Born in 1897 at Preston Harry was the son of Arthur and Marion Bradshaw, In 1901 they were living at Asylum Cottages, Whittingham, Lancashire. Marion died in the second quarter of 1909, registered at Macclesfield. The 1911 census shows Harry had a step-mother, Lizzie Bradshaw and at the time Harry was employed as a silk weaver tenter at the Chester Road Mill. He was a member of the Parish Church Men’s Bible Class and he was connected with the Sunday School.
He enlisted at Macclesfield, at the age of 18 and went to France in the summer of 1916.
War Dairy for the day reads: 24th Patrols discovered Serre to be unoccupied.
25th Serre attacked and occupied. Bn H.Q. moved to Mouse Post, Battalion relieved by 1st RWF in trenches beyond Serre, relief complete 8:14PM. Marched back to billets in Mailly-Maillet. 1 O.R killed 7 O.R Wounded.
Within the war diaries are two documents which support the information given in the Macclesfield Times dated 9th March 1917. This first document shows reports sent to the battalion H.Q. At 8:15am the battalion had reached the first objective, at 8:30am Snipers are reported as operating on the right flank, then at 9:05 it states they had encountered resistance.
The second page is the report of the operation, It states near the botom that only 1 private was killed, this sadly was Harry.