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Born: 1897, Bradford
Died: 3 December 1917
Address: 14 Junction Row, Bolton (Bradford)
Parents: William & Miriam, nee Goldsborough
Occupation: Tramway parcel boy
Rank: L Cpl
Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s; Cambrai Memorial
Regiment: 14 Durham Light Infantry
Winchester Glover
Winchester Glover was born in Bradford in 1897 the son of Albert William Glover and Miriam, nee Goldsborough. In 1901 Albert and Miriam were living at 20 Leeds Road, Idle with their only child Winchester. Albert was working as a worsted warper and Miriam was also working as a weaver. By 1911 Miriam and Winchester were living at 14 Junction Row, Bolton. Miriam was still working as a woollen weaver and Winchester at 14 years was a mill hand. On the census Miriam claimed to be a married woman. Albert at 42 years was still alive but living in an institution in the parish of Lancaster his status being shown as imbecile – infirmity. When Winchester enlisted on the 7th June 1917 he was 19 years and 67 days of age and
working as a Tramway parcel boy. He was still living at 14 Junction Row. He enlisted in the 14th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry as Private 45258. His battalion embarked for France on the 11th September 1915 and took part in the Battle of Loos. It is not known when Winchester, after training, was sent to the Western front but his battalion fought in all the major battles of the War. They were on the Ypres salient until March 1916. At the Somme they were held in reserve until August when they were moved up to the front. They next saw action at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette and at the Battle of Arras in 1917 and at some point Winchester was promoted to Lance Corporal.
On the 3rd of December 1917 the battalion were on the front line in the trenches east of Marcoing during the Battle of Cambrai when Winchester was killed in action. He is remembered at the Cambrai Memorial which commemorates 7,000 service men who died in the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917 and whose graves are not known. Winchester left his effects to his mother Miriam who received £6.7.8d on the 27th March 1919 and a War Gratuity of £12.0.0d on the 8th November 1919. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
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