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Clutton (St Augustine)

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Also his son

Harry Docherty R.F.A.

Killed in action in France

1915

Aged 21 years


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Clutton (St Augustine)

Somerset

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Henry

Docherty

1894

West Hartlepool, Durham

5th December 1915

Killed when a small shell landed behind the gun pit of the gun killed Corporal Brighty and Gunner Hesketh who were outside and wounding Lieutenant Fry - when it blew back into the gun pit it killed Harry instantly and wounded three others including Gunner Potts and Corporal Kilroy who were working the gun.

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Vermelles British Cemetery, France

First World War

Bombardier

70th Brigade Royal Field Artillery

C Battery

Buried alongside Corporal E. Brighty and Gunner A. Hesketh killed in the same incident. Captain Armytage, R.F.A. wrote a letter to Harry's father explaining what happened which was published in part in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail: "It was a miserable piece of bad fortune. If it had only landed a yard to one side no damage would have been done to any inside the pit. We buried your son the same evening at 6:30 in the military cemetery, a Church of England clergyman reading the Burial Service over the grave in a little French village named Vermelles, and the Graves Registration Commission are making crosses which should be ready in a day or two. The whole Battery sympathises with you in your loss, and I hope should there be any further information you would like to have that you will write and ask for it." (December 20th 1915). It is also interesting to note that Harry Docherty had no connection with Clutton, his parents moved here during the interwar period - born in Hartlepool, he was living at Essington in County Durham when he went to war.

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