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19 October 1915 : Pte William Bailey

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William had relocated to West Marton in Yorkshire where he was employed by Lt. Col. Roundell as a worker on his Gledstone estate. After two unsuccessful attempts at enlisting, William was finally accepted into service at Keighley in early 1915 and, after training, was sent as reinforcement to Gallipoli in mid September 1915. Evacuated from the pen…


16 May 1917 : Pte Tom Spencer

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He was part of a large family, having nine brothers and sisters most of whom lived at Low Close Farm. In 1911 they were variously employed as farm labourers, cloth weavers, wood sawers, and worsted winders. Tom was employed as a spinning and draw over-looker by Messrs W Wilson and Son at Eastburn prior to his enlistment. Tom enlisted on 1 Dec…


12 December 1917: Pte Harry Vintner

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At the 1911 Census, Harry is given as a 'blacksmith on a washing machine shop'. At the time he was living with his 72 year old widower father in law, his sister-in-law, and his own wife and three children.  By the time of the war Harry had taken up dobby making at Hill Brothers in Keighley. A 'dobby maker' was someone who made the mechanism attach…


10 February 1917: Pte Charles Edward Houldsworth

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Age 13 Charles was a spinner in a mill. A slight man, a fitter before the war, 5ft 5/2 and weighing only 129 lbs (9 stone) on enlistment on 9 September 1916, into the 3rd Bn Yorks and Lancs, he deserted six weeks later on 22 October. He returned to attend Keighley War Hospital and never left.  Back pains that had been troubling him all this tim…