Harry ROCK
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 16308
Unit: 12th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 3 October 1915
Age: 30
Cemetery: Assevillers New British Cemetery, Somme, France

Harry was a local man, having been born within the parish of St Thomas' C of E Church, Stockport. He was a marine store dealer. Between January and March, he married Eliza Jane Turner and they lived at 10 Berwick's Court, Gough Street, Stockport.

His service number suggests he volunteered for the army very early in the War, during September 1914. The Battalion trained in Kent as part of 22nd Division and went overseas during September 1915. After a short period of familiarisation, it went into the trenches.

Harry was killed as the Battalion took over a section of the front line from a Battalion of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. The timing of these periods of "relief" was often known to the enemy who would take the opportunity to shell the position in the hope of catching large numbers of unprepared troops. It seems as though this is how Harry was killed. Lieutenant Newton later wrote to Eliza saying death had been instantaneous. 

Harry was the first of 204 members of the Battalion who would die during the war.

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