Richard Coffey (c.1888-1916)

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Richard Coffey

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

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

COFFEY, RICHARD. Private. No 4746. 23rd Battalion Royal Fusiliers. Born Dublin. Had lived in Linthwaite for 14 years. Lodged with Mrs Walker of Linthwaite Hall. Engaged to Miss Mitchel, of The Star Hotel, Slaithwaite. Employed in the tailoring department of the Slaithwaite Cooperative Society. Enlisted February 1916. Wounded in September, 1916, and was treated at the Corps Operating Station, France. A sister at the hospital wrote the following letter to his fiancé, 'I am so sorry to have to tell you that Private Coffey of the Royal Fusiliers has been wounded and is at present in this hospital. He is very seriously wounded and had to have an operation. Everything that is possible is being done for him and he is not suffering much pain. He is seriously ill and it is difficult to say much about his condition but we must hope for the best. I will write to you again as soon as I can and let you know how he is getting on.' Miss Mitchell received word from the Infantry Records Office at Hounslow that he had died of his wounds on 13.9.1916, age 28 years. Buried COUIN BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row A, Grave 8.
ROH:- Linthwaite War Memorial; St. James' Church, Slaithwaite.

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