a good example of cheerfulness and courage to the men in the line. He was a brave and gallant man. He was buried on March 22nd.” Sergt. Murgatroyd, who was 28 years of age, was educated at the Skipton Grammar School, and prior to enlisting in May, 1915, assisted his father in the business of coal merchant. He served in the Dardanelles campaign and afterwards went to Egypt and subsequently to France, where he had been for two years. In October last he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for holding with a machine gun, against strong counter attacks, a ‘pill’ box captured from the enemy by his sergeant, Sergt. Murgatroyd then holding the rank of Corporal. He was a former member of the Skipton Shop Assistants Union.

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