TEMPEST Armitage

Armitage TEMPEST

A Tempest
Courtesy of Halifax Courier

Armitage served in the 1st/4th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) and was killed in action on 3rd September 1916.  He had enlisted on 25th August 1914 and sailed from Southampton to France on 30th June 1915.

Armitage was hospitalized in November 1915 with trench foot and again in January 1916 with a bruised knee.  He also survived a severe gas attack in December 1915.

His parents were Barzallia and Ellen Tempest and he had a younger sister Ethel.   1901 the family lived at Prospect View, Ambler Thorn and in 1911 they lived at 19 Ambler Thorn.  His mother had died in the years leading up to the 1911 census which also shows that his father, aged 55 was working as a labourer (brewery) and that Armitage, aged 22 and his sister, aged 15 were both working in the mills. When he enlisted he was living at 15 Hill Top and was aged 23.

In early 1916 Armitage, whilst on leave, married Annie Taylor and the CWGC record Annie living at 22, Fife Street, Shroggs Road. Halifax.

The Battalion war diary gives a very detailed account of the action that they were part of on 3rd September 1916.  Having moved up on the evening of the 2nd the battalion went into action at 05:10hrs following a heavy bombardment of the Strasburg Trench and Schwaben Redoubt.  The action cost the battalion 11 Officers and 334 Other Ranks (ORs) casualties out of a strength of 18 Officers and 618 ORs.

The following letter was printed in the Halifax Courier dated 30th September 1916:  “Rev. D. Tait Patterson, serving as chaplain, sends the following letter to Mrs. Tempest: “I am sorry to confirm the sad news that has reached you.  Your husband was killed and buried in a shell hole in what we call No Man’s Land, the stretch between us and the German trenches.  This will come as a very sad blow to you, and I pray that God may sustain you in your sorrow”.

The body of Armitage, if recovered, was not identified and he is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL (Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B).