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Sapper Harry Horne, 67th Field Company, the Royal Engineers

September 8, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Sapper Harry Horne, 67th Field Company, the Royal Engineers, died of wounds received during the fighting at Gallipoli.

One of two sons of a former recruiting sergeant with the Burnley Volunteers, Sapper Horne had worked as a painter and decorator with his brother after leaving school. He was described as having a genial disposition, and was a well-known and well-liked figure in his home town, and at the Whittlefield Wesleyan Chapel with which he was involved.

Sapper Horne enlisted a short time after the outbreak of the Great War. The 67th Field Company had been raised for the formation of Kitchener’s Armies, and allocated to the 11lth (Northern) Division, when the expansion of the army was sanctioned in August of 1914. They were sent to the Dardanelles in June of 1915.

Three months later Sapper Horne was grievously wounded during the fighting and could not be saved. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, which stands at the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula. He is also named on the tryptich war memorial in the church of St. Mary Magdalene in Newark, along with 192 other soldiers of his Company who did not return home.

Harry, from Burnley, was 40 years old and married with five children.

 

 

 

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