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Note the new building in the photo on the corner.
Regent Street Regent Street
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WW1 heroes in the Pocklington area
The 100th anniversary of the opening of World War 1 on 4th August 1914 was commemorated at Pocklington war memorial on Sunday 3rd August 2014. Below we hope to provide as many photographs as possible of those that fell or took part in the war. If you have any family photos please send them in. Some photos and descriptions below are from a rare copy of 'Whitehead's old Almanac and Directory for 1917' kindly provided by John Derrick (Whitehead's shop was in the Market Place). Text directly from the directory is enclosed in [brackets]. The Pocklington WW1 memorial records the names of the fallen. Thanks to Trevor Brigham for providing extra information about the various individuals.
Frank Buttle
Edward Moore Robson

Francis 'Frank' Charles Buttle
Reg No. C/12244
Kings Royal Rifle Corps
Buried at Bray Military Cemetary
The Somme - France
Died Aged 20 5th April 1917

of 36 Union Street, Pocklington

Lieutenant Edward Moore Robson M.C.
Home at Pembroke Lodge. Pocklington, Yorks. Born at Pocklington in East Yorkshire in 1890, he became a barrister at Lincolns Inn in London. Joined the 5th Btn as a 2nd Lt at Pont de Nieppe near Armentieres on July 19th 1915 and fought in all the subsequent actions. He was killed on April 11th aged 28 during a strong enemy assault on the Btn’s exposed positions. His brother, Lt Col William Robson, served with the 5th Btn and had been killed shortly before this on 28th March in the fighting on the Somme with the 6th DLI. Commemorated at Ploegsteert Memorial.
Frederick Robson
George Dumville
Lieutenant Colonel Frederick William Robson D.S.O.
Distinguished Service Order. Home at Pembroke Lodge, Pocklington. A solicitor, he joined the 5th Btn and fought with them from their arrival in France in 1915. On promotion to Lt Col he was given command of the 6th Btn Durham Light Infantry from April 5th 1917. Killed in action on 28th March 1918 aged 30. He was the brother of Capt Edward M Robson who was killed a few days later on 11th April with the 5th Btn Yorks in fighting on the River Lys. Commemorated at the Pozieres Memorial.
George Dumville D.S.O.
EKirby Charles Hotham
[Private E. Kirby D.C.M.
of Pocklington won the Distinguished Conduct Medal in May 1915 and was killed in action on August 20th 1916.]
[Private Charles Hotham
son of Mr & Mrs C. Hotham of Pavement, Pocklington killed in action on June 11th 1915
Private H Johnson Pte RW Buttle
[Private H. Johnson
son of Mrs. T. Gray of Union Street Pocklington who was killed in action on September 26th, 1916.
[Private R.W. Buttle
son of Mrs Huck and killed in action June 18th, 1916
H Johnson corporal Tom Jennings
[Gunner H. Johnson
of Pocklington. Accidentally killed on December 26th 1915.]

Gunner Henry Johnson was killed in an accident in Doncaster involving an army wagon at age 17 on 26th December 1915
[Corporal Tom Jennings
of Storwood. Killed in action June 8th 1916]

1452 Cpl Thomas Clifford Wilson Jennings
. Born Storwood Yorks. Enlisted at Pocklington. Farm labourer at East Cottingwith in 1911. Died of wounds on 8th June 1916 aged 23. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension Nord.
Pte Harry Webster Fred Easton
[Private Harry Webster
Son of Mr. & Mrs Webster of Bolton Hall, who was killed in the Dardanelles]
[Shoeing Smith Fred Easton
of Pocklington who died from Pneumonia contracted whilst serving under the flag
Private George Kemp g Mouncey
[Private George Kemp
Killed in action on Feb. 18th 1916. Formerly in the employ of Mr. J. Scott of Burnby Wold.]

2544 Pte George Kemp
. Enlisted Pocklington. Killed in action on 18th February 1916 aged 28. Former farm foreman. Commemorated at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground.
[Driver G. Mouncey of Pocklington]
JW Buttle WWalker
[Driver J.W. Buttle of Pocklington]
[Sgt W. Walker of Melbourne]
H Ireland EJohnson
[Private H. Ireland of Allerthorpe
Killed in action
September 26th 1915]
[Private E. Johnson, 3433
5th Yorks, of Pocklington]
Thomas Johnson F Pearson
[Driver Thomas Johnson
of Pocklington]

[Private F. Pearson of Meltonby]

H Preston G Downham
[Private H. Preston of Seaton Ross]
[Lance Corporal G. Downham of Pocklington]

George Downham was wounded in 1916 and treated at No2 General Hospital, Becketts Park, Leeds before returning to the Btn.

B Byass E T Byass
[Trooper B. Byass of Warter]
Bernard Byass, joined the 1/1 East Riding Yeomanry in 1914, Regimental Number 1114, later 50081. Serving in Egypt and Palestine, Bernard was promoted to Corporal and was killed in action at Naane, Palestine, on 14/11/1917. He was buried in Ramleh Cemetery and is commemorated on the War Memorial at Warter Estate as well as on a memorial plaque on All Saints Church, Bishop Burton listing former pupils at the church school who served in WW1. Second son of Thomas & Jane Elizabeth Byass, farmers of Prospect House, Warter, part of the Warter Estate, Bernard was born in 1893 and worked on the family farm before the war [source: Trevor Brigham]
[Trooper E.T. Byass of Warter]
Ernest Thomas Byass, brother of Bernard, joined the 1/1 East Riding Yeomanry on the same day as his brother, Regimental Number 1115, later 50082. Ernest served
alongside his brother as a shoeing smith with the rank of Private and survived the war, dying in 1978. He is listed on a memorial plaque at All Saints Church,
Bishop Burton as a former pupil at the church school who served in WW1. Eldest son of Thomas & Jane Elizabeth Byass, farmers of Prospect House, Warter, part of
the Warter Estate, Ernest was born in 1890 and worked on the family farm before the war.[source: Trevor Brigham]
W Dykes Fred C Dykes

[Corporal W. Dykes son of Mr and Mrs Dykes of Market Street, Pocklington]

[Sergeant Fred C. Dykes son of Mr and Mrs Dykes of Market Street Pocklington]
William Webster C Mutimer
[Signalman on H.M.S. Prince Edward, son of Mr and Mrs Webster of Bolton Hall]
[Private C. Mutimer of Pocklington who served in the Royal Field Artillery]
C Cook Syndney Turton
[Corporal C. Cook W.R.R.G. Artillery of Bishop Wilton]
[Private Sydney Turton of
Seaton Ross
Private Martin Turton of Seaton Ross T W Fisher
[Private Martin Turton of
Seaton Ross
[Lance Corporal T W Fisher]
Jack Pratt A R Fisher
[Private Jack Pratt son of Mrs Pratt of Grape Lane, Pocklington. He saw much fighting and was shot clean through the shoulder.]
[Surgeon A.R. Fisher R.N., son of the Rev. A. T. Fisher (vicar of Pocklington) who served on H.M. hospital ship "Rewa"]
F Skinner W Warters
[Private F. Skinner
son of Mr and Mrs Skinner of Pocklington, who was severely wounded in the leg by shrapnel, on April 2th, 1915.]
[Corporal - Farrier W. Warters of Pocklington who served in the Salonika forces.]
Thomas Rowntree L Downham
[Driver Thomas Rowntree
son of Mr. J. Rowntree of Pocklington was a member of the Royal Garrison Artillery]
[Lance Corporal L. Downham of Church Lane, Pocklington, who served with the Yeomanry after having transferred from the 5th Yorks.]
Alfred Rowntree Harry Flint
[Private Alfred Rowntree of Pocklington who served in the R.F.A.]
[Corporal Harry Flint, 5th Yorks, son of Mr & Mrs C. Flint of Grape Lane, Pocklington, who served in France.]
Bob Pratt Gr Dumville
[Private Bob Pratt, 5th Yorks, served in France from April 1915.]

240131 Pte Robert Pratt. Born and enlisted at Pocklington, worked with his father as a rabbit catcher, living at 3 Grape Lane. Killed in action on the 27th May 1918 aged 27. Commemorated at Rosieres Communal Cemetery Extension. CWGC gives date of death this day, but more likely March as this cemetery is in the Somme region, in which case he may have been killed during the Battle of St Quentin, part of the final Somme battle.
[Corporal G R Dumville, (Shoeing instructor) of Pocklington who served in the R.F.A. at the front]
A jOhnson N M Harrison
[Scout A. Johnson, 5th Yorks., son of Mr & Mrs Fred Johnson, New Street, Pocklington was severely wounded.]
[S.Q.M.S.Norman M. Harrison, Brunswick House, Pocklington, who was in the English gunners thrilling march from Lala Baba on August 21st, 1915.]
R Harrison A Stainton

[Lance Corporal R. Harrison, second son of Mr Mansfield Harrison, who served in the Royal Fusiliers]

[Driver A. Stainton, 1st Yorks, transport, 5th West Yorks, Active service started April 1915.]
R Barber Harriet Stubbs
[Farrier Sergeant R Barber of Bielby, was wounded at La Basse, November 1914]
[Miss Harriet Stubbs of Pocklington, who collected 2,329 eggs for wounded soldiers up to November 10th, 1916]
GHGrainger lythe downham
George Henry Grainger.
of 23, Grape Lane, Pocklington, Private 28332, 7th (Service) Battalion East Yorks, which was raised at Beverley 16th September 1914, and went to Boulogne on 14th July 1915. Part of 50th Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division together with the 10th Btn West Yorks,7th Btn Yorks, and 6th Btn Dorsets. He was killed in the short and unfortunately abortive Second Battle of the Scarpe (23rd-24th April),
part of the Battle of Arras and was killed at Arras 24/04/1917
Lyth Downham (Centre) with two unknown troopers either side from the East Riding Yeomanry.

See entry above on L. Downham he is grandfather to Trevor Brigham. If you can recognise the two unknown troopers please let us know.
1451 Pte Charles Hotham. Home at 11 The Pavement, Pocklington. Born and enlisted at Pocklington, Yorks. Killed in action on 11th June 1915 aged 22. Commemorated at Menin Gate Memorial Ypres. See entry above with his photo.

1731 Pte Alfred Hopper. Home at 12 Kirkland St, Pocklington. Born Driffield, enlisted Scarborough. Killed in action on 25th May 1915 aged 37, leaving a family. Commemorated at Menin Gate Memorial Ypres.

unknown soldier
unknown soldier
3406 Pte Richard Timbs Home at Yapham and enlisted Pocklington. Died of wounds on 15th April 1916 aged 19. Commemorated at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension. 1300 Pte Stanley Hall. Home at Rytham Gate, Seaton Ross, York. Born and enlisted at Pocklington, formerly of 14 Victoria Terrace, working at a ropery in 1911. Killed in action on the 17th September 1916 aged 21. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
3883 Pte George Willis. Born at Pocklington. Home at Old Eston, N Yorks. Enlisted Middlesbrough. He had suffered wounds on 15th Sept and died of these on the 21st. He is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery Mericourt-L'Abby. 1281 Pte Harold Johnson. Born and enlisted at Pocklington. Lived at 46 Union Street in 1911. Killed in action on 26th September 1916 aged 20. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial.
2772 Cpl John Andrews. Enlisted at Pocklington, Yorks. Killed in action on 19th July 1917. Commemorated at Heninel Communal Cemetery Extension. 243379 L/Cpl John William Smith. Home at 11 Alma Terrace, Pocklington. Enlisted Pocklington. Worked as a building labourer. Died of wounds on the 29th April 1918 aged 27. Commemorated at Ham British Cemetery Muille Villette.
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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WW1 in Pocklington