Harold THORNLEY
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 266112
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 31 July 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records Harold's next of kin as his mother, Eliza, 37 Barlow Lane, Reddish, Stockport. The 1901 Census confirms that Harold was born in Reddish. Eliza is also listed, then aged 36. Joseph Thornley, aged 38, a confectioner, was probably her husband and had possibly died by the time the War Graves Commission compiled its records in the early 1920s. Elizabeth Thornley, aged 16, was listed working as a "confectioner's assistant and was possibly Harold's sister.

Although some of the above must remain speculation, it is certain that Harold enlisted at Stockport into the local Territorial Battalion. His original service number was 3187 and this suggests he joined up during 1915. He was killed during its attack on the village of St Julien, on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, described here.

   
           
   
     
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