Great War recollections

Killed in a hail of machine gun bullets

Captain Charles Skaife Wolstenholme
(Great uncle of Chris Procter)


The dog which sat in for a missing officer
(in a group photo which includes Captain E. E. Field, father of Richard)

A DOG takes the place of a missing officer in this picture of the General Staff.


Staff Captain Edward Elgar Field, father of Richard, served on the General Staff in France during the Great War.

Our picture shows him (front right) in a group of officers at their Army Headquarters in France which was near the front line. Note the vacant chair in the front occupied by a missing officer’s dog!



Captain Field received the OBE (Military) and was several times Mentioned in Dispatches for’ gallant and distinguished service in the field of battle’. The citations were from King George V and signed by Winston Churchill, the then Secretary of War.

Like so many others who came through the war, he did not talk about it during his lifetime.

His family later found a number of old photographs showing the utter devastation all around, with bleak landscapes with only a few charred tree trunks remaining amid barren landscapes and flattened villages. They also unearthed his OBE and citations which were left undiscovered in a trunk in the attic until after his death.


                        All those mentioned in this series are
                                    Remembered with Pride


TOMORROW we will conclude the series. We hope it has been of interest to the 750 visitors who have logged on since the series began and has reminded us of the debt we owe those brave men who went off to fight, some never to return.

We will publish one final article about a time when the sound of gunfire resounded round Bishop Monkton daily. This is about Wormald Green rifle range (now disappeared) which was familar to thousands of men, including some of the 350,000 who were trained at Ripon camps, and was used it to prepare for them war from 1915 onwards.

We will close by drawing a few conclusions to emerge from the series, and also thank our researchers who have brought together the details and facts about Bishop Monkton's part in the Great War and to those of you who have contributed item about family members who took part in that war.