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Harold Winstanley was born in Manchester in 1888.  He was the son of Mary Ann and James Winstanley, and husband of Betty Winstanley of 7 Anglesea Avenue, Harpurhey, Manchester.

During the First World War Harold enlisted in the Army, joining the 7th (Service) Battalion with the number 33251. 

Private Harold Winstanley landed in France sometime after January 1916, and during the next two years was appointed Lance Corporal.

Harold was killed in action on 22nd January 1918.  Unfortunately the War Diary for the date of his death has not been digitised, and the Regimental History makes no references to any actions taking place on this date.  It is probably most likely that he was killed by shell-fire or during a patrol as six other men of the Battalion died alongside him.

33122 PTE. A. J. HARRIS. L.N.LAN.R
27679 PTE. W. HOUGH. L.N.LAN.R
19489 PTE. J. HURST. L.N.LAN.R
17761 PTE. C. E. McGURN. L.N.LAN.R

The seven men were buried at the Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery at Villers-Plouich. The 7th Battalion were disbanded just over a fortnight after they were killed.

Betty would have received the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll in recognition of her late husband’s sacrifice.

Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 33251
Date of Death: 22/01/1918
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 7th Bn.

There is very little information about Harold as unfortunately his service papers appear not to have survived.

Note: Harold’s cousin, Stanley Clifford Winstanley served with the 4th (Territorial) Battalion and was killed in October 1917.

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One Response to 33251 LCPL. H. WINSTANLEY. L.N.LAN.R

  1. admin says:

    The 7th (Service) Battalion War Diary for Jun 1917 – Jan 1918 can be viewed in person at the National Archives, Kew. Reference number: WO 95/2080/4 http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=C14053991

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