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Surname: NAYLOR

Forename(s): Willie

Place of Birth: Great Horton (Bradford), Yorkshire

Service No: 3/12890

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 4th Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1916-07-01

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


Additional Information:

Willie Naylor was the son of Aquilla and Annie Elizabeth Naylor, née Shepherd. Aquilla was born at Aycliffe Hill, Wibsey, Yorkshire.

1891 Great Horton [Bradford], Yorkshire Census: 70, Southfield Lane - Willie Naylor, aged 5 months, born Shipley [sic] [Bradford crossed out], Yorkshire, son of Acquilla and Annie Elizbth. Naylor.

1901 North Bierley [Bradford], Yorkshire Census: 62, Pothouse Road - Willie Naylor, aged 10 years, born Bradford, son of Aquilla and [stepson of] Martha A. Naylor. [Aquilla had married Martha Ann Widdop in 1899.]

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 2, Bridge Street - Willie Naylor, aged 21 years, born Great Horton, Yorkshire, son of Aquilla and [stepson of] Martha Naylor.

The British Army Pension Record for Willie Naylor (12121, West Riding Regiment) exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Willie Naylor, 12890, West Riding Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 30 December 1915.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

NAYLOR, Wm., aged 25, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Naylor, Bridge Street, Steeton, killed in action in France July 1916.


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Private Willie NAYLOR

Private Willie NAYLOR

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: 4th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Division

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Surname: NAYLOR

Forename(s): Willie

Born: Great Horton, Yorks

Residence: Steeton, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 3/12890

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 01/07/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: NAYLOR

Forename(s): Willie

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3/12890

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 2nd Bn.



Died Date: 01/07/1916

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

From assembly trenches east of the sugar factory on Mailly-Maillet-Serre Road moved forward 8.55 a.m. (1/7) in support of attack between Beaumont-Hamel and Serre. Advancing on Brigade’s left fought through into The Quadrilateral – by nightfall holding Burrow, Wolf and Legend Trenches. Casualties – 323.

[Willie Naylor was killed in this action on the 1st July 1916.]


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21 July 1916

NAYLOR – Killed in action in France, Pte. W. Naylor, West Riding Regiment, of Steeton, aged 25 years.

21 July 1916


On Saturday morning Mr. and Mrs. A. Naylor, Bridge Street, Steeton, were informed that their son, William Naylor, aged 25, had been killed in action on the Western Front. The fallen hero joined Kitchener’s Army in the early days of the war, but was in the course of a month or two discharged as unfit, but he enlisted again and completed successfully his training, and after a lengthy spell in France with this regiment, the West Ridings, took part in the recent offensive, and was the eleventh Steeton soldier who has made the supreme sacrifice.

15 September 1916


The quarterly meeting of the Craven and District Village Institutes’ Association was held at the Steeton Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Rev. A.C. Blunt, of Gargrave, the newly-appointed president for the ensuing year. Delegates were present from Gargrave, Oakworth, Cross Roads, Kildwick, Steeton, Cononley, and Gisburn.

Mr. Alfred Stell, president of the Seeton Institute, extended a cordial welcome to the new president and the delegates…

Appreciative Letter from the Trenches

The Secretary (Mr. J. Holdsworth) next read the following letter from Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, the late president, written from the trenches in France:–“Many thanks for your letter which I received a few days ago in the front trenches. You have, of course, done quite right in electing another president, and just as I should have wished you to do. I feel as though I have been of little or no use during my two years of office, owing to the circumstances over which I have had no control. After the war I assure you and your Association that you shall have my active support, as I know there is much scope for your work, especially after this war, and when unavoidably the home ties of many of the men will be weakened. I can see some difficulty in preventing wholesale emigration from our villages to the towns and the colonies, and every inducement will be required to keep them in the villages. I think the Institutes might do much to meet this need. I wish you to convey to your Committee my sincerest thanks for the honour they have done to me in allowing me to keep the position of president during these two eventful years. I wish you every success in your work in the future and I am sure that you will get much valuable advice and assistance from your new president, Mr. Blunt. I hope it is not out of place if I add a word of admiration of the men in this Battalion, many of whom come from our villages, and most of whom have been members of the various Institutes. They have not had an easy time lately, but they seem to thrive on work and do it with a good heart, and shelling hardly disturbs them at all.”


Mr. W.J. Johns, of Oakworth, moved that the Association express its sincerest sympathy with the village of Steeton in the great sacrifice that it had been called upon to make in the prosecution of the war. Mr. Weatherall, of Cononley, having seconded.

The Secretary read a list of the Steeton men who have been killed and wounded as follows:–

Killed – W. Dawes, Herbert Dove, Prince Dawson, Wm. Brooksbank, James Dove, Fred T. Ellison, Spencer Cliff (missing), Joseph Hales, Ewart Myers, Thos. Fitzsimmons, Wm. Robson, Thos. Robson, Arthur Smith, Wm. A. Teale, Richard Nicholson, Norman Waterhouse, Clarence Wilson, J. Nelson, Wm. Naylor.

Wounded – John Brooksbank, Wm. Brayshaw, Matthew Dove, Robert Anderson, Percy Race, Fred Baldwin, Fred Greenwood, Frank Throup, Ernest Cooper, Robert Williams.

The Secretary added that many of the wounded men were back in the trenches again, and it was also stated that several of the soldiers had been members of the Steeton Institute.

The resolution of sympathy was carried by the delegates rising in their places…

12 January 1917


Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

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13 November 1914


Up to date there are now 30 Steeton men who are either serving as regulars, Kitchener’s men or Territorials, who have all volunteered for foreign service. This is considered a fairly good percentage for so small a village, but more men are wanted, and no doubt more will respond to the urgent appeal of Lord Kitchener. The roll of honour is as follows:–

Officers: Charles M. Bateman, Sam H. Clough, Hugh Dixon, Will Clough.

Privates: James Anderson, Willie Barber, John Brooksbank, Colin Casson, Wm. Coppack, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, Fred Greenwood (wounded but returned to his regiment), Tom Roberts, Wesley Shone, William Wademan, John Wilson, Alfred Metcalfe, John Peake, William Naylor, Herbert Pickles, Arthur Lee (wounded), James O’Hara, Harry J. Mason. Robert Anderson, Willie Brayshaw, Harold Brooksbank, Spencer Cliffe, Wm. Dove, Tom Fitzsimons, Edgar Geldard (wounded), Tom Moyle, George Stott, Cyril Race, Wm. Henry Teale, John W. Wardman, Archie Metcalfe, Arthur Smith (killed in action), James Walker, Fred Haggas, Cuthbert L. Clarke, Frank Jones, Christopher Walton, Thos. Hinkley, Joseph Jackson (wounded), Thomas Robson, Alfred Taylor, Frank Taylor, Harry Sayers, James Jackson, Clifford Cockshott.

21 July 1916

NAYLOR – July 1st, in France, Pte. Wm. Naylor, West Riding Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Aquilla Naylor, of Bridge Street, Steeton, aged 25.

21 July 1916


Mr. and Mrs. Aquilla Naylor, Bridge Street, Steeton, received official intimation on Saturday morning that their son, Pte. William Naylor, West Riding Regiment, had been killed in action on July 1st. Pte. Naylor was 25 years of age, and before the war was employed at Messrs. John Dixon and Sons. He joined Kitchener’s Army shortly after the outbreak of war, and after a few months training was discharged, but rejoined later, and went to France in January last.

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