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Born: 1885, Idle
Died: 13 November 1918, Military Hospital, Cardiff
Buried: Holy Trinity Church, Idle
Address: 44 High Street, Idle
Parents: Edwin
Spouse: Alice
Siblings: James
Occupation: Bricklayer’s labourer (1911)
Rank: Rifleman
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle
Children: Annie
Regiment: West Yorkshire
William Padgett
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William was one of the men who died after the armistice was signed. The Shipley Times & Express reported on 22 November 1918: Pte William Padgett, West Yorkshire Regt, whose home was at 44 High Street Idle, died of wounds at the 3rd Military Hospital, Cardiff, on the 13th November and was interred on Saturday at the Idle Parish Churchyard, the Rev T Forster and the Rev F J T Stock officiating. The deceased’s hip was shattered on 11th October while in action and septic poisoning set in. On the day of the armistice his wife received a telegram instructing her to go to see him and with her daughter and mother-in-law she journeyed to Cardiff and had the consolation of a few last words with her husband. The end came two days later and the remains were entrained to Bradford, thence by motor car to Idle and a gun carriage bore the dead soldier from his home to the church. The deceased enlisted at Belle Vue Barracks at Christmas 1914 and he spent the last two years on active service. He was through Cambrai. His mother’s loss is the heavier because this is the second son she has lost in a very short time. The other son was James Myers Padgett, aged 30, a munition worker, who died on 31st October at 1 Spring Terrace, Valley Road, Shipley, of double pneumonia following influenza. He was buried at Idle Parish Church on 4th November.
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