Saturday 3 November 2018

Huttons Ambo War Memorial - Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018


Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018

The men below were from our village and they died in either the First or Second World War. Many more from the village all served in these conflicts and they should be remembered too.

Please remember those who died, either at the Remembrance Day service at Welburn Church at 10. 45am on the 11th November 2018, or at our WAR MEMORIAL AT 12.30 PM ON SUNDAY 11th November 2018, or in your own way, but do remember them.   

There will be a short service of commemoration at the War Memorial.  Afterwards there will be coffee at the Village Hall.


It is proposed to place 100 crosses close the War Memorial on the Low Village Green. 89 crosses will be put in place on the Saturday morning at 9.00am. 

The final 11 crosses, representing the individuals listed below, will be put in place at 12:30 pm on Sunday 11th.   

If anyone is prepared to volunteer to assist on the Saturday and/or Sunday, then please contact Andy Dorman in the High Village or Simon Jackson in the Low Village, as soon as possible.  

It would be particularly apt if anyone of the same or similar age as those set out below, would be prepared to place a cross on their behalf on the Sunday.  Their ages range from 17 to 40.   

Similarly, if anyone has any links of any sort to the individuals and/or, for example, near where they lived this would also be of poignant reminder of those who died and did not return.

Born 1893- Killed in action-10/10/1918 [Aged 25]
Born in the village to William and Mary. In 1913 he joined the Army Reserve at Sledmere and at that time worked on a farm at Tibthorpe.  He died in one of the final advances of the war in France. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated at the Vis en Artois Memorial. Vis-en-Artois is a village on the straight main road from Arras to Cambrai, about 10 kilometres south-east of Arras. The Memorial is the back drop to the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, which is to the west of Haucourt.

Born 5th July 1881- Died of wounds 27/10/14 [Aged 33]
Born in the village, the family lived at Quarry Cottages [where “The Reddings” now is] and latterly near the Old Post Office [now “West Croft”]. He was a “horseman” and enlisted at the outbreak of war. He was wounded in the first Battle of Ypres. He died of his wounds and is buried in Boulogne, his grave records him as being from Huttons Ambo.

Born 1880- Died 20/9/18 whilst a Prisoner of War [Aged 38]
Born in the village. Originally he was a quarryman, [probably at the Sand Quarry in the village], and latterly a gardener.  He was transferred to a Pioneer Battalion in 1918 [their work involved digging trenches and tunneling] Captured in one of the largest German offensives of the war. He was a POW and he died whilst captive of what was recorded as “cardiac weakness” A newspaper report of the time recorded that he had “virtually died of starvation” He left a widow and a son, George, aged 6

Born 1898- Died 4/3/15 [Aged 17]
Born in Huttons Ambo, his father was the woodman on Huttons Ambo Estate, and they lived at Wood House. He worked as a railway porter, but he died prior to embarkation. He died, aged 17, in Newcastle, of malignant measles and broncho-pneumonia. His father was with him when he died and they are buried together in Huttons Ambo churchyard

Born 1877- Killed in action 20/9/17 [Aged 40]
Born at Leavening but he was brought up at Roughborough Farm where his  father Frederick farmed. He was a joiner working on his own account in High Hutton and married to Gertrude who was also from Huttons Ambo. He died at Passchendaele, his body was never recovered and he is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missingin Belgium. At the time of his death his widow, Gertrude Harrison was living at Netherby House in the Low Village

Born 1897-Died 12/1/15
Originally from near Kirbymoorside, it would appear that he was working at Huttons Ambo as a ‘carter” when he enlisted in the Reserve at Westow. He served as a Waggonerand he died in France of pneumonia. He is buried at Longuenesse [St Omer] Cemetery. [St. Omer was the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force from October 1914 to March 1916.]

Born April 1894 Died of wounds 18/10/18 [Aged 24]
[NB the war memorial records “George” however there are no records of a George Bowes and it is clear this is an error.]
Born in Huttons Ambo, his family lived in Quarry Cottages [now “The Reddings”] but he moved to Water Lane, and then later to High Hutton. He served with the Machine Gun Corps and died during the Advance in Flanders in the latter stages of the war. Thomas Bowes, Benjamin Waterworth and John Kelsey all died within one month of each other. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery near Ypres, but he is commemorated on his mothers gravestone in Huttons Ambo churchyard

Born 1900-Died accidentally 26/5/19 [Aged 19]
Employed as a “Horseman” in Huttons Ambo he enlisted in June 1918 [aged 18] and was sent to France in November 1918. He then served with the Army of Occupation in Germany and was killed in May 1919. He had been driving a wagon and horses when one of them was startled, fell and he was thrown onto a railway line running parallel to the road, where he was killed.

Born 1893 – Killed in Action 21/10/16 [23]
Born in Wakefield he was a footman at Huttons Ambo Hall. He enlisted in Malton and was a driver with the Royal Field Artillery. He was killed, along with 5 of his comrades during the Battle of the Somme in October 1916. All 6 are buried, side by side, at the Guards Cemetery Lesboeufs. [Lesboeufs (Somme region) was attacked by the Guards Division on 15 September 1916 and it was captured by them on the 25th. It was lost on 24 March 1918 during the great German offensive, after a stubborn resistance by part of the 63rd Bn. Machine Gun Corps, and it was recaptured on 29 August 1918 by the 10th Bn. South Wales Borderers.

Son of Colonel Wilson DSO, and of Diane Wilson, of Musley Bank. He was at Sandhurst when it was bombed on the 29/1/1941. He and four others were killed
He is buried, with his parents, in the rear churchyard in Huttons Ambo.

Born 1919- Died 28th May 1940 [Aged 21]
Son of Richard and Ada Fox of Huttons Ambo [possibly from Slip Inn cottages] Served with the Green Howards as part of the British Expeditionary Force, killed during the retreat to Dunkirk. Buried at Bus House Cemetery Belgium

A number of people have provided helpful information in relation to the research above. In particular, Peter Lealman, to whom I am very grateful.   

Sharon Jackson

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