City of Leeds United in WW1

Remembering those from Leeds who gave their lives in world war one.

Goodhall Backhouse & Company

Presumed Lost Unknown Location 

Manufacturer of Yorkshire Relish In 1914 based in White Horse Street off Boar Lane with 350 employees.

                                                               The Sphere January 1920


Leeds Memorial to the Fallen In 1917.

A beautiful memorial tablet in mosaic was placed on the wall at the entrance to the counting-house of Messrs. Goodall, Backhouse and Company of Leeds by the employees of the firm to the memory of the two sons of the principal, Mr. William Powell Bowman, both of whom laid down their lives for their country in the war.

When later the Armistice was signed, Mr. Bowman wished to erect a fitting record of those men in the employ of the firm who served in the war, and on the advice of a friend, adopted the suggestion that this record memorial should be designed as a surround to the existing tablet. This has just been completed, under the supervision ol Mr. Irvine Swift of Messrs. Marsh, Jones and Cribb, Leeds.

A frame of fine Greek marble was first fixed round the mosaic tablet, and a handsome surround of old Spanish mahogany, surmounted with carved and moulded cornice, frieze, and entablature, and flanked bv carved pilasters.

At each side, raised panels of ebony bear the names of twenty seven men who served, and at the base, two panels of green marble, the names of those who were killed, in gold. The whole composition, though reticent in feeling, is full of artistic merit, and will in the years to come be a beautiful reminder of the part played by this old-established firm during the time of national stress and trial.

BOWMAN Geoffrey Glendinning Flight Sub-Lieutenant No 1 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service KIA 19/05/1917 Aged 19. Born 11/03/1898 Headingley. Son of William Powell and Mary Grace Glendinning Married 1893 St Michael Headingley CWGC Leafield Moortown. Enlisted 17/02/1917 16 North Grange Road Headingley. Trained on a Maurice Farman Bi plane at Chungford. 

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Remembered Arras Flying Services Memorial

BOWMAN William Powell Lieutenant 11th Squadron (West Yorkshire Regiment) 17/10/1916 Aged 22. Born Leeds 21/10/1894  Baptised 24/11/1894 Holy Trinity Church Leeds. Son of William Powell and Mary Grace Glendinning Married 1893 St Michael Church Headingley. Enlisted into 19th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment. Pilots Certificate attained at Ruislip flying a Maurice Farman Biplane 24/05/1916 residence shown as North Grange Road Headingley. CWGC Leafield King Lane Moortown. Enlisted in the Royal Engineers as a dispatch rider. Joined the 15th BN West Yorkshire Regiment after attaining his commission before joining the RFC as an observer, going to Francie in July 1917. 


 William in His West Yorkshire Regiment Uniform

 William was laid to rest alongside his co pilot 2nd LT George Clayton Aged 23 who was from Bradford at Bullecourt Churchyard. on 19/05/1924 both were exhumed it was reported that the Germans had placed the remains in a coffin and the bodies were shattered to pieces and badly burned. There was no way of recognising either man only fragments of trousers and buttons were found. 

Finally Laid to Rest H.A.C. Cemetery Ecoust-St.Mein France.