Friday, 26 February 2016

Harry Brunton Scuffham 1896 -1917

Harry Scuffham Barnsley Chronicle 5 May 1917 
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Military Service:
Enlisted: 18 January 1915
Service number and rank: Private M/033842
Entered Theatre of War: 26 July 1915
Awards: Victory Medal, British War Medal and the 1915 Star

Death: died from wounds 17 April 1917 age 21
Buried:  Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Grave Reference: II.E.71

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of Sarah Ann Smith, of 23, Westgate, Barnsley, Yorks, and the late James William Scuffham.

St Marys Barnsley Combined War Memorial

Links & Notes: 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War

A more detailed biography can be found on 
Barnsley Soldiers Remembered

Death notice from the Barnsley Chronicle 28th April 1917
(with thanks to Barnsley Archives)
Two weeks later further details of Harry's death were reported in the 12 May 1917 edition of the Barnsley Chronicle.

"Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Smith, of 23, Westgate, Barnsley, have received several letters from the front in reference to the death in action of their son, Private H.B. Scuffham, A.S.C., which has already been announced in the "Chronicle".  It appears that death took place in the Clearing Station as a result of a shell wound of the head received the same day.  He is buried in the ____ cemetery and his grave bears a wooden cross inscribed with particulars to his memory.  At the time Pte. Scuffham was mortally wounded he and others were assisting the R.E. and were engaged in greasing their lorries when a shell burst nearby, striking him on the head.  The letters received describe the deceased as having been "a general favourite with everyone."

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