A Priestley
Courtesy of Halifax Courier

Angelo was the son of Mary and William Priestley, he was the sixth born of their eight children, having four brothers and three sisters.  In 1911 Mary, William and five of their children lived at Ford Hill Cottage, Ambler Thorn, prior to that the whole family lived at 9 Broomfield Street, Queensbury.

William Priestley was a monumental mason and his sons Edward, Harold and Angelo also were, the family name can be seen on many of the graves in the village cemeteries.

In July 1913 Angelo married Eveline Davidson their son John Edward Davidson Priestley was born on January 5, 1914.

Angelo served in the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, and was killed in action on 2nd July 1917 aged 27.  He is buried at BLEUET FARM CEMETERY (I. E. 7).

Eveline who was living at 9, Akeds Road, Halifax, chose the following inscription: “That We Might Live”.

Handel, who was the youngest of Angelo’s brothers enlisted in 1916 and served in the London Regiment.  His eldest brother Edward went before the Queensbury Tribunal, his appeal in April 1918 was refused, it is not known if he was called up for service.  Harold Priestley is listed on the village roll, however, it is not known if this was Angelo’s brother.

Angelo had a lifelong connection to Queensbury Church (Halifax Courier, 14th July 1917) and the Priestley family grave, which is in front of the church has a memorial to Angelo.