Harold Charles Bisson

Date of birth: 1888
Place of birth: Walworth, London
Service No.: 167978
Rank: Gunner
Regiment / Division: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 237th Siege Battery battalion
Died: 21 May 1918, aged 29 years
Buried: Choques Military Cemetery, France (Plot VI, Row A, Grave 16)

Life before the War

Harold was the youngest of 6 siblings born to George William and Elizabeth A. C. Bisson, who married in Jersey in 1865.

Both George and Elizabeth were born on Jersey, and both in 1845. Elizabeth died in Southampton in 1918 and George passed away in Cardiff two years later.


  1. George William   b. 1867 Jersey   d. 1944 Whitstable   Married Annie Eliza Eve in Camberwell in 1890.
  2. Elizabeth Ann    b. 1869 Jersey   d. 1927 Croydon   Married Philip Garnier in Southwark in 1898.
  3. Alfred John   b. 1871 Walworth   d. 1949 Romford   Married Minnie Eliza Ashby in Southwark in 1891.
  4. Sydney Francis   b. 1878 Walworth   d. 1946 Westminster   Married Elsie Nurse in Camberwell in 1897.
  5. Ernest    b. 3.8.1880 Southwark   d.  1964 Massachusetts
  6. Harold Charles

Harold married Eliza Ann CatherineClerke in Camberwell on 16 April 1911. She was born in Southwark in 1889 and died in Southampton in 1978.

The couple had 2 children…….

  1. Harold W W   b. 1912 Southampton   d. ??   Married Joan I. Windebank in New Forest in 1944. Lived in Lyndhurst for years and still alive in 1984.
  2. Gladys Patricia    b. 1914 Southampton    d. 18.1.2009    Married Leslie G. York in Southampton in 1941. Living at 42 Raymond Road, SO15 5AL.

It is probable that Harold died of wounds received during actions around the French town of Bethune on April 18th.

War Service

The Allied 6th Army attacked the well-set German defences but was repulsed. Harold was probably assigned to the No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station with his wounds, which was based in the town of Chocques from January 1915. The town was occupied by Commonwealth forces from autumn 1914 until the end of the war, and was the HQ for 1 Corps.

The cemetery grew considerably after the Armistice, when a large number of isolated graves and small graveyards were brought in from the countryside between Bethune and Chocques. It now contains 1801 Commonwealth burials from WW1.

Harold’s headstone reads: “In the midst of life we are in death.”

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 10/08/2015

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Many thanks.

4 responses to “Harold Charles Bisson

  1. Graham Etherington

    My Great Great Grand Father is buried alongside Harold – Fred Wilson from York. I’ve compiled a .ppt war history of their efforts and they certainly fought a good campaign. We visited their grave earlier this year. Extremely moving. Contact me for more info, if I can be of assistance then I will gladly offer up my findings

  2. Graham Etherington

    If you have any info on how Harold came to be in Chocque clearing station when he died then it’d be much appreciated if you could let me have that info pls

  3. Graham Etherington

    P.s – Fred Wilson is named on St Oswald York cenotaph & named in the York book of ww1 heroes. Next weekend we will be meeting to remember them.

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