Harry SYLVESTER
Rank: Private
Number: 35376
Unit: 11th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 23 March 1918
Age: 21
Cemetery: Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Harry was the only son of the late Kate Sylvester, Matthew Street, Marple. He had worshipped at All Saints Church in the village and, as a boy, had been educated at the church's day school. He worked in the slashing room at Hollins Mill.

He enlisted, at Hyde, in January 1916 and took part in the fighting described here. He was originally posted as missing and it would be March 1919 when the military authorities made an official presumption that he had been killed.

The evidence for this came from a comrade, Corporal Gunnell from Hyde, who had been taken prisoner by the Germans and had returned to Britain. He had confirmed that he had been with Harry when he was killed but, because they were retreating under the German advance, they had had to leave his body behind. Harry will have received a decent burial by the German Army but, in the heat of battle, they would not have taken care to record his name or even the grave's specific location. The grave was never found and identified and Harry is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Arras.

Further information about Harry, including a photograph can be found in the book "Remembered" by  P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

   
           
   
     
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