Rank: Private
Number: 268177
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 13 February 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Tincourt New British Cemetery

Harold is probably the 3 year old child listed on the 1901 Census as having been born in Stockport. His original service number, 15376, indicates that he enlisted in September 1914 and, if he is the same person as the boy on the Census, then he was clearly underage. The number is not one of those issued to soldiers serving with the 6th Territorial Battalion, so it seems that Harold enlisted into one of the new Kitchener "service" battalions formed for the duration of the war. At some point he was either wounded or away from duty for a considerable while. When he had recovered and retuned to duty he was allocated another service number, 45508. This will have been in mid-1916.

Within a short time, he was transferred to the 6th Battalion and given the above six-digit number. This will have been around January 1917.

On 11 February 1918, Harold and his comrades were in the front line at Gouzeaucourt, some 20 kilometres north east of the French town of Peronne. Battalion records note that the men were in working parties strengthening and making good damage to the front line. Enemy artillery heavily shelled the rear areas and four men, including Harold were wounded.

He would have received immediate attention from the Battalion's medical officer before being evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station about 12 kilometres behind the front line at Tincourt. Here military surgeons would have done all they could to save Harold's life but he died two days later.

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