This superb photograph of officers of the 1/6th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment), was published in Craven’s Part in the Great War in 1920. The book is a marvellous tribute and research tool for anyone with an interest in Craven during the First World War. I have already attached this photograph to all the men pictured above that I could find on my British Army Ancestors database. I think there was one man that I could not positively identify and that because he had a common name.
I suspect the photograph dates to late 1914 or early 1915, and was possibly taken shortly before the battalion emabarked for France in April 1915. The 1/6th Battalion was a Territorial Force unit and formed part of the 147th Brigade in the 49th (West Riding) Division.
The men named in this photograph are as follows:
Back row: 2nd Lt V E W Greaves; Capt N Geldard DSO, MC; Capt S H Clough MC.
Second row: Major E G Whittaker; Capt L Jaques; 2nd Lt T S Whitaker; 2nd Lt E J C Supple; Lt H Knowles; Capt M Wright; Capt C F Horsfall; Maj T K Wright MBE; 2nd Lt P F Stuck; Capt R M Robinson; Lt A E K Slingsby; Capt C H Petty.
Sitting: Maj N B Chaffers; Capt H Dixon; Maj A B Clarkson DSO MC; Capt & Adjutant S F Marriner; Lt-Col Birkbeck; Maj C P Cass; Capt & Quarter Master J Churchman DCM; Capt K Nicholson; Lt-Col C M Bateman DSO, TD.
Front row: Capt R C Barrett; 2nd Lt T Brayshaw; Capt F L Smith MC; A-Capt K Ogston; A-Capt G B Buxton MC; 2nd Lt Taylor.
Ranks given above are the final ranks attained. There is a very useful website, also called Craven’s Part in the Great War, that has been built around this book and which contains much helpful information besides.