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Private Harold Archie Austin

68479 7th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)

Private Horace AustinSon of Mr William Thomas and Mrs Ada Austin

Aged 19 years

Died 24th October 1918

Commemorated at Forest Communal Cemetery, Nord, France
Grave B.39

Born Earls Barton, enlisted at Kettering, resided at Rushden.
The Rushden Echo Friday 18 January 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

The Gratitude of the Boys - Rushden Roll of Honour - Thankful Soldiers

Mrs Allen, secretary of the Portland road, King's road, and King's place Roll of Honour has received many letters from the soldiers in acknowledgement of postal orders for 2s 8d forwarded to them by the committee, from the Roll of Honour fete.

Pte H A Austin: The gift comes in very useful, and we don't get much money. We can soon spend what we get on food alone.

The Rushden Echo Friday 13 December 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier's Whereabouts News Wanted of Pte Archie Austin

Mr and Mrs W T Austin, of 4 King's-road, Rushden, are greatly concerned as to the whereabouts of their son, Pte H Archie Austin, 68479, 12th Platoon, C company, 7th Battalion, the Queens (Royal West Surreys), who is 19 years of age. One of his comrades wrote to a Rushden young lady that on October 24th Pte Austin was wounded near the mouth, and another soldier has sent news that he was wounded on the chin. A fortnight ago Mr Abraham Gadsby, on behalf of the parents cabled to France for news, and the reply came back all they knew at the office in France was that his Commanding Officer had reported him wounded, and that they were surprised that no official communication to that respect had been received from the War Office. Two days after this official news was received, but nothing said as to his whereabouts. There is a curious rumour in Rushden that at one of the hospitals in France - which hospital is not known - a youth who has been wounded near the mouth can say nothing when spoken to but "Rushden." The British Red Cross Association are trying to obtain news regarding Pte Austin. The soldier who first wrote says "I can assure you Pte Austin was not taken prisoner." If anyone can give information will they please write to the parents direct.

The Rushden Echo Friday 3 January 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Private Archie Austin

Mr and Mrs W T Austin, of King's road, Rushden, would be glad to hear news concerning their son, Pte H Archie Austin, 68479. 12th Platoon, C Company, 7th Bartn., Queen's (Royal West Surreys) Regiments, aged 19 who is reported missing. It is thought he was wounded in the face on October 24th. [repeated 10 Jan]

The Rushden Echo Friday 7 November January 1919, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier's Fate - Pte H A Austin Presumed Killed - A CWS Worker

Mr and Mrs William Thos Austin, of 4 King's road, Rushden, have received an intimation from the Royal West Surrey Regiment Record Officer that their son, 68479, Pte Harold Archibald Austin, 7th Battalion, the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, who has been missing since October 24th, 1918, is now presumed to have died on or since that date. Before joining the Forces the deceased, who was 20 years of age, was employed at the CWS boot factory at Rushden. On reaching the age of 18, in June 1917, he joined the Colours, and he was sent out the France about Easter, 1918, never to return, as he has not had home leave granted to him.

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