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6 September 1917 : Pte Bertie Howroyd

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Living with his parents, Ephraim and Ellen Howroyd at 93 Clarkson Street, Ravensthorpe, Bertie 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 cloth). Bertie was called up in April or May 191…


Uncle Ben

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By David Britton Uncle Ben, (self–published by David Britton, £7.15, Amazon, pb) is one of a number of memorial volumes received for review in the past four years. Essentially, the formula for such works published during the Great War, and early after, comprised juvenilia, letters home and fulsome family tributes. While the commemorative qualities…


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…


7 January 1918: 42860 Rmn Walter Leeming

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  A farmer's son and the youngest of five, by the age of 14 at the 1911 Census, Walter was working on the farm with his siblings.  Walter was killed in action whilst on a patrol in the Zonnebeke sector. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial to the missing. 42860 Rmn Walter Leeming, 1/8th West Yorkshire Regiment (…


The Yorkshire Landings at Suvla : 25 April 1915

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It is often thought that the first time the volunteers raised by Lord Kitchener went into action was at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Whilst this was the first time in the Great War that Kitchener’s men had been used in large numbers, their first action took place nearly a year earlier. The ‘Lancashire Landing’ at Gallipoli is very well kn…


The Short, Sad Military Career of Thomas Adams by John Bourne

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My collaborator in compiling a Roll of Honour for Burslem, Mick Rowson, was recently attempting to maintain his sanity in these strange times by doing some ‘tidying up’ of our database.  His eye fell upon the name of Thomas Adams.  Our basic resource in compiling the roll of honour was Soldiers Died in the Great War [SDGW]. Above: The Cover of P…


‘Missing-Died-Survived’ with Guy Senior

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‘Missing-Died-Survived’ is the story of three brothers who fought on the Western Front: Joseph, Walter and George Senior. Born in the Yorkshire town of Wakefield, all three were educated at Wakefield Grammar School. Joseph, the eldest, was one of the most academically gifted boys of his generation. In the 1911 Oxford Senior Examinations, he was ra…