Wilfred Howson

My mother was Ellen Hazel Howson born in the Foxholes Cottages in Methley Parish in 1910. Her brother Wilfred Howson is commemorated on the war memorial in Methley churchyard (however with the incorrect spelling of Wilfrid).

I myself remember staying there (in Methley) as a small boy during and at the end of WWll, when it was still a miners cottage. Before my mother died she gave me all the documentation relating to her brother Wilfred, who was killed in Belgium in 1917, I also have various letters from him, and some letters and photos he was carrying when he was killed.
There are also a number of letters of condolence from friends and neighbours far and wide, which make interesting reading as well as may provide various names and addresses.
I have, of course, done a military research into his service with the 10th Bn. Yorks & Lancs Regt., from his attestation at Castleford, being wounded on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, convalescence, returning to France, up until he was killed 6 months later. From Peter Greenall in Kettering – Peter is going to provide me with further documentation relating to Wilfred which will be published separately. For the moment below is a copy of a poem entitled Someone – Somewhere penned by Wilfred from the trenches. Also appended is a copy of the regimental record leading up to his death.

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