Harry Worrall, Private 290849, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 26th October 1918 in Flanders, aged 22
Harry Worrall was born in Macclesfield in 1896, the son of Jane and Charles Worrall, a Silk Mill Piecer of 1 Waller Street. Harry was educated at Lord Street School and attended Park Street Chapel.
In 1901, at the age of 4, Harry was living at 1 Pool Street, next door to the Gilday family, with his parents, older brother Arthur and younger sister Harriet. Harry’s mother was working at home as a Silk Hemmer.
In 1911 the family had expanded to include Charles, Arthur, Harry, Harriet, Nellie, John and Frank, all still living with their parents at 1 Waller Street. Harry was now aged 14 and working as an embroiderer’s minder. Five of the family were employed and all were working in the silk industry.
Harry enlisted in Macclesfield on 23rd November 1914 and after training was drafted with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force to Egypt; here he was engaged in the battle of Gaza, and also saw action in Palestine. The battalion stayed here until they were transferred to the Western Front in June 1918.
The battalion progressed to the Ypres Salient and in October 1918 were involved in action with the 4th Battalion Cheshire Regiment who on the 24th October were in attack in the area south of Courtrai, just east of the Courtrai-Bossuyt Canal. The 4th Battalion cleared the whole front of the Canal from Knocke southwards and gained the final objectives on the Sheldt by dusk the same evening. During the night previous to this attack, the 7th Battalion cleared the park of Bossuyt Chateau, and made two very gallant but unsuccessful attempts to cross the Canal at locks 3 and 4. They eventually succeeded in doing so in the afternoon of the 25th October, joining hands with the companies of the 4th battalion which had moved to the S.E. face of Moen village.
Harry was killed in action on the following day, 26th October 1918, aged 22 years.
Private Harry Worrall is buried at grave ref. VD7 in Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension, Hainaut, Belgium. Harry’s parents requested that the following inscription should be added to his headstone:
“TOO GOOD IN LIFE TO BE FORGOTTEN IN DEATH R.I.P.“
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Harry Worrall.