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Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
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Information and photos for the following are to be found on this page;-

2nd Lieutenant Gerald Wallace ADAM
Private Aubrey ADAMS
Private David ADAMS
Colonel Walter Lorenzo ALEXANDER
Sergeant, later Major, Frank Leonard ALLEN
Lance Corporal Fred APPLETON
Lieutenant William APPLEYARD
Private Arnold Edward ARCHER
Serjeant John Laidlaw ARMSTRONG
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Lowndes ASPINALL, DSO

2nd Lieutenant Gerald Wallace ADAM.
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  2nd Lieutenant Gerald Wallace ADAM.

13th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, formerly Leicestershire Regiment. Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wallace Adam, of Heaton Moor, Stockport. Died on 10 August 1919. Aged 20.
Commemorated on the ARCHANGEL MEMORIAL.
(A biography of Lieutenant Adam can be read on

We are very grateful to Avalon Eastman of the Oundle School Roll of Honour website for permission to use the photo of Lieutenant Adam. She also provides the following biographical information;-
Gerald Wallace Adam was the only son of Mr and Mrs John W. Adam of Heaton Moor, Stockpor, and then of Buxton. He was born at Stockport on the 15th May 1899 and entered Oundle School (Grafton House) in May 1914 leaving in December 1916. Adam joined the Manchester University OTC in January 1917 and was eventually gazetted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment.
In June 1918 he was attached to the 13th Yorkshire Regiment and with them went to Russia. In May 1919 he was appointed Intelligence and Code Officer on Colonel Lavie’s Staff.
He died on active service in northern Russia on 10th August 1919 (of dysentery). His name is on the Archangel Memorial in the Russian Federation.
Private Aubrey ADAMS, 24340
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  Private Aubrey ADAMS, 24340. 5th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.

Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Adams, of Aislaby, Pickering, Yorks. Native of Lingcroft, York.
Killed 2 April 1918. Aged 24.
Born Lingcroft (Yorks), Enlisted Malton, Resided Wrelton (Pickering).

Photos supplied by Roger Dowson (<>)
Private David ADAMS. 204989.
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  Private David ADAMS. 204989.

2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 29 September 1918. Aged 30.
Born Heselden (Durham), Enlisted Hartlepool, Resided Wingate (Co. Durham).

The photo of Private Adams has been kindly provided by Neil Smith (<>), a great grandson.
From the 1911 Census, David Adams married Jane Bryson, and they had a daugher Sarah. David Adams worked as a colliery haulier.
The photo of David Adams shows him in a uniform which is not that of the Yorkshire Regiment. It is assumed that he had served as a Territorial with another regiment, before enlisting into the Yorkshire Regiment.
Colonel Alexander
Photo from that of 2nd Battalion Officers, 1914
  Colonel Walter Lorenzo ALEXANDER

Born at Rathmindon, Co. Carlow, 8th September, 1872. Youngest son of George and Susan Alexander, of Erindale, Co. Carlow; husband of Mrs. A. M. Alexander, of The Thatched Cottage, Northiam, Sussex.
2nd Lieut, 18th May, 1892; Lieut., 28th July, 1896; Capt 29th December, 1900 ; Major, 4th February, 1908 ; Lieut.-CoL, 29th September, 1914.
Served in the Tirah Expedition of 1897-98, and was present at the capture of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes, the capture of Bagh, the Dwatoi reconnaissance, the reconnaissance of the Saran Sar and engagements of 11th November, and at Shinkamar on 20th January, 1898. Also in the operations against the Khani Khel Chamkanis and in the Bazar Valley (medal and 2 clasps). Awarded King Edward's Delhi Coronation medal, 1903.
Proceeded to Zeebrugge in October, 1914, with 2nd Battn. and took part in the fighting at Ypres (wounded at Gheluvelt). Returned to the front in December and commanded the battalion at the battle of Neuve Chapelle, 12th March, 1915.
Killed by a shell at Festubert, 14th May, 1915. Buried at Le Touret.
"The battalion has suffered an irreparable loss in the death of Lieut.-Col. W. L. Alexander, who was killed instantaneously by a shell while inspecting the trenches held by part of the battalion. It seems but yesterday that we were congratulating him and ourselves on his appointment to the command. No one could have wished to serve under a better commanding officer, whose first thought was for the Regiment and his last for himself. All ranks loved, respected and honoured him."—G.H.G.

Photo from that of Soldiers of the Second Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, photographed 1919.
  Sergeant, later Major, Frank Leonard ALLEN

Frank Allen's son, Bernard (<>) has identified his father in the group photo of soldiers of the 2nd Battalion who served throughout the First World War.

The following information on Frank Allen is taken from M L Ferrar's "Officers of the Green Howards";-

Born 29 July 1895.
In ranks 11 years, 60 days. WO Class 2, 8 years 270 days. WO Class 1, 2 years 38 days.
Lieutenant (QM) 15 August 1936. Captain, October 1942. Major, October 1944.
Retired June 1946.

First World War, France and Belgium 23 November to 29 November 1914; 29 March 1915 to 20 June 1915; 10 May 1917 to 21 November 1917 (wounded).
1914 Bronze Star; Silver and Bronze medals.
Palestine operations 1938-9 Medal and Clasp.
King George V Jubilee Medal. King George VI Coronation Medal.
Served Second World War. Western Desert, Italy, NW Europe, 1939-1945 Star; Africa Star (8th Army); Italy Star; France and Germany Star; Defence Medal; War Medal; LS & GC Medal.
Served with Egyptian Army, 1920-1921.
Lance Corporal Fred APPLETON
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  Lance Corporal Fred APPLETON

Born on 25 May 1891 in Skelton-in-Cleveland.
Enlisted into the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Territorial Force) on 22 February 1913.
Served with the 4th Battalion throughout the First World War.
Promoted to Lance Corporal in April 1917.
When the War ended he was demobilised, but in 1920 rejoined the 4th Battalion as a Private and served with them until 1927.

For full details of Fred Appleton's biography and service with the Yorkshire Regiment, together with further photographs of Fred and groups of fellow soldiers in the 4th Battalion, please select the link below.

The page with biographical details of Fred Appleton also includes letters sent home from the trenches, and a poem written during the War.

We are extremely grateful to Fred Appleton's grandson, Peter Appleton (<>) for providing us with all the photos and biographical details of his grandfather.
Peter's Family Tree website can be found at
2nd Lieutenant John Finlayson WHITE
Photo from that of 6th Battalion Officers, 1915
  Lieutenant William APPLEYARD

6th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment.
Died 22 August 1915.

Commemorated Panel 55 to 58, Helles Memorial.
Private Arnold Edward ARCHER
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  Private Arnold Edward ARCHER, 79044.

1st/7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, formerly 45170 Yorkshire Regiment.
Killed 7 September 1918.
Born Rothley (Leics), Enlisted Loughborough, Resided Rothley.

The information on Private Archer obtained by selecting the thumbnail image on the left is taken from the website for Leicestershire Villages, with the permission of the webmaster for that site (<>) and the great-niece of Private Archer, Joyce Proudman.
Serjeant John Laidlaw ARMSTRONG. 14105
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  Serjeant John Laidlaw ARMSTRONG. 14105

16th Battalion Highland Light Infantry. Son of William and Mary A. Garden Armstrong, of 200, West George St., Glasgow.
Killed 7 January 1916. Aged 35.

The reason Serjeant Armstrong is included on this page is because he was gazetted to join the Yorkshire Regiment as a 2nd Lieutenant on the very day that he was killed in action. See below;-
Serjeant John Laidlaw ARMSTRONG. 14105
John Armstrong's photo and the above biographical information is taken from the Roll of Honour of Hillhead High School, Glasgow.
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Lowndes ASPINALL, DSO.
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  Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Lowndes ASPINALL, DSO.

Cheshire Regiment, formerly 15th (The King's) Hussars and 3rd and 11th Battalions the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Robert Augustus Aspinall, J.P., D.L. Killed 6 July 1916. Aged 47.

Lt-Colonel Aspinall was a distinguished soldier of the Yorkshire Regiment, commanding the 3rd Battalion at the outbreak of war and shortly afterwards taking over command of the 11th Battalion. A very full description of his career is provided in the DNW Auction Medals website.

The photograph on the left has been provided by "Atnomis" on the Great War Forum website.