Born 1894 at Bollington, son of police constable, James and Elizabeth Ellen (nee Eades), Harrop. Harry was the eldest of five children; he had two brothers, James and Albert, and two younger sisters, Ada and Lilian. In 1901, he was living with his parents at 10, James Street, Stockport; he was employed as a blacksmiths striker. By 1911, they had moved to 205, Shaw Heath, Stockport.
Harry enlisted at Stockport; he was a pre-war member of the Territorial Army and would have been mobilised when war was declared, he was drafted with the British Expeditionary Force to France.
The pre-war Territorials were mobilised on the day war was declared - Tuesday, 4 August 1914. By the evening, many men had gathered at Stockport's Armoury. They were paraded and sent home till the next morning. By the Sunday, the full complement of men had been assembled. The vast majority volunteered for overseas service and they marched off to Edgeley Station to begin training. This was initially at Church Stretton in Shropshire and, later, at Northampton.
During October, the Battalion's Adjutant noted the poor physique of many of the recruits. This coupled with what he also regarded as poor discipline (due to the fact that soldiers and their NCOs were often friends and neighbours) was making for a difficult time. However, by 9 November, the Battalion was deemed ready to go on active service landing at Le Havre on the 10th November 1914.
In the second quarter of 1917, Harry married, Elizabeth Mary Plested, registered at Stockport, they set up home at 50, Lingard Street, Reddish.
According to the booklet “Stockport Lads Together” by David Kelsall harry was wounded three times during his war service but died of influenza whilst in hospital.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank H.A.G Carlisle and John Hartley for the information on Harry.