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Harold Fortescue was born in 1893 in Nottingham and was the son of George a chemical worker and Hannah Fortescue née Butler of 35 Goodliffe Street Hyson Green Nottingham. His father George was born in 1865 in Nottingham and his mother Hannah Butler was born in 1870 at Sutton, Nottinghamshire, they were married in 1891 in Nottingham and went on to have 10 children, sadly three were to die in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were Harold b1893 Nottingham, John b1894 Nottingham, George b1898 Nottingham, William b1900 Attenborough, Hannah b1904 Attenborough, Tom b1908 Leeds, and Amy b1910 Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are living at 13 Lacey Street, Widness, Lancashire and are shown as George 46 yrs a chemical worker, he is living with his wife Hannah 41 yrs and their children, Harold 18 yrs a chemical worker, John 17 yrs a chemical worker, George 13 yrs a scholar, William 11 yrs a scholar, Hannah 7 yrs a scholar, Tom 3 yrs and Amy 1 yr.
In the 1911 census he is a chemical worker.
26 Sep 1915
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8th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Acting Sergeant Harold Fortescue, enlisted at Bourne, Lincolnshire and served with the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment. He landed in France on 10th September 1915 and was killed in action on 26th September 1915. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.
An obituary in a local newspaper has a photograph of Sergeant Fortescue with the caption, 'Sergeant H Fortesque (sic), 35, Goodliffe Street, Hyson Green, reported missing September 26th, now killed in action, aged 23. His brother Rifleman Horace Henry Fortescue, enlisted at Nottingham and served with 3rd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. In the 1911 census he is with his battalion in India. He landed in France on 20th December 1914 and died of wounds on 16th May 1915. He is buried in Wimereux Communal Cemetery
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