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Also of Harold Lackenby
Son-in-law of above
Fell in action in France
April 28th 1918 aged 31 years
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Lesbury (St Mary the Virgin)
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29th July 1886
28th April 1918
Died from a GSW wound to the back behind German lines as a prisoner of war at Roubaix in France. The battalion had been in trenches near a little hamlet called Le Leuthe between Armentieres and Bailleul when they were attacked under heavy barrage by the Germans. They were very nearly completely cut-off and outflanked but managed to pull back to Bailleul. Harold must have been taken POW at this point.
Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France
First World War
1st/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
1st/5th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
Taken prisoner of war near Armentieres on the 13th April 1918 by the Germans. When he died on the 28th April 1918 from a GSW in the back, his name, place and date of birth was known but his service number and regiment was not known. He was buried in a British plot within a German military cemetery at Roubaix in France. His details were recorded in a local civil French record and on the cross on his grave: Pte Harold Lackenby Berwick Territorial K.P. Born 29/7/1886 Died 28/4/1918. It appears that Harold was reported missing then reported taken as a prisoner of war by September 1918. From the records that appear in the International Red Cross POW database, his wife wrote to them to ask for any information about her husband in February 1919 and she finally received notification of his death in late March 1919.
Harold's remains were exhumed and removed to Laventie in the 1920s along with several others buried with him.
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