Harry BRUCKSHAW
Rank: Private
Number: 12278
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 29 April 1915
Age: 24
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Harry probably lived all his life around the Cheadle Heath area of Stockport. According to Regimental records, he had been born in the parish of St Augustine's C of E Church, Stockport Road (although the listing in the 1901 Census suggests Denton). He worshipped at the church and was member of the choir. He must have enjoyed singing as he was also a member of "Mr Haydock's Minstrel Troupe".

Harry's parents, Samuel and Harriet, lived at 60 Northgate Street and this was probably his original family home. Between April and June 1910, he married Lucy Winder. They continued to live in Cheadle Heath and, in due course, they had a son. Harry worked at the Guardian Printing Works, Reddish and, just after war was declared, he volunteered for the army.

He will have gone overseas, probably in January 1915, as one of the first drafts of replacements for the regular army soldiers, of the First Battalion, who had already been killed or injured in the first few months of fighting.

The Cheshires had recently been on a tour of duty in the front line trenches and, on 25 April, had been relieved. Even though they had not been called on to go into action, they suffered casualties on a daily basis. They went into Brigade reserve dugouts at Zillebeke Lake (just to the south of Ypres - now Ieper), some little way behind the front line. About 5.30pm on the 29th, the dugouts were shelled by a heavy German gun to the south west. There were 26 casualties. 15 were wounded, but amongst the 11 dead were Harry, Thomas Bagley and Thomas Dolan. None of the three has a known grave.

By the time the Imperial War Graves Commission was collating its casualty information, in the early 1920s, Lucy had married again. She was now Lucy Hallam and was living at 3 Second Avenue, Oozewood Road, Royton, Oldham

   
           
   
     
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