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Captain Herbert Norman Constantine MC.

He was the youngest of three brothers of Harlsey Hall, East Harlsey, Northallerton who were all Officers in the 4th Yorks Battalion. He volunteered in August 1914 and was a 2Lt at the start of the War; promoted to Lt in May 1915 at Ypres, where he was wounded in June. After recovering in England he returned to duty on the 27th Sep 1915. In January 1917 he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in the Somme area, where the Battalion had been fighting since September 1916. In October 1917 he was promoted to Captain. At the time of the German attack on the Aisne he was the Transport Officer, charged with getting supplies up to the men at the Front. It appears, from reports pieced together afterwards, that on the 27th May 1918 he was hit by shrapnel from a German shell and killed. His CO wrote of him - "The loyal, efficient and ungrudging service which he gave to his battalion was beyond praise. I never knew anyone who was more beloved by his men and by his fellow offficers."

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