|Date of birth:||1890|
|Place of birth:||Southampton|
|Died:||14th April 1915 aged 24 years|
Life before the War
Harold was the third of 7 chidlren born to William George and Fanny, nee Booth. William was born in Alton in 1862 and died on Isle of Wight in 1925. Fanny was born in Burton-upon-Trent in 1865 and died in the “New Forest” in 1935. They were married in Southampton in 1882 and lived at various addresses throughout the city, finally settling at 83 St. Andrews Road, by the present-day Jurys Inn roundabout.
All the children were born in Southampton. Harold’s 6 siblings were:
Louise b.1884. May have sailed for New York from Liverpool on 22nd August 1914.
Owen George b.1885 and d.1947 Middlesbrough. Married Edity King in Southampton in 1910. Edith was born in Middlesbrough in 1887.
William Lucas b.1892 and d.1960 Portsmouth.
Francis Edward b.1895 and d.1974 Southampton.
Edith Bessie b.1898 and d.1987 Isle of Wight.
Andrew Richard b.1901 and d.1981 Portsmouth. Married Marjorie D Toomey in Southampton in 1925.
The Hampshire 1st Battalion became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in August 1914, just prior to landing at Le Havre for action on the Western Front.
Harold would have been based around Ploegsteert (or Plugstreet to the Allies) in the spring of 1915 and, whilst there were no major battles in this sector at that time, it can be assumed that Harold lost his life in one of the many skirmishes that took place.
Harold is interred in the Lancashire Cottage Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium (Plot 1, Row F, Grave 14). The cemetery was started by the 1st Hampshires (56 graves) and the 1st East Lancashires (84 graves) in November 1914. It was used as a front-line cemetery up to March 1916 and occasionally afterwards and now contains a total of 256 Commonwealth graves from WW1.
|Published:||9th March 2015|
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