Willie Jowett was born on the 13th of April 1886 in Bradford the third of four sons of Joseph and Agnes, nee Hargreaves.Joseph and Agnes set up home at 4 Chapel Walk where they were to live for the next 30 years. Joseph was unemployed for a while and Agnes worked as a worsted weaver.By 1891 Joseph had found work again as a cloth tenterer and three children had been born, Herbert, Samuel in 1884 and Willie. Their youngest son Arthur was born in 1897. In 1911 Willie at the age of 14 years was working as a woollen mule piecer.Willie married Hannah Roper on
the 23rd of February 1907 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill. He was 20 years of age, a cogs maker living at 3, Woodview Cottages. Hannah was 20 year of age, living at 1249 Bolton Road, the daughter of William Roper a plumber. Willie and Hannah set up home at 16 Chapel Street and they had two sons, Herbert born in 1907 and Allan in 1910. Hannah died and was buried on the 23rd January 1912 aged 25 years. Willie and his family returned to the family home at 45 Chapel Street where Agnes helped to raise his children.It is not known when Willie enlisted but he became a fitter with ‘D Battery, 152nd Brigade of the
Royal Field Artillery, Service number 152505. His unit was involved in all the Battles of the Somme in the spring and summer of 1918 and Willie lost his life on the 26th of June 1918.He was on his way to the dressing station after being wounded when a shell struck him on the head and he died immediately. He was 32 years of age.He was buried at Thiennes British Cemetery commissioned for Commonwealth burials arising from the fighting in this area during the summer of 1918. It was closed in the August and there are now 114 burials in the cemetery.Willie left his effects to his mother Agnes for the care of his children, who received £10.2.8d on the 4th November 1918 and a War Gratuity
of £8.10s on the 11th December 1919. Her husband Joseph had died in 1918 and she was left to raise Bert and Allan. She had lost two of her four sons in the War.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
Agnes Jowett with her grandsons Allen and Herbert, who she brought up after their parents’ deaths