Huthwaite War Memorial Project
RANDALL D. 21406
Private 21406 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derby Regiment 2nd Bn.
Killed in Action 16th May 1916 : Aged 27
La Brique Military Cemetery No. 2. Grave Ref. I.V. 17
Son of George Randall of Nottingham and the recent husband of Emma Sisterson of 19, Commercial Rd, South Shields. David had lived in Huthwaite on Springwell Street, but his army career movements evaded his home details. His links eventually came to light through this following press memorial
Notts Free Press – 2nd June, 1916.
HUTHWAITE SOLDIER’S TRAGIC DEATH - A SHORT MARRIED LIFE
The latest Huthwaite man to lay down his life for the great cause is Private David Randall, and the circumstances surrounding his end are of an unusually sad and touching nature. He was 28 years old, and previously worked as a farm hand. He enlisted in January of last year, his home being in Springwell Street with his aged and widowed mother. He joined the 2nd Sherwood Foresters, his number being 21406, A Company, 2nd Platoon, and was soon stationed in Newcastle-on-Tyne. There he met and married a Miss Emma Morgan, of Chirton Farm, near Newcastle. He was popular with officers and men in his regiment and seemed to have a career before him when the regiment was ordered to the front after he had been married only a month, but the news eventually arrived that he had been killed by a sniper on the night of the 16th. of May. The most pathetic feature of this case is that he leaves an infant son, whom he has never seen. An officer of his regiment, writing to Mrs. Randall, states that he was a good soldier, and his death would be a great loss to the Company. On Sunday the Union Jack was hoisted to half-mast on the Parish Church tower to his memory.
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