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Born: 1892, Bradford
Died: 1 July 1916, Somme
Address: 320 Leeds Road, Fagley
Parents: Francis & Mary, nee Gray
Siblings: Minnie
Occupation: Jeweller’s apprentice
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill Park and St Luke’s; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: Prince of Wales Own
George Haughton Fowler
George Haughton Fowler was born in 1892 in Bradford the son of Dublin-born Francis Haughton Fowler and Mary Elizabeth Gray. In 1901 the family were living at 10 Wellington Street, Eccleshill, and Francis was working as a commercial traveller in glass bottles. Two children had been born, Minnie Eliza and George. By 1911 the family had moved to 320 Leeds Road, Fagley. Francis was still working as a commercial traveller and George at 18 years was a jeweller’s apprentice. In 1914 George was employed by
Rooks Jewellers in Westgate. George enlisted on the 15th January 1915 as Private 16/1354 in the 16th Battalion of the West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales Own) Regiment. On the 17th of December 1915 the Brigade departed Liverpool for Egypt to guard the Suez Canal but left on the 6th March 1916 when they were transferred to France as part of the build up for the Somme. On Saturday 1st July 1916 the attack opened at 7.30am and many of the 18th Battalion were slaughtered as soon as they got on top of their trench. George was one
of them. He was 23 years of age. 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. George left his effects to his mother Mary who received £1.2.4d on the 9th February 1917 and a War Gratuity of £6.0.0d on the 18th September 1919. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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