Information about birth

Year of birth:
1898
Place of birth:
Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

General information

last known residence:
5 Hanging Birch, Rhodes, Middleton, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
34098
Enlistment place:
Middleton, Rochdale, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Lancashire Fusiliers, 11th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
06/09/1917
Place of death:
Westhoek, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
19

Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 58 A

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

My story

Harry was born in 1898, the third of four children of Thomas and Eliza Nugent in Rhodes, Middleton, Lancashire. At the age of 13, he worked as an errand boy, in a bleacher and dyer in Manchester, Lancashire.

Harry joined the 11th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in June 1916.

At 7am on 6 September 1917, a raid from the Division on the left of the 11th Battalion provoked a heavy German barrage on the Fusiliers' positions on the front slope of Westhoek Ridge. German shelling then continued throughout the day and at 7.30pm there was another heavy barrage that lasted until 9.15pm.

14 Fuseliers were killed.

Harry has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Sources 2

11 Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO-95-2246-2_3).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources used
Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources used

More information 2