St Peter & St Leonard, Horbury Parish Church, has a Book of Remembrance, in a WW1 Memorial Chapel, but the pages were open at names Davis to Featherstone yesterday, behind glass. I'll contact the church, someone must have photographed the names sometime, or at least have a list in order to read them all out on Remembrance Sundays.
My attempt at assigning regiments and numbers to the Horbury men. Four remain unaccounted for.
The Horbury War Fund presented tribute medals to returning soldiers. SEE:
Horbury Tribute Medal
As yet, I have been unable to find a report for this ceremony. Did all 29 men receive medals, or only Volunteers? The only example seen is to a member of the S.A.C.
1st Volunteer Active Service Company, 1st Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry –
7522 Private George Edward BLACKMORE
7519 Private Samuel COOK (died, Boshof, 12/05/1900)
7520 Private Walter HANSON
7494 Private Samuel MUSGRAVE [Musgreave]
7515 Private Robert Ernest PAYNE
2nd Volunteer Active Service Company, 1st Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry –
7645 Private Alfred HAIGH
2nd Volunteer Active Service Company, West Riding Regiment –
7065 Corporal Benjamin HARROP
2nd Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry –
5353  Lance-Corporal Thomas CHARLESWORTH
4178 Private James BARBER
4812 Private Andrew BENNETT
4159 Private Luke BLACKER
5243 Private Edgar CHARLESWORTH
4290 Private William Bower EXLEY
4177 Private John HOLDROYD
1820 Private John MURGATROYD
4783 Private Berry RIPLEY
3rd Bn. York & Lancaster Regiment (Militia) –
9186 Private John Henry GOLDTHORPE
44th Battery Royal Field Artillery –
2596 Bombardier Wheeler Ernest HODGSON (died, 30/11/1902)
Royal Field Artillery –
2427 Bombardier Wheeler John William TORDOFF
5th Field Company Royal Engineers (Reserve) –
37 Sapper James Herbert BURTON
"A" Division, South African Constabulary –
579 Trooper Charles Edward HARTLEY
"C" Division, South African Constabulary –
2083 Trooper Lewis YATES (died, 02/02/1902)
Unknown Regiments –
???? Frederick FLETCHER
???? John HORNBY
???? Tom MOUNTAIN (either 2095 Pte T. Mountain, 1st Bn. York & Lancaster Regt OR 713 Pte T. Mountain, 1st Bn. West Riding Regt)
???? Arthur SMITH
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....An official intimation has reached Ossett of the death, at Boshof from enteric fever, of Private Samuel Cook, one of a number of Volunteers who left Ossett in February for active service in South Africa. The deceased man was a coal miner by trade, and 22 years of age. His life was insured through a fund raised for the purpose by the "Ossett Observer." Leeds Mercury, Saturday 26th May 1900
Yes, I already had Sam Cook down for the Ossett tribute.
But, then his name turned up on the Horbury tablet. It seems both towns laid claim to him.
In 1891 he was living at 25 New Street, Horbury (1891 Census).
Wakefield and West Riding Herald, 3rd October 1903.
HORBURY NEW TOWN HALL AND COUNCIL OFFICES.
On the left of the door inside would be found a plate, placed there by the local South African War fund, on which were engraved the names of the thirty-nine [sic] men who went to the front to fight for their country. Out of the number three (Sam Cook, Cyrus Eland, and Lewis Yates) died of enteric fever, but the Committee thought it only right that their names should be engraved along with the others.
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