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Gunner Fred Padgett


Harrogate Herald - 14th April 1915


Local Lads on Active Service

Gunner F Padgett, Royal Field Artillery


Harrogate Herald - 24th November 1915

The following write : "I am quite well. I have received the papers. Letter follows at first opportunity", or express thanks for the Herald :

Gunner F Padgett

J Padgett


Harrogate Herald - 8th December 1915

Gunner F Padgett, of Royal Field Artillery, says : 

Just a few lines to thank you for the Herald which I receive each week. I have had two or three letters from my pals out here which I should not have received if it had not been for the Herald. My battery is resting at present, but we expect to be in action any time. The sooner the better, as we get so fed up doing nothing. I like to be giving the Germans a few shells. Could you supply me with a melodeon, as we have not much to amuse ourselves with, and it would help to keep our spirits up. As you know, we do not get many comforts out here, and Christmas will be here soon and we are all hoping to have a jolly time. I must close, hoping you will do me this kind favour.


Harrogate Herald - 8th December 1915

Wednesday Gossip

Gunner F Padgett, 71476, Royal Field Artillery, C Battery, 10th Brigade, British Expeditionary Force, is desirous of obtaining a melodeon. Can any one of my readers help him and his comrades in this direction?


Harrogate Herald - 10th January 1917

The following are men who have sent us the Army post-card briefly stating that they are well and have received papers and parcels, or whose letters contain views that have repeatedly been expressed by other correspondents, but show their friends that they are all right :

Gunner F Padgett (greetings)


Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917

A R Hubbard writes : 

Having seen quite a lot of chaps getting jolly good things from Mr Breare and Harrogate people in general, I take the liberty of writing to ask if you could supply me with a stove suitable for boiling a drop of water for cocoa, tea, etc. We often get to places where we could use a stove, whereas we must, on no account, light a fire. You have no idea how nice a drink of tea is in the middle of the night, and how we look forward to one, but sorry to say often get disappointed. If we go out on a working party, sometimes the Army supply us with a drink, but it isn't a regular thing, so I am writing to you to help me to obtain this; then I can have a drink when I like. I am in the trenches (Sunday morning), sun shining and fairly arm. My word, how pleased we are to feel the warmth of the sun after the bitter cold weather we have had. I should like to ask if you would through the medium of your paper remember me to Fred Padgett, Frank Leggett, Jack Cooper and Alf Exelby, all "Monkeytown" [Oatlands] chaps. If this should catch the eye of anyone who has more toffee or sweets than they can eat, would they please send them along. We don't get much sweet stuff, and a few sweets are very enjoyable, so hope I shall be lucky. So keep smiling and thanking you in anticipation.


Harrogate Herald - 9th May 1917

Gunner F Padgett writes : 

Just a few lines to thank you for the watch, which I received through you from Mr Shires, of Parliament Street [John E Shires, cycle dealer and athletic outfitter, 31 Parliament Street]. I am writing to thank him today. I am sending you a photo of myself and my chum. We had it taken out here. I am holding the Herald in my hand. I must close now, as we are so very busy. Again thanking you for your kindness.


Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

Roll of Honour

Mrs Padgett, 36 Mount Street, Oatlands Mount, Harrogate, has received intimation that her son, Gunner Fred Padgett, was killed in France on the 21st inst. A letter from his Major says : 

"Dear Mrs Padgett, You will by this time have heard from the War Office that your son was killed in action out here on the 21st of this month. I am writing to you as his commanding officer to tell you how deeply both myself and all the officers and men of this battery sympathise with you in your loss. If it is any consolation to you in your sorrow, I am able to tell you that your son died gallantly doing his duty; he was killed by a German shell, and his death must have been instantaneous so that he felt no pain. His body was little injured, and he will be buried near to where he fell. You son was a good and gallant soldier, liked by everyone, officers and men, and his loss will be severely felt in this battery. I can only add once more that we all feel for you in your grief, and that you have all our heartfelt sympathy".

W H Breare letter

I lament to say that my soldier friend Gunner F Padgett (the only son of his mother) has been killed in action. His mother, who lives at 36 Mount Street, Oatlands, has heard that he was killed instantly by a German shell and suffered no pain.


Harrogate Herald - 11th July 1917

W H Breare letter

Corporal S Sm A Suffield, 50th Battalion, RFA, is a son of Mr J Suffield, 18 Ashfield Terrace, Harrogate, van driver for the NER. The son has been nine years in the regular Army nearly three years, next month, in France. His last leave was in November, 1915. You will remember Padgett. He was Suffield's best chum, and was killed the other week. My visitor had seen our old friend Patsy Donovan; Sergeant Elsworth, RE, son of Mr Elsworth, blacksmith, Tower Street; Frank Leggatt, of Oatlands and the Somerset Light Infantry; and Fred Ward. The latter he had not seen since the Somme last year. Ward is a son of our clever Corporation head gardener. Mr H Ward, who, you will remember with regret, had a son killed at the front. Suffield also saw, about six weeks ago, Gibson, of the West Yorks, who lived at High Harrogate. His brother Corporal H Suffield, of the West Yorks, has been wounded for the third time. The last occasion through the ankle. He is in hospital in London. When he received his third wound he had only been back from leave, after his second wound, a short time, when caught again.


Harrogate Herald - 18th July 1917

W H Breare letter

Gunner F Padgett was one of seven of my soldier boys who were together in the same regiment. You will remember with the same regret that I do his death. On Monday I was privileged to see a letter from one of his comrades describing how he died. I will quote his friend's words : "He was sent on a bicycle from the guns with a message. On his return journey the enemy was shelling the road. He was hit, where, I could not say, and died instantly, suffering no pain whatsoever. He was buried about eight or nine miles behind the firing line in a churchyard. I would like to mention the place, but the censor won't allow it. We have erected a cross in memory of him. Fred and myself were great friends, in fact, he was a friend of everyone in the battalion; so you can imagine how he is missed by us".


Harrogate Herald 19th May 1920

In loving memory of a dear son and brother, Gunner F Padgett, RFA, killed in action May 21st, 1917 From his loving mother and sisters.


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