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6 September 1917 : Pte Bertie Howroyd

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Bertie Howroyd was born in Ravensthorpe in or about 1898. Living with his parents, Ephraim and Ellen Howroyd at 93 Clarkson Street, Ravensthorpe, he attended the Wesleyan Church and Sunday School and worked as a percher for Pickering Greaves and Co (a perch is a frame on which cloth is placed for inspection; a percher is the person who inspects the…


10 October 1916 : Pte Beaumont Wood died of his wounds on this day

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Before the war Beaumont worked in the dyehouse at Marshall Kaye and Marshall's mill in Ravensthorpe. He enlisted in November 1915 and found himself posted to the 26th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. This battalion was not recruited on geographical lines but, like many other battalions in the 41st Division, was recruited amongst friends with a c…


A Village Goes to War. A History of the Men of Ravensthorpe who Fell in the Great War

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Western Front Association Development Trustee and Vice-Chairman David Tattersfield has researched the names on the memorial in his local church in Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire. Fortunately, three large frames of photographs had also been preserved - a most unusual occurrence - covering 81 of the 114 names on the memorial. At the time of the Great W…


The Heilsberg 39: A New British First World War Cemetery in Poland

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Between August and December 1918 a number of British Prisoners of War died at Heilsberg Prisoner of War camp in the east of Germany. It is likely their deaths were a result of insufficient food, overwork or one of the diseases that often swept through these overcrowded and insanitary camps. Conditions in Germany at this time were harsh. Food was sc…


Gunner Ewart Doodson

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The date of 15 September 1916 was a historic day in the history of warfare: it was the first day that tanks were used in battle. The tank had been under development in late 1915 and early 1916 as an attempt at overcoming the seemingly impenetrable trench system the Germans had constructed. Gunner Ewart Doodson from Ravensthorpe took part in the fir…


David Tattersfield MA

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David can date his interest in the First World War to a specific event – the year was 1990 and he was persuaded to read First Day on the Somme by Martin Middlebrook. So impressed was he that upon finishing the book, he immediately read it again. The following year, accompanied by his brother, he holidayed in France. This was the 75th anniversary o…


21 October 1917 : Pte Friend Whitwam

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Zachariah Friend was a card dealer at a woollen mill. Friend was baptised 25 April 1877. Friend had two sisters, Clara and Sarah. At the time of the 1901 Census, Friend lived with his parents and younger sister Sarah at 126 George Street. Both Friend and Sarah worked in a woollen mill, Friend as a cloth finisher. Later that year, on 2 Novem…


24 August 1918 : Pte Willie Allott 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps

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Willie Allott was born in Dewsbury 23 July 1894 to James (a blacksmith at the colliery) and Emma Allott who lived at 4 Church Street, Ravensthorpe. He was baptised 17 Aug 1894. He was the oldest of the six children.  After originally being drafted into the KOYLI, it was with the King's Royal Rifle Corps that he was probably sent to the Western Fro…