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Private Edwin Roland Mainman


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 telegram : 

"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.


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