Rolls of Honour: St Luke’s, Eccleshill; Tyne Cot Memorial
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
Harry Isherwood Lythe
Harry Isherwood Lythe was born on the 22nd of May 1890, the third of five children of William Lythe and his wife, Eva, nee Isherwood.Harry was baptised on the 9th of August 1894 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, when the family were living at 14 Green Place. By 1891 the family had moved to 1 Green Place and ten years later they had rturned to 14 Green Place and another move took them to 12 Vernon Place by 1911. Harry at 20 years of age was a butcher.
He enlisted on the 5th of August 1916 as Private 39686 in the 12th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers. The Third Battle of Ypres or Passchendaele, 31st of July to the 10th November 1917 began with encouraging gains but terrible summer weather soon bogged it down. By August the offensive was clearly failing in its objectives and had descended into attritional fighting.
This led to agonisingly slow forward movement for the British, at enormous cost in casualties to both sides. Bad weather in October led to the battlefield becoming an impossible quagmire. In heavy rain on the 4th of October 1917 the Battle of Broodseinde was fought and it was on this day that Harry was reported missing. He was 27 year of age. His parents advertised in the Bradford Weekly Telegraph asking
for any information but none was forthcoming.He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial on land which is the free gift in perpetuity of the Belgian people to those who are honoured there.Harry left his effects to his father William who received £12.7.8d on the 7th of November 1918 and a War Gratuity of £4.0.0d on the 11th November 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks