Private 4311 HAROLD BAGNALL
1/ 6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
D.O.W Saturday 2ND September 1916
118th Brigade. 39th Division II Corps Reserve Army.
Buried Puchevillers British Cemetery Somme France. Grave number IV.A.I
Husband of Ada Bagnall, of 18, Mount Vernon , Poynton, Stockport
In June 1916, just before the opening of the Battles of the Somme, the 3rd and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations came to Puchevillers. Plots I to V, and almost the whole of Plot VI were made by those hospitals before the end of March 1917. Puchevillers British Cemetery contains 1,763 First World War burials.
Son of William Henry and Isabella Bagnall of Poynton, .
They had three children George, Harold, and Henry.William Henry was a foreman at Poynton colliery.
Harold married Ada Hepplestone in 1911 they had 2 children.
Mrs Bagnall of Hepley House, Coppice Road, Poynton has received information that her son had been killed in action. He was employed as a miner at Poynton Collieries before he enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment in July 1915. He was in the trenches on the 29th of July this year and died of wounds on September 2nd. He was 27 years of age. Along with other members of his family, he was associated with Hockley Chapel and he also attended the bible class connected with St George’s church.
Harold joined the 6th Cheshire’s - Stockport's Territorial Battalion and trained with them, going overseas in early July 1916. He was part of a large group of re-enforcements. Bringing the Battalion up to full strength.
The 6th Cheshires were in the line at Givenchy east of the large town of Bethune. This was a very active area and casualties were common. On the 1st of August the Battalion had moved to Brigade reserve billets at Le Touret where they supplied fatigues for the front line trenches.
By the 14th of August the Battalion were engaged in field training at Villers, They moved up to the village of Gouches on the 24th and then marched forward to Bus Les Artois 14 kilometres away on the 25th where they stayed for the night. On the 26th they took over trenches north of Thiepval from the 2nd Durham Light infantry with the 1st/1 Cambridgeshire regiment on the left, the situation was described as quiet.
On he 27th in inclement weather artillery had become active by both sides.
By the 28th the weather had become extremely bad with the enemy artillery continually shelling front line and communication trenches. All available men were involved in clearing debris and repairing trenches. Whilst engaged in this task 6 Cheshire soldiers were wounded.
The bad weather continued in to the 29th several trenches had been totally demolished by shellfire, with others collapsing due to the weather, 16 more men had been wounded .
By the 30th under constant shelling, several parts of the front line trench and communication lines were demolished, resulting in 1 man being killed and 10 others wounded.
On the 29th or 30th of August, Harold received his fatal wounds succumbing to his injuries on 2nd September, 1916
The inscription on his headstone states “Thy will be Done”