Harry was born in Guide Bridge (near Ashton under Lyne) but is thought to have moved to the Stockport area at an early age. His father is believed to have died by the time of the War but his mother was living at the family home at 60 Brinksway Road. Harry had three sisters and three brother - Ethel, Olive, Eva, Gordon, Clifford and Frank. Frank is known to have served with the army in Salonika in northern Greece.
Harry worked in the cotton industry for the Spur Doubling Mill Ltd, Greg Street, Reddish. In 1914, he married Ada Bromley at Christ Church, Heaton Norris and they set up home at 7 Milner Street. Sometime before Harry went overseas on active service, Ada became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter. It's known if Harry ever saw her.
When War was declared in August 1914, Harry was quick to enlist, joining the local 6th (Territorial) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment and he was given the service number 2769. His medal entitlement record at the National Archives does not include this service, confirming that he never served abroard with the Cheshires. No doubt, he was transferred to the Fusiliers when he had completed his training.
He will probably have seen action at Gallipoli during the summer of 1915 before the Battalion was transferred to the Western Front, where he will have taken part in Battle of the Somme in the summer and autumn of 1916. At some point, he fell ill and was evacuated back to Britain. Harry was at Western Heights Military Hospital, Dover, when he died.
The army would have paid for him to be buried at Dover, but the family must have found the money to arrange for his body to be transported back home. His funeral was on 22 November. The coffin was taken to the Cemetery carried on an open car and accompanied by a military escort. After the service, three volleys of shots were fired over the grave and a bugler sounded the Last Post.