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Born: 1892
Died: 27 November 1917
Buried:
Address: 35 Park Road, Carr Lane, Windhill
Parents: John and Elizabeth
Spouse: Edith, nee Verity
Siblings: Arthur, Willie
Occupation: Machine minder, piece finishing
Organisations/clubs:
Military
Rank: Pte
Medals/awards:
Rolls of Honour: Baildon Methodist Church; Christchurch, Windhill; Tyne Cot Memorial
Children: Arthur
Regiment: West Yorkshire, 2nd Battn
Walter Murgatroyd
In the 1911 census, Walter was 19 and living with his parents at 11 East Parade Baildon. It was a family that suffered enormous strains during the war. On 18 March 1916, Walter married Edith Verity at Calverley Church and teh couple lived at Park Road, Windhill. Their son, Arthur, was born 23 September 1916. On 13 July 1917 a report appeared in the Shipley Times & Express about Walter and his brothers: “Pte Walter Murgatroyd, son of Mr and Mrs J Murgatroyd of East Parade, Baildon, is at present home on sick leave following his discharge from Exeter Hospital where he underwent an operation about a month ago. “Pte Murgatroyd has seen a good
amount of hard fighting in France, whilst his twin brother, Arthur, is on active service at Salonica. A younger brother, Willie, received his discharge from the army a few months ago and is now carrying on his work in civilian life.” Walter returned to the Front after his recovery and on 14 December 1917 it was reported: “The condolences of the public go to Mr and Mrs J Murgatroyd of East Parade, Baildon, whose son, Walter, of the West Yorks Regt, was recently killed in action whilst on active service in France. “Pte Murgatroyd leaves a widow and child to mourn his loss also.” And the family’s tragedy did not end there for three weeks later the newspaper reported:
“Much sympathy is felt with Mr J Murgatroyd and family who reside at East Parade, Baildon. “Mr Murgatroyd’s eldest son, Pte Walter Murgatroyd of the West Yorkshire Regiment, was officially reported about a fortnight ago to have been killed in action on 25th November. “After the receipt of this distressing news, Pte Murgatroyd’s mother became ill, her condition being mostly attributed to the grief and anxiety of the bereavement and she died a week ago. “Pte Murgatroyd’s twin brother, Arthur, is on active service in Salonika whilst a younger brother, William has been discharged from the Army.”
Thanks to Tish and Michael Lawson for their help in this research
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