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Henry Underwood was born in 1878 in Derby and worked as a carrier for the fruit trade. His wife, Annie Underwood, was born in 1881 in Nottingham and worked as a lace hand. They had four children; Harry, born in 1902, Arthur, born in 1904, William, born in 1907 and Ernest, born in 1909. All the children were born in Nottingham. The family lived at 34 Upper Eldon Street, Sneinton, Nottingham.
Carrier for the fruit trade
11 May 1915
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. Underwood volunteered for service and following training was drafted to France amongst a batch of replacements. He reached the battalion on 27/12/1914. Having survived the fighting at Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 Pte. Underwood was involved in the fight at the Rouge Bancs north west of Fromelles, which took place on 09/05/1915. The Sherwood Foresters advanced but were soon under heavy machine gun fire. The wire had barely been cut and therefore the battalion was forced to fall back to their breastwork. A further attack was attempted, but again they were cut down by machine gunfire. At the end of the day 55 officers and men had been killed and 257 wounded. Pte. Underwood was amongst the wounded and was sent down the line to Merville Hospital, where he died on 11/05/1915. He was buried at Merville Communal Cemetery.
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