Henry GRANT
Rank: Private
Number: 4385
Unit: 11th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 8 August 1916
Age: 35
Cemetery: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France

Henry was born in Pontefract but was living at 9 Orme Street, Stockport when he enlisted into the army. He was married, had two children and worked at Ark Mill, Lower Bredbury.

His service number confirms that he was an early volunteer, enlisting at Ashton under Lyne in August or September 1914, into the newly formed Battalion . In July of the following year, Henry and his comrades left Liverpool and sailed to the Mediterranean where they went into action at Gallipoli on 7 August. He appears to have come through the failed campaign unscathed and, after a period in Egypt, the Battalion moved to France in July 1916.

At the beginning of August, the Battalion was in billets but, on the 8th, took over a section of the front line relieving the 5th Dorsets. The Battle of the Somme had been under way since 1 July but it was a quiet day in Henry's sector. He will certainly been able to hear the British attempting an attack, a mile or so to his east, on German positions at the village of Guillemont. The times of reliefs, on both sides, were often well known to the opposing troops. It was favourite time for artillery shelling in the hope of catching men away from the protection of their dug-outs as they moved in and out of the trench system. This Tuesday was no exception and Henry and four of his mates were killed. They are buried near to each other in the Cemetery.

   
           
   
     
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