Samuel Earnshaw (c.1896-1917)

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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:

EARNSHAW, SAMUEL. Corporal. No 25473. 'C' Battery (Holme Valley), 168th Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Born Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs Herbert Earnshaw, 70 Dunford Road, Holmfirth. Educated Holmfirth National School and a member of Mr Fletcher's bible class. Employed as a percher by Messrs T. and J. Tinker of Bottoms Mill. Enlisted 11.4.1915. Killed in action, 11.11.1917, aged 21 years. Buried MINTY FARM CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row B, Grave 3.
His parents received the following letter from a comrade of their son, who wrote, 'I hardly know how to start this letter, but I feel that I must write and express to you the regrets and sympathy not only of myself but of the whole Battery in your sad bereavement. I know quite well how you will miss Sammy for I know how we miss him out here. In fact it is very difficult to realise that we shall not see him again. I thought I should like to write to you tonight not only to express my sympathy but also to tell you as much as possible how Sammy met his death. Unfortunately no one can tell you how or where he was killed as he was alone at the time but as I was one of the search party who found him perhaps I can tell you as much as anyone can. The last time I saw Sammy was on the afternoon of the 11th November when he was leaving the Battery for Signal Headquarters. As usual he stopped and had a few cheery words with me and then went on his way. From what I can gather he left the Signal Headquarters some hours later and returned to the Battery which however he never reached.' His comrade goes on to relate how the lad's non appearance before midnight caused uneasiness and it was decided to organise a search party as soon as daylight came, 'This we did,' he writes further, 'and we found him about a mile away from the Battery. Evidently he had decided to overhaul one of the telephone wires on his way back to the Battery for we found him laid beside the wire which was some distance from his usual way back. You will be glad to know as we were that he must have died instantenously as he was wounded through the head and heart. Poor lad - he died as he would have wished to have died, doing his duty and working to the last. He will be missed by all of us for I can safely say that there isn't a man in the Battery whom he had not helped sometime or other even it has only been by his cheery smile.'
ROH:- Underbank War Memorial.

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