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Virtual War Memorial

Let all remember these men of Malhamdale who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918
and the Second World War 1939-1945.

This page commemorates those people connected with the Malhamdale area who died in the two World Wars.
There is no single memorial in Malhamdale commemorating all those who died, and some names connected with the area are not inscribed on any of the existing memorials, possibly because they no longer lived within the Dale or are commemorated elsewhere. We dedicate this page to all the people connected with Malhamdale who are known to have died in the service of their Country.

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15 v13



The Great War : 1914-18

F Earnshaw


St Michael the Archangel
Kirkby Malham

The marble tablet on the tower wall as you enter the church lists six men who died from the Dale:

Pte. Joseph Berry
New Zealand Rifles
Pte. Farrand Earnshaw
Yorkshire Regiment
Sgt. Kayley Earnshaw
West Yorkshire Regiment
Pte. Robert Jones
Grenadier Guards
Lt. Ronald Morkill
West Yorkshire Regiment & RFC
Pte. John Redfearn
Royal Engineers

KM war memorial
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JW Redfearn

Pte. Farrand Earnshaw, son of Jane and the late William Earnshaw of Calton/Airton. Killed in action 1st July 1916, aged 26 years.

Pte. John William Redfearn, son of Jack & the late Ruth Redfearn of Kirkby Malham. Died of pneumonia, Etaples, France 13th July 1918, aged 23 years.

"If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England."

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

Airton Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
A brass memorial tablet listing:
In grateful memory of the brave men of this district who gave their lives for the cause of Freedom in the Great War 1914-1918

Ronald F Morkill 1st West Yorks Regt, RFC
Kayley Earnshaw Sgt. DCM
Farrand Earnshaw Pte.
Arthur W Bailey Pte.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends"

St Peter's, Coniston Cold
The war memorial in the churchyard reads:

In memorium
To the Glory of God
and in memory of the men
who laid down their lives
for their Country in the
Great War 1914-18

Lance Cpl James Thomson
Pte George Henry Perrett
Robert Jackman
Herbert Clarke
Robert Bateson

Also in the church yard is a grave inscribed:

Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth the beloved wife of the Revd John Stansfeld who died at Coniston Parsonage
Feb 9th 1861 aged 41 years
also in proud ond loving memory of
Lt Col John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld DSO
grandson of the above, and only son of John Birkbeck Stansfeld MA
He served with great distinction in the 2nd Btn Gordon Highlanders through the South African War 1899 - 1901 and died gloriously on the field of battle while commanding the same Btn at Loos
Sept 28th 1915 aged 36 years
giving his life for his King and Country.
His body lies in the military cemetery at Chocques, France


Conistone Cold War Memorial

Book cover
Click to view the online version. External Website logo
This excellent site also provides information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Soldiers Died, Local Newspapers and War Memorials.

Craven's Part in the Great War

Compiled and edited by John T Clayton editor of the Craven Herald, this Roll of Honour for the dead of Craven was published in 1919 and wholly paid for by Walter Morrison MP of Malham Tarn.
A copy was presented to each member of the Forces who joined up from the Skipton Parliamentary Division or to their next of kin.
It contains photographs of most of the men who died, as well as some brief details about them.
No single source seems complete, so the list of First World War casualties below, was compiled from this publication, the actual War Memorials and Rolls of Honour, the online version of Soldiers Died in the Great War External Website logo the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register External Website logo Parish magazines and local newspapers.

Lieut. Ronald Falshaw Morkill
1st Btn West Riding Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) and Royal Flying Corps.
Died 22 June 1915 aged 23
Killed in flying accident at Shoreham. Son of John William & Hannah Shaw of Newfield Hall.
(The only Commonwealth War Grave in Kirkby Malham churchyard.)

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 53)

Sgt. Kayley Earnshaw (DCM)
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Died 9th June 1916 aged 36.
Born Calton
Husband of Ellen Earnshaw, of Chapel St., Salterforth, Colne, Lancs.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 133)

Pte. Farrand Earnshaw
10th Btn Yorkshire Regiment
Died 1st July 1916 aged 26.
Born Calton
Son of Jane Earnshaw of West Bank, Kirkby Malham

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 143)

Pte. John William Redfearn
Army Service Corps, 3rd Field Survey Coy Royal Engineers.
Died 13th July 1918 aged 23.
Son of John & the late Ruth Redfearn of Main Street, Kirkby Malham.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 357)

Pte. Joseph Berry
2nd Btn 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade.
Died 26 Mar 1918 aged 32
Son of John & Alice Berry, of Airton

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 336)

Pte. Robert Francis Jones
3rd Btn Grenadier Guards
Died 23 August 1918 aged 19
Son of Elizabeth Jones of St. Luke's Hospital, Bayswater, London. Grandson of Mr. J Winskill, Malham Tarn.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 359)

Sgt. George Henry Caton (MM& Bar)
4th Btn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Died 27 Mar 1918 aged 22
Eldest son of John William & Emily Caton, born Kirkby Malham.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 337)

Pte. JW Caton
Army Service Corps
Died 18 Sept 1918 aged 19
Died of pneumonia at Rouen.
Youngest son of John William & Emily Caton, born Kirkby Malham.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 362)

Lte. Robert Seton Scott Orr
201st Squadron R A F
Died 8 Aug 1918 aged 21
Son of Robert & Catherine Orr of Dale House, Malham.

(Debt of Honour Register)

Pte. Arthur William Bailey
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Died 29 July 1916 aged 20
Son of William George & Anne Elizabeth Bailey, of 41, Fazakerley Rd., Liverpool. From Otterburn.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 138)

LCpl. James Thomson
10th Btn 21st Div Yorkshire Regiment External Website logo (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)
Died 1 July 1916 aged 20
Son of Wm. Thomson, Castle Douglas, and lately of Coniston Hall, Bell Busk.

(War memorial, St Peter's Coniston Cold, Craven Herald)

Pte. George Henry Perrett
21st Btn West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Died 31 January 1918 aged 26
Son of Thomas Perrett, Bell Busk station master.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 333)

Pte. Robert Jackman
2nd Btn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Died 18 April 1915 aged 22
Born Giggleswick
Son of John Ashworth and Annie Jackman.

(War memorial, St Peter's Coniston Cold & Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19)

Pte. Herbert Clarke
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Died 14 July 1916 aged 24
Youngest son of Mr. Richard Clark, Kirkgate, Settle, and formerly postman at Bell Busk, Airton, Malham, &c.

(War memorial, St Peter's Coniston Cold & Craven's Part in the Great War page 141)

Pte. Robert Bateson (MM)
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Died 28 Nov 1917 aged 22
Born Airton
Son of Mr and Mrs J Bateson, Station Cottage, Bell Busk.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 312)

Cpl. Stanley Richmond
Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Died 10 Nov 1917 aged 23.
Born Bell Busk
Son of Tom and Ada Richmond, of Mosside, Alberta.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 379)

Pte Charles Pilling
Canadian Forestry Corps
Died 14 May 1918 aged 47
Born Bell Busk
Son of Thomas and Mary Pilling, of 14, Firth St, Skipton.

(Debt of Honour Register)

Sgt George Butler
Royal Horse Artillery
Died 14 April 1917 aged 30
Son of William Duckett Butler and Margaret Butler; husband of Sarah Hargreaves (formerly Butler), of 30, Preston Rd., Freckleton, Kirkham, Lancs. Born at Bordley Hall

(Debt of Honour Register)

Pte William Burton
"B" Coy. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry
Died 3 May 1917 aged 29
Son of Edwin and Mary Ann Burton of Nottingham, husband of Fanny Burton, of Reservoir House, Winterburn.

(Debt of Honour Register)

Sidney Burton
1st/3rd West Riding Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Died 24 March 1916 aged 24
Son of Ellen Callow (formerly Burton), of Winterburn and the late Percy William Burton.

(Debt of Honour Register)

William Richardson
Royal Garrison Artillery
Died 17 Nov 1918 aged 25
Son of George and Rose A Richardson, of Coniston Cold, husband of Minnie Dodsworth (formerly Richardson) of Trees Cottages, South St., Gargrave.

(Debt of Honour Register)

Herbert Cardus
Royal Army Service Corps
Died 9 Nov 1916 aged 19
Born Airton.

(Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19)

George Henry Metcalfe
9 Btn Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) Trench Mortar Battery
Died 10 March 1918 aged 39
Born Bell Busk.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 337)

Samuel Hall
West Yorkshire Regiment and 19th Btn Durham Light Infantry
Died 27 Oct 1917 aged 31
Born Malham.

(Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19)

John Peart
Machine Gun Corps
Died 24 April 1917 age 25
Born Malham. Son of William and Ann E Peart formerly of Middle House.

(Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19)

Lieut. Hedley Knowles
1st/6th Btn Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
Died 30 May 1915 age 22.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 51)

Edwin Clapham

Edwin Clapham
18th Service Btn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died 31 Oct 1918 age 20
Born Kirkby Malham
Son of Richard and Betsy Clapham formerly of Capon Hall.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 366)

James Redmayne
2nd Btn Australian Infantry
Died 12 July 1915 age 35
Born Kirkby Malham
Son of William and Isabella Redmayne formerly of Kirkby Top.

(West Yorkshire Pioneer 6 Aug 1915)

W E Gomersall

Lieut. William Ellis Gomersall
22nd Service Btn 7th Division Manchester Regiment
Died 1 July 1916 aged 21
Born Hellifield
Son of Hubert and Jane Eliza Gomersall, of Urmston, Manchester formerly of Otterburn and Bell Busk.

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 59)

Letters home


Lt Col John Raymond Evelyn Stansfeld DSO
2nd Btn 7th Div Gordon Highlanders
Died 28 Sep 1915 aged 35

(Craven's Part in the Great War page 76)

Use this link to search for additional details in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's External Website logo "Debt of Honour Register".

You can find details of the Regiment, Unit, Date of Death, Age, Service number, Awards, plus additional details which may include family information. You will also discover the cemetery or memorial on which they are commemorated and can print out their details in certificate form.

Much additional information, including news reports are included on the Craven's Part in the Great War website. External Website logo

CWGC logo

In St Michael's Church, Kirkby Malham there is also a small brass plaque attached to a wooden lectern which reads:
In Memory of Captain FRANCIS EDWARD MORKILL External Website logo 20th Canadian Infantry Battalion. Who was killed in action on the Somme 15th September 1916 aged 26 Years. He was a cousin of JW Morkill JP of Newfield Hall, from the Canadian branch of this family.
See the Canadian Virtual War Memorial for further details of Cpt F E Morkill External Website logo complete with his picture and obituary.

The Great War Roll of Honour

A carved oak Roll of Honour hangs in Kirkby Malham Church Hall and records around 60 names of those who left their hearths and homes to answer the call to defend their country during the Great War, including some who didn't return. At the Methodist Chapel in Malham, another list hangs inside the porch. It is titled the Malham Wesleyan Roll of Honour and lists 20 men who went to the Great War, duplicating some names from the Kirkby Malham Roll. Beneath the names it says"Praise God, all the above returned safely after the Great War" The list below is compiled from both these two sources. (* Died)

Pte. Richard H Baines Pte. Robert F Jones * Pte. William Nelson
Pte. Edward Banks Pte. Edward Lawson Pte. F Nelson
Pte. Charles Bell Pte. Ernest Lawson LCpl. Benjamin Hudson
Pte. Joseph Berry * Pte. William Lumb Pte. Robinson Jackson
Pte. John Blamire Pte. William H Lumb Pte. Ernest Redfearn
Pte. Henry Bolland Pte. George Newhouse Pte. John Wm Redfearn *
Pte. James Bolland Pte. Walter Newhouse Pte. Percy T Redfearn
Pte. John Bolland Maj. H Gilbert Tunstall Pte. John L Richardson
Pte. Norman Bolland Pte. Richard Chester Pte. Robert Richardson
Pte. Thomas W Carr Pte. Morrison T R Hall Pte. Frederick Rowley
Pte. Arthur Caton Pte. George Metcalfe Pte. William Scott
Pte. David Coates Pte. Hugh B Morkill Pte. Cyrus Sharp
Pte. John Coates Pte. Alan G Morkill Pte. George Sharp
Pte. Farrand Earnshaw * Pte. Ronald F Morkill * Pte. John Sharp
Pte. Robert Earnshaw Pte. Edward Taylor Pte. James Swinbank
Pte. Joseph Fitchett Pte. Dudley H Illingworth Pte. Frank Stephens
Pte. William Foster Sgt. Archie V Armstrong Pte. Robert Taylor
Pte. William Hudson Pte. William Bell Pte. James Tyson
Pte. Samuel H Jackson Sgt. Kayley Earnshaw * DCM Pte. Jack C Ward
Pte. E Johnson Pte. William Sharp Pte. George Wolfenden DCM
Pte. R Johnson Cpl. William Caton MM Pte. Norman Yeoman


The Second World War : 1939-45

Fortunately the losses in the Second World War seem to have been small in comparison to the earlier conflict, and except for a single inscription on the war memorial at St Peter's, Coniston Cold. It doesn't seem to have been thought necessary to erect any other memorial in the Dale.

St Peter's Coniston Cold

The only Second World War entry inscription on the memorial in the churchyard of reads:

To the Glory of God
And in memory of
Roland Cundall
Who laid down his life
for his Country in the
Great War 1939- 45

Stoker 2nd Class Roland Cundall
Royal Navy, HMS Matabele External Website logo
Died 17 January 1942 aged 21
Son of Daniel and Mary Ann Cundall; husband of Sylvia Cundall, of Coniston Cold. (Debt of Honour Register)


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Their Debt of Honour External Website logo listing provides a few more Second World War casualties associated with the area:

Pte. Peter Kenneth Kirkham,
Gordon Highlanders.
Died 29th Mar 1945. Age 18.
Son of Reginald and Winifred Kirkham of Airton
Surgeon Lt. John Smyth Crone
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
HM Submarine Sterlet
External Website logo
Died 27th April 1940. Age 24.
Son of John Walker Crone and Ida May Crone; husband of Phyllis Irene Crone of Kirkby Malham
Pte. Lionel Lund
West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Died 26 May 1943 aged 29
Lived at Tranlands, son of William and Rebecca Lund; husband of Dorothy Lund of Garstang, Lancashire.
Lce. Bombardier, Charles Edwin Burton
16 Bty., 2 H.A.A. Royal Artillery
Died April 1941. Age 31.
Son of Edwin and Elisabeth Burton of Winterburn

Roll of Honour
The few names above are the only deaths we can find associated with the Dale during World War Two. In the January 1944 edition of the Parish Magazine, the Rev Bernard Chick published the following list of those men and women who were on active service. This listing seems to be the nearest thing we have for a Roll of Honour for this conflict.

Corrections to the Rev Chick's list above: William Geldard should read Wilfred Geldard; Cecil Blades should read Cecil Banks

Although great care has been taken to ensure that this page is fully comprehensive by using all the available sources, there may still be ommissions or errors. Please contact the with any corrections or if you can provide any further information, especially pictures of the men.
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