Gamaliel Boothroyd (1889-1918)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

BOOTHROYD, GAMALIEL. Private. No 23419. Durham Light Infantry. Son of Mr Gamaliel Boothroyd of Pog Ing, Holmfirth. Educated at Wooldale Council School and Townend Primitive Methodist Sunday School. Assisted his father with his yeast business. Enlisted June 1916. Went across to France in October, 1916, after training at Hornsea. In June, 1917, was severely wounded in the left thigh and left hand. He remained in hospital until May, 1918, when he was invalided out of the army. Died in Holmfirth Auxiliary Hospital from tuberculosis of the lungs and spine, 20.10.1918, aged 29 years. Buried in CHRIST CHURCH CHURCHYARD EXTENSION, NEW MILL.
ROH:- Wooldale War Memorial.

Lives of the First World War

The following section is reproduced from the Imperial War Musuems' Lives of the First World War site under the terms of the IWM Non-Commercial Licence.

Gamaliel Boothroyd was born on 6 July 1889, the son of farmer Gamaliel Boothroyd and his wife Mattilda. As a boy he attended Wooldale Council School and was also connected with Town End Primitive Methodist Sunday School. Boarding with the family in the 1911 census was Joe Anderson, who also died in the war and is commemorated on the Underbank Panel of Holme Valley Hospital War Memorial. The local paper reported that like his father, he was well known throughout the district and was of the most cheerful disposition even when in the throes of illness. Despite his wounds, he bore his suffering with stoic fortitude.

Gamaliel enlisted in Huddersfield on 6 June 1916. He had hoped to join the local regiment, 5 Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment but was assigned to the Northumberland Fusiliers. His army papers available on Ancestry UK show that he was 5ft 6½ins, had a 38 inch chest and weighed 168 lbs, a stocky build for those times. After training at Hornsea he went out to France on 21 October 1916 where he was transferred to the 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry with whom he was serving when he was wounded on 22 June 1917. On transfer home, he was treated in Cardiff before being discharged from the army as medically unfit on 23 May 1918. The final assessment of his health rated him as 100% disabled and he was awarded a gratuity to be paid for 30 weeks until the end of 1918. He died on the morning of Sunday 20 October 1918 at the age of 29 and was buried at Christ Church, New Mill.

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