LANCE CORPORAL HAROLD MATHEWS

Died 21st September 1918
No. 155740 of the Corp. Royal Engineers.
Born: Woughton on the Green 13th April 1894
Resided: Woburn Sands
Enlisted: Doncaster

The son of Thomas, a carpenter, and Ann, Harold was formerly no. 9843 of the Yorkshire Light Infantry and had also spent time with the 182nd Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers.

A piece from the “Beds Times” of 24th December 1915:

“Pte H. Mathews, 19849, 182 Tunnelling Co. RE, France, writes on Dec. 15th:-
Dear Sir.- I would take it as a great favour if you would publish it in your paper that I received a parcel kindly sent by the people of Woburn Sands, and thanking them heartily for the same, as it cheers us up when we are so far away and in trenches, to think we are not forgotten by the people at home. Wishing them all a very Happy Christmas.”

Harold is listed on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais. This memorial holds the names of 9000 allied soldiers who fell between August 8th 1918 and the end of the war, and have no known grave. Listed on the Woburn Sands Memorial. His army service papers have not survived.

Mathews Medal Card.