It is clear from the coverage given to Henry’s funeral, the impact his death would have had on the local community who were still coming to terms with being at war.Full military honours were accorded at the funeral which took place on Saturday of Pte Henry Illingworth of 35 Fairbank Street, Crag Road, Windhill, who was a member of the D Company of the Bradford Pals Battalion.The deceased, who was only 27 years of age, died from double pneumonia. He was one of the first to join the Battalion and his untimely death came as a great shock to his colleagues, amongst whom he had made himself very popular.Pte Illingworth leaves a widow ad two children for whom the greatest sympathy is felt.The principal mourners were Mrs
Illingworth, Masters Harry and Dennis Illingworth, Mr and Mrs Thomas Illingworth, Mr Sam Illingworth, Mr and Mrs James Hinchliffe, Mr and Mrs Isaac Illingworth, Miss Illingworth, Mr Ernest Illingworth, Mrs Todd, Mr and Mrs Jack Holm, and Mr James Todd.A large crowd witnessed the departure of the cortege, the blinds of the houses in the vicinity where the deceased lived being lowered as a mark of respect.The coffin was borne on a gun carriage sent from Bradford Moor Barracks whilst the officers and men of the D Company, to the number of about 300, attended in charge of Major Moore and Captain Howarth.Along the route to Bowling Cemetery, where the interment took place, the Dead March was played by the band of the 2nd Royal Field Artillery. The bugle band of the
Battalion, with muffled drums, was also in attendance.A firing party fired a salute over the grave and the Last Post was sounded.
Wreaths were sent by the battalion and the Shipley & District Working Men’s Club of which Pte Illingworth was a member.Shipley Times & Express 8 January 1915