Private John William Garbutt 15/1537

 Private John William Garbutt


Born. 1890, Tadcaster, Yorkshire.

Died of Wounds. France, 9/6/1916, Aged 26.

John William was the eldest son of John Snr, a brewery worker at John Smiths brewery Tadcaster and Edith Annie Garbutt (nee Starling) they married in 1891 and moved to Stutton near Tadcaster, where they had four children: John William born 1890, George Arthur Born 1892, Oliver born 1896 and a sister Gertrude Born 1898.

John William was working at John Smiths brewery as a clerk when joined the Leeds Pals in September 1914 he served as a signaller with D company, at Colsterdale, Suez and France.

He was wounded 9th June 1916 dieing of his wounds later that day.

He is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps, France.

Both He and his brother Oliver are commemorated on Tadcaster War Memorial.

The Yorkshire Herald of June 12th 1916 reported:


"Private J.W.Garbutt West Yorkshire Regiment, was one of the best athletes the town ever possessed, A clerk in peace days, he was a teetotaller and non smoker, a strong believer in physical exercises, the best centre half back the Town Football Club ever possessed and a fearless hitter on the cricket field. He also carried off many prizes on the running track, Whilst in training with the Pals at Colsterdale he was the hero of a splendid and courageous act, at the close of which he modestly walked away. A fire had broken out in a garage, stored with cars and motor cycles, and above the garage was a living room of a civilian family. A motor cycle was in flames, and the proximity of a store of petrol added to the danger, Garbutt went into the garage, picked up the blazing motor cycle and carried it bodily into the street, thus obviating the danger of an explosion or the spread of the flames. Joining up in September 1914,he was Killed in action April in April of this year. Thus died a soldier and a man - and a sportsman to boot. Lance-Corporal Oliver Garbutt his brother has been wounded: he is in the West Yorkshires, and another brother is in the Royal Field Artillery. Brother Oliver recovered from his wounds and returned to action in the trenches, almost a year to the day later on the 10th of June 1917 his newly widowed Mother received a telegram informing her that he was listed as missing presumed killed in action His body was never found. John Garbutt Snr had died in 1916 aged 56 yrs shortly after news of is eldest sons death"


"Lance Corporal Oliver Garbutt of Tadcaster, serving with the West Yorkshire Regiment has been killed in action. An employee at Messer’s john Smiths Brewery, he volunteered in 1915 and had previously been wounded. A brother Pvt J.W. Garbutt of the Leeds Pals a well known local athlete was killed more than 12 months ago."

Diary entry from Private Edward Woofenden 15/1003:

"9th June 1916 - Wet. Day sentry until 12 noon. Lovely afternoon. Our trench, mortars and stokes Gun play havoc with their front line. Heavy shelling and rifle grenades in return. Pte J Garbutt killed, Cpls H Armitage, F Naylor and J Mason Wounded at Euston Dump whilst on rations. Fine night"

22231 Private Oliver Garbutt, 11th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment has no known grave, he is commemorated on panel 21 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium.

A cousin SEE GARBUTT G. was also killed with the PALS. 

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