Harford Harman Kearley

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 2/5th
Rank / Service No: Serjeant, 240484
Died: 23rd November 1918, aged 20 years
Buried: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt (F.132)

 

Harford was the second of 5 siblings born to Alfred Thomas and Florence Kearley (nee White or Perrin), who married in Southampton in 1897.

Interestingly, some of the family are known as “Kearley-Pope”; the family latterly lived at 25 Nelson Street, St. Mary’s.

 

Alfred was born in Portsmouth in 1876 and he died in Southampton in 1920.

Florence was born in Southampton in 1878 and passed away in the city in 1968, aged 90 years.

 

Siblings 

Alfred Thomas   b. 12 March 1897 Southampton   d. 10 December 1959 St. Mary’s Hospital. Married Mary Ann Smith Southampton 1918. Left £1169 3s 6d to his wife.

Harford Harman

Florence Lilian F.   b. 16 September 1900 Southampton   d. 1978 Bournemouth   Married Walter L. Warne in Southampton in 1921.

Norah Mary   b. 13 November 1906 Southampton   d. 1992 New Forest   Married Stephen F. Proudley in Southampton in 1930. Married Richard Burke in New Forest in 1944.

Leonard Bertram   b. 3 January 1903 Southampton   d. ??

 

 

The 2/5th battalion was formed on Salisbury Plain in September 1914. They joined the 2/1st Hampshires in the 2nd Wessex Division in the October and sailed for India on 13 December.

They arrived in Bombay on 4 January 1915, the Divison was broken up and battalions were placed around India.

 

The battalion embarked for Egypt in March 1917 and transferred to the 233rd Brigade in the 75th Division in the April.

 

In the early part of WW1, Kantara was an important point in the defence of Suez against Turkish attacks. It marked the starting point of the new railway east towards Sinai and Palestine, begun in January 1916.

 

The town developed into a major hospital centre and the cemetery was begun in February 1916.

 

It was more than doubled in size after the Armistice, when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and battlefields.

 

It now holds 1562 Commonwealth WW1 graves.

 

Harford succumbed to malaria, probably whilst fighting the Turks in Palestine.

 

His headstone reads: “Dearly loved, sadly missed.”

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th October 2016
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