Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill Park; Ploegsteert Memorial
Children: Gladys, Frances
Harry Read was born on the 12th of July 1888 in Bradford the elder son of Thomas William and Mary Ann, nee Flather.They were living at 16 Grantham Road in Listerhills when Harry was born Harry’s mother, Mary Ann, died on the 10th of August 1898 at The Junction Hotel in Baildon and Thomas’s two sisters came to live with the family. Thomas re-married in 1905.Harry in 1911 was living at Acre Farm, Acre Avenue with the family of his future wife and was working as a stuff warehouseman. On the 2nd of September 1911 Harry married Frances May Snow,
22 years the daughter of Francis Snow a farmer. At the time of Harry’s enlistment the family were living at 21 Hatfield Road, Undercliffe and a daughter, Gladys, had been born to them in 1913.He enlisted on the 28th of February 1917 as Private 41554 in the 2nd Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment. His Regiment was involved in the Battle of Ypres taking part in the Battle of Pilkem 31st July to the 2nd August and the Battle of Langemarck 16th to the 18th of August 1917.
They were not involved further at Ypres but Harry and three others were killed by a shell on the 14th of October 1917. He was 29 years of age. Around this time his second daughter Frances was born, probably posthumously. Harry does not have a burial place as he is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial which commemorates men who died in this sector and who have no known grave. Most were killed in the course of the day to day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line. 2nd Lieutenant H Durrans in a letter of regret appended the
following lines:May the sons of England who have bledWith noble thoughts their blood have shedAnd given up their life, their allAt the distressed country’s callAccept at God’s most holy shrine“Well done, thou faithful, thou art mine”A Memorial Service was held for Harry at the Eccleshill Wesleyan Chapel when the Rev. J Woollerton conducted the service for him. Harry had been a member of the Chapel Choir for about 10 years.Harry left his effects to his widow Frances who received £1.19.10d on the 12th March 1918 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 17th November 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks