Date of death: 6.4.1917
Regiment: King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Family information: Husband of Lily E Appleyard nee Briggs
Service number: 12/797
Squire Appleyard enlisted at Pontefract and died of wounds in France on 6th April 1917.
“There is something very touching about the deaths of two Pomfret lads, miners, whose end came in France, from wounds sustained early this month. Their names are Private George Albert Dean, formerly of Friarwood, Pontefract and Private Squire Appleyard, late of Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract. The latter was before the War an employee at Featherstone Main Colliery. The two were pals, were both in the KOYLI, went to France together, fought side by side in that country and were fatally wounded by the same shell, which, alas, killed and wounded other comrades. Dean is 23 and Appleyard 22 and each leaves a wife and one child, the former’s living at Fishergate and the latter’s at Doncaster Road, both Ferrybridge. Appleyard has a brother Tom serving in the KOYLI”.
Extract taken from the Pontefract and Castleford Express 27.4.1917.
“Sleep on dear husband in a far off land,
In a grave I may never see
But as long as life and memory last
I will remember thee.
From a loving wife and child.”
Pontefract and Castleford Express - Roll of Honour 27.4.1917
He is buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension.
Squire Appleyard was born in the first quarter of 1895, the son of Squire Appleyard and Annie Copley who married in the fourth quarter of 1889 and this was registered at Pontefract.
Squire Appleyard married Lily E Briggs and their marriage was registered at Pontefract in the fourth quarter of 1914.
In the 1911 census he is shown as a Miner, living at Holmes Place, Market Street, Pontefract with parents and siblings.