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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
Harry Harpham was born Mar 1887 in Worksop to John and Alice Harpham, He was the second of their 8 children, the siblings being Jane, Gertrude, Fred, Ernest, Alec, Alice and John W all born in Worksop. In 1891 they were living at 36 Lead Hill and had moved to 67 Sandhill Street, ten years later. John Harpham, the husband and father, died in 1910 age 45. In 1911, Alice, now a widow was living in 9 Portland Street, Worksop, with four remaining grown children, all employed except the youngest. Alice was also contributing to the family income by working as a bricklayer’s labourer. As for Harry, in 1911 he was shown to be an inmate as a prisoner in Vernon Street Prison, Derby, his trade being a blacksmiths striker his crime being shop breaking and false pretences. On 30th September 1913 he again entered prison, just about the time when his mother remarried to John Wilson. This time at Wakefield Prison where he carried out a 15 month sentence imposed for theft of money , he was 26 years of age and his stated occupation was that of a cook. His record shows he was an habitual criminal. He had twice been bound over and had served time in prison on nine occasions for larceny, shop breaking and stealing. He was due for release in January 1915 or October 1914 with remission.
10 Apr 1918
31
2750797 - CWGC Website
17019
Private
8th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Harry Harpham served during the 'Great War' using the name Frank Taylor , he enlisted in Mansfield and served with the 8th battalion Leicestershire regiment. His medal index card shows he first entered a theatre of war in France on 15th December 1915 . The army soldiers effects register shows his sole legator as being Alice and his stepfather as John Wilson. Harry must have been wounded and returned to England as on 10th April 1918 he died of wounds at Dover Military hospital. His body was returned to his home town of Worksop where he was buried in Worksop Cemetery on Retford Road.
Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
    Harry Harpham - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
  • Photo showing Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Harry Harpham in Worksop (Retford Road ) Cemetery Photo taken by Peter Gillings
    Harry Harpham - grave - Photo showing Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Harry Harpham in Worksop (Retford Road ) Cemetery Photo taken by Peter Gillings