Stoker 1st Class John William (Willie) Milner. Born est. 1898, died 31/05/1916. Son of John And Elizabeth Milner, of 2, Veritys Place, Lane End, Pudsey. He volunteered to join the Navy and served aboard H.M.S. Black Prince which fought at the Battle of Jutland. See https://www.pudseycenotaph.co.uk/their-stories.html for more details.
Arthur Edward Murgatroyd was born 3 Dec 1888, Son of Myers (Quarry Owner and member of Fartown Christian Fellowship) and Mary at 2 Smalewell Road. Arthur married Jane Nichols of 24 South Parade Pudsey, on 11 Dec 1912. He worked as a delver in fathers Quarry. Arthur had been serving as a Gunner with the Royal Marine Artillery and it is possible he was recruited to give merchant shipping some additional firepower to counter the U-boat menace. He eventually served aboard the steamship S.S. War Song. Built by Detroit Shipbuilding Co., Wyandotte launched July 27, 1917, A British steamer of 2535 tons, it was entrusted to the management of W. France, Fenwick & Co, London to serve as a transport for raw materials. On January 15th, 1918, War Song, on a voyage from Bilbao to Brest with a cargo of iron ore, was sunk by shellfire from the German submarine U-93 (Helmut Gerlach), 12 miles west of L'isle-de-Sein near Brest. 16 persons were lost, six members of the crew; Charles Audigier Lombard Sailor. Brown Mr T. Steward. Goulding William Patrick, Second Officer. Hollingsworth J Second Engineer. Murgatroyd A. E. Gunner. James Ramsay Rankine Master, are buried together in L'isle-de-Sein Communal Cemetery, France. He was 29 and is also commemorated at Fartown Christian Fellowship and Pudsey St. Lawrence.
The story of one Pudsey Family’s loss during the First World War and the 1,355,000 bronze Death pennies commissioned during the 1920’s.
New information is constantly coming to light. We can announce that Privates George Eddison Fox, Ambrose Robbins, Willie Wood and Marine Gunner Arthur Edward Murgatroyd have been identified from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission archives, and their details have been added to our memorial. Ambrose Robbins and Willie Wood are both commemorated in Fulneck Church and also attended Pudsey St.Lawrence Church. George Eddison Fox served with the Tank Corps and is commemorated at Cambrai Memorial, Louverval. He was born on 27 August 1897 Son of George and Mary Elizabeth, baptised Olivet Chapel, Stanningley 20 October 1897. A more detailed account about Gunner Arthur Edward Murgatroyd is now available.
If you get the chance to pop into Horsforth Museum, the WW1 exhibition is excellent and features some truly outstanding research by Stephen Brown.
Blog postings by Damon Sugden on behalf of Pudsey & Farsley Royal British Legion Branch and in association with Pudsey Civic Society.