Harold Beighton (c.1888-1916)

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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:

BEIGHTON, HAROLD. Corporal. No 14552. 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Manchester. From the age of three lived with his uncle, Mr Joe Beighton of Hawthorne Terrace, Marsden. Employed as a weaver at Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Was an enthusiastic player of football taking the position of centre half in the Marsden United team. Played cricket with the Marsden Second Eleven. Was also a member of the Marsden Conservative Club, taking a great interest in the game of billiards. Enlisted 6.11.1914. Went over to France, 26.8.1915. Died of gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen at the South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, 6.10.1916, aged 28 years. Buried in DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row F, Grave 47.
His Uncle received the following letter from stretcher-bearer S. Swallow, 'Just a few lines as I thought it my duty as a great chum of your nephew to write to you. He was wounded on the night of the 4th October. No one was more sorry than I when he came back over the parapet and said to me 'Dick, I am hit.' So I attended to him straight away but the worst was then to come for as I was taking him to the dressing station which was two miles away we had to go across open country owing to the condition of the trenches. So we were exposed both to the shell fire and machine gun fire and the Germans didn't forget to shell us either. When we started from the trenches with your nephew on the stretcher the shells were bursting all around us and at the finish they covered us up with clay and I had to wriggle myself from underneath and then free your nephew. I shall never forget that day – it was hell on earth.'
ROH:- Marsden War Memorial.

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