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Harold was the son of George Thomas and Ellen Maria Horsley who lived at 94 Sidney Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne. He had nine siblings: Margaret Ann, Thomas William, Ellen Frances, George E, Edward C, Sidney G, Edith J, Arthur, and Mabel Elizabeth. He attended Armstrong College as a corporation scholar, and studied mathematics, and engineering, gaining a BSc. Before the war, Harold was an Apprentice Ships’ Draughtsman. Harold was killed in action on 1st October 1916 aged 27. This was the first day of the Battle of Le Transloy phase of the Somme. It was a period of fighting in terrible weather which became as formidable as the German enemy. In this battle, the British gradually pressed forward, fighting against numerous counter-attacks, in an effort to have the front line on higher ground from which the offensive could be renewed in 1917.
60 Brighton Grove Newcastle on Tyne (place of residence as entered in the 1911 Census)
Harold is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial in Somme, France.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The War Graves Photographic Project. The University of Durham Roll of Service 1914 – 1919. Durham University Gazette, Vol II, 1912-1929. Armstrong College Admissions Registers. Ancestry military records. Ancestry Medal Roll Index Card. The Long, Long Trail.
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