Rank: Corporal
Service Number:23257.
Regiment: 14th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Killed In Action Monday 26th August 1918
Age 20
County Memorial Crewe
Commemorated\Buried Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval
Grave\Panel Ref: N/A

Harry's Story.

Harry was born in Crewe, Cheshire in 1888. He lived with his father John, a post office clerk, and his mother Jane at 14 Stalybridge Road. He had 4 brothers, Frank, Arthur, Fred & Clifford and a sister Jessie. By 1911 they were living at 196 Ruskin Road, Crewe. He was now a clerk in an education office. He married May Catterall in 1911 and they had 3 children, Reginald, Clifford & Norman. 

  Harry enlisted in Crewe. He was killed in action on the 26th August 1918. He is buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Dept De La Somme, France. I B6.

The Battalion war diary for that day:

  At 6am the attack commenced. 13th Battalion were in front, supported by the 14th on the left and the 16th on the right. The attack went well until the 13th Battalion lost direction.

   Heavy machine gun fire was brought to bear on the battalion and both flanks were exposed. B Company moved forward and drove the enemy out of Bazentin-Le-Grand and followed them up the road to the crossroads, but were forced back to Bazentin.

  Two platoons of C Company were sent out to capture a strongpoint which was holding up the advance. They surrounded the position and took it, capturing 2 machine guns and 30 prisoners, including two officers.

Researcher: Darryl Porrino (Facebook: Northwalespal).