Cpl 38327 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion, Leeds Pals.

1889: Horace was born in Armley, Leeds, to Walter Helstrip and Clara Crowther. His parents were married in the December of 1978 in Leeds. What is interesting about Horace’s parents is that Walter was listed in the 1891 census as having been born in Wortley – but on the 1911 census, he stated that he was merely a ‘resident’ in Wortley. There is some suggestion that Helstrip is an unusual surname in that it does not seem to be English. On the flipside of this, there is the suggestion that Helstrip is a common surname in Yorkshire and originated in Northumberland. (Source: Record of Civil Parish of Armley and 1911 Census)

Walter and Clara had thirteen children, two of whom did not survive infancy. Their surviving children are all listed on the three censuses compiled between 1891-1911; Joseph, Harry, Edith, Annie, Horace, Herbert, Wade, Edgar, Walter, Maude and Ada. They all appear on the 1911 census apart from Harry who would have been 30 at this point and therefore more than likely have married and left the family home. (Source: 1911 Census)

According to the 1891 census, the family were living at 63 Mistress Lane, Armley but at a later date, they moved to 29 Salisbury Grove and then onto 5 Salisbury Avenue. Horace was listed as being a crane driver. (Source: 1891 and 1911 Census)

The other boys in the family were also in the army throughout the war. Edgar was in the RFA, Wade in the Labour Corps and Walter Jnr. in the RE. It is also very likely that Joseph was also in the RFA and awarded the Military Medal, while Herbert was a member of the Scots Guards.

Sadly, Horace’s service records are missing, but we do know that on the 10th of January 1919 he was transferred to Class Z and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. (Source: Medal Card)

It is also possible that Horace married a Lilian Clarke in December of 1920 and died eighteen years later in 1938 in Leeds.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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