Arnold Dearnley (1897-1918)

This page is part of a project by David Verguson to research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the Lindley area.


Arnold Dearnley was the son of Allen and Fanny Dearney of 46 Brian Street, Lindley, Huddersfield.

In 1911, the Dearnley family lived at 46 Brian Street and had done for at least ten years. Arnold, then aged 13, was, like his father, a "Cloth Finisher". Allen Dearnly was 48 years old and his wife Fanny, 44. In addition to Arnold, they had three other children: John, 21, an "Iron Turner" and Mary and Lizzie, aged 19 and 16, both weavers, working in the textile industry like most of their neighbours.

Father was born in Shipley, mother in Greenhill, Derbyshire. The children were all born in Lindley so the family had lived in the village for over twenty years. Like Arnold, they probably all attended the Lindley Church School on Holly Bank Road. He attended St. Stephen's church and was a member of the Bible Class.

Number 46 Brian Street was a three-room house so must have seemed very crowded with six people living there. By September 1919 John may have married as he had moved out, to 30 West Street, Lindley.

The Dearnlys may have known Mr. and Mrs. Nutton at no. 16, whose son George, was already serving in the artillery and died in September 1917, before Arnold was called for service.

His report on joining describes Arnold as 5' 7" tall with a chest measurement of 36½" and weighed 124 lbs. He was dark haired with grey eyes and a "fresh" complexion. His physical development was "good".

Arnold was deemed to have enlisted on 2 March 1916, but he was not called up for service until 18 May 1918 at Halifax when he was described as an "engineer". This occupation may be why his "call-up" was delayed. However, despite expressing a preference for the artillery, he was enrolled in the West Yorkshire Regiment and after being stationed in Whitley Bay, was posted to 10th Battalion, West Yorks, in France on 23 September, joining them on 26 September.

After less than a month at the Front Arnold was wounded on 20 October 1918 and seems to have died some days later on 13 November. His mother received an allowance of 12/6d.

Dying late in the war, Arnold was included on the Absent Voters List for the post-war election. He is remembered in St. Stephen's church.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

DEARNLEY, ARNOLD. Private. No 75548. 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. Born 46 Brian Street, Lindley, Huddersfield, 1.9.1897. Son of Allen and Fanny Dearnley. Educated Lindley National School. Employed as an engineer. Enlisted 20.5.1918. Killed in action, 21.10.1918, aged 21 years. Buried MONTAY-NEUVILLY ROAD CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row C. Grave 22.
ROH:- St. Stephen's Church, Lindley.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission