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Born: 1895, Shipley
Died: 27 May 1918
Address: Bromley House, Nab Wood, Shipley
Parents: Ferguson Marshall Jowett & Emily
Siblings: Alice, Henry, Gertrude, Mary, Mannie, Edgar, Arnold, Catherine
Occupation: United Counties Bank
Organisations/clubs: Moorhead FC
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Rolls of Honour: St Peter’s, Shipley; Salt School; Soisoon Memorial
Regiment: Yorkshire
Sydney Ferguson Jowett
We first come across Sydney as a footnote in a story in the Shipley Times & Express of 20 November 1914. The main story is about his brother Harry, who has just been declared the crack shot in the West Yorkshire Territorials. There is also mention that their father - a leading Irish terrier expert - is a member of the Shipley Volunteer Force. Sydney, at this stage, has just joined the 6 West Yorkshire Reservists but by 4 August 1916, with the battle raging on the Somme, we read: Cpl Sydney F Jowett, son of Mr F M Jowett of Bromley House, Nab
Wood, Shipley, the well-known Airedale dog fancier and judge, has been wounded in the left arm and left shoulder and is now in hospital at Stourbridge He is in the 1st battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers, better known as the “Fighting Fifth.” He received his wounds in the Delville Wood. Previously he took part in several great battles including those at Loos and St Eloi. Before joining the army in September 1914, he was in the Thornton branch of the United Counties Bank. He was a playing member and treasurer of the Moorhead Amateur Association Football Club and was exceedingly
popular amongst the other members and the supporters of the club. His brother, Sec Lieut Henry Armitage Jowett, who has served in the army for five years, was wounded in June. On 5 July 1918 the paper reported: “Sec Lieut S F Jowett, Yorkshire Regt, second son of Mr and Mrs F M Jowett of 102 Bingley Road, Nab Wood, Shipley is officially reported missing since 27th May. “He enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regt in October 1914 but was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers and while in action with the ‘Fighting Fifth’ in 1916, he was wounded. “On becoming fit again he was
commissioned and posted to the Yorkshire Regt. “He is an old boy of the Salt’s School and two of his brothers are with the colours – Lieut H A Jowett, West Yorkshire Regt., and Pte M S Jowett, Labour Corps.” The final sad confirmation came in the local paper on 10 January 1919: “It is reported that Sec Lieut S F Jowett, Yorkshire Regt, who was previously reported missing on 27th May 1918, was last seen on that day mortally wounded in German hands. “He enlisted in September 1914 and was the second son of Mr and Mrs F M Jowett of 102 Bingley Road, Nab Wood.”
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