First World War dead from our area

WW1 dead from our area

WW1 dead from our area

You might not be aware of the tremendous impact of the First World War on our neighbourhood. Many servicemen who lived in our streets were either killed or injured in the service of their country. This map locates the next-of-kin of military personnel killed as a result of the conflict. This is just one district of York outside the city walls: Nunnery Lane, Clementhorpe and South Bank. The information came from the War Office, but it’s probably provisional and incomplete, as there would have been later casualties. Exact house locations may differ in some cases due to changes to street numbering since 1918.




(Data source: Explore York Libraries and Archives, TC 1378/1.)

StClements War Memorial
St Clement’s Church Parish Memorial (for more information on this see the UK National Inventory for War Memorials)

Arthur Toft and Maurice Challoner
Arthur Toft died in Belgium on 19 April 1918 after being wounded by a flying shell fragment. Maurice Challoner was killed in action in France on 8 May 1917. They had attended Cherry Street School, Clementhorpe, and are commemorated on memorials in St Clement’s Church.

Arthur’s parents were from Sherburn, and Arthur spent the early part of his life in Appleton Roebuck. By the time he was eight the family had moved to a more urban area again to 47 Caroline Street, off Bishopthorpe Road, York. By 1911 they had moved to 87 Nunnery Lane.

toft pictuerMaurice Challoner lived nearby at 86 Nunnery Lane, the family having moved from 15 Bishopthorpe Road. Both boys left school at fourteen. Maurice went to work in his father’s pawnbroker business, and Arthur to S. Border & Son, a grocer and café in Coney Street. Life experience could not have equipped them for war which was declared in August 1914.

Arthur joined the 1/5th West Yorkshire Regiment in May 1915 and was at the front just over a year later. Maurice left the family business to join the 1/5th West Yorkshires in March 1916. The following September Arthur was gassed and returned to England for treatment. He recovered sufficiently to return to action in June 1917, but Maurice Challoner had been killed in action in May, aged 21. Less than a year later Arthur was dead, aged twenty. Both boys were the youngest sons of their families.

Private 201209 Arthur Toft is buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Private 201986 Maurice Challoner is buried at Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and is commemorated in the King’s Book in York Minster.

List of men from our area who were killed in WW1

While we do have a small amount of extra information about some of the other men who died, we know very little about them in general. We’re keen to make contact with their descendants, to fill gaps in their details or make corrections. (See the bottom of the page for a key to abbreviations). You may even have memorabilia such as diaries and letters from the period. If you are able to help please contact us on

Surname First names Rank Age Address of next-of-kin Died Regiment UK War Memorials
Agar Henry Pte. 19 Colenso St. 27/03/1918 21 btn. WY KB, SC
Aked Arthur Pte. 25 27 Wentworth Rd. 29/11/1917 17 btn. NF KB, SP, SC
Anderson Robert C.S.Mjr. 25 62 Lr Ebor St 18/10/1916 5 btn. WY SB,LR,SC,KB
Atkinson Herbert Watson Srgt. 26? 2 Scarcroft Hill 14/09/1916 8 btn. WR KB, SC,SCS
Balance Samuel Srgt. 20 42 Prices Lane 12/01/1916 Kings (L’pool)
Barnes John Pte. 31 28 Dove St 13/11/1914 8/Coy/2nd/KOYLI KB; SM
Batchelor Harry Pte. 30 15 Charlton St. 28/04/1917 North’land Fus.
Bell Thos Francis Pte. 27 18 Charlton St 23/08/1918 2 bn KOYLI KB
Best George Henry Pte. 27 3 William St. 19/04/1918 KOYLI
Birch Arthur Cpl. 28 21 Drake St. 14/02/1919 RAOC
Blowman Charles Wm. Gnr. 22 22 South Bank Avenue 06/07/1917 RGA
Boldison Arthur Lance Sjt. 26 3 Anne Street 14/07/1916 1st/5th btn. WY (POWO)
Bolton Philip Henry Dvr. 43 Victoria St. 23/08/1916 RFA KB; SC,SCS
Bond Edward Pte. 21 Brunswick St. 11/02/1915 EYR Not in KB
Booth Arthur Pte. 27 72 Brunswick St 28/01/1917 KOYLI KB
Braithwaite John Henry Gnr. 20 11 Colenso St. 12/03/1918 RFA KB; SC, SCS
Brown Fred Pte. 28 14 Millfield Rd. 29/06/1919 2 bn WYR SCS
Brown John Edward Capt. 33 44 Scarcroft Rd. 14/09/1918 RFA KB
Butcher William Spr. 21 39 Vine Street 31/08/1919 RE
Butler George H. Cpl. 29 30 Ebor Street 28/09/1917 RFA
Cade John Pte. 24 7 Clementhorpe 09/06/1916 1st/5 Lincs KB
Cairns Robert Henry C.S.Mjr. 29 15 Queen Victoria St. 21/02/1916 WYR KB
Cammidge Charles Wm. Pte. 1 Price St 23/07/1916 12 bn. WY SM; Not in KB
Campbell John Capt. 25 29 Nunthorpe Ave 28/04/1917 2 RM Marine Inf
Carr Herbert Pte. 26 8 Beresford Street 31/08/1917 Northants Yeomanry
Carroll John Edwin 2/Lt. 19 5 Cygnet St 03/05/1917 28 bn. R. Fus KB; SM, SCS
Challoner Maurice Blyton Pte. 20 86 or 88 Nunnery Lane 08/05/1917 WYR KB, SCS
Clark Herbert Henry Pte. 26 62 Cromwell Rd. 11/01/1917 4 bn. YR D
Clark Aaron L/C. 34 100 Brunswick St 04/10/1916 RE KB
Clark Harry Pte. 33 79 Caroline St/Price St. 16/10/1916 WYR SCS
Close Archibald Gnr. 35 ‘Havercourt’, Bewlay St 24/10/1917 RFA
Coates Thos Nathaniel Dvr. Far. 36 4 Nicholson’s Terrace, Price St 12/05/1917 Army Service Corps SM
Croft Thomas Albert Srgt. 33 6 Cygnet St. 10/03/1915 2 bn WYR KB; SM, SCS
Cromack Ernest Pte. 26 38 Victoria St 11/11/1916 YLR KB
Daggett Harry Able Smn. 20 28 Dale St. 17/06/1917 HMS Tartar KB SM PN
Davis John George Edgar Pnr. 23 40 Lower Ebor St 07/06/1917 RE KB, SCS
Dawson Harry A. Pte. 24 1 Lower Ebor St 24/01/1916 2 bn YLR KB
Dawson John Bertram Pte. 28 39 Brunswick St. 04/08/1917 5 bn KOYLI KB
Dick Harold James Gnr. 22 “Langholme”, B’thorpe Rd. 22/03/1919 RG Artillery KB Buried York Cemetery
Dickenson Harold Robert Gnr. 35 2 Wilson’s Yard, Dale St. 20/01/1918 93 bgde RFA KB
Douglas Jack Pte. 31 7 River St. 10/09/1917 Lab Bn YR KB
Douglas George Pte. 33? 7 25 L. Ebor St. 29/03/1918 WY KB
Edgar John Geo Davis Pte. 23 40 Lower Ebor St. 17/06/1917 47 sig. RE
Elders John Francis 2/Lt. 24 50 Thorpe Street 28/10/1917 London Rgt.
Gambles William Dennis Pte. 23 19 Clementhorpe 20/09/1917 2 Cy Australian Mach Gun Corps KB
Gaunt Edward 2/Lt. 32 67 Brunswick St. 28/09/1916 KB
Gee Frederick Wm. Able Smn. 25 9 Nunmill Street 29/02/1916 HMS Alcantara
Gibson Sydney Charles Pte. 24 26 Scarcroft Rd. 01/07/1916 10 bn WY KB, SCS
Gladwin Albert Ewart Pte. 20 Kentmere House, Scarcoft Hill 31/07/1917 1st bn Royal Fusiliers KB
Glover Matthew Henry Gnr. 25 82 Queen Victoria St. 20/09/1918 Royal Garrison Artillery KB SP
Goodrick Frank Tpr. 35 5 Windsor St. 09/08/1916 NZEF KB
Goodwill C. 2/Lt. 29 S’field Cot. Swann St. 03/09/1916 5th btn. WY (POWO)
Gray Charles Pte. 21 25 Brunswick St. 25/07/1917 1st/5th WY KB
Haddington Arthur Wm. Cpl. 19 21 Norfolk Street 06/12/1917 2nd/4th btn. Lincs. Rgt.
Hall George Wm Spr. 26 33 Lower Ebor St. 13/10/1916 69 Field Co. RE TS; KB
Hall Henry Stewart Pte. 21 34 Dove St. 15/09/1916 8 bn. KOSB KB; SM,SCS
Hall Albert Edward Pte. 30 25 Trafalgar St. 27/05/1918 8btn.Machine Gun Corps
Hardisty Geo James Pte. 21 10 Cambridge St. 28/04/1917 25btn. NF (Irish)
Harton Thomas Pte. 27 17 River St 17/02/1915 2 bn. EY KB
Hawkins Alfred Pte. 19 33 Nunnery Lane 02/07/1916 10bn. WY KB
Hick George Pte. 32? 3 Swann St. 03/08/1916 1st/5th bn. WY TS SM
Hopkins Eric Norman 2/Lt. 24 48 Bishopthorpe road 05/05/1915 Beds. Rgt.
Hopkins Alan Walter Srgt. 23 1 Scarcroft Hill 10/06/1918 RE KB; SM,SCS
Horsfield Harold Pte. 18 25 Russell St. 23/02/1916 1st/5th bn. WY KB
Howe John William Whlr. 35 1 Russell Street 26/04/1919 RASC
Hoy Arthur 2/Lt. 25 21 Scarcroft Rd. 16 Beech Av, Holgate 03/11/1916 RE
Jackson Thomas S.Mjr. 36 15 Brunswick St. 26/01/1915 2 bn. WY KB
Jackson Lawrence Pte. 24 8 Nunnery Lane 03/05/1917 2/5th bn. WY KB, SM
Jackson Mat Wm. Pte. 32 15 Brunswick St 25/04/1918 Australian Bgde KB
Jackson Robert Henry C. S.Mjr. 27 15 Brunswick St. 10/11/1915 Durham LI
Jackson Stanley Marine Pte. 27 8 Nunnery Lane 23/04/1918 HMS Vindictive KB, SM
Johnson J.S. Pte. 2 Beal’s Yard, Dale St. 23/04/1918 HMS Vindictive SM
Johnson Alexander ??? 2/Lt. 27 168 Bishopthorpe Rd. 05/03/1918 ? KB? SCS
Kennedy John Thomas Srgt. 39 33 Albermarle Rd 22/08/1915 6 bn. York & Lancaster KB
Kenny Martin Wm.. Gnr. 32 26 Kensington St. 04/04/1917 Royal Garrison Artillery KBF
Kew Richard Wallace Gordon Cpl. 27 64 Thorpe St. 16/10/1917 RE KB,LR, FCS
King Arthur Pte. 19 6 Beresford St. 26/08/1918 KOYLI
Knowles John Henry Pte. 21 44 Victoria St. 23/11/1915 1/5 bn. WY KB
Latto Lindsay Robert Joseph. L-Cpl. 27 97 Nunnery Lane 23/04/1917 R. Highlanders KB,St Pauls, Holgate, Basra
Lazenby William Pte. 35 ? 22 Colenso St. 03/05/1917 2/5 bn. WY KB
Long Fred Pte. 24 78 Queen Victoria St. 07/01/1917 ? 1/5 bn. WY KB
Long Edward Pte. 23 62 Kensington St. 13/08/1915 1/5 bn. WY KB
March Robert Ernest Bmbr. 39 62 Knavesmire Crescent 23/05/1917 RG Artillery KB,TS
Marsh John William Pte. 37 27 Dove St 19/06/1917 WY KB, SM
Marshall Arthur Pte. 19 2 Teck St. 31/08/1918 London Rgt.
Marsham Edward Pte. Dale St 24/09/1918 7 bn. Border TS,SM
Mason Thomas Tpr. 19 59 Caroline St 03/05/1917 H’hold bn. KB
Mitchell John Pte. 19 21 Lower Ebor St 03/07/1916 1/5bn. WY KB, SMSP, SD
Mountain Louis Pte. 24 ? Unknown: probably workhouse 29/12/1914 1 bn. WY SCT, KB
Mountain William Pte. 35 29 /35 Moss Street 04/10/1918 2 btn. Yorks Rgt.
Moyser Hubert Pte. 22 ? 7 Clement St. 20/02/1916 1/5 bn. WY KB, SCS
Neilson Arthur. Pte. 28 106 Queen Victoria St 28/06/1917 2 bn. DLI KB
Nelson Roland Cpl. 23 4 Spencer Street 02/10/1918 WYR
Newton Walter Dvr. 20 39 Kensington St moved to Brunswick St 26/04/1915
Nicholls Wm. Henry Dvr. 26 22 Ebor St 20/10/1917 RFA KB; TS
Nicholson William Hopper Ftr. 20 38 Victoria St 11/08/1917 RGA KB,SD,
Ogram Arthur L-Cpl. 22 10 Fenwick St. 01/09/1918 London (RF) KB; SCS
Oliver John Pte. 25 4 Lovell Street 28/09/1916 WYR
Pexton Charles Wm. L.Sto. 35 45 North End Grove North End Portsmouth 26/11/1914 HMS Bulwark Portsmouth Naval, 4
Pickard Walter E. Pte. 19 4 Fenwick St. 13/09/1914 1 bn.Scots Guards KB
Plowman Fred Pte. 32 Slip Inn ? 08/11/1917 KOYLI; and NF
Pollard George Edwin. Pte. 23 2 Brunswick Terrace/33 Bootham Square 21/03/1918 10 bn. WY KB
Pook Albert E. Cr.Sgt. 35 16 St Clements Grove 12/10/1918
Pounder Alfred William L-Cpl. 20 52 Moss St 27/12/1915 WY KBTS
Pratt Walter Cpl. 30 68 Scott St 07/08/1917 RE KB;TS;SM
Preston Herbert Pte. 30 6 or 9 Cygnet St. 02/09/1916
Ragen Arthur Srgt. 41 Caroline Street 06/08/1917 Vet Corps
Ramsdale Wm. Herbert Smith Pte. 26 14 Lower Darnboro’ St 25/04/1917 Seaforth Highlanders KB
Rankeillor George Frederick. Pte. 22 35 Victoria St. 10/11/1917 9 bn. WY KB
Rawling Herbert Pte. 37 62 Russell St. 28/12/1917 DLI/ Labour Corps 38 Co KB
Richardson Linden Srgt. Pilot 19 9 Millfield Rd 24/04/1918 RAF KB. Buried York Cemetery Sec.A Grave 6. 2820
Robinson Wm. Henry Rflm. 23 72 Nunthorpe Rd. 15/09/1916 7 bn Rifle Bgde KB
Robinson Harold Norman Pte. 19 23 Charlton St 13/02/1918 Machine Gun Corps KB; SMLG,SCS Cadet @ Arch. Holgate School
Robinson Arthur Pte. 36? 3 Emily St. 12/10/1918 Manchester/WY KB
Ruff Samuel 2/Lt. 24 ‘Belsize‘, 48 Scarcroft Hill 17/11/1916 D of Wellington’s 1st/2nd bn. WR KB
Scott Wallace Able Smn. 29 48 Drake St. 01/11/1914 HMS Good Hope RN KB; Naval Portsmouth,2
Scott Arthur 3rd Mate 19 ‘West Lee’ Nunthorpe Avenue 13/10/1917 SS Eskmere MM KB; Tower Hill London
Seale Albert Pte. 17 8 Beresford Terrace 23/07/1915 WYR
Sellers Rbt Edwards Pte. 21 47 Swann St. 05/11/1917 9 btn. WY (POWO)
Seymour Bertram 2/Lt. 19 14 Scarcroft Road 31/07/1917 Machine Gun Corps KB
Shepherd Alfred Henry Pte. 33 14 Knavesmire Cres 06/10/1918 I/8 bn. LF/NF KB (A Freeman)
Siddons William Henry Gnr. 19 38 Vine St. 29/09/1917 RFA KB,SCS
Sims Wm .Ewart. Pte. 27 20 Moss St 23/04/1917 Kings (L’pool)Cyclist KB;TS
Smith Arthur Basil L-Cpl. 21 4 Colenso St. 01/12/1917 2 bn Gren. Guards KB
Snowden Robert Wm. Pte. 27 6 Dale St. 27/09/1917 8 bn EY KB; SM
Snowden George Fred Pte. 20 6 Dale St. 26/03/1918 EY KB; SM
Stroughair Stanley Rflm. 21 13 04/09/1916 11 bn. KRRC
Taylor George Robert Cpl. 28 16 Victoria St. 24/03/1917 RA ditto
Taylor John Henry Spr. 20 31 Bishopthorpe Road 08/07/1915 RE KB
Thirkwell Thomas Edward Pte. 3 Warwick’s Court, Nunnery Lane 15/02/1915 1bn Yorks & Lancs KB; SM
Thompson Walter Pte. 31 8 Lower Darborough St. 26/04/1918 15/17 bn.WR KB
Toft Arthur Pte. 21 87 Nunnery Lane 19/04/1918 WYR
Tomlinson John William Pte. 27 35 Caroline St. 22/11/1916 13 bn. (17th?) NF/KOYLI KB TS (as Jack T)
Vause Thos Walker Pte. 37 ? 85 Nunnery Lane 23/08/1918 1btn Duke of Cornwall KB
Wake Vincent Francis Pte. 20 8 Russell St 12/08/1916 2 bn. WY KB
Webber Frederick Ernest Cpl. 26 1 Brown’s Ct, Swann St. 30/10/1914 2 bn.YR KB;SM (as Webber FW)
Wharton Fred Pte. 24 ? 2 Dale St. 03/09/1916 ditto KB; SM;TS
Wilcock Harry Pte. 23 42 Price St. 20/08/1915 1/5 bn. WY KB; SM
Wilcock Reggie Pte. 19 42 Price St. 03/05/1917 2/5bn. WY
Wilks Joseph Wm. Pte. 38 37 Russell St. 10/05/1917 12 bn. WY
Willey Arthur Bmbr. 28 43 Curzon Terrace. 11/10/1917 Royal Garrison Artillery KB; SPT
Williamson John Arthur Pte. 27 37 Argyle St. 09/06/1917 9 bn.Yorks & Lancs KB
Williamson John Srgt. 28 21 Cygnet St. ? 11/05/1916 7 bn. KOSB KB
Winteringham Harold Pte. 24 76 Thorpe St. 04/10/1917 12/13bn. NF KB
Wise William Pte. 28 33 Ebor Street 18/02/1917 WYR
Wood Ellis Pte. 18 Cygnet St. 04/05/1917 24 bn. NF(Tyneside Irish) St Mary’s B’hill
Wood Arthur Charles L-Cpl. 13 Scarcroft Hill KB
Wortley Edward Pte. 22 3 Smiths Yd, Swann St. 14/11/1914 2 bn. WY KB; SM
Wright Eric L.Sjt. 20 79 Bishopthorpe Road 13/10/1918 Notts & Derby (SF)
Young Eric Norman Pte. 28 ? 36 Price St. 12/10/1916 1 bn. WY KB; SM
Young John Douglas Spr. 26 42 Millfield Road 26/09/1916 KB

Key to memorial abbreviations
D Dringhouses
F Fulford
KB Kings Book (facsimile at Minster Library reception. Bring a magnifying glass!)
LR Leeman Road
PN Portsmouth Naval
SB St Barnabas
SC St Clements
SCS St Clements School
SCT St Cuthberts
SD St Denys
SMLG St Martin Le Grand
SM St Mary’s Junior Bishophill
SMSP St Margaret’s with St Peters
SP St Paul’s Holgate
TS Trinity National School WM, Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate
SPT Shipton Street School

Key to military units cited on the database
DLI Durham Light Infantry
EYR East Yorks Regiment
KOYLI Kings Own Yorks Light Infantry
KOSB Kings Own Scottish Borders
KRRC Kings Royal Rifle Corps
NF Northumberland Fusiliers
POWO Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire
RE Royal Engineers
RFA Royal Field Artillery
RRF Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
RGA Royal Garrison Artillery
WRR West Riding Regiment
WY West Yorkshire Regiment

Men mentioned on this page Henry Agar, Arthur Aked, Robert Anderson, Herbert Watson Atkinson, Samuel Balance, John Barnes, Harry Batchelor, Thos Francis Bell, George Henry Best, Arthur Birch, Charles Wm. Blowman, Arthur Boldison, Philip Henry Bolton, Edward Bond, Arthur Booth, John Henry Braithwaite, Fred Brown, John Edward Brown, William Butcher, George H. Butler, John Cade, Robert Henry Cairns, Charles Wm. Cammidge, John Campbell, Herbert Carr, John Edwin Carroll, Maurice Blyton Challoner, Herbert Henry Clark, Aaron Clark, Harry Clark, Archibald Close, Thos Nathaniel Coates, Thomas Albert Croft, Ernest Cromack, Harry Daggett, John George Edgar Davis, Harry A. Dawson, John Bertram Dawson, Harold James Dick, Harold Robert Dickenson, Jack Douglas, George Douglas, John Geo Davis Edgar, John Francis Elders, William Dennis Gambles, Edward Gaunt, Frederick Wm. Gee, Sydney Charles Gibson, Albert Ewart Gladwin, Matthew Henry Glover, Frank Goodrick, C. Goodwill, Charles Gray, Arthur Wm. Haddington, George Wm Hall, Henry Stewart Hall, Albert Edward Hall, Geo James Hardisty, Thomas Harton, Alfred Hawkins, George Hick, Eric Norman Hopkins, Alan Walter Hopkins, Harold Horsfield, John William Howe, Arthur Hoy, Thomas Jackson, Lawrence Jackson, Mat Wm. Jackson, Robert Henry Jackson, Stanley Jackson, J.S. Johnson, Alexander Johnson, John Thomas Kennedy, Martin Wm.Kenny, Richard Wallace Gordon Kew, Arthur King, John Henry Knowles, Lindsay Robert Joseph, Latto, William Lazenby, Fred Long, Edward Long, Robert Ernest March, John William Marsh, Arthur Marshall, Edward Marsham, Thomas Mason, John Mitchell, Louis Mountain, William Mountain, Hubert Moyser, Arthur Neilson, Roland Nelson, Walter Newton, Wm. Henry Nicholls, William Hopper Nicholson, Arthur Ogram, John Oliver, Charles Wm. Pexton, Walter E. Pickard, Fred Plowman, George Edwin Pollard, Albert E. Pook, Alfred William Pounder, Walter Pratt, Herbert Preston, Arthur Ragen, Wm. Herbert Smith Ramsdale, George Frederick. Rankeillor, Herbert Rawling, Linden Richardson, Wm. Henry Robinson, Harold Norman Robinson, Arthur Robinson, Samuel Ruff, Wallace Scott, Arthur Scott, Albert Seale, Rbt Edwards Sellers, Bertram Seymour, Alfred Henry Shepherd, William Henry Siddons, Wm. Ewart Sims, Arthur Basil Smith, Robert Wm. Snowden, George Fred Snowden, Stanley Stroughair, George Robert Taylor, John Henry Taylor, Thomas Edward Thirkwell, Walter Thompson, Arthur Toft, John William Tomlinson, Thos Walker Vause, Vincent Francis Wake, Frederick Ernest Webber, Fred Wharton, Harry Wilcock, Reggie Wilcock, Joseph Wm. Wilks, Arthur Willey, John Arthur Williamson, John Williamson, Harold Winteringham, William Wise, Ellis Wood, Arthur Charles Wood, Edward Wortley, Eric Wright, Eric Norman Young, John Douglas Young.




  1. […] men were killed from our area as a result of the first World War? If you take a look at our latest web page you’ll be able to see where the next-of-kin of these men lived and the distribution of deaths […]

  2. Anonymous · · Reply

    I have just learned about this web site. I am the grand daughter of George Frederick Rankeillor. You have got his death down as 1915 , he died on the 10 November 1917. He’s commemorated on the monument in Arras .

  3. Thank you for alerting us to this error, which we will amend asap. We would appreciate it if you would contact us on as we are keen to speak to families of soldiers who died in WW1.

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