Douglas Beaumont Priestley (1919-1940)

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Biography

Douglas Beaumont Priestley was born on 5 February 1919, the son of Lewis Priestley and his wife Elsie (née Kaye).

At the time of the 1921 Census, the Priestley family was living at 560 Smithriding, Linthwaite and Lewis was working as a textile weaver for Messrs. Kaye & Stewart Ltd. of Lockwood.

By 1939, the family was running a newsagents at 562 Smithriding and Douglas was employed as a baker.

Following his death on 17 April 1940, he was buried at Almondbury Cemetery.

He is commemorated on the Christ Church Roll of Honour.

Extracts

Huddersfield Examiner (20/Apr/1940):

Linthwaite Soldier’s Death — News has been received at Linthwaite of the death of Mr. Douglas Priestley, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Priestley, of Smithriding, which occurred at Netley, near Southampton, on Wednesday, following an operation. Mr. Priestley was serving in the Army, having been called up a few months ago. He was twenty-one years of age and was an exceedingly popular young man. He attended the Crow Lane (Milnsbridge) and Linthwaite Schools and later assisted his father in a newsagent’s business at Linthwaite. The interment will take place at Almondbury Cemetery on Saturday.

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