Emmanuel Booth (1877-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Emmanuel Booth was born in Cartworth, the son of worsted weaver Charles Booth and his wife Ellen.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family was living at Spinner Gate, Honley. By 1891, they had moved to Freehold Street, Almondbury and 13-year-old Emmanuel was working as a cotton spinner.

He enlisted in 1900 as a volunteer in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion of the West Riding Regiment but was soon transferred to the Royal Field Artillery.

By 1911, he was working as a railway labourer and lodging at 7 Church Terrace, Newsome, with Samuel and Sarah Ann Booth.

At the outbreak of war, he was called up and served as part of the British Expeditionary Force.

He was discharged from the Army in 1915 and declared "no longer physically fit for service" in February 1916, caused by "stress of campaign". His medical report noted that "his speech was indistinct & slurred" with a marked tremor in his hands, and a diagnosis of "general paralysis of [the] insane" was recorded. An update added on 20 April 1916 read "Incapacity total. A doubtful case". In September 1916, he was admitted to Storthes Hall Asylum.

He died aged 44 at Storthes Hall and was buried on 20 October at St. John's, Newsome.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BOOTH, EMMANUEL. Gunner. Royal Field Artillery. Born Honley Moor, 29.9.1877. Educated Primrose Hill School. Employed as a cotton piecer by Messrs Whiteleys of Huddersfield. Single. Enlisted 5.8.1914. Died in Storthes Hall Mental Asylum of General Paralysis of the Insane, 16.10.1917.