Tributes paid to Keighley-born Gordon Bottomley who has died aged 92

Gordon Bottomley

Gordon Bottomley

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Gordon Bottomley, the nephew of the renowned First World War poet of the same name, has died at the age of 92.

Like his namesake, Gordon, who lived in Grange over Sands in the years before his death on Friday, was born in Keighley.

Gordon senior was an important figure in the Georgian poetry movement and published anthologies, books and one-act verse plays.

Gordon junior grew up in Vale Street, and joined the Royal Air Force just before the Second World War.

He was a rear gunner and wireless operator with Bomber Command, parachuting to safety three times then becoming a prisoner of war.

After the war, Gordon married Muriel Long, going on to have four children – David, Julia, Pamela and Helen.

Following teacher training, Gordon became headmaster of Kildwick School in 1954. He went on to run schools in Lancashire before retiring to Bowness on Windermere.

Gordon died at Cartmel Grange Nursing Home. His funeral will be held at Grange Methodist Church on Tuesday.

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