Aireborough Historical Society

1914 - 1918 Aireborough Boys Part 05 - Wilkinson - Lee - Gooder - Verity - Rudley - Darnbrough - Dunwell - Saville - Stead - Pratt - Slater - Marshall - Brown

Aireborough Boys
Date 1914-1918
Location Aireborough
Photo ID
Detailed information kindly supplied by Ken Roberts
The Wilkinson boys did survive : Harry 26.03.1879 - 1954; Smith 22.02.1887 - 1956 Windmill Lane; James 07.12.1888 - 1962 Swaine Hill Street and Fred 10.11.1890 - 1956.
Unfortunately we do have information about Alec Lee.

Alec Lee ...
Residence: Yeadon
Death Date: 31 Jul 1917
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Halifax
Rank: Private
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps
Battalion: (Infantry)
Number: 90007
Type of Casualty: Died of wounds
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Grave Reference
V. C. 15.
Additional Information: Son of Joseph Lee, of 13, Hawthorn Crescent, Yeadon, Leeds, Yorks, and the late Annie Lee.
The Gooder's also survived: James Lavell Gooder 22.01.1898 - 1958; John Absalom Gooder 24.04.1896 - 1970 Grange Avenue.
Unfortunately we do have information on Fred Verity:
Rank: Private
Service No: 40595...
Date of Death: 22/10/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 9th Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 108 to 111.
Additional Information: Son of the late Thomas and Mary Verity.

I am happy to say that we are not able to find any information on Zac Rudley, Charles Darnbrough, Fred Dunwell or Frank Saville.
This should mean that these boys survived the war and came home.

I am happy to say that there is no information on either Wilfred Pratt or Walter Slater which should mean that these sailors survived the war and came back home to Rawdon and Yeadon.
Unfortunately we do have some detail on Telegraphist Edmund Stead

Rank: Ordinary Telegraphist
Service No: J/35189
Date of Death: 05/06/1916
Age: 17
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy. H.M.S. "Hampshire."
Panel Reference: 15.
Additional Information:
Son of Arthur and Rachel Stead

Edmund Stead
Birth Date: 29 Oct 1898
Birth Place: Otley, Yorks
Cause of Death: Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action
Location of Grave: Not recorded
Name and Address of Cemetery: Body Not Recovered For Burial
Relatives Notified and Address: Mother: Rachael, 12 Morton Terrace, Guiseley, Leeds Father, Arthur, 5 Beamsley Place, Burley, Leeds
Rachel Ann Stead, of 3, Beamsley Place, Burley, Leeds. Native of Otley, Yorks

Edmund was killed by mine explosion off the Orkneys.
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Wm. P. Marshall - Donald Slater - William Brown.

Very happy to say that there is no information on these boys so it looks as if they all three made it back home after the war.
Just as a matter of interest here the census entry for Donald Slater 5 years earlier when he was 12 years old.

1911 Census.
Donald Slater
Age in 1911: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1899
Relation to Head: Son
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Yeadon, Yorkshire, England
Street Address: 144 High Street Yeadon Nr Leeds
Occupation: School
Registration District: Wharfedale
Registration District Number: 491
Sub-registration District: Yeadon
ED, institution, or vessel: 15
Piece: 26043
Household Members: Name Age
James Edwin Slater
Sarah Ellen Slater
Donald Slater
Adeline Elizth Slater
Edna Slater


Jack Metcalfe
Jack Metcalfe
Charles Edward Darnbrough was my wife`s grandfather on her mothers side. He served in the West Yorkshire Regiment and then the 23rd Labour Corps until he was discharged in 1919 . He worked on the construction of Netherfield Road before he got a job at Peates Mill and worked there until he retired and died in 1971.
05 November 2018
Charles Edward Darnbrough's brother John was Killed in action
in 1918 and is buried at Bedford House Cemetery Near Ypres, Belgium.

My Grandma Bertha Elizabeth Darnbrough was their Sister.
16 January 2019
Helen M.
Helen M.
The Wilkinson boys did survive:
Harry 26.03.1879 - 1954
Smith 22.02.1887 - 1956 Windmill Lane
James 07.12.1888 - 1962 Swaine Hill Street
Fred 10.11.1890 - 1956 did the Gooders
James Lavell Gooder 22.01.1898 - 1958
John Absalom Gooder 24.04.1896 - 1970 Grange Avenue
08 December 2020
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