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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking Harwood's grave at Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, Somme, France.  Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
He was the son of John Thomas and Maria Gorman and husband of Alice E. Gorman of 14 Kensington Road Winshill Burton-on-Trent (CWGC). He married Alice E Wain on 21 June 1915 at Winsill, Burton on Trent, a few weeks before he left for the front.
He was employed at the Beehive Stores, Station-road, Shirebrook, prior to enlisting.
16 Aug 1915
27
117394 - CWGC Website
16870
Private
11th Bn Hampshire Regiment
UKSDGW cites his battalion as 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment. He is buried in Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, Somme, France (grave ref. 1.A.13)
Article published 20th August 1915 in the Birmingham Gazette: “TRAGIC BRIDE. “BURTON LADY MARRIED AND WIDOWED IN SEVEN WEEKS. “Mrs. A. E. Gorman, of Burton-on-Trent, local schoolmistress, yesterday received word from Chaplain A. W. Fletcher that her husband, Private Perctval Harwood Gorman, 1st Hants Regiment, died at midnight on Sunday from wounds received in action, and was buried the next afternoon in the English cemetery. “Private Gorman was the son of Mr. J. T. Gorman, of Shirebrook, enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war in the 18th Hussars, and ultimately transferred. He was married to Miss A. E, Wain, of Burton, who was formerly also well known Shirebrook, on 21 June, and left for the front three weeks ago.” Published in the Nottingham Daily Express 21st August 1915: “TRAGEDY OF WAR WEDDING. “Notts. Soldier Killed Two Months After Leaving his Bride. “News was received at Shirebrook yesterday [20th August 1915] of the death of Private Percival Harwood Gorman, 1st Hants. Regiment, who died shortly after being wounded in action in France. “The case is particularly pathetic inasmuch as he was married as recently as June 21st to Miss Wain, mistress at the Council School, Newhall, and formerly of Shirebrook. His latest postcard to the boys at the Beehive Stores, Station-road, Shirebrook, where he was employed before joining the Colours, received on Thursday morning, [19th August 1915] indicated that he was quite well, but apparently met with his fatal injuries later –– probably the same day that he wrote the postcard.” Published 20th August 1915 in the Derbyshire Courier: “THE TOLL ON SHIREBROOK. “Popular Young Soldier Killed. “News reached Shirebrook last Friday that Private Percival Gorman had found a soldier’s grave. Deceased, who was 25 years of age, enlisted in the 18th Hussars (1st Hants) three weeks after the war broke out and went to Scarborough for training on 1 September. A pathetic feature is that he was married only about two months ago, the wedding taking place at Winsill, Burton-on-Trent. The young widow resides at Winsill, where she is highIy esteemed, and the tragic event has aroused the greatest sympathy both at Winsill and Shirebrook. “Private Harwood Gorman was very popular in Shirebrook where he was for some time employed at the Beehive Stores, and his courtesy and sociability, along with his gentlemanly bearing, had gained him a hos of friends. He was also well-known in Clowne, especially amongst tradespeople. He was the son of Mr. T. Gorman, Division Road, Shirebrook. “The sad intelligence came in a letter from the chaplain of the regiment, who staled that he was sorry to inform Mrs. Gorman that her husband ha been severely wounded on Sunday, 15 August, and had died the same night. He was having a Christian burial, and his grave would be marked by a cross with the arms of his regiment on. In conclusion the chaplain expressed his deepest sympathy with the widow. “Details as to how decease met his death are lacking, but it is believed that he was shot in the body. A sad circumstance is that on the day that he was killed Mr. Tom Brewster. Gate Hotel, Shirebrook, received a letter from Private Harwood German saying he was “in the pink,” and a day later a letter was received by “the boys at the Beehive” from deceased. The fallen soldier had been in France only three weeks. His bosom friend was Mr. Albert Brewster, Main Road, Shirebrook, who only a few days before the sad event received a characteristic message from his friend saying: “There's nothing to complain of here.” All the above article are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Nottingham Evening Post, 2 September 1915, caption to photograph: 'Pte PH Gorman, 1st Hants, late of Buwell, died of wounds Aug 15th. Married June 21 at Wanshill, and joined his regiment for the front the following day. Aged 27.'
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking Harwood's grave at Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, Somme, France.  Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Percival Harwood Gorman - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking Harwood's grave at Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
  • Photo published on 2nd September 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post . Courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. -