Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill; Thiepval Memorial
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Sam Murgatroyd was born in 1891 in Idle, the son of decorated soldier Evan Murgatroyd Mary Ann.Evan died in 1905 aged 47 years when the family were living at 1 Tomlinson’s Buildings, Idle.Mary Ann re-married in 1908 to Henry Peacock and the family went to live at 33 Albion Road, Idle. Sam at 20 years of age was working as a labourer in a brass foundry.On the 30th of March 1914 Sam married Bertha Elliott at Holy Trinity Church, Idle. Bertha was 23 years of age and the daughter of Dennis Elliott a fitter. One son Dennis was born in 1915 and when
Sam enlisted he and Bertha were living at 423 Harrogate Road.Sam enlisted on the 20th December 1914 as Private 17704 in the 1st Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own).Little is known about his service but his Division took part in the opening day of the Somme Offensive 1st July 1916. His Battalion was one of the first to go over the top and although there was a massive loss of life Sam survived this Battle of Albert.
He was killed in action on the 25th of September 1916 on the first day of the Battle of Morval 25th to 28th September. Sam was 25 years of age.His body was never recovered for burial and he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial where 72,195 soldiers are commemorated.He left his effects to his widow Bertha who received £5.13.2d on the 8th of February 1917 and a War Gratuity of £7.10.0d on the 9th of February 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks