Emmanuel Booth (1877-1917)
Emmanuel Booth was born in Cartworth, the son of worsted weaver Charles Booth and his wife Ellen.
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.