Wadsworth, Harold (Henry)

Harry was born in 1887 at Holme on the Wolds; on the 1891 census he is aged 5 years and living at Holme on the Wolds with his father Titus and mother Emma Wadsworth, also at home are his brothers and sisters Jane aged 22, Fred aged 12, Charles aged 10, Annie aged 9, Robert aged 7, Henry aged 5 and Thomas aged 2 years. In 1901 Henry Wadsworth is the 2nd cattleman, on the Grange Farm, Lockington, but by 1911 he has changed jobs to be a male attendant at the East Riding Asylum, Walkington. The minutes of the visiting committee of the East Riding Asylum for 27th July, 1917 record that H. Wadsworth attendant had joined the army and left the service, later we see that he has joined the R.A.M.C. Harry’s health was not good and it is probable that he was not sent abroad for he died in 1918, aged 33 years from pulmonary tuberculosis. He had married Florence Garner in October, 1917; Florence who was born in Driffield had also been employed at The East Riding asylum, as a dining hall maid. He is commemorated in the East Riding Memorial Chapel in the Beverley Minster and his death was announced in the Beverley Guardian in Memoriam column. ’In loving memory of our dear brother Harry Wadsworth late of Dalton Holme who died on 15th March 1918. Christ will link the broken chain, closer when we meet again, from his loving brothers Fred and Tom.’ (The Royal Army Medical Corp operated the army’s medical units and provided medical detachments for the units of infantry artillery and other arms. A letter in the Beverley Guardian in July, 1915 from Private G. Preston of Beverley who was stationed at No 6 General Base at Rouen writing to a friend says, ‘All the Beverley lads here, about a dozen are fit. We think longingly of Beverley especially when chatting together at night’.) Pte: George Preston, was killed on 21/9/1917 and is recorded on the Beverley War Memorial, Hengate.

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Beverley (St. Mary) Church Cemetery, East Yorkshire