Born in 1894, baptised 30 May 1894 at Kerridge, Bollington, son of gimp trimmer, Hezekiah and Flora (nee Laidlaw), Davenport, living at 55, Prestbury Road, Macclesfield in 1901. This census shows a family of five children, William Henry, Ezra, Harold, Doris Bell and Sidney James Tyson. In 1911 they were living at ‘Barrack’s’, Crompton Road, Macclesfield. It would have been from here that the family of father, mother, Ezra, Harold and Doris immigrated to Australia. They sailed from Liverpool, 13/04/1911, for Sydney, New South Wales, Australia aboard, S.S. “Pakeha”.
Their home was at Graham Park, Karne Street, Peakhurst, New South Wales.
Harold attested at Holdsworthy, New South Wales, 05/10/1915, aged 21 years and 9 months, his declared occupation was grocer. His army medical record shows he was five feet seven inches tall weighed 128lbs and had a thirty three inches chest measurement, his complexion was fair, he had blue eyes and light brown hair, religion, Church of England. Initially he was placed with the 7th Regiment, 20th Battalion. On the 20 December 1915, he embarked at Sydney aboard, H.M.A.T. A29, “Suevic” bound for Egypt. In Egypt he was taken on strength of 56th Battalion at Tel-El-Kebir, 12/02/1916. Four months later he was taken on strength of the 45th Battalion, then proceeded to join the B.E.F. embarking from Alexandria, 02/06/1916, aboard “Kinfauns Castle”, destination, Marseilles, disembarking, 08/06/1916.
Harold was appointed Lance Corporal, 11/03/1917, and he was promoted to Corporal, 04/06/1917. The Battalion were now engaged with the enemy at the Ypres Salient, Belgium.
Harold was killed in action, Friday, 8th June 1917, he was aged 23 years.
Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank H.A.G Carlisle for this information on Harold.