An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- REDGWICK, GEORGE HERBERT. Private. No 15177. 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Kirkburton. Son of Henry and Clara Redgewick, Thorncliffe Green, Kirkburton. Died of accidental injuries, 22.11.1915, aged 20 years. Buried SAILLY-sur-la-LYS CANADIAN CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row A, Grave 20. His parents received the following letter from Lieutenant G. R. C. Heale, who wrote, 'A man was showing another man how to use a periscopic rifle and a loaded rifle was handed to him to fit into the stand. Of course all rifles are kept loaded in the fire trenches but this one happended to have the safety catch unapplied. One of the men nearby noticed this and remarked upon it. Whereupon the man who was handling the rifle placed his hand on the safety catch to apply it. In doing so he seems to have jerked the rifle causing it to go off. The bullet struck your son who was sleeping nearby. This is the most unfortunate and distressing thing that has happened since we have been out here. The men who were handling the rifle when it went off were devoted friends of your son and on their request I had taken him as one of the battalion snipers. Private Redgewick was in my platoon and always earned my highest opinion as well as the respect and esteem of all the Officers of the Company. His loss is mostly deeply felt by everyone in the Company and I leave to your imagination the extent of the distress on the part of his chums who were responsible for the accident. Three of them went to his funeral today. He is buried at Sailly. Please accept my deepest sympathies on your great loss.'
- ROH:- All Hallows Parish Church, Kirkburton.
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