“Thoroughly Reliable. Officer’s Tribute to Burnley Bombardier." Burnley Express 9/2/1916
On Monday morning Mrs
Baldwin of 26 Talbot Street Burnley, received news of the death from wounds
of her only son, Bombardier Harry Baldwin of the R.F.A. Bombardier Baldwin
who was 21 years of age, was formerly a weaver at Messrs Stuttard’s
Primrose Mill and enlisted on January 12th of last year. He was connected
with St. Peter’s Sunday School and played in the football team there.
He had been on active service in France for 7 months. He was only home
on leave about three weeks ago, and had been back at the front just 10
days when he was killed. The first word came in a letter from Capt. Thatcher
who wrote:- “With the very deepest regret I write to you concerning
your son. He was on duty in the trenches and the dug-out in which he was
working was blown up by a German shell. I assure you I feel his loss very
keenly. He was one of my best signallers and a thoroughly reliable man,
trusted by his officers and liked by the ranks of the battery. I wish
to express my very sincere sympathy in the loss which you have sustained.
I am sure I am expressing the feelings of the whole battery in tendering
Harry Baldwin admitted to St Peter’s Infant School on 2/8/1898. He was born on 11/5/94 and his father was James Baldwin of 26 Talbot Street. Harry was admitted to St Peter’s Mixed School on 4/8/1901 and left on 7/8/03.
1901 Census for 26 Talbot Street - James Edward Baldwin (30) Iron Rail Maker born Brierfield, Martha (31) born Sheffield, Harry (6) Sydney (3) born in Burnley.
(Courtesy of Denis Otter)