David Jowett Skirrow was born in 1899, one of seven children. He was named for his father and his mother was Hannah, nee Prust.By 1901 the family were living at 29 Chapel Street and David snr was working as a road labourer for Bradford Corporation. Ten years later thy had moved to 21 Chapel Walk.The date when David Jowett jnr enlisted is not known but he became Private 42962 in the 1/6th Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s North Staffordshire Regiment.
Nothing is known about his service but upon his death a notice was placed in the Bradford Argus which stated “Private David Jowett Skirrow, North Staffordshire Regiment, beloved son of Hannah Skirrow 21 Chapel Walk, Eccleshill, aged 19 years died in hospital in France from wounds received in the Battle of St Quentin October the 8th this year”. The Battle referred to is the Battle of St Quentin Canal from the 29th September to the 10th of October 1918 which resulted in an Allied
Victory as they finally broke through the Hindenburg Line.David was buried at the Tourgeville Military Cemetery which served the Trouville Hospital area comprising the 72nd 73rd and 74th General Hospitals. As he lived for more than two weeks after being wounded it is possible that his his mother was at his bedside and graveside.He left his effects to his mother Hannah who received £8.7.7d on the 29th of April 1919 and a War Gratuity of £6.0.0d on the 15th March 1920.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks