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Saturday 14 July 1917 - Private Horace Halford reported missing

Category World War I: News of men at the Front
The Evesham Journal
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Mrs Horace Halford, of 74, King’s Road, Evesham, has received information from the War Office that her husband Private H. Halford, was missing in France on May 25. Private Halford, who is a native of Wickhamford, resided at Bower’s Hill, Badsey, before the outbreak of war, and a market gardener. He joined the forces September 1, 1914, and after training in England went to France the following February, being attached to the Worcester Regiment. He was wounded in action at Neuve Chappelle in May, 1915, and after being in hospital in France for a short time returned to England suffering from enteric fever. He was stationed for a time at Plymouth, and was sent out again to France last March. His wife will be grateful for any information concerning him from any of his comrades in France. In the “Journal” of December 4, 1915, we published photographs of five sons of Mrs Halford (who has since died), and a letter from King George acknowledged his appreciation “of the spirit of patriotism which prompted this example in one family of loyalty and devotion to their Sovereign and Empire”. They were Private Fred Halford (who served through the South African War), Private Allen Halford, Private Horace Halford, Corporal Walter Halford, and Private Harry Halford.