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Harold Newbery was the son of Francis and Elizabeth Ann Newbery from Openshaw, Manchester.

By 1911 Harold’s mother had died. He was twelve years old and was living at 61 Prout Street in Longsight (inner city Manchester) with his father who was a butcher, two older sisters (Gertrude & Ethel) and an older brother (Alfred) .

Harold landed in France sometime after January 1916, but probably not until after his 18th birthday in 1917. He was serving in ‘C’ Company of the 1/4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.

On 17th June 1918, Private Harold Newbery was killed in action. He was just 19  years old.

It isn’t clear exactly how Harold died, the Battalion History records;

On 14th June 1918, Major T. G Williams M.C. 1 7th Kings Liverpool Regiment took over command of the Battalion. On the same day, the Battalion relieved the 1 7th Kings Liverpool Regiment in the right Givenchy sector. The usual routine was carried out during the tour. The enemy bombarded the sector on the 19th, and again on the 20th at 03:00hrs when he put down a severe barrage of 4.2’s and some mustard gas. We were relieved on the night of the 23rd by the 1 4th Kings Own.

Rank: Private
Service No: 29164
Date of Death: 17/06/1918
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “C” Coy. 1st/4th Bn.
Cemetery: HOUCHIN BRITISH CEMETERY

LNL Casualties for the period 14th – 23rd June 1918

The following soldiers were all killed during this same short period in the trenches near Givenchy. They are all buried at Houchin British Cemetery.

16/06/1918
28453 Private EDWIN S ELLEMENT L.N.LAN.R
30215 Private WILLIAM HUNTER BEARDWELL L.N.LAN.R

17/06/1918
29164 Private HAROLD NEWBERY L.N.LAN.R
241234 Private HENRY E ARCHER L.N.LAN.R
29403 Private JAMES E CORFIELD L.N.LAN.R

18/06/1918
41170 Private DAVID MORGAN DAVIES L.N.LAN.R
41403 Private FRANK GEORGE DEXTER L.N.LAN.R

22/06/1918
41738 Private JOHN JACKSON L.N.LAN.R

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