Servicemen F-G

Fielding, Alfred Redvers – born 23rd March 1900, son of Fred and Grace Fielding. Alfred, a wool sorter of 25 Lynwood Terrace, Cottingley, attested on 24th April 1918 and joined the Durham Light Infantry, serving as Private 11087. In March 1919 he was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal but in June of that year he reverted to Private. He was transferred to the Army Reserve on 6th February 1920. On 4th May 1927 he married Frances Pernell. They subsequently had three children, Alfred, Margaret and Harold. He died on 26th May 1966 at Cottingley.

Fielding, Arthur – born 1884 at Cottingley, son of Robert and Maria Fielding (nee Livock). In 1909 he married Sarah Jane Denby. They subsequently lived at 2 Hollings Street, Arthur Fielding.jpgCottingley and in 1911, when Arthur was a stuff warehouseman, they had twin children, George and Norah, the latter of whom died shortly after birth. Although no record of his military service has been found, he certainly served in France and a photograph of him in uniform is shown alongside.

Fielding, Ernest – born 1896 at Cottingley, son of Fred and Grace Fielding and brother of Alfred Redvers Fielding. In 1911 Ernest was a hairdresser living at 42 Main Street, Cottingley. By the time of his attestation, on 13th November 1916, he had become a tailor. Ernest served as Private 202431 in the 1st Reserve Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, then transferred, just two days later, to the Durham Light Infantry. From 12th March 1917 until 20th March 1917 was in France in transit to Salonika where he served until 23rd October 1918. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals. On 7th July 1920 Ernest married Frances Mary Loveday.

Fielding, Fred – born 28th November 1887 at Cottingley, son of Robert and Maria Fielding (nee Livock). In 1911 Fred was a gentleman’s gardener living at 2 Herbert Street, Cottingley. On 13th November 1913 Fred married Elizabeth Taylor at Cottingley Town Hall. fred-fieldingThey subsequently had two children, Dorothy and Thomas. Fred was the proprietor of the Fish & Chip Shop at the bottom of Main Street, Cottingley which he built in 1928 and operated for many years.

Fielding, Henry – born on 7th August 1896, son of Robert and Maria Fielding (nee Livock). In 1911 Henry was a spinner living at 2 Herbert Street, Cottingley. By the time he attested, on 2nd December 1915, he was a warehouseman with Birkbeck’s Wool Company in Bradford. Henry served as Private 18006 in the West Riding Regiment and 56504 in the York and Lancaster Regiment. Henry served overseas in France and Italy where he was awarded the Croce Di Guerra.The citation for this award read “During the operations across the Piave on October 27 1918, this man was runner to his Company Commander. He carried out his duties with the utmost disregard for personal safety, constantly having to cross open fields which were under heavy fire. He never failed to deliver his messages with the utmost despatch. Several critical situations were quickly dealt with owing to the speed with which he carried various orders”. He was also awarded the Victory and British War medals. In 1924 he married Sarah Lee at Cottingley Town Hall. They subsequently had a son, Raymond. Henry died in 1978.

Fielding, Herbert – born 5th March 1890, son of Robert and Maria Fielding (nee Livock). In 1911 he was a tailor living at 2 Herbert Street, Cottingley. On 29th June 1917 Herbert enlisted with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve with number F32263. He spent nine monthHerbert Fielding.jpgs aboard President II before joining the Royal Air Force, as Air Mechanic 3 – Rigger (Aero), on its formation on 1st April 1918. Herbert was awarded the British Medal (RN). In 1915 Herbert married Eleanor Miller and they subsequently had a son, Stanley. Herbert died in 1956.

Fielding, Percy – born at Cottingley on 10th November 1885, son of Robert Fielding and his wife Maria (nee Livock) and one of five brothers who served in WW1. In 1909 Percy married ElizabetFielding 001.jpgh Jane Whitaker and they subsequently had two daughters, Evelyn and Olive. In 1911 the family lived at 22 Smith Street at which time Percy was a worsted warp twister, employed by Messrs.  Charles Sowden and Sons of Allerton. Percy served as Private 45674 in the Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed in action on 20th September 1917 during the battle of Menin Road Bridge (Passchendaele). He is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial. Percy was awarded the VIctory and British War medals.

Fisher, Bertie – born 28th October 1884, son of Walter and Margaret Fisher. In 1911 he was a pattern maker engineer living at 79 Spencer Street, Keighley. On 29th August 1911 Bertie married Gertrude Angless and they subsequently had three children, Mary, Kathleen and Sheila. After the war the family lived at 37 North Bank Road, Shipley. Bertie died on 7th February 1944.

Fleming, Walter – born 1891, son of James Edward and Mary Ann Fleming. In 1911 Walter was assisting on his father’s farm at Wadsworth, Hebden Bridge. Walter enlisted at Halifax in September 1916 and was assigned No. 40700 in the 3rd Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was sent to Newcastle where, on arrival, he was found to be ill and sent to hospital, where he died of pneumonia on 5th October 1916. Walter is buried at Cross Lanes United Methodist Chapel, Hebden Bridge. Prior to joning the army, Walter was employed by Enoch Holmes at Stock-a-Close Farm, Cottingley.

Fletcher, William – born at Yeadon in 1884, the youngest of five children of John Henry Fletcher, a brick maker, and his wife Martha (nee Tempest). William followed his father by becoming a brick maker and lived in Yeadon until 1913. In 1909 William married Elizabeth Harrison and in 1910 they had a son, Leonard Tempest Fletcher. In 1913 William and family moved to 50 Hollings Street, Cottingley. No record of William’s military service has yet been traced. After the war William and family returned to Yeadon.

Fox, Robert Edmondson – born 7th March 1885 at 42 Agar Street, Manningham, the son of John Edward Fox and his wife, Mary Edmondson Fox (nee Barraclough). In 1911 he was a milk salesman living at Norr Hill Farm, Wilsden. Robert served as PrivatHome of Robert E Foxe 3203 in the Durham Light Infantry and, later, 40388 in the 16th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. Robert died on 10th February 1917 and is commemorated at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 1. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.


Frear, AlbertD. C. M. – born at Gilstead on 10th September 1889, one of 11 children of John Frear, a stone miner, and his wife, Emily (nee Croft). The family settled at 5 Mitton Street, Cottingley and there, in 1911, Albert was recorded as being a warp twister. On 4th July 1912, Albert married Eliza Ann Longley at St. Michael’s Church, Cottingley. Albert attested at Bradford on 18th November 1915 at the age of 25 years and 69 days. On 7th April 1916 Albert was mobilised as Private 5894 with the 3/6th Battalion of the Duke Of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. On 18th October 1916 Albert was sent to France where he joined the 34th Infantry Base Depot at Etaples. On 4th November 1916 he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Duke Of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment and given regimental number 24449. On 13th July 1917 Albert was promoted to the rank of Corporal, then on 18th June 1918 to Acting Sergeant. On 2nd November 1918 Albert returned to England and transferred to reserve on demobilisation on 17th March 1919. He was finally discharged on 31st March 1920. The London Gazette of 2nd December 1919 included the following entry: 24449 Sjt. A. Frear, 2nd Bn., W. Rid. R. (Cottingley). During the operation on the 24th October, 1918, during the attack on the high ground east of Verchain, he assumed command of his platoon on his officer becoming a casualty, and behaved with splendid gallantry. When attacking the quarry north west of Mur Copse an enemy machine gun was causing considerable trouble. He dashed forward and put the machine gun out of action by killing the gunner. The remainder of the team surrendered. Throughout the operation he showed complete disregard for his personal safety, and he did excellent workAlbert was also awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Albert was presented with his Distinguished Conduct Medal at Cottingley Town Hall on Monday 5th May 1919. After the war Albert and Eliza, together with daughters Hilda and Constance, resided at 60 Hollings Street, Cottingley for several years before moving to 47 Manor Road, Cottingley. Albert Frear died in 1967.

Frear, Alfred – born 1896, a son of John and Emily Frear and one of four brother to serve in WW1. He was also one of two brothers to die on active service. In 1911 Alfred was a doffer in a worsted mill, living at 5 Mitton Street, Cottingley. Alfred served as Private 31289 in the West Riding Regiment and GS66879 in the 23rd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. Alfred was killed in action on 25th March 1918 and is commemorated at the Arras Memorial. He was awrded the Victory and British War medals.


Frear, Herbert – born at Gilstead in 1897, the son of Jim Frear, an iron moulder, and his wife, Betsy (nee Butterfield). Herbert, an iron moulder of 3 Mitton Street, Cottingley, attested at Bradford on 14th January 1916 at the age of 18 years and 106 days and was immediately placed on reserve. He was called up on 26th May 1916 and posted to the West Yorkshire Regiment with regimental number 23409. On 15th December 1916, Herbert was transferred to the 6th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment and the following day embarked for France at Folkestone, disembarking at Boulogne. On 10th January 1917 Herbert joined the 2nd Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment and on 27th January 1917 was admitted to hospital due to illness. He rejoined the battalion three days later but was wounded in action on 22nd April 1917. The head wound was sufficiently serious for Herbert to be sent back to England aboard the Hospital Ship, St. Patrick on 29th April 1917. He spent four months in various hospitals including Oxford and Winslow. On 22nd January 1918 Herbert was transferred to the Royal Engineers (Railway Troops) then on 15th May 1918 to the 18th Battalion, York & Lancaster Regiment. Herbert remained in England until 3rd July 1918 when he was posted back to France having been promoted to the rank of Corporal. On 10th November 1918 Herbert was suffering from the effects of gas and returned to England where he spent a month in hospital at Derby. Herbert was discharged on 19th February 1919 with a 20% degree of disablement and a weekly pension of 6 shillings. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. Herbert returned to 3 Mitton Street, Cottingley after the war and in 1920 married Ada Whitaker. They subsequently lived at 17 Main Street, 5 Mitton Street and 12 Manor Road, Cottingley. He Frear died in 1961.


Frear, John – born 1887, a son of John and Emily Frear and brother of Albert, Alfred and Richard (see above and below). John was a stone quarryman, employed by Sam Kay of Heaton, who married Lizzie Preston on 20th May 1911. John and Lizzie had a son, Harry, but unfortunately Lizzie died later that year. John was called up on 8th July 1916 and in December that year embarked for France. John served in the 3/9th Battalion of the West Riding Regiment eventaully rising to the rank of Sergeant. His service number was 23080. John was wounded several times during his service which ended when he was killed in action on 19th October 1918. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals and is commemorated at Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois.

Frear, Richard – brother of John and Alfred, was born at Bingley in 1899. No record of his military service has been found. Richard, aged 24 years and a labourer of 2 West Avenue, Sandy Lane, married Edith Mary Hook at St. Barnabas Church, Heaton on 27th October 1923. Their son Thomas was born the following year.

Garey, Arthur – born at Cottingley in 1876, the eldest of four children of Henry Garey, a worsted weaving overlooker, and his wife, Harriet (nee Morris). Arthur was a stuff warehouseman and lived his whole life at New Brighton. No trace has yet been found of Arthur’s military service. Arthur died on 29th March 1926, aged 49, at Bingley Cottage Hospital. His estate was valued at £1,022.19s.11d.

Gilbank, Albert – born 1882, son of William and Eleanor Gilbank. In 1909 Albert married Bertha May Thompson at Tetbury, Gloucestershire. When Albert enlisted on 8th May 1916 he was a lodging house proprietor at 5 Hollings Street, Cottingley. Albert was a private (No. 32108 and 70575) in the Durham Light Infantry. He saw service in France and Salonika, where he contacted malaria in 1917. Albert was discharged on 8th September 1918 having been awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Goode, John Charles – born at Bingley on 5th June 1893, the second son of  Isaac Goode, a railway signalman, and his wife, Mary (nee Hall). The family home was at 16 Main Street, Bingley and there, in 1911, John was recorded as being a gardener. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service on 25th February 1918 and was given the rank of Acting Air Mechanic 1st Class . His civilian occupation at this time was a fitter. After training aboard various ships, including President II, John joined the Royal Air Force on its formation on 1st April 1918 with the rank of Air Mechanic 2nd Class at a rate of pay of 3 shillings per day. On 14th April 1918 John was transferred to 1 Squadron and, two days later, he became part of the British Expeditionary Force in France.  The squadron supported the army and was part of  the 9th (GHQ) Brigade when hostilities ceased on 11th November 1918. John remained in France until 15th May 1919.On his return home, John was transferred to the RAF Reserve on 17th June 1919 with the rank of Aircraftsman 1st Class.He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. On 30th January 1917 John married Ethel Dinsdale at St.Michael’s Church, Cottingley. When John joined the RNAS the family home was at 1 Hollings Street, Cottingley. They subsequently lived at 13 Quebec, 21 Quebec, 1 Woodlands Grove and 26 Roundhill Mount in Cottingley.

Graeme, William Thomas – William Thomas Graeme’s name appeared on the Electoral Register for the Shipley Constituency in 1918 and 1919. He was resident at 16 Stoney Ridge Road along with John Arthur Woodhouse and Louisa Woodhouse. Both William Thomas Graeme and John Arthur Woodhouse were absent from their home address and had gained their right to vote through Naval or Military qualification. There exists a Medal Rolls Index Card for a Wm. T. Graeme who served as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery with service numbers 1426 and 715693. He was awarded the British war Medal and the Victory Medal. This may have been William Thomas Graeme but there is no conclusive evidence to prove it.

Greenwood, John Thomas – born 1875, son of John and Nancy Greenwood. On 25th September 1897 John married Emma Jane Knott at Calverley. In 1911 he was a grease extractor employed by W. R. Kay Limited at Cottingley Mills. From 1918 to 1930 the family lived at 6 Smith Street, Cottingley.

Greenwood, William – born at Shipley in 1896, the son of Emma Jane Knott. William’s mother married John Thomas Greenwood at Calverley on 25th September 1897. In 1911 the family were residing at 6 Smith Street, Cottingley, at which time, aged 14, William was a wool comber. The Keighley News of 15th January 1916 included the following article: ROLL OF HONOUR – Mr William Greenwood, son of Mr J Greenwood, Smith Street, Cottingley, has enlisted in the Irish Fusiliers and proceeded to take up his duties in Ireland last Tuesday. Previous to joining the forces Mr Greenwood was a student-teacher at Holy Trinity School, Bingley and formerly a student at Bingley Grammar School. William lived at 6 Smith Street, Cottingley for some time after the war.

Griffiths, Arthur – born 1881 at Chester, son of George and Frances Griffiths. On 26th December 1905 he married Annie Curtis. Their daughter Frances Mary (born 4th Septegriffiths-arthurmber 1907) gained notoriety towards the end of WW1 for her photography, with her cousin Elsie Wright, of fairies in Cottingley Beck. Arthur joined the Royal Garrison Artillery on 20th March 1899 and subsequently served in South Africa (in the Boer war), Gibraltar and Malta. From 5th December 1917 to 12th April 1919 he served in France attaining the rank of Warrant Officer. As well as the Victory and British War medals Arthur was awarded the Meritous Service Medal “in recognition of valuable services rendered with the armies in France and Flanders”. The family were resident at 31 Main Street, Cottingley (also known as 31 Lynwood Terrace) from 1917 to 1920 after which they moved to Scarborough.