Private Wilfred.D.Lumb 15/603

Private Wilfred.D.Lumb

Born. 1890, Headingly, Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Died. France, 3rd July 1916.

Wilfred was the eldest son born to Mr George Dennison and Elizabeth Margaret Lumb, at Headingley in 1890. Thomas Dennison Lumb, his younger brother, was born 4 years later.
Both, Wilfred and Thomas were educated at Leeds Grammar School. On leaving school, Wilfred, went to work at the Leeds branch of the London City & Midland bank.

Wilfred’s principle hobby was photography, being a member of the Leeds Photographic Society.

On the 4th September 1914, he enlisted into the “Leeds Pals”, and was posted to “A” Company “1” Platoon, Section “1”, where he became a Platoon Bomber.

Whilst still in training, at Colsterdale, Wilfred learned that his younger brother, Thomas Dennison Lumb had been Killed In Action, as 2011 Corporal “A” Squadron, Yorkshire Hussars. (His body was never found and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial- Belgium)

On the 1st July 1916, Wilfred was out in no mans land, having being seriously wounded in the stomach, calling to his comrades. Eventually his cries were heard by Sgt, 15/400, Harold Green, who lead some of his section out to find “Lumb”

Two days later on 3/7/191 Private Lumb died of his wounds He is buried in France.

On the 10th November 1916, Wilfred Lumbs Mother wrote to Sgt Green, which in the letter held by his family she wrote:

“Dear Mr Green

We heard from Cpl Taylor and Pte Beeston that you helped to carry our son, Pte W.D.Lumb, off the field, when he was severely wounded on July 1st.

We are very greatful to you for all you did for him, I should have written to thank you earlier, but we did not know of it for some time, and there were a further delay in getting your address. We should like, if you will allow us to do so, to give you a “Wrist Watch” as a remembrance of him.

Would you prefer us to send this to France, or to your home address?

Again thanking you
Yours Truly


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