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In May we remember...

In May we remember the sacrifice made by Eltisley man Henry George Sewell, who died in the First World War.

Henry was a Private in the 8th Battalion Suffolk Regiment and he died on 15th May 1917. He is buried in the Longuenesse Souvenir Cemetery, St Omer. It is difficult to say where Henry would have been fighting just before he died, because he died of illness, he was not killed in battle. He contracted Spotted Fever (Cerebrospinal Meningitis), which was a contagious bacterial disease caused by overcrowding, cold weather, and exertion. Henry went to hospital at St Omer away from his battalion, and died there on 15th May 1917, after several weeks’ illness. He was 33 years old. When the local newspaper reported his death it said that Henry was highly respected in Eltisley.

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