Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s; Tyne Cot Memorial
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Harry Branson Greenwood
Harry Branson Greenwood was born in 1894 the son of Thomas Branson Greenwood and Lydia Doris, nee Barker.In 1901 Thomas and Lydia were living at 25 Tamworth Road, Ashley de la Zouch. They had four children - Harry Branson and Frank Barker both in Bradford, and Constance and Nellie at their new home. Nellie died soon after birth but a fifth child, Ronald, was born in 1902 and the family then moved back to Bradford to live at Moorside House at 285 Moorside Road. Thomas was working as a dry soap works manager and Harry at 17 years of age was a
student of wool sorting. The family also had a live-in servant.Harry enlisted on the day that war was declared on the 4th of August 1914 with the “A” Battery of the 246 Brigade Royal Field Artillery as Gunner 780103. In 1915 this Brigade came under the command of the 17th Northern Division and they had an initial period of trench familiarisation before holding the front lines in the Ypres Salient. In 1916 Harry was involved in the Somme Offensive at the Battle of Albert and of Delville Wood and in 1917 at the Arras Offensive at the 1st and 2nd Battle of the Scarpe.
During the 2nd Battle of Passchendaele the 26th October to the 10th of November 1917 Harry was killed in action on the last day. He was 23 years of age.Harry is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial which is the free gift in perpetuity of the Belgian people to those who are honoured here.He left his effects to his father Thomas who received £14.19.3d on the 27th of April 1918 and a War Gratuity of £15.0.0d on the 12th November 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks
We are fortunate to have some of Harry Greenwood’s own thoughts thanks to letters which were passed on to the Shipley Times & ExpressPte H Greenwood of Undercliffe Road, Eccleshill, sent his parents a description of life under fire in the trenches.‘It was a bit weird going into the trenches during the night for the big guns were throwing shells over our heads and the flashes of light in the darkness gives one peculiar sensations.‘The Germans shelled some peasant houses not far from our
gun-pits and the poor folk, along with their children, came out screaming. We took them into our shell-proof dug-outs for safety.‘It is surprising how many people live so near the firing line, although their houses have been shelled time after time.‘I think the tide will turn now that we are all supplied with respirators, for the gas they use will have little effect. We have heard that Germany is already prepared for a winter campaign but I don’t care a hang how long the war lasts if we only come safely through the campaign.
‘The one thing we are most in need of at present is pure water. All the wells and pumps here are poisoned with enteric and typhoid germs and for that reason all water has to be boiled and chemically examined before being used.’11 June 1915Master Vincent Laycock of 16 Bromet Place has for some time been collecting cigarettes and forwarding them to local soldiers at the front.Driver H B Greenwood, whose home is in Undercliffe Road, in acknowledging the receipt of a
parcel says: “Many thanks for the cigarettes which you have sent out to me.“I am sure it is very kind of you to think about the soldiers who are fighting out here.“I shall hand them round to my comrades and they are sure to give pleasure.“you are doing your little bit for your country just as much as the soldiers are doing out here and gifts like yours are always enjoyed by us after a hard day’s work.”20 August 1915