Harry SWINDELLS
Rank: Private
Number: 1711
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 13 November 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Harry was born in Stockport, the son of James & Louisa, 160 Brinksway. The 1901 Census records James, then aged 40, as a fruit and vegetable dealer. Louisa was aged 37. Harry attended Cheadle Heath Council School and, from his service number,  it is reasonably certain that he was a pre-war member of the Territorials.

The Territorials were mobilised as soon as War was declared and went overseas in the November 1914. Harry could have only been 17 at the time - too young for active service. His age must have been known to the army so, it can be assumed, a  "blind eye" was turned. Click here for an account of the Battalion's early months of service.

Harry was killed in the battalion's first major attack. Details of it are here. Harry's body was never found and identified and he is commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing. After the War, his parents had emigrated to live at 1322 Sellers Street, Frankford, Philadelphia, USA.

   
           
   
     
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