GREGSON Harry

Harry GREGSON

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THIEPVAL MEMORIAL

Harry was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Gregson, of 24, Bowman Terrace, Halifax and the husband of Clara Gregson, of 11, Pleasant Street, Commercial Road, Halifax.  Harry was born in Queensbury in 1892.

His parents were Fred and Ruth and in 1891 they lived at 8 Wellington Street, Queensbury, at that time Harry was aged 9 and he had an older brother and two younger sisters.  1901 saw the family living at Bowman Terrace with the addition of four more children, three girls, one boy.  Harry was then working as a general labourer.

Harry married Emily Ann Firth on 26th December 1903 at Halifax Parish Church, their marriage was short as Emily died between April-June 1904 at the age of 23.

In February 1907 Harry married Clara Milnes at Halifax Parish Church.  In 1911 Harry and Clara lived at 20 Back Brinton Terrace, Hanson Lane and they had a son Herbert aged 7 months, the census also records that the couple had lost two children, before the birth of Herbert.

Harry served in the 2nd Battalion. King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI), having previously served in the West Riding Regiment.  He was killed in action on 14th April 1917, aged 34. Harry is commemorated on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL (Pier and Face 11 C and 12).

14th April 1917 saw the 2nd Battalion. KOYLI capture Fayet (a village to the west of St Quentin) the war diary gives a very detailed account of the action, in which the Battalion suffered heavy Officer casualties (killed, wounded), Other Rank casualties were; 36 killed, 69 wounded, 14 missing.