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 26 years of age.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.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks