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Private Tom Appleton


Harrogate Herald - 25th April 1917

Roll of Honour

News has just come to hand that T Appleton has died at a clearing hospital from wounds received in the head. Before enlistment in March, 1915, he was employed at the Knaresborough Branch of the Harrogate and District Co-operative Society. He is the first employee out of over sixty enlistments from this society to make the supreme sacrifice. He leaves a wife and two children.


Harrogate Herald - 17th April 1918

In loving memory of my dear husband, Rifleman Tom Appleton, who fell in action April 17th, 1917.

"Called from this world of pain, A sweet rest in Heaven to gain".

From his loving wife and children.


In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Rifleman Tom Appleton (Leeds Rifles), of Starbeck, who died of wounds April 17th, 1917.


Harrogate Herald - 16th April 1919

In loving memory of my dear husband, Tom Appleton, 2/8th West Yorks Regiment, who died April 17th, 1917.

Time changes many things, But loving memories ever cling.

From his loving Wife and Children.


Harrogate Herald - 21st April 1943

Gunner John A Appleton, Royal Artillery, who was reported missing just over a year ago, is now known to be a prisoner of war in Japanese hands, interned at Taiwan Camp. He is the youngest son of Mrs L H Winterburn, 33 Albert Place, Starbeck, and of the late Mr Tom Appleton, who was killed on active service in the last war.

He was a pupil at Starbeck School and played a prominent part in local football. He played for Starbeck Old Boys and St Andrew's. he joined the Royal Artillery two years prior to the was and was previously a baker at the Café Imperial. He has two brothers in the Army - one in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, and the other in the Army Catering Corps - and one in the Navy.



Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

2/8th Battalion

Private Tom Appleton (307794)

Born : Starbeck

Enlisted : Harrogate

Residence : Starbeck

Died : 17th April 1917

Died of Wounds

France and Flanders



In Memory of


Rifleman 307794(7102). 2nd/8th Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales's Own) who died on Tuesday, 17th April 1917. Age 24.

Additional Information:

Husband of Mrs. L. H. Appleton, of 129, The Avenue, Starbeck, Harrogate.

Commemorative Information


Grave Reference/Panel Number: I. C. 8.


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