Stories from the front line

This page will link you to some of the longer individual stories of the men from Shipley and the surrounding area who were involved in the First World War. There will also be articles based on men's reports from the front line.

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If there is a story about a member of your family that you would like to share, please get in touch.

Eliza Barraclough

Eliza Barraclough
The Tong Park widow who lost four sons and a grandson in the war

William Booth
Captured while looking after his injured officer in the first month of the war. Letters home telling us what it was like to be a WWI POW.
William and Ethel Bottomley
William fought with the balloon observation service and was injured and gassed. Ethel returned from the USA to do her bit.
Walter Bloye Hall
The second man from Shipley to be killed in the First World War. He wrote home: “Do not worry or weep about me, mother. I am only doing my duty for my country.”
Charles Houlden
Member of the Legion of Frontiersmen, who were sent to East Africa where they fought disease as well as the enemy and he was struck down with malaria and dysentry
Harold Jaques
Description of his journey to the front line and the logistics of feeding 18,000 men in the trenches
Frank Johnson
A year in the war of RAMC private that ended with him losing a leg
Edgar Marsden Kermode
DCM, MC & bar, DSO
Story of a much decorated Shipley man who made the ultimate sacrifice aged just 22.
William Love
Married while on leave, returned to France and was killed, his body never recovered. After her death it emerged his widow had never given up hope he would return.

George Mitchell
Once challenged world heavyweight champion Georges Carpentier to a bout. Carpentier wept when he heard his opponent had been KIA

George Motley
The impoverished kid from Dockfield, Shipley, who was killed in Ireland in 1921 but still qualifies for CWG Commission gravestone
Cecil Procter
A naval reservist recalled at the outbreak of war who became one of Shipley's first casualties when his ship, the Good Hope, was sunk with all hands off the coast of Chile

Joseph Rowling
Windhill-born Joseph worked for the National Telephone Co before the war. He was sent to German East Africa with the Royal Engineers and died there in 1916

Neville Stringfellow
A harrowing account, much of it in his own words, of how this former Windhill policeman got separated from his brother during a battle and never saw him again
George Wright
Awarded DCM and one of only 180 men to win MM with 2 bars but became disillusioned after the war when England didn't turn out to be 'a land fit for heroes.'


If you have information, documents of photographs of men or women from Shipley and district who served in WWI, please get in touch