Saturday 14 December 2013

William Armitage 1892-1918

1906 map of Worsborough Common showing St Luke's Church, Pensioner Row and Howard Street
(from Old Maps)

Baptised at St Thomas Worbro' Dale 7 February 1892

Son of:
James Armitage 1854-1906 Coal Miner Hewer at 10 Highstone Lane in 1901

He married in Q4 1876 in Barnsley (9c 243) to
Sarah Ellen Armitage 1852-1921 formerly Turner

Position in family: The youngest of 7 children
1. Mary Ellen Armitage b.1877

2. Elizabeth Armitage b.1878 d.1918 in Stothes Hall Asylum
3. George Armitage b. 1880 d.1917 WW1 KILLED
4. Tom Armitage b.1883
5. Miriam Armitage b.1884  d.1886
6. John Armitage b.1888 d.1916 WW1 DIED OF WOUNDS
7. William Armitage b. 1892 WW1 DIED OF WOUNDS

Home address, age and occupation:
1901: 10 Highstone Lane age 9
1911: 1 New House, Howard Street, Worbro' Common age 19 Coal Miner Trammer

Marriage: William was married to Rose Lindley on 27 May 1912 in St Thomas, Worsbro' Dale (9c 438)

1. Joseph Armitage b.Q4 1912 bap. 20 November 1912 at St Thomas, Worsbro' Dale when William's occupation was Miner
2. Hilda Armitage b.Q1 1914 bap.25 November 1913 at St Thomas, Worsbro' Dale when William's occupation was Soldier. Died December 1915 Buried in Barnsley Cemetery
3. Lucy b.Q1 1918

Military Service
Enlisted: *before 1916* at the age of **years
Regiment and Battalion:    York and Lancaster 9th Battalion
Service number and rank:  19578 Corporal

Death: 22 June 1918  aged 26
Buried at: Dueville Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave Reference: Plot 1 Row C Grave 12

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
No additional info

War Memorial at St Luke's, Worbrough Common

William and Rose appear to have lived with his uncle John and aunt Emmeline at 1 Pensioner Row, Worsbro' Common. They had no children would have had spare room for a young married couple.
If William was badly injured in the 'Big Push' (see newspaper report below) that might account for him being at home in mid 1917 to conceive Lucy, born early 1918.
His battalion went to Italy in November 1917.
Rose Armitage remarries in 1920 to Alfred Whitehead and has two further children with him.

Report in the Barnsley Independent 23 June 1918

Corporal W Armitage (26) York and Lancaster Regiment of Pensioner Row, Worsbro' Common has died in Italy from wounds received in action.  He formerly worked at Barnsley Main Colliery and had previously been wounded in the Big Push, July 1st 1916.  He leaves a widow and two children.

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