The Hatfield Boys

Hatfield War Memorial – photo by Sherelle Hawes


Memories of First World War soldiers commemorated on the Hatfield War Memorial in South Yorkshire.

The soldiers’ lives and families were researched by the Hatfield family history groups based at Hatfield Community Library. An emotional journey.

Ian Ronald Edwards-Crate. By kind permission of family and Mick Brand


Ian was a Second Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment. He previously worked for the Great Central Railway.

Ian was awarded the Military Cross for bravery at the Battle of Cavalletto in Italy where he was injured and lost several fingers. His award was announced in the London Gazette. He returned to France and again was wounded and sadly died on 10 October 1918 aged 21. He is buried in the Rosiel Communal Cemetery in France.

John William Bonner. By kind permission of family and Mick Brand.


John served as a private, number 41385 in the Royal Lancaster Regiment.

John received wounds to the head in France and was transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where his family were sent for. He sadly died on 28 February 1919 aged 19. He is buried in Hatfield Woodhouse Cemetery near to the war memorial.

George Lee. © Chapter of York: Reproduced by kind permission


George was a Company Sergeant Major, number 17999 of the 10th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was born in York but spent time working in Hatfield as a gardener.

George was killed in action on 25 September 1916 ged 25. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial in France. Two of George’s brothers were also killed in action. George is remembered in “The Book Of Kings” kept at York Minster.

Ernest Hickson. By kind permission of family and Mick Brand.


Ernest served as a private, number 41608 in the 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He was a farm labourer in Hatfield.

Ernest died on 2 December 1917 aged 26. He died in a small but costly battle at St Jean near Passchendaele, and is remembered with honour at Tyne Cot memorial. His name appears on his mother’s grave in Hatfield Woodhouse Cemetery.