Leeds nostalgia: appeal from Australia to solve 100-year-old mystery

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This week, Stephen Brooks writes to us from Australia in the hope our readers can help him solve a 100-year-old mystery...

“I write to you from Australia, seeking to solve a nearly one hundred year old mystery.

I am involved in a project to honour the men from a small farming community in south western Victoria in Australia who died in the First World War. One such soldier was Henry Price, a 20-year-old lad originally from Essex and Forest Gate in London who came to Australia aged 17 and then enlisted in the war with the Australian forces. He was killed in action at the Second Battle of Bullecourt on May 3, 1917.

“In war records for Henry Price, there is a letter from a Miss N Bird, who wrote to the authorities seeking word on ‘her young man’. It seems Henry was her sweetheart and she had received a letter from him dated May 1, 1917 and then nothing further. At that stage she did not know he had died only two days later.

“Miss N Bird lived at 6 Quarry Place, Woodhouse Street, Leeds. There is nothing further in her letter to indicate her full name, yet she was anxious about her young man. It was another seven months before the Army wrote and confirmed to her that Henry Price had been killed.

“I wonder if it would be possible to find out if anyone knows of Miss N Bird or her family. We would love to know what happened to her and if a photo survives of Henry Price.

“We have not been able to trace any family of Henry Price. They lived in Forest Gate in London.

“I would be most grateful for any assistance you can provide and I can share any material about Henry Price. It would be wonderful if something came up to enable us to let the family of Miss N Bird of Leeds know that Henry Price has never been forgotten in Australia.”

If you can help, contact Stephen Brooks, email: stephen@hqlaw.com.au