Biography – Gunner Harry Booth

Biography – Harry Booth
Royal Garrison Artillery RGA Shoulder Title Died 27th October 1917. Age 21

Family situation

  • Born in Pipe Gate but was living with parents, Frank and Matilda, at Balterley when he enlisted; 5 of his siblings also lived there.
  • He was the second son and the only one of the family not to have been born in Betley
  • He was 5 ft 8hlf, had fresh complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.
  • He was 19 yrs. 8 months when he enlisted.


  • A surface haulage man for ‘Midland Coal, Coke and Iron Co.’ at Apedale, Chesterton.
  • Because their iron products were used by the War Department, the Company tried to get Harry exempted from service in Dec 1915. He was regarded as a starred, indispensable workman. They didn’t succeed.


  • Harry was called to service and enlisted in Audley in May 1916.
  • In October 1916 he sailed from Southampton for France with the British Expeditionary Force as a gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Later that month he was posted to 11th Siege battery of the RGA.
  • He was hospitalised for 2 weeks in Feb. 1917.           
  • On 27th November he died in a Main Dressing Station from wounds he received that day.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Certificate