Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Private Harry Adkinson, ‘D’ Company, 1st/5th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment, died at Bailleul in France of wounds received the previous day while in action on the Ypres Salient.
After leaving school he worked as an errand boy and then as a stationery packer. Private Adkinson served with the 1st/7th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment (Territorial Force), for six years up to the outbreak of the Great War.
In January of 1915, he was transferred to the 5th Battalion and sent to France. The battalion was originally attached to the 14th Brigade. By the end of February they were entrusted with their own section and were in the trenches on the 18th of March when Private Adkinson was shot. He was taken to No. 8 Casualty Clearing Hospital at Bailleul, but his wounds were grievous and he died the following day.
Private Adkinson is buried in the Bailleul Communal Cemetery in France. He is commemorated on several war memorials in his home town of Macclesfield: at Park Green, the town hall, St. Michael’s Church and St. George’s Church.
Harry was 27 years old and married with a five-year-old son.