Harry GARNER
Rank: Private
Number: 2894
Unit: 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 13 October 1916
Age: 19
Cemetery: Lonsdale Cemetery, Autjhuille, Somme, France

Before he enlisted, Harry lived with his parents, Silas and Mary Ann Garner, at 65 Kimberley Street, Stockport. He worked as a cleaner in the locomotive shed of the London & North Western Railway Company. Harry's service number indicates he enlisted in the early part of 1915, probably going overseas in the autumn.

Harry was killed whilst in the trenches during the latter part of the Battle of the Somme described here. Afterwards, one of his mates wrote to his parents "Harry met his death on Friday, between 4 and 5am. They were digging a trench on a piece of ground recently captured when he was hit by shrapnel and died instantly. He received a decent burial in a little graveyard just behind the line."

After the war, many of these very small front-line burial areas were closed as the land was returned to civilian use. Harry's body was moved to its final resting place, approximately four kilometres away. Lonsdale Cemetery contains over 1500 burials, most of whom were originally buried in similar small areas.

   
           
   
     
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