Harry Brook (?-1917)

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Harry Brook

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

BROOK, HARRY. Gunner. No 161698. 308th Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery. Born Holmfirth. Educated at Holmfirth National School. Employed by Messrs J. Bower and Sons, Dover Mills, Holmfirth. Was a member of the Hepworth Brass Band, playing both the euphonium and the cornet. Married, with one child. Lived Kippax Row, Underbank, Holmfirth. Enlisted May 1917. Killed in action, 4.11.1917. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH CEMETERY, YPRES. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row K, Grave 35.
His wife received the following letter from a comrade, 'You ask me about your poor husband's death. It is hard for me to write it as it is to tell you as we were the best of chums. Well on November 4th, Sunday morning at 7.30am, Harry and a young man named Denham went to the cookhouse to get breakfast ready for the men on the guns, only about two hundred yards behind, when Fritz sent a high explosive shell over. This dropped close to them and killed them both instantaneously, hitting poor Harry in the stomach and the other poor fellow in the face. We carried them about two miles on stretchers and they were put away very nice and comfortable under the circumstances. Along with several of our chums we had service over them and they are buried in the military cemetery at Ypres. I am sure that he did not suffer any pain as it was all over in a second and that is a lot better than lying in agony for days and then go.'
ROH:- Underbank War Memorial.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission