1917 - Soldier - Pettit, Harry - Killed in Action

Mexborough and Swinton Times June 9, 1917

Private Harry Pettit
York and Lancaster

50, Hawson Street, Wombwell has been killed in action.

His brother has received the following letter from Second Lieutenant George Gregory:

“It is with regret that I have to inform you that your brother, Private H Pettit was killed last night (May 10). The company were moving up the frontline when a shell burst in the trench, severely wounding your brother, who died whilst being taken to the dressing station.

Please accept from me on behalf of all ranks of the company our deepest sympathy.”

The Rev L.G.Mannering (Church of England chaplain), has written:

“I expect you will have heard by now of the very sad death of Private H Pettit. As a chaplain who conducted the funeral service, may I express my deepest sympathy with you in your great loss.

It is a terrible toll of war that is bringing sorrow to so many hearts and homes. But you will have the pride of knowing that he died a soldier’s death – fighting in a noble cause for his country and his home.

He lies side-by-side with a comradely who was killed at the same time, in one of the best graves I’ve seen out here. His comrades erected a nice wooden cross with his name, the date of his death, and the words, “Killed in action.”

And on the grave worked in stones there inscribed the text, “God is Love.”

The grave is on territory that we have recently won back from the enemy. May our Heavenly Father comfort you and all mourners with the consolation that He alone can give."

From C.W.G.C.:

Rank: Private
Service No: 23659
Date of Death: 11/05/1917
Regiment/Service: York and Lancaster Regiment 7th Bn.

Grave Reference: I. B. 33.
Additional Information:
Brother of Mr. J. Pettit, of 50, Hawson Street, Wombwell, Barnsley, Yorks.