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Private Harold Lund


Harrogate Herald - 7th March 1917

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Lance Corporal H Bateman, son of Mrs A Lund, 17 Grove Park View, Harrogate, was wounded by a piece of shrapnel going through his right shoulder on February 13th, and is an inmate of the Edenbridge Hospital, Kent, where an effort will be made to remove the shrapnel. The following letter to his mother gives details of the : My dear Mother, I have just received your welcome letter and postal order, and thanks very much. I shall be all right now. I can send out for a few things. It was last Tuesday, February 13th, at 4 o'clock in the morning, that we made an attack on the Germans, and I was in charge of a dozen men with bombs and bayonets. we got into the German front line, and I had just got a German prisoner, and marched him back to the officer in charge, when I got wounded in the right shoulder, and it became useless for the time being. I have a large piece of shrapnel just below the shoulder, and the doctor is trying to get my cold a little better before they operate on me. Well, I hope you are all well at home. Please write to my brothers for me, as it hurts to write too much. With best love to you and Sis.

Lance Corporal Bateman has two half-brothers with the colours - Private J Lund in France and Private H Lund, who is in training.

Harrogate Herald - 25th April 1917

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Private H Lund, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Lund, 17 Grove Park View, Harrogate, has been wounded and is now in Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot. In a letter to his mother, Lund says : 

I got hit on the 13th April. We went over the top to meet Fritz, and we just got up to the trenches when I was hit with a machine gun bullet in the body. I killed eight Germans myself. We had nothing to do but shoot them down. I think he is about fed up with the war.


Harrogate Herald - 2nd May 1917

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Private H Lund, West Yorks. Youngest son of Mr and Mrs Lund, 17 Grove Park View, Harrogate, who was wounded on the 13th April, is now in hospital in Aldershot.


Harrogate Herald - 19th September 1917

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The three o'clock post has just come in, and the first two letters I have opened contain bad news. One is from the mother of Pte H Lund, West Yorks, telling me that her son was killed in action on the 7th September. In her letter Mrs Lund enclosed a copy of a comforting letter from Lund's Captain. It seem your comrade was on a working party in a village just behind the line when a shell burst, killing outright Lund and another and wounding several. Lund's company commander employed him on his personal staff whenever possible, and it is said he was certain of promotion in the near future.

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The sad news has reached Mrs Lund, 17 Grove Park View, Harrogate, that her son, Private Harold Lund, was killed last Saturday night. His Captain writes : "It is with the deepest sorrow that I have to inform you that your son, Private H Lund, was killed on Saturday night (8th inst.), along with the rest of B Company. He was on a working party in a village just behind the line, when a shell burst near, killing outright Harold and another, and wounding several. I cannot tell you how deeply we all mourn his loss. He had not been with us very long, but we had all come to realise his sterling qualities as a soldier, always willing and cheerful, no task was too difficult or heavy for him to undertake, and his Company Commander, Captain Gordon, had recognised him and employed Harold on his personal staff whenever it was possible. He was certain of promotion in the near future, and it is with the deepest sorrow that we saw so promising a career cut short. His comrades along with myself offer you our profound sympathy in the great and irreparable loss you have so suddenly sustained. He was buried with the full rites of the Church of England by our divisional padre".


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