Lieutenant, 1st/4th Battalion Cheshire Regiment.

Died 1st August 1918, aged 27.

Buried at Raperie British Cemetery, France.

Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.


Harold was the eldest son of Joseph and Kate Merle Howes. He was a commercial traveller who enlisted in December 1915 with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He later transferred to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry and in 1916 applied for a commission. He was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from 2nd May 1916 to 5th August 1916. In December 1916 he joined the Cheshire Regiment and served in Palestine.  His unit moved to France in the Summer of 1916 and he was killed a few weeks later. He left effects worth £464 7s 7d to his wife Ellen Adaelaide Howes.

John Hartley, who has researched all the Stockport men who were lost in the war, has established that Harold was with 1st/4th Cheshire Regiment at the time of his death, not the 1st/6th Cheshire Regiment as recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves and probate records.