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Private Hubert Norman Mitchell

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In loving memory of Charles Edgar, son of Isaiah and Elizabeth Mitchell, of Halifax, born May 23rd 1871, died Nov. 20th 1872.

Also of Arthur Ewart, dearly loved son of the above, born June 29th 1872, died June 22nd 1902.

Also of the above Isaiah Mitchell, born Dec. 29th 1846, died Dec. 2nd 1923.

Also of Hubert Norman Mitchell, born Sep. 23rd 1886, killed in France, April 10th 1918.

Also of the above Elizabeth Mitchell, born Jan. 27th 1850, died January 16th 1930.

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(RH side) Also of Harold Vincent, their son, born Nov. 18th 1884, died of fever at St. Vincent, Cape Verde, Feb. 3rd 1903.

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Hubert Norman Mitchell was born 23rd September 1886, son of Isaiah and Elizabeth Mitchell, of 13 Daisy Bank. He married Dora Winifred Page in 1913 and their son, Arthur Page was born in 1915. Before enlisting he worked as a shell inspector for Campbell's (Gas Engine Company Limited) and was a scoutmaster for St Jude's Church at Savile Park.

 

He was one of the first to attest under the Derby Scheme and served as a Private with the 5th Battalion, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Hubert was sent to France as a Lewis gunner in the November before his death on 10th April 1918, aged 31. Dora (a spirella corsetiere known as Madame Page), received official notification from the War Office of her husband's death shortly after having had a parcel returned marked 'deceased'.

 

Hubert was buried at the Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference II.G.17. (CWGC)

 

During the Second World War, their son Arthur, aged 26 was killed on 15th August 1941 whilst serving as a Flying Officer (Pilot) with the Royal Air Force's, 218 Squadron. He was buried at Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany, grave reference 26. G. 1. (CWGC)

 

Hubert Norman Mitchell is commemorated at Lister Lane Cemetery on the gravestone of grave number 1418

Source of biographical information including the image of Private Hubert Norman Mitchell:

The Halifax Courier, dated April 27th, 1918

 

CWGC: Courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission