Herbert Mercer HARRISON
Herbert Mercer Harrison was the son of Thomas and Mary Harrison and husband of Mabel Grayston Harrison, of Whitethorn, Prestbury, Cheshire. The CWGC also say that he was a native of Halifax.
He was born in about 1886 and can be first traced on the 1891 census living at Kingston Street, Halifax with his parents and elder sister Mary. The family was still living in Halifax in 1901, Herbert aged 15 was a clerk. 1911 saw the family still together and living at Levenshulme, Manchester. Herbert was now employed as a Cotton Yarn Salesman; his father was also a salesman.
In 1912 Herbert married Mabel Grayston, Mabel lived in Levenshulme with her parents Harry Charles and Margaret Ann and younger sister.
The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 show that Harry Charles Grayston was authorised as executor of Herbert’s estate to receive his pay, details of this estate can be found on the England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations). Herbert and Mabel’s address is given as The Cottage, Butley-Lane Adlington, Macclesfield. Mabel along with her father received the effects of £175. 17s 8d.
Herbert was a Gunner in “D” Battery. 110th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, he was aged 35 when he died of wounds at the 64th Casualty Clearing Station on 21st April 1918. He is buried at MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY (X. B. 34).
His grave bears the inscription of: “Also Micky, Love is Eternal and Conquers All Things”. It is not known who Micky was.
The Harrison family grave in Union Croft churchyard (far right corner) remembers Herbert with the inscription: “Beloved son killed at Passchendaele, France”.