Rank: Private
Number: 265865
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Harry Riley had been born within the parish of St Peter's C of E Church, Stockport. He enlisted at Stockport into the local Territorial Battalion. As will be seen below, he was married and lived locally. Harry was killed in a major attack on the first day of the Third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Click here for details of the day.

He was originally posted as missing in action. The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 1 February 1918, carried a plea from his wife "Private Harry Riley, 265865, 6th Cheshire Regiment, has been missing since July 31st 1917, His wife, Mrs Riley, of 2 Peach Court, Brinksway, Stockport, would be pleased to receive any news concerning him."

She will never have received any good news about Harry. Around the same the same, the military authorities will have notified her that they had made an official presumption that he must have been killed and a death certificate would have been issued. Harry's body was never found and identified and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at nearby Ieper (then Ypres).

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