Thorngumbald Roll of Honour

World War One Centenary Commemoration

11 November 2018



Like many other communities throughout the United Kingdom and other parts of the world, Thorngumbald, Camerton and Ryehill Parish Council will be commemorating the Centenary Anniversary of the end of World War One, at 11am on 11 November 2018, one hundred years on from when the guns fell silent, bringing an end to four years of fighting.

Our central point of the commemoration is at the entrance to the village of Thorngumbald where there will be nine silhouettes to represent the nine men from our parish returning to their home village from the battlefields of Europe - although in reality, they never did. They laid down their tools, leaving families behind, to go and fight in 'The Great War' of 1914 -1918 never to return. These silhouettes have been generously donated by a resident of Thorngumbald, Mr Ben Elton, himself an ex Sgt. Major in the British Army.

These nine brave men  were:

Sapper Harry Baker

Served with 1st (East Riding) Field Coy. (T) Royal Engineers and died of wounds on 19th July 1916, aged 21. He is buried at La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie.

Sgt. James Stanley Botham

Served with 7th Btn. East Yorkshire Regiment. He died 31st March 1918, aged 20, and is buried at Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery in northern France.

LSgt. Harold Sidney Cressey

Serving with the 31st Btn. Canadian Infantry, part of the reinforcement sent in after 100,000 British and French soldiers had been killed or wounded during the first three months of the battle to take Passchendaele Ridge in 1917. He died on 6th November 1917 at Passchendaele, aged 25, and has no known grave. He is therefore commemorated by the CWGC at Ypres (Menin Gate)Memorial.

Farrier Cpl. John Alfred Brown

Served in 246 Coy. Army Service Corps. He died on 28th October 1918, aged 27, and is buried on the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem.

Pvte. William Brown

Served in 2nd Btn. Yorkshire Regiment. Died from his wounds after stepping on a mine on 25th May 1918, aged 26, and is buried in the Houchin British Cemetery, France.

Gunner William Gray

Served in 81st Siege Battalian of the Royal Garrison Artillery. He died of wounds on 8th September 1918, aged 25, and is buried at Bac-Du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, France.

Pvte. James Boynton Webster

Served with the 26th (Tyneside Irish) Btn. Northumberland Fusiliers. He died on 14th November 1916, aged 19, and is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres.

Pvte. Thomas Welldon

Served in 6th King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was killed in action on 19th August 1916, aged 26. Pvte Weldon has no known grave and is therefore commemorated at the Theipval Memorial in northern France among 72,000 other British and South African soldiers with no known grave.

Pvte. Stanley Willingham

Served in East Yorkshire Regiment and the 22nd Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). He was killed in action on 26th October 1917 during the second Battle of Passchendaele, aged 20.Pvte. Willingham was 'Mentioned in Despatched' meaning that he did something worthy enough for it to be noted to senior officers. He is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing in Flanders, Belgium.


We must not forget that many returned from the war, although, never the same after witnessing the horrors of war. In total 65 names are engraved on our Roll of Honour, all heroes:

  Abblett A   Gardner H   Ranson J
  Abblett C   Glasby A   Ranson W
  Acey H   Glasby H   Richardson H
Baker H Gray W   Roantree S
  Beadle F   Guymer W   Robinson H
  Beadle H J   Hammond W E   Russell A E
  Beadle P   Harrison M   Russell J J
  Blenkin J   Johnson A B   Russell J W
Botham J S   Johnson H C   Smith C E
  Brown A F   Johnson J T   Smith S E
Brown J A   Johnson R C   Tharratt C
Brown W   Lawton A   Tharratt E R N
  Burnham E   Lawton E   Tharratt E
  Coates F   Leak A   Wallis E
  Collinson F   Lowe M   Ward C T
Cressey H   Masterman F   Ward S
  Dibnah W B   Masterman H Webster J
  Dodson W   Masterman J   Welldon G
  Elletson J   Nottingham A Welldon T
  Everingham F   Nottingham G   Willingham S
  Franks H   Peck R Wright J C
  Gardner G   Pooley T