Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park & St Luke’s; Cambrai Memorial
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s
Squire Norman Naylor
Squire Norman Naylor was born in 1892 in Pudsey, the youngest of eight children of Squire Naylor and Martha Ann, nee Glover.Martha died in 1895, aged 45 years and Squire sen died five years later.Squire Norman and his sister Eva went to live with a married sister Florence Mawson in Cleckheaton.He enlisted in March 1915 as Signaller 306767 in the 2nd/7th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington (West Yorkshire Regiment). At the time of his enlistment he was living at 50 Mount Avenue, Eccleshill. This Regiment was initially formed as a second line unit and did not arrive in France until January 1917.However Squire’s Division saw a great deal of action during this year. He was involved in the
operation on the Ancre 11th January to the 13th of March, the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line 14th March to the 5th of April and the attack on Bullecourt on the 11th of April. His Regiment was then rested until the Cambrai operations from the 20th of November to the 30th of December when Squire was killed in action during the German retreat on the 3rd December 1917. He was 25 years of age.The Shipley Times & Expresscarried a report of his death on 1 February 1918:“Pte Norman S Naylor (sic) of 50 Mount Avenue, Eccleshill, who has been fighting with the ‘Duke’s’ nine months in France,
was killed in action on 3rd December. He was 25 years of age and held in high esteem by his comrades in the army.Several letters of sympathy have been received by his relatives and in one from Pte C Simpson he says: ‘I am just dropping you a line to keep my promise to Norman that if anything happened to him, I was to write you.‘It came as a terrible shock to me when I heard he had been killed for we have been the best of pals for quite a long time.‘It was his turn for sentry duty and he hadn’t left me five minutes before he was killed by a shell which killed another and wounded a third.‘Just before he went to do his last
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
duty we had been talking about the good time we should be having when we got out of the trenches, for it was our last bit before being relieved. But you see it was not to be. ‘You have our deepest sympathy in your loss.’ ”He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial which commemorates more than 7,000 servicemen who died in the Battle of Cambrai and whose graves are not known.Squire left his effects to be shared between his three sisters Florence Mawson, Ethel Hainsworth and Eva Maskill who each received £2.6.4d on the 16th July 1918 and a War Gratuity of £2.10.0d on the 10th of December 1919.