St Hilda's Church
War Memorial Cross Green
1914 - 1918
|Roy Balderston||Roy, was the son of Richard and Eliza Baldersonm, who in 1901 was living at 65 Kitson Street, Leeds. Roy was 1 of 2 children shown on the census. By the time of the 1911 census, Richard who was born in Hawes was working as an iron turner and had been married to Eliza for 20 years. There were now 3 children, Lancelot, Roy and Richard living at Garden House,Stow Grove, Osmnondthorpe, Leeds. Richard enlisted in Leeds and served as 32837 in the Welsh Regiment. He was KIA on 2 October 1915 aged 21 and is remembered on Loos Memorial. Roy's medals, The 1915 Star; The Victory and British Medals would all have been sent to his next of kin|
|Harry Blakey||Possibly, Harry James Blakey of 84 Crompton Road, Leeds|
|Edgar Machan||Edgar, was the son of Joseph and Mary Machan who in 1901 lived at 19 Ellerby View, Leeds and was 1 of 9 children. By the time of the 1911 census the family were at 2 East Park Place, Leeds. Joseph, a driller had been married to Mary for 29 years and had 9 children, one of which had by this time died. Living at no. 2 were all of their 8 children and 2 grandchildren - the sons of their eldest child Lilian now a Henrick - her children being born in South Africa. Mr Henrick was not in the house. Edgar joined the Royal Navy as J/20116, serving as an Able Seaman onboard HMS Invincible. The Invicible was involved in the Battle of Jutland where she was hit by a German shell on 31 May 1916, which penetrated one of her magazines and she sunk with only 6 survivors from her crew of 1,032 Officers and Men (including Rear-Admiral Hood). Edgar, along with his Officers and Shipmates is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial to those whose final resting place is known only unto Their God.
Note:- By the time of Edgar's death the church had his address as 41 Ellerby Street.
Louis was the son of Tom and Lucy Nowland who in the 1901 census were transcribed as Newland. The family lived at 22 Clara Street, Leeds, later moving to 45 Spring Close Street, Leeds. Louis also served in the Royal Navy as Able Seaman J/19324 on HMS Queen Mary. Louis, like his fellow church goer Edgar, he also died on 31 May 1916 again in the Battle of Jutland. One German shell hit forward and detonated possibly both of the forward magazines, breaking the ship in two. Two further explosions, probably from her own store of shells, exploded and the Queen Mary began to sink.
NOTE :- In 1986 HMS Queen Mary and the other Jutland wrecks, including Edgar's vessel HMS Invinsible, were declared a 'protected place' under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 to discourage further damage to the resting place of The Queen Mary's 1,257 Officers and Men.
|George Senior||George, was born in Newport, Monmouthshire but during the Great War he lived in Leeds. He enlisted in the town and served as Pte., 22918 in the 10th Bn., Highland Light Infantry. George died of wounds on 13 July 1916 in the St Omer area of France and rests in Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, nr St Omer. His medals, the 1915 Star, the British and Victory Medals would all have gone to his next of kin|
|William Makinson Stead||William Mallinson Stead, as he found on one record was born in Healaugh, Tadcaster in 1864. In the census of 1901 he was living with his wife and family of 3 sons at 14 Bridgewater Place, in the Parish of St Hilda's, Leeds. By the time of the 1911 census, William had been married 27 years to Elizabeth and they had now one son living at home - home being 14 Deal Street, Leeds and worked as a caretaker. The 1911 census also tells that Elizabeth bore 3 children but by 1911 1 had died. William enlisted in Leeds, joining the Prince of Wales's Own - The West Yorkshire Regiment, and rising to the rank of C.Q.M.S with a service no. of 800. William died of wounds on 15 July 1916 and rests in Authuile Military Cemetery along with over 400 other casualties, of which nearly 40 are known only unto their God|
|Albert Ernest Turner||Albert was born in 1896, the son of Albert and Mary Turner of 16 Cross Green Crescent, Cross Green Lane, Leeds ( as after WW1). At the time of the 1911 census the family were living at 1 Fewston Grove Leeds where Albert was an apprentice printer aged 15. He served as Pte 21058 in the West Yorkshire Regiment and was KIA on 12 October 1916 aged 20 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.|
|Clarence Hoyle||Clarence was born in 1899, the son of Haley and Rachel Hoyle of 4 St Hila's Crescent, Leeds. Clarence enlisted in Leeds, joining the York and Lancaster Regiment as Private 32652. He was KIA on 11 October 1917 aged 19 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing.|
|John William Brown||John was the son of William and Mary Jane of 11 Dial Terrace and was born in 1898 and in the census of 1911 was working as a Butchers Boy. John William enlisted in Leeds, joining the RFA as 776038. He died of wounds on 27 September 1918 aged 20 and is remembered in Vis-en Artois British Cemetery along with over 880 other identified casualties. There are over 1400 young men buried in the cemetery whose name is known only unto their God|
|Leonard Hollingworth||Leonard was born 1900, the son of James and Eleanor who lived in 3 Cross Green Grove. Leonard enlisted in leeds joining the West Yorks Regt., as 55172, later serving as Pte 92031 in the DLI. Leonard was KIA on 18 September 1918 aged 18 and rests in Trefcon British Cemetery.|
|E Nowland||Ernest was born in Leeds in 1890, the son of George and Annie. In the census of 1911 Ernest was living with his parents at 33 Hugo street, Leeds and working as a general labourer. Ernest enlisted in Leeds, joining the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment) as Pte 370606. He was KIA on 9 October 1917 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial|
1939 - 1945
|Eric Stanley Goodman||Eric Stanley was the son of James and Mary Goodman and the husband of Florence nee Beverley, the couple married in the summer of 1939. Eric served as Corporal 1873057 in the Royal Engineers and died on 30 May 1940. He rests in Vuerne Communal Cemetery Extension.|
|Leonard Paver||Leonard was the son of George and Mary Ann and the husband of Hilda nee Wager whom he married in thelate summer of 1935. Leonard was a very active member of St Hilda's church and was a server for a period of time. Leonard was also good with his hands and made for the church a Vestment Chest, that is still very much in use today. Leonard during WW2 served as Lance Serjeant 2126643 in the 16 Bomb Disposal Coy. of the Royal Engineers. Leonard was killed whilst carrying out his duties on 27 May 1943 and rests at home in Harehills Cemetery, Leeds|
|Michael Chouler||Possibly, Michael R Chouler who was born in Lincoln in1920 and married Jenika B Watson in 1946 in Leeds. There is a death registered for a Michael Richardson Chouler in 1981 in Wakefield. During WW2 Michael was caring for a wounded comrade and was taken prisoner. I can find no information about his service in WW2 at this time.|
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