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Born: 1898, Baildon
Died: 1 January 1917
Buried: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium
Address: 3 Primrose Row, Tong Park
Parents: Thomas and Emma
Siblings: Ernest
Occupation: Doffer, worsted factory (1911)
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Baildon
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s West Riding
Harold Anderton
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Great sympathy is felt with Mr and Mrs Thomas Anderton of Tong Park in the loss of their eldest son, Pte Harold Anderton, who has been killed “somewhere in France.” The young man was 19 years of age and was very highly respected in the village. Mr and Mrs Anderton have received letters from several of their son’s comrades, all of whom express their deep regret and sympathy with his parents. He was killed by a trench mortar and his death was instantaneous.
He was a friend of Pte Teddy McEwen and the two joined the colours on the same date, 10th July 1916, and went to France together in October. He met his death through the bursting of a shell when his regiment were leaving the trenches. Before joining the colours, he was employed by Messrs Wm Denby & Sons, Tong Park Mills. Shipley Times & Express, 19-1-1917 A memorial service of an impressive nature was held in the Tong Park Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday in memory of the late Pte Harold Anderton, elder son of Mr and Mrs T Anderton of Tong Park, who was recently killed in action. An appropriate sermon was eloquently given by Mr R Lindley of Shipley, whilst Mr H Lister of Baildon sang ‘How willing my paternal love’ very effectively. At the conclusion of the service the ‘Dead March’ was played by the organist, Mr W Bentley. Shipley Times & Express, 26-1-1917
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