Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; Bradford Grammar School
Regiment: West Yorkshire Regt
Francis Percival Nowell
Francis Percival Nowell was born in Eccleshill in 1894, the younger son of patent agent David Oldham Newell and his wife Elizabeth Ann, nee Kenworthy.By the time of the 1911 census the family were living in an eleven-roomed house at 4 Fernhill Road, Shipley. 17-year-old Francis was at Bradford Grammar School while his older brother, James
Kenworthy Nowell, then 19, was working as an architect’s assistant. Their 16-year-old sister, Mary Chole, is described as at school but they had a governess living with them, suggesting she was being privately educated.Research by Old Bradfordians Association Roll of Honour shows the two brothers signed up at the outbreak of war but had very
different experiences. James remained a private throughout and was discharged in 1919. Francis was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Second Bradford Pals and was in action on the first day of the Somme.Most of his platoon was killed. He was wounded and taken to Couin where he died the following day, aged 22.