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Born: 1894
Died: 7-5-1918
Buried: Montcornet Military Cemetery, Flanders
Address: Rockmount, Bank Crest, Baildon
Parents: Wm T Field & Hannah
Occupation: Field Sons & Co, Southgate, Bradford
Organisations/clubs: Baildon Golf Club
Rank: Lieut
Rolls of Honour: Baildon GC; Baildon Moravian Church
Regiment: 9 Corps Cyclist Battalion
Harold William Field
Harold was the son of a master printer. On 14 August 1914, with the war less than a month old, the Shipley Times & Express  mentioned Harold as one of the first Baildon men to sign up to the colours. At that stage he was training in York. Ten months later, he was at the front, and the newspaper carried details of a letter he had sent to Mr Levi Thorpe, the secretary of the Baildon Golf Club in which he said: “Just a line to let you know how I appreciate the good wishes of the president, vice-president, committee and members of
Baildon Golf Club expressed on the beautiful card just received. “I hardly think there is any credit due to me, however, as I consider all able-bodied men of suitable age and condition, especially sportsmen, should at this time do their utmost to help their country. “I am sure that when a roll is taken of the members of the Baildon Golf Club, the percentage of those serving will be very high and will compare favourably with any other golf club. “As you know I am with several
other Baildon boys and we sometimes forget the war for a short period and think of the glorious times spent on the links, often replaying a game hole by hole and finding keen enjoyment in doing so. “We are being treated very well here. Nevertheless, I shall be glad when I can once more feel a golf bag on my back instead of my rifle and a few good balls in place of ammunition. “I am writing this by candle light in a diminutive dug-out with three other chaps close at hand having a free fight for a copy of the Times & Express.” Harold was killed on 7 May 1918 but a brief report gave no deails of the circumstances
I’m grateful to Tish Lawson for her help in researching the men of Baildon who served
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