William Howell Powell Westwood was born in Langley Green, Worcester in 1882. He lived in places such as Denaby and Conisbrough where he was working as a Coal Mine Pony Driver. In 1909 he married Annie Eliza Denham with whom he had four children (Elizabeth, Rose, Emily and Willie). At some point he played for Bristol Rovers, although it’s unclear how he ended up in Bristol!
William enlisted in Strensall, Yorkshire into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as #241454 Corporal William Howell Powell Westwood.
On the 3rd of May 1917 William was killed in action, and his personal effects were given to his children.
Thank you to Angie Rankin for submitting his story. William’s daughter Lizzie, whose postcard is below, is Angie’s Grandmother.
On the Bristol Rovers photograph, William can be seen on the top row, second from right.