In 1911 Harry was living at 20 Roper Lane, Ambler Thorn. His parents were Irvine and Mary Ann, also living at the address were a younger sister, Annie and Agnus Whitley who is recorded as a granddaughter. The census shows that Mary had given birth to 18 children (born alive) 10 are recorded as children who have died and 8 as children living. At the time of 1911 census Harry was 20 and employed as a farm labourer.
Harry who had previously served in the West Riding Regiment, was serving in the 10th Battalion. Lincolnshire Regiment when he was killed in action on 19th September 1917.
The Battalion were in the trenches near to the village of Villeret (near Hargicourt) at this time and on 19th September were subjected to an enemy barrage in reply to one carried out by British Artillery. The village itself along with pond trench and farm trench were shelled and farm trench received several direct hits.
Three men from the Battalion killed on 19th September 1917 are buried at JEANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Harry is buried next to his comrade, Private S Fletcher, from Colne, (grave reference II. C. 18).