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He was the husband of Kate (née Elms) Flint and the father of Thomas Michael (born 20/3/1909) and Harold Henry Flint (born 6/11/1914). They lived at 43 Coalpit Lane, Nottingham in 1911 and at 6 Parker's Row, Sherwood, Nottingham in 1916. Kate married Francis Felstead in 1917 and by 1922 they were living at 8 Bombay Street, St Ann's, Nottingham.
Harold Flint was a stone polisher in the printing trade in 1911 and a factory engine driver in 1916.
23 Oct 1916
752347 - CWGC Website
6 Parker's Row, Sherwood, Nottingham
2nd Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
He attested 12/12/1915 under Lord Derby's Scheme weighing 112 lbs and standing 5' 4". He was placed in the reserve and mobilised 12/6/1916. He was posted 16/9/1916 to 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment and to 2nd Battalion 28/9/1916. 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment (25th Brigade 8th Division), a regular army unit, had fought at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge and Loos. On July 1st 1916 the 2nd Lincolns attacked Ovillers across Mash Valley a wide expanse of No Man's land offering little cover. The division suffered 5,121 casualties. Harold Flint and other conscripts were posted to compensate for the battalion's losses on July 1st. On October 23rd 1916 2nd Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment was in trenches near Les Boeufs. Although as a Private Flint is not named, the manner of his death becomes clear from the battalion's war diary (WO95/1730/2). 'At daybreak the battalion took up assembly positions in trenches dug night before by 2R Berks immediately behind front line trenches previously occupied. 2.30 pm the Bn assaulted Zenith Trench in 4 lines. The front 2 lines were composed of 'W'+'Z' Coys, 'W' on right 'Z' on left. 'Y'+'X' Coys formed 2nd two lines to support 'W'+'Z' Coys respectively. The 2/Middlesex were on our right and the 2/Rifle Brigade on our left. Zero Hour which should have been 11.30 am was postponed to 2.30 pm owing to fog. At about 1.45 the enemy could be seen working along Zenith Trench from our right evidently with the object of getting back via Eclipse Trench but owing to it being blocked they were unable to do so. This caused them to be very thick at our objective. At Zero Hour the Bn assaulted following the creeping barrage as close as possible... As soon as the Bn started to assault a very gallant German officer ran down his own parapet and got his men up up and stopped us by rapid rifle fire. 'X'+'Y' Coys immediately pushed on to support but suffered very heavily from machine gun fire and only a small portion of 'W'+'Y' Coys on the right managed to enter the German trench with the Middlesex who had captured their objective with very slight loss and the Rifle Brigade on our left did not take their objective. The Bn was collected and then proceeded back to Rose Trench in Brigade Support.' 2nd Lincolnshire's losses for this operation were 23 killed, 129 wounded and 120 (including Harold Flint) missing.
23/2/1922 Flint's father wrote to the War Office that his son 'was reported missing 23/10/1916 and I was sent word some months later presumed dead. Now I have lost that letter and I want to withdraw a few shillings he had in the Post Office Bank I am unable to do so, so if you would kindly confirm it for me you will do me a great favour.' 10/2/1922 Kate Felstead acknowledged receipt of her late husband's Memorial Scroll from the Lincolnshire Regiment and requested another 'as there is two children and it will be one for each.' Research by David Nunn
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