We have limited information about this serviceman and are largely relying on 2 family notices from the Manchester Evening News to link him to this area.
We believe his parents were George Dobby Naylor and Emily Tindall Naylor (nee Prince). Both parents were born in Bradford, Yorkshire, George about 1868 and Emily about 1871. George’s father, William, was a stuff piece finisher and Emily’s father, Albert, was a wool merchant. They married at the parish church, Bradford, on 28 October 1894. In 1901 they lived at 4 Beech Grove, Bradford. George was a cloth merchant and they had 3 children, of whom Herbert was the second, aged 4. By 1911 they had moved to 230 Burton Rd, West Didsbury, and now they had 5 children, the last 2 born in Manchester. George died on 9 June 1915.
Herbert was born in Bradford on 16 January 1897. He was baptised on 27 February 1897 at St Peter’s church (cathedral), Bradford.
He served in the 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, service number 6660. He was killed in action on 12 October 1916, aged 19. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 13A and 14C.
A family notice was placed in the MEN on 24 October 1916 by his mother, sister, brothers and Doris. The address given was 31 Central Rd, West Didsbury. On 12 October 1940 the MEN published a notice in memoriam to Bert Naylor (Sgt H Naylor) from his mother, brothers and sister, Didsbury.