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Rifleman 392448, 1st/9th London Regiment (Queen’s Victoria Rifles).

Died 29th April 1917, age 20.

Buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, France.

Student of history.


 

Henry was born at Belfast on 23rd March 1897, the son of a Morvaian minister Reverend H.P. Mumford and his wife Ethel. Henry was educated at Fulneck School, Leeds where he was a member of the cricket 1st eleven, played football and hockey and won prizes for running. He entered the Univerisity in October 1914 to study history and was a member of the Univeristy Historical Society.

In October 1914 Henry joined the Officer Training Corps, obtained his proficiency in 1915 and joined the Queen Victoria Rifles in early April 1916 and went on to become a sniper. He crossed to France in July 1916 and fought during the Battle of the Somme in October 1916. He fell in action in late April 1917 fighting near Arras. His headstone bears the words “Noe heaven is by the young invaded” which is a line from a poem by Katherine Tynan called The Flower of Youth.