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Born: 1884, Bradford
Died: 3 May 1917
Address: 226 Kensington Street, Bradford, formerley of Thackley
Parents: Brooksbank & Elizabeth
Siblings: Frederick, Florence, Edith, Emma
Occupation: Stuff Merchants Agent’s assistant
Organisations/clubs: Airedale Harriers
Rank: L Cpl
Rolls of Honour: Arras Memorial
Regiment: West Riding
William Edward Knapton
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William Edward Knapton was born in 1884, the son of Brooksbank and Elizabeth Knapton. At the time of the 1901 census the family were living at 27 Crag Hill Road, Thackley. By 1911 Willie and three of his sisters were living at 226 Kensington Street, Bradford and he was given as a stuff merchant agent’s assistant. Willie was killed on 3 May 1917. The report of his death didn’t appear in the Shipley Times & Express until 27 July and concentrated on his sporting achievements. A deservedly popular sportsman in
the person of L Cpl Willie E Knapton, formerly of Thackley, was killed early in May whilst leading a bombing party in an attack. A son of Mr B Knapton, for many years manager at Castle Mills when those works were run by Mr R Sutcliffe, Willie was a fine sportsman and was an ardent supporter of the Airedale harriers, the oldest harriers’ club in Yorkshire. For his club he had a great affection. As hon secretary and committeeman he never wavered in his adherence. When difficulties in managing the affairs of the
organisation came along, he always did his best to surmount them, even to taking up the secretarial pen he had relinquished some time before. Hence the members insisted on bestowing what honour they could upon him by electing him the president of the club. As an athlete he won many trophies. In the Bradford Walk he proved to be a good walker and in 1906 he secured second prize in the Yorkshire handicap. When the family lived in Thackley Willie, like his brother and sisters, was associated with the Idle Parish Church and Sunday School.