Organisations/clubs: Undercliffe Wesleyans Young Men’s Class; Eccleshill CongsSwimming Club
Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill & Thiepal Memorial
Regiment: Bradford Pals
Herbert Ramsden was born in Pudsey in 1892 the son of Joseph Ramsden and Mary, nee Proctor.By 1901 the family were living at 12 Woodview Cottages, Eccleshill and Joseph was working as a fettler. Mary died in 1908 aged 49 years.In 1911 Joseph and Herbert were living at 17 Charnwood Road. Joseph was still employed as a millhand in a woollen mill and at 18 years of age Herbert was working as an apprentice Lithographer. He was a member of the Under-cliffe Wesleyan Young Mens Class and also a swimmer and diver
associated with the Eccleshill Congregational Swimming Club.Joseph died in 1915 aged 51 years and Herbert would later give his address as 6 Acre Lane the address of school teacher Amy Firth who lived there with her family. Herbert enlisted on the 23rd of September 1914 as Private 16/731 in the 16th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own). In October 1915 he was called from
camp in order to bury his father and then on the 17th December 1915 his regiment set sail for Alexandria in Egypt arriving on the 22nd. In March 1916 they left Port Said aboard HMT Briton bound for Marseilles in France, a journey which took 5 days. They travelled by train to Pont Remy, a few miles south east of Abbeville and marched to Bertrancourt arriving on 29 March 1916 in readiness for the forthcoming battle of the Somme.
At 7.30am on the 1st of July 1916 the 16th Battalion were the first in the line to go over the top of the trenches and Herbert was presumed killed in action on this day. He was 23 years of age. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial which records the names of the men of the British Armies who fell on the Somme Battlefields but who have no known grave.Herbert left his effects to Amy Firth the sole legatee who received £3.9.11d on the 9th of June 1917 and a War Gratuity of £8.0.0d on the 17th September 1919.In 1922 Amy immigrated to the USA where she married and raised a family.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks