John Wadsworth


Private 38152, Yorkshire Regiment

Died 8th May 1918 aged 39

No Known Grave Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium

Husband of Eva Wadsworth

Lived 131, Brighton Street, Heckmondwike

John was born in 1878 in Barnsley. He was the second son of Benjamin Wadsworth and Ellen nee Dunhill. Benjamin was an Engineering Fitter and moved around for his work. Benjamin had been born in 1848 in Sowerby Bridge and Ellen came from Ardsley. The family had been in Barnsley when John was born but were back in the Halifax area by 1881. By 1901 the family had moved to Heckmondwike and by this time John was working as an Iron Moulder.

At the end of 1904 John married Eva Haigh and they had 4 children, Herbert William in 1907, Evelyn in 1911 who died 1911, Amy in 1913 and Eva in 1916 who died 1916.

John was working as a Projectionist at the Pavilion Cinema in Heckmondwike when he enlisted in September 1916 into the Yorkshire Regiment. He had previously worked in a similar position at the Cleckheaton Picture Palace.

He left for France on January 1st 1917. He was wounded in the Spring of 1917. He transferred briefly to the Royal Engineers but went back to his old regiment.

He was an active member of Back Lane Working Men’s Club and was well known and respected in the district.

His name is commemorated on the Memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres as well as on the War Memorial in Green Park, Heckmondwike and on St. James's Church and St. Saviour’s Church Memorials.{MA-133}

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