Harold Davenport, 2nd Lieutenant, 122nd Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
Killed in action 21st March 1918 in France, aged 30
Harold married Florence Kirk Lee in 1910 at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield.
The death of 2/Lt Harold Davenport was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 5 April 1918:
Sec-Lieut Harold Davenport, Royal Garrison Artillery, son of Mr and Mrs Davenport, 179 Newton St, Macclesfield, was killed in France on March 21st. Lieut Davenport was 30 years of age and married. He was educated at Centenary School and served his apprenticeship as a pupil teacher at Crompton Road School and the Grammar School. He afterwards went to Chester College and subsequently was given the position of assistant master of St Stephen’s, Oldham, whither he went about nine years ago. Lieut. Davenport enlisted two years ago and was recommended for a commission twelve months later, after having served in France. He was gazetted Second-Lieutenant in due course, and took out a draft to France in October 1917. Whilst in Macclesfield Lieut. Davenport was connected with Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel and Centenary Sunday School. He has five cousins serving in the Army, three being in France, and one is a prisoner of war at Constantinople. A brother-in-law, Sapper T Storer, Royal Engineers, is also serving in France.
Information about the circumstances of Harold’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Courier on 27 April 1918:
SECOND LIEUTENANT DAVENPORT
A few weeks ago we reported that Mrs Davenport, of 179 Newton Street, had received news that her son, Second Lieutenant H S Davenport, a former school teacher at Oldham, had been killed in action. A letter has since been received from a brother officer, which states: “Your son fell in action on March 21st, gallantly leading his men in getting their gun out of action. After fighting to the last he was struck down by an enemy sniper at short range. Owing to the intense machine-gun fire it was impossible to remove the body. An officer and a gunner, at great personal risk, went back through the barrage to make quite sure there was no hope, but the bullet had penetrated the brain and death must have been instantaneous. They interred the body as well as possible in a shell hole and then had to make away to avoid capture themselves without being able to bring away any personal effects… He was very popular with both the officers and the men.”
2/Lt Harold Davenport is commemorated on Panel Ref. 10 of the Pozieres Memorial. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for 2/Lt Harold Davenport, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, 2/Lt Harold Davenport is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church, Christ Church School and Macclesfield Grammar School war memorials.
Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Chester University Chapel war memorial.
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 5 April 1918
Macclesfield Courier: 27 April 1918