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The Antwis Family At War - World War 1 Roll Of Honour


Harold Antwis        Service Number 426756


Harold was born in Runcorn in Cheshire in 1887, the son of John and Christina Antwis.

He enlisted on 5th November 1914. His address is given as Undercliffe Lodge, Stockton Head, Warrington.

He was married whilst still on Military Service on 19th February 1918 to Sybil Victoria Hughes at St Thomas Parish Church, Stockton Heath, Cheshire.


  James Farrell Antwis


James was born in 1893 in Warrington, the son of John and Mary Ellen Antwis and was christened on 3rd September 1893 in Hollinfare, Lancs.

He first joined the Army - Royal Engineers as a Telegraph Linesman- in 1910.

He was discharged back to the home of his parents in Hope Street, Wrexham in 1911.

He was in the Manchester Regiment in France during the Great War.

He married Elsie Cassandra Reynolds on 2nd April 1916 and died as a Chelsea Pensioner in 1965













Tom Riding Antwis


Tom was born in 1880, the son of Thomas and Mercy Antwis from Oakmere in Cheshire and christened on 3rd October 1880 at Weaverham.

His father was a Farm Bailiff and Tom was a farmer before the War. The family remained at the same farm for many years.

Tom was a soldier at the time of the 1901 census.

Tom emigrated from Liverpool to Ellis Island on 20.06.1915.

He shows in the US WWW1 civilian draft registration between 1917 and 1918 as a citizen of England, living in Manatee, Florida.

He married Inez West and died in Florida on 29 Nov 1938.


      Edmund Joshua Antwis


Edmund was born in 1895 in Salford, Lancs, the son of James and Mary Antwis.

He enlisted in 1914 when he was 18 and served in the 3rd Manchester City Regiment, 18th Battalion.

He married Annie Bostock in 1920 in Ashton Under Lyne, Lancs and died in 1958.


  Jack Antwis


Jack Antwis was born in May 1898 in Frodsham, Cheshire, the son of Peter and Mary Antwis. He was a footballer before the War. Please click here to read his story.

He served in the Cheshire Regiment.

He married Ethel Inett on his birthday, 23rd May in 1920 in Frodsham.


  Fred Antwis


Fred Antwis was born in Bolton, Lancs on 12th May 1883, the son of George and Mary Antwis.

Before the War he was a cotton spinner.

He was in the Royal Navy during the Great War. His final ship before discharge was the Vivid, New Zealand.

He married Beatrice Worrall in 1919 in Runcorn.


    Sidney Walter Antwis


Sidney was born in 1883, the son of Robert and Elizabeth Antwis.

Please click here to read the story of his early life.

He was awarded the Military Medal for exceptional bravery in the Great War.

When he was demobbed, he went to Cadet School in Oxford and volunteered for the Flying Corps.

he married Winifred May Harse of Oxford.

Click here to read his military record and here to read the diary he kept from 1914-17.



 William Antwis     Service Number 19083


William was born in Derry Street, Wolverhampton in 1890, the son of William and Mary Antwis.

His father was an Iron Worker.

By 1911, he was living with his older brother Thomas and their widowed father at 19 Cockshutt Lane All three were Iron Workers.

He was a private in the South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Battalion in the Great War and was killed in action in France on 26th October 1917.


His death is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial in Normandy.


West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium

The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery.

The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.

There are 11,952 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Tyne Cot Cemetery. 8,365 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to more than 80 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.















Ernest J Antwis  Service Number 10523


Ernest was born in 1882, the son of Samuel and Mary Ann Antwis.

He was a fitter in an electrical works before enlisting on 7th September 1914, serving in the 1st Battalion Manchester City Regiment.

He was discharged wounded on 31th January 1917, being awarded the Silver War Badge.

He married Emma Law in 1914 in Wolverhampton and died in 1967.



















  Sidney Thomas Antwis


Sidney was born in 1885 in Woverhampton, the son of Robert and Lavinia Antwis. and was living at 44 Cromwell Street, Dudley when he enlisted into the Royal Engineers at the Railway Troops Depot.

He was a Clerk at the time.

He served in the Volunteer Battalion of the Warwickshire Regiment.

He married Lydia Potter in 1916 in Dudley.



Robert Antwis  Service Number 17147


Robert was the son of Thomas and Susan Antwis of Tynemouth.

He enlisted at North Shields and served in the Northumberland Fusiliers.

He died of wounds 28th September 1916 in Flanders.


He is buried at

Puchevillers War Graves Cemetery

Departement de la Somme

Picardie, France

Plot: V. B. 14.


Puchevillers is a village north-east of Amiens. The British Cemetery is a little west of the village.


In June 1916, just before the opening of the Battles of the Somme, the 3rd and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations were established in Puchevillers. Plots I to V and almost the whole of Plot VI were made by those hospitals before the end of March 1917.  


Puchevillers British Cemetery contains 1763 First World War burials. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


John Antwis


John was the brother of Robert. Born on 8th August 1904, he was too young for Service in The Great War.

He enlisted in the Royal Artillery on 26th February 1927 and served a 7 year army tour of duty, being discharged in 1934.

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This page currently only shows the lads who carried the Antwis surname. They will have had cousins from their mothers' side, and their sisters will have had husbands and sweethearts, who will have been fighting, wounded and dying alongside the Antwis lads.

The women will have been knitting, Nursing, working in Munitions Factories or on the land and volunteering for the Red Cross and WRVS .

This Roll of Honour is for them, too, and for all those affected by the senseless horror of war.     


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