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William SAVAGE

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Surname: SAVAGE

Forename(s): William

Place of Birth: Low Bentham, Yorkshire

Service No: 8898

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 7th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-10-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 23 to 28.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---



Additional Information:

William Savage was the son of William and Betsey Savage, née Wright. William, senior, was born at St. Bees, Cumberland and Betsey at Cockerham, Lancashire.

1891 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Crow Trees, Low Bentham - William Savage, aged 3 years, born Low Bentham, son of William and Bessie Savage.

1901 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Crow Trees, Low Bentham - William Savage, aged 13 years, born Bentham, son of Bessie Savage, widow.

1911 Bentham, Yorkshire Census: Crow Trees, Low Bentham - William Savage, aged 23 years, born Bentham, son of Betsy Savage, widow.

William was married to Jane Hartley in 1916.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Savage, 8898, R. War. R. Theatre of War first served in (1) France. Date of entry therein: 4.5.15. Died.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Savage, 8898, 2nd Bn R. War. R.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Savage, 8898, 2nd Bn R. Wark. Date and Place of Death: On or since 9.10.17. Dth psmd. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Jane. £18 16s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for William where his date of death is given as 9 October 1917.

Both SDGW and CWGC wrongly give William's date of death as 9 November 1917. He was killed in action near Reutel during the Battles of Ypres, 1917, 31 July-10 November, at the Battle of Poelcappelle, 9 October.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 7th Division

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Surname: SAVAGE

Forename(s): William

Born: Bentham, Lancaster

Residence: Bentham

Enlisted: Lancaster

Number: 8898

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 09/11/17 [sic]

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: SAVAGE

Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 8898

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Unit: 2nd Bn.



Died Date: 09/11/1917 [sic]

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Tyne Cot Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial

Courtesy of Allan Hartley, High Bentham

The High & Low Bentham men who gave their lives

The High & Low Bentham men who gave their lives

Top row (l-r): Rfn Ernest Knight Newhouse, Pte John Thornber, Reverend Theodore Bayley Hardy, Pte Richard Wilson, Pte Maurice Richard Bolton, Lieut John Barclay Clibborn, Pte William Throup, Pte Richard Wilcock Carr, A/Cpl William Robinson, Pte James Auton, Pte William Savage. Third row (l-r): L/Cpl David Percival Dixon, Pte John Emmott, Pte Francis Richard Townson, Pte John Adamthwaite, Pte Robert Carter, L/Cpl John Hutchinson, Pte Alfred Edward Gunn, Pte Ezra Stephenson, Pte Edwin Rawlinson Smith, Pte Richard Wearing, Lieut Basil William Ramsbotton. Third row (l-r): Spr Robert Clark, Act L/Cpl Thomas Wilcock, Cpl William Carr, Pte Lawrence Lancelot Dowbiggin, Pte Edward Magoolagan, Pte Isaac Rucastle, Pte Henry Taylor, Cpl Edward Ramskill, L/Cpl Edward Walton Briscoe, Pte Joseph Jackson, Gnr Ernest Wilcock. Fourth row (l-r): Capt Donald Morrison, Sgt Arthur Dean Blackburn, Pte James William Bell, Pte Leonard Nelson, L/Cpl John Edward Leeming, L/Cpl Albert Lister, Pte Percy Preston Whitfield, Cpl Tom Harry Smith, Cpl Thomas Walker Sanderson, Sgt William Patrick Tobin, Pte (Signaller) W. Wilkinson.

Courtesy of the artist, David Hartnup

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19 February 1915


Pte. Wm. Savage, of the 4th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who enlisted last September, and has been stationed at Goldenhill Fort, Freshwater, Isle of White [Wight], arrived home on furlough last Sunday night.

17 September 1915


Mrs. Savage, of Crow Trees Yard, Low Bentham, received information from the Infantry Record Office, Warwick, on Wednesday morning that her younger son, Private Wm. Savage, No. 5126, maxim gunner, 2nd Battalion, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was ill at No. 12 General Hospital, Rouen, in France, suffering from a gun shot wound in the right buttock. It states that be was in the hospital on September 8th, 1915, but strange to say, only on Wednesday morning a letter was received from another Low Bentham soldier, who mentions having come across Pte. Savage on September 8th, and he also saw him early in the morning on the following day, and reports that he was quite all right. It looks as if there has been a clerical error on the part of someone connected with the recording of this affair as regards the date. It is hoped that the wound is not of a serious nature. Pte. Savage joined his regiment at Lancaster last September.

24 September 1915


There appears to be some doubt as to the authenticity of the report that Private Wm. Savage, 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was wounded on September 6th. During the week letters have been received from him in which he mentions nothing of his injury. It is still strange that his mother should receive information from the Infantry Record Office, Warwick, on Saturday morning, that he was ill at No. 4, Northern General Hospital, Lincoln, suffering from a slight wound received on September 13th. The military authorities at the Infantry Record Office, Warwick, have been written to regarding their in-correct report, but up to Wednesday no reply was to hand.

17 August 1917


Lieut. Harold Percy Coates, of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, who was wounded in the right arm some time ago, has been home for the week-end.

Private Reuben Wilcock, Military Medalist, of the King’s Own, is home on his second furlough from France for ten days. He has seen much fighting, having been at the Front upwards of two years.

Private William Savage, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, is also home for ten days’ well-earned rest from ‘Somewhere.’ Joining soon after the war was declared, he has spent much of the past three years in the fighting line. This is his second furlough from the Front, his last visit being eighteen months ago.

Signaller Joseph W. Savage, of the Royal Engineers, was home on his first visit for the week-end.

02 November 1917


We regret to announce that Pte. William Savage, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, younger son of Mrs. Savage, of Crow Trees, has been wounded in action. Nothing had been heard of his whereabouts for three weeks and a wire was sent to the War Office making enquiries. The reply was:– “Regret Pte. Savage wounded October 9th, further report awaiting, War Office.” Pte. Savage was one of the first Bentham men to enlist in September, 1914. He trained in the Isle of Wight, and went to France the following May. Since then he has experienced some rough fighting and many hard times. He has had two leaves from France during his two years and five months out there, his last visit home being in August. Previous to enlisting he was in the employ of Messrs. Ford, Ayrton and Co. His brother, Signaller Joseph Savage, is in the Royal Engineers.


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