Mr and Mrs Clegg of 16 Dale Street, Hargreaves Square, Shipley had four sons in the war.George Henry was in Dorset with the East Yorkshire Regt; Joseph William was with the West Riding Regiment in Grantham; But William, and their youngest son, 20-year-old Ernest, were at the front line.And it fell to William to reveal to the family how Ernest had died and his letter was quoted in the Shipley Times & Express on 12 March 1915:‘I am sorry to tell you about my brother having been killed. Just tell Vina to break the news to mother gently as he has died a soldier’s death for his country. I buried him all right.
‘Ask her to tell mother not to take it too hard. You cannot depend upon your life out here. I am all right and in the pink of condition.’The family also received a letter from Ernest, dated 19 February, four days before he was killed.‘Dear Mother and Father – I write you these few lines hoping that you are in good health, as I am at present.‘I am very sorry for not writing before now. I received your letter and postcard all right. It had the wrong company on but our Will brought it down to me and I let him read it.‘We are both going on all right.’A memorial service was held at St
Paul’s Church. ‘relatives and intimate friends of the deceased were present and the Shipley Volunteer Force paid a dutiful mark of respect and sympathy by parading in the Market Place and headed by the drummers and buglers, marching to the churchKhaki-clad men were noticed both in the choir and congregation. The hymns sung during the service were “When wounded sore the stricken soul,” “Servant of God, well done!” “our Lord, our banner, God of Might” and “Safe home, safe home, in port.”After a sermon reflecting on the war by the vicar, the band played the Last Post.