Sandal Magna Community Academy
(formerly Sandal Central Council School)
First World War
A notice under the Roll of Honour in the school's entrance lobby reads:
Lest we forget…
During the first phase of the demolition of the 1890 building, the memorial to the boys who died in the First World War was found in the cellar. Sadly, due to the length of time it had spent there and the damp conditions, it was in a very poor state and some of the boys’ names were missing. Fortunately, our Chair of Governors, Mrs Dorothy Wightman, and her husband, Eric Wightman, took charge of its restoration.
It arrived back in school and took its rightful place in the entrance hall in July 2011. It is a fitting tribute to the boys who were killed almost 100 years ago and a lasting reminder to the enormous contribution to the school made by Dorothy Wightman over forty-six years.
As an interim measure Sandal Community Association has checked the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s register for the names that appear on this memorial. The following is the result of that research. Unfortunately only a limited number of entries provide family details. More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.
A. S. Atkinson
Only one person with both these initials appears in the CWGC register. He was serving with 1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) when he died on 17 September 1918. He is buried at Vadencourt Cemetery at Massemy, 5km north of St Quentin. This could be Arthur Sidney Atkinson, who was born in Wakefield in 1899.
37910 Pte Cyril Booth, 6Bn York and Lancaster Regiment, was the son of John Robert and Emma Booth, of 76 Sty Catherine’s Street, Sandal. He died aged 20 on 1 October 1918 and lies buried at Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy, in the Pas de Calais.
Probably 41993 Pte Richard Cookson, 8th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, who died aged 20 on 7 June 1917. Son of Richard and Lizzie Cookson; husband of Annie Cookson, whose address when the CWGC register was compiled after the war was given 4 Roker Terrace, Leeds Road, Outwood, Wakefield. Pte Cookson is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres.
Possibly 49706 Pte Clarence Briggs Dobson, 5th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who died on 30 September 1918. Son of Ruth Dobson, of 7 Waterloo Street, Thornes Lane, Wakefield, and the late Walter Dobson. He is buried at Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery, near Cambrai.
Possibly 265794 Pte E. Dobson, 9th Bn Yorkshire Regiment, who died aged 25 on 9 October 1918. Husband of Florence Dobson, of 53 Wellington Street, Thornes Lane, Wakefield. He is buried at Quietiste Military Cemetery, Le Cateau.
There are two possibilities named in the CWGC register, both from Sandal. 52237 Pte W. Ellis served in the 22nd Bn Durham Light Infantry and died aged 33 on 15 July 1917. He is buried in the Perth Cemetery at West -Vlaanderen, Belgium. He was the son of John Edward and Sarah Jane Ellis, of Sandal, and husband of Cissie Ellis. He second possibility is 21056 Pte W. Ellis of 12th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) although he had transferred to 25th Coy, Labour Corps. He died aged 26 on 3 September 1917 and is buried at Gwalia Cemetery, also in West-Vlaanderen. He was the son of Annie and the late William Ellis, of 3 Springfield Cottages, Sandal.
There are six records in the CWGC register that could apply to this man. He is possibly 242871 Pte H. Exley, 1/5th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who is buried at Nine Elms British Cemetery at West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. He died on 21 October 1917 and was the son of Anne and Fred Exley, of Wakefield.
C/12344 Rifleman Harry Gill, of 21st Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps, died aged 30 on 17 September 1916. The CWGC’s records list his parents as William and Mary Hannah Gill, of 11 Acme Terrace, Porto Bello, Sandal, His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial.
17578 Pte George Greenwood, 10th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was 23 years old when he died on 27 September 1915. His name appears on the Loos Memorial. Son of Mrs. S. Greenwood, of 3 Victoria Street, Belle Vue, Wakefield.
2571 Pte Willie Heppenstall was the son of Sarah Heppenstall, of 18, Wesley Street, Belle Vue, Wakefield. He was serving in 1/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when he died aged 23 on 20 December 1915. He is buried in Lijssentthoek Military Cemetery at Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
C. G. Hollings
Only one person with these initials appears in the CWGC register. He is C/7119 Rifleman Charles Gilbert Hollings, of the 18th Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps, who died on 15 September 1916. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial.
2549 Pte Frank Hollings, of the 1/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was the son of Isaac and Emily Hollings, of 103 Haddingley Hill, Sandal. He died aged 20 on 20 December 1915 and is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.
Probably 200889 Sgt L. E. Horncastle, 2/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who died on 24 September 1917. He is buried at Grevillers British Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.
Only two people of this name appear in the CWGC register. Both were named John and both were from Wakefield. 2519 Lance Sgt Kemplay was with the 1/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when he died aged 31 on 23 July 1916. He was the son of James Kemplay, of Wakefield, Yorks; husband of Ida Kemplay, of 6 Victoria Terrace, Walton, He is buried at Authuile Military Cemetery on the Somme. The other John Kemplay was a driver with the Royal Field Artillery in D Battery, 312th Brigade. He died aged 26 on 26 May 1917. He was the son of Mrs Womack (formerly Kemplay), of Wakefield, and the late John Kemplay; husband of Mrs E. N.Cowan (formerly Kemplay), of 25 Bishopsgate, Westgate, Wakefield.
Possibly PO/1091(S) Pte Henry Wheaton Miller, 190th Machine Gun Company, Royal Naval Division. Died aged 19 on 26 October 1917. His name is recorded on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. He was the son of John Robert and Annie Louisa Miller of 15 Bridge Cottage, Doncaster Road, Wakefield
C. E. Moorby
Only one person with these initials appears in the CWGC register but no family details are given. He was 28223 Pte Charles Edward Moorby, of 2nd Bn Wiltshire Regiment who died on 20 October 1918. He is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in the Pas de Calais.
10512 Pte Harry Oades, of 2nd Bn Yorks and Lancs Regiment, was 18 years old when he was killed on 12 July 1915. He was the son of John and Annie Oades, of 5 Charles Street, Belle Vue. The CWGC register gives his burial place as St Jean Churchyard, Poelcappelle, near Ypres. It adds that Poelcapelle British Cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and smaller cemeteries that included St Jean Churchyard, in which 44 British soldiers were buried in 1915 but which was completely destroyed in later fighting.
13502 Pte G. Pashley, who was born at Newmillerdam, was the son of George and Ellen Pashley, of Ivy Dene, Ashdown Road, Sandal. He was serving with 9th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) when he died aged 27 on 20 May 1918. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery in the Pas de Calais.
S/22529 Pte Joe Pickering, 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders, was the son of Mrs Mercey Kilbride, of 12 Montague Street, Agbrigg Road, Sandal. Joe was 19 years old when he died on 21 June 1918. He is buried at Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel.
Possibly 8465 Lance/Cpl John Pottage, of 6Bn Yorkshire Regiment, who died on 22 August 1915. He is named on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli.
This surname does not appear in the CWGC register.
M. R. Speight
2435 Pte Matthew Raynor Speight was 26 years old when he was killed on 24 June 1915 while serving with 1/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was the son of Joseph and Hannah Speight, of 11 Bridge Street, Wakefield. He is buried at Bois-Grenier Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.
13990 Lance Cpl Gilbert Stubley was the son of George Henry and Selina Stubley, of 2 Gladstone Square, Sparable Lane, Sandal. He was serving with the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) when he died aged 23 on 14 April 1918. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium and on Sandal Methodist Church's memorial. To see an image of Lance Cpl Stubley's Ploegsteert memorial, click here
J. T. Vause
Probably 10193 Pte John Vause, of 2nd Bn Royal Irish Regiment, who died aged 22 on 21 March 1918. When the CWGC register was compiled after the war, the address of his parents, George and Lily, was given as 11 Church Street, Thornes Lane, Wakefield. Pte Vause is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
Probably KW/522 Able Seaman John Wigglesworth, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who served first in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry but transferred to Drake Battalion, Royal Naval Division. He died on 6 May 1915 and is named on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli. The memorial serves the dual function of Commonwealth battle memorial for the whole Gallipoli campaign and a place of commemoration for many of those servicemen who died there and have no known grave. His name is also inscribed in full on Sandal Methodist Church's memorial.
Probably 58109 Pte Hudson Womack, 5th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who died on 27 August 1918. He is named on Panel 8 of the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. The birth registers show a Hudson Womack born in Wakefield in 1899.
Only one person with this name and initial is listed in the CWGC register. He is 200595 Company Sergeant Major Woulds, who was serving with 2/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when he was killed on 20 November 1917. He is buried at Hermies Hill British Cemetery in the Pas de Calais. (Birth registers show that a William Woulds was born in Wakefield in 1884.)