Harry Albert Hiscock

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Northam, Southampton
Regiment: Royal Sussex
Battalion: 7th
Rank / Service No: Private, G/11352
Died: 1st December 1917, aged 23 years
Commemorated: Cambrai Memorial, France


Harry was the third of 5 siblings born to George Henry and Emma Maria Hiscock (nee Barton), who married in Southampton in 1883.


The family lived latterly at 21 Princes Street, Northam having previously lived at 44 York Street.


Both parents were born in Southampton in 1862; Emma passed away in the city in1904, probably whilst giving birth to her daughter Elsie.

George died in Winchester in 1937.



Edith Lydia   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1936 Southampton   Married John Henry Creswell D’Arcy in Southampton in 1908….the couple took over the family home at 44 York Street. Married Fred Norris in Southampton in 1920.

James Charles   b. 1897 Southampton   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Louise M. Rackett in Southampton in 1918. Married Beatrice E. Neill in Southampton in 1945.

Harry Albert

Emma Eliza   b. 1901 Northam   d. 1902 Northam

Elsie Bertha   b. 1904 Northam   d. 1988 Camden   James Lee of Manchester (d. 7 November 1947) left Elsie £509 14s 7d in his will.



The 7th Royal Sussex battalion was formed at Chichester on 12 August 1914. It then moved to Colchester as part of the 36th Brigade in the 12th Division.


The battalion landed at Boulogne on 1 June 1915 and was engaged in the Battle of Loos later in that year.


On 1 November 1917, the 12th Division moved to the Heudecourt-Vaucelette Farm area in preparation for the Cambrai offensive.


On the extreme right of the attack, the 7th Royal Sussex got into Banteux which had been subjected to a gas attack soon before.

Consolidation took place over the next few days, except for the 36th Brigade’s failed attempt to gain command of a better line of sight at Quarry Post on 24 November.


This failed attempt soon backfired on the Division, because it became apparent that the Germans had assembled a large force nearby.


Hard fighting now took place, with some battalions losing up to 50% of their fighting strength.


It is during this hand-to-hand combat that Harry must have lost his life.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 29th September 2016


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