Wilfred Greenwood (1894-1918)

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.


Wilfred Greenwood was born in Slaithwaite, the son of insurance agent John Henry Greenwood and his wife Emma (née Singleton).

In 1901, the family was living at Bankfield Terrace, Manchester Road, Linthwaite. By 1911, they were living at North View Terrace, Manchester Road, Linthwaite, where 16-year-old Wilfred was working as a woollen twister.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site, Greenwood served in the 29th Battalion Middlesex Regiment before transferring to the 743rd Area Employment Company of the Labour Corps.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

GREENWOOD, WILFRED. Private. No 150017. 743rd Area Employment Company Labour Battalion. Formerly No 3968 Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Linthwaite. Son of John Henry and Emma Greenwood, North View Terrace, Linthwaite. Employed as a weaver at Holme Mills, Marsden. Was a member of the Young Men's Class at Slaithwaite Zion Baptist Church. Died from pneumonia following influenza at No 1 General Hospital, Etretat, France, 8.11.1918, aged 24 years. Buried with full military honours ETRETAT CHURCHYARD EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row D, Grave 8.
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial.