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William Miles METCALFE

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Forename(s): William Miles

Place of Birth: Chapel-le-Dale, Yorkshire

Service No: 38853

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2/4th Battalion

Division: 61st (2/South Midland) Division

Age: 19

Date of Death: 1918-03-31

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 56 and 57.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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William Miles Metcalfe (born 9 February 1899) was the son of John and Bessie Jane Metcalfe, née Counsell. John was born at Ingleton, Yorkshire and Bessie at Badgworth, Somerset.

1901 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Weathercote, Chapel-le-Dale - William M. Metcalfe, aged 2 years, born Chapel-le-Dale, son of John and Bessie J. Metcalfe.

1911 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: Weathercote, Chapel-le-Dale - William Miles Metcalfe, aged 12 years, born Chapel-le-Dale, son of John and Bessie Jane Metcalfe.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William M. Metcalfe, 38853, R. Berks R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William M. Metcalfe, 38853, 2/4 R. Berks R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Miles Metcalfe, 38853, 2/4 Bn R. Berks. Date and Place of Death: 21.3.18 - 3.4.18 France. K. in A. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and sole legatee - Bessie J. £9 13s. 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:

METCALFE, William Miles, son of the late Mr. John Metcalfe and Mrs. Metcalfe, Weathercote, [Ingleton], killed in action March 30, 1918.


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Private William Miles METCALFE

Private William Miles METCALFE

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 61st (2/South Midland) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 61st (2/South Midland) Division

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Forename(s): William Miles

Born: Chapel-le-Dale, Yorks

Residence: Ingleton, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 38853

Rank: Private

Regiment: Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 2/4th Battalion


Died Date: 03/04/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 5/107263, T.R. Battn.

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Forename(s): William Miles

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 38853

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Berkshire Regiment

Unit: 2nd/4th Bn.

Age: 19


Died Date: 31/03/1918

Additional Information: Son of John and Bessie Jane Metcalfe, of Weathercote, Ingleton, Yorks.

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Metcalfe Society

(Supplied by David Metcalfe, Keeper of the Computer Index for the Metcalfe Society, Catterick Garrison)

William Miles Metcalfe dd 31 Mar 1918 was born 1899 Chapel le Dale son of John & Bessie Jane (Counsell) Metcalfe.

DE RUVIGNY'S ROLL OF HONOUR 1914-1918 – Part Four

METCALFE, WILLIAM MILES, Private, No. 38853, 2/4th (Territorial) Battn. Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regt.), yr. s. of the late John Metcalfe, of Weathercote, Ingleton, co. York, by his wife, Bessie Jane, dau. of Henry Counsell; b. Weathercote, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton, 9 Feb. 1899; educ. Privately; joined the Royal Berkshire Regt. 28 Feb. 1917; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 12 Feb. 1918, and was killed in action 30 March following. Buried where he fell; unm.

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


METCALFE John of Weathercote Chapel-le-Dale Ingleton Yorkshire died 7 August 1916 Probate Wakefield 16 November to Bessie Jane Metcalfe widow. Effects £652 18s. 9d.


METCALFE Bessie Jane of Weathercote Chapel-le-Dale near Ingleton Yorkshire widow died 24 March 1942 Probate Wakefield 25 September to James Henry Metcalfe nursing home proprietor and Margery Helm (wife of Sidney Helm). Effects £3441 1s. 7d.


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11 August 1916



Ingleton was greatly concerned when it heard of the sudden death of Mr. John Metcalfe, of Weathercote, which occurred at Ingleton on Monday, the 7th inst. He had a seizure at the Midland Station on Friday evening, probably brought on by the excessive heat. He was carried to Mrs. Slinger’s, Bank Hall, which is close to the station, but despite the best medical and nursing aids he never rallied, and died as stated. What makes his death more pathetic is the fact that on the day he died he had made arrangements to visit his elder son, who is in hospital at Greenock, suffering from severe wounds in the hip and thigh. His son joined the Leeds Pals, and was wounded in France several weeks ago.

Mr. Metcalfe took a prominent part in the public life of the district. He was a member of the Settle Rural District Council, and for some years was vice-chairman of the Board of Guardians. He was a Trustee of the Ingleton Literary Institute and a vice-president of the Ingleton Conservative Club, and a member of the Ingleton Conservative Association no one worked harder for the cause than did Mr. Metcalfe. For many years he had been a Church warden and manager of the Chapel-le-dale Endowed School, bur perhaps his genial presence will be most missed by the West Riding Sheep Dog Society in which he took the liveliest interest, and which owed a great deal of its popularity to his far-sighted policy; almost from the inauguration of the Society he had been its popular and respected Chairman of the Committee.

The deceased, who was 58 years of age, leaves a widow, two sons and two daughters to mourn his loss. His remains were buried in the quiet little churchyard at Chapel-le-dale, the family burial place, on Thursday afternoon.

[John Metcalfe was the father of Private William Miles Metcalfe.]

23 February 1917

INGLETON – War items

The following youths of 18 have been called to the Colours this week:– Fred Taylor, William Thistlethwaite, William Metcalfe, Joseph Walker and James Barker.– Pte. Chas. King, after a long leave, had returned to the Front. Lieutenant Wm. Ross, who was wounded in the right hand, has written home to his mother, having learnt the art of using his left hand. He joined the Canadians, was soon promoted to be sergeant, and gained his commission in November last.

29 June 1917


Amongst those who have been home on leave during the past week are… Pte. W. Metcalfe, younger son of Mrs. J. Metcalfe, Weathercote…

28 September 1917

INGLETON – Home from the Front

During the past few days several Ingleton men have been home on leave.– Pte. R. Lambert, of the Transport Service, who has been out over two years; Pte. W. Tomlinson, High Street, Ingleton, who has been in hospital in Newcastle suffering from gas poisoning and has so far recovered to be able to spend a holiday with his wife in Ingleton; others are:– Pte. W. Metcalfe, and Pte L. Redhead, the Bottom.

19 April 1918

METCALFE – March 30th, killed in action, aged 19 years, Private William Miles, younger son of the late John Metcalfe and Mrs. Metcalfe, of Weathercote, Ingleton.

19 April 1918


Private William Miles Metcalfe, 19 years of age, younger son of Mrs. Metcalfe, Weathercote, was killed in action on March 30th. His elder brother was seriously wounded some time ago and has been discharged from the Army. The flag was hoisted half-mast at St. Mary’s Church to his memory.

Private James Barker, grandson of Mr. John Bradshaw, Wilson Wood, Ingleton, has been wounded in the great battle now raging, and is in hospital in London.

The number of Ingleton soldiers who have been killed in action or died of wounds is 29, in addition to which two have died in hospital, one was torpedoed in the North Sea, and four have been missing for something like a year.

21 June 1918

INGLETON – Memorial Service

The third memorial service for those who have fallen in the war was held in St Mary’s Church on Sunday evening, when the building was packed. The service opened with the hymn ’O God our help in ages past,’ and was of a special character. The lessons were read by Mr. J. Harding, lay reader, and the other hymns sung were ‘How bright those glorious spirits shine’ and ‘Peace, perfect peace.’ The Vicar read out the names of those who had fallen since the last memorial service, viz., Capt. E. Walling, M.C., Flight-Lieut. R.B. Brookes, Sergeant T. Heaps, M.M., Segeant R.E. Walker, Lance-Corporal J. Fletcher, Private W. Metcalfe, Private E. Robinson, Private P. Coulson, and Private L. E. Redhead (missing). The Vicar paid all honour to the men who had made the supreme sacrifice; they had laid down their lives in order that we might live in peace, and what had we done or what were we going to do for these men who answered the call of King and Country? Were we worthy of their sacrifice? He urged them to make themselves worthy and not to mourn for them, for they had entered into their rest, but rather to reserve their sympathy for those who were left behind. The Ingleton Colliery Band played the Dead March, and Bugler Robert Howson sounded the ‘Last Post,’ an impressive service concluding with the National Anthem. A collection of £5 13s 6d. was taken towards a permanent memorial.

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23 February 1917


During the past week several young men who have attained the age of 18 years and thereby come under the Military Service Act, have joined up, amongst them being William Metcalfe (Weathercote), J. Walker, jun. (Back Street), W. Thistlethwaite (Ingleboro’ View), and F. Taylor and Jas. Barker (Clarrick Terrace). George Bargh (High Leys Farm) has also joined up, his exemption period having expired.

29 June 1917


SOLDIERS ON LEAVE – During the past few days many Ingleton men have been spending a furlough at home. Pte. Norman Capstick (who prior to the war was employed by Mr. Robert Capstick, Fell End Farm), back from the trenches. Pte. Harold Redhead, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Redhead, who has seen some service in France, but is now stationed at Clipstone. Pte. W. Metcalfe, of Weathercote, second son of Mrs. J. Metcalfe, who is training in Staffordshire with the juniors, and Pte. James Hodgkinson, of Westhouse.

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