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Harold S. Boxer was born in Lewisham, London on 23 September 1895. His grandfather was Admiral Edward Boxer C.B. . His father, Percy Claude Frederick Boxer was a bank clerk who was born in Jamaica. There was money in the family; and they had a domestic servant living with them at 151 Burnt Ash Hill, Lewisham. Harold was the second youngest of four sons. The eldest, Claude Randolph had joined the Middlesex Regiment in 1908. The second brother Percy Noel was 10 years older than Harold and was working as an artist (in 1911). The youngest brother Edward Maurice was 3 years younger than Harold.

THE LONDON GAZETTE, 4 DECEMBER, 1914

The undermentioned Cadets and ex-Cadets of the Officers Training Corps to be temporary Second Lieutenants. Dated 2nd December, 1914: —

Harold Stephen Boxer

Harold commissioned into the Loyal North Lancashire and was posted into the 10th (Service) Battalion. He entered France at Boulogne on 31 July 1915.

On 11 August whilst at Hazebrouck he was taken to hospital with a knee injury that happened whilst he was off-duty. This is the last time he is seen serving with the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 16 SEPTEMBER, 1916

MACHINE GUN CORPS (INFANTRY).
The undermentioned temp. 2nd Lts. to be
temp. Lts.: —

H. S. Boxer

In 1918 he was promoted to Acting Captain;

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE 12 AUGUST, 1918

MACHINE GUN CORPS (INFANTRY).
Temp. Lt. H. S. Boxer to be actg. Capt.
while 2nd in comd. of a Co. 19 Feb. 1918.

Following the war, Harold was back on the Electoral roll at Burnt Ash Hill where he had grown up.  Between 1919 – 1922 and 1924 – 1925 he was living at his family home. Although at some point in 1923 he traveled. He can be found on ships passenger list returning home from South America.

18-29 March 1924, Harold sailed first class back to England from South America. He embarked the S.S Zent at Santa Maria, Columbia and disembarked at Avonmouth. He was by now 28 years old and working as an engineer. He returned to 151 Burnt Ash Hill, London.

In 1926 Harold married Isabel V.H Jackson in Greenwich, and by 1928 they had moved to 3, Albion Mews West, Westminster together.

In 1940, Harold was served again, this time in the R.A.S.C

SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 19 SEPTEMBER, 1940

ROYAL ARMY SERVICE CORPS.
The undermentioned to be Lts. : —
1st Aug. 1940 : —
Maj. Harold Stephen BOXER (110577).

It was during the second world war that his eldest brother was killed when serving with the Home Guard.

BOXER, CLAUDE RANDOLPH LAWSON

Rank: Private

Date of Death: 13/12/1943

Age: 59

Regiment/Service: Home Guard, 1st Sussex (Chichester) Bn.

Grave Reference: BOGNOR REGIS CEMETERY, Sec. A.B. Cons. New grave 15.

Additional Information: Son of Percy Claude Frederick and Elizabeth Gertrude Boxer; husband of Florence Gertrude Morland Boxer (nee Graham), of Bognor Regis. Great grandson of Admiral E. Boxer, C.B.

Harold S. Boxer died in Watford in June 1972.

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