Rank: Private
Number: 2476
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 November 1916
Age: 20
Cemetery: Contay British Cemetery, Somme, France

Harold’s parents, Walter and Martha Elizabeth, lived at 56 Adelaide Road, Stockport. He worked at Johnson’s Park Mill Manufacturing Company in the town and, in September 1914, Harold enlisted. He probably went overseas in the following January.

On 13 November, the Cheshires took part in their first major attack (click here for details). Harold was wounded sometime during the day. He was taken from the battlefield and given first aid. He was then evacuated to Contay, some 20 – 25 kilometres away. Here he would have received full medical attention at either 9th or 49th casualty Clearing Station, but nothing could be done to save his life.

The local newspaper, reporting his death, noted that he had a brother serving in the Army. Although not named, research indicates that he probably survived the war, as no-one with a family connection has been traced amongst the casualties.

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