Pte 15/911 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion, Leeds Pals

George’s parents were Alfred Ernest and Annie Jowett. They were married in March of 1892 and their only child, George came along a year later in 1893. Alfred worked in the cloth industry. In 1901 they were living at 9 Duckworth Terrace in Bradford, and then in 1911 at 191a Girlington Road, where they still were in 1916.

George, who worked as a clerk at Beckett’s Bank in Leeds (Source: 1911 Census), volunteered for the Pals on 6th September 1914, along with several others from Beckett’s. He was attested on the 14th/15th and posted to C Company, No. 12 Platoon, No. 13 Section.

He trained at Colsterdale and Ripon, went to Egypt with the battalion and returned to France in 1916 to prepare for the Battle of the Somme. Sadly, along with many others from the battalion, he died on the 1st July 1916. He was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. George is buried at Serre Road Cemetery, No. 1. (Source: CWGC) There is also a small plaque commemorating him up at the Colsterdale Memorial Cairn.

Researcher: Peter Taylor

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