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Guardsman H Bull 11846 Coldstream Gds


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I am searching for more info on a soldier, Guardsman Harry Bull was my grandads friend, and he was killed beside my grandad at Ypres in April 1916. We have got info about his death and burial details and thats about it. I would like to know if anyone is maybe related to this man, or has any 1st Bn Coldstream Gds group photos from that time. I have visited Harry's grave twice, but we would still like to see what he looked like, and any other info.

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Hi thwaitey

and welcome to the forum. I can't really help you a lot, but can tell you that Harry was born and enlisted in Nelson, Lancs. This is from Soldiers Died in the Great War

Mark

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Thwaitey

Have you checked the mother site of this Forum to see how to research your man?

Click on Long Long Trail at the top left of the page and then click on Grandad's War.

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  • 10 months later...

Hello

Are you still after info ? Send me an email if you are

Ian

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The image , if I have managed to get it into the forum is of four Coldstream Guardsmen who enlisted in Nelson in September 1914, namely starting back left and going clockwise, R Sutton, J Burows, J Barnes and H Bull.

Fred W

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Marvellous, got it right at last.

The following is taken from The Leader Local War Record 1914-15 also.

"Private hary Bull, a well known Nelson athelete and swimmer, with the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards, had some lively experiences in the trenches and fighting round La Bassee. Befoer leaving for the Front he was employed in the Nelson Post Office. On his first arrival in France, Bull and his companions were immediately drafted into the trenches. On January 24th he had a disagreeable experience of trench warfare, and had to be dug out by his collegues. Next day (Jan 25th0 he was fighting at La Bassee, and during a brilliant charge by the Coldstream Guards Bull wrenched his knee and also got a piece of shrapnel in the knee and a slight wound in the ankle. With fourteen others he got into a trench, and there they were held fast for twenty-four hours--from Saturdat to Sunday morning. When pulled out if here Private Bull lost his boots--a pair of strong Wellington boots, which were embedded in thick mud in which they had been standing. On retiring from the bayonet charge on the 25th, Private Bull had his rifle blown clean out of his hands with an enemy's shell. He was subsequently taken to No 7 Stationary Hospital at Bethune, and there remained from Tuesday to Saturday. On the 29th he was carried to the boat and brought across the Channel, arriving at Dover on the same night; thence he was conveyed to the Cottisbrook War Hospital at Northampton, where he remained until Thursday, Feruary 11th, when he came home to Nelson.

Bull who joined the colours in September last,said he had been around La Bassee all the time he had been in France. Their experiences had been--two days in the trenches and one out. The mud was so thick and sticky that he had lost two pairs of boots--one pair, as stated, being Wellington boots. His home in Nelson is at 73 Macleod St.

Private John Burrows, of the Coldstream Guards, whose parents reside at 72, Berkeley Street, Nelson, was wounded at La Bassee and removed to a French hospital. Private Burrows joined the colours last September, along with a companion, Private John Davies, of the Scots Guards (my uncle), who sent information of Private Burrows mishap. Private Davies wrote; "We have had a hot time of it during the past few days, but have come out all right." The regiments to which Burrows abd Davies are attached entered the trenches on New Years Eve."

I hope this is of interest to you.

Fred W

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  • 9 years later...

Hi Fred,

I'm chancing my luck a bit as this is quite an old post, but do you still have the pictures you posted - they no longer seem to be available to download.

Harry Bull was my Grandmothers brother; another brother Dick Walton Bull was also KIA, whilst a third brother James Walton Bull lost an arm.

Regards, Phil.

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