Horace Cariss was born in 1896 the son of Alfred Cariss and his wife, Sarah Ann, nee Jessop.The couple had two sons, Harry born 1893 and Horace born 1896. In 1901 the family were living at 70 Corporation Street, Bradford and Albert is working in a woollen mill. The family moved to 316 Dudley Hill Road and in 1911 Alfred is still working in the woollen industry as a wooling weftman. Horace at 14 years is working as a warehouse boy for Messrs Laycock Stuff Merchants with whom he was still employed when he enlisted.When Horace first presented himself for enlistment he was
rejected but he kept on trying until he was accepted on the 3rd of February 1915 as Private 242141 in the 1/5th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. The Regiment landed in Boulogne on the 14th of April 1915. Horace passed through several severe engagements and was involved in the Third Battle of Ypres or Passchendale. The British offensive began on the 31st of July 1917 with encouraging gains but terrible summer weather soon bogged it down. By August
the offensive was failing and had descended into attritional fighting and there were enormous casualties on both sides. Horace lost his life on the 7th August 1917 at the age of 21 years.The sad news was conveyed in a letter to his parents from Sgt H Armstrong who wrote “It was a great blow to us all when your son was killed for it was felt that the whole Company had lost a brother. “I always found him a good worker and willing to do whatever I asked him to do.”
Second Lieutenant J C Walton of the Headquarters Staff in a letter of condolence said “Although I had known Pte Cariss only a short time he was a willing and cheerful soldier”. Horacee is buried at Ramscappelle Road Military Cemetery which was made in July and August 1917.His effects were left to his father Alfred who received £2. 19. 5d on the 27th November 1917 and the War Gratuity of £6.10.0d on the 30th October 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.