ST MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH
WHISTON , ROTHERHAM , SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Greater love hath no man than this
That he lay down his life for his friend
Abbott B Lance Corporal Benjamin Abbott 202180 1st/4th (Hallamshire) battn York & Lancaster Regiment.
Born in Clayton, Bradford 1896.
In the 1911 census at 15 he was a servant farm labourer at the Manor House Whiston employed by John Bagshaw.
He enlisted at Attercliffe and was killed on 14 Sept 1916 aged 20 at the battle of Flers - Courcelette in the Somme offensive.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
Allsopp J F Private John Frederick Allsopp 241772 1st/5th battn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Born in Treeton 1897. In the 1911 census he lived at 9 New Row, Aughton with his parents James and Sophia and 4 younger siblings. His occupation aged 14 was given as coupling on below ground in a colliery.
He enlisted in Doncaster and was killed on 13 June 1917 aged 20. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial and has no known grave
Armitage J Private John Armitage 203280 1st/4th ( Hallamshire ) battn York & Lancaster Regiment.
Born in Whiston 1894. In the 1911 census he was at The Green, Whiston with his father John, a stone mason, mother Hannah and 4 younger siblings. His occupation aged 17 was above ground pit labourer.
He enlisted in Rotherham and was killed on 18 Oct 1917, possibly at the Battle of Poelcapelle aged 23. He is buried at Ypres Resevoir Cemetery in Belgium.
Bartholomew E Private Edwin Bartholomew 22611st/5th battn York & Lancaster Regiment
Born in Whiston 1897 In the 1911 census he was at The Green, Whiston with his widowed father Alfred a wheelwright and 5 siblings His occupation aged 14 was a cycle repairer.
He enlisted in Rotherham and was killed on 10 July 1915 aged 18. He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial
Chafer F Private Frank Chafer 340778 1st battn Nothumberland Fusiliers ( Formerly 27939 York & Lancaster).
Born in Whiston 1893.
In the 1911 census at 18 he was a farm labourer on his father John Robert's farm at Bent Laithe, Wickersley Road with his mother Caroline and , 3 siblings and a servant.
He enlisted in Rotherham and was killed on 28 March 1918 at the Battle of Arras.
He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial
Chappell W Private Willie Chappell 22174 2nd battn York & Lancaster Regiment.
Born in Cawthorne 1889. Son of Thomas and Hannah Chappell of Abdy Cottage a farm labourer eldest of 4 children.
He enlisted in Rotherham and was killed in the Battle of Le Transloy on 12 Oct 1916.
He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and has no known grave.
Dearden W H Private William Henry Dearden 12/1735 5th battn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Born in Kilnhurst 1891. He was a pony driver at a colliery in 1911 and lived in Grimethorpe.
He was related to the Andrews family who lived in Whiston.
He enlisted in Otley and was killed on 28 March 1918 at the Battle of Arras. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Gelder J T Gunner John Thomas Gelder 167146 82nd Company Royal Garrison Artillery.
Born in Whiston 1881. Lived at Orchard House, Whiston with his father, Charles mother, Mary Hannah and sister Ann Elizabeth. He was a farm labourer.
He enlisted in Rotherham and died at Ferozepore, Punjab, India on 5 Nov 1918 aged 31.
He is buried at Ferozepore Military Cemetery , India but commemorated on the Kirkee 1914-18 Memorial.
Greasley W Private Wilfred Greasley 13787 7th battn York & Lancaster Regiment.
Born in Coalville Leicester 1897. He lived at Brook Side, Whiston and was a colliery pony driver below ground aged 14. He lived with his parents John and Mary Ann together with 2 elder brothers and a younger sister.
He enlisted in Rotherham and was killed on 9 Nov 1916.
He is buried at the Guards' Cemetery Lesboeufs.
Hicks J E Acting Bombardier John Evans Hicks 608106 20th Brigade HQ Royal Horse Artillery.
Born in Rotherham 1892.
In 1911 the family lived on Moorgate Grove and he was a medical officer clerk. He lived with his widowed mother Annie and younger sister Doris a servant and a schoolmaster at Rotherham Grammar School who boarded with them.
He enlisted in Rotherham and died in Egypt on 26 Oct 1918.
He is buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial cemetery.
Hitchen W P Private Wilfred Percy Hitchen 6300 Royal Munster Fusiliers.
Born at Whitehill, Brinsworth 1888.
In 1911 he was living at Guilthwaite with his widowed mother Sarah, a married brother William and his 2 young children. Both brothers were coal hewers.
He was killed at the defensive Battle of Epehy on 22 Mar 1918 during the German Spring offensive and is buried at Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery.
Holmes F Private Fred Holmes 12/14645 12th battn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Born in Whiston 1885.
He lived on High Street with his wife Emily and 2 children aged 2 and 6 months. He was a coal hewer.
He was killed at the Battle of Albert on the opening day of the Somme offensive.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.
James R Private Reuben James 2115 Royal Munster Fusiliers
Born in Guilthwaite 1881.
He lived at Guilthwaite with his widowed father Fred and was a coal hewer.
He died of wounds at South Stoneham Military Hospital in Hampshire on 27 Oct 1915.
His regiment had been involved in the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns from August to October 1915.
He is buried in Whiston (St Mary Magdalene) churchyard.
Jarvis A A Private Alfred Arthur Jarvis 15252 9th battn York & Lancaster Regiment.Born in Whiston 1883.
He lived on Mill Hill with his widowed mother Emma and was a farm labourer.
He was killed at the Battle of Albert on the opening day of the Somme offensive
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.
Jordan G Private George Oscar Jordan 8234 1st battn South Wales Borderers.
Born in Ecclesall 1884.
He married Bertha Smith in 1912 and they had a son Harrry born in 1913. In the 1911 census she was a servant to David H Genn at Guilthwaite.
George lived at Wincobank in 1911 with his father Thomas a hotel porter, mother Mary and 3 younger siblings. He was a fitters labourer.
He was part of the British Expeditionary Force that was tasked to halt the initial German advances at the outbreak of war. His battalion landed in France on 13 Aug 1914 and was involved in the Battles of Mons, the Marne and Aisne in August 1914.
He was killed on 26 Sept 1914 and has no known grave.
He is commemorated on the La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial
Lambert J Gunner Joseph Lambert DCM , MM 73735 83rd Battery 11th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.
Born in Treeton 1891.
He lived and worked on the farm of David Bentley at Micklebring as a waggoner.
He was killed at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette on 7th Aug 1916 and is buried at Albert Communal Cemetery.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallant conduct at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 for carrying messages under shell and rifle fire after telephone lines had been cut.
He was posthumously awarded the Military Medal on 23 Aug 1916.
Lilleyman C J Private Charles J Lilleyman 58921 1st battn Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Born in Whiston 1894.
In the 1911 census he lived with his parents Arthur and Rebecca in Whiston. He married Ada Stevenson in Chesterfield in 1915 and they lived at Hill Side, Whiston.
He was killed at the Battle of the Sambre on 15 Dec 1918 and is buried at St Sever Cemetery.
Phillippo R Private Reginald Phillippo 6/50369 53rd battn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment.
Born in Rotherham 1900.
In the 1901 census he was living at York Road , Eastwood with his widowed mother Elizabeth and sister Edith. His father Herbert had died earlier in 1901 and his mother married Albert Rhodes in 1904 and they lived at Guilthwaite.
He was a member of a Training Reserve battallion and probably never served overseas.
He died in Doncaster in December 1918 and is buried in Moorgate cemetery.
Roddis H Private Herbert Roddis 3483 5th battn Connaught Rangers.Born in Whiston 1893.
He lived at Hill Side, Whiston with his grandparents Joseph and Ann and their 4 children and was a general labourer for the district council.
He enlisted in Rotherham.
He died of wounds prior to the Battle of Kosturino in Salonika on 3 Dec 1915 fighting the Bulgarians.
He is commemorated on the Doiran Memorial to the 2,000 servicemen who have no known grave.
Rotheram F W Private Frederick William Rotheram 19704 1st/4th battn York & Lancaster Regiment.Born in Whiston 1884
He lived at The Green with his widowed father Charles and 5 brothers & sisters. He was a coal hewer.
He was killed at the Battle of Poelcapelle on 9 Oct 1917 and is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery.
Rotherforth G Corporal George Rotherforth B battery 164th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.Born in Whiston 1885.
A domestic gardener he lived in Wickersley with his wife Jessie and 2 children under 5.
He enlisted into the 164th (Rotherham) Howitzer Brigade RFA raised in Rotherham on 9th April 1915.
He died of wounds on 18 Jan 1916 and is buried at Authuile Military Cemetery.
Scorthorne H C Private Harold Charles Scorthorne 52144 6th battn Leicester Regiment.Born in Upper Whiston 1900.
Lived at Upper Whiston with his parents Charles and Annie.
In 1911 Harold was still at school.
He died on 27 Oct 1918 during the actions near Ovillers and Vendegies in the final advance of the war.
He is buried in Delsaux Farm Cemetery.
Scorthorne R Private Rupert Scorthorne 2nd/5th battn Lincolnshire Regiment.Born in Morthen 1892.
He was a groom at Wickersley House the home of Walter Greaves a bank manager.
He married Mary Hall in 1916 in Wakefield He enlisted in Lincoln and died of wounds on 17 Apr 1917 at Jeancourt.
He is buried at Ligny-En-Cambresis Communal cemetery.
Shaw S T Second Lieutenant Sydney Thomas Shaw 12th battn attached to 10th battn West
Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own).
Born in Whiston 1893.
He lived at Guilthwaite Grange with his father Robert a farmer mother Catherine and younger brother Arthur Geoffrey.
He was an articled clerk at the highway surveyors office of the local council.
He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on 24 Jan 1915.
He died of wounds on 11 May 1916 and is buried at Bailleul Communal cemetery.
Smith J Lance Corporal James Smith 2013 7th battn Royal Munster Fusiliers.Born in Rotherham 1892.
He boarded at The Green with his brother Thomas at the home of John & Elizabeth Rear.
He was a miner hewer and married Carrie Hague in 1914 and they lived on High Street.
He enlisted in Rotherham.
He was killed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 9 Aug 1915.He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey to the 20,000 UK, Indian and Australian servicemen who have no known grave.
Steedman A Sapper Amos Steedman WR/263644 Royal Engineers 9th Light Railway Operating Company.Born in Whiston 1891.
He lived at Waterloo Terrace, Well Lane with his parents George and Abigail . He was an engine driver.
He was killed on 9 June 1918 and is buried at Houchin British Cemetery.
Taylor J W Private John William Taylor 17269 7th battn York & Lancaster Regiment.Born in Retford 1886.
In 1901 he lived on Manor House Farm in Whiston with his farm labourer father William mother Mary Ann and 6 brothers and sisters. He married Maud Sophia Walker in Retford in 1905 but she was living apart from him in the 1911 census.He was killed on 7 Jul 1916 at the Battle of Abert.
He is buried at Norfolk Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt.
Born in Killamarsh 1899.
Waining T Driver Thomas Waining 219381 Royal Field Artillery Remounts section.
He was the son of Esther Smith (formerly Waining ) and the late William Waining.
He lived at Hill Side with his adoptive parents John and Mary Ann Morrison.
He died in Lincoln on 29 Nov 1918 and may never have served overseas.He is buried in Whiston (St Mary Magdalene) churchyard.
Born in Eastwood 1893.
Woodward F Private Frank Woodward 10774 1st battn Coldstream Guards.
He lived at Oakwood Grange Cottage with his widowed father Arthur a gardener. He was a clerk.He enlisted in Hull in June 1914.
He died on 27 Oct 1918 at Kleve of influenza and is buried in Hamburg Cemetery .
He was a prisoner of war captured 29 Oct 1914 at Gheluvelt at the First Battle of Ypres . He was probably held at Gustrow camp the bodies of British servicemen who died there were moved to Hamburg in 1923.
Wright J W Private Joseph William Wright 22190 15th battn Durham Light Infantry.
Born Aston 1889.
In 1911 he was living on High Street Swallownest with his wife Edith at the home of his stepfather Alfred Radford and his mother Mary Ann Radford (nee Wright ) He was a filler at a colliery.
He enlisted at Attercliffe and was killed on 1 July 1916 on the opening day of the Somme offensive at the Battle of Albert and is buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-La-Boisselle.
There is also an Australian buried in the churchyard but not mentioned on the memorial
Foers R H Corporal Robert Henry Foers 1040 A company 24th Infantry Battn Australian Imperial Force.Born in Donald, Victoria, Australia 1892.
Son of Fred and Annie Foers of Police Station, Malvern, Victoria. He was a butter maker.
He enlisted in March 1915 and landed in Gallipoli in Aug 1915. He joined the British Expeditionary Force in France in Mar 1916. He was wounded in Aug 1916 and evacuated to England.
He died of his wounds at Carrington Military Hospital Nottingham on 24 Sept 1916.
His body was brought to Whiston by his relatives, Mrs Ann Foers her son Frank Cecil Foers ** see below and daughter Caroline Everest Fawcett (Nee Foers).
He was buried in the Foers family grave in Whiston (St Mary Magdalene) churchyard
** Air Mechanic Frank Cecil Foers 60840 6th Reserve Squadron Royal Flying Corps was killed on 26 Sept 1917 and is buried in Moorgate Cemetery.