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Private Matthew J Packwood

17918 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr George & Mrs Lucy Packwood
Husband of Ellen or Elizabeth (m 1911)

Aged 30 years

Died 23rd October 1916

Commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
Pier & Face 11A & 11D.

Born at Swineshead BDF and enlisted at Rushden.
The Rushden Echo Friday 1 December 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Killed - Pte M J Packwood - 'A Brave Man, Always Cheerful'

Mrs Packwood, of 20 Roberts-street, Rushden, has received official news of the death in action of her husband, Pte M J Packwood, 17918, -- Northants Regt, on Oct. 23rd. In a letter to the widow, Sec. Lieut H Essame, the officer in charge of the Lewis Gun Section to which the deceased belonged says that Pte Packwood was firing his gun to support an attack which the British were making on the left, when he was shot in the head, and death was instantaneous. The officer expressed the sympathy of the regiment and himself, and paid a tribute to deceased's character, saying he was "a brave man, always cheerful, and always ready to help a friend no matter what the risk, and he was most efficient in the discharge of his duties."

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