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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Pete Conroy 2006

The Memorial can be found at the junction of Henlow Lane and Main Street in Westow village (GR754652). It is in the form of a tall Celtic style wheel granite cross on a square plinth, with a three stepped base, set into a recess in the wall and protected by railings. There are seventeen names for World War 1 and four for World War 2. The memorial was unveiled on 10th April 1920 by Lieut.-Col. The Honourable Tatton Willoughby.

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[Listed as Private] Gunner 165468, 402nd Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 21st October 1917. Aged 29. Son of the late William and Mary Bielby, of Westow Grange, Kirkham Abbey, York; husband of Gertrude Bielby, of Marton, Gainsborough, Lincs. In 1901 Albert Bielby, aged 13, was living at Westow Grange with his father William who was a farmer, five brothers and a sister. Buried CANADA FARM CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row F. Grave 20. Also commeorated on a grave at Westow Parish Church, plot C40, "Albert Bielby Died 21/10/1917 aged 23years, Gunner R.F.A. – Husband of Gertrude Bielby".


Frederick Robert

Private 22883, 10th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Killed in action in Flanders 12 July 1916. Aged 22. Enlisted at Malton, resided Kirkham Abbey. Born Ollerton (Notts) in 1894. Son of John Brown and Ann (nee Lawrence) Brown, a hostler and coal miner at coal mines Ollerton, Notts. Frederick’s grandparents Benjamin and Ellen Lawrence at the Cowman’s Cottage, Kirkham Estate, KirkhamYorkshire. After his grandfather died in 1910 Frederick went to live with his grandmother at the Kirkham Estate and worked as a woodsman on the estate. In the 1911 censu he was aged 17, born Ollerton, Notts., a Woodman on estate, grandson of Ellen Lawrence, resident The Stables, Kirkham Abbey, Kirkham, Yorkshire & Yorkshire (North Riding). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.



Corporal - No further information currently available


Thomas [Henry]

Private 76535, 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 21st October 1918. Aged 18. Son of Mrs. Margaret Ann Davison, of Westow, York. In the 1901 census, aged 1, he, his mother an siblings were living with his grandfather William Bielby at Westow Grange (see A Bielby above). Commemorated on the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 9.


William [Wilfred]

Private 3309, 16th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 21st March 1918. Aged 30. In the 1901 census he was a domestic page boy aged 13 and living with his father William (a tailor), his mother Sarah and sisters Edith and Amy. Son of William and Sarah Duff, of Westow, Kirkham Abbey, York. Buried FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 12.



Private 3105089, 4th Battaloion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 20 October 1918. Aged 32. Born 10 November 1885. Son of Robert and Sarah Fletcher, of Westow, Yorks., England; husband of Blanche Fletcher, of Jesup, Iowa, U.S.A. Farmer by trade. Attested 3rd October 1917 in Toronto, Canada, aged 32 years 10 months, height 5 feet 2¼ inches, 144¼lbs, chest 35 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Presbyterian. Embarked aboard H.M.T. Ajana at Halifax 18th May 1918, disembarked at Liverpool 27th May 1918. Buried on the East boundary of HASNON CHURCHYARD, Nord, France. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3144 - 17


(Honourable) Joclyne C W Savile

[Spelt FOLJAMBE on CWGC and other records] Captain (Brevet Major), 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died 6th April 1916. Aged 34. Son of 4th Earl of Liverpool (1st of second creation), P.C., and Countess of Liverpool. Educated Eton College, left 1900. In 1901 the family was living at Kirkham Hall. Major Foljambe was a student (‘Gentleman Cadet’) at Sandhurst Military Academy, full name given as Josceline, Charles, William Savil Foljambe, aged 18 and born in London. Mentioned in despatches three times. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 26 and 63.


William Godfrey Willoughby

[Listed as 2nd Lieutenant on memorial] Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Died 16th May 1915. Aged 32. Son of William Henry Garforth, and the Hon. Mrs. Garforth, M.B.E., of Malton, Yorks. His birth was registered in Quarter 1, 1883, in Malton. And the 1891 census shows him having been born in Settrington and living there with his family at Settrington House the home of his grandmother Julia Lady Middleton. There is no obvious entry for him in the 1901 census when his family was living at Swinton Grange near Malton. Buried in PONT-DU-HEM MILITARY CEMETERY, LA GORGUE, NBord, France. Plot X. Row C. Grave 12.



Private Sunley GricePrivate 42073, 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Died 17th April 1918. Aged 26. Son of Mrs. Mary Ann Simpson, of Westow, York. In the 1901 census he was aged 9 and living with his widowed mother, grandmother and three sisters in Westow. There is also an entry for him in the Worcestershire Regiments own Roll of Honour (note that here his Regimental number is shown as 42973. Commemorated on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 5.

Photograph courtesy and copyright © Wendy Grice - 2006,
Sunley Grice’s Great Great Niece


Ernest Henry

Private 21922, 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died 18th August 1916. Aged 30. Son of Isaac and Sarah Jane Haykings. In the 1901 census (under the surname Haykins) he was 17 and an apprentice whitesmith living in Malton with his father Isaac (a gardener), mother and five brothers and sisters. Buried in SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No. 2, Somme, France. Plot XXXIV. Row L. Grave 11.


James Isaac

Private (Motor Driver) 36031, 14th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Died from Infective Roseola, Pneumonia and Heart Failure in Prees Heath Military Hospital, Whitchurch, 27th March 1916 aged 30. Born 17th December 1885 at Croft Ends, Long Marton, Cumbria. His brother John Langhorn was present at his death, of 7 Bateman Street, Horwich, Bolton. Son of Lancelot Langhorn and the late Elizabeth Langhorn, of Southview, Westow, York. Born at Brampton, Croft Ends, Appleby, Westmorland. In the 1901 census John B Langhorn was aged 13 and living in Heversham, Westmoreland with his father Lancelot (a coachman and domestic gardener) and sister. The probate on his estate valued it at £179 14s. 7d. His father is buried at Westow Church. Buried in WHITCHURCH CEMETERY, Shropshire. Grave 147. Also commemorated on the memorial at Great Sutton, Wirral.



Lance Corporal - No further information currently available


George S

Private - Probably George B Masterman, Lance Corporal 28476, 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment. Died 26th September 1917. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 47 to 48 and 163A. There are no family details to confirm. possible 1901 census entry is for the Masterman family living at Carthagena in Menethorpe. The father, John was a farm worker and the family includes mother Elizabeth and seven children including George who was 12 and John who was 1.



Private - Probably J.J. Masterman, Private 76568, 12th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died 12th Ocotber 1918. Buried in NEUVILLY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 18. There are no family details to confirm. See note on G.B. Masterman above for possible census details.



[Listed as Sergeant on memorial] Lance Serjeant 67678, 208th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 27th November 1917. Aged 25. Son of Waters and Lily Richman, of Ivy Cottage, Menethorpe, Malton, Yorks. Native of Scrayingham, Stamford Bridge, York. In the 1901 census he was 8 and living in Howsham with his father Waters, a coachman/groom, mother, brother and two sisters. Buried at ANNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave 7.


James Thursby

2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). Died 20th July 1916. Aged 20. Son of Maj. H. H. Roberts, of Westow Croft, Kirkham Abbey, York. There is no obvious entry in 1901 census. Buried in NETLEY MILITARY CEMETERY, Hampshire. Officers' graves number 1818.



Corporal - probably B Snowball, Corporal 2310, 5th Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died 9th May 1915. Buried in LE TROU AID POST CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot/Row/Section F. Grave 11. There are no family details to confirm. In 1901 census Bertie Snowball, aged 13, was living with his Father James (a farm bailiff), mother Elizabeth and 5 brothers and sisters in Baildon. James and Elizabeth are buried at Westow Church.





Sergeant - No further information currently available


Leslie [Smith]

Ordinary Seaman P/JX 275110, H.M.S. Hollyhock, Royal Navy. Lost when his ship was bombed and sunk 9th April 1942. Aged 33. Son of Thornas and Mary Alice Duck, of Westow, Yorkshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 65, Column 3.

Note: H.M.S. Hollyhock was a Royal Navy corvette of the Flower class. H.M.S. Hollyhock, (Lieut.-Commander. T.E. Davies, OBE, RNR) was bombed and sunk east of Ceylon on 9th April 1942 along with the aircraft carrier H.M.S. Hermes, the destroyer H.M.A.S. Vampire and two tankers. The attacking aircraft came from the Japanese aircraft carriers Soryu, Hiryu and Akagi.



Sapper 11004032, Royal Engineers. Died of wounds 11th January 1947. Aged 42. Son of Albert and Mary Lee; husband of Margaret Annie Lee, of Burnholme, York. Buried in ST. MARY CHURCHYARD, WESTOW, Yorkshire.



Guardsman 14693730, 3rd Battalion, Irish Guards. Died 22nd September 1944. Aged 19. Son of Mark and Eliza Thistleton, of Firby, Whitwell, Yorkshire. Buried in ARNHEM OOSTERBEEK WAR CEMETERY, Gelderland, Netherlands. Plot 11. Row C. Grave 1.

Note: The Irish Guards were part of the ground force of Operation Market Garden, Market being the airborne assault, Garden the ground assault. The Irish Guards Group were commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Vandeleur, played by Michael Caine in the movie "A Bridge Too Far". The Irish Guards led XXX Corps in their advance towards Arnhem, which was the objective of the British 1st Airborne Division, the furthest from XXX Corps. The Corps crossed the Belgian-Dutch border, advancing from Neerpelt on the 17th September but met very heavy resistance from German forces prepared with anti-tank weapons. Most of the tanks advancing with the initial troops were hit and destroyed. As a result the advance was much slower than planned. The Corps then camped at Valkenswaard. Early the following day recce units of the Guards Division made contact with the 101st Airborne who had liberated Eindhoven, the rest of the Corps reached the city later that day. The Corps were now camped outside Son while the Royal Engineers built a Bailey bridge so that the Corps could cross the Wilhelmina Canal and advance to Nijmegen. The bridge was completed the following day.

Later that day the Guards Division, led by the Irish Guards, reached Nijmegen where the 82nd Airborne Division was located. Their advance had to be halted, for the 82nd had not taken the bridge as intended. The bridge was finally captured in the evening of the 20th. On the 21st, the British Paras at Arnhem, heavily outnumbered and outgunned, had to surrender on the 21st, after many days fighting that saw true heroism and courage, XXX Corps had been just an hour from the bridge at Arnhem but had to wait for the arrival of the 43rd Infantry Division. Further fighting took place until the 25th, it was, at times, a truly tragic campaign.

Last updated 10 November, 2020

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