Harold BLACK
Rank: Private
Number: 27061
Date of Death: 15 November 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Cheadle & Gatley Cemetery

William and Martha Black married in the early 1890s. It is not known if they met in the Stockport area or in America, but they were certainly living in the States when their two eldest children, William and Arthur, were born. They had come to live in Stockport by about 1898 when Harold was born. The 1901 census shows the family living at 71 Booth Street in the Shaw Heath area of town. They now had a fourth child - one year old Emma. William worked as a felt hat finisher.

When Harold originally joined the army he was originally assigned to the Lincolnshire Regiment (service number 34656). He may well have been attached to the 12th (Labour) Battalion which was formed in 1916. It comprised soldiers who were unfit for the rigours of the front line trenches. In 1917, this Battalion was transferred to the newly created Labour Corps and Harold would have been given a new service number. The Corps undertook labouring duties such as road-building, unloading ships, etc.

The cause of William's death, at home and after the Armistice, is not known.

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