Bradfordians WW1
This page is dedicated to those men of Bradford and the surrounding area who were not Bradford Pals with 16/ or 18/ Regimental numbers but who have every right to be remembered alongside their comrades.
62041 Private John William Batty - 15/17 Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

John William Batty was born at Bradford in 1899 the only surviving son of Albert Henry and Mary Ann Batty.  His Service records survive and show that when he attested in May 1917 he had previously served as No. 4741 in the 3/6 Battalion of the West Yorks but had been discharged 24/12/1915 presumably because he was only 16 years old.

Due to still being under age for service at the front John William was sent to a Training Battalion but was eventually posted to 15/17 Battalion West Yorks.  

He was wounded in the right arm on 12 or 13 April 1918.  15/17 Bn War Diary suggests that John William was probably in the Meteren area of Northern France when he was wounded.

He was repatriated to England from the 3rd Canadian General Hospital 17th April on board HS Cambria.  John William Batty was discharged under KR 392 (xvi) (being no longer physically fit for war service) from 3rd Northern General Hospital (Sheffield) on 14/3/1919. He was awarded Silver War Badge Nr. B169,057 and the Kings Certificate of Discharge Nr. 3185 as well as the Victory and British War Medals.

John returned to Bradford and married  Agnes Ackroyd in 1922. Between 1923 and 1941 the couple had nine children.  

John William Batty died in Bradford in 1960 aged just 61.

Commemorated with love by his proud Granddaughter Diane 5 April 2016  
Above Left: Silver War Badge
Above Right: 15/17 Bn Shoulder Title
Right: Kings Certificate of Discharge
Below: JW Batty Medal index Card.
James Kimber RAMC
James was born in Gloucestershire in 1868 but moved to West Yorkshire sometime in the early 1880's where he worked as a delivery porter for the Midland Railway.
He married Elizabeth Hirst a native of Altofts in 1888. The eldest two children were born in Normanton but the youngest three children were born in Bradford where the family had moved to by 1894. 
Bradford Roll of Honour shows that James enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) in August 1914 his age at the time would have been 46.  His address was 34 Westminster Place, Bradford.
Two of his sons living at the same address are also shown as having enlisted. Frank was a Territorial with 6th West Yorks but was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) in May 1917. John Henry Kimber joined 2nd Bradford Pals in February 1915 as 18/204 Private J.H. Kimber age just 15. He was later transferred to Royal Scots where he stayed until the end of the war.
James died in Bradford in 1926 Age 59.
Commemorated by his Great Grandson Chris Kimber 16/1/2016
99067 John Booth Royal Field Artillery  
John was born in Bradford.
Enlisted as a Shoesmith (Farrier) in the Royal Field Artillery (RFA) in 1915. He is later shown as a driver in the same. He entered France on 27/6/1915 and was entitled to the 1914/1915 Star, Victory and War Medal.

When John Booth returned to Bradford after the War he married a local girl Gladys Sparks, and they made their home in Undercliffe. John worked for himself as a painter and decorator which he carried on doing for many years.  

At the outbreak of WWII John joined the Home Guard.

Later in life John and Gladys moved away from Bradford and north into the Durham area to be closer to their family. They never lost touch with Bradford and made regular trips back to see family and friends.
Commemorated by his Grandson Chris Kimber 16/1/2016
Driver 35553 Alfred Patchett - Royal Field Artillery
My Grandfather Alfred Patchett was born 27th June 1892 in Bradford at 13 Copley St, the son of John William and Elizabeth Ann Patchett. His father died when he was 9 years old, his mother married again in 1906 to William Collins.

Sadly, Alfred’s Service Records aren’t to be found, most likely they were amongst ‘The Burnt Documents’. From stories passed down to me and a photograph I have of him with the title K BATTERY 96TH BRIGADE BERKHAMPSTEAD, I have pieced together as much as I can with much valued help.

Alfred joined Kitchener’s Army and was sent to training camp at Berkhampstead. He entered France 11th September 1915. He was in Armentieres until Spring 1916 where he fought in The Battle of Loos and was then moved to The Somme in May 1916. He was at Becordel and they began a week’s long bombardment of the German held village of Fricourt. The 96th were in action, without any rest at all for 30 days. He was injured at some point, being blown from his horse by a shell burst, receiving shrapnel wounds in his leg which he needed treatment and convalescence for at hospital in Le Tréport.

Thankfully he survived the War and returned home, although always having a limp.
Before joining up in 1914-15, Alfred had become a butchers’ apprentice and had his own butchers shop in Bradford. On his return in 1918-19 he opened a shop in Bingley, he had four shops in total, moving from one street to another to better his position during the 1920’s and 30’s.

He married my grandmother Beatrice Greenwood, also from a family of butchers in Manningham, in 1919 at St Chads Church. They lived at 26 Jarrat St, moving to 60 Saplin St where their first daughter passed away aged three.  They then moved to 443 Toller Lane where my mother Betty was born in 1928.

In 1941-1942 they moved to Blackpool and ran a guest house. He was very proud of my mum, she was a singer and sang to the troops at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool during WWII. They retired and moved along the coast to Cleveleys.

Alfred Patchett  passed away in Cleveleys on 2nd April 1962 age 69.
Commemorated by his Grandaughter Linda Strong 30/11/2015
(updated 23/4/16)