Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Major Thomas Wolryche STANSFELD. CMG, DSO.
Close window to return to main page
Select the thumbnail image above for a photo of the 2nd Battalion Officers in 1914 which opens in a new window.
Major Thomas Wolryche STANSFELD
Born at Leeds, 30th June, 1877, son of Thomas Wolryche Stansfeld, J.P., of Weetwood Grove. Leeds.
2nd Lieut, 24th March, 1897; Lieut, 15th December 1898; Capt., 6th Foot, 19th February, 1902 ; Adjt., Mounted Infantry, South Africa, 22nd June, 1906—21st June, 1909 ; re-appointed to 19th Foot 8th Jan, 1908; Major 29th Sept 1914 ; Bt. Lt.-Col. 3rd June, 1916; Brevet-Col., 3rd June, 1919 ; half-pay, 1st August, 1923—1st October, 1925 ; retired with rank of Brigadier-General, 1st March, 1929.
Served in the Boer War, 1899-1902, and took part in the operations near Colesberg in January, 1900. In the march along the Modder River, including the Relief of Kimberley and actions at Paardeberg, Kitchener's Kop, Poplar Grove and Driefontein. Occupation of Bloemfontein. Was with the advance on Dewetsdorp. and action at Leuukop.
In the advance to Pretoria and engagements at Brandfort, Kroonstadt, Vet and Zand Rivers. With the 4th M.I. in the fighting at Johannesburg and occupation of Pretoria, also in the advance to Komati Poort, including actions at Diamond Hill and Belfast (mentioned in despatches, D.S.O., promoted Captain, Queen's medal and 6 clasps, King's medal and 2 clasps).
Landed with the 2nd Battn. at Zeebrugge in the war of 1914-18, and took part in the Battle of Ypres, October, 1914 (wounded, bronze star and clasp).
Present at the battles of Festubert, 16th May, 1915 ; Givenchy, 15th June, 1915 and Hulloch, September — October, 1915 (mentioned in despatches. Brevet of Lieut.-Col). Appointed to command a brigade, 6th April, 1917, and was present at the fighting at Hargincourt Quarries, April, 1917, the third battle of Ypres, 26th September, 1917, Cambrai, November to December, 1917 (twice mentioned in despatches and Legion of Honour. Croix d' Officer).
Was engaged at Bullecourt, 21st—24th March, 1918 ; Mount Kemmell, 12th —19th April; Mercatel, 23rd August, and advance from Lestrem to Toumai and Lille, September and October, 1918 (mentioned in despatches, C.M.G., Brevet of Colonel, silver and bronze medals and Croix de Guerre.).
Died at Hythe 23 February 1935.
-----------------> Return to top of the page