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William Henry NORTHEY

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Surname: NORTHEY

Forename(s): William Henry

Place of Birth: Lifton, Devon

Service No: 20118

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 9th (Service) Battalion

Division: 17th (Northern) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1917-04-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

William Henry Northey was the son of Richard and Mildred (Milly) Northey, née Sleeman. Richard was born in either Cornwall or Devon and Mildred at Lifton, Devon.

1911 Bramley, Rotherham, Yorkshire Census: 5, Wadsworth Road - William Northy, aged 17 years, born Lifton, Devon, son of Richard and Amilia Northy.

William was married to Mary Hannah Saul in 1916 and was the brother-in-law of Private James Saul (31286) (q.v.).

The British Army Service Record for William Henry Northey exists but may be incomplete.

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Private William Henry NORTHEY

Private William Henry NORTHEY

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: 17th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 17th (Northern) Division

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Surname: NORTHEY

Forename(s): William Henry

Born: Ingleton, Yorks

Residence: Ingleton

Enlisted: Halifax

Number: 20118

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 9th Battalion


Died Date: 25/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: NORTHEY

Forename(s): William Henry

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20118

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 9th Bn.

Age: 23


Died Date: 25/04/1917

Additional Information: Husband of Mary Hannah Northey, of 3, Clarrick Terrace, Ingleton, Carnforth, Lancs.



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01 June 1917


Pte. W. Northey, son of Mr. W. Northey, Westhouse, has now been officially reported as wounded, but nothing further has been heard of his brother-in-law, Pte. James Saul, who is said to have been wounded several weeks ago.

15 June 1917


Pte. W. Northey has also now been officially reported as “wounded and missing,” but in spite of many enquiries nothing can be ascertained of the fate of his brother-in-law, Pte. James Saul, a pal of his, wrote to his parents informing them that their son had been wounded but all efforts to trace him have proved futile.

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.

29 March 1918

INGLETON – Presumed Killed

Mr. T. Robinson, Storrs Cottages, Ingleton, has heard from the War Office that his son, Private Ed. Robinson, who has been missing since May 3rd of last year, is now presumed to have been killed. He joined the Army in March, 1916. He was 20 years of age. – Other Ingletonians reported missing after the same battle are Sergeant R. E. Walker, landlord of the Three Horse Shoes Inn; Private Alfred Sherwin, Private William Northey, Private James Saul, and Private William Bradford.

07 March 1919


Mrs. Northey, Clarrick Terrace, Ingleton, Yorks., will be very grateful if anyone could furnish any information concerning her husband, No 20118, Pte. William Northey, 9th Duke of Wellington’s (whose photo we reproduce) reported missing April 25th, 1917.

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11 May 1917


WOUNDED AT THE FRONT – Pte. Tom Bonnick, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bonnick, has been wounded for the third time during the course of the war. The extent of the wound, which he received on
April 25th, is not yet known. Pte. A. Sherwin Backgate, Ingleton, who is in the West Yorkshires, is reported wounded in the thigh and is in hospital in France. Pte. W. Northy, of the Duke’s, only son of Mr. and Mr. Northy, Westhouse, is also reported by a pal to be wounded, but no official intimation has been received as yet. Mr. and Mrs. Rd. Metcalfe, Goat Gap, Ingleton, have just received word that their second son, Pte. Chas. Metcalfe, of the. West Ridings, has been wounded in action, and is in hospital at Boulogne.

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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