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The Ossett Land Brothers

Thomas Land, an Ossett weaver was 22 years of age when he married 23 year-old Sarah Godley at South Ossett Church on the 19th July 1885. The couple lived in Manor Road, Ossett and had four sons who served their country during WW1.

Sarah Godley was the daughter of William Godley (1831-1906) and Mary Ann Littlewood (1834-1898). In 1861, William Godley's father, also called William (1803-1880), was the licensee of the Quiet Woman public house in Ossett.

Herbert Land was born on the 15th April 1887 in Ossett. In 1911 he was working as a stationer's assistant. He served his country first in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (Private 33095) and in then the Northumberland Fusiliers (Private 80345) during WW1. Private Herbert Land survived and was awarded the British and Victory Medals for his service. By 1939 Herbert Land was living in George Street, Healey Road, Ossett and was working as a layer-on on a rag machine.

Samuel Land was born on the 16th April 1889 in Ossett. He was working as a coal miner in 1911. It is not known yet which regiment he served with, but he was allegedly gassed during WW1, but luckily he survived. By 1939 he was living in Batley and working as an ice cream salesman.

Charles Littlewood Land was born on the 29th November 1891 in Ossett. He was working as a football stitcher in 1911. He joined the Royal Scots (Lothian) Regiment (Private 8203 and 335519) and served during WW1. In 1918, Charles Land suffered with influenza whilst serving in Belgium at the time of the devastating Spanish Influenza epidemic. Luckily, he survived and was awarded the British and Victory medals, but not the 1914 Star suggesting he served from 1915 onwards. By 1939 Charles L. Land was living at 24, Manor Road and was working as a football maker.

George Edwin Land was born on the 9th March 1894 in Ossett. He worked as a coal miner at the time of the 1911 census. It is not known with which regiment George Land served his country during the Great War. By 1939, he was still working as a coal hewer and living in Wakefield.

Sarah Land died in 1902 and Thomas remarried in late 1903 to Ann Barker who was nine years younger. Thomas was now working for the Borough Council as a gas lamplighter. They had a son Fred Land, who was born in 1904, but sadly died in 1917 aged 12 years.

My thanks to Julie D'Arcy for the family details of the Land brothers.