Clifford HARDING
Rank: Private
Number: 2488
Date of Death: 29 September 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

John Harding (a joiner on a farm) had married Henrietta Chandley in the late autumn of 1887 in a civil ceremony at Stockport. In 1901, when the Census was taken, they were living at 67 Church Road, Gatley and had four children - William (13), Robert (9), Clifford (7) and Leonard (2 months). Also living with the family was Henrietta's brother, Fred Chandley.

Clifford lived all his life in Gatley until he enlisted in Manchester and originally joined the Cheshire Regiment (service no. 40673). This service number is consistent with him enlisting in the early part of 1916. However, his medal entitlement records at the National Archives confirm that he never served abroad with the Cheshires and was, presumably, transferred to the Guards on completion of training.

Clifford died of wounds received and was, presumably, being treated at the hospital adjacent to where he is buried. It cannot be established when he received his wounds but the Guards saw regular action in the month prior to his death, including the second Battle of Bapaume (31 August - 3 September), Battle of Havrincourt (12 September) and the Battle of the Canal du Nord (27 September). In this period, 22 other members of the Battalion were killed; most connected with the action at the Canal.

(NB: Original research for the Cheadle & Gatley War Memorials website)

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