At the time of the 1911 census Horace was living at 26 Hunger Hill, Queensbury with his parents Herbert and Mary, he was the eldest of their five children. By the time he enlisted in 1917 the family had eight children and were living at Thorn Tree Farm, Northoworam Halifax they then moved to White Acre Farm, Clayton.
Horace was aged 18 when he enlisted on 2nd November 1917 and he expressed a wish to join the Coldstream Guards. The first readable date on his service details is for the 4th December 1917 and he is serving in the 4th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment). Following several transfers, Horace found himself in the 1st/9th Battalion. Durham Light Infantry
By July 1918 Horace was in France at Etaples and he joined his unit in the field on 27th July 1918. He was killed in action on 13th September 1918 and is now buried at HERMIES HILL BRITISH CEMETERY (II. D. 40). A letter is included in his service records from the Infantry Records Office notifying his family of the re-burial of Horace, he had previously been buried alongside one of his comrades at map reference K.34.a.2.8.