Rank: Private
Number: 11049
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 17 February 1917
Age: 21
Cemetery: Ploegsteet Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium

Harry was born in Stockport, the only son of Edward and Sarah Ellen Barlow, who lived at 40 Hyde Street.

Without question, Harry volunteered for the army very soon after war was declared in August 1914. There is, however, some confusion about his early service. The local newspaper, in his obituary, reported that he had served at Gallipoli in 1915, was invalided home with dysentery and then rejoined the Battalion in France. However, the 10th Battalion never served at Gallipoli and there is no indication from the records at the National Archives that Harry served with either of the two Cheshire battalions that did go there. Furthermore, his service number suggests that he was, indeed, an early volunteer into the 10th Battalion.

Whatever the confusion about his early service, it is certain that he was killed in the raid described here. He was originally posted as “missing” and it was not until November 1917 that the military authorities made an official presumption that he must have been killed. His body was never found and identified.

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