Harry was born in Burbage, Buxton and on the 1901 census was living in the parish of Burbage Christchurch, he was aged 4 and lived with his parents (John) Henry and Mary Dugmore, his two sisters and one brother. There seems to be no 1911 census for any of the family members and it is not known when they moved to Bradford.
The CWGC list Harry as the son of John Henry and Mary Dugmore, of 17, Hammerton Street, Bradford. From the Halifax Courier we know that Harry lived at 77 Harmony Place, Mountain and that he worked for Speak and Sons at Mountain Mills. He was formally a Territorial soldier.
Harry served in the 9th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment) he died of wounds at No 10 Casualty Clearing Station Abele (near Poperinge, Belgium) on 21st December 1915, he was aged 18.
From the Halifax Courier 22nd January 1916: Cpl. W. Leach 9th Duke of Wellingtons, writes. “He was a fine soldier and also a good worker. I have missed him and so have all the boys, because he was so cheerful and always kept us alive. All the boys send to you their deepest sympathy as we all shall miss him so much.”
On December 26th a letter came from Capt. M Robertson. “I am much distressed to inform you that your poor boy who was wounded when we started to advance on Sunday, has died in hospital. I only hope he did not suffer much, as the doctor did all he could to relieve the pain and he was taken into a comfortable hospital quickly. He was a plucky, cheerful lad and much liked in his platoon, and never gave any trouble at all. It will sadden your Xmas time, but I trust you will be comforted by the thought of his bravery and his blameless life. Mr Ferguson. his platoon officer, joins me in sympathy.”
Harry is buried at LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY
Fred Dugmore, Harry’s older brother, was called up on 6th August 1914 and went to France on 20th September 1914 returning home on 14th October 1914. He received a slight wound, no more details are given. He was discharged on 29th January 1915 the reason for discharge being “not likely to become an efficient soldier”.