Henry Joseph Warren (c.1891-1917)

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Also known as Harry, Henry Joseph Warren was the son of joiner Frederick Day Warren and his wife Ellen.

He married Evelyn Siddall Bannister of Meltham, daughter of Samuel Siddall Bannister, on 3 May 1913 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham. At the time, he was working as a glazier and living on Carlton Street, Huddersfield.[1]

In 1911, he was admitted to Huddersfield Infirmary where his appendix was removed.

He suffered a bout of "influenza" in 1914, although this was likely an early sign of the disease that would later kill him.

By 1915, he was working as a motor driver and was living at Westfield Cottages, Wessenden Head Road, Meltham.[2]

Aged 24, he enlisted as Harry Warren on 11 June 1915 at Great Yarmouth.[3] His service record described him as 5'5½" tall, with fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and with an operation scar on the right side of his abdomen. However, he was discharged at Aldershot as "not being likely to become an efficient solider" in October 1915 due to his persistent cough.[4]

His discharge medical report stated that he was suffering from "tuberculosis of lung" and had "been in a sanatorium".

His death was recorded in Huddersfield during the first quarter of 1917. He is commemorated on the Meltham War Memorial.


Notes and References

  1. The Siddall family built the Waggon and Horses Inn at Meltham. Samuel was the son of John Siddall Bannister (c.1813-1890) who had inherited a one-third share of the inn following the death of his uncle John Siddall in 1867.
  2. Westfield Cottage was a property linked to the Siddall Bannister family.
  3. He appears to have been working as a driver for a doctor at Gorleston-on-Sea, who provided him with a character reference.
  4. His record also noted that he had previous served with the 5th Battalion, West Riding Regiment.