Category Archives: Silsden

VAD Martha Ann Lowcock

Voluntary Aid Detachment page Martha Ann Lowcock Surgical Nursing Duties, St. John's Ambulance Brigade Martha was the oldest child of William and Nancy Lowcock, nee Clarkson. William, an overlooker originally from Bradford, and Nancy, had married at Kildwick Church in August 1867. Martha was born just over a year later on 24th August 1868, and…
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Private John Beckwith

Private John Beckwith, 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment. Service number 3154, later 265990. [caption id="attachment_6551" align="alignleft" width="218"] Private John Beckwith.[/caption] John was born in Silsden on 29th February 1894. His parents were William and Isabella Beckwith. William had been a mill labourer but may have been a weaver at that time. John's…
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Fred Smith in Gallipoli

Occasionally letters home from soldiers give us a keen insight into the battles they took part in and refer to other soldiers we are researching, so the information can be added to their separate biographies. These letters are unique personal records and fortunately for us they have been preserved in the newspaper record, although we…
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