THE LOST MEN OF BISHOPTHORPE: FIRST WORLD WAR
As we proceeded through the years 2014 to 2018, I published the names of the fallen from Bishopthorpe in both Link and Bishopthorpe dot net in the month which marked the centenary of their deaths. Now that we have reached 11th November, 2018, I have two further men to remember. However, neither of the men died in the few remaining days of war up to 11th November, 1918, but I believe it is appropriate to remember them on this day.
As well as spending a few moments thinking of these men and their families, I hope that you find the details of some interest.
DUNNINGTON-JEFFERSON, Wilfrid Mervyn
Second Lieutenant, Royal Fusiliers.
Killed in action, aged 23, on 27 April, 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres.
He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing in Ypres.
I did not publish the centenary of Second Lt. Dunnington-Jefferson’s death in 2015 because I only became aware of his connection with Bishopthorpe in 2018.
Private, No. 52321, East Lancashire Regiment.
Died of illness, aged 55, on 25 January, 1946, at High Royds Psychiatric Hospital, Menston, West Riding, Yorkshire.
Buried in Hunslet New Cemetery, Section 4a, Inscription Grave No. 755.
Daniel Fountain was admitted to hospital in the early 1920s after suffering from a mental illness attributed to his service with the army during the war. He spent 23 years in the hospital and died in 1946 after the Second World War.