Harrogate Herald - 24th October 1917
W H Breare letter
Many of you will know Mr T Mainman, of
Knaresborough, clerk to the Knaresborough Urban District Council,
who formerly lived in Harrogate and was at one time on the Herald
staff. I deeply regret that his third son, Private Edwin Roland
Mainman, has been killed in action. Ten years ago he emigrated
to Australia, then went to New Zealand. He volunteered for service
very promptly but was refused. Tried again, was accepted, and came
over with the contingent on July 19th. After four days at home in
Knaresborough he went to France October 7th or 8th, and was killed
on the 12th. He leaves a young wife. Some little time ago another
son was wounded.
Harrogate herald - 31st October 1917
Roll of Honour
Mr T Mainman, of Knaresborough, has received the following
"Very much regret to inform you information just received
that you son 46055, Private Edwin Rowland Mainman, Canterbury
Infantry, New Zealand Expeditionary Force, is reported killed in
action in France on the 12th October - Officer in Command, New
Zealand Records, 8 Southampton Row, London, WC". The foregoing
telegram relates to Mr Mainman's third son, who emigrated to
Australia ten years ago last January. After spending some time there
he went on to New Zealand. At the outbreak of the war he volunteered
for service, but was refused. Trying again about eight months ago he
was accepted, joining the Canterbury Rifles, when, after undergoing
training at Palmerston, he came across with his contingent, arriving
at Plymouth on the 19th July. Further training was undergone at
Shorncliffe, when after a four days' leave spent at home in August
his battalion crossed over to France about the 7th or 8th October.
Going straight up to the Front he was killed in action on the 12th.
He was 32 years of age and leaves a young wife to mourn his loss.