Harry ADSHEAD
Rank: Private
Number: 60256
Unit: 113th Company MACHINE GUN CORPS (ROYAL WELCH FUSILERS ON MEMORIAL)
Date of Death: 12 June 1917
Age: 33
Cemetery: Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Harry was the third child and second son of bricklayer, Jeremiah Adshead, and his wife Alice. The family home for many years was at 41 Bent’s Lane, Bredbury and Harry lived there until 1905 when he married Annie Ethel Davenport. The service was at Holy Trinity Church, Gee Cross. They set up home in Portwood where, in 1917, Alice was living at Barton Street with their only child, Lucy, born in 1905.

Harry worked for Bredbury hat manufacturers, Joseph Ward Ltd, until he enlisted into the army. The family worshipped at St Paul’s Church, Portwood and the congregation would hold a memorial service for him on 1 July 1917. His commemoration on the Bredbury War Memorial records that he served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers but there is nothing to corroborate this. Army records published after the war indicate his first unit was the Cheshire Regiment. His service number, 44015, suggests that he enlisted around the middle of 1915 but he never served abroad with the Cheshires and was transferred to the specialist Machine Gun Corps after he had finished his training.

11 June 1917 was a relatively quiet day in the trenches  near the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper) but the Company’s war diary notes that the artillery of the opposing armies were active in the late morning and, again, during the middle of the afternoon. Some time during this period, Harry was badly wounded and was evacuated to a field hospital some 20 miles away at Poperinge where he died the next day.

   
           
   
     
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