Harold Eccleston

3004/240595 Harold Edwin Eccleston
1/6th Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment


Harold was born on 3rd February 1894 in Wolverhampton. He was the son of Edward and Clara Eccleston.
At the time of the 1901 Census Edward was a cycle wheel maker, and Edward, Clara, Harold and his elder brother George lived at 6 Cardiff Street in Wolverhampton.
Harold attested on 10th September 1914, completing and passing his medical on the same day.

His attestation papers show:

Employment: Toolmaker
Age: 20
Height: 5′ 7 1/2″
Weight: 130 lbs
Chest: 35″, expansion 3″
Eyesight: OK
Vaccinated: in childhood

From his military records the following information can be found:

10/09/1914 Attested
10/09/1914 Medical
29/01/1915 Transfered to 1/6th Battalion
04/03/1915 Embarked Southampton
05/03/1915 Disembarked Le Havre
22/04/1915 Discharged to duty Bailleul
13/04/1916 Admitted to 1/3 NMFA
14/04/1916 Admitted to 1 NMFA
19/04/1916 Returned to duty
24/04/1916 Appointed paid L/Cpl.
16/05/1916 Wounded and remained at duty
03/06/1916 Granted leave
09/06/1916 End of leave
02/07/1916 Appointed acting Cpl. vice Ecclestone to hospital [2827 Arthur Ecclestone, later Lt.]
23/07/1916 Reverted to Pte. (Paid L/Cpl) on return of Cpl. Ecclestone
25/07/1916 Appointed acting Cpl. vice Stevens to England [3397 Edward Stevens]
13/09/1916 Promoted to Cpl. vice Stevens to England [Stevens discharged 05/06/1917]
19/10/1916 Fever NYD [not yet diagnosed] admitted to 3 NMFA
25/10/1916 Returned to duty
13/03/1917 Reverts to Pte. – own request
25/07/1917 Granted leave
04/08/1917 End of leave
04/09/1917 Sick to hospital
05/09/1917 Dental basics – admitted ICCS
17/09/1917 Joined unit
05/10/1917 9 FBD calais OC base
10/10/1917 To England for munitions work
29/10/1917 Started working at the
Clyno Engineering Company, Pelham Street, Wolverhampton
01/11/1917 Transfered to Class W(T) TF Reserve
14/12/1918 Disembodied

From correspondence in his records it appears as if Clyno requested that Harold was returned to them during September 1917.
This was under the Army Reserve Munition Worker scheme.

His address in November 1917 was Little Swan, Horseley Fields, Wolverhampton

National Archives WO 363
1901 Census

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