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North Ormesby (St. Joseph's) Roman Catholic is immediately adjacent to North side of Middlesbrough (North Ormesby) Cemetery that is situated at the corner of the Trunk Road, A1085, and Ormesby Road at the opposite corner of what used to be the White House Garage [there is street parking nearby]. There is no wall now between the two cemeteries.

North Ormesby (St. Joseph's) Roman Catholic Cemetery contains 66 graves from the First and Second World Wars, of which 16 are for men who served with the Yorkshire Regiment. One of these graves has two members of the same family (Joyce) in it.

Another of the graves currently has no headstone marking it, as the soldier (apparently) did not qualify for a Commonwealth War Graves headstone even though he died in 1917.

he Cross of Sacrifice in North Ormesby (St. Joseph's) RC Cemetery
The Cross of Sacrifice in North Ormesby (St. Joseph's) RC Cemetery
Photo by Edward Nicholl

The graves are as below. To view a larger photo (which opens in a new window) of each grave, click on the thumbnail image.

The family names on the Commonwealth War Grave headstones are;-

(*) No headstone, but location of the grave is known and the position indicated.

There are also several monumental inscriptions, for soldiers remembered on the memorials or headstones of their families. Select the link below to see these memorials or headstones. Ray Wilkins (<e2ray3636@ntlworld.com>) has photographed these headstones which commemorate soldiers of the Yorkshire Regiment.

Family Memorials / Headstones of Yorkshire Regiment Soldiers

The family names on the memorials / headstones are;-


Private E Callaghan. 4757 Private E Callaghan. 4757.
4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Peter and Mary Ann Callaghan; husband of Elizabeth E. Callaghan, of 83, Spencer St., Middlesbrough. Died at home 19 March 1916. Aged 32.
(Not listed in SDGW)

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Lance Corporal John Finnigan Lance Corporal John Finnigan. 9505.
Depot Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 3 November 1918.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Stan Grosvenor (<csstan@mametz.fsnet.co.uk>)

Private Phillip Fox. 22924. Private Phillip Fox. 22924.
Depot Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Margaret Fox; husband of Elizabeth Fox, of 4, Hardman St., Middlesbrough. Died 21 July 1917. Aged 33.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private Henry Handley. 25188. Private Henry Handley. 25188.
4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of the late Edward and Catherine Handley, of Middlesbrough. Died at home 12 January 1916. Aged 35.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private James Higgins Private James Higgins. 327348.
9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, formely 3671 Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Elizabeth Higgins, of 42, Lincoln St., Middlesbrough. Died 20 June 1917. Aged 46.
Enlisted Northallerton, Resided Middlesbrough.

(Behind James Higgin's headstone can be seen that of James Lowery, - see below).

Photo by Ray Wilkins (<e2ray3636@ntlworld.com>)

Private E Joyce Private E Joyce. 8946.
9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 5 March 1919. Aged 38.
(Not listed in SDGW)

also commemorated on the same headstone is
Private M Joyce. 284207. Died at home 17 October 1922. Aged 48.
(Not listed in either CWGC register or SDGW)
- see note at bottom of page regarding Private M Joyce

Photo by Stan Grosvenor (<csstan@mametz.fsnet.co.uk>)

Private Henry Kelly. 32627. Private Henry Kelly. 32627.
15th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 2 August 1916.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

No headstone at the moment. Private John James Leahy. 17215.
2nd Garrison Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 13 March 1917. Aged 48.
Born Schull (Cork - West Ireland), Enlisted West Hartlepool.
(Not listed in SDGW or GH Gazette database)

Apparently, the above soldier died of pneumonia. He had previously been discharged from the Army and was on the Reserves. When discharged he was healthy, and had presumably been discharged for family reasons. For this reason, he did not qualify for a Commonwealth War Graves headstone, even though he died during the War.

Private Leahy is buried in plot 201H in this cemetery, three plots to the North of Private Kelly's grave.

Photos below show the location of this unmarked grave.

Private James Lowery. 26298. Private James Lowery. 26298.
9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died 11 October 1917.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private Thomas Lynch. 22604. Private Thomas Lynch. 22604.
12th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died 25 October 1917.
Born South Bank (Yorks), Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Corporal Michael Lawrence McGrath. 8424 Corporal Michael Lawrence McGrath. 8424.
Yorkshire Regiment. Son of the late Thomas and Catherine McGrath; husband of Mary E. McGrath, of 4, Ironwharehouse Yard, Middlesborough. Died at home 6 August 1920. Aged 47.
(Not listed in SGW)

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private John Nolan. 8441. Private John Nolan. 8441.
1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died at home 14 April 1919. Aged 48.
(Not listed in SDGW)

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private Thomas Radigan. 12205 Private Thomas Radigan. 12205.
9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Thomas Radigan, of 48, Albert St., Middlesbrough. Died 7 June 1916. Aged 25.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private Michael Roberts. 22941. Private Michael Roberts. 22941.
Depot, Yorkshire Regiment. Died 1 August 1915.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private Daniel Trewick. 241255. Private Daniel Trewick. 241255.
5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mrs. Bridget McCann, of 33, Lincoln St., Middlesbrough. Died 29 April 1918. Aged 18.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.

Photo by Edward Nicholl

Private John Wynn. 318244. Private John Wynn. 318244.
7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Peter Wynn; husband of Catherine Wynn, of 95, Duncombe St., Middlesbrough. Died at home 17 September 1919. Aged 42.
(Not listed in SDGW)

Photo by Edward Nicholl


The Boyle Family Headstone

The Boyle Family Headstone
The Boyle Family Headstone
The Boyle Family Headstone

Photo by Ray Wilkins (<e2ray3636@ntlworld.com>)
To view larger photo of the headstones, click on the thumbnail images.
(The headstone has three faces, each with a different family name on it)

Private John Boyle. 3/8805. 9th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Died 3 February 1916.
Born Middlesbrough, Enlisted Middlesbrough.
Buried BREWERY ORCHARD CEMETERY, BOIS-GRENIER.

The inscriptions on the headstone read

OF YOUR CHARITY PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF
CATHERINE PRIOR DIED JULY 1 1925 AGED 22 YEARS
ALSO OF PATRICK PRIOR, FATHER OF THE ABOVE
DIED OCT 26 1926 AGED 69 YEARS.
ALSO NO 3/8805 PTE JOHN BOYLE
9 BAT. YORKS REG.,
KILLED IN ACTION IN FRANCE
FEB 3 1916 AGED 30 YEARS
R.I.P.
ALSO
ANNIE FOX
DIED DEC 3 1909 AGED 22 YEARS
R.I.P.


The Jennings Family Headstone

The Jennings Family Headstone
The Jennings Family Headstone

Photo by Ray Wilkins (<e2ray3636@ntlworld.com>)
To view larger photo of the headstones, click on the thumbnail images.
(Only two of the three faces ofthe headstone are shown. The face not shown is for Robert Jennings)

2nd Lieutenant William Jennings. 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Fanny Jennings, of 254, Linthorpe Rd., Middlesbrough, Yorks, and the late William Jennings. Died 31 July 1918. Aged 23.
Buried BEAUREPAIRE FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, PONTAVERT.

Flight Cadet Robert Jennings of the Royal Air Force. Killed 24 July 1918. Buried in this cemetery.

(Note : the two brothers killed within 6 days of each other)

The inscriptions on the headstone read

OF YOUR CHARITY PRAY FOR THE SOUL OF
WILLIAM, BELOVED HUSBAND OF FANNY JENNINGS,
WHO DIED FEB 22ND 1910 AGED 61 YEARS
R.I.P.
ALSO THEIR BELOVED SON ROBERT
KILLED IN AN AEROPLANE ACCIDENT
JULY 24TH 1918 AGED 20 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM
KILLED IN ACTION JULY 31 1918
AGED 23 YEARS


The Cross of Sacrifice in North Ormesby (St. Joseph's) Roman Catholic Cemetery with several of the Commonwealth War Graves behind it. To the left of the cross, in the distance are the headstones which include that of Private Kelly and where Private Leahy is buried.The Cross of Sacrifice in North Ormesby (St. Joseph's) Roman Catholic Cemetery with several of the Commonwealth War Graves behind it. To the left of the cross, in the distance are the headstones which include that of Private Kelly and where Private Leahy is buried.
Photo by Edward Nicholl

The headstones of Private Kelly (198H) on the right and Private Lockey (199H) beside it. Private Leahy's grave is unmarked in ploy 201H.The headstones of Private Kelly (198H) on the right and Private Lockey (199H) beside it. Private Leahy's grave is unmarked in plot 201H.

The headstone for John Rafferty (Alias Graham) of the Durham Light Infantry is being restored by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Amongst the other CWGC headstones in this photo, above Rafferty's grave and slightly to the right, is the headstone for Private Lockey. In line with Lockey's headstone, and two plots to the left, is Private Leahy's grave.The headstone for John Rafferty (Alias Graham) of the Durham Light Infantry was being restored by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission when this photo was taken (11 February 2013). Amongst the other CWGC headstones in this photo, above Rafferty's grave and slightly to the right, is the headstone for Private Lockey. In line with Lockey's headstone, and two plots to the left, is Private Leahy's grave.


The following information was provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission re. the inclusion of M Joyce on E Joyce's headstone;-

"Although he is also buried in the same plot, we do not commemorate M Joyce 284707 because the date of his death falls outside of the Commission’s responsibility. It does appear that his name has also been added to Pte. E Joyce’s headstone at the request of the next of kin as a personal inscription.

We are responsible for the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth Forces who died during the two World Wars.

For purposes of commemoration the dates are as follows:

4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921

3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947

The reason why the First World War period extends to 31 August 1921 for Commission purposes is that the 'Termination of the present war (Definition) Act' laid down that the war would officially end when an Order in Council under that Act declared the war ended. This duly occurred on 31 August 1921.

The official cut-off point for the casualties of the Second World War was established by the member governments of the Commonwealth agreeing a date that was approximately the same period after the Armistice was signed with Germany, as had been allowed after the First World War. "


Sandra Gallacher (<sgallacher16@virginmedia.com>) forwarded a photo of John Rafferty's headstone after restoration by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This s shown below.

John Rafferty (Alias Graham) of the Durham Light Infantry
John Rafferty (Alias Graham) of the Durham Light Infantry
To view a larger sized image which opens in a new window, click on the thumbnail image.

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