Charles Henry Gaunt (c.1888-1917)

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Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

GAUNT, CHARLES HENRY. Private. No 23347. 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Merthyr Tydvil, South Wales. Son of Mr and Mrs Gaunt, Laurel Lea, Cowlersley Lane, Milnsbridge. Husband of Mrs Gaunt, 3 Lodge, Linthwaite. Employed as a weaver by Messrs John Crowther and Sons of Milnsbridge. Was a member of Linthwaite Church choir. Enlisted 1.8.1916. Embarked for France December, 1916. Was taken prisoner at Monchy-le-Preux, 25.4.1917. Died of wounds in Germany, 25.6.1917. Buried COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY, GERMANY. Grave location:- Plot 17, Row B, Grave 29.
His wife received the following letter from the Chief Medical Officer at Reserve Lazarett, Berkkaserne, Munster; 'I regret to inform you that your husband, Private CHARLES HENRY GAUNT of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment died in this hospital in consequence of a wound in the right thigh sustained in the battle near Monchy in April. Accompanied by a priest and his comrades he has been buried at the cemetery of the prisoners of war not far from this city.' Mrs Gaunt also received a letter from a Private in the King's Liverpool Regiment who was an orderly in the camp. He wrote, 'Your husband came with a transport of his comrades wounded from the front and as far as his wounds were concerned made excellent progress. Unfortunately his very weak state and the condition of his heart could not enable him to recover and in spite of all efforts he passed peacefully away this morning. I who write this letter are the English Prisoner Orderly in charge of English patients here and I can assure you that everything that could be done was done for your husband.'
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial.

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