Gladwyn Montague Allcock was born on the 2nd August 1889 the son of Thomas Allcock and Lydia Robinson who were married in Bradford in 1884. Gladwyn was baptised on the 5th August 1888 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill. At this time the family were living in Fagley Lane and his father was working as a cellarman. The family consisted of John Henry born 1885, Martha Jane 1887, Gladwyn Montague 1888, Lawrence Thomas 1889 died 1890, Dorothy Satilla 1891, Lydia Pleasance 1892, Emma Maud 1894, James Benjamin 1896 died 1897, Grace Victoria 1897 died 1897, Evelyn Robinson 1899, Daisy Myrtle 1901 and May Alexandra 1902.Errand boyBy 1901 the family had moved to 11 Moorside Road, Eccleshill. Thomas Allcock is working as a Wine Cellar Man and John Henry and Gladwyn Montague are now
working, John as a Mule Spinner and Gladwyn as a grocer’s errand boy.In 1911 the family had moved to 3 Moorside Road and Gladwyn and all of his siblings still live in the family home. Their father is now a foreman cellarman. John Henry is a yarnman, Martha Jane a weaver, Gladwyn Montague is working as a chaffeur, Dorothy Sattila is a drawer, Lydia Pleasance a dressmaker and Emma Maud a twister. The younger children are still at school.Gladwyn enlisted on 9th March 1917 as Private 96328 Montague Gladwyn Allcock, obviously preferring to use his middle name. He was a single man aged 28 years, 25 days and living at 3 Moorside Road. He requested to join the Army Service Corp who delivered ammunition and other goods to the front line troops in the trenches, probably because having worked as
a chauffeur he was able to drive motor vehicles. Shortly after enlisting Gladwyn was married on the 18th April 1917 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, to Edith Emma Hall who was a spinster living in St. Paul’s parish.Two shillingsOn the 15th of September 1917 he was transferred to the Royal Air Force to work as a Trade Driver (MT) and became Air Mechanic 3rd Class Driver for the duration of the war with airforce pay of two shillings. Nothing more is known about Gladwyn except that he died in Bradford aged 28 years on the 17th June 1918, quite possibly from wounds received and is buried in Undercliffe Cemetery, Bradford.His death is recorded in the parish magazine for July 1918 as follows – “Gladwyn Montague Allcock has joined the Great Majority. His death came as a great shock and our
hearts go out in sympathy to the young widow and his family here in Eccleshill. “Several of the members of the Church Institute met the funeral at Undercliffe cemetery to pay their last respect to one who was so closely associated with it from the very beginning. “He had a very warm place in his heart for the Institute and though living in Manningham he was no stranger to us and up to the last he remained a member of one of its committees. We shall miss him. He was a grand worker, an active spirit, a cheerful soul. R.I.P.”His widow Edith received a War Gratuity of £3.5.0dResearched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.