Howard Gott was the son of Joseph GottJoseph was born 1856 in Drighlington. He married Mary Jane Tillotson 17 July 1880 at Batley Parish Church. In 1881 they lived at Wesley Street in Morley with Joseph working as a miner.Howard, the second of five children, was born 1886 in Morley.From 1891 the family lived at Gillroyd Parade in Morley. Joseph worked as a school attendance officer and later on he was also a teacher.When Howard enlisted he was
teaching woodwork at Salts Grammar School. Howard served as a Private with the 15th Battalion Prince of Wales’s own West Yorkshire Regiment. He died 14 July 1916 at Salford Royal Hospital in Lancashire. He was buried in Morley Cemetery. His father, Joseph, died just a month later, 15 August 1916.On 28 July 1916, the Shipley Times & Express published the following piece:Shipley Council Education Committee opened their meeting with a brief silence and tribute to
Pte Howard Gott who had been killed in action.Pte Gott, who came from Morley where he was buried, had worked for the committee for six years as teacher of woodwork at Shipley Technical School.The committee later discussed what they should do about making any payment to Pte Gott’s family.‘It was decided to do nothing for a month. Every single man who had left the employ of the Council or the Education Committee to join the army had done so without any promise having been made of any payment.
‘Every case was going to be considered on its individual merits at the end of the war. When in Morley for the funeral, Cllr Rhodes had made certain enquiries and had found that Pte Gott’s father was the school attendance officer and therefore it could be assured that his salary would be about £90 a year.‘It was possible that five pounds now would be more useful than say £20 when the war was over. However it was decided to leave the matter over for further enquiries.’
I am grateful to Colin Coates for his research and help with this article