Harold Sidney Shearing

Date of birth: July 1893
Place of birth: South Stoneham, Hampshire
Service No.: t/393442
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: Royal Army Service Corps
Battalion: 776th Mounted Coy
Died: 7th November 1918 aged 25 years
Death location: Canterbury, Kent


Life Before the War
Harold is listed on the 1901 Census, aged 7. On the day of the Census he was living at 174 Millbrook Road, along with his grand-parents George Thomas Shearing aged 60, a Police Constable, and Betsy Shearing aged 56. Also listed as living there were Margaret Shearing, their 26 year-old daughter, and George, their 17 year-old son.  Harold may have just been briefly visiting his grand-parents because his parents were listed as living at 215 Millbrook Road, along with Harold’s brother Reginald Charles (who sadly died the following year) and a fourteen year-old cousin, Faith Thorne from Verwood in Dorset.


Military Service
Harold volunteered in August 1914 at the very start of World War 1.  He joined the Army Service Corps (the Royal prefix was awarded in late 1918), first seeing active service in the Dardanelles campaign where he took part in the landing in April 1915 and was injured.  This campaign attempted to take control of the strategically vital strait that separated Europe from Asia and, although some inroads were made incurring heavy casualties, the assault was halted in August 1915.

After recovering from his injuries Harold was sent to France where he was again wounded on two occasions.

Finally he was invalided home and died from his wounds at Canterbury on 7th November 1918.

Harold is buried at Canterbury City Cemetery, plot B130.


Researcher: Mandy Shearing
Published: 23rd June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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