Roll of Honour
Private Harold Alfred French
Service Number: 285306
Regiment: Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars
Conflict: World War One
Date of Death: 1st April 1918
Age at Death: 23
Burial/Memorial Location: Moreuil Communal Cemetery, Somme, France
Son of James & Ellen French, of Hethe. Brother of Percy.
"Mr and Mrs French, of Hethe, have received information that their eldest son, Trooper Harold French, Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars, has been killed in action. The news was conveyed in a letter from an officer in that regiment, who says Trooper French met his death whilst taking part in an engagement for the possession of a very important piece of ground. He describes the work of the regiment as one of the most gallant undertakings it had ever carried out, and concludes his letter by speaking of the good qualities of the deceased soldier.
Sapper French, before the war, was assistant scout-master to the Stoke Lyne troupe and was well known and respected. He was 23 years of age. His brother, Percy, was killed in action in August, 1917. Mr and Mrs French have two more sons serving in the army.
At the village church on Sunday the Rev. W. Pendavis (Rector), spoke in high terms of the lad’s conduct in civilian life." Bicester Advertiser 19/04/1918