Richard Boothroyd (1898-1919)

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Richard Boothroyd (1898-1919)

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

BOOTHROYD, RICHARD. Private. No PO/18942. 6th Battalion Royal Marine Light Infantry. Born Shepley 5.11.1898. Son of Clement and Frances Boothroyd, Yew Tree Villas, Station Road, Shepley. Enlisted 8.10.1915. Died of wounds at Svyatnavalok, North Russia, 27.8.1919. Buried in MURMANSK NEW BRITISH CEMETERY and also commemorated on THE BROOKWOOD RUSSIA MEMORIAL IN BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, SURREY.
ROH:- Shepley War Memorial.
A letter was written on Canadian YMCA headed note paper from Richard's Company Captain to Mrs Boothroyd, 'I very much regret having to write to announce the death of your son Private Boothroyd. We managed to get him back to the doctor who did everything he could for him. Unfortunately the only way we could get him back to Svyatnavlok was by country carts where I am afraid he was rather badly shaken up. Nevertheless he was very cheery when we arrived and everybody thought there was quite a chance for him. He got worse during the night and died in the early morning. He was buried here on the 29th at Svyatnaolok Church. I wish I had a camera here but unfortunately I have none. Major Laing, myself and all the subalterns join me in offering you our deepest sympathy in your bereavement. If there is anything else I can do for you please let me know.'

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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