Aireborough Historical Society

1914 - 1918 Aireborough Boys Part 07 - Firth - Emsley - Mellor - Ibbitson - Hobson - Eastwood - Forkins - Thackray - Coultas - Stewart - Teale

John Ibbitson. Killed in action in France July 14th 1916George Teale
Taken from a scrap book of newspaper cuttings showing local Aireborough men who were soldiers in the First World War
Date 1914-1918
Location Aireborough
Photo ID
Additional information has been given to us by Ken Roberts

Firth - Emsley - Mellor
On this occasion we have no information on the CWGC Register regarding a Frank Emsley who is shown in the newspaper as being from Yeadon and who was killed in the First World War.

Pte Turner Mellor is not shown and we can assume that he returned home after the war.

Irwin Firth
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1897
Age at Enlistment: 19
Birth Parish: Yeadon
Birth County: York
Document Year: 1916
Regimental Number: 26552
Regiment Name: Royal Horse Artillery
Number of images: 18
Grocer’s assistant of 13 Town St. Yeadon. Son of Fred Firth of this address.
Awarded MM. Survived.

Susie Johnson commented on our facebook page 'There is a Marjorie Emsley and a Judith Emsley both in Girl Guiding still in Yeadon/Horsforth area, wonder if he's an uncle of theirs?'

Sent to us by Paul Aireton

'Killed in action in France July 14th 1916, Pte John Ibbitson, West Yorkshire Reg (Leeds Pals) aged 39 years.
Eldest and dearly loved son of Edwin & Mary Ibbitson, Heatherfield, Yeadon Nr Leeds'.

Hobson - Eastwood - Forkins

As we do not have any information on Pte.G W Hobson or Pte. R. Forkins we can assume that these boys came home after the war.
Sadly we do have information about Private Benjamin Eastw...ood.

Rank: Private
Service No: 5881
Date of Death: 03/07/1916
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
1st/5th Bn.
Grave Reference: II. D. 19.
Additional Information:
Son of Thomas and S. E. Eastwood, of 11, Queen St., Yeadon, Leeds.

Edwin Thackray

The photo and information has been supplied to us by Alan Thackray.

'My uncle Edwin, his family still live in Guiseley.
The only information I have on Edwin Thackray is that he was killed on hill 70 near Loos, he has no known grave his name is listed on a panel at Dud End Corner cemetery Loos, missing in action. '

Coultas - Stewart

All three of these boys can be found on the 1911 census but have no military record, so, it's safe to assume that they survived and came home.
I can only reproduce the newspaper clippings as t...hey appear in the scrap book so two photographs for three names I am afraid.

Pte. Joseph M Coultas.
Sapper. Benjamin Coultas, brother of the above.
Pte. Wilfred Stewart, born Guiseley. Lived in Yeadon
George Teale

David Teale has provided today's information and photo.

George Teale, older brother of Granville Teale (uncle of the donor of this image David Teale). ...
In 1916 he was serving with the 9th KOYLI (Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) on the Somme near Fricourt.
It was one of the first units to achieve an advance on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, Fricourt lies towards the southern part of the front on which the British attacked on 1st July 1916. The 9th and 10th Brigades of KOYLI were in the front line.
On the 16th of September the 9th Battalion were engaged in an attack on Courcette in the offensive towards Guedecourt, tanks were used here for the first time by the British Army.
Enemy machine gun fire caused many casualties, from the 7th, 8th and 9th Battalions there were over 800 men killed or wounded including George who has no known grave as his body was never found.

From Ken Roberts:
Service No:12876

Date of Death:16/09/1916
Regiment/Service: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
9th Bn.
Panel Reference: Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A.


Jayne chew
Jayne chew
My family were Forkin. Maybe R Forkin was one of ours. I’l try find out
07 November 2018
Mark Forkin
Mark Forkin
Following Jayne Chew's comment, Richard Forkins was my grandfather on my dad's side and I believe he was injured in WW1 but luckily survived.
I know little about him as he died when my dad was very young.
07 November 2018
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