Servicemen N-R

Neale, Harold – born on 20th September 1900 at Bingley, son of Samuel Halliday Neale (see below) and his wife Ruth (nee Wilks). In 1901 the family were at 14 Eldwick Beck, Bingley where Harold’s father was a stone mason’s labourer. Whatever happened between 1901 and 1911 is a mystery but at the time of the 1911 Census Harold was at Keighley Union Central Children’s Home. Harold’s mother, Ruth, died in 1915. Private 113485 Harold Neale enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry on 23rd September 1918 and was called up to the 53rd Battalion on 14th October 1918. At the time of his enlistment, Harold was a woolcomber living at 37 Hanover Square, Manningham whilst his father was living at 10 Herbert Street, Cottingley. Harold must have served overseas as he was awarded a British War Medal and a Victory Medal. Harold was discharged on 13th February 1919. Harold re-enlisted the following day and was allocated regimental no. 4437219. On 13th October 1919 he was posted overseas and from 27th October 1919 to 17th January 1920 was serving in the Black Sea. On 4th October 1920 Harold was discharged “no longer physically fit for war service” due to pulmonary tuberculosis. This gave him a 100% disability pension for 12 months

Neale, Samuel Halliday – born in 1874, the son of  David Neale, a plumber, and his wife, Ann (nee Halliday). In 1899 Samuel married Ruth Elizabeth Wilks. Their son Harold (see above) was born the following year. According to electoral registers, Samuel was living at Back Fold, Cottingley from 1908 to 1911, but there is no trace of Samuel and Ruth in the 1911 Census. His son Harold’s “residence” in 1911 might explain the position. Samuel enlisted in the West Riding Regiment on 9th September 1914. As Private 13036 he first saw action in France on 27th January 1915. He was discharged, due to wounds, on 26th July 1916. Samuel received a Silver War Badge, a British War Medal, a Victory Medal and a 1915 Star

Nichols, Ernest – M.M.– born at Cottingley on 13th December 1894, the son of Sarah Nichols, a drawer. In 1911 Ernest was a farm labourer living at 48 Main Street, Cottingley with his grandmother, Rebecca Nichols. Ernest attested at Bingley on 1st September 1914. Private 12189 Ernest Nichols joined the 9th Battalion of the West Riding Regiment and was posted overseas on 15th July 1915. He had quite an interesting life in the trenches and out of them – in hospital for various reasons. He had also earned himself a couple of entries on his disciplinary record before going overseas. In October 1918 Ernest was gassed and consequently sent home. He was eventually transferred to the reserves on 18th February 1919. As well as the Military Medal, Ernest was also awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the 1915 Star and a Silver War Badge. The award of the Military Medal was announced in The London Gazette of 16th July 1918, however the exact circumstances in which Ernest received the award are not known. On 16th November 1918 he married Annie Barwick. They subsequently had three daughters, Kate, Irene and Marie. In 1936 Ernest married Eileen Roberts Turner and they subsequently had two children, Hilda and Ernest.

Nichols, John – born at Cottingley in 1887, one of ten children of Joseph Nichols, a farm labourer, aMary and John Nicholsnd his wife Rebecca (nee Webster).  In 1911 John was a gardener living with his widowed mother, two brothers and nephew, Ernest, at 48 Main Street, Cottingley.  John emigrated to Canada in October 1912. It is believed that John served in the Canadian Army during the 1st World War. John married Mary Leach at Bingley Parish Church on 3rd March 1918, his occupation at the time was a soldier. A son, Cyril Edward, was born in St. Catherines, Ontario in 1922. A daughter Phyllis Margaret was born at Bingley in  November 1923.The family home was at Stuart Avenue, St. Catherines, Ontario.

Ninnim, Ephraim – born 15th April 1889, only child of Robert and Esther Ninnim. In 1911 he was a machinist at a joinery works, employed by Atkinsons of Bingley, and living at 2 Mitton Street, Cottingley. Ephraim had served in the West Riding Regiment from 12th November 1907 to 31st March 1910. On 30th August 1912 Ephraim emigrated to Australia. On 17th April 1915 he enlisted in the 19th Battalion, Australian Infantry and on 12th May 1915 left Sydney for Gallipoli. On 23rd February 1918 Ephraim went on leave to the UK and whilst on leave married Catherine Barwick at Holy Trinity Church, Bingley on 2nd March 1918. On 11th March 1918 he rejoined his unit and was later promoted to Lance Corporal. Ephraim was killed in action on 2nd September 1918 and is buried at Daours Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Paterson, Malcolm Bruce – born 23rd June 1893, son of Malcolm McCulloch Paterson and his wife, Constance. In 1911 Malcolm was a farm pupil at Suffield, Scarborough. He served as Pripaterson-gravevate No. 16/687 in the 16th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment and first went into action on 22nd December 1915 in Egypt.Malcolm died on 1st July 1916 and is buried at Railway Hollow Cemetery, Hebuterne, France. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory medal and British War medal. Malcolm’s name also appears on the Rolls of Honour of the Titus Salt School and St. Peter’s Church, Shipley.

Priestley, Harry – born at Bradford in 1900, son of Harry and Elizabeth Priestley and  brother to William (see below). In 1911 Harry’s home was at 3 North Bank Road, Stoney Ridge. On 27th December 1926 Harry married Alice Carver at St. Peter’s Church, Shipley. At this time, Harry was a mechanic living at 38 Hollings Street, Cottingley. It has so far not been possible to trace Harry’s military service records.


Priestley, William – born 5th August 1895, son of Harry and Elizabeth Priestley. In 1911 William was a seal plush finisher, employed at Manningham Mills and living at 3 North Bank Road, Shipley. William was a private (No. 17833) in the West Riding Regiment and died of wounds on 12th December 1916. He is buried at the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. William was awarded the Victory and British War medals. William’s name also appears on the Roll Of Honour of St. Peter’s Church, Shipley.

Prince, Norman Charlesworth – born on 11th May 1882 at 90 Tennyson Place, Bradford, son ofprince-n-c Charlesworth Prince, a wool stapler, and his wife Margaret (nee Taylor). In 1891 the family resided at 4 Oakroyd Villas, Manningham, however Norman was, at this time, a pupil in a private school at Birkenhead. It was later reported that he was educated at Rockferry and abroad. In 1911 Norman was a wool merchant living at 13 Heaton Grove where he was the head of the house. In 1912 he married Madeleine Senior at Basford, Nottinghamshire and they subsequently had two children, Joan and John. Prior to the commencement of war (for nine years), Norman had been in command of the Bingley Company of the 1st Duke Of Wellington’s Regiment (TF) but resigned in 1912. He was also involved with Cottingley Rifle Club and spent much of his time drilling the members. At the opening of the rifle range at Cottingley on 25th September 1914 the members (120 of them) formed up and marched through the village under the command of Captain Prince. At the outbreak of war he re-enlisted in the 6th Battalion, Duke Of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment and had his rank of Captain re-instated. Norman joined the British Expeditionary Force on 17th April 1915 in France. He was killed in action on 18th April 1917 and is commemorated at the Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, France. Norman was awarded the Victory medal, British War medal and 1915 Star. The last known address for Norman (from probate) was 22 Bankfield Drive, Shipley. Norman’s name appears on the Roll Of Honour of St. Peter’s Church, Shipley.

Raistrick, Percy – born 25th November 1897, son of Sara Ann Raistrick. In 1911 he was living at 15 New Brighton, Cottingley at which time he was a worsted spinner.  Percy was a private (No. G/22931) in the 11th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey regiment and was killed in action on 1st August 1917. He is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Percy was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

Raistrick, William – born at Shipley in 1894, the son of Thomas Raistrick, a mason, and his wife Mary. In William’s youth, the family resided at New Brighton but by 1911, when William was a grocery assistant, the family had moved to 4 Skirrow Street, Cottingley.


Rawnsley, Fred – born at Bingley in 1889, son of Oswald Rawnsley, a seal dyer’s labourer, and his wife, Jane Ann (nee Burgess). He married Susannah Heaton at St. Michael’s Church, Cottingley on 27th March 1909 when Fred was employed as a grocer. Three children, Isabella, Samuel and John, were born before Fred enlisted for military service. Fred attested at Keighley on 4th September 1914 and was posted to the 3rd Battalion of the West Riding Regiment with Regimental No. 11568. This engagement did not last long as Fred was discharged on 24th October 1914 as “not being likely to become an efficient soldier”. At this time the family home was at 40 Hollings Street, Cottingley. It appears, however, that Fred either re-enlisted or was called up later as the following report appeared in the Keighley News of 27th April 1918: Official intimation has been received by Mr F Rawnsley, Cottingley, that her husband Private Fred Rawnsley, of the West Yorkshire Regiment, has been severely wounded in France by a poison gas shell. After receiving treatment at the 1st Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, Private Rawnsley was removed to the Huddersfield War Hospital where he is now making satisfactory progress.

Rawnsley, George William – born at Manningham in 1886, son of Oswald Rawnsley, a seal dyer’s labourer, and his wife, Jane Ann (nee Burgess) and brother of Fred (see above).  George had joined the Yorkshire Regiment in October 1904 when the home address was 6 Smith Street, Cottingley but his war service began when he enlisted on 24th June 1916. Prior to enlistment, George was employed by Cooper Bros. of Hirst Wood, Saltaire. He married Sarah Jane Park on 25th September 1915 and they had a son, Richard. On 12th October 1916 Private 38328 George William Rawnsley was posted to the 3rd Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment.On 8th November 1916 he was promoted to Lance Corporal. On 2nd January 1917 George was posted to France. Later in 1917 he reverted to the rank of Private and was transferred to the Labour Corps (Reg’m. No. 395219). He was transferred to the reserves on 18th February 1919, his home address being 1 Smith Street, Cottingley. George was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Rhodes, Albert – born at Baildon on 29th April 1877, the son of John Rhodes, a currier, and his wife Mary.  On 29th October 1910, Albert married Ethel Butterfield  In 1911 Albert was a leather currier living at  16 Stoney Ridge, Shipley with his wife and son, Reginald. Albert  had a varied military career, serving in France from 2nd March 1917 to 19th July 1917 with the Durham Light Infantry (No. 64531) and the Labour Corps (No. 20155), and at home with the Royal Flying Corps (No. 130849). He was discharged as unfit on 5th October 1918. Albert was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Robinson, Jonas Harold – born 1896, son of Daniel and Martha Robinson. In 1911 Jonas was a picket maker living at 16 Hill Top Road, Thornton. Jonas lived at various addresses in Cottingley  after the war including 9 Smith Street and 8 Herbert Street.


Rowling, Fred – born 18th March 1893, son of Joseph and Martha Hannah Rowling. In 1911 Fred was a farm worker on his father’s farm at Throstle Nest, Cottingley. He was later employed by Bradford City Council as a teamer. He served as Private 41025 in the 7th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment and was killed in action on 20th December 1917. He is buried at Loos British Cemetery, France. He is also commemorated on the Rowling family memorial in Bingley Cemetery.  Fred was awarded the Victory and British War medals.