RONALD DUTHIE

Private 57651, East Yorkshire Regiment

Died 12th November 1918 aged 18

Buried Heckmondwike Cemetery

Son of Charles Watt and Mary Ann Duthie

Lived Westfield House, Little Green Lane, Heckmondwike


Ronald was born in the 2nd Quarter of 1900  and was the youngest child of Charles Watt Duthie and Mary Ann nee Oldroyd.   Charles Watt Duthie was born in Scotland but came to Heckmondwike before 1881.  He married Mary Ann Oldroyd of Dewsbury at the end of 1882 and the family lived in Park Street, Heckmondwike in 1891 when Charles was working as a Power Loom Tuner.  By 1901 the family of six children had moved to Westfield House on Little Green Lane and Charles was still working as a Power Loom Tuner but by 1911 Charles appears to have set up his own business manufacturing disinfectants at Westfield Chemical Works on Little Green Lane and at least one of his sons was also involved in this enterprise.

Ronald enlisted in the East Yorkshire Regiment on July 24th 1918 and was at Dalton Holme Training Camp near Beverley in East Yorkshire.  He contracted Pneumonia and was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Hull where he died on 12th November 1918. He was brought home and  buried in Heckmondwike Cemetery.  A photograph, taken by The War Graves Photographic Project, of his headstone can be viewed by following this link.

His older brother Charlie Duthie served with RFA in Kent and is named in the Heckmondwike Memorial Book.

Ronald and his family were involved with George Street Congregational Church and his name is recorded there as well as on St.James’s and St. Saviour’s War Memorials.

He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.{MA-039}

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