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Weld Edward Joseph
72nd Bty. Royal Field Artillery
27 september 1915
Son of Mr. Joseph Weld and Mrs. Weld, of " The Dingle," Pinner, Middlesex
Educated at Wimbledon College and Stonyhurst (1912) remaining there till August, 1914, when at his own request he left to take up a commission in the Special Reserve of the Royal Field Artillery
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Plot I , Row A , Stone 24
27 december 1915
The next six months found him hard at work at various artillery centres, completing his course of instruction as a gunner. After six months of earnest, hard work, he was moved to the Western front, and appointed to an ammunition column subsequently he was posted to the 72nd Battery R.F.A.
Died of wounds received in action near Ypres
It was while moving down the road to a gun position in the early morning of September 26th, 1915, to assist in repelling an attack, that he was struck down and died on the following evening after an abortive attempt by the surgeons to remove the bullet.
His Major described as follows how he received his fatal wound :
'He was moving down the road to the gun position with his men, to assist in repelling an attack, when he was struck by a rifle bullet, which was fired from the German trenches some 2,000 yards away.
Sergeant Greenwood, of the 72nd Battery, carried him back to a house, and medical aid was at once given.
The bullet entered the lower part of the body and did not come out.
He was taken away by a motor ambulance at about 8 p.m., and sent down to the 18th Field Ambulance.
The wound is a severe one, but he was quite conscious when he arrived at the Field Ambulance.
We all miss him very much, as he was always very cheery and bright.
The men of his section speak highly of his pluck and grit. I am sure you must be very proud of your young and plucky son.'
These details are supplemented by a further letter from the Abbe P. Tiberghien (O.S. 1896), which carry the story of his life to its close.
SIR, I am a French Catholic priest, attached as interpreter to the 10th Casualty Station.
As much as possible I attend to the spiritual needs of the Catholics who pass through our hospital.
I am sorry to tell you that your son, 2nd Lieut. Weld, came last night in our hospital, severely wounded in the stomach by a bullet, which hurt him on a road when he was going to his guns after his meal.
This morning he was operated on, and I thought it would be safer to give him Absolution and Extreme Unction before the operation ; he accepted very easily, and spoke a little with me of his parents, of his College, too, because I was at Stonyhurst eighteen years ago for nine months.
Unhappily the doctor could not find the bullet, which had gone very deeply into the stomach.
It was impossible, then, to stop the bleeding, which was found by the weakness of the pulse.
This afternoon he was weaker and weaker, and as I could not find his rosary I gave him a new one.
We prayed together. At five o'clock I was called by the Sister, who was very carefully attending to him.
I gave him a last Absolution, told some prayers, and asked him to give his soul in the hands of God. He did it.
I am very sorry, sir, not to speak English better, in order to tell you, as I ought to do, how I sympathise with you in your misfortunes. I feel so well, that in such a case, all the words which we write must be carefully chosen.
I ask you, what I asked your son this morning, to accept the holy will of God, whatever it may be, and he accepted it, as you will do too.
To-morrow I shall bury him in the little English cemetery, which is near our hospital, and I shall pray God that He will give to your son His eternal peace, and to you the strength to support, as a good Catholic, your present misfortune.