Town End House on the borders of Pudsey and Bramley provides the link. All the sources say the Booth family lived there at some point, though the 1891 census has them living at 22, Lowtown, Pudsey, when Major was four years old. Whether 22 Lowtown was actually Town End House or a nearby property (other sources say Town End House was "no. 9 Lower Town Street") I can't say. Today Town End House bears the address 251 Swinnow Road and is a Grade II listed building (Swinnow Road is a continuation of Lowtown in the direction of Bramley).I have read this poem today in Herbert Sutcliffes book For England and Yorkshire,
and thought it would be of interest to the White Rose Forum readers.
Far from sound of bat and ball,
O`er the seas,at country`s call,
Charging in the jaws of hell!-
Leading on his pals he-fell!
Gallantly he played his part!
The`White Rose`mourns a noble heart
Poor old Major.
Cricket field,or battle plain,
He e`er went in might and main!
Things going hard, smooth or rough,
Made of good old Yorkshire stuff,
Major,he was e`er the same,
Kept his end up,played the game!
Good old Major.
When the war is o`er and done,
When the victory is won!
When once more the umpires call,
Starts the``White Rose``county`s ball,
Though thy face will ne`er be seen,
Still we`ll keep thy memory green-
Dear old Major.
Pudsey July 25th 1916.
The Birstall-born James Booth, Major's father, was a grocer in Pudsey, where Booth's Yard (off Lowtown) seems to have been named after the family business. There is an Old Booth's Tea Rooms there, though whether that really has anything to do with the family or not, I don't know. It gets glowing reviews on Trip Advisor. There's also an Italian restaurant called Tino's, though I don't think our friend from the Caribbean is involved.
Bowie's grandfather Robert Haywood Jones, born in Armley in 1882, also lived at Town End House. He enlisted in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1916 and was killed towards the end of the Somme campaign. He was survived by two children: Roma and Haywood Stenton, commonly known as John. "John" Haywood Stenton Jones, who had a colourful life which seems to have involved the squandering of a sizeable fortune in ill-fated entertainment ventures, was Bowie's father.
I should add congratulations to Third Umpire. You are clearly a "star man".