|Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry||22379||6th Battalion|
Photos courtesy Jane Smith
Harry was born in 1894 at Crich to Charles Jackson and Mary Ellen Hartle. He worked as a coal miner. Like his brother Charles, he enlisted into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, entering France in September 1915where he was fatally wounded in 1916 by the explosion of a trench mortar, dying in a comrade’s arms on 29th June 1916 aged twenty-two. He was buried at the Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras with his brother Charles present.
He is remembered on the Belper War Memorial, Memorial Gardens, King Street
Medal Roll Index Cards
He was awarded the British War, Victory and 15-Star Medals.
He entered France 3/9/15.
Belper News, 14 July 1916
BELPER SOLDIERS DEATH
News of the death of Private Harry Hartle, Yorks Light Infantry, was received a week ago by his parents residing at Barton Knowle, Belper. Deceased’s enlisted with his brother Charles in April 1915 in the – Batt, Yorkshire Light Infantry raised at Doncaster. Deceased was in his 23rd year and on the kitchen staff, having previously been engaged by Mr F. Neaum’s baker, King Street Belper. A joint letter from two of deceased comrades Private A W Barker and Private J Dunn, was received a week ago by Mrs Hartle containing the information of her son’s death and expressing deepest sympathy. “I am sure,” the letter proceeds, “we cannot express how keenly we feel it, in losing him so suddenly, as we have been chums ever since first enlisting. We sincerely hope that the knowledge that he has done his duty bravely will help you bear better against this sudden bereavement.” Another letter from the deceased’s brother Charles was also received by the mother stating that he heard that his brother met his death after the explosion of the trench mortar, dying in a comrade’s arms some ten minutes afterwards, and was buried in the same evening, he himself being present at the internment.
The writer, Charles, who enlisted in the same regiment when barely 17, was drafted to France in July last year, his deceased brother following in August. After a few months in the trenches Charles was wounded but remained in France, and on, convalescence went back to the firing line, where he again met his brother. Neither of the brothers had received leave since enlisting. Though naturally greatly grieved, Mrs Hartle expresses her satisfaction that her son has died a soldier’s death for his country, and has been interred in a soldier’s grave.
Lieut Thomas B Crow forward to letter to Mrs Hartle extending sympathy to her. “As his platoon officer,” he says, “I always have had the greatest trust in him. He always did his work properly, and as you know I was the means of getting his stripe. Had he been spared he would doubtless have risen higher. He often worked with two of his chums, Hough and Smithhurst, and it may give you satisfaction to know that the three had a reputation in the platoon which had a good influence on the rest. It is often said that no one can realise the depth of a mother’s feeling towards her family, but as I am an only son I think I may in some respects at any rate feel your sorrow.”
Lance Corporal Hough writes to the parents of Private Harry Hartle, tendering deepest sympathy and relating that the latter was killed by a shell when a few yards from the writer. “We rushed to him and carried him to a place of safety. The officer and I did all we could for him, but he expired a few minutes later in my arms. I gave all his belongings to the platoon officer to be forwarded to you. I am forwarding you his cap badge in this letter and a few cards I found in his pack. His death has been a great blow to me, as we were the best of chums. All his comrades send you their deepest sympathy in your bereavement. He was respected by all his comrades in the platoon.”
|Name||HARTLE, Harry Sylvester|
|Regiment/Service||King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)|
|Date of Death||29/06/16|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||I. E. 9|
|Cemetery||FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY, ARRAS|
Soldiers' Effects Book
Harry Sylvester Hartle; 6th Bn KOYLI; L/Cpl 22376; killed in action 19.6.16; War Gratuity £4 10s 0d; paid out to:
11.8.16 mother Mary E £3 1s 3d
8.9.19 mother Mary E £4 10s
His brother Charles Frederick Hartle is also on the Roll of Honour.
1901: Amber Grove, Crich
|Charles J||Hartle||Head||41||Warehouseman at wire mill||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 58 page 2
|Charles Jackson||Hartle||Head||51||Wire tester||Crich|
|Harry Sylvester||Hartle||son||17||Coal Miner||Crich|
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