James William Gleadall (1917-1941)

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Biography

James William Gleadall was born in 1917 in Linthwaite, the son of George Gleadall and his wife Annis (née Baxter).

At the time of the 1921 Census, the Gleadall family were living at The Lodge, Lower Houses, Linthwaite, and George was working as a woollen cloth finisher for the Longwood Finishing Company.

He died on 3 March 1941 after contracting meningitis and was buried on 7 March at Christ Church, Linthwaite.

He is commemorated on the Christ Church Roll of Honour.

Extracts

Huddersfield Examiner (08/Mar/1941):

GUNNER'S DEATH — The funeral took place at Linthwaite Parish Church yesterday afternoon of Gunner James W. Gleadall, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Gleadall, of 77, The Lodge, Linthwaite, who died on Monday at the Middlesbrough Emergency Hospital from meningitis. Gunner Gleadall, who was twenty-three years of age, had been employed for several years by the City Tea Company at Slaithwaite before joining the Army in December last. He was married just before Christmas. Gunner Gleadall was a member of the choir at Linthwaite Parish Church.

Huddersfield Examiner (07/Mar/1942):

GLEADALL — In loving memory of a dear son and brother, James William, who died March 3rd, 1941, aged 23 years; also of baby George Alan Cooper, who fell asleep March 24th, 1941, aged 5 months.

One year has passed, how long it seems,
But in our hearts their face still beams;
We who loved them only know
How much we lost one year ago.

— From Mother, Dad and Family, No. 77 and No. 8, The Lodge, Linthwaite.

Huddersfield Examiner (06/Mar/1943):

GLEADALL — In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Gunner James William Gleadall, who died in hospital, March 3, 1941, aged 23 years; also his baby nephew, George Alan Cooper, who died March 24, 1941.

Dear is the spot where our loved ones are laid.
Dear is the memory, it will never fade;
Flowers may wither, friends cease to be,
Others may forget them never will we.

— From Mother, Dad and Family, No. 77 and No. 8, The Lodge, Linthwaite.

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