Harold NEAL
Rank: Gunner
Number: 97602
Unit: 5C Reserve Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 29 October 1916
Age: 24
Cemetery: Willow Grove Cemetery, Stockport

Harold suffers the indignity of having his wrongly spelt as Neale on the Stockport War Memorial. The correct spelling, as above, is on the Denton Memorial.

Nothing is known of his early life but, in the opening months of 1912, he married Annie Worrall at St Agnes’ Church, North Reddish. They lived together at 15 Sandford Street and had one child. The family history website, CheshireBMD, records the Stockport birth of only child of this surname between 1912 and 1916 – she was called Violet.

Harold was a miner, working at New Moss Colliery in Audenshaw and he enlisted into the army relatively early in the War. In November 1915, he was wounded and was evacuated home suffering also from shellshock. Prior to his death, he had been a patient at the Alexandra Hospital in Stockport but had then been moved to another hospital in Rusholme. His death is understood to have been due to natural causes and unconnected with his wounds. His funeral was on 2 November at Willow Grove.

After the War, Annie moved to 475 Stockport Road, Denton and must have arranged for his commemoration on the local Memorial. Reporting his death, the Stockport newspapers had written his name as Neale and this is probably the source of the wrong spelling on then Memorial at the town’s art gallery.

   
           
   
     
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