Lieutenant Hugh Brooksbank
Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
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Private Vernon George DANIELS
Private William Henry DARLOW
2nd Lieutenant Erasmus DARWIN
2nd Lieutenant John Follansbee Bredin DELAP
Private James DAYNES
Captain Francis DODGSON

Private Ernest Sydney DONCASTER
Private George DOWNHAM
Private John William DOWSON
2nd Lieutenant William Dowson
Private Sydney Alfred DUCKETT

Private Vernon George DANIELS
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  Private Vernon George DANIELS. 35730. 5th Battalion.

F ormerly 238858 12th Yeomanry Cyclist Battn.
Son of John and Emily Daniels, of Pentwyn Cottage, Malpas, Newport, Mon. Died 15 November 1918. Aged 19.
Born Newport (Mon.), Enlisted Newport, Resided Malpas.

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  Private William Henry DARLOW, 202233. 4th Battalion.

Formerly 5087 Northants Regt. Son of the late Alfred and Louisa Darlow.
Killed 23 April 1917. Aged 19.
Born Northants, Enlisted Northampton.
Commemorated on Bay 5, ARRAS MEMORIAL.

Michael Simpson (<>) has kindly sent the photo of Lance Corporal Darlow from the Northampton Independent newspaper of 19/05/1917. Michael Simpson provided the following additional information;-
"At the time he was living with his Aunt (My GG grandfathers second wife.) referred to in the clipping. His cousin Frederick Simpson (my G Grandfathers brother) who also was formerly in the Northamptonshire Regiment, subsequently the Berkshire Regiment. He too was unfortunately Killed two weeks earlier.

2nd Lieutenant Erasmus DARWIN.

  2nd Lieutenant Erasmus DARWIN.

4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Horace and Ida Darwin, of The Orchard, Cambridge. Grandson of naturalist Charles Darwin and statistician Thomas Farrer, 1st Baron Farrer. Died 24 April 1915. Aged 33.
Commemorated Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.

(Photo : Unknown source)

Private James Daynes, 8654. 8th Battalion.
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  Private James DAYNES, 8654. 8th Battalion.

Killed 18 October 1917. Aged 29.
Born Guisborough, Enlisted Middlesbrough, Resided Guisborough.

Steve Sinton (<>), a great nephew of James Daynes, has supplied further information and photographs relating to his great uncle. We are extremely grateful to Mr Sinton for providing this material.
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2nd Lieutenant John Follansbee Bredin DELAP
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  2nd Lieutenant John Follansbee Bredin DELAP.

1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of the Rev. Louis Bredin Delap and Jennie Charlotte Delap, of Benhall Vicarage, Saxmundham, Suffolk. Killed 18 October 1916. Aged 19.

John Delap's photo, and the accompanying biographical notes, were kindly supplied by Paul Stevens, Repton School's Librarian and Archivist. The history of Repton School, and further details of the school, can be found on

Notes from Repton School archives;-
"Born July 30th 1897, the son of the Reverend Louis Bredin Delap and Jennie Charlotte Delap, of Benhall Vicarage, Saxmundham, Suffolk. ?New 1912 – 1915 ?Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 8/15. Second Lieutenant, 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, 12/15. France 7/16. ?Killed in Action on the Somme 18/10/16 aged 19.
Although not brilliant, he was a very useful member of the House both in work and games. He entered Sandhurst in August 1915 and received his commission in December of the same year. On October 18th 1916 he was reported wounded and missing, but is now believed to have been killed. His fellow officers and men report that he behaved splendidly in the night attack, was hit once while moving forward with the front line of his company, but got up again and went on. Hit the second time, he refused all help from his men, saying, “Never mind me, go on,” and waved them on to the attack. “A splendid example,” his Adjutant writes, “of self-sacrificing gallantry.” Another officer writes: “Although one of the youngest, he was one of the most valuable officers we have had. I don’t think he knew what fear was, or if he did, he never showed it, which is still finer.” ?The Reptonian, June 1917
John Delap left Repton School in 1912.

Captain Francis DODGSON
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  Captain Francis DODGSON. 8th Battalion.
Son of Henley F. Dodgson, of Bovingdon, Herts. Educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge. Killed 10 July 1916. Aged 27.
(Was commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, - an example of a body being recovered and identified after the name was put on a memorial as having no known grave.)
Also commemorated on the Trinity College, Cambridge, War Memorial.

The photo of Captain Dodgson has been provided by Charles Fair <>, to whom we are very grateful.

A great deal of information on the life of Captain Francis Dodgson, and his career with the 8th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, is told in "Marjorie's War" by Reginald and Charles Fair, published by Menin House and available from Amazon Books.

Private Ernest Sydney DONCASTER. 91858.
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  Private Ernest Sydney DONCASTER. 91858.

5th Battalion Tank Corps, formerly 39016 the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 22 March 1918.
Enlisted Richmond (Yorks).
Commemorated Panel 94, POZIERES MEMORIAL.

"Ernest Sidney Doncaster was born in 1898 in Grantham. Son of William Mason Doncaster and
Eliza Jane (nee Ballaam).
Enlisted at Richmond - 39016 Yorkshire Regiment.
His mother always believed he may return and never locked the back door, just in case. His brother, Henry Mason Doncaster, is also on the Grantham War Memorial. He enlisted in Grantham, was wounded and returned home, only to die from his injuries and pneumonia a few months later".

The photo and further biographical details were supplied by Mark Jose, whose wife is a great niece of the Doncaster brothers.

Private George DOWNHAM
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  Private George DOWNHAM, 1443. 5th Battalion.

Born in 1894 in Pocklington.
Served with the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (as No 1443) until being wounded in about July 1916.
After recovering from his wounds he was transferred temporarily to the Labour Corps (as No 496505) before returning to the 5th Battalion (No 4381388).
Discharged from the Army on 15 April 1919.

Photo supplied by Michael Brett(<>)

Private John William DOWSON
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  Private John William DOWSON, 203088. 4th Battalion.

Son of Mrs. S. J. Fawcett, of The Holme, Great Broughton, Stokesley, Yorks.
Killed 4 May 1917. Aged 20.
Born Rosedale (Yorks), Enlisted Stokesley, Resided Great Broughton

Photo supplied by Roger Dowson (<>)

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  2nd Lieutenant William DOWSON.

Unfortunately, we know little of 2nd Lieutenant Dowson at this stage, - e.g. when he enlisted, which battalion he served in.
We KNOW that he was born in 1885 in the Middlesbrough area.
It is thought that he enlisted at the outbreak of war, and was commissioned from the ranks towards the end of 1917. In the meantime he had fought at the 2nd Battle of St. Julien, and the Somme.
He was wounded on 4 April 1918, and the letter (to his father) below recounts his movements in the preceding month or so to that date. If anybody can identify the battalion whose movements are described in this letter, we would be glad to hear of it.

Photo and letter supplied by his g-gransdon Gary Nolan(<>)

Private Sydney Alfred DUCKETT
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  Private Sydney Alfred DUCKETT, 3331. 4th Battalion.

Husband of Eva Duckett, of 24, Henrietta St., Thornaby-on-Tees. Died 7 August 1916. Aged 49.

Dave Shaw (<>) has been researching the names of those who fell in the First World War who came from Dawley in Shropshire. Amongst them was Sydney Alfred Duckett, who came to live and work in Thornaby. Dave Shaw provides the following biographical information on Sydney Duckett;-

Sydney was born in 1869 in Malinslee, Dawley, Shropshire. According to the 1881 census he was a 13 year old collier, and then in 1887 he enlisted into the Artillery at Liverpool. He served for 8 years, with nearly 5 years abroad including India & Aden.

At some time he moved to Thornaby on Tees with his wife Eva, probably to work in the local Iron and Steel industry. They had a large family of 10 children but this was not uncommon at the time. By his battalion number it can said that he was amongst the first to join up when war was declared and probably went to France with them in April 1915.

The exact circumstances of his death are unknown, but he was brought back to a hospital in England from France and there died from his illness. His body was brought back to Henrietta Street in a coffin which was too big to go through the front door and had to be brought into the house through a window. His wife was sent his outstanding regimental pay of £6 12 shillings and notification that she would receive his pay and overseas allowance for a further 26 weeks ( Standard army practice at the time). Sydney was the second eldest man to serve in the 1/4th Yorkshire regiment during the War.