Gunner H. Playforth



UNIT: "C" Battery, 317th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery


STATUS: Died of Wounds

DATE OF DEATH: 21st October 1917

CEMETERY OR MEMORIAL: Dunhallow A.D.S. Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

AGE: 20

Herbert Playforth was the youngest son of Emily and the Late William Playforth, who had worked on the railways as an engine cleaner. He was baptised in Northallerton on 6th December 1896. He lived at No. 25 Gladstone Street. Northallerton and before the War he had worked as a clerk at County Hall. He then moved to the North Eastern Railway where he followed in his father's footsteps by working as an engine cleaner at Darlington. He was also a member of the Romanby Choir.

He enlisted in the North Riding Battalion in July 1915 and was later transferred to the Royal Naval Division Artillery. Herbert also had two brothers serving in the armed forces when he was killed, one on The Western Front and the other in Salonika.

The Dunhallow A.D.S. Cemetery was begun next to an Advanced Dressing Station which was located next to the nearby canal. It was nearly doubled in size at the end of the War as the bodies of soldiers in nearby smaller burial grounds were moved and concentrated in this cemetery. Herbert Playforth was, however, one of the original 875 burials of soldiers who succumbed to their wounds whilst at the nearby dressing station. Of these original 875 men, 215 are artillerymen like Herbert, who was 20 when he died.