Desborough, Harry

Harry Desborough, Private 60227, Machine Gun Corps, formerly 45580, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 24th October 1918 in France, aged 29 years



Harry Desborough was born in 1889 at Woodborough, Nottinghamshire, the third son of Mary Jane and Samuel Desborough, a Stocking Frame Knitter, of Southern Row, Woodborough.

In 1909 Harry married Frances Bertha Walthall in Macclesfield, and by 1911 he was working as a hand silk tie knitter for Messrs Josiah Smales and Sons, and living at 81 Pitt Street, Macclesfield.

Harry was the choir leader and bandmaster at the Bethal Baptist Chapel.



Harry enlisted in August 1916 at Macclesfield and was drafted to France the following December, where he was killed in action on 24th October 1918, aged 29 years. Harry left a widow and a four year old daughter.



Private Harry Desborough is buried in Grave Ref. V.C.7. at Romeries Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Harry Desborough.

In Macclesfield, Private Harry Desborough is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s ChurchSt Peter’s Church, St George’s Church and the Bethel Baptist Church war memorials.

The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In loving memory of Harry Desborough, from wife and daughter.”

Elsewhere, Private Harry Desborough is commemorated on the Woodborough War Memorial.



Harry’s younger brother, John Thomas Desborough, who moved from Woodborough to Leek in Staffordshire, served with the 7th Bn The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was killed in action on 25th October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.


Desborough, Harry — 1 Comment

  1. I am the Great Grandson of Harry Desborough, I remember Harry’s wife ( Bertha Francis ) I would visit my Great Grandmother nearly every dinner time as I went to the local secondary school ( Central School For Boys on Byron Street Macclesfield )
    My Great Grandmother never remarried after Harry was KIA, she brought up her daughter Edna ( my Grandmother ) with her sister Phemie, I never heard my Great Grandmother talk about Harry ever.
    I am the only person from the family to ever to visit Harry’s grave in Romeries France and I feel blessed that I did, Bertha lived to be nearly 100.
    Craig Smith

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