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Private A D Kershaw


Harrogate Herald - 14th November 1917

W H Breare letter

I have just learnt that Private Arnold Douglas Kershaw (York and Lancs Regt) has been missing since October 9th, and his wife at 13 Grey Street, Oatlands Mount, Harrogate, would be glad if any of you boys could give her any information. He was employed at Mr Allen's, clothier, Market Hall, Harrogate, before enlisting, and joined the Army two years ago. Before going to France on December 28th last he was transferred from the Yorks Dragoons.


Harrogate Herald - 2nd January 1918

Roll of Honour

Private A D Kershaw (York and Lancs), son of Mr and Mrs Frank Kershaw, 8 Pearl Street, Starbeck, was reported missing since October 9th, 1917, and the parents have now received the following letter : 

"Dear Madam, In reply to your letter dated 11/12/17, it is with deep regret that I write as follows. Private Kershaw was acting as runner on the date you mention, and his unit was making an attack on the enemy trenches. About 10am Private Kershaw became slightly wounded in the head, and was on the way down to the dressing station. He stopped on the way to take cover behind a dugout, and at that moment a shell came and killed him instantly. I did not obtain this information until some time after I reported him missing, and I have informed the War Office accordingly. I wrote to Private Kershaw's next-of-kin and told them this. I hope that in due course you will be officially notified. Please convey to his parents my sincerest sympathy, and tell them what a splendid man he always was". The above letter was an answer to an enquiry made by a lady on behalf of his parents. Previous to joining the Army he was employed by Messrs Allen and Thompson, clothiers, Market Hall, Harrogate. His brother, Private O Kershaw, of the Yorks Regiment, has been twice wounded, and is now in hospital at Llanelly, South Wales, suffering from dysentery.


Harrogate Herald - 9th January 1918

Roll of Honour

Private A D Kershaw (York and Lancs), previously reported missing on October 9th, is now officially reported to have been killed on that day. He was 25 years of age, and up to enlisting two years ago he was employed at Mr Thompson's, clothier, Market Hall, Harrogate. His wife resides at 13 Gray Street, Oatlands Mount, Harrogate.

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Killed in Action - Private A D Kershaw, Yorks and Lancs, son of Mr and Mrs Kershaw, 8 Pearl Street, Starbeck, posted as missing on October 9th, now reported killed on that date.


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