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Private Harry Greenhalgh, Royal Defence Corps 1/10/1918


Mark Hone

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Harry Greenhalgh was one of the last Bury Grammar School old boys to die in the Great War. Having served with the Lancashire Fusiliers on the Western Front he was invalided home in 1918, reassigned to the Royal Defence Corps and sent to guard German POWs in Durham. While there he fell ill with appendicitis and died in hospital in Newcastle on 1st October. He was buried in a now-disused Presbyterian graveyard on the outskirts of Bury. He and another CWGC grave are the only ones remaining on the site. As well as trying to find out more about his active service I would be interested to learn where the POW camp was in Durham and also whether his appendicitis could have been a result, as his newspaper obituary states, of his gassing a few months previously. Any help as always much appreciated.

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POW camp was in Durham

There was one at Healeyfield (outside Consett) - http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/story/11151/

 

Stanhope - http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/story/3064/

(Also mentioned is East Gate - could be the same one as very close together - http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/story/2734/)

 

Haperley - http://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/story/11730/

 

Craig

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His war gratuity of £8 net, £10 gross, was paid for 22 months qualifying service. Indicates enlistment in the month from 2 Dec 1916.

 

Prior to the RDC he served as # 41829. Lancashire Fusiliers.

Craig

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Appreciate you probably have all this! His medal rolls entry says he served overseas with 1st LF  in two stints: 09.03.17-04.05.17, then again 10.09.17-02.01.18. I'm thinking he was perhaps wounded or sick, convalesced in the UK and returned to his unit, before being gassed in January 1918 and thereafter transferring to the RDC. You can see the urgency in getting men to the front in the short time between enlistment and his first entry into a theatre of war.

 

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There is a medical record which shows #41829 Greenhalgh of G Company (possibly Y), 9th Lanc. Fus. was admitted to the 31st Ambulance Train on 21 Dec 1917 with Pyrexia of Unknown Origin (PUO) and taken to hospital in Boulogne the same day. I suspect this is why he ended up back in the UK from 2 Jan 18 - seems he probably spent 21 Dec 17 to 2 Jan 18 in hospital at Boulogne.

 

Craig

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2 hours ago, Mark Hone said:

He and another CWGC grave are the only ones remaining on the site

 

Mark

Are you saying all other bodies/graves have been removed? Is the cemetery still tended to?

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Fantastic. Thank you so much for this. We shall be laying a school wreath at the grave on the Centenary of his death and I shall write his detailed entry for our online Roll of Honour using all of this invaluable information, credited of course. 

 

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They are the only two extant markers. There is also a Celtic Cross. As you can see the burial ground is looked after.  

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Not sure if it is a good thing or not for them to be in glorious isolation. Assume the other one is Ashworth. 

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Yes, unfortunately I don't know a great deal about Private Arthur Ashworth RAMC, who died in January 1917 and is also buried at Holebottom.

 

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in reply to Craigs post 2 Stanhope pow camp was at Shittlehope Burn farm on the east edge of the village.The camp at Eastgate was on Rose Hill farm on the north side of the river wear between Eastgate and Westgate both supplying labour to the local quarrys

 

reguards

Dave

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