Harold ELDER
Rank: Acting Bombardier
Number: 79446
Unit: A Battery, 107th Brigade ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 9 August 1917
Age: 21
Cemetery: La Clytte Military Cemetery, Klijte, Belgium

Harold was born in Chorley, spent his early years there and worked there as an Assistant Librarian at the main library. He was the second of the three known children of John and Margaret Elder. The couple originated from Oldham and had first lived in Bury, where Florence was born in about 1894. They moved to Chorley a couple of years later and Harold and Robert were born in the town. The family home at the time of the 1901 Census was 24 Seymour Street.

Sometime between 1901 and the Great War, John and Margaret moved to Stockport. This was probably in connection with John’s employment as a manager in the drapery trade. They lived locally at 3 Colenso Grove, Heaton Moor.

The Cemetery where Harold is buried is situated some 8 kilometres west of the town of Ieper (then Ypres) and it is presumed that Harold’s gun position was nearby. The Brigade’s War Diary, held at the National Archives, describes 9 August only as a “quiet day”. Harold was, almost certainly, killed by enemy shellfire which had targeted the Battery position.

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