Aireborough Historical Society

1914 - 1918 Aireborough Boys Part 02 - Roberts - Rigg - Denison - Fickling - Illingworth - Wharton

Herbert Roberts
Henry RiggThe Five Sons of Arthur Denison
Aireborough Men Serving in the First World War
Date 1914-1918
Location Aireborough
Photo ID
Taken from two albums made up of newspaper cutting from that time.
With additional information from Ken Roberts.
Comment Top: Private Herbt. Roberts
Because this man lived through the war (thankfully) it is very difficult to trace him through service records on line.
Here is an entry from the 1911 census.

Herbert Roberts
Age in 1911: 14
Estimated Birth Year: 1897
tion to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Carlton, Yorkshire, England
Civil Parish: Yeadon
County/Island: Yorkshire-West Riding
Country: England
Street Address: 42 Football Yeadon Yorks
Occupation: Sprigger In Boot Factory

Upper Middle: Signaller H.B.Rigg
Service No:
Date of Death:24/11/1917
Regiment/Service:Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
S.S. "Dunrobin."
Panel Reference: 27.
Additional Information:
Son of John L. and Anna Rigg, of 12, Ivegate Yeadon, Leeds.
17 Dec 1897
Birth Place: Rawdon, Yorks
Branch of Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Cause of Death: Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action
Official Number Port Division: Tyneside Z/10802. (Ch)
Death Date: 24 Nov 1917
Ship or Unit: SS Dunrobin
Location of Grave: Not recorded
Name and Address of Cemetery: Body Not Recovered For Burial
Relatives Notified and Address: Father: 12, Ivegate, Yeadon, Leeds

Lower Middle: These are 5 sons of Mr. Arthur Denison of Harper Terrace, Yeadon.
Left to right:

Private. Sam Denison - Killed
Service No:41421
Date of Death:09/06/1917
Regiment/Service:Northumberland Fusiliers
26th (Tyneside Irish) Bn.
Panel Reference: Bay 2 and 3.
Additional Information:
Son of Arthur and Mary Ann Denison, of 17, Harper Terrace, Yeadon, Leeds.

Lance-Corpl. George Denison - Twice Wounded

Gunner. Stephen Denison - With Salonica Forces

It may not seem to be much, and probably not worth recording, but as I say 'All History Matters' and so, into our digital records goes a request from Stephen Denison who we featured earlier titled "The Five Sons of Arthur Denison"
It does strike a bit of a bell doesn't it, as in 1933 Stephen is asking for his war medals for his service to King and Country in Afghanistan!

Stephen Denison,

Enrolled at Keighley,18/4/1916, Regiment of Artillery, (RH & RFA)
Aged 23 years & 11 months. Employment: Warp twister.
5’5 1/4” tall. Chest expanded 36 ½ "
Religion, C of E.
Next of kin, Arthur Denison, Father, 20 Harper Terrace, Yeadon.

Military History. Mediterranean 1916. North West Frontier, 1919

Letter submitted by Stephen December 30, 1933

Dear Sirs,
AS I was a Gunner in the 101st battery, RFA (Royal Field Artillery) from 1917 to 1919 & took part in the Afghanistan campaign in 1919, can you tell me why I have not received a medal for those services. I think you will find in the record that the battery was in the command of Major C H E Wilson. I am not living at the same address as is stated in the records, but my address for all correspondence is as follows.
I thank you for an early reply.
Mr. Stephen Denison
1 Carlton Terrace, Yeadon.

Letter from RFH Records Office, Woolwich Dockyard dated 5/2/1934.

Dear Sir,
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated 30/12/1933 & subsequent correspondence relative to the award of the Indian General Service Medal with clasp
"Afghanistan, NWF, 1919” & in reply inform you that your application has been submitted to the War Office for consideration.

If approved the decoration will be forwarded to you direct from that office & no further application will be necessary.

Yours faithfully, WEG Williams, Captain

Further record.

Embarked Devonport 23.9.1916
Disembarked Salonica 5/10/1916
Embarked for India 23/10/1917

Was admitted to hospital with Malaria 11 May 1918, discharged 18/5/1918, given Quinine
And again in Hyderabad with Jaundice, 9/1/1919, discharged 5/2/1919. given a purgative, a milk diet, & rest & recuperation.

Transferred to Army Reserve 16/1/1920, Woolwich.

Other information is unreadable. This notes comes from records known as the Burnt Records. They were badly damaged in the Second War Blitz. Many pages are fire damaged.

Driver. James Denison - In Training

James was a driver. Drivers invariably drove horses pulling field artillery up to the front line. A very dangerous job.

Res. Wardmaster. Fred Denison - On Hospital Ships

Bottom: Fickling: Illingworth: Wharton: Sykes:
Guiseley Brothers, Uncles and Cousins.


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