Project Description

HAROLD GRAVES 1899–1985

Graves, Harold Private 51217 South Staffordshire Regiment
Photograph from family collection

Brother of George and Henry

Born October 14th 1899 in Southwell, Notts.

Married 1926 to Lilian Roe in Bingham District

Died August 1985, age 85

1901 Census

Age 1 living with father Henry Edmund, 30, a brick maker born in Kirklington, mother Kate 34 born in Southwell, brothers Henry E. 5, George William 3 and sisters Jessie E. 11, Mabel 10 and Kate, 8. They lived at The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Age 11 at school and living with parents Henry and Kate, brothers George William 13, Henry E. 15, Sidney 6 and sisters Lilian Mary 8, Violet 3 and Elsie 8 months. They lived in a five roomed house at The Harlequin.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Numbers: 51211, then 43758

Military Unit: 1/5 Bn South Staffordshire Regiment, previously 1st Northumberland Hussars, previously N Staffs Yeomanry;Staffordshire Cyclists at enlistment

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 9 October 1918. Total war service abroad 1 month.

Enlisted: 26 February 1918 at Nottingham

Age at enlistment: 18 years 135 days. Occupation: Gardener. Height 5ft 3ins, chest 35ins, Range of Expansion 2½ ins. Religion: Church of England. Next of Kin: Henry E Graves (father), The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent

13.3.18: posted

31.3.18:Transferred to 2/1 Staffordshire Yeomanry, Canterbury

Embarked Folkestone – disembarked Boulogne in October 1918 and posted to 1/1 Northumberland Hussars for record purposes

21.10.18: Transferred to 1/5 Battn South Staffs Regiment with number 43758

Demobbed 20 September 1919.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory.

From the 1922 Electoral Register

Address: The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent

Household: parents Henry and Kate, and brothers George, Harold and Henry jnr

From the 1939 Register

Address: ‘Rhodesia’, The Harlequin, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: builder labourer

Air Raid Precautions and rescue warden

Household: living with wife Lilian and brother in law Joseph Roe, who was a staff nurse at a mental hospital.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived and went to school in Radcliffe on Trent.