Stonegrave residents who fought in WW1 and WW2

World War 1

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Corporal William Reed Sadler. William Sadler was the son of Reed and Adelaide Sadler and before enlisting he was a local farmer. He joined the 2nd Battalion Life Guards on 27th April 1914, aged 22.  Men from the 1st and 2nd Battalion Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards were held in reserve at Combermere Barracks.  They were formed into the Household Battalion in 1916 and while part of this Battalion, William Sadler was killed in action.

He died on 19th April 1917 and is buried at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy. His exact grave site is not known.  His name is recorded on an additional panel at the Nunnington War memorial Cross.

Gunner Frank Sadler, brother of William, served in France with the Royal Field Artillery.
Private William Ernest Smith (48059).  William Smith was the son of William George ( mason’s labourer) and Harriet Smith of Stonegrave.  Born in 1895, married Emily Mabel Louisa Lawman at Stonegrave Minster on 25th November 1917.  He served in the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment and was killed on 5th October 1918, aged 24.  He is buried at the Berlin South Western Cemetery.  In 1924, Emily remarried Thomas H Wardle.
Lance Corporal Herbert Scurr.  Herbert Scurr was the son of Charles William (joiner and wheelwright) and Mary Hannah Scurr of Stonegrave. Born in 1889, Herbert was also a wheelwright before enlisting with the Royal Engineers.  He served in Eygpt (June 1915) during the First World War. After the war he returned to England and was living in York in 1939, where he worked for LNER as a Heavy Wagon Repairer. He died in 1960.
Corporal Edward Jackson Scurr. Born in 1890, Edward was the younger brother of Herbert and also worked as a wheelwright before enlisting. He is recorded as serving in France in November 1915.  After the war he lived in York in 1939 and, like his brother, was a Heavy Wagon Repairer.  He died in Whitby in 1969.
Corporal Acting Sergeant George Scurr.   Born in 1894, George was the son of Charles William and Ester Scurr and half brother to Herbert and Edward Jackson. Like Herbert, George served with the Royal Engineers in Eygpt (August 1915).  He worked for the Police Department LNER in Hull, and died in Hull in 1983.
Private Alfred Hunton.  Born in 1893, Alfred was the son of William (blacksmith) and Elizabeth Hunton. He was a Horseman and was living at Cawton Hall in 1911.  Alfred enlisted with the Yorkshire Regiment in 1916.  He was wounded while fighting in France and was transferred to the Southern General hospital in Birmingham on 19th June 1917.  He went back to France on 9th November 1917.  He returned to England and died in the Darlington area in 1953.
Private Edwin Hunton.  Born in 1897 in Stonegrave, Edwin was the younger brother of Alfred.  He served in the King’s Liverpool Regiment during the War.  He died in 1956.
Driver Herbert Johnson.  Born in 1891, Herbert was the son of Henry John (labourer) and Mary Johnson who were living in Stonegrave in 1911.  Herbert worked as a farm wagoner for Reed Sadler in Stonegrave.  He enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery on 12th June 1915 and served in France.
Private James William Petch.  James was the younger son of James and Anne Petch of Stonegrave.  Born in 1896, he served in the Royal Engineers and Army Ordnance Corps.  After the war he returned to farming and died in 1979.
Sapper John Petch.  Born in 1894, John was the older brother of James William.  He was a proficient wheelwright, serving his apprenticeship with Richard Wrightson of Nunnington.  John enlisted (in York) in the Royal Engineers on 26th November 1914.  He was wounded in France on 9th July 1916.