OLDFIELD Harold

Harold OLDFIELD

The CWGC record Harold as the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oldfield, of Bradford; husband of Mary Agnes Hird (formerly Oldfield), of 12, Smithy Fold, Clayton Heights, Queensbury. Harold married Mary in 1913 and it is believed they had one child, Doris, born in September 1918. Mary remarried in 1920 at St Johns, Clayton.

Harold served in B Company, 8th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) and was killed in action on 20th October 1918 aged 26.

At 03:50hrs on 20th October the Battalion left Quievy and moved up towards Solesmes crossing the river Selle by 06:30hrs. Thirty minutes later they attacked the enemy positions with A Company (Coy) and D Coy leading the advance. B Coy were tasked with clearing ground to the west of the railway line and suffered heavy casualties from shelling and well sited machine guns. By 10:00hrs all objectives were captured.

Battalion casualties were: Officers, Wounded 2. Other Ranks, Killed 12, Wounded 74, Missing 11. The war diary notes that the bulk of casualties were from B Company.

Harold is buried at QUIEVY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION (B.2).