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Bilborough Nottingham
Harold Edward was the youngest child of Joseph and Elizabeth Harriman (née Poole). His father Joseph was born in Bilborough, Nottingham, in 1847 and his mother Elizabeth in Bulwell, Nottingham, in about 1848. They were married at Bilbrough St John the Baptist on 1 June 1868 and had at least thirteen children, two of whom died in childhood. All the children were born in Bilborough: Thomas b. 1868 bap. Strelley All Saints 28 June 1868; George Edward birth registered 1870 bap. Bilbrough St John the Baptist 9 January 1870; Mary Ann b. 1871 bap. St John the Baptist 19 November 1871; Eliza Jane b. 1873 bap. All Saints 26 October 1873 d. 1877; John Henry b. 1875 bap. All Saints 29 August 1875; Edwin birth registered 1877 (J/F/M) bap. All Saints 25 February 1877; Joseph Percival b. 14 December 1878 bap. All Saints 12 January 1879; William b. 2 June 1881 bap. All Saints 3 July 1881; Eliza Emma b. 1883 bap. All Saints October 1883; Betsy Jane b. 1885 bap. All Saints 7 June 1885 d. 1885; Albert b. 15 February 1888 bap. St John the Baptist 15 April 1888; Hugo b. 28 December 1889 bap. St John the Baptist 9 February 1890 and Harold Edward b. 1892 bap. St John the Baptist 24 July 1892. In 1871 Joseph (24) a miner and Elizabeth (23) were living on Main Street, Bilborough, with their sons Thomas (2) and George Edward (1) together with Joseph's widowed mother, Ann Harriman, a charwoman. The family was still living in Bilborough in 1891. Joseph and Elizabeth had ten surviving children of whom eight were still living at home: George a colliery clerk, John an assistant (Co-operative store), Edwin an agricultural labourer, Joseph, William, Eliza, Albert and Hugo. The eldest child, Thomas, a grocer's assistant, was living in Chipping Norton, a boarder in the home of Thomas and Mary Hill, while Mary Ann was living in Prestwich, Lancashire, with her uncle and aunt, John Percival and Eliza Varley (née Poole). The youngest child, Harold, was born the following year in 1892. The second son, George Edward, died in August 1892 aged 21 and was buried in the St John the Baptist churchyard, Bilborough on 23 August. Their mother Elizabeth died in 1900. Her husband Joseph was still living on Main Road, Bilborough, in 1901; only six of his surviving 10 children were in the home on the night of the census: Edwin and Joseph who were both coal miners, Eliza, Albert, Hugo and Harold (8). Of the other four children: Thomas had married Emma Parsons in 1891 (Chipping Norton Oxon) and they were living in Godalming, Surrey, where he was a grocery manager (Co-operative Society). Mary Ann had married Leonard Jarvis in 1901 (Prestwich Lancs). John Henry, a grocer's assistant, had married Mary Ellen Robinson at Annesley All Saints in 1898 and they were living in Hucknall with their daughters Elizabeth and Ellen. William, a colliery banksman, was living in South Normanton, Derbyshire, a boarder in the household of William and Sarah Flint whose daughter Hannah he married on 11 January 1902 (South Normanton St Michael). Their father Joseph died in 1905 and by 1911: Thomas and Emma were still living in Godalming, Surrey; there were no children of the marriage and Thomas died in Godalming on 31 May 1924. Emma survived him. Mary Ann was living in Moston, Manchester, with her husband Leonard, a commercial clerk, and their son Leonard Harriman. She has not yet been traced after 1911. John Henry, a colliery labourer, was living in East Kirkby, Nottinghamshire, with his wife Mary Ellen and their children Elizabeth, Doris and Harold. John died in 1946. Edwin was a patient at the Mapperley Lunatic Asylum, Nottingham, and was still a patient there in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. He died in 1944. Joseph Percival had married Ada Webster in 1901 (O/N/D) and in 1911 they and their two sons, Horace and George Edward, were living on Queen Street, Nottingham. Joseph died on 31 January 1955; he was then living on Stockhill Estate, Nottingham. Administration of his Will was awarded to his son George. William and his wife Hannah were living in South Normanton with their son Stanley and William's brother Hugo, a colliery labourer. In 1939 William, a coal hewer, his wife and their daughter Edna (b. 1919) were living in Blackwell, Derbyshire. William died in May 1945 and was buried in South Normanton churchyard. Eliza Emma had married Harry Hollis Mills in 1903 and they had one child, John Hollis Mills. In 1911 Eliza was living on Bagnall Lane, Old Basford, and was described as married/head of household. In the home were her sons John (Jack) and Albert Edward Truman (under 1 year), her brothers Albert, a dairyman, and Harold, a farm labourer, and a boarder, Samuel Truman, a coal miner. Eliza died on 26 April 1939; she was survived by her sons John and Albert. Albert, a dairyman, was living with his married sister Eliza Mills in Basford in 1911. He married Dorothy K Batty in 1917 and in 1939 they were living in Wollaton with their daughters Dorothy (b. 1918) and Betty (b. 1922). Albert died in 1956. Hugo, a colliery banksman, was still living in South Normanton with his brother William when he attested in June 1916. He served in the Royal Engineers (175430 Sapper) as a tunneller but was discharged 'no longer fit' on 10 October 1918. He married Sarah Matkin on 17 March 1919 (South Normanton) and in 1939 they were living with their son Eric (b. 1919) in Blackwell; Hugo was registered as a collier but 'incapacitated'. He died in 1962. Harold Edward, a farm labourer, was living with his married sister Eliza Mills in 1911 and was still living with her when he enlisted in September 1914. Eliza completed a form for the army in 1919 listing Harold's surviving blood relatives (see 'Extra information').
1911 - farm labourer. 1914 - groom
04 Oct 1917
838569 - CWGC Website
17 Bagnall Road, Old Basford, Nottingham
13th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
'D' Coy. 13th Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps Harold Edward attested on 10 September 1914 aged 22 years 83 days and was posted to the King's Royal Rifle Corps. He named his brothers, Albert and Hugo, both of 17 Bagnall Road, Old Basford, as his next of kin (Hugo was probably still living with his brother William as he had been since at least 1911). In April 1915 Harold was under training at Windmill Hill Camp then served with the BEF France from 30 July 1915. In November 1915 he was awarded 10 days Field Punishment No. 1 for using obscene and insurbordinate language to a WO [CSM] and in February 1916 awarded 21 days FP No. 2 for (I) Falling out on a march without permission (II) Using insubordinate language to an NCO. He was wounded in action 'still at duty' on 28 May 1916; in June 1917 he was admitted to hospital 'debility' (48 Field Ambulance) and again admitted to hospital in September 1917 (details illegible). Harold was killed in action on 4 October 1917. His sister Eliza wrote to the army on 19 October as she was concerned that she had not heard from her brother, suggesting that it was some while before Harold's relatives received confirmation of his death. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 115 to 119). He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal which were sent to his sister, Eliza Mills.
CWGC Additional information: 'Son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Harriman' Harold's sister, Eliza Mills, wrote to the military authorities on 19 October 1917 enquiring about her brother: ‘Dear Sirs, Will you please inform me if my brother, Rfn Harold Harriman R4423 D Coy 13 Kings Royal Rifles BEF France, is safe & well. We have not heard from his for some time & are getting rather anxious as he is always so regular with his letters. Will you kindly favour me with an early reply. Believe me to be, yours respectfully, (Mrs) Eliza Emma Mills’ The letter was noted 'KIA 30-10-17' Eliza Mills completed a form for the army in 1919 listing Harold's surviving relatives: Brothers: Thomas Harriman (50) Monkdene, (-) Lane, Godalming. John (44) 120 Kingsway, East Kirkby. Joseph Percival (40) Queen Street, Old Basford. William (38) Peel Street, South Normanton, Albert (32) Woodene Wollaton. Hugo (30) Peel Street, South Normanton. Note: Edwin not named. Sisters: Mrs L [Leonard ie Mary Ann] Jervis (46) 4 Humber Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester. Mrs E Mills (35) 17 Bagnall Road Old Basford.
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    Harold Edward Harriman - Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)