Makin, Harry

Harry Makin, Corporal 29652, 2nd/7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died of wounds 3rd November 1918 in France, aged 32

 

EARLY LIFE

Harry Makin was born in Macclesfield in 1886, the son of Jane Ann Makin. In 1901, fifteen-year-old Harry was living at 38, Hayes Yard, King Edward Street, Macclesfield with his mother and siblings Alice (20) and Walter (17); Harry was employed as a silk hand.

Harry married Emma Johnson on 2 August 1909 at the Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church, Cumberland Street, Macclesfield. By 1911 the couple were living at 9 Lyon Street, Macclesfield, and Harry was employed as a silk warehouseman. A daughter, Gladys, was born in early 1917.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

Harry enlisted on 1 March 1917, joining first the South Lancashire Regt with service number 40335. He was transferred to the Royal Warwickshire Regt and drafted to France in June 1917.

The death of Corporal Harry Makin was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 15 November 1918:

CORPL HARRY MAKIN, 2/7th Royal Warwickshire Regt, has died of wounds. His wife, Mrs Makin, Waterloo Street West, Macclesfield, received the intimation on Friday. The gallant corporal joined the Colours on March 1st 1917, and after a short home training, landed in France at the end of June. When over on furlough last March, he interested his friends at Trinity Wesleyan School by telling many of the thrilling experiences through which he had passed. He has seen much fighting in France and Belgium, and his passing has caused widespread sympathy among a large circle of friends.

He was wounded in the chest by shell on October 24th, and was taken to hospital in a precarious condition. On Sunday morning, November 3rd, the end came, and he passed peacefully to his great reward. A widow and child are left. The deceased soldier had two cousins and a nephew who have made the supreme sacrifice, and one cousin is a prisoner of war in Germany. Deceased was connected with the Trinity Wesleyan Church, being also associated with the choir and Sunday School. He was a member of the staff of Messes J and T Brocklehurst and Sons (1911) Ltd., and was in charge of their premises at Henderson Street Mill.

 

COMMEMORATION

Corporal Harry Makin is buried at Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny, Pas-de-Calais, France, in Grave Ref. II. F. 13. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Corporal Harry Makin, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Corporal Harry Makin is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park GreenTown Hall, St Michael’s Church and Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900 (FamilySearch): Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church, Macclesfield
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 15 November 1918

 


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