Introduction

News of the killed or wounded normally arrived in a letter from the Commanding Officer to the next of kin. The amount of information given as to circumstances an injuries would vary greatly, but never give the detailed location, often referring to 'in the field' or 'in France'.

Occasionally, news would arrive from a colleague or supplement that from a Commanding Officer.

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The Wounded

Malton took its share of the wounded men. They would arrive in batches at the station. The Malton Messenger of 31 October 1914 reports the arrival of 15 wounded British soldiers at the station and their greeting by a vast crowd. This may have been the first group to come to Malton. They were taken to Swinton Grange, the home of Major and Mrs Behrens, and cared for by the Red Cross.
The newspapers carried news of the wounded. News usually arrived in the form of letters to next of kin, or occasionally from colleagues.

Malton Soldier Wounded
News has been received that Private Albert Ellis of Malton who is at present serving with the 4th West Yorks Regiment has been wounded during his fighting with France
Malton Messenger, 7th November

Not many details were spared as to injuries and circumstances.
Malton Messenger, 22 May 1915.

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Missing

Some announcements covered those that were 'missing.'

Taken Prisoner

The Malton Messenger of November 21 1914 reported that Corporal Harold Bell of Newbiggin, Malton, is wounded and a prisoner of war in Germany.

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The Dead

It was not unheard of for Malton families to lose more than one of their sons.

MALTON BROTHERS KILLED
Two Malton brothers have also lost their lives. Private Harold Matthews was killed near Paisey on September 20 by a German shell while digging a trench. His brother, Lance-Corporal Ernest Matthews, recovered the body two days later and buried it in the Paisey church yard. A month later, on October 18, Ernest was killed in action. Both belonged to the 9th Lancers, which they joined at the same time, and each leaves a widow and one child.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 4th November 1914

And from the Malton Messenger, 26 June 1915


Sometimes there was a little confusion as rumour circulated about deaths and casualties. The Dale family had a drapery store at 3-5 Market Street.
Malton Messenger, 25 December 1915

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SEC.-LIEUT. W.E. LONGSTER, Cheshire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. Longster, of Cemetery Road, Malton, is reported to have been killed by a shot from a trench mortar. Prior to the war Sec. Lieut. Longster was a journalist on the staff of the "Malton Messenger." He enlisted as a private in the 5th Yorkshire Regiment, rose tot he rank of sergeant, and was later given a commission in the leicester Rgt., being later transferred to the Cheshire Regiment. He only went to the Front about a month ago.
The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 5 August 1916

Malton Sergeant Killed
News reached Malton yesterday that Sergeant Albert Victor Craven, of the Green Howards Regiment, has been killed at the Dardanelles. Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Craven, of Greengate, Malton, and had served seven years in the Green Howards, rejoining his old regiment on the outbreak of the war. He was married, and leaves three children.
Newcastle Journal, 2 September 1915

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