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Born: 1899, Baildon
Died: 10 September 1918
Address: 3 Fountains Buildings, Baildon
Parents: William & Margaret Hannah
Siblings: Nellie
Occupation: Grocer
Rank: Sec Lieut
Rolls of Honour: Baildon
Regiment: RAF
Gladney Halliday
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On 4 October 1918, the Shipley Times & Express reported that Gladney Halliday and Ernest Bentley, two pupils of Baildon National School had been killed in action: Sec Lieut Gladney Halliday of fountain Buildings, Baildon, son of Mr William Halliday, grocer, was born in 1899, he attended the National School from 1902 to 1905. He assisted in his father’s business until called up at the age of 18. First joining the infantry, he
transferred about seven months ago to the Royal Air Force and was killed on the 10th September, fighting against heavy odds, being shot by an opponent after having a moment before brought down his second enemy machine. He acted as observer and, of course, gunner. Strangely the announcement came two weeks after the newspaper had published this tribute. In a letter of condolence to Mrs W Halliday of Fountain Buildings, Baildon, on the death of her son,
Sec-Lieut Gladney Halliday, the pilot, Lieut Cecil G Gowring, has paid a find tribute to his memory. “Your son was not only my observer but my friend. We went on our first flight over the lines together and have flown together ever since. “I had always found him a very good companion in the air and an excellent observer, being very skilful in handling his machine gun. It was during the flight in which he met his death that he brought down his second German plane.
“We were attacked by six hostile planes. Your son put up a good fight and I did all in my power to help him but the odds were too great. “Their fire was all round us and just as he had shot down one of them and was turning to reload his gun, a bullet struck him and passed through his heart. “The sad news came as a great blow to the squadron for he was very popular.”
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