Private Robert Redhead 15/1543 and Private Thomas Redhead 15/1544


Private Robert Redhead


Born. Lancaster, 1897. 

Private Thomas Redhead


Born. Lancaster, 1895.

Killed in Action. 1/7/1916. 


Robert and his older brother Thomas were the eldest of eight children born to William and Elizabeth Redhead both from Lancaster, they moved to Pudsey around 1897 to take employment in the local woollen mills having worked in the cotton spinning mills of Lancaster, Father William served in World War One with the West Riding Regiment, both his sons joined the pals on 11/9/1914 and as was the case at that time were given consecutive Army numbers, the family home was 49, Lane end, Pudsey. Robert at the time of enlistment was working at W.H Sharps basket works in Pudsey and Thomas a shoemaker was employed by Hallidays Boot works in Bramley, Leeds. When the Leeds Pals recruiting tram turned up at Stanningley Bottom in September 1914, they like many other lads enrolled, Robert who was 17 years old (under age) was later transferred to 11th Battalion and killed in action with them on the 1st of July 1916. Brother Thomas aged 19 on enlistment was wounded in June 1916,after recovering from his wounds he was transferred to the Labour Corps with whom he served the rest of the war, his brother Robert has no known grave so is commemorated on the Theipval Memorial, France, and Pudsey War Memorial. With thanks to Steve Costello for information provided to upload this page.

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