Harold Ernest Scarlett

Date of birth:                  March 1894
Place of birth:                Northam, Southampton
Date of marriage:         June 1916
Place of marriage:       Southampton
Service No:                     2204
Rank:                                 Second Lieutenant
Regiment:                        Royal Fusiliers
Battalion:                         London Regiment, 3rd City of London Battalion
Died:                                  17th September 1916 aged 22

Before the War
Harold Ernest Scarlett was born in Northam, Southampton in March 1894, the son of Alfred W Scarlett and Alice C Scarlett.

The 1901 census shows the family living in Portsmouth.

In the 1911 census Harold was living as a boarder at 149 Thorold Road, Ilford, Essex.  His occupation is shown as Clerk (probably office), he was 17 years old.

Harold married Florence E Stapley in June 1916 in Southampton. Their son, Harold Ernest Stapley Scarlett was born in June 1917 in Romford, Essex.

Military service
Harold enlisted on 17th November, 1914 (service number 2204) as a Second Lieutenant in the London Regiment of the 3rd (City of London) Battalion Royal Fusiliers.

The Battalion had returned to England from India in August 1914 and became part of 85th Brigade, 28th Division, based near Winchester.  They landed at Havre on 18th January 1915 then went to Egypt in October 1915 and on to Salonika in December 1915.

Following leave, during which he married Florence, Harold returned to his regiment and was killed in action on 17th September 1916.

Medal records show Harold was awarded the Victory Medal, British Medal and 1914 Star.

A memorial to the Royal Fusiliers who died in World War I stands in Holborn, London.

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