HARRY RILEY 

Rank: Private
Service Number: 265865.
Regiment: 1/6th Bn. Cheshire Regiment Killed In Action Tuesday 31st July 1917 Age 27County Memorial Stockport
Commemorated\Buried YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Panel 19 - 22.
Belgium

Harry Riley had been born within the parish of St Peter's C of E Church, Stockport.. He married Sarah Hunt 24th October 1908 age 19, Sarah was 18. By the time the 1911 census was taken it shows he was age 21, working as a Thread Daubler that he had been married for three years and at that time they had one son also named Harry age 1, the family were living at 2 Peach Court, Brinksway.

He enlisted at Stockport into the local Territorial Battalion. Harry was killed in a major attack on the first day of the Third battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He was originally posted as missing in action. The Stockport Advertiser, in its edition of 1 February 1918, carried a plea from Sarah.

"Private Harry Riley, 265865, 6th Cheshire Regiment, has been missing since July 31st, 1917, His wife, Mrs Riley, of 2 Peach Court, Brinksway, Stockport, would be pleased to receive any news concerning him."

She never received any good news about Harry. Around the same the same, the military authorities will have notified her that they had made an official presumption that he must have been killed and a death certificate would have been issued. Harry's body was never found and identified, and he is commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at nearby Ieper (then Ypres).