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William MITTON

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Surname: MITTON

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Hawes, Yorkshire

Service No: 24372

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Grenadier Guards

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-10-15

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. G. 21.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: HAWES, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

William Mitton was the son of William and Sarah Mitton, née Alderson. Both parents were born at Hawes, Yorkshire. William, junior, was the cousin of Private Ralph Alderson (24371) (q.v.) and Private John Mitton (30383) (q.v.).

1891 Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Town Head - William Mitton, aged 9 years, born Hawes, son of William and Sarah Mitton.

1901 Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Town Head - William Mitton, aged 20 years, born Hawes, son of William and Sarah Mitton.

1911 Hawes, Yorkshire Census: Town Head - William Mitton, aged 29 years, born Hawes, son of William and Sarah Mitton.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gdsn William Mitton, 24372, G. Gds.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gdsn William Mitton, 24372, 1 G. Gds.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Mitton, 24372, 1 Bn Gren. Gds. Date and Place of Death: 15.10.18. 29 C.C. Stn. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - William. £28 11s. 5d.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘Wensleydale Remembered - The Sacrifice made by the Families of a Northern Dale 1914-1918 and 1939-1945’ by Keith Taylor (2004).

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:

MITTON, Corporal W., [Hawes], Grenadier Guards, died of wounds, Oct. 15, 1918.


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Private William MITTON

Private William MITTON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

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Surname: MILTON

Forename(s): William

Born: Hawes, Yorks


Enlisted: Leyburn

Number: 24372

Rank: Gdsn

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 15/10/18

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MITTON

Forename(s): W

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 24372

Rank: Private

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Unit: 1st Bn.



Died Date: 15/10/1918

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


MITTON William of Town Head Hawes Yorkshire died 12 December 1930 Administration London 27 January to Robert Mitton joiner. Effects £492 17s. 8d.


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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

25 October 1918


Corporal Wm. Milton, Grenadier Guards, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mitton, Hawes, has been seriously wounded in action. No details are yet to hand.

01 November 1918


Another name to be inscribed on the Hawes Roll of Honour is that of Corporal W. Mitton, Grenadier Guards, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mitton, Hawes, who died from severe wounds inflicted by a shell on the 15th October. Intimation that he was seriously wounded was followed on Thursday last by the sad news from a comrade. The letter expresses not only the deep sorrow and the loss of a staunch chum, but the deep sorrow of all his comrades. He was buried by his mates, and a nice cross erected over his grave.

Corporal Mitton joined up with three other companions in November 1915, and all were drafted into the Grenadier Guards. No one was under 6 ft tall, and of the four, three have given their lives for their country. Standing over 6 ft and of fine physique, “Billy” Mitton, as he was known, was every inch a soldier and a typical Guardsman. He was a high-spirited, large-hearted, jovial young fellow, who never did a mean action, but many a kindly, generous one. His loss will be greatly mourned by a host of friends. His elder brother is also in the Army. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. Mitton and family in their great loss.

08 November 1918


A Memorial Service in memory of Corporal J. T. Moore, Gunner J. Moore, Lance-Corporal C. D. [Milner], Private John Metcalfe, and Corporal W. Mitton, recently fallen in their country’s service, was conducted at Hawes Parish Church, on Sunday afternoon by the Vicar, the Rev. S. D. Crawford. There were special psalms, and the hymns were ‘On the Resurrection morning,’ ‘Peace, perfect peace,’ and ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er.’ The Vicar based an appropriate address on the words, ‘O death, where is thy sting?’ and after the Benediction the draped Union Jack was held at the chancel steps by Cadet Lance-Corporal H. Wilson, whilst the Dead March was played on the organ by Mrs. Place and the ‘Last Post’ sounded by Mr. J. Blades.


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