Soldiers of Skelton Parish or Wharton Parish
Men of Skelton, North Skelton, New Skelton, Skelton Green, Boosbeck, Lingdale, Margrove Park, Charltons Terrace and Moorsholm.
On August 4th 1914, about 160 men of G Company’s York’s Regiment paraded at the new drill Hall, Skelton, having mobilised that morning. Before they left Skelton the Rev. C.F. Littleton addressed the men in a few words, urging them “Be Sober, Be Vidulent, Quit you like men” he also went on to say that when the time came for them to go to the front, they would be as Englishmen always have been and would fight for the Honour of King and Country. Mr Wharton also spoke a few words, he regretted that his time in command of the regiment was over last year, and also said that it was with great effort to him to see them go without him.
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This website contains a list of the men who served their country in the First World War. 1914 – 1918. The names have been gathered from Skelton Parish Records, archived records at Middlesbrough and the public, who spoke to Tom and Stuart, so some names may be missing, but this is a unique record.
Some names may be duplicated due to the fact that if injured they may have returned to a different regiment or that their parents had moved house while they were away.
It has been collated over the years by the late Tom Curnow and Stuart McMillian, who without their time, their commitment and effort would not be available. I thank them very much. We hope we can get more information to add to what is already a very comprehensive list.
If you know of anyone who is missed from the list or you have any photographs of any of the men, (not necessarily during the war or in uniform) please get in contact with me, so that they too can be added to the site.