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Harry Hindle was born in Higher Walton in 1897 to Thomas and Mary Ellen Hindle (nee Gore). Thomas and Mary Ellen married in St. Saviour`s Church in Bamber Bridge on 16 February, 1889. Harry had one older brother William who was born in 1893 and a sister Dorothy born in 1901.

In the 1901 Census Thomas, Mary Ellen and the three children were living at 48 New Road, Higher Walton. Harry`s father was working as a grocer in the village.

Sadly, Harry`s little sister Dorothy died in the July quarter of 1901 when she was just about six months old. In the first quarter of 1902 Harry`s father Thomas also passed away and it was only about three months after her husband`s death that Mary Ellen gave birth to another daughter and gave her the name Dorothy.

Living just down the road at number 38 New Road was William and Mary Ellen Furness with their five children. Sadly, William Furness lost his wife Mary Ellen in 1903. The following year William Furness married the recently widowed Mary Ellen Hindle in All Saints Church in Higher Walton.

In 1909 William and Mary Ellen then had a son together and they named him Harold. In 1911 Harry now aged 14, his elder brother William and younger sister Dorothy were living with their mother Mary Ellen and stepfather William Furness in a five roomed house on Bank Terrace, Hoghton. The new addition to the family Harold aged two was there as were four of William Furness`s children from his previous marriage; William (19), Joseph (15), Edith (13) and Elsie (8). William Furness was working in a Calico Print Works while the older children were all employed in the local cotton mill.

According to the newspaper report below it would appear that Harry enlisted in January or February 1917 and was allocated the service number 36947. Prior to his enlistment he had been working at Gatty`s Bannister Hall Dye Works.

Unfortunately his service papers do not appear to have survived so very little information about his enlistment is available. However, the Medal Rolls suggest that he was initially posted to the 10th Battalion and then at some point he was transferred to the 1/5th Battalion.

Harry would have gone to France with a batch of reinforcements and again the newspaper report below states that he had only been there “but a few weeks” when he was killed in action on the 31 July, 1917.

Harry died at the start of the 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) during the first phase known as The Battle of Pilckem Ridge (31 July – 2 Aug 17).

The 1/5th Battalion were in the front line and their losses were heavy with 8 Officers and 150 other ranks killed, wounded or missing.

The newspaper article reporting Harry`s death appeared in the Preston Guardian after his family had been informed.


Harry was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his services to his country and as his body was never recovered from the battlefield he is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

Harry is also remembered on the All Saints Church War Memorial in Higher Walton (below), the Church where he and his family worshiped.

All Saints Church War Memorial in Higher Walton All Saints Church War Memorial in Higher Walton2

Rank: Private
Service No: 36947
Date of Death: 31/07/1917
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.

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