Private Henry Bagshaw died three years after the Armistice from "heart disease and other complaints" brought on by being gassed during the Battle of the Somme. He was born and brought up in Burbage, Derbyshire and worked on his father's farm. In 1910 he moved to Greetham with his wife Alice and their four children. A fifth was born later. Henry worked on a farm before joining up with his friend Walter Brown also from Greetham, both in the Royal Army Medical Corps, in January 1915. The pair had consecutive army numbers. Walter would later die as well. Henry became an Army Trained Nurse with a Field Ambulance Unit and saw action before the Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916. On 4 July he was gassed and while recovering in hospital wrote to his family saying he had "pain all over my body and my throat is very sore." He recovered sufficiently to return to his unit until being demobilised in 1919. But he was not well and could only take on light work. The family moved to Little Casterton where he worked at Tolethorpe Hall. By October 1919 he was in Stamford Hospital where he died on 23 December. He is buried in the churchyard at Little Casterton and his name is inscribed on Greetham's new Roll of Honour inside the church.
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