Servicemen C-E

Carter, Edwin Legat – born on 7th November 1882, son of Amos Carter, a glazier, and his wife Martha (nee Smith). Edwin appears to have been brought up by his grand parents James and Ann Smith at their home at Lane End, Bingley. On 6th May 1905 Edwin married Ellen Matilda Rimington at Harden and they subsequently had three children, Annie, Nellie and James. In 1911, at the age of 28, Edwin, a fitter, was living at 27 Lane End, Harden with his family.  By the time Edwin attested on 5th August 1915 at Keighley, he had already served 4 years in the West Riding Volunteer Battalion. At this time Edwin was living at 5 Mitton Street, Cottingley and his stated profession was “musician”. Upon enlistment, Private  25180 Edwin Carter was posted to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry at Pontefract. In July 1916 Edwin was appointed Lance Corporal but reverted to Private in February 1917 at his own request. In April 1917 Edwin was transferred to the Royal Army Service Corps with service number 279928. Edwin served in 615 Motor Transport Company where he qualified as a caterpillar fitter. It would appear that Edwin served part of the time in Ireland. On 5th May 1919 Edwin was discharged from service as being “no longer physically fit for war service” due to defective vision. As a result Edwin was awarded a Silver War Badge and a pension of 21 shillings and 8 pence for 59 weeks. This included an allowance for Edwin’s three children.


Chadwick, William – born 1901, son of Charles and Elizabeth Ann Chadwick. The family lived at 4 Herbert Street, Cottingley where William was a woolcomber. William served as Private 99462 in the 1/7th Battalion of the King’s Liverpool Regiment and died from head and knee wounds received in action on 20th June 1918. William is buried in the Pernes British Cemetery. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Coghlan, Denis Vincent – born 30th March 1894, son of Daniel Coghlan. In 1911 Denis was an apprentice tailor living at 83 Birch Lane, Bradford. Denis served as Private 1400 in the West Yorkshire Regiment, going into action in France on 16th April 1915. On 3rd February 1919 he was discharged to a commission as 2nd Lieutenant with the Connaught Rangers. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory medal and British War medal. From 1918 to 1921 Denis lived with his father and step-mother at 23 North Bank Road, Shipley. In 1924 Denis travelled to Java. He died at Bradford in 1974.

Collis, James John – born in 1890 at Southwark, London, one of nine children of Edward Collis, a contractor’s carman, and his wife Charlotte. On 3rd May 1913 James, a polisher, married Caroline Agnes Webster at St. Mark’s Church, Manningham. They subsequently had four children, Alice G., Charles E., Charlotte A. and Lilian S. James, of 61 North Bank Road, Stoney Ridge, attested at Bradford on 30th January 1915 and was posted to the 6th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment as Private No. 4053.  At this time James was a woolcomber by trade. He later transferred to the 5th Battalion with service No. 241419. James first saw action abroad on 7th January 1917 and was admitted to hospital with scabies shortly afterwards. On 9th May 1917 James was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal. For a short time in July 1917 James was attached to the 17th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment. On 20th November 1917 James suffered a gun shot wound to his left arm and on 12th December 1917 he was transferred to England by the Hospital Ship St. Patrick and remained in hospital until 16th April 1918. James was disembodied on 3rd June 1919. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war James and his family lived at 63a North Bank Road for several years.

Craven, Arthur Edward – born 11th November 1895, son of James Craven and his wife Sarah (nee Briggs). In 1915 Arthur enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was assistant scoutmaster of the 1st Cottingley Troop, 48th Bradford. Arthur was a worsted spinner before the war. It is possible that Arthur was the Private Arthur E Craven who served in the RAMC (63251) and the Labour Corps (521126). He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war Arthur, now a tailor and resident at 18 Hollings Street, Cottingley, married Dorothy Lambert at St. Barnabas Church, Heaton on 25th July 1921.

Craven, George – born in 1878 at Terrington, near Malton, son of James Craven, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Ann. George was a farm labourer throughout his life, first at Terrington, then Malton, then Cottingley. George married Ellen Agnes Smith in 1901 and they subsequently had seven children. No record has been traced of George’s military service. After the war George and family settled at 6 Herbert Street, Cottingley.

Craven, Harry – born at Stoney Ridge in 1898, the eldest of six children of Fred Craven, a stone quarryman, and his wife Maria (nee Hirst). The family home was at 9 North Bank Road and it was to here that Harry returned after the end of hostilities. The only reference H Craven 20.11.18.jpgto Harry’s military involvement appeared in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph of 1st November 1918 which said: CRAVEN, Gunner Harry of Stoney Ridge near Bingley has been gassed and wounded, and is now in hospital in England. A possible candidate is Private 3002 and 235206 Harry Craven, Yorkshire Regiment, who enlisted on 26th October 1914 and was discharged on 22nd November 1918, age 20, due to wounds. He served overseas and was awarded the Victory medal, British War medal and Silver War Badge. On 1st December 1921 Harry married Alice Mais at St. Michael’s Church, Cottingley. Their daughter, Margaret, was born on 29th November 1922.

Craven, Matthew Henry – born at Queensbury on 11th September 1898,son of James Craven and his wife Sarah (nee Briggs) and brother of Arthur Edward (see above). Matthew was  a worsted spinner before the war. It is possible that Matthew was the Private M. H. Craven who served in the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Private 68864). He served from 19th August 1918 to 27th December 1918 and was discharged, aged 20, due to illness. He was awarded a Silver War Badge.

Craven, Stanley Smith aka Smith, Stanley Craven – Stanley Craven Smith was born on 21st June 1899 at Malton, the son of Ellen Agnes Smith. Stanley’s mother later married George Craven. Stanley spent his early years at Malton and not until the war years did he appear in Cottingley with the Craven family. Private 63724 Stanley Craven Smith served in the West Yorkshire Regiment and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. In December 1921 Stanley married Florence May Wainwright and set up home at 6 Herbert Street, Cottingley. In 1965, a widower then residing at 27 Manor Road, Cottingley, he married again, Elizabeth Neale, a widow. He died in 1979.

Crook, S. M. – No records have been found of anyone of this name being associated with the village of Cottingley or nearby. It may, however, have been John Crook who is registered as living in Cottingley from 1919 to 1959, first at 62 Hollings Street, then 2 Mitton Street and finally at 7 Quebec. If so, he was born on 1st September 1886 at Wilsden, son of William Crook, a weaver, and his wife Ellen Esther (nee Smith). In 1911 John was a Private in the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers. On 7th January 1913 he married Phyllis Elizabeth Goode. At this time he stated that his occupation was a tramway conductor. In 1918 he was registered (as an absentee) at 18 Hollings Street, Cottingley and had voting rights through naval or military qualification.

Crowther, Tom – born 1887, son of Jonas and Emma Crowther (nee Steel). In 1911 he was manager of the Royal Hotel at Pudsey. On 28th August 1915 Tom married Clara Isabel Ferguson and they subsequently had a son, Thomas William. Tom enlisted on 10th September 1914 serving initially as Private 253 in the West Yorkshire Regiment. He was later promoted to the rank of sergeant and transferred to the Labour Corps. His first action overseas was in France on 6th December 1915. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory medal and British War medal. From 1918 to 1931 Tom was resident at 1 Town Hill Street, Cottingley.

Davis, John – From 1918 to 1922 lived at Riversdene, Cottingley.

Dawson, Walter – born at Baildon in 1886, son of William and Rhoda Dawson. In 1911 he was a planing machine operator living at 5 Queens Road, Shipley. On 4th May 1912 Walter married Laura Longley. Walter and Laura lived at various addresses in Cottingley including 26 Main Street from 1919 to 1929.

Dean, Francis Nicholson M. M. – born at Girlington on 7th September 1885, the only child of Joseph Dean, a spinning overlooker, and his wife, Clara (nee Renton). Frank, of 4 Strand, Cottingley, had originally attested with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on 25th June 1902 at the age of 17 years and 9 months but must have changed his mind (or had it changed for him) as he was discharged just three days later “by purchase on payment of £1”. At this time Frank was employed as a chemist by F. K. Taylor. Frank must have yearned for a military career as he joined the Royal Engineers on 18th August 1908. At the time of the 1911 Census Frank, aged 25 years, was on military service in Egypt where he was a fitter in the 2nd (Field) Company, Royal Engineers. At the outbreak of war he was on active service in Egypt where he remained until 4th November 1914. He was then transferred to France where he rose to the rank of Lance Corporal. He joined the Royal Flying Corps on 2nd June 1916 and was promoted to the rank of Flight Sergeant on 1st October 1917. On the 1st April 1918 the Royal Air Force was formed and Frank became a Chief Mechanic paid at the rate of 7 shillings. Frank was transferred to the RAF Reserve on 23rd July 1920 and was discharged on 17th August 1920, after 12 years service, to The Grange, Cottingley. Frank was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914 Star as well as the Military Medal, for gallant conduct while in the Royal Engineers. He was also awarded a Mark Of Distinction to the 1914 Star. The London Gazette of 10th November 1916 included the following announcement: His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field to the under-mentioned Non-Commissioned Officers and Men:- 28666 2nd Class Air Mechanic F. Dean R.F.C. On 1st September 1917 Francis married Bertha Horne. For several years the family home was at The Grange, Cottingley, then Grammar School House, Bingley (1922 – 1932), 28 Prospect Street, Bingley (1934 – 1936) and finally 35 Kent Road, Bingley (1937 – 1952). Francis and Bertha had three children, Clara, Thomas Henry Dickenson and Joseph Nicholson. On 12th January 1939 Frank enlisted as a volunteer for reserve training in Class “E” Reserves for four years as an Aircraftsman Second Class. The following day he was promoted to Sergeant. Francis died in 1953.

Dearden, Joseph Henry – born at Saltaire on 10th May 1887, the second of four children of John Dearden, a machine cleaner, and his wife Julia Ann (nee Wright). In 1911 Joseph was a scourJ H Dearden 31.3.17.jpger living at 44 New Road Side, Thornton. Later in 1911 Joseph married Nellie Clarke and they set up home in Saltaire at 18 Fanny Street. At some stage Joseph resided at 5 Hollings Street, Cottingley and had a greengrocer’s business in the village. Joseph served in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry during the First World War. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Denby, Norman – born on 28th April 1887 at New Brighton, son of Abraham Rushforth Denby and his wife Ann (nee Normington) and brother of Sam (see below). Norman served as a Private, No. 80652, in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Norman enlisted at Bradford on 6th December 1915, the same day as his brother, at the age of 28 years and 222 days. By this time, Norman, who was a foreman pattern room man by occupation, employed by J Burbeck & Co., Beckover Street, Bradford,  and living at 13 Stone Street, Sandy Lane, had married Annie Slater – on 13th November 1915. Norman was not mobilised until 15th May 1916 when he was posted as a Gunner and joined the Heavy Battery. Norman went to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force on 4th December 1916, where he served until 27th January 1919. In 1917 and 1918 Norman had two periods in hospital (in France) due to illness, then, after the cessation of hostilities and after a period of leave to home, Norman contacted the dreaded influenza in January 1919 and spent three weeks in Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire. Norman was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


Denby, Sam – born 1890, son of Abraham Rushforth Denby and his wife Ann (nee Normington) and brother of Norman (see above). The family lived at 21 Lynwood Terrace, Cottingley where Sam was a joiner by trade. He attested at Bingley on 6th December 1915 but was not mobilised until 9th February 1916 when he was posted to the 3/7th Battalion of the West Riding Regiment as Private No.268073. Sam was killed in action on 6th May 1918 and is commemorated at Etaples Military Cemetery. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Dibb, Frank Wade – born at Bingley on 27th April 1897, the younger of two sons of William Dibb, a farmer, and his wife Elizabeth Hannah (nee Wade). Before the war the family lived at Hill Top Farm, Cottingley. Frank attested at Bradford on 12th April 1915. He was assigned to the 2/2 West Riding Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery as Gunner No. 2169. On 9th July 1915 Frank was transferred to the 1st West Riding Divisional Ambulance Company as  Driver 2180 and immediately sent to France, arriving the following day, where he stayed until 4th September 1916. From this date Frank reverted to the rank of Gunner, with Regimental No. 796049, and was stationed at Ripon. A gun shot wound to his left ankle saw Frank discharged on 14th December 1918. He was awarded a Silver War Badge, British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1915 Star. In 1918 Frank married Gladys Wade. They subsequently had two children, Clarice and William Wade.

Dinsdale, Arthur – born at Cottingley on 13th April 1891, the son of John Dinsdale, a tanner’s labourer, and his wife Annie Elizabeth (Nee Buckle). Arthur’s early days were spent at Quebec, Cottingley then at 1 Hollings Street where, in 1911 at the age of 19, he was a stuff warehouseman. No records are available of Arthur’s military service. Arthur remained at 1 Hollings Street for many years after the war. In 1955 Arthur married Grace Horn.

Downing, Edward – born 25th August 1878, son of William and Ellen Downing. On 2nd December 1905 Edward, a farm labourer of New Close Farm, Cottingley, married Ethel Holmes at Shipley Parish Church. In 1911 Edward was a farmer living with his family at Cliffe Farm, Cottingley. After the war the family resided at 38 Hollings Street, Cottingley. Edward, of 1 The Bungalows, Manor Drive, Cottingley, died on 19th April 1951.

Driver, Edward – born at Bingley in 1874, the son of  Thomas Driver, a machine fitter, and his wife, Mary (nee Sutton). In 1897 Edward married Edith Close. Private 184546 Edward Drivedriver-001r served in the Labour Corps and was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, indicating that he served abroad after 31st December 1915.

Edmondson, Walter – born 1892, the son of Levi and Eliza Edmondson. The family lived at 14 Stoney Ridge, Shipley and Walter was a wool sorter. In 1915 Walter married Annie Jefferies and they had one son, Ronald. Walter attested at Shipley on 12th December 1915 and wW Edmondson 25.5.18.jpgas posted to the Royal Garrison Artillery as Gunner No. 81400 on 12th May 1916. On 21st November 1916 he disembarked at Havre, France and died of wounds received in action at 1 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, France on 1st May 1918. Walter is buried at the Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. Walter had been a playing member of Saltaire Cricket Club and the team wore black rosettes in memory of Walter at their match on Saturday 18th May 1918. Walter’s name also appears on the Roll Of Honour of St. Peter’s Church, Shipley.