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John William Illingworth  
Alfred Longbottom  
George Macfarlane The brother of Hugh Alex Macfarlane (below) being one of the siblings, being born in Scotland, (Marklinch, Fifeshire) like his parents. He enlisted in Wakefield, while living in Oulton. He joined the RGA as Gnr., 286584, He died at home on 25 May 1916 aged 30 - home being Pymont Farm, Lofthouse, where he lived with his wife, Edith. George is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Swillington.
Hugh Alex Macfarlane Hugh was the son of John, a garden domestic, and Christina MacFarlane who had been born in Scotland. In 1901 the family, John and Christina and 7 children were living at Calverley Road, Oulton with Woodlesford. Sources differ as to the birth place of Hugh - Woodlesford or Darrington ? Anyway, he enlisted in Wentworth into the Royal Horse Artillery, as Cpl., 608079. He died in Egypt on 22 October 1918 aged 25 and is remembered at Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery, along with over 1700 WW1 casualties and over 1300 from WWII.
Edward Mitchell Edward was the son of Mrs Sophia Iddon, who in 1918 lived at Lowther Terrace, Swillington. He was born in Swillington, resided in Halton and enlisted in Wakefield, joining the Yorks LI as no 2569. He was later in the MGC as Pte., 117435. Edward died of wounds on 20 June 1918 aged 22 and is remembered at Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy.
Ernest Sharp Ernest was the son of Joseph Cooper Sharp and Edna Sharp, who in 1901 lived at 4 Goody Cross, Gt. Preston. He enlisted into the Prince of Wales's Own as Cpl., 265939 in Leeds. Ernest was KIA on 27 March 1918 aged 24 and is remembered at the Arras Memorial.

Herbert Backhouse Herbert was the son of Bryan and Emily Backhouse who in 1901 lived at Providence Place, Upper Row, Swillington Common on the main Leeds & Selby Road. Herbert at the time was one of 5 children. Herbert enlisted in York, joining the West Yorkshire Regt., as no 29266, he was later in the Northumberland Fusiliers as Pte., 31432. He was KIA on 8 April 1917 aged 19 and is remembered at Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras.
Arthur Barraclough Arthur was the son of James E Barraclough who was born in Ackworth and Kate born in Saltaire. Arthur, 1 of their 5 children in the 1901 census shows that he was born in Swillington. He enlisted into the Prince of Wales's Own Regt., in Leeds and became Pte/. 13097. Arthur was KIA aged 25 on 23 April 1917 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial, along with over 37000 Commonwealth casualties whose final resting place is now known.
Henry Batty Henry was the son of Benjamin and Eliza Batty who in 1901 were living at Black Wells, Swillington. He was 1 of 5 children. He enlisted in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire while living in Asfordby. He joined the Leicester Regt., and served as Pte., 25599. He was KIA on 11 August 1916 aged 35 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial
Arthur Bickerdike Arthur was the son of Thomas and Emma Bickerdike, who in 1901 were living at Hawthorne Terrace with their growing family. Arthur enlisted in Leeds joining the West Yorkshire Regt., as Pte., 14232. He was KIA on 27 September 1915 aged 24 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial, along with over 20000 other Commonwealth casualties who have no known resting place.
Cedric Edgar Fox Cedric Edgarwas the son of *** and Lilley Fox ( a widow in 1901). He was one of 8 children living at Providence Place, Upper Row - only a few doors away from Herbert Backhouse and his family. Cedric enlisted into the West Yorkshire Regt., as Pte., 56166 and died of wounds on 20 October 1918. He is buried at Grevillers British Cemetery.
George Wm Gascoigne George, the son of George and Ann Gascoigne also lived on Providence Place. George was born in 1894 in Swillington, his parents being born in Seacroft and Whitkirk. George enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regt., and became L/Cpl., 12822. He was KIA on 1 July 1916, the first day of the First Battle of the Somme, and is remembered at Fricourt New Military Cemetery.
Senior Gummerson Senior was the son of Arthur and Julia Gummerson and was one of 10 children living at Middle Road, Swillington. All the family had been born in nearby Great Preston. Senior enlisted in Leeds, joining the KRRC and became rifleman R/7708. He was KIA on 2 Jun 1917 aged 28 and is remembered at Anzin-St. Aubin British Cemetery.
Fred Harrison Possibly ~ the son of Alfred and Luciana Harrison who in 1901 were living with William Smith, Luciana's father. Also living with William was his 6 grandchildren, including Fred. Fred enlisted in Halifax, joining the Frenadier Guards and became Gdsn. 30570. He died of wounds on 23 August 1918 and is remembered at St Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frevent. Alfred and Luciana were living at Gamblethorpe House, Swillington by this time and Fred had been living with his wife M Harrison at 70 Lower Oxford St., Castleford.

Ernest Somers Ernest was the son of Robert and Jane Somers who in 1901 were living in Little Preston. Ernest being 1 of 6 children. Information about his service is not known.
Charles Wilson Possibly, Charles William Wilson who in 1911 was a gardener born in 1881, in Boston Spa, living as a lodger in the house of Samuel Goodall at Fleakingly Beck ?, Woodlesford. He served as Pte 202362 in the KOYLI and was KIA on 5 July 1917 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial
Rowland Sissons Possibly, R W Sissons, 203490, Lce Cpl in the York and Lancs who died on 30 September 1917 and is rests in Hooge Crater Cemetery
Ernest Smith Possibly, the son of Dan and Maru Jane Smith who served as Pte 16991 in the Yorkshire Regt, and was KIA on 7 August 1915 aged 21 and is remembered on the Helles Memorial

George R Sissons George was the son of William Thomas and Emma Sissons. Emma was a widow by the time of the 1901 census when she was living on Lidgett Road, Garforth with George. George enlisted in Malton, where he stated he was residing at the time. He joined the Yorkshire Hussars as no 2639, later joining the West Yorkshire Regt., and becoming L/Cpl.236003. He was Killed in action on 27 June 1918 aged 25, he is remembered on the Loos Memorial.
Roland E Sissons Roland Edward Sissons, brother to the above George, was born in Woodlesford, the son of William Thomas and Emma Sissons, a widow by 1911. Roland in 1911 was a 20 year old Dental Student, living at Waterside Villa, Garforth with his mother, brother and 2 servants. The previous census of 1901 saw Roland as a student boarder in the Grammer School in Ordsall, Nottinghamshire. During The Great War Roland served as a Lieutenant in the 8th Btn., West Yorkshire Regt., He was KIA on 2 June 1916 and is remembered in Aveluy Communam Cemetery Extension.
Rachab Smart Rachab or Rachob was the son of Joseph and Hannah Smart who in 1901 were living at Whitkirk Lane End, Temple Newsam. He was born in Allerton Bywater and enlisted in Pontefract, joining the KOYLI as Pte. 52583. He died of wounds on 2 September 1918 aged 20 and is remembered at Vaulx Hill Cemetery.
Leonard Townend Leonard, served as Driver, 111477 in the RFA. He died on 16 June 1919 and rests in St Mary's Churchyard, Garforth.
On his enlistment papers, Leonard stated he lived at Swillington Common, Halton, nr Leeds. He was 35 years and 2 months of age, a married man working as a miner. Leonard was 5' 4 ¼" in height and had a fully expanded chest of 36 ½" (indluding a 2 " expansion). He gave the name of his next of kin as Eliza Townend of Swillingotn Common, his wife. Previously known as Eliza Saddington, widow with 2 children Alice and Albert. Leonard had spent time in the Military Hospital, Sycamore Road, Nottingham.
James Warke James Wark was the son of Mr & Mrs J Wark ( see below ). When James enlisted in Kippas, he stated that he was born in Nemovoddy, Co. Derry. He joined the East Yorkshire Regt., as no 26769, latering becoming a member of the Northumberland Fusiliers as no 44227. He died of wounds on 29 April 1917 aged 29 and he is remembered at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. By this time his parents were living at Astly Old Engine, Woodlesford, Leeds.
John Warke John Wark, brother to James and son of Matthew and Bertha Wark ( see below ). Join enlisted in the West Riding Regt., as no 16979 and later joined the Kings (Liverpool Regt.,) as Pte., 49832. He was KIA on 31 July 1917 aged 26 and is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres along with many other Commonwealth casualties whose final resting place is known only unto their God.
Samuel Warke Samuel another son to Matthew and Bertha of Woodlesford. Samuel enlisted in Leeds, joining like his brother, the West Riding Regt., as no 16978. He later, again like his brother joined the Kings (Liverpool Regt.,) as Pte., 49831- if you notice the numbers, Samuel enlisted immediately before John and was transferred immediately before him too ! . Samuel was KIA on 24 July 1917 aged 19, a few short days before John and months after James. Samuel is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.
Charles Wm Wilson Charles was born in Thorp Arch and enlisted in Kippax. He joined the KOYLI as Pte., 202362. He was KIA on 5 May 1917 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial.


The men that worked for England they have their graves at home and bees and birds of England above the cross can roam.

But they that fought for England, following a falling star. Alas, alas, for England they have their graves afar

extract from a poem by G K Chesterton


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