Harry Harper

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: North Baddesley, Southampton
Regiment: Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Battalion: 29th Coy.
Rank / Service No: Corporal, 07913
Died: 9th November 1917, aged 23 years
Buried: Basra War Cemetery, Iraq


Harry was the only child of Samuel and Margaret Sarah Alice Harper (nee De Combe), who married in Shirley in 1893.


Samuel had been married to Priscilla Matthews….they married in Shirley in 1888, and had one son, William M., who was born in Freemantle in 1885.


Priscilla was born in Salisbury in 1862 and unfortunately passed away in Shirley in 1892.


Samuel was born in the city in 1862, and he died in the city in 1911.

Margaret was born in Southampton on 9 April 1874, and she married Ernest W. Smith in 1911.


Samuel and Harry were boarding with the Channell family at 15 King Street, in the city centre, at the 1901 Census.



The R.A.O.C were responsible for supplying troops with weaponary and ammunition.

On the Western Front a highly successful logistic infrastructure, largely rail-based, was created to support the front line troops.


This system almost certainly did not exist in Mesopotamia, where Harry’s company was part of the infrastructure supplying troops with ammunition and supplies.


Harry volunteered in May 1915 and served with his unit at home until leaving for Mesopotamia in April 1917.


He contracted cholera and was immediately sent to hospital.


Harry died of the side-effects soon after.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016


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