MATTHEW SOLLITT JNR.
MATTHEW SOLLITT JNR.
son of Matthew Sollitt Snr
- His father was a Shoemaker of 'Walmgate'
in the City of
Jnr - Born in - Walmgate -
the City of
Died - 13th November 1915 - Leeds General Infirmary - Gt George Street - Leeds 2
Buried - 23rd November 1915 - Ashes to: Holbeck Cemetery. Beeston Hill, Beeston, Leeds 11
a young boy he left church school at the tender age of 12 years and worked for
the 'Yorkshireman' Newspaper (a local
An adventurous boy, he joined the
Merchant Navy where he sailed the worlds seas - he
was subsequently injured in
However, amazingly he was not
dead and he recovered, much to the shock of the mortuary staff we
presume! But not before he was mentioned in 'The Gazetteer', which was
the official source for the forces of the day, naming those who were killed in
He was later mentioned in a
Yorkshire newspaper of the day for his outstanding bravery whilst in the
The ship was in serious danger of capsizing due to the yard arms and masts being covered in ice. Alone and without prompting this young man volunteered to climb to the tops of the masts and axe away some of the ice - allowing the sailing ship to recover and proceed on it's way through the perilous seas of the Baltic to safety.
Due to his injury he was discharged from the service of the Merchant Navy.
As the urge to go to sea grew
young Matthew Sollitt decided to give a false age
in order to join Her Majesties Royal Navy. However this was not long
lived after his scull was fractured when a section of the masts iron work
struck his head whilst on a sailing ship belonging to Her Majesties Royal
Navy, the ship was the' Armageddon'. Again he was returned to
He was an outspoken person, a
member of the 'Leeds Free Thinkers' - A
strong supporter for the rights of the working class! - He was detained in the
'Leeds Goal' at Armley,
Ironically it was Matthew Sollitt jnr was responsible for getting the 'Leeds Police Force' their first ever pay rise - (As mentioned in a local newspaper).
After a serious accident at his
home - He was admitted to the Leeds General Infirmary,
Now buried in Holbeck
cemetery, Beeston Hill, Beeston,
By trade he was a 'French Polisher - although the sea was really his life long love. A very brave but ferociously stubborn man - A man of many moods - He knew what he wanted and did everything possible to get his way. He always fought against inequality and was outspoken for what he felt was for the good of the ordinary people!
Matthew Sollitt Jnr
of English Birth Certificate - Matthew Sollitt (Jnr)
Walmgate - York - Yorkshire -
Sollitt Jnr - H.M
Royal Navy -
DATED: 27th January 1863
.M ROYAL NAVY -