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William Brown MARKLEW

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Surname: MARKLEW

Forename(s): William Brown

Place of Birth: Newby, Yorkshire

Service No: 20938

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 3rd Division

Age: 24

Date of Death: 1916-07-24

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. C. 41.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

William Brown Marklew was the son of Abel and Mary Marklew, née Brown. Abel was born at Hanmer, Flintshire and Mary at Clapham, Yorkshire.

1901 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Oakroyd - William B. Marklew, aged 9 years, born Clapham, Yorkshire, son of Abel and Mary Marklew.

1911 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Oakroyd - William B. Marklew, aged 19 years, born Newby, Clapham, Yorkshire, son of Abel and Mary Marklew.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Brown Marklew, 20938, R. Lanc. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 21.12.15. D. of W.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Brown Marklew, 20938, 1 R. Lanc. R.; 8 R. Lanc. R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Brown Marklew, 20938, 8th Batt Royal Lancs. Reg. Date and Place of Death: 24.7.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Abel. £9 16s. 0d.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).

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:

MARKLEW, W., K.O.R.L., son of Mr. Abel Marklew, Oakroyd, [Ingleton], died of wounds in France, 1917.


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Private William Brown MARKLEW

Private William Brown MARKLEW

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

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Forename(s): William Brown

Born: Clapham


Enlisted: Lancaster

Number: 20938

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 24/07/16

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: MARKLEW

Forename(s): W B

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20938

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 24


Died Date: 24/07/1916

Additional Information: Son of Abel and Mary Marklew, of Oakroyd, Ingleton, Yorks.



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10 December 1915


Victor Marklew, of the Royal Navy, has been home on furlough this week. His two brothers, Charles and William, of the King’s Own, stationed at Plymouth, have also been home for their final leave before proceeding to the Front. Private John Metcalfe, of Weathercote, was at home for a few days.

18 August 1916

MARKLEW – Died from wounds in France, Pte. Wm. Marklew, King’s Own, son of Mr. and Mrs. Abel Marklew, Oakroyd, Ingleton, aged 24 years.

18 August 1916

INGLETON – War Items

Mr. Abel Marklew, of Oakroyd, has received the sad news that his son, Private William Marklew (King’s Own), who was 24 years of age, had died from wounds received in the Battle of the Somme. The information was conveyed in the following letter from a nursing sister:–

“Your son, Pte. W. Marklew, was admitted to this hospital yesterday suffering from a wound of the right knee. He was in an extremely collapsed condition. We did all we could to revive him, but could not prevail, and he passed away very peacefully. He was only in the hospital a few hours, and was too ill to talk, except to ask for a drink of water perhaps. He will be buried in the Military Cemetery attached to this camp which is near to the front.”

Pte. Marklew received his education at the Ingleton National School, and was subsequently apprenticed as a tailor to Mr. Walter Boyd. He joined the Colours in September last, and was sent to France in December. Mr. Marklew’s second son is now in hospital in France, and his youngest son, who joined the Navy, took part in the naval battle off Jutland.

Private Tom Heaps and Private Edward Heaps are in hospital in Kent, the former suffering from wounds in the back and legs, and the latter from shell wounds in the face. They joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and they are the sons of Mr. Robert Heaps, of Model Village.

Private Eric Capstick (Leeds ‘Pals’) is now reported to be progressing favourably and is in hospital in Huddersfield.

Private Joe Vickers (6th Duke of Wellington’s), who was wounded in the great push, is now in hospital near Sheffield. He is the youngest son of Mrs. Vickers, of Toll Bar Cottage, Ingleton.

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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08 October 1915


WAR ITEMS – The roll of honour in the church porch now contains 154 names, the two latest recruits being Charles and William, sons of Mr. Abel Marklew, of Oakroyd, the former having joined the Royal Engineers, and the latter the King’s Own. Mr. Marklew’s youngest son recently joined the Royal Navy. The Ingleton National School Roll now contains 98 names. News has been received by Mrs. Routledge, Hollin Tree, Ingleton, that her son, Trumpeter Tom Routledge, of the 1st Queen’s Own Yeomanry, has been wounded by shrapnel in the back whilst on active service in the Dardanelles. He is at present in hospital in Cairo, and is reported to be progressing favourably. It is worth noting that Trumpeter Routledge is the youngest of three brothers on active service. His father, who has the long service medal as a Volunteer with the Territorial force, being at present with the reserves of the 6th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). News has been received at Ingleton that Sergt. F. Hawcroft of the York and Lancaster Regiment has been wounded, he having been shot through one leg. He is at present in hospital at Northfield, near Birmingham, and is doing well considering the seriousness of his wound. He is the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. W. Mackay, cabinetmakers, Ingleton. During the weekend Privates C. Newsholme and A. Jowett, of the 6th Duke of Wellington’s and Private E. Capstick have been home on leave.

18 August 1916

INGLETON MEN KILLED AND WOUNDED – Mr. Abel Marklew, Oakroyd, has received a letter from a nurse in one in the hospitals in France informing him that his son, Private William Marklew, of the Lancaster King’s Own, had died from wounds shortly after being admitted to hospital. Mr. and Mrs. R. Heaps, of Ingleton, have received word that their two sons who were attached to the Canadian Forces have been wounded in France, and are now in hospital in Kent. The eldest son, Tom, is wounded in the back and legs, and the younger son, Edward, is suffering from shell wounds in the face.

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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