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.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- HOWARD, THOMAS. Corporal. No 203745. 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs George Henry Howard, Liphill Farm, Holmfirth. Husband of Hilda Howard of Dam Head, Hinchliffe Mill, Holmbridge. Educated at Field End School and attended St. David's Sunday School, Holmbridge. Employed as a weaver by Messrs Greenwood of Digley Mills. Enlisted at the outbreak of the war and embarked for France in September, 1916. Killed in action, 14.4.1918, aged 24 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated TYNE COT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
- His widow received a letter from a chum of her son who wrote, 'I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news to you and very much regret to tell you that Thomas lost his life about five days ago. From enquiries I have made, it appears that he was in the market place of a certain town when an enemy shell exploded near him, killing two and wounding two. Lads from his section tell me that he had been slightly wounded previously in the hand but did not go away with it and they speak very highly of his conduct. Later on I may be able to give you more particulars. I know what a terrible blow this will be to you. I pray that God may be with you in this terrible hour of trial. As a friend I mourn his loss very deeply. We were always good pals. My deepest sympathy is with you.'
- ROH:- Holme and Holmbridge War Memorial.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission