Soldier – Horton G. – Police Superintendant’s brother killed

June 1916

Police Superintendents Brother Killed

Formerly Of Conisbrough

News has been received of the death in action on May 31,of private G.Horton (York and Lancaster Regiment) brother of Supt T.Horton of the West riding Constabulary (School division) formerly a police sergeant in Conisbrough.

Superintendent Horton has received from the company quartermaster Sgt of his brothers company the following note:

“I have made enquiries about private Horton. At 3 AM he took his rations to his dugout’s.

A lot of shelling took place, and the man who occupied the dugout with Horton was taken out badly wounded. Horton was not seen again after he drew his rations from this section commander. We are all in hope that he’s still alive. I do not think he is a prisoner.

If he was in the dugout I am sorry to say they could be no hope of his being alive because the dugout was obliterated. We have not heard of his being in any hospital. I hope you will convey the sympathy of his company to his wife, and add that he was a good Englishman and a soldier.”

Since the letter was received an official notification of death has been sent from the record office.