Harry Ronald HIGGINS
Rank: Private
Number: 50218
Unit: 8th Battalion ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 24 January 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Croix-du-Bac British Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France

Ronnie Higgins was killed some 30 months after his older brother, Harold. They were the sons of William and Ellen. When the 1901 Census was taken the family had only recently moved to Bramhall and was living at Cromwell Road (and later at "Ashdeane" on Kitt's Moss Lane and then Ack Lane). The family originated from the Sale area but then lived in Crumpsall before moving, about 1897 to Heaton Chapel, where Ronnie was born.

Like his brother, he was educated at King's School, Macclesfield and then found employment with Tootal, Broadhurst, Lee & Co at its Manchester offices. He was a keen sportsman, playing both cricket and football. He enlisted into the army at Manchester, in June 1916 going overseas a few weeks later, after training.

After a period in the front line, Ronnie and his comrades moved to billets on 21 January near Neuve Chapelle. Although this was a respite from the rigours of the trenches, it was not a rest. The men provided various working parties over the following days - carrying stores or general labouring duties. This was still within range of the German artillery and, on the 24th, Ronnie was hit by shrapnel from an exploding shell and was killed outright.

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