Private Harold Wheatley
Born. March 18th 1895.
Killed In Action. 1st July 1916.
Harold Wheatley lived at 5 Holly Park, Calverley, Pudsey Leeds, West Yorkshire. Born and educated in Calverley was a regular Chapel member and prior to enlistment, worked at Lydgate Mills (weavers) in Pudsey.
He was a valued member of the local parish church bellringers church choir, and also a member of the local church lads brigade, holding a long service medal.
Harold was also closely associated with the church band of hope, and also a member of the committee.
At the outbreak of war Harold was working for Messrs J Walton & Sons, at Lydgate mills (weavers), in Pudsey, and living at 5 Holly Park, Calverley.
Harold joined the “Pals” at Colsterdale, in the second draft, in 1915, and was posted to “D” Company, “14” Platoon Section “5”. His platoon commanding officer being Lt John Paxman Everitt.
Harold served alongside Harry Burniston, 'Jon' Sen and Joseph Flanagan in 'D' Company.
On the 1st of July 1916, during the ill-fated Battle of the Somme, was one of the first 'over the top' and later that day was posted as missing.
He was later listed as Killed In Action.
Postcard sent to Yorkshire Post by his parents
The photograph shown above right is the original sent by his parents to the Yorkshire Post newspaper requesting information from survivors. On the reverse of the card (shown below) is the simple but sad inscription:-
"Photo of Pte Harold Wheatley, Leeds Pals - missing. Information sought by his parents ".
Reverse of the postcard shown above