Ernest Mitchell (c.1895-1917)

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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:

MITCHELL, ERNEST. Private. No 34287. 6th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Born Hepworth, Holmfirth. Son of Mr Arthur Mitchell, formerly of Foster Place Farm, Hepworth, and, at the time of his son's death, living at the Kings Arms Inn, South Crosland. Assisted his father on the family farm. Enlisted 22.2.1917. Embarked for France in August, 1917. Killed in action at Passchendaele, 7.10.1917, aged 22 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated TYNE COT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
His father received a letter from one of his son's comrades who wrote, 'We were heavily bombarded for about two hours in the afternoon and a shell burst just behind us. Ernest, who was in my section, was severely wounded in the right thigh. I went at once to see if I could help him but it was impossible to do anything for him except call for the stretcher-bearers. I am sorry to say that Ernest passed away just after he was placed on the stretcher. I stayed close by him until the end: he was quite cheerful and asked me to write and tell you. I don't think he had much pain as he did not know where he was hit. Almost his last words were 'Corporal - I have done my bit.' I have felt his loss very much as we came out together on the same draft and I always found him to do his work willingly and cheerfully.'
Brother of Private JOHN MITCHELL killed in action, 13.5.1917.

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