On 19 October 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported:Pte David Bancroft of 21 Moorfield Place, Bradford Road, Idle, has made the supreme sacrifice. The deceased, who was 34 years of age, was a widower, his wife having passed away about a year ago.He had been in the army for about twelve months and had previously been wounded. When he met his death, he had only been back in France for eight weeks.
Two of his brothers and a brother in law are in the forces – Pte H O Bancroft (Gordon Highlanders), Bandsman Walter Bancroft (Duke of Wellington’s) and Pte John Paley (Royal Warwickshires).One of the late soldier’s comrades, Pte B M Harris, writes to his mother from France saying that they thought a great deal of Pte Bancroft and they will greatly miss him. He added: “I and all the other members of the platoon deeply sympathise with you in your loss
for we realise that you have lost a brave son.“Perhaps there is something in the saying that the best are always taken first.”Capt W Swan says that “the battalion took part in a big attack on the date when Pte Bancroft fell and this was entirely successful.“I am afraid it is impossible for me to realise what this loss must mean to you but you have the consolation of knowing that your son died doing his duty and fighting bravely for his country.”