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William BURLEY

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Surname: BURLEY

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Islington, Middlesex

Service No: 13655

Rank: Private

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

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

Division: 23rd Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1915-09-30

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: 157.

CWGC Cemetery: WALMER (ST. MARY) OLD CHURCHYARD

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BURNSALL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: HEBDEN, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: LINTON-IN-CRAVEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Burley was the son of George and Elizabeth Burley, née Mocock. Both parents were born at London. Elizabeth died in 1898.

1901 Islington, London Census: Workhouse Schools, Andover Row, Hornsey Road - Frederick [sic] William Burley, aged 6 years, born Islington, London. Inmate. [William's brother, Alfred, aged 13 years, was also an Inmate.]

1911 Burnsall, Yorkshire Census: Burnsall Rectory - William Burley, aged 15 years, born London. [William was employed by William James Stavert, Clerk in Holy Orders.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Burley, 13655, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 26 August 1915. Correspondence: Sister - Cambridge Cottage, York Road, Lower Walmer, Deal.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Burley, 13655, 10th W. Rid. R. Died 30.9.15.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Burley, 13655, 10/W. Riding Regt. Date and Place of Death: 30.9.15 1/Eastern Gen. Hos. Cambridge (wounds). To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Sister - Elizabeth Louisa Chase. £5 1s. 5d. Sister - Ellen Price. £0 15s. 9d. Sister - Louisa Rogers. £0 15s. 9d. Sister - Rose Newman. £0 15s. 8d. Sister - Louisa Burley. £0 15s. 8d. Sister - Mrs Lily Gadsby. £0 15s. 8d.

CWGC 'Headstone Documents - Headstone Schedules (Originals)' name William's next-of-kin as Mr. A. Burley, Owen's Girls School, Owen's Row, London E.C.1.

William's brother Acting Sergeant George Frederick Burley, L/14884, 2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers, was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 6 June 1915.

William is commemorated on the Victoria Hospital: Deal, Walmer & District War Memorial.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BURLEY, W., West Riding Regiment, was in the service of the Rector of Burnsall for seven years, died of wounds, 1915.

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Private William BURLEY

Private William BURLEY

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

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

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Surname: BURLEY

Forename(s): William

Born: Islington

Residence:

Enlisted: Grassington, Yorks

Number: 13655

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 30/09/15

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: Home

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BURLEY

Forename(s): W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 13655

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 10th Bn.

Age: 19

Awards:

Died Date: 30/09/1915

Additional Information: Son of George and Elizabeth Burley of London.

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War Diary (WO 95/2184/1) of the 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

22.9.15

Bombardment continues only heavier. This time enemy retaliation most of their shells however fell behind our trenches, nevertheless they damaged our parapet in places and blew in a communication trench. Three men were wounded two seriously 13655 Pte William Burley A Coy. 13789 Pte Ernest Franklin seriously 13721 Pte Arthur Stubbs A Coy. One shell burst about 5 yds from our bomb store and the man on guard received 30 wounds….

[Arthur Stubbs was one of the Grassington recruits.]

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The Upper Wharfedale Co., West Riding Regiment

The Upper Wharfedale Co., West Riding Regiment

Back row (l-r): T.S. Worsley, R. Harper, W. Oldfield, A. Stubbs, Walter Limmer, W.P. Inman. Front row (l-r): W. Eley, William Burley, C.J. Kelly, Benjamin Beaumont

Our Wharfedale Lads

Our Wharfedale Lads

Recruits to the 'A' Coy 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) at Grassington Station, September 21st 1914. Front row left-right: 1 - Benjamin Beaumont, 5 - William Burley, 8 - William Limmer. Back row left-right: 8 - Tom Swales

Courtesy of Keith Taylor ('Swaledale and Wharfedale Remembered')

Upper Wharfedale Recruits

Upper Wharfedale Recruits

Upper Wharfedale Recruits leaving Grassington Station, September 21st 1914. Front row, kneeling, left-right: 1 - ?Arthur Stubbs, 2 - William Burley, 3 - Benjamin Beaumont (his sister Jenny is standing at the far right of the photograph), 4 - R. Harper, 5 - C.J. Kelly. Second row, left-right: 1 - W. Eley, 2 - W. Oldfield, 3 - W.P. Inman, 4 - Walter Limmer, 7 - T.S. Worsley, 8 - T. Darwin. Third row, left-right: 4 - Tom Swales

Courtesy of Keith Taylor (‘Swaledale and Wharfedale Remembered’)

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

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

'A' Company, 10th (Service) Battalion The Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), Bramshott, August, 1915

Courtesy of Bernard Ideson

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

Names of identified officers and other ranks on above photograph

Walmer (St. Mary) Old Churchyard

Walmer (St. Mary) Old Churchyard

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of Dr. Bill Smith

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01 October 1915

GRASSINGTON - Wounded Grassington Soldiers

News has been received of two of the recruits from the Grassington neighbourhood having been wounded at the Front in France, viz., Privates A. Stubbs, of Bridge End, the son of Mr. H. Stubbs, one of the best known drivers for Mr. C. Chapman and Co. Ltd., and Willie Burley, of Skirethorns, who was an employee at Mr. John Delaney's Quarries, but whose only relative is a sister. Pte. A. Stubbs, of the 10th Duke of Wellington's Regiment, had only been at the Front about a fortnight. A letter was received on Saturday last from Pte. W. Oldfield (another Grassington recruit) saying that Arthur had got wounded that (Wednesday) morning. He had been hit in the leg with shrapnel, and Willie Burley had been wounded an hour before. They were conveyed to hospital in the same ambulance. Following this another has arrived, dated Friday the 24th, from Pte. H. Holdsworth, No. 19503, B. Section, 69th Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C., to say that young Stubbs was getting on very well and bearing his pain with fortitude and endurance, and further, that his chums had spoken about his brave manner and how cheerful he was. He has been removed from the Field Hospital, but it is hoped that medical skill will save his shattered limb from amputation. Mr. H. Stubbs has a second son in the Army, of whom nothing has been heard for several weeks. Of Willie Burley's progress there is also no information.

08 October 1915

GRASSINGTON ROLL OF HONOUR

Information is to hand that Private Willie Burley, of Skirethorns, who was wounded on the same day as Private A. Stubbs, as stated in last week's issue, has succumbed. The young hero was well-known and respected in the district, and much public regret has been expressed at his early death. The flag at the maypole, which is utilised as the flag-staff, was immediately put at half-mast on receipt of the news.

22 October 1915

BURNSALL SOLDIER DIES OF WOUNDS

Information has been received by the Rev. W. J. Stavert, rector of Burnsall, that Private W. Burley, of the 10th West Riding Regiment, has died in hospital at Cambridge from wounds received in action. Private Burley was brought to Burnsall several years ago by the Rector, in whose service he continued until he left to work in a quarry at Threshfield. He enlisted from the parish of Grassington, and the news will be received with genuine regret by those who knew him. The deceased was a member of the Golden Fleece Lodge of Oddfellows, Appletreewick. Deceased had a brother in the Army, and an unmarried sister who lives at Deal.

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01 October 1915

Wounded Grassington Soldiers

News has been received of two of the recruits from the Grassington neighbourhood having been wounded at the Front in France, viz., Privates A. Stubbs, of Bridge End, son of Mr. H. Stubbs, one of the best-known drivers for Messrs. Chapman and Co. Ltd., and Willie Burley, of Skirethorns, who was employed at Mr. John Delaney's quarries, and whose only relative is a sister. Private Stubbs, of the 10th Duke of Wellington's Regiment, had only been at the Front about a fortnight. A letter was received on Saturday last from Private W. Oldfield (another Grassington soldier recruit) saying that Arthur had got wounded that (Wednesday) morning. He had been hit in the leg with shrapnel, and Willie Burley had been wounded an hour before. They were conveyed to hospital in the same ambulance.

Following this another letter has arrived, dated Friday, the 24th, from Private H. Holdsworth, B Section, 69th Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C., to say that young Stubbs was getting on very well, and bearing his pain with fortitude and endurance, and further, that his chums had spoken about his brave manner and how cheerful he was. He has been removed from the Field Hospital and it is hoped that medical skill will save his shattered limb from amputation. Mr. H. Stubbs, has a second son in the Army, of whom nothing has been heard for several weeks. Of Willie Burley's progress there is also no information.

08 October 1915

Death of a Grassington Soldier

Information is to hand that Pte. Willie Burley, of Skirethorns, who was wounded on the same day as Pte. A. Stubbs, as stated in last week's issue, has succumbed. Burley was well-known and respected in the district, and much regret has been expressed at his early death. The flag at the Maypole, which is utilised as the flag-staff, was put at half-mast immediately on receipt of the news.

24 December 1915

CRAVEN'S ROLL OF HONOUR - BURNSALL

Pte. W. Burley, 10th West Riding Regiment, who was in the service of the Rector of Burnsall for seven years, and before his enlistment worked in a quarry at Threshfield. He died of wounds.

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