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Wright COCKSHOTT

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Surname: COCKSHOTT

Forename(s): Wright

Place of Birth: Steeton, Yorkshire

Service No: 7063

Rank: Private

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

Battalion / Unit: 1/5th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1916-09-03

Awards: ---

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

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Wright Cockshott was the son of Christopher and Sarah Ann Cockshott, née Laycock. Both parents were born at Silsden, Yorkshire. Wright was the cousin of Private Cyrus Cockshott (21/35) (q.v.).

1891 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 2, Barn Cottage, Keighley Road - Wright Cockshott, aged 1 year, born Steeton, son of Christopher and Sarah Ann Cockshott.

1901 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: Barn Cottages - Wright Cockshott, aged 11 years, born Steeton, son of Christopher and Sarah Ann Cockshott.

1911 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: Barn Cottage, Keighley Road - Wright Cockshott, aged 21 years, born Steeton, son of Christopher and Saran [sic] Cockshott.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Wright Cockshott, 242706, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Wright Cockshott, 242706, 1/6 W. Rid. R. Died 3.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Wright Cockshott, 242706; 7063, 1/5th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: On or since 3.9.16. France. Death [presumed].To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - Christopher. £4 16s. 6d.

Although SDGW and CWGC state that Wright died whilst serving with the 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), he is not listed as a casualty in that battalion’s war diary for the 3 September 1916. 'Soldiers’ Effects' gives the 1/5th Bn., which is the correct battalion.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

COCKSHOTT, Wright, aged 27, Keighley Road, [Steeton], killed in action Sept. 1916.

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Private Wright COCKSHOTT

Private Wright COCKSHOTT

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: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: COCKSHOTT

Forename(s): Wright

Born: Steeton, Yorks

Residence: Steeton

Enlisted: Bradford

Number: 7063

Rank: Private

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

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 03/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: COCKSHOTT

Forename(s): Wright

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 7063

Rank: Private

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

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 03/09/1916

Additional Information:

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

1/5th Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Moved forward via Martinsart Wood to front line Thiepval (2/9). On left of 147th Brigade’s attack on Schwaben Redoubt (3/9) – Official History of The Great War records that some loss of direction occurred during advance – heavy losses at German wire – failed to capture Pope’s Nose. War Diary records assault as a failure ‘the men fought splendidly and in many cases without N. C. O’s or officers . . . As a proof of the hard fighting there were 350 casualties out of 450 who assaulted the German lines.’ Relieved and to Aveluy Wood.

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06 October 1916

STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN – Missing

Private Wright Cockshott is reported as missing. The official news was received by the missing soldier’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Cockshott, of Keighley Road, Steeton, on Friday last. Pte. Cockshott was a ‘Derby man’ and in the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment and had been with that unit during ‘the push’. He answered the roll call last on September 3rd.

12 January 1917

STEETON’S GALLANT DEAD

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.

06 July 1917

STEETON-WITH-EASTBURN – A SAD CONCLUSION

The War Office officials, in a letter received on Monday morning by Mr. and Mrs. C. Cockshott, Keighley Road, Steeton, state that they have been unable to obtain any further information concerning their son, Pte. Wright Cockshott, West Riding Regiment, who has been reported as missing since September 3rd 1916. The letter states that they are constrained to conclude that Pte. Cockshott was killed in the advance on or about September 3rd. In civil life the 27th Steeton soldier to fall in the war was a weaving overlooker, and was formerly in the employ of John Clough and Sons, Steeton, and was also actively associated with the Steeton and District Rose Society. Joining the Army as a Derby man in April 1916, the deceased, who was in his 28th year, had only been on the Western Front several weeks when he made the great sacrifice.

The grief of the family was not lessened when on Monday they received news that the second eldest of their five soldier sons, Pte. William Cockshott, had been admitted into hospital with a broken thigh from being kicked by a horse. The injured soldier was an experienced horseman, was engaged on the Horse Transport Corps., and was at Winchester when his accident occurred last Saturday.

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06 July 1917

COCKSHOTT – Presumed killed in action in September, 1916, Pte. Wright Cockshott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cockshott, of Keighley Road, Steeton, in his 28th year.

06 July 1917

STEETON SOLDIER KILLED

Official word was received on Monday morning by Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cockshott, Keighley Road, that their son, Pte. Wright Cockshott, who was reported missing on the 3rd September, 1916, was now presumed dead, the letter stating that they are regretfully constrained to conclude that he was killed last September. Pte. Cockshott, who was in his 28th year, joined the colours in April, 1915, and was only out in France a few weeks when he was reported missing. Previous to joining the army he was employed as a weaving overlooker in the Bradford district, and was a member of the committee of the Steeton Rose and Sweet Pea Society. Mr. and Mrs. Cockshott also received last week-end word that another son, Pte. Willie Cockshott, of the Horse Transport, who is stationed at Winchester, had been kicked with a horse and had his thigh broken. Mr. and Mrs. Cockshott have another three sons in the army, namely, Hugh, Harold, and Gladstone.

14 June 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Steeton Prisoner of War

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cockshott, of Keighley Road, Steeton, who received official word a few weeks ago that their son, Pte. Harold Cockshott, Durham Light Infantry, was missing from April 12th, received a letter from him on Tuesday morning, saying that he was a prisoner of war at Starguard, Germany, and was going on very well. In letters received from officers and a pal they said he was wounded in the leg or ankle, and thought it possible he had been taken a prisoner as they had had to retreat. Pte. Cockshott joined the army in April, 1916. He had been 17 months out in France when he was slightly gassed and sent to this country. He returned to France last February. Pte. Cockshott has three other brothers serving in the army and another brother, Private Wright Cockshott, has been missing for over 12 months.

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