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Old 16-04-14, 12:32
Jill Jill is offline
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Default Week 2 Harry George CHATFIELD, Cpl 4798, Scots Guards

Second of the Old Boys of my school to give his life.

Born 31 Dec 1883 at Haywards Heath to Henry and Fanny Chatfield, his father was a gardener. He was christened at St Wilfrid’s church on 27 Jan 1884 when he was given the additional baptismal name of Humphrey.

The family lived in Mill Green Road and after leaving school Harry first worked for the Mid Sussex Times, in 1911 he was a night watchman for the gasworks. In 1912 he married Margaret Milliner and also joined East Sussex Police around this time serving in Uckfield and Patcham. Their son Harry Frederick Chatfield was born in 1913.

Harry George Chatfield joined the 1st Scots Guards and left for war on 3rd Aug 1914, he was injured in the forehead and was sent home to Netley Military Hospital in Hampshire where he died of lockjaw (tetanus) due to the infected wound on 25 Sep 1914. He is buried at Netley Military Cemetery grave C. E. 1589

This appeared in the Mid Sussex Times:
The death occurred on Friday, at Netley Hospital, of Corporal Harry Chatfield, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Chatfield, of Mill Green Road, Haywards Heath. He was in the 1st Scots Guards, and was wounded by shrapnel on the forehead. His death was due to lockjaw, as a result of the wound. Prior to being called up from the Reserve to serve with his Regiment, the deceased was a police constable, and was stationed at Patcham, coming there from Uckfield. He was married and had one child. After leaving school he was employed at THE MID-SUSSEX TIMES offices. He was of a cheery disposition, and by his comrades in the East Sussex Constabulary, and also the Army he was much esteemed.

His widow Margaret received his effects of £2 14s 4d on 27 October 1914 and a £6 War Gratuity on 12 May 1915. She never remarried, and lived in Eastbourne until her death in 1952.

Last edited by Jill; 19-01-15 at 18:41. Reason: effects/gratuity
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