Irvin Barraclough (c.1894-1916)

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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:

BARRACLOUGH, IRVIN. Private. No 15210. 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mrs Heppinstall, 41 Cliffe, Holmfirth. Educated at Netherthong School. Employed as a millhand at Washpit Mills. Enlisted 18.1.1915. Reported missing, presumed killed, 30.7.1916, aged 22 years. Has no known grave. Commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- Wooldale War Memorial.
His mother received a last letter from him dated 27.7.1916:

You must keep smiling Mother, better days are in store.

In November, 1916, she received a letter and a small book from a chum of her son, Private ERNEST A. CROOKES, who wrote:

You will no doubt be a bit surprised to have a letter from me but I thought I would write and let you know all I know of Irvin's death. I dare not write before as I was not sure what had happened to him. I made many enquiries in his Company about him and from what I can make out he was one of the many lads who went over the top one night when we were in that terrible fighting and failed to return. But the strange part of it is that I had made enquiries about him the night after we came out and they told me he was wounded. Then we were ordered back into the line again in a bit of a hurry and I happened to be walking in a trench which I had never been in before and what should I pick up but his small book which I enclose. I was dumbstruck when I saw the name and it seems a man in another regiment which we relieved had found his body somewhere in the line and had taken his letters etc. to forward on to you. That was what one of our fellows told me who had seen the letters in the man's possession and I think he must have dropped the book out whilst he was showing these letters to this fellow. It seemed very strange that the book should be there for me to find and after that I made sure Irvin was killed. It was a blow to me and I hope you will accept my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement. He was the only friend I had who came from up our way and when we saw one another we always used to ask each other if we had anything fresh from home and talk over old times. I have thought since what lucky beggars we were who came through those few weeks we were there as it was too terrible for words. The sights we saw were awful and I don't think words can describe them. I suppose it was God's will that he should go under. I must apologise for not writing sooner but I was in some doubt about him.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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This page was last modified on 19 March 2019 and has been edited by Dave Pattern.

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