Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Jesse Firth 1891 - 1917

Jesse Firth Barnsley Chronicle 2 June 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion: York and Lancaster Regiment 
Service Number and Rank: 5771 Private
Regiment and Battalion: Northumberland Fusiliers (24th Tyneside Irish Battalion )
Service number and Rank: 285101 Private
Awards: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death: 28th April 1917 age 26  
CWGC Remembered: Arras Memorial
Panel Reference: 24th (Tyneside Irish) Addenda Panel


St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial

From the Barnsley Chronicle 26 May 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

Another of Messrs. Pollitt's employees has paid the supreme sacrifice - Private Jesse Firth, Northumberland Fusiliers, whose home was at 6 Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley.  When in civilian life he was engaged in Messrs. Pollitt's bakery, having been employed there about six years and was a native of Idle, near Bradford, where he he was at one time a teacher at the Wesleyan School.  Twenty seven years of age, the deceased married a daughter of Mr and Mrs. Charles Dawson of Fitzwilliam Street, Barnsley and she has received from the Platoon sergeant a letter of sympathy, in which he states that Private Firth was in a recent advance when he was killed instantaneously.  He is missed sadly by all my lads.  He was a bright and cheerful comrade.  He was also a hero and if heroes get crowns his ought to shine.  Your husband was always mentioning you when we were together; you were practically the last in his mind before going into action.

Links and Notes:
Lives of the First World War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Every One Remembered

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