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Sergeant Oliver Gaundry

 
 

Harrogate Herald 27th June 1917

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Sergeant Oliver Gaundry, son of Mrs M J Gaundry, Gate Bridge Mill, Galphay, Ripon, has been reported wounded and missing in France since May 3rd. He joined the West Yorks Regiment in November, 1914, and did his early training at Harrogate, going to France in January, 1917. He was wounded at Beaumont Hamel on February 14th. Any news concerning him will be gratefully received. A letter from his officer states : Your son went into action on the morning of May 3rd, and has not been seen since. We are almost certain he was taken prisoner, as his party was cut off in the rear. I understand hw was seen by someone to be slightly wounded soon after the attack started, but he would not go back, preferring to stay with his men. I am unable to tell you how much we miss him. He was absolutely one of the best and bravest soldiers in the battalion. I was with him when he was wounded at Beaumont Hamel, and it may interest you to know that he was wounded then while dressing another man's wounds. He has been in my platoon since last July, and I valued him immensely, not only as an NCO, but as a personal friend.