Private 27380 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 16th Battalion
Enlisted: Mansfield June 1915
Killed in Action Flanders 31st July 1917 : Aged 25
New Irish Farm Cemetery - V D 16
Private 27380 Harry Searson was born Q1 1892 in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Parents marriage between Sutton natives Mr George and Mrs Ellen Searson held 1901 King Street homing five children, up until Colliery Banksman father met an untimely death.
Mr Harrry Searson is next identified with all 1911 siblings at Main Street Huthwaite. Household is headed by Mr Edward Brooks 49. Widower Mrs Ellen Searson 40 claims role of housekeeper, although housing still mothers coal miner Harry 19, Maurice 12, Welfred 6, Cicley 4 and Elize 2. Reportage infers later move into 41 Royal Oak Yard off Blackwell Road working Tibshelf Colliery.
Private 27380 Harry Searson enlisted June 1915 at Mansfield. Joining the local Sherwood Foresters in their Notts & Derbyshire Regiment landed him in the Flanders fields of France, where he was killed in action at Kitchener’s Wood 31st July 1917 aged 25. H. Searson was given Roll of Honour on the New Irish Farm Cemetery, Sutton and Huthwaite Cemetery cenotaph
After being reported as missing since July 31st, 1917, official news has been received of the death of Drummer Searson of 41, Royal Oak Yard, Huthwaite. Formerly a miner, working at Tibshelf Colliery, Drummer Searson enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters in June, 1915, and has seen considerable service in France. The following letter was received by his mother from the Red Cross Society:-
We have today received information about your son which we fear is of a very sad nature, L.-Cpl. H. Broadberry, 27446, of the same Regiment, now in hospital in France states: I knew Searson well and came out with him in March, 1915. He was about 28 years of age, 5ft 11 ins in height, well built, dark and clean shaven. Stretcher bearer W. Bower, of A Co. now up the line told me he saw Searson killed on July 31st at Kitchener’s Wood, which on that day was our objective. We should suggest your communicating with Stretcher Bearer Bower quoted above, before accepting this report with too much weight, and are continuing our enquiries. Assuring you of our sincere sympathy in your great anxiety.
From one of the deceased’s chums a letter was also received to the effect that he had been killed.