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Born: 1897, Halifax
Died: 3 October 1917, France
Buried: Dozinghen Military Cemetery
Address: 13 Sun Place, Woodbottom, Baildon
Parents: William & Tabitha, nee Peet
Siblings: Harry, Evelyn
Occupation: Doffer at Worsted Mill, 1911
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Baildon
Regiment: Royal Engineers
James William Duckworth
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James was born in Halifax in 1897 and the family were still living there at the time of the 1901 census when his father, William, was described as a clay miner’s labourer. By the time of the 1911 census, William had died and the family were now living at Woodbottom. 14-year-old James was a doffer at a Worsted Mill. We are not sure when James enlisted but on 26 October 1917, the Shipley Times & Express included a short paragraph in its news from the front that read: ‘Mrs Duckworth, of 13 Sun Place, Woodbottom, recently received the
sad news that her son James, who was in the Royal Engineers, had died of wounds in France. ‘Much sympathy is felt for the widowed mother.’ This was followed on 16 November by a bit more detail sent by one of his colleagues: Mrs Simpson of Green Lane, Baildon, has received a letter from Sgt T Constable about the death of Pte J W Duckworth. “I’m sorry for Mrs Duckworth but she will have to bear up. It cannot be helped
“He was a brave lad and well liked. When he was a working he was always saying ‘we shall get a blighty today’ and he never ducked his head for shells. “If anyone was wanted to go over the top to fetch wounded in, he was one of the first. He really ought to have had a DCM and he would have, had he lived. “He was wounded in twelve places from the knees upwards but was quite cheerful and died at the base
hospital. Baildon has lost one of its bravest lads.”
Baildon RoH Baildon RoH Baildon RoH Shipley Times & Express 4 October 1918