Gallery 4

Lieutenant Daniel Adamson of the 2nd Queen Victoria’s Own Sappers and Miners Corps of the Royal Engineers:

He died on the 7 June 1919, aged 23 years, and he is buried in Kohat Cemetery 174, India, and is commemorated on Delhi Memorial (India Gate).

Daniel Adamson was born at Denton in 1896 to Daniel Adamson and Alice Maud Ryder who were married at Holy Trinity Church, Horwich, Bolton, in 1895. In 1901 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Two Trees Lane, Denton, and in 1911 he was a pupil at a boarding school at St Bees, Cumberland.

Daniel Adamson Sr was a partner in the engineering firm of Daniel Adamson & Co of Dukinfield, Cheshire, who specialised in the manufacture of boilers, cranes, steam engines, machine tools and testing machines, et cetera. In 1911 he described himself as an electrical engineer at a boiler maker and crane manufacturer.
280449 Corporal Arthur Andrew of the Lancashire Fusiliers, formerly 574447 Corporal of the Royal Engineers and 2345 Private of the Lancashire Fusiliers:

He enlisted on the 7 September 1914 and entered the Gallipoli (Dardanelles) Theatre of War on the 4 August 1915 where he was wounded by a hand grenade. After the war he was demobilised.

Arthur Andrew was born at Denton in 1896 to John Thomas Andrew and Mary Elizabeth Raw who were married at Ashton-under-Lyne in 1881. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and brother, Jack, on Wilton Street, Denton, employed as a leather dyer for Robert Noblett, a leather dresser of Audenshaw. His father was a postman.
32984 Lance Corporal Alfred Arnold of the 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, formerly T2/016614 Driver of the Royal Army Service Corps:

He was killed in action on the 15 June 1918, aged 31 years, and he is buried in Barenthal Military Cemetery, Italy.

Alfred Arnold was born at Denton in 1886 to John Arnold and Fanny Phillips who were married at Christ Church, Denton, in 1883. He married Hannah Eliza Wood at St Thomas’s Church, Hyde, in 1907. In 1911 he was resident with his brother and family on Acre Street, Denton, and his wife was resident on Ridling Lane, Hyde.
16994 Private Herbert Beeley of “B” Company, 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment:

He was killed in action on the 21 November 1915, aged 23 years, and he is buried in Rifle House Cemetery, Belgium.

Herbert Beeley was born at Broadbottom, Cheshire, in 1892 to Alfred Beeley and Martha Ann Barlow who were married at Hayfield in 1891. In 1911 he was resident on Railway View, Hyde, with his parents and siblings, employed as a cotton spinner. Later he became a weaver, operating Northrop looms. Another Hyde residence was on Queen Street. He married Ethel May Lanham at Christchurch, Hampshire, between June and August 1915. His name is on the Denton War Memorial and the Denton Roll of Honour records a residence on Edward Street, Denton, which is possibly that of the source. His widow was resident on Ashdale Avenue, Toronto, Canada.
25715 Private Harold Bridge of the 22nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He was killed in action on the 1 May 1917, aged 23 years, and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.

Harold Bridge was born at Hyde in 1894 to Edward Bridge and Eliza Ives who were married at St Mark’s Church, Bredbury, in 1882. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Bradbury Street, Hyde, employed as a piecer at a cotton mill. He married Minnie Johnson at St Anne’s Church, Haughton, Denton, in 1915. Following his death, his widow married Fred Harrison at St Mary’s Church, Haughton Green, Denton, in 1919 and they were resident on Two Trees Lane, Denton.
Captain Doctor Norman Booth of the Royal Army Medical Corps:

He served as a doctor in France where he was wounded in the left hip when a shell exploded near a dugout where he was working.

Norman Booth was born at Denton in 1882 to James Booth and Alice Cooke who were married at Altrincham in 1879. In 1891 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Denton Road, Audenshaw. He married Nellie Pickford at Christ Church, Denton, in 1915. By 1922, after he was demobilised, he was resident on Breek Hill Road, Mapperley Plains, Mapperley, Nottingham. His father, James Booth, was a partner in Wilde & Booth Ltd, hat manufacturers of Wilton Street, Denton.
3959 Corporal Thomas William Cadden of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers:

He enlisted on the 29 August 1914 and he was discharged on the 5 May 1918 due to shell shock and was awarded a Silver War Badge No. 367275. A period of his service was in Gallipoli (Dardanelles).

Thomas William Cadden was born at Belfast on the 25 February 1896 to William Henry Edwin (aka Edward) Cadden and Margaret McIlroy who were married at Belfast on the 13 May 1893. His mother and wife were resident together on Wilton Street, Denton. Prior to the war he was employed at Walker, Ashworth & Linney Ltd, hat manufacturers of Denton.

His father was born at Malta in c.1866. He was a regular soldier in the army and he enlisted in the 17th Infantry Brigade on the 18 May 1881 with Service No. 1860. On the 12 October 1914 he re-enlisted as a private in the 3rd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, at the age of 48 years. He rose through the ranks becoming a serjeant and then company quartermaster serjeant in the 22nd Local Reserve Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Finally, he was transferred to a Training Reserve Battalion. The 22nd Battalion was stationed at Whitchurch, Shropshire. Other known Service Nos are 3566 and 6583. Before the war he was employed as a clerk at Denton Labour Exchange.

Thomas William Cadden’s brother also served in the army as 291512 Gunner Frederick Robert(s) Cadden of the Royal Field Artillery. He was born at Belfast on the 22 February 1900.

William Henry Edwin Cadden diied at Audenshaw on the 18 January 1945, aged 78 years. His wife, Margaret, diied at Audenshaw in 1942, aged 69 years. Thomas William Cadden diied at Denton in 1968, aged 72 years and Frederick Robert(s) Cadden diied at Hyde in 1972, aged 72 years.
17014 Private Philip Leonard Davies of the 9th Platoon, “C” Company, 2nd Battalion, Welsh Fusiliers:

He was killed in action on the 5 February 1916, aged 24 years, and he is buried in the Cambrian Church Extension, France.

Philip Leonard Davies was born at Sheffield in 1892 to Obadiah Davies and Martha Chorlton who were married at St Mark’s Church, Bredbury, in 1885. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Stockport Road, Denton, employed in the hatting industry. Later the family was resident on Kynder Street and Philip Leonard Davies was employed as a miner at the Bredbury Colliery Co.
13791 Lance Corporal Samuel Davies of the 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers:

He died of wounds on the 26 April 1916, aged 26 years, and he is buried in the Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Samuel Davies was born at Denton in 1889/90 to Charles Davies and Betsy Ratcliffe who were married at Christ Church, Denton, in 1889. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Howard Lane, Denton, employed as a coal miner.

His father, Charles Davies, had a medical examination for the army on the 9 October 1915 and he enlisted in the 3/8th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, at Ardwick, Manchester, on the 11 October 1915 as 4799 Private Charles Davies. He declared his age to be 39 years when he was actually 51 years of age, having been born in about 1864. Consequently, he was discharged on the 3 December 1915, after 55 days service, due to his age, gastritis and the failure to withstand training. He was employed in the hatting industry.
29687 Private John William Downs of the 11th Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He died of illness at Denton on the 28 February 1921, aged 34 years, and he is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Haughton Green.

John William Downs was born at Denton in 1886 to John William Downs and Agnes Tully who were married at St Mary’s Church, Stockport in 1883. He married Martha Hardy at St Mark’s Church, Bredbury, on the 19 April 1914. John William Downs Sr died in 1891, aged 33 years, and his widow married Thomas Cooper at St Paul’s Church, Portwood, Stockport, in 1896. In 1911 John William Downs Jr was resident with his mother, stepfather and their family on Haughton Green Road, Haughton Green, employed as a commercial traveller in confectionery.
48811 Private Frank Elliot of the 19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He was killed in action on the 31 July 1917, aged 19 years, and he is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium.

Frank Elliot was born at Denton in 1898 to Charles Joseph Elliot and Edith Nixon who were married at Ashton-under-Lyne in 1896. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Heaton Street, Denton, employed as a clerk in the hatting industry. Later, he was employed as a moulder at the Planet Foundry, Audenshaw.
220 Private William Lucian Hancock of the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers:

He died of wounds at Ipswich Hospital on the 29 April 1916, aged 29 years, and he is buried in St Martin’s Churchyard, Marple.

William Lucian Hancock was born at Ludworth, Ludworth and Chisworth, Derbyshire, in 1886 to William James Hancock and Elizabeth Roker who were married at Guildford, Surrey, in 1881. Prior to the outbreak of war, William Lucian Hancock was resident on Seymour Street, Denton, where he had been employed as a postman for three years.
2268 Private Thomas George Hughes of the 5th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers:

He entered the Theatre of War in the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) on the 9 August 1915 and after the troops were evacuated he died in the Adelaide Military Hospital, Blackpool, on the 11 July 1916, aged 30 years. He is buried in St Mary’s Churchyard, Haughton Green.

Thomas George Hughes was born at Mold, Flintshire, in 1885 to William Hughes and Margaret. He married Maggie O’Neill in Mold in 1904. In 1911 he was resident with his wife and three children on River Bank, Mold, employed as a coal miner. His family was resident on Haughton Green Road, Haughton Green.
ES/58825 Corporal Harry Hulme of the Royal Army Service Corps, formerly 1728 Private of the 1/9th (Ashton Territorials/Ashton Pals) Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He enlisted in the army at Ashton-under-Lyne on the 14 February 1914 and he entered the Theatre of War at Gallipoli (Dardanelles) on the 9 May 1915. As a result of his service at Gallipoli he spent some time in the British Military Hospital at Alexandria, Egypt. His brother, 3169 Private James Hulme of the 2/9th (Ashton Territorials/Ashton Pals) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, was simultaneously being treated for wounds in the same hospital. Subsequently, Harry Hulme was transferred to the Royal Army Corps and he was demobilised on the 5 May 1919.

George Harry (aka Harry) Hulme was born at Denton on the 28 August 1895 to John Hulme and Margaret Ann Bent who were married at the Ashton-under-Lyne District in 1874. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Ashton Road, Denton, employed as a labourer. Prior to his enlistment he was employed at Joseph Wilson & Sons Ltd, hat manufacturers of Wilton Street, Denton. He married Annie Stafford (b. 1 April 1895, Hyde) at the Ashton-under-Lyne District in 1918. In 1939 they were resident on Stockport Road, Romiley, where Harry was employed as a felt hat departmental foreman.
6635 Private George Henry Jolly of the 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He enlisted on the 29 August 1914 and he was discharged on the 13 July 1916 due to gunshot wounds to the head and right arm received in France. He was awarded Silver War Badge No. 3909.

George Henry Jolly was born at Harborne, near Birmingham, in 1896. Prior to the war he was learning the silk hat business with a view to becoming a commercial traveller for Walker, Ashworth & Linney Ltd, hat manufacturers of Denton.
21264 Lance Corporal Daniel Kavanagh (Cavanagh) of the 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He was killed in action on the 20 June 1917, aged 29 years, and he is buried in Nieuwpoort Communal Cemetery, Belgium.

Daniel Kavanagh (Cavanagh) was born at Carlisle in 1889 to Cuthbert Cavanagh and Barbara McMullen who were married at Carlisle in 1884. Prior to enlisting he was employed in the hatting industry at Messrs James Bevan & Co of Stockport Road, Denton. His parents were resident on Grosvenor Street.

Two of his brothers also served in the army:
351514 Private Thomas Kavanagh of the 11th Battalion, Manchester Regiment was killed in action on the 27 September 1918, aged 21 years, and he is buried in Chapel Corner Cemetery, France.
T/439934 Private Cuthbert Kavanagh of the Royal Army Service Corps, formerly 47046 of the Labour Corps and 71551 of The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), survived the war.
17143 Private Fred Knowles of the 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He was killed in action on the 1 July 1916, aged 25 years, and he is buried in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, France.

Fred Knowles was born at Denton in 1892 to Robert Knowles and Lizzie Mayers (aka Lizzie Hannah) who were married at St Paul’s Church, Portwood, Stockport, in 1887. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on George Street West, Hyde, employed in the cotton industry.
44853 Private Frederick Knowles of the 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers:

He died of illness on board the military hospital ship H.M.S. Ellora, on the 9 October 1919, aged 33 years, while en route from Bombay to the UK. He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton.

Frederick Knowles was born at Denton in 1886 to George Edward Knowles and Mary Smith who were married at St Mark’s Church, Bredbury, in 1878. He married Alice Downs at St Thomas’s Church, Hyde, in 1908. In 1911 he was resident with his wife on Meadow Lane, Haughton Green, Denton, employed as a planker in the hatting industry.
21633 Lance Corporal William Noble of the 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers:

He was killed in action on the 1 October 1917, aged 19 years, and he is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium.

William Noble was born at Audenshaw in 1898 to George Robert Noble and Ellen Walker who were married at St Philip’s Church, Ridgway Street, Ancoats, Manchester, in 1879. George Robert Noble died at Audenshaw in 1904, aged 42 years, and Ellen Noble née Walker died at Audenshaw in 1905, aged 42 years. In 1911, William Noble was resident with his sister, Mary Elizabeth, and brother-in-law, Ralph Hancock, on Fitzroy Street, Audenshaw.
12665 Private Thomas Power O’Connor of the 19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He enlisted in the army at Manchester on the 1 February 1915 and he died of pneumonia at the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, on the 24 April 1915, aged 24 years.

Thomas Power O’Connor was born at Hyde in 1890 to James O’Connor and Catherine Power who were married at Ashton-under-Lyne in 1873. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Ridling Lane, Hyde, employed as an iron dresser at an iron foundry. At the time of his enlistment in the army he was resident on Peel Street, Denton.
350218 Corporal Ernest Cecil Matley of the 1/9th (Ashton Territorials/Ashton Pals) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, formerly 1445 Private:

He entered the Theatre of War in Gallipoli (Dardanelles) on the 9 May 1915. Here he was wounded in action when he was struck in the thigh by shrapnel. He then contracted enteric fever (typhoid) and was unconscious for four days. He was taken to Cape Helles and from there to the island of Lemnos and then to Malta where he was in hospital for nine weeks. A hospital ship then took him to England where he was in hospital at Woolwich for treatment. It took him some six months to fully recover from his illness. After a period of leave he reported to Ashton Armoury on Old Street which was the local Territorial Army training base for the 9th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment. He was demobilised on the 7 February 1919.

Ernest Cecil Matley was born at Radcliffe, Lancashire, on the 2 July 1896 to Arthur Matley and Anne Molyneux who were married at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe, in 1895. In 1901 he was resident with his parents and sister, Edna (3), on Blackburn Street, Radcliffe. Later the family moved to Market Street, Denton, where he was employed as a block printer at J Moores & Sons Ltd, hat manufacturers of Heaton Street. He married Amy Arrowsmith (b. 22 May 1897, Denton) at Hope Congregational Church, Stockport Road, Denton, in 1919 and their son, Herbert Frederick, was born at Denton on the 11 May 1920. In 1939 the family was resident on Broomgrove Lane, Denton, where Ernest was employed as a gold block printing foreman in the hatting industry, his wife was a felt hat packer and their son was a provision salesman.
351516 Private Frank Moon of the 9th (Ashton Territorials/Ashton Pals) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, formerly Service No. 3373:

He enlisted in the army at Ashton-under-Lyne on the 11 January 1915 and he entered the Theatre of War at Gallipoli (Dardanelles) on the 9 May 1915. He was discharged on account of ill-health or disablement on the 8 April 1918 and he was awarded Silver War Badge No. 400826.

Frank Moon was born at Openshaw, Manchester, in 1886 to William Moon and Emma Spencer Roe who were married at St Michael’s Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1876. His widowed mother married Thomas Harker at St Michael’s Church in 1888. In 1911 he was resident with his mother, stepfather and brother, John William (27), on Wellington Street, off Hyde Road, Gorton, Manchester, employed as a riveter for the Great Central Railway Co. Later the family moved to Manchester Road, Denton.
367820 Sapper Arthur Palmer of the Royal Engineers, formerly Private 38884 of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and Private 16357 of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment:

He was a regular in the army and at enlistment in 1899 he was 6939 Private Arthur Palmer of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Between 1899 and 1902 he served in South Africa in the Second Boer War where he was awarded the Queen’s South Africa Medal with two clasps for active service in the Cape Colony and Orange Free State. His battalion was involved in the battle of Spion Kop.

At the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 he re-enlisted the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (Private 16357) and was involved in heavy fighting during the First Battle of Ypres. He was seriously injured but returned to active service with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers (Private 38884) and Royal Engineers (Sapper 367820). He was demobilised in November 1915.

Arthur Palmer was born at Dukinfield on the 2 April 1880 to David Palmer and Emma Jane Crompton who were married at St Michael’s Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1877. He married Bertha Hulme in Ashton-under-Lyne in 1905. In 1911 he was resident with his wife and family on Ashton Road, Denton, employed in the gas supply industry.
30006 Private Samuel Parkes of the 15th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment:

He enlisted in the army at Hyde on the 27 October 1915 and he was killed in action on the 29 March 1918, aged 27 years. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France.

Samuel Parkes was born at Blackburn in 1890/91 to Albert Parkes and Mary Ellen Hinchcliffe/Ellison who were married at St Peter’s Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1885. His father died at Denton in 1909, aged 47 years. In 1911 he was resident with his widowed mother and family on Belgrave Street, off Taylor Lane, Denton, employed in the hatting industry. He married Emily Dowse (aka Douse) at Stockport Register Office on the 23 June 1917 and she was resident on Bank Street, Hyde. His widow married William Harding at Holy Trinity Church, Gee Cross, Hyde, in 1919 and they were resident on Pitt Street, Hyde.
S/13237 Private William Pinnington of the 1/4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders:

He was killed in action on the 23 November 1917, aged 20 years, and he is buried in Orival Wood Cemetery, France.

William Pinnington was born at Denton in 1897 to William Pinnington and Martha Catlow who were married at Ashton-under-Lyne in 1877. In 1911 he was resident with his parents and siblings on Hyde Road, Denton, employed as a warehouseman in the hatting industry.
23406 Private Samuel Robinson of the 11th Battalion, Manchester Regiment:

He enlisted on the 28 January 1915 and he was discharged from the regimental depot on the 17 June 1916 due to gunshot wounds to both legs received in Gallipoli. He was awarded Silver War Badge No. 40619.

He was resident on Stockport Road, Denton, and prior to the war he was employed at Joseph Wilson & Sons Ltd, hat manufacturers of Denton.
7221 Private Thomas Henry Schofield of the Lancashire Fusiliers:

He enlisted as a regular soldier on the 4 April 1899 and he was discharged on the 28 January 1916 due to sickness. He was awarded Silver War Badge No. 25941. During the war he received a gunshot wound to the shoulder near Armentieres, France, and later he was gassed at Ypres, Belgium.

Thomas Henry Schofield was born at Bradford, Manchester, in 1877 to Richard Schofield and Mary Ann Oliver who were married at St Michael’s Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, in 1877. He married Sarah Cooke at St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, on the 13 June 1908 and in civilian life he was resident on Mount Pleasant Road, Denton, employed as a coal miner. A later residence was on Melbourne Street.

Three of his brothers also served in the army, all of whom survived:
James Schofield was a regular soldier who served in various units and finally in the Royal Marines, (b.1880, Bradford, Manchester).
101989 Private Richard Schofield of the 29th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, formerly 33286 of the 8th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, (b.1885, Bradford, Manchester).
33507 Sapper Albert Schofield of the Royal Engineers, (b.1893, Droylsden).
11162 Private George Williamson of the 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment:

He was killed in action on the 8 July 1916, aged 28 years, and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.

George Williamson was born at Hyde in 1888 to John Williamson and Elizabeth Ann Ward who were married at Christ Church, Heaton Norris, Stockport, in 1884. His father died in Hyde in 1891, aged 31 years, and his mother married George Taylor at St Thomas’s Church, Godley, Hyde, in 1892.

He married Mary Jane McDougall at St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, in 1906 and in 1911 he was resident with his wife and son, Joseph (b. 1910, Denton), on Vaudrey Lane, Denton, employed as a fur blower in the hatting industry.

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