HASKELL Wilfred

Wilfred HASKELL

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Wilfred Haskell. Courtesy Shipley Times
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LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL

Wilfred Cohan Haskell served in the Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action on 1st October 1914, he was aged 27 and is named on the LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL.

Born in Tadcaster his parents were William and Leah and he was the fifth born of their six children.  The family can be found living in Bradford on the 1901 census.  1911 census returns have not been found for Wilfred, one of his brothers though can be found living in Shelf.

From the Shipley Times, we know that Wilfred was a plate layer on the Midland Railway and had worked in the Shipley district, he was a member of the Shipley branch of the National Union of Railway men. The paper also states that he was a reservist in the Royal Field Artillery and for some time before re-joining the Colours had resided in Queensbury.

It is known through the soldier’s effects register that Wilfred left his estate to a Florrie Edmondson.  Although not identified on the census returns, marriage records are available showing that Florrie married Harry Sutton in spring 1919, the marriage took place in the parish of Laisterdyke.