Harry JEWSBURY
Rank: Private
Number: 300598
Unit: 17th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 29 April 1918
Age:
Cemetery: Perth (China Wall) Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium

Regimental records published after the War indicate that Harry was born in Stockport and was living in the town when he enlisted into the army. However, an examination of the 1901 Census and various family history websites has failed to identify him. The Census has no record of anyone called Harry, Harold or Henry Jewsbury living in  Stockport and it is possible that this was a middle name by which he was known.

Around the early part of 1915, Harry joined up, enlisting into the 6th (Territorial) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment (service number 3181). This service is not included on his on-line medal entitlement record at the National Archives, confirming he did not serve abroad with the Cheshires. His above King's service number appears to be one issued after the beginning of 1917 and is associated with the 7th Battalion. He must have been subsequently transferred to the 17th.

There are scant details of the fighting on the day Harry was killed. On 27 April, he and his comrades had gone into the front line trenches near the Belgian village of Voormezeele (4 kilometres south west of the town of Ieper - then Ypres). At 3am on the 29th, the German artillery opened a very heavy barrage on the British front between Voormezeele and Meteran. This was followed up by an infantry attack of 13 divisions against the 3 British divisions on the opposite side of No Man's Land.

The strength of the attack was such that it forced the King's soldiers to retreat from their trenches. The Germans had also broken through the British front line on both flanks and the battalion was nearly surrounded. "A" Company was, in fact surrounded and was forced to surrender after severe fighting. Harry was one of 21 men killed during the day.

Harry was originally buried near to where he died. After the War, many of these small front-line burial areas were closed as the land was returned to civilian use. Harry's body was moved to it's present resting place where his grave is tended by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

   
           
   
     
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