Private Harold Alfred Field

Rank or Title

Date of Birth

Apr 1896

Date of Death

27 Nov 1915

War time / or Pre War occupation

Straw hat trade


Clay & Sons, Waldeck Road

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

28 Richmond Hill
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location


Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 31st December 1915
Pte Harold Field


Pte Harold Alfred Field, 1722, 1/1st Eastern Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, was killed by a stray bullet as he sheltered in a tent during a storm at Gallipoli on November 27th, 1915. He was aged 19.

Pte Field, whose home was as 28 Richmond Hill, Luton, had been employed by the hat firm of Messrs Clay and Sons at Waldeck Road. The son of Charles and Ellen (nee Bone) Field, he was also a member of the Territorials for two years before the outbreak of war.

In a letter dated November 27th to Pte Field's mother, Major William Archibald, Luton's Medical Officer of Health until he enlisted and was put in command of the Eastern Mounted Field Ambulance, wrote: "It is with the deepest regret that I write to inform you that your son Harold was killed this morning about six o'clock by a bullet which passed through a tent and hit him in the back. He only lived about five minutes after being hit, and did not appear to suffer any pain.

"We had a fearful rainstorm last night, and as your son's dug-out got flooded he took shelter in the store tent. It was while lying on some panniers there that the stray bullet unfortunately gave him the fatal wound.

"He was buried this afternoon in a little spot just opposite our camp, and the chaplain who conducted the funeral service (Rev J. K. Bond) will be writing to you later. We all paid our last respects to our dear departed comrade. Your boy was loved by us all, was always ready and willing to do his bit, and we all mourn the loss of a dear comrade, who will be sadly missed.

"It would have done your heart good to have seen the quiet, tactful and yet authoritative was in which he managed his patients."


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Pte Harold Field

Author: Deejaya

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