Siblings: Florence, Hilda, Ellen, John Henry, Annie
Occupation: Accountant’s clerk, Culiffe & Co Bradford
Organisations/clubs: Airedale Harriers; Ecccleshill Congs Sunday School
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Thiepval Cemetery
Regiment: Bradford Pals
Herbert Cawthorne was born on 19th April 1894 and baptised at All Saints Church, Little Horton on 13th February 1895 the son of George Herbert and Georgina Cawthorne. George was a warehouseman and the family were living at 351 Bowling Old Lane. In 1901 the family were living at 38 Peach Street, East Bowling and George was working as a stuff warehouseman. By 1911 the family had moved to Eccleshill and were living at 65 Mount Street. George is still working as a stuff warehouseman and Herbert, at 17 years, had found employment as an
Accountants Clerk. He was a Congregational scholar at Eccleshill and a medallist of the Airedale Harriers Club and by 1914 he was living with his family at 56 Mount Avenue. He was employed at Messrs. Cunliffe and Co. in Aldermanbury, Bradford.The 2nd Bradford Pals were formed by the Lord Mayor and city on 22nd January 1915 and Herbert joined on the 4th March 1915 and became Private 18/449 of the 18th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment.
On 17th of December 1915 the Brigade departed Liverpool for Egypt to guard the Suez Canal but left on 6th March 1916 when the Brigade was transferred to France as part of the build up for the Somme. On Saturday 1st July 1916 the attack opened at 7.30am and the 18th Battalion were slaughtered as soon as they got on top of their trench, including Herbert.The 18th Battalion casualties of more than 400 officers and men represented some 70% of the
Battalion’s men who took part in the assault. Herbert was 23 years old.He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial where the names of officers and men who fell on the Somme battlefields from July 1915 to February 1918 are recorded and who have no known grave.Herbert left his effects to his father George who received £3.8.3d on the 10th November 1916 and a War Gratuity of £5.0.0d on the 2nd August 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.