Harold Williamson HIGGINS
Rank: Private
Number: 2460
Unit: D Company, 1/6th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 6 June 1915
Age: 21
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

Harold was the son 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). He had been born in Crumpsall where the family lived briefly in the mid 1890s. Prior to that, they had been in the Sale area and, by about 1897, had moved to Heaton Chapel. There were five children – Margaret (then 14), William (10), Harold (7) , Harry Ronald (3) and John (9 months).

The family worshipped at the local Wesleyan Church and Harold had furthered his education by attending the church’s Sunday School. He worked as a clerk for Hall, Higham & Co, a firm of clothes dealers at 6 -14 Dale Street, Manchester. When War was declared in August 1914, Harold was one of many young middle class men who joined the 6th (Territorial) Battalion and, within a few weeks, he left Britain for Egypt where he spent the next seven months. Some details of this time can be found here.

At the beginning of May 1915, the Battalion left Egypt to go into action at Gallipoli and, on 4 June, Harold took part in his first and last attack. He was badly wounded and was evacuated from the front line to the beachhead where he was put aboard a hospital ship. This will have been bound for either Egypt or Malta but Harold died on the way. He was buried at sea.

Nearly three years later, news would come to Bramhall that his younger brother, Ronnie,  had been killed whilst serving with the Royal Fusiliers.

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