Siblings: George, Thomas, William, Harriet, Benjamin, Ivy, Ernest
Occupation: Bobbin Doffer
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s; Vis-en-Artois memorial
Joseph was the seventh of eight children of Joseph and Elizabeth Ann Clows who moved to Baildon from King’s Lynn around 1895 and then to Shipley.At the time of the 1901 census they were living in Union Street but ten years later had moved to 51 Dale Street at which time Joseph was described as a Bobbin Doffer.While we have some information about the death of their elder son Benjamin (link below), all we learn about Joseph is from the story of the death of Maude E May,
published in the Shipley Times & Express on 8 November 1918.The funeral of the late Miss Maude E May of 51 Dale Street, Shipley, took place on Wednesday afternoon.She was the adopted daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Clow, whose son had arranged to marry the deceased on his return from the front but he was killed in action on 9th September.Miss May was 22 years of age and had been employed on munitions. Eight munition girls in their
overalls attended the funeral as bearers.The chief mourners were Mr and Mrs Joseph Clow, Mr and Mrs George Clow, Mr and Mrs Thomas Clow, Mr Ernest Clow, Mrs Theiles, Mr and Mrs W Clow.It would appear that the adoption had come after 1911 because she is not at Dale Street at the time of the census.There are so many unanswered stories connected with this story and we would welcome any new information.