Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Private Harold Forrest Marfleet, 7th Battalion, the North Staffordshire Regiment, died from wounds received in action at Gallipoli.
When he was just a year old his father died, so his mother moved to her parents’ home above their butcher shop. Private Marfleet worked as an assistant at Timmis Drapers in Stoke-on-Trent after leaving school. In 1915 he enlisted with the North Staffordshire Regiment, and in June of that year sailed from Avonmouth for Gallipoli.
Private Marfleet saw action in the battle for Suvla in August of 1915, and then in December at Cape Helles when the Turks attacked the British positions. Thirty-five men of the battalion were killed, including the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hercules Walker. Private Marfleet was grievously wounded during the last attack and was evacuated from Cape Helles on the 8th of December. Despite medical attention on board the ship, he could not be saved and was buried at sea between Murdos and Malta. He is remembered on the Helles Memorial as well as on the Alsagar War Memorial in Cheshire.
Harold, from Hartshill, Stoke-on-Trent, was 23 years old.