Aireborough Historical Society

1914 - 1918 Aireborough Boys Part 08 - Teale - Chaffer - Dawson - Gott - Chambers - Ford - Keighly - Burke - Smales - Kitching - Hudson - Dobinson - Taylor - Houseman - Rawnsley - Wild - Myers - Yeadon - Place - Hey - Dobson

Ralph Teale

Title
Aireborough Boys
Date 1914-1918
Location Aireborough
Photo ID
Information and photos are taken from a scrap book donated to AHS, additional information and research kindly undertaken by Ken Roberts.
Some photos as the first one of Ralph Teale have been submitted by relatives.
Comment Ralph Teale, Rawdon.
Information supplied to us along with this image by David Teale, Ralph is the brother of George Teale featured yesterday

Ralph was the son of John Teale, brother of George and the younger G...ranville.
Both Ralph and George were serving with the Army on the Somme in 1916.
He was with the West Yorkshire Regiment at Thiepval and was captured on the first day of battle and initially kept in a windmill.
Despite being a considerable distance from George (with the 9th KOYLI near Fricourt) it is clear from letters written by George that he and Ralph kept in touch during the build-up to the offensive, even to the extent of exchanging the Wharfedale Observer newspaper.
Thiepval was held by the Germans, it was totally destroyed by the bombardment, although buildings were flattened the Germans held out in cellars using machine guns for defence.
After 1918 Thiepval was chosen as the location for the Memorial for the Missing to commemorate all those who had died on the Somme before March 20th 1918 and have no known grave.
This applied to George Teale, Ralph Teale came home after the war.
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Chaffer - Dawson - Gott - Chambers - Ford - Keighley - Burke

Mixed fortunes for these boys.

CHAFFER, F
Rank: Private
Service No: 19/173
Date of Death: 28/06/1918
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 15th Bn. attd. 93rd Trench Mortar Bty.
Grave Reference: H. 13.
Cemetery: CINQ RUES BRITISH CEMETERY, HAZEBROUCK, FRANCE
Additional Information: Son of Eliza Chaffer, of 50, Clifton Terrace, Westgate, Otley, Yorks.

No information on Pte. Robert Dawson.
Presume he was released at the end of hostilities & returned home.

Nothing on Pte. F P Keighley.
Hope he made his way home.

GOTT, HAROLD
Rank: Lance Sergeant
Service No: 24709
Date of Death: 15/06/1918
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) "D" Coy. 11th Bn.
Grave Reference: Plot 1. Row A. Grave 5.
Cemetery: GRANEZZA BRITISH CEMETERY, ITALY.
Additional Information:
Son of Johnson and Priscilla Gott, of Rawdon, Leeds.


CHAMBERS, W
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 63571
Date of Death 11/02/1916
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers 98th Field Coy.
Grave Reference: IX. F. 89.
Cemetery: CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY, ARMENTIERES

No military info on Pte. Norman Ford.
Found him in Horsforth in the 1911 census.
We assume he was released at the end of hostilities.

Same for Gnnr. FG Keighley.
Assume he was returned home wounded.

No trace of Sgt. Edward Burke of Addingham.
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Only one of these boys made it out alive to return home.
As always detailed information is supplied by Ken Roberts.
You know, I just can't imagine how it feels for brothers to go to war and only one return home.
Goodness only knows what goes on in the head of the survivor in those quiet moments.

SMALES, CLIFFORD
Rank: Private
Service No: 24367
Date of Death: 09/10/1917
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 9th Bn.
Grave Reference: III. I. 40.
Cemetery: BARD COTTAGE CEMETERY, BELGIUM.

KITCHING, HUGH
Rank: Serjeant
Service No: 265358
Date of Death: 09/10/1917
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 1st/7th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 42 to 47 and 162.
Memorial: TYNE COT MEMORIAL, BELGIUM.
Additional Information: Son of Thomas Kitching, of 14, Fink Hill, Horsforth, Leeds.
This man has no known grave.

THE ABOVE 2 MEN DIED ON THE SAME DAY.

HUDSON, HARRY S
Rank: Able Seaman
Service No: R/2839
Date of Death: 26/10/1917
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Anson Bn. R.N. Div.
Grave Reference: XVII. E. 18.
Cemetery: POELCAPELLE BRITISH CEMETERY, BELGIUM.

Pte. Ernest Ethelburt Hudson. Born 12/9/1895.
Baptised 3/11/1895, St. John’s.Yeadon
Married Martha Elliot, St. Andrew’s, Yeadon, 7/3/1920.
Died March 1971. A survivor.

Brother of the above Harry S Hudson.

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Once again I am afraid that I have 10 photos and only 5 names.
Mixed fortunes for the boys who are named.
Extra information as always thanks to Ken Roberts....

HOUSEMAN, HAROLD
Rank: Private
Service No: 62298
Date of Death: 26/04/1918
Age: 18
Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
1st/4th Bn.
Grave Reference: IX. A. 25.
Cemetery: BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Thomas Bradbury Houseman and Emma Houseman, of Black Bull Hotel, Otley, Yorks.


WILD, HARRY
Rank: Private
Service No: 265621
Date of Death: 17/04/1918
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
2nd/4th Bn.
Grave Reference: XIII. B. 11.
Cemetery: BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Wild, of New Scarborough, Yeadon, Leeds.


Pte. J W Dobinson. I can find no trace of this man as belonging to Otley. There is one man with this name killed but he came from Battersea & is buried in Wandsworth.

GNR. F Taylor. No info whatsoever.

The only Fred Rawnsley of Otley that I can find was born in 1900.
No military info on him.
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Myers - Yeadon - Place - Hey - Dobson

There are no listings or information in the war records for Pte GH Myers, Pte. JC Yeadon, Pte. J Hey. Pte, HD Myers, Pte. JW Dobson.
We can safely assume that these boys returned to their homes after the war.
Unfortunately, Harry was not so lucky.

PLACE, HARRY
Rank: Private
Service No: 16203
Date of Death: 21/04/1918
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
2nd Bn.
Grave Reference: VI. E. 1.
Cemetery: LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY
Additional Information: Son of John and Mary Ellen Place, of 39, Back Lane, Horsforth, Leeds.

 

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