A FIRST World War soldier whose name was missed off a national roll of honour has been officially recognised more than a century after his death.
Lance Corporal Enos Pawson, of the 2/6th Duke of Wellington's Regiment (Territorial Force) died at his home in Guiseley in1915. But despite his service to his country his name had never been included in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission roll of honour.
Now that omission has been put right by a fellow Guiseley man and former soldier who unearthed information about Enos to make the case for his inclusion.
A representative from the commission will now visit Lance Corporal Pawson's grave site in St Oswald's churchyard to see if it is suitable for a CWCG headstone.
The oversight was discovered by Stephen Barber when he was conducting research into the men of Guiseley who served in the 1/6th Duke of Wellington's Regiment (Territorial Force) in the Great War and their deployment to the Western Front.
He said: "Enos Pawson is one of the 151 men listed on the St Oswald’s Church roll of honour at Guiseley along with his brother Percy who was killed in action in the Battle of the Somme on the 12th of July 1916 and is buried in Athuille Military Cemetery near Thiepval.
"I researched the names and discovered Enos was not listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commissions (CWGC) national database but the inscription on his grave in the churchyard states that he served in the 6th West Riding Regiment when he died in Guiseley on the15th November 1915, most probably whilst on leave. "
"His cause of death was recorded as acute nephritis (kidney infection) and pneumonia and he was buried in the family plot in St Oswald’s churchyard and for whatever reason his name was not submitted to the CWGC."
Enos had been serving in a coastal defence unit which was protecting the East Yorkshire coast at Withernsea in April 1915.
Stephen gathered information about his military service, death certificate, probate records and newspaper articles and forwarded them to the commission. The dead soldier's name has now been recorded on the national database and can be viewed at http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/75458839/PAWSON,%20ENOS.
Stephen said: "I have always had an interest in the Great War since I was a boy and I myself served for six years in the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire (PWO). Coincidently I later discovered that my Great-Grandfather, James Alfred Teale from Horsforth was serving in the West Yorkshire Regiment (predecessor of the PWO) when he was killed in action at Arras in May 1917.
Stephen recently returned from France where he visited the sites of trenches the 1/6th held in French villages including Nueve Chapelle, Wailly and Thiepval.
He has written a day by day account of the movements and battles the men were involved in between April 1915 to May 1919 which he hopes to have published. He would welcome any photographs or information about any of the men who served.
"I am keen to hear from anybody who had relatives who served in the 1/6th or 2/6th DWR during the Great War. My contact e-mail for the project is firstname.lastname@example.org," he said.