"Lest we forget"
St. Peter's Church has a brass bronzed memorial plaque fastened to the north wall listing some of the men who died in the Great War, and a framed hand-written memorial Role of Honour which lists the men who served in the Great War is held in the Ibbotson Institute - the village hall.
Died in the Great War
The following seventeen men associated with Hebden fell in the First World War. The main source of this section has been the "Craven’s Part in the Great War" website, and clicking on a name takes you to the soldier's detailed entry on that website. The last two columns indicate whether the name appears on a bronze memorial plaque in St. Peter's church, and/or on a Roll of Honour held in the Ibbotson Institute. An individual's connection to Hebden is not always clear in a number of cases. It is worth noting that all three Hoyle brothers who were living in Chapel Lane in 1891 lost their lives, and that eight of the seventeen men have no known burial.
|Name||Rank||Regiment||Date died||Age||Connection with Hebden||Church||Institute|
|Beaumont, Benjamin||Private||Suffolk Regiment||1917-07-29||24||Born in Hebden, and living there (probably Sunny Nook) in 1901 & 1911.||Yes||Yes|
|Burley, William||Private||West Riding Regiment||1915-09-30||19||Connection with Hebden not known; Son of George & Elizabeth of London.||Yes|
|Chapman, John Walmsley||Driver||Army Service Corps||1915-05-14||27||Connection with Hebden not known; son of Christopher & Elizabeth of Grassington,||Yes|
|Crowther, Maurice Robinson||Private||West Yorkshire Regiment||1916-07-01||26||Connection with Hebden not known; son of John & Elizabeth of Grassington||Yes|
|Hoyles, Ernest||Lance Sergeant||Canadian Infantry||1916-06-03||30||Born in Hebden, and living in Chapel Lane in 1891|
|Hoyles, George||Corporal||West Riding Regiment||1917-03-23||34||Born in Hebden, and living in Chapel Lane in 1891|
|Hoyles, Richard||Private||East Lancashire Regiment||1917-10-05||37||Born in Hebden, and living in Chapel Lane in 1881 & 1891|
|Inman, John||Sergeant||Royal Field Artillery||1920-09-26||34||Connection with Hebden not known; Son of Thomas & Sarah of Embsay||Yes|
|Newbould, Arthur||Lance Corporal||Loyal North Lancashire Regiment||1918-07-30||23||Born at Bank Top, Hebden, & living at Lone House Farm, Hebden in 1901||Yes||Yes|
|Perks, Robert Clement||Temporary Captain||West Riding Regiment||1918-10-27||23||His father Thomas lived at The Green House, Hebden at the time of his death||Yes||Yes|
|Rodwell, John Robert||Private||West Riding Regiment||1917-04-22||26||Born in Hebden and living at Beck Side, Hebden in 1891|
|Simpson, Timothy Holmes||Private||West Riding Regiment||1917-05-03||20||Living at Croft House, Hebden in 1911||Yes||Yes|
|Townson, William Henry||Private||Northumberland Fusiliers||1918-03-22||41||Born in Hebden and keeping the Clarendon Hotel, Hebden in 1911|
|Wellock, John William||Private||West Riding Regiment||1918-09-08||22||Born in Hebden and living at High Garnshaw, Hebden in 1901|
|Whitehead, Thomas||Private||West Riding Regiment||1917-12-02||23||Living at Moor View, Hebden at the time of his death.||Yes|
|Whitfield, John William||Private||West Riding Regiment||1917-10-09||25||Connection with Hebden not known; son of Thomas & Sara of Linton||Yes|
|Wood, Hubert||Private||West Riding Regiment||1916-11-14||22||Connection with Hebden not known; son of Hubert & Jane of Grassington||Yes|
War memorial bronze plaque in St. Peter's Church
The following names appear on the bronze plaque in St. Peter's Church commemorating those who fell in the Great War:
Robert Clement Perks, D.S.O., Aged 23
Arthur Newbould, Aged 23
Timothy Holmes Simpson, Aged 20
Benjamin Beaumont, Aged 24
Thomas Whitehead, Aged 25
Role of Honour in the Ibbotson Institute
There is a hand-written framed document kept in the Ibbotson Institute recording the names of those associated with Hebden who served in the Great War. The names below are transcribed in alphabetic order rather the the order in which they appear on the document.
Cummings, John William
Jackman, John Maurice
Kelby, John Christopher
Oldsworth, Hugh R
Perks, Robert C
Robinson, Albert Victor
Simpson, Tim H
Waddilove, Joseph W
Watson, J Alfred
Weatherhead, George William
Whitfield, John W
Willis, Alfred Leonard
Willis, Stanley Albert
Memorial to the Memory of Lewis Dawson
There is a memorial in the churchyard inscribed "Happy Memories / of / GEORGE DAWSON / MAJOR LEWIS DAWSON K.S.O.B. / KILLED IN ACTION / AND JANE DAWSON / R I P".
Sergeant Lewis Dawson, of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers, was killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915, on the day when 650 men out of the 697 in his battalion who took part in the attack failed to answer the role call in the evening. He is buried in the Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez. (ref. 1)
Born in 1883, he came from Potter Newton in Leeds, but his sister Violet was living with her aunt Jane Dawson at High Dene in Hebden at the time. George Dawson was Lewis's and Violet's father and Jane's brother, and he died in the area in 1907. Violet continued to live at High Dene after Jane's death in 1929, and eventually died in Grassington in 1973. The memorial was erected after Jane's death, with the intervening years probably accounting for the discrepancy between Lewis Dawson's actual and inscribed rank. It fell into a state of disrepair, but was renovated by the family in 2018. There is further information on the CPGW website.
1 Hughes, Peter, 2015. Visiting the Fallen: Arras: North. Pen & Swords Books Ltd., Barnsley