Lance Corporal William Harfield [Z1516/4]
Thursday 29th October 1914; Mrs Evelyn Harfield of Hope Villa,
On August 5th Lance-Corporal Harfield was called up as a Reservist. His old battalion was serving in
Ireland and he was transferred to the 4th Battalion which left for the front almost immediately. Mrs Harfield was able to find out more information about her husband’s death from another Royal Fusiliers reservist from Luton, Mr George T.Denmark, who was also wounded and is now in a local hospital. Mr Denmark had been in the same hospital ward as William Harfield at Vailly and reported that his friend had suffered terrible injuries, including the loss of both his legs. As well as his widow William Harfield leaves two small children, William who is five and two year old Evelyn, and an aged father who had been living with the family for some time.
Luton News 5 November 1914
Note: William Harfield’s father Robert died aged 76 in the spring of 1916. In 1911 the Irish census shows William, Evelyn and their young son William living in