The Cost – 23 to 30 April 1917

Also See 1917 casualties (MRF)

JOSEPH AIKEN   27                           23-04-17               Corporal               “B” Coy. 17th Bn.              France  ‘8043’     ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of the late Joseph and Eleanor Aiken. Resident 11 Millom Square Hulme. Educated at Nicholls School Ardwick.

ALBERT JAMES  BAILEY                                  23-04-17               Corporal               17th Bn.               France  ‘8064’     CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL                       Birth Place:  Smallthorne, Burslem Enlistment Place:  Manchester Type of Casualty:  Killed in action Widow Edith nee Holt £13 WG. Warehouseman Married Newton Heath 3/4/1915. Born 5/4/1895. Parents Albert James and Amelia. Warehouseman Heavy Drapery 346 Oldham Road Newton Heath in 1911.

ALFRED BAUMBER                                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘34820’  ARRAS MEMORIAL Resident The “smithy” Flixton Rd Flixton has been killed in action at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 26. Joined the Battalion, on 12th July 1916. Father William. A soap maker. (MRF)

AARON BIBBY    34                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47158’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          (Served as WILKINSON, John). Son of Mrs. Arm Jane Bibby, of 74, Marsh Green, Wigan. Colliery labourer. Wigan Centotaph.

FRED      BIRD      22                           23-04-17               Serjeant               17th Bn.               France  ‘43151’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of John and Catherine Bird, of 30, Nelson St., Accrington.  Missing presumed Killed in Action.

FREDERICK          BLAIR                                    23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47429’  ARRAS MEMORIAL Death presumed. Enlisted Manchester. Brother William and Sister Mary Ann received Effects. £5 WG. Parents also William & Mary Ann. Born 1/7/1894. Resident with brother 53 Ludlow Street C On M, employed Warehouseman Cotton Goods in 1911. No Star. Only 17th Bttn.

FRED      BLAKELEY             22           M M      23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ’17/8079′              COJEUL BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. MARTIN-SUR-COJEUL    Eldest Son of Mr. J. R. and Mrs. S. A. Blakeley, of 20, Arthur St., Prestwich, Manchester. Initially posted missing. ‘He has fought a good fight’ Memorial in St Mary’s Prestwich: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8kVokDWaEFihyRkTA

THOMAS              BOOTH 27                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘34439’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Booth, of Boggat Hole Farm, Higher Blackley, Manchester; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Booth, of 165, Earle St., Longsight, Manchester.  Missing presumed dead.

JIM         BRINDLEY                                            23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43219’  ARRAS MEMORIAL 53, Fence St Macclesfield has been killed at Wancourt aged 26. A cotton weaver. Joined the Battalion on the 1-9-16. (MRF)

THOMAS              BURTON                                              23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘34826’  ARRAS MEMORIAL 34, Clegg St Rochdale Rd Manchester is reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 20. (MRF)

JOHN     CARROLL              37                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘34955’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of Sarah Jane Carroll, of 6, Poole St., Hulme, Manchester, and the late Edward Carroll.

FRANK  COLLINSON        29                           23-04-17               Corporal               17th Bn.               France  ‘18346’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of Sarah Ann Collinson, of 70, Grey Mare Lane, Bradford, Manchester, and the late James Collinson.

Cuerden F J Wigan Observer 28.12.1918

Cuerden F J Wigan Observer 28.12.1918 © http://archives.wigan.gov.uk ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

FREDERICK JAMES           CUERDEN                                            23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘36152’  ARRAS MEMORIAL.  Missing assumed killed in action. Born Pemberton, Wigan, Lancs, Enlisted Wigan. Son of John (Deceased) and Annie Kilshaw Cuerden. Resident 705 Ormskirk Rd Pemberton in 1911 employed as Cotton Spinner. Worked in spining room at May Mill, Pemberton

JOHN JAMES      DUFF     36                           23-04-17               Serjeant               “A” Coy. 17th Bn.             France  ‘18385’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Missing presumed dead. Son of Robert and Catherine Duff, of Cheetham; husband of Mary Jane Gower (formerly Duff, nee Clancy), of 47, Honey St., Cheetham, Manchester. Four children.  Window cleaner. St Chad’s Memorial, Cheetham.

HERBERT              DWYER 28                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘34008’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of John and Elizabeth Dwyer. 8, Ashwood Ave Gorton has been reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April. His body was found and buried by men of the 42nd Machine Gun Corps. Listed on the Arras memorial. Aged 28. Joined the Battalion on the 14th July 1916. A grocer’s manager. Parents: John and Elizabeth. (MRF)

AIFRED GEORGE               EDWARDS           27                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘31181’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of Mrs. J. Edwards, of 1, Connaught Rd., Newbury, Berks. Royal Berkshire Regiment

CARL OTTO         EFFERT                                  23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘41639’  ARRAS MEMORIAL 71, Sussex St Brighton was reported missing on 23rd April, at Wancourt. Pte 8235 H.N Mattock, [same unit] wrote to Pte Efferts sister, and told her, “I saw your brother hit, but I don’t know what became of him afterwards. He didn’t answer the roll call. Parents Carl, Otto and Ellen. Aged 21. (MRF)

JOSEPH FARRELL               28                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47219’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of John and Sarah Farrell, of Blackburn; husband of Clara B. Farrell, of 145, Adswood Rd., Stockport.

WILLIAM GRIFFIN            FRANCIS              35                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘41658’  COJEUL BRITISH CEMETERY, ST. MARTIN-SUR-COJEUL     Husband of Caroline Elizabeth Francis, of Salcot, Witham, Essex. Wharf cottage Salcot, Essex fell on 17th April, aged 37. Leaves a widow and a daughter Vera. A small-holder.
JOSEPH GRANGE                                              23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘36539’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

BERTIE  GRAY                                     23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43297’  ARRAS MEMORIAL 86, Ravilla Rd Selly park Birmingham has been reported missing, assumed killed, on the 23rd April aged 19. Father George. Joined the battalion on the 1-9-16. (MRF)

ALBERT HALL                       30               23-04-17               Serjeant               17th Bn.               France  ‘43305’  CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL                       Birth Place:  Kilburn, Middlesex Residence:  Watford, Herts Enlistment Place:  London 5/9/1914.Carman on trams.  Prison Wormwood Scrubbs for absence 11/5/1915.  Released 13/10/1915. Posted 9th RBR 25/7/1915.  5th RBR BEF 30/6/1916. Embarked Folkestone 1/7/1916. 46IBD Rouen 3/7/1916. Att 17th Bttn 10/7/1916. Unpaid L/Cpl 30/7/1916  Transferred 17th Bttn 1/9/1916. Sgt 12/10/1916 (Flers)  Leg Injury 5/11/1916 – duty 24/11/1916. Further injury 26/1/1917 – duty 24/1/1917 Missing Type of Casualty:  Killed in action Comments:  Formerly 12078, Royal Berks Regt. No Star. Only 17th Bttn Roll. Wife Maud nee Down Married Watford 16/11/1912. One daughter Elsie Maud 60 Vicarage Road 17/8/1908. Maud lived in Watford then Tring after his death. Royal Berkshire Regiment

J AMES             HALL                                      23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  43230′ 43232       WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY                           Birth Place:  Manchester Regimental Number:  43232 Type of Casualty:  Killed in action Comments:  Formerly 17505, South Lancs Regt. 6, Topley St Queens Park Manchester has been reported wounded and missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 21. A warehouseman. (MRF)

SAMUEL               HAMER 23                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘9185’     CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL       Son of Randall and Betty Hamer, of 18, York St., Rochdale. Born at Stalybridge. Resident 111, Mottram Road Stalybridge. Reported wounded and missing.

ROBERT                HARGREAVES                                    23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ‘43231’  ARRAS MEMORIAL [marksman] of 598, Blackburn Rd Bolton was killed at Wancourt on the23rd April aged 25. Leaves a widow: Vangeline.

JOHN     HARRIS                                 23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47438’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

HARRY  HARVEY                29                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘41609’  CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL       C Company. Son of Owen and Annie Harvey; husband of Edith Ethel Harvey, of “Sunnyside,” Sands, High Wycombe, Bucks.

ERNEST EDWARD             HILLS     29                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn France  ‘41631’  CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL       Son of Albert Edward and Francis Hills; husband of Nellie May Hills, of 26, Milton Rd., Margate, Kent.

ARTHUR               HORNE 28                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43420’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of George Horne. 23, Parkfield Rd South Harrow was reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April aged 34. (MRF)

JAMES  HUDSPITH           25                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘39531’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hudspith, of Leigh, Lancs. Resident Post Nook, Twist Lane Leigh is listed as missing on the 23rd April aged 25. Leaves a Widow Annie and a daughter Margaret.

OWEN CADWALADER       JONES   24                           23-04-17               Corporal               “D” Coy. 17th Bn.             France  ‘8201’                ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of the late Evan and Mary E. Jones.

HENRY             KELLY                                     23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘5193’  (5293 SDGW)   CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL          Formerly 12th Battalion, arrived France 16/7/1915.  Widow Martha £12 WG

PERCY   KIRKHAM                                            23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘32448’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

HERBERT EDWARD           KNIGHT                21                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43422’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of Herbert Edward and Elizabeth Annie Knight, of “Avondale”, Doyle Gardens, Harlesden London. Resident 15, Liddell Gardens, Kensal Rise is reported missing at Wancourt on the 23rd April. A confectioner’s shop assistant.

LOUIS    LEDGER                30                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘8712’     ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of George and Mary Ann Ledger.

THOMAS              LOFTUS                25                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘36937’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of James Henry Loftus and Elizabeth Loftus, of 19, Branson St., Ancoats, Manchester.

JOHN     LOMAX                                 23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘39979’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

ROBERT HAYHURST   LOWE                   34                 23-04-17               Serjeant               17th Bn.               France  ‘43240’  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY A former member of 3rd Volunteer Battalion Cheshire Regiment, Robert Lowe was employed as an estate when he re-enlisted as part of Kitchener’s New Army in the South Lancashire Regiment, number 16701, on 18 January 1915. He was 32 years & 4 months old and lived 9 St Mary’s Street, Latchford, Warrington. Robert trained with 3rd (Reserve) Battalion at Crosby from 3 February 1915. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 23 April and Acting Sergeant of Musketry on 21 July. 3rd Battalion was originally intended as a training unit for 1st and 2nd Regular Army Battalions, yet as time progressed men were posted to a wide range of Battalions. Robert was part of draft of reinforcements to Gallipoli with 6th (Service) Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, which had landed on 4 August. He disembarked on 28 August and retained the rank of Acting Sergeant. Robert contracted dysentry and was admitted to hospital on 23 October. He was evacuated to Malta for treatment and shipped home on board Hospital Ship Egypt on 22 November. Robert was treated in the War Hospital at Whitchurch, Cardiff from 29 November to 18 December and posted to the Regimental Depot on 22 December. He returned to duty with 3rd Battalion on 29 December 1915 where he was treated for Colitis in January 1916. Presumably having recovered to full fitness, Robert disembarked at Boulogne on 23 June 1916, posted to 7th Battalion. The draft were sent 19th Infantry Brigade Depot at Etaples on 24 June. The Big Push later known as the Battle of the Somme began on 1st July 1916 and the Army had to quickly find reinforcements for the units in the line.  A draft of more than 40 men from the South Lancashire Regiment were sent as reinforcments to 17th Battalion Manchester Regiment, on the Somme. 17th Manchesters had taken part in the succesful advance on Montauban and subsequent assault on Trones Wood, suffering significant casualties. Drafts arrived from numerous Regiments and the South Lancs men will have been particularly welcome – as seasoned veterans with front line experience and having Lancashire roots. 17th Manchesters supported 90th Brigade’s assault on the fortress village of Guillemont in which there were more losses, including three men attached from 7th South Lancs. Robert Lowe and the other men who had been attached to the Battalion were officially transferred to 17th Manchesters on 1 September 1916 and Robert received the new number, 43240. The Battalion was withdrawn from the advance until 12 October, when a failed assualt was made north of Flers, in which one of the former South Lancs men was killed. Another man from Robert Lowe’s draft died on 30 December 1916. Robert’s rank of Sergeant was confirmed on 18 January 1917. 17th Manchesters took part in a large scale assault on German positions near the Hindenburg Line, east of of Arras, on 23 April 1917. The Battalion incurred severe casaulties, including Robert Low, who died, with four other former South Lancs men. He was originally posted missing (father informed on 31 May) and later confirmed as killed in action when his remains were later identied.  His death was confirmed in a casualty report on 18 July 1917.  Robert is recorded a being buried in Signal Trench Cemetery, alongside former S Lancs’ 43232 James Hall, 43263 Reginald Thompson. The cemetery was located on the north side of the Heninel – Fontaine Road, @ 200 yards south of the Cherisy crossroads , south of CWGC Cherisey East Cemetery.  The burials at Signal trench could not be identified after hostilities and the men are commemorated with Special Memorial headstones at Wancourt British Cemetery. Robert is also commemorated on the Church Of Our Lady Of The Assumption, Latchford Cheshire.  He was the son of Incorporated Accountant, Robert and Mary H Lowe deceased of Latchford Lodge, Latchford, Warrington. The couple’s other children were Agnes (later Beckett resident Canada) Mary H (deceased) and Austin Lowe. Effects to Alice Eva Walsh of 52 Green Street, Warrington. Alice may have been Robert’s sweetheart. She never married and died in Warrington in 1971. Thanks to Robert’s great niece, Martine Goodrich and her family, for inspiring this research.

HENRY  McLINDEN          24                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘8738’     ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of Patrick and Agnes McLinden, of 20, Moncrieffe St., Bolton, Lancs.

DAVID             MORRIS               23                           23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ‘43248’  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY          Son of David and Jane Morris, of Sutton, St. Helens; husband of Emily Davies (formerly Morris), of 39, Allanson St., Parr, St. Helens, Lancs.  £9 10- WG. Born & enlisted St Helens. Killed in Action. Formerly 16741, South Lancs Regt.

FREDERICK          OAKENFULL                                        23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘41689’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

FRANCIS              O’CONNOR         22                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43198’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of Francis and Elizabeth O’Connor, of 33, Edith St., Consett, Co. Durham.

WALTER HARVEY              PALMER               19                           23-04-17               Second Lieutenant          17th Bn.               France                  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of A. W. and Kate Palmer, of 51, Wilmslow Rd., Withington, Manchester.

CHARLES FREDERICK       PARKER                33                           23-04-17               Private  “B” Coy. 17th Bn.              France  ‘34307’                ARRAS MEMORIAL

THOMAS              PEDLEY                                 23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ‘47434’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

JAMES  POTKIN                                                23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘45006’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

Potts G F

2/Lt G F Potts in 1915

GEOFFREY FILDES             POTTS   23                           23-04-17               Lieutenant          17th Bn.               France                  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY          Son of William Edward and Emily A. J. Potts, of “Sannox,” Poulton-le-Fylde, Preston.  See http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=9266.0;attach=21617
& Ley’s School War Memorial & Geoffrey Fildes Potts

JOHN     PRENDERGAST  26                           23-04-17               Lance Corporal  “C” Coy. 17th Bn.              France  ‘15482’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of Richard and Sarah Prendergast, of 16, Webster St., Oldham; husband of Mary Anne Hearne (formerly Prendergast), of 9, Naseby St., Oldham.

Percy Gordon Ramsden

Percy Gordon Ramsden courtesy Nancy Owen https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/3654170

PERCY GORDON  RAMSDEN                                           23-04-17               Corporal               17th Bn.               France  ‘8834’     CUCKOO PASSAGE CEMETERY, HENINEL  Trained X Pln C Coy.    Younger brother Norman Wood Ramsden was killed on 1st July 1916 at Montauban, serving with the 17th Bttn.   Norman had transferred from the KORL after enlisting. See Three Ramsden Brothers

DOUGLAS            RATCLIFF             25                           23-04-17               Corporal               17th Bn.               France  ‘8844’     ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Ratcliff, of “Ashleigh”, Park Rd., Timperley, Cheshire.

ROBERT                RICHARDSON     25                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43363’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of William and Jane Richardson, of 6, “D” Block, Vine Street Buildings, Tooley St., Borough, London.

JAMES B.             RITCHIE                39                           23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ‘47433’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Husband of Annie Ritchie, of 9, Regent St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.

Roberts V H 17th & Dawson 19th Bttn

V H Roberts Remembered with Honour Cherisy Road East Cemetery, Heninel

VINCENT HAMER               ROBERTS                                              23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘30218’  CHERISY ROAD EAST CEMETERY, HENINEL

FERGUS                RONALD               25           Mentioned in Despatches            23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.                France  ‘8850’     ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of John Andrew and Elizabeth Ronald (nee Bruce), of 52, Hall St., Moston, Manchester.

ERNEST ROSTRON                                            23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ‘34692’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

ARTHUR               SCHOFIELD          28                           23-04-17               Private  “B” Coy. 17th Bn.              France  ‘39959’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of William and Sarah Schofield; husband of Amelia Ann Moody (formerly Schofield), of 12, Olive St., Harpurhey, Manchester.

EDWARD              SEABORN                                            23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ‘27606’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Hus, band of Clara Seaborn, of 45, Dunkirk St., Droylsden, Manchester.

DOUGLAS            SIMISTER                                             23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47351’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of Thomas and Emma Simister, of Stalybridge.

WILLIAM IVES    STAFFORD                                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘45005’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

JAMES ABNER   STANSFIELD        32                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘35158’  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY          Son of James C. and Emma Stansfield; husband of Ethel Stansfield, of 45, Drummond Avenue, Blackpool, Lancs.

JAMES ALFRED  STEVENS                                              23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47327’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

ALFRED SUTTON               20                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47215’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of the late George and Margaret Ellen Sutton.

ALFRED SWALES                25                           23-04-17               Lance Corporal  “B” Coy. 17th Bn.              France  ‘30494’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of Harry and Elizabeth Swales, of 103, Windsor Rd., Oldham,.

JOSEPH TAYLOR                44                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘44565’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of the late William Henry and Mary Taylor, of 82, Bank St., Golborne, Newton-le-Willows, Lancs.

Thompson W 17th Bttn and Milne W 2nd RSF

W Thompson Remembered with Honour Cherisy Road East Cemetery, Heninel In Memory of Private 47453, 17th Bn., Manchester Regiment who died on 23 April 1917 Age 20 Son of Robert and Mary Jane Thompson.

GEORGE HENRY                THOMPSON       24                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47442’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson, of 31, Weymouth St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.

WILFRED            THOMPSON       20                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘47453’  CHERISY ROAD EAST CEMETERY, HENINEL       Son of Robert and Mary Jane Thompson.

REGINALD ALEXANDRA THOMSON          19                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43263’  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY          Son of Mr. A. E. and Mrs. E. A. Thomson, of 19a, Church St., Camberwell, London.

GEORGE SAVIGNY           TOPHILL               21                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘9345’     ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of George Savigny Tophill and Maria Ellen Tophill, of 45, Laurence St., Gorton, Manchester.

PERCY   TURNER               21                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘11010’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of the late Charles and Eliza Ann Turner, of 8, North George St., Salford, Manchester.

WALTER EDWARD            TYE                                         23-04-17               Serjeant               17th Bn.               France  ‘43346’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

WILLIAM GLADSTONE    TYLDESLEY           19                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘46598’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of the late Ralph Tyldesley, of Tyldesley, Manchester.

HENRY  UPTON                                 23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘27586’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

GEORGE               UTTING                19                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘39950’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of George Harry and Elizabeth Frances Utting, of 18, Elton St., Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester.

ERNEST BOYD    VICKER 34                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘35102’  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY           Son of Frank George and Christina Vicker, of Manchester; husband of Emma McGovern (formerly Vicker), of 189, Roehampton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

ARTHUR WILLIAM            WARD   21                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43343’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                Son of Peter Collett Ward and Caroline Ward, of 11, Alford Rd., Clapham, London. SDGW & Service Record confirm Arthur had enlisted 19640 in Royal Berkshire Regiment, France 1/7/1916. 46 IBD and attached 17th Bttn 11/7/1916, prior to transfer 1/9/1916. He will have been at Guillemont and Flers. Missing assumed KIA in attack at Heninel 23/4/1917. Confirmed 13/10/1917 and reported Killed in Casualty List 6/11/1917. He had been a barman at the Fishers Pub in Sunbury – within the catchment of R Berks R. Trained with 9th Bttn and posted as 5th overseas, but never joined the Bttn.

John Hill West MEN 30.6.1917 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Originally posted missing. Later presumed dead. John Hill West © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

JOHN HILL           WEST                                     23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘33836’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

WALTER               WHALLEY             22                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘43185’  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY          Son of James and Nancy Whalley, of 50, Lyndhurst Rd., Burnley, Lancs.

GEORGE               WHITTINGHAM                25                           23-04-17               Private  “B ” Coy. 17th Bn.             France  ‘47346’                ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of George and Alice Whittingham, of 40, South Porter St., Ancoats, Manchester.

CHARLES              WILKINSON                                        23-04-17               Lance Corporal  17th Bn.               France  ‘47365’  ARRAS MEMORIAL

HOWELL               WILLIAMS           29                           23-04-17               Private  ” D ” Coy. 17th Bn.           France  ‘39963’  ARRAS MEMORIAL         Son of John and Mary Williams, of 10, Southall St., Salford; husband of Emily Williams, of 18, Cadogan St., Moss Side, Manchester.

JOHN WILLIAM WITHEY                17                           23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘36200’  WANCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY                          Born 19/5/1899 Manchester, Baptised Miles Platting, St Luke. Residence:  Oldham, Lancs  Type of Casualty:  Killed in action – Wancourt. Son of John L and Mary Ann Withey.  School pupil resident  10 John St Miles Platting in 1911. £4 10-

JAMES  WRIGHT                                               23-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘34544’  ARRAS MEMORIAL                          “Birth Place:  Manchester

Enlistment Place:  Manchester

Type of Casualty:  Killed in action”

WILLIAM              CHANT  21                           24-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               United Kingdom               ‘8461’                MANCHESTER SOUTHERN CEMETERY      Son of Mrs. Anna Chant, of 6, Heslington St., Moss Side, Manchester.    A signaller trained with III Platoon, A Company wounded in both feet and the ear at Flers on the 16th October 1916. Treated at 48th General hospital at Rouen and
died of septicaemia at the 4th General hospital, Stobhill, Glasgow See Soldiers Wills

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JOHN ROBERT    GORNER              24th Birthday                     24-04-17               Serjeant               17th Bn.               France  ‘47459’                BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX                    Birth Place:  Prestwich, Lancs 24/4/1893. Residence:  Salford, Lancs Type of Casualty:  Died of wounds. £12 10- WG, No Star only 17th Bttn. Widow Ada Baptised Manchester, St Mary, St Denys and St George Parents Edward and Mary Frances Gorner. Printer’s Apprentice resident 53 Melbourne, Broughton, Salford in 1911.

GEORGE               McNEE  19                           25-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘9234’     WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY        Son of Elizabeth McNee, of 71, High Hill View, Birch Vale, Stockport, and the late Robert McNee.

ARTHUR               WILKINSON        24           M M (LG 22/1/1917)       25-04-17               Lance Corporal  “C” Coy. 17th Bn.                France  ‘8976’     BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY, FICHEUX    Son of John and Louisa Wilkinson, of 21, Walter St., Salford, Manchester.      Died of Wounds. Trained in XI Pln. Formerly emplyed at Ryland & Sons.

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JOSEPH DODSON              34                           26-04-17               Private  17th Bn.               France  ‘39525’  MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT Son of Joseph and Mary Dodson. Native of Salford, Manchester. 60, Vere St Salford was shot in the back on 23rd April at Wancourt. He has died of wounds at 43rd CCS 3 days later

HARRY  SHAW   30                           26-04-17               Corporal               17th Bn.               France  ‘47314’  ARRAS MEMORIAL          Son of George Shaw; husband of Ann Wain Shaw, of 38, Harper St., Oldham.

BEN HOLT            MILLS                                    29-04-17               2nd Lieutenant 5th Bn. Att 17th Bn.         France

HUBERT FRANCIS             SMITH   24                           29-04-17               Serjeant               17th Bn.               France  ‘15722’                WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY           Husband of Annie Waite (formerly Smith), of 78, Ashville Terrace, Moston, Manchester.