Harry Roebuck (c.1895-1918)

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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:

ROEBUCK, HARRY. Private. No 28433. 25th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. Born Cliff, Holmfirth. Son of Mr William Roebuck. Educated at the National Day School and Cliffe Sunday School. Played football with the Underbank team. Employed at Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden. Enlisted 18.4.1916. Embarked for France in July, 1916. Killed in action, 17.4.1918, aged 22 years. Buried MONT NOIR MILITARY CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row C, Grave 6.
His father received a letter from his son's Officer, who wrote, 'I cannot tell you how much I regret to have to inform you that your son Private H. Roebuck, of 'C' Company, 25th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on the 17th inst. He was killed outright along with another four men of the Company by a heavy shell. He had acted as my servant since the beginning of January and I found in him such fine a character that I looked upon him more as a true friend than anything else and we were scarcely ever separate. He was one of the bravest fellows I have ever met and no matter how dangerous the patrol I at times had to do he always insisted on going with me. By his bravery and utter disregard of danger during the heavy fighting from the 21st to 23rd March he was responsible for saving over fifty men of his Company from being completely surrounded by the enemy. It was with more than usual pleasure I put his name forward asking for some recognition for the splendid work he had done during this time. I assure you that you have the deepest sympathy not only of myself but of every Officer and man in the Company in the loss of such a brave man.'
ROH:- Wooldale War Memorial.

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