Burnley woman traces grandfathers’ First World War history

John Howarth

John Howarth

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A Burnley woman whose two grandfathers suffered different fates in the First World War believes there were no winners from her family.

Mrs Jan Redmond has only tiny photos in two brooches to remember her grandfathers John Howarth and Wilson Clarke, the latter of whom was killed in the war.

Pte Wilson Clarke

Pte Wilson Clarke

But although her paternal grandfather John survived, Jan believes part of him died on the battlefields and he returned a broken man, physically and mentally, suffering epilepsy due to a head wound and eventually dropping dead at work.

 

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