Louis Gladman


Private 15777, Coldstream Guards

Died 14th September 1916 aged 25

No Known Grave Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Son of John and Ann Gladman

Lived 16, Princess Street, Heckmondwike

Louis was born in 1891 and was the fifth son of John Gladman and Ann nee Wood. John Gladman was born in Lincolnshire but moved to Yorkshire around 1872. He married Ann Wood in Holbeck, Leeds in 1876 and by 1891 was living on Walkley Lane, Heckmondwike with his wife Ann and 5 children. By 1901 the family were still on Walkley Lane and the family had increased to 6 sons and 2 daughters. In 1911 the family were living on Princess Street, off Cawley Lane.

John Gladman was a Joiner by trade and was a ‘Journeyman’ in 1911.

Louis attended Heckmondwike Grammar School and was a ‘Boot Clicker’ in 1911. He was employed at the Boot and Shoe Company before he enlisted.

He joined the Coldstream Guards and saw action in the Battle of the Somme. His mother received the news that Louis had been missing since September 14th 1916. This news must have been terrible for the family, coming so soon after the death of his father John Gladman in July 1916 and Robert in August 1916.

Louis was awarded the Victory and the British War Medals. He attended George Street Congregational Chapel and his name is commemorated on their Roll of Honour. His name is also on the Heckmondwike Grammar School Roll of Honour.

His name, however, is not on St. James’s Parish Church War Memorial or St. Saviour’s War Memorial.

Three of his five brothers (Robert 1879, Frank 1890, and Harry 1896 ) are also in the Heckmondwike Memorial Book. Robert, like Louis, was also killed in action.{MA-057}

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