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Born: 1880, Eccleshill
Died: 16 September 1917
Buried: Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery Extension
Address: 1 Rawson Square, Idle
Parents: Joseph & Mary Elizabeth
Spouse: Emily, nee Baxter
Siblings: Esther
Occupation: Weaver (1911)
Organisations/clubs: Idle CC, Idle Victoria FC
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Greengates
Children: Edith
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Harry Jaques
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The first mention that Harry was serving came in a report of the death of his father Joseph, a Crimea veteran, published on 15 December 1916 On 28 September 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported: News has been received that Pte Harry Jacques, West Yorks, of 1 Rawson Square, Idle, has been killed in action. As a member of the Idle Cricket Committee he rendered excellent service to the club and by his death
that organisation has sustained a great loss. He was also a playing member of the Idle Victoria Football Club and he was a capital player in the forward line. In a letter to his wife, the chaplain, the Rev A McKeachie, says: “He was in the trenches with his battalion when a shell came over and exploded near a group of which he was one. He was wounded so severely that death took place almost immediately so that he did
not suffer at all. “I took the funeral yesterday and laid him to rest in a village cemetery where many of our soldiers are buried.” There was another letter from Lieut Edwin H Umbers in which that officer writes – “He has been my servant ever since he joined the Battalion and a more honest and cheerful and brave man never lived. “He always had a smile on his face and a cheery word for everyone, no matter what the danger.”
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