Harry GANDY
Rank: Corporal
Number: 50376
Unit: 15th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 28 November 1917
Age: 26
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Between April and June 1884, William James Gandy married Edith Ann Beard at All Saints Church, Cheadle Hulme. It's not known if they had other children before Harry was born in 1891. Military records indicate that he was born in the parish of St Thomas' C of E Church, Stockport. It has not been possible to identify the family on the 1901 Census.

His original service number, 4330, indicates that he enlisted during 1915 and that he originally joined one of the Territorial Battalions - probably the local 6th Cheshires. The above later number was issued during mid 1916. It is reasonable to surmise that he trained with the 6th and went overseas expecting to be posted to that Battalion. On arrival in France, it was probably decided that the 15th was more in need of replacements, having suffered many casualties in the opening days of the Battle of the Somme at the beginning of July.

After a period in reserve, the Battalion moved towards the front line on 24 November 1917. They travelled by light railway from "P" camp near the Belgian town of Poperinghe and relieved the 17th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, at Poelcappelle. This was about 20 kilometres to the east. The Battalion's War Diary records that they were "vigorously" shelled as they were going into the trenches and on every day of the tour of duty. Harry was one of two soldiers killed on the last day of the tour. Neither he, nor William Waring, has a known grave.

Although the War Diary makes no mention of casualty numbers for the 28th, it does record that "All companies were supplied with hot tea and rum each night. This was greatly appreciated by all ranks".

   
           
   
     
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