Awards & Titles:

Queen's South Africa Medal 2 x Clasps

Early Life :

Born in 1871 in the Berry Brow / Lockwood district of Huddersfield, to David and Louisa. He was 8 months old on the 1871 census, and Police Constable's records confirm he was born 8th July 1870. He had an older sister, Elizabeth (b.1862) and brother William (b.1869), all living with the family at Crosland Moor, Huddersfield.

Served as a Policeman, joining as a Constable on probation 15th May, 1896. His military service is including in his log record. As a policeman, he worked his way up to become a 1st Class Sergeant retiring from the service 15th May, 1921.

He married Ann Alice Shaw at Armitage Bridge on 16th February, 1898. Together, they had a son (b.5.3.1899)

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Durham Light Infantry 

Action : War Survivor 

Although many perished in times of national conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived including those interned as Prisoners of War. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with high gallantry awards, those included against an external rolls of honour and those who had a distinguished career in wartime and military leaderhip.

His police record shows all of his military service, summarised as

22.11.1887-22.11.1894 Durham Light Infantry
21.10.1899-30.09.1900 (for the South African War)
02.10.1914-31.10.1916 (for war service).

Served with the 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. In South Africa, he was a reservist and Private present at Tugela Heights and at the Relief of Ladysmith. He volunteered again for the Great War, entering service by the October of 1914 and spent two years "doing his bit."

For his service he shown to have been awarded the South Africa Medal with 2 Clasps, but no evidence found as yet as to his entitlement to those medals awarded from the Great War.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Barnard No. 1230 E.C.Durham

3rd June 1915
1st July 1915
2nd September 1915

The contribution record of the lodge shows one year of war service (1916) and that his dues continue to be paid up to at least 1921 where the ledger ends. He is stated to be 44 in 1915, which agrees with the 1911 census. Other records show him born in 1869, possibly indicating that he used an earlier date of birth. He is commemorated on the Barnard Lodge Roll of Honour.

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