Robert Sutcliffe (c.1893-1916)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Robert Sutcliffe was born in Morecombe, the son of Whiteley and Selina Sutcliffe, and was baptised on 3 August 1900 at St. Barnabas, Morecombe.

Following Whiteley's death in 1899, the family moved to Meltham in the early 1900s where widow Selina became the housemaid for the Rev. John Vincent Haswell of Meltham.

Robert found work as a grocery assistant at Meltham Mills Co-operative Society Ltd and also as a gardener's boy.

He initially enlisted with the Territorial Force in Huddersfield in 1910. After initial training at Huddersfield Drill Hall, he undertook annual training at Ripon, Flamborough, Aberysthwyth, and Marske. He became a reserve in the 2/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment in December 1914 before eventually being posted to the 3/5th Battalion on 3 March 1916. His medical report described him as being 5' 9¾" tall with good vision and physical development.

Sadly, within a couple of weeks he had contracted pneumonia and died at home in Meltham on 31 March 1916, aged 22.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

SUTCLIFFE, ROBERT. Private. No 1731. 3/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Lived Meltham. Died at home, 31.3.1916, aged 22 years. Buried MELTHAM OLD CHURCH BURIAL GROUND. Grave location:- East, M, 8.
ROH:- St. Bartholomew's Church, Meltham.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission