Saturday 10 January 2015

The Noble Death of Corporal Goldsmith

Sunday 10th January 1915: Quarter Master Sergeant O. H. Perkins of the 1st Bedfords has told us of the death of Old Bedford Modernian, Corporal Hubert Goldsmith of 20 Saint Andrew’s Road, Bedford which occurred today at Wulvergem, south of Ypres: “He died a hero, went out of his trench to dress a wounded comrade (voluntarily) like a gallant soldier”.

“It might be some small comfort to you to know that he can have had no pain. I have lost a good and promising NCO, one of the best. His future was certain, had God spared him. He was buried in a soldier’s grave just inside a farm close to where he fell. The Captain of his Company read the burial service and all his comrades who could be spared from the trenches attended the sad ceremony”(1).

Source: Bedfordshire Times 5th February 1915

(1) He belonged to A Company, was 19 and is buried at RE Farm Cemetery.

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