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Harold Letts
Female Impressionist

off stage on stage
Harold off stage
and on stage

Harold was born in 1892 at Irchester, son of William and Sarah, and had two sisters and two brothers. The family moved to 23 Pemberton Street in Rushden about 1904.

He performed at local clubs and often took part in Christmas Pantomimes including Rushden Mission Chapel stage events. He also had venues at Leicester and Blackpool Clubs etc.

He had a fine tenor voice and could also sing soprano. His regular dresser was Ernie Wilford.

He served in the 4th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment during WWI and saw service in Egypt. At the battle of Gaza he rescued an injured man and was awarded the D.C.M. The man he rescued was a solicitor in civilian life, and he never forgot Harold's bravery and was a life time friend. As A/QMS 201197 he was demobbed in 1919 and returned to work in Rushden.

in wartime Harold dressed as a woman Harold on stage
Harold in uniform
Harold on stage

London Gazette 3rd Sept 1919

For continuous good work as a platoon commander. He has taken his platoon on several patrols and shown great gallantry, skill and resource. He has been a model of good spirits to his men.

1920 with two fellow servicemen.
One is believed to be the solictor Harold had resuced during WWI.

Back in civilian life Harold worked at Chapman's Box Factory in Cromwell Road, where he was a foreman in the cutting room, giving long service to the Company. He married Ada Bailey, from Washbrook Road, daughter of John. Harold and Ada named their bungalow in Allen Road "GAZA".

Many local people say that if he had been performing today he would have rivalled the great Danny La-rue.

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