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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 p…


16 May 1917 : Pte Tom Spencer

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Tom was part of a large family, the sixth child of his father James (a farm bailiff) and his mother Kezia. According to the English Census returns for 1881 to 1911 the family lived at Low Close (farm), Steeton with Eastburn, nr Keighley, Yorkshire. The couple had ten children in all between 1881 and 1902. In 1911 those over 14 in the family wer…


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 was 'dobby making' at Hield Brothers Limited, spinners and manufacturers of Cross Hills, Keighley. A 'dobby m…


10 February 1917: Pte Charles Edward Houldsworth

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Charles was one of six children of Henry (a nail maker) and Ann Houldsworth.  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…