Herbert Moodycliffe (c.1889-1916)

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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:

MOODYCLIFFE, HERBERT. Acting Corporal. No 9165. 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs J. W. Moodycliffe, Victoria, Holmfirth. Had served nine years with the army. Enlisted in Halifax, when he was 18 years of age. Had been stationed at Lichfield, Manchester, Tidworth and Dublin. Married, with one child, and lived at 28 Great Albion Street, Halifax. Embarked for France in August, 1914, with the British Expeditionary Force and was in the retreat from Mons, the fighting on the Marne, the Aisne and at Hill 60 in May 1915.
In December, 1914, he wrote home to his parents, thanking them for gifts received, 'I am quite well at present. I received the fags from the boys at Bottoms and have written back thanking them for the same. Things are not so hot this last day or two as we have gained a great amount of ground. The enemy's position gets nearer their own country every day. The weather here is awfully cold. It is just like being on the top of Holme Moss. We have plenty of good clothing, scarves, etc. The German wellington boots I have got keep my feet warm. They come up to my knees and keep the wet out so that I cannot grumble. All the lads thank the people of England for their gifts. I don't know how we could have stood it without them. We have had a good share. Most of them come from Huddersfield and Halifax. Gloves, knitted hats, scarves, socks, shirts, drawers and useful things like these.'
Killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1.7.1916, aged 27 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Underbank War Memorial; Halifax Civic Book of Remembrance.

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