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Private William Arthur Ladds was born in Killamarsh (1895), the son of William and Lizzy Ladds but the family moved to 112 Wales Road, Kiveton to work at Kiveton Park Colliery.  William signed up amongst the 89 on 2nd September 1914 at St John’s rooms, Kiveton and joined the Notts and Derby Regiment (14769).  His attestation paper describes him as 5'7' tall and 135lb.  Within 1 month of enlisting he was declared as unfit for war service but of good character and discharged 24th November 1914. He was called up 28thJune 1916 as part of the conscription and allocated to Rations Corps, Northern Command, B Company but was again discharged as no longer fit for service on 29th November 1917.  We do not know the reason why he was rejected for service.

Horace Laking (b.1886) of High Street, Harthill was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Laking and had had a career in the Navy prior to the war.  He was a prisoner of war in Holland.

Private Albert LambAlbert Lamb (left) with Harry Os Checkley (b.1894, Wales) was the son of Isabella Lamb and the late Charles Edward Lamb of The Lodge, Manor Road, Wales.  He enlisted with his best friend Harry ‘Os’ Checkley into the KOYLI, 2nd Battalion on 31th Dec 1914 at Sheffield (20792).   He had only been in France a short time when he was killed in an advance on 7th May 1915.  He is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, the St John’s church plaque and Kiveton Colliery memorials.  He was just 21. Albert’s brother Herbert, born in 1892, had been badly injured in a pit accident before the War, which rendered him permanently medically unfit for military service.





Joseph Robert Lancashire of Kiveton served with the Royal Navy Air Service (20449) and later the Royal flying Corp (which later merged to become the Royal Air Force), his rank being described as Clerk 2nd Class.  He married Alana Reynolds of South Anston on 15 February 1917.

Charles Frederick Lee

Gunner Charles Frederick Lee (b. 1896) was the son of Joseph Lee who ran The Stores shop at the corner of Hard Lane, Kiveton.  Fred as he was known helped in the family business before joining the Royal Field Artillery (795132) on 9th Nov 1914. He was killed in action on 12th September 1918 and his death reported in the Worksop Guardian of 11th October:

Mr. Joseph Lee of 1 Park Terrace, Kiveton Park, has received the news that his eldest son, Gunner C.F. Lee, R.F.A., was killed in action on September 12th. The official intimation has been supplemented by the following letter from the Rev. E.S.Meriman, Church of England, Chaplain:-

“Dear Mrs. Lee, I expect you will have heard some days ago the very hard news about your son, Gunner C F Lee, being killed in action on Sept. 12th and one of his officers will, I hope have written to tell you about him and to say how the officer and men of his battery are sympathising with you. I have been much too, to ask you to accept my sympathy and to tell you about his burial. I know it will be of some help to you to have heard that he was killed instantly with a piece of shell that exploded near him, so that he did not suffer at all. We buried him Sunday afternoon September 15th  in a well cared for cemetery some little way back from the line, which I hope will remain undisturbed. Several of his comrades were able to come and we had a full and very reverent service for him. You will have heard how much he was liked and of how highly he was thought of in his battery. It does seem in a remarkable way on the whole, it is the best who are being taken which in one way seems to make it all the more harder and I feel very much that probably nothing I can say, can make it less hard for you. But life out here does bring home with force, the great facts of our religion as tremendous realities.

Conspicuous as the cross; of all its meaning of suffering, self-sacrifice, devotion unto death, etc., yet inseparable from it and more significant still, the triumph over death. (Death revealed as being but the hard way through to the great life beyond), the ultimate victory of good over evil, the reunion and joy and glory of the resurrection and all which it means, which can so much help us who are left to carry on the work which God leaves to us to do, E. S. Meriman, C.F.”

The preceding letter is very significant of the high character of the departed soldier. Gunner Lee enlisted on November 9th 1914 and has been on active service in France for 3½ years. He has been wounded twice, but in neither case was he sent to England. He was 18 years of age when he enlisted and he spent his 22nd birthday at home in January of this year. Prior to enlistment he was helping in his father’s business as grocer and provision dealer. With his father, step-mother and family, we share the sorrow of a wide circle of friends.

His name appears on the Wales Square memorial.

Thomas Ling of 91 Wales Bar, Wales served with the York and Lancashire Regiment (265566) and enlisted on 23rd September 1914 at Sheffield.  On attestation he was described as 27 years of age, 5’7’’ tall and 146lb in weight, with good vision and good physical development.

Lance Corporal Harold Lipscombe (b. 1897) was the son of George and Fanny Lipscombe and lived at 100 Wales Road, Kiveton.  He enlisted on 11th August 1915 into the York and Lancaster Regiment, 4th Battalion (241619; 4323).  He served in France but was discharged 5th Dec 1918 for coal mining duties, although remained on reserves until 25th Mar 1919. He married Allice Gregson of 46 Hull Rd Filde, on 8th Dec 1917 in Blackpool.

Harry Lister (b. 1897, Wales) was the son of Henry and Eliza Lister of 36 Waleswood Colliery.  His service is recorded on the Wales United Methodist chapel plaque but we have been unable to locate his service records.  He was a stores assistant at the colliery.

Lance Corporal George Herbert Lauder was born 1895 at Waleswood, the son of John and Eliza Lauder who ran the Leeds Arms Hotel at Wales (although the family had previously lived at 36 Bridge Street Killamarsh).  He worked at Kiveton Park Colliery prior to enlisting in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 2nd Battalion (19888).  He was reported missing on 25th November 1917 but it was not confirmed until April that he had died as detailed in a report in the Worksop Guardian (3rd May 1918) some 6 months later:

George Louder

Mr and Mrs John Lauder of the Leeds Arms Hotel, Wales, have received information that their son Lance Corporal George Herbert Lauder KOYLI, who was reported missing on November 25th 1917, has fallen in action.  An enquiry to the Commanding Officer in January last elicited the fact that he was missing whilst doing his duty in the line.  The officer stated that he was wounded.  So far as he could ascertain, Louder got to the dressing station, but trace was afterwards lost.  He was a good soldier and NCO.  This was all the news the parents could obtain until early this month, when they received a letter from Private W Ballinger, Lancashire Fusiliers, saying that the body of Lance Corporal Lauder had been recovered and that he had helped to bury it on February 20th.  He was of the opinion that Louder was “going over the top” at that time, as several more bodies of KOYLI solders were found nearby.  He also said that the fallen soldier was shot through the heart, and several photos he forwarded which he took from the body were pierced by the bullet.

George Louder

On the evidence thus furnished Mr and Mrs Lauder have regrettably come to the conclusion that their son has paid the supreme sacrifice.  Lance Corporal Lauder who was 23 years of age, enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war and went to France in 1915.  He was badly wounded in the Somme offensive on 1st July 1916, and was in Sheffield base Hospital, and afterwards at Rotherham for 2 ½ weeks.  He went back to France on February 3rd 1917.  Our sympathies go out to the parents and relatives in the sad loss of a very likeable lad. (The photo we reproduce was found on the body of the deceased soldier).

George is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, and also the Kiveton Colliery and Wales Square memorials. A tribute to G H Lauder can be seen by clicking here.

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