Private Horace Panther 15/1115

Private Horace Panther 15/1115

Born Holbeck, Leeds 1895.

Killed in action France 1st of July 1916.

Horace was the youngest of four children born to John George Panther a widower and the late Emily Panther, at the time of enlistment Horace was working at a local Grocers, in Holbeck, he joined the Pals in may 1915 serving with number 6 platoon of B company in Colsterdale Egypt and France.

On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic with only minimal advances made.
The initial attack was a failure.

Like so many of the Pals he lost his life on the first day of the battle of the Somme, having no known grave he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial

His only brother John Wilfred served in the merchant navy during WW1,and survived the war, his only child Jack served with the Royal Air force during world war two.

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