Stories of War
This page will link to some of the longer individual and family stories of people caught up in the war, including first-hand accounts of what it was like to be in the middle of trench warfare. Click on the link to read more. If there is a story about a member of your family that you would like to share, please get in touch.
Eliza Barraclough The Tong Park widow who lost four sons and a grandson in the war.
Edgar Marsden Kermode DCM, MC & bar, DSO Story of a much decorated Shipley man who made the ultimate sacrifice aged just 22
William Booth Captured while looking after his injured officer in the first months of the war. Letters home tell us what it was like being a WW1 POW.
William and Ethel Bottomley William fought with the balloon observation service and was injured and gassed. Ethel returned from the USA to do her bit
Charles Houlden Member of the Legion of Frontiersmen who were sent to East Africa where they fought disease as well as the enemy and where he was struck down with malaria and dysentry
Walter Bloye Hall The second man from Shipley to be killed in the First World War. He wrote home: “Do not worry or weep about me, mother. I am only doing my duty for my country.”
Harold Jaques Description of his journey to the front line and the logistics of feeding 18,000 men in the trenches
William Love Married while on leave, he returned to France and was killed but his body not found. His widow never gave up hope he would be found and come home.
Frank Johnson A year in the war of an RAMC private that ended with him losing a leg.
George Mitchell Once challenged world heavyweight boxing champion Georges Carpentier to a bout. Carpentier wept when he heard his gutsy opponent had been killed in action
George Motley The impoverished kid from Dockfield, Shipley, who was killed in Ireland in 1921 but still qualifies for CWGC gravestone
Cecil Procter A naval reserve who became one of Shipley’s first casualties when his ship, the Good Hope, was sunk with all hands off the coast of Chile
George Wright Awarded DCM and one of only 180 men to win MM with two bars but became disillusioned after the war when England didn’t turn out to be ‘a land fit for heroes.’
Neville Stringfellow A harrowing account of how this former Windhill policeman got separated from his brother during a battle and never saw him again.
Joseph Rowling Windhill-born Joseph was sent to German East Africa with the Royal Engineers and died there in 1916.
David Leach Vivid letters home reveal just what life was like in the trenches
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Charles Arthur Hall Charles was one of the men killed on the first day of the Somme and a poster of him in an exhibition to mark the centenary of the battle led to a family reunion
Richard Whincup The vicar of Windhill, who left his parish to act as a chaplain on the Front Line. ‘Mr Whincup is a splendid fellow and everybody regards him as the right man in the right place.’
Harold Hodgson His letters give a vivid account of being under fire in the front line and also witnesing aerial combat
Charles Howe One of five brothers serving King and Country, Charles provided plenty of insights to being under fire and going ‘over the top’ in his letters