Harry was the youngest of Henry and Eliza Whitaker’s three children, their eldest Frederic was 16 years older than Harry and his sister Minnie Laura was 12 years older. The family were a Halifax family and can be found across the census returns. By 1911 his father Henry had passed away and the eldest two children had left home, Eliza and Harry were living at Church Place, Halifax and he had the occupation of baker.
On 12th December 1915 Harry enlisted, he was aged 21 and his address was 30 Sandbeds, Queensbury, his mother had passed away and his brother and sister were recorded as his next of kin, both still had Halifax addresses. Harry was mobilized on 8th May 1916, after training he landed at Boulogne on 20th February 1917 and then underwent more training at Etaples before joining his battalion the 2nd/6th Battalion. Duke of Wellington’s (West RidingRegiment) on 12th March 1917.
The CWGC record that Harry was killed in action on 20th November 1917, however his service records state that he was killed on 21st November 1917, he was aged 23. Harry has no known grave and is commemorated on the CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL (Panel 6 and 7).