Chatteris WW1 Soldier Harry Bays (3/6753). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Harry Bays Private 3/6753 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment Died July 27th 1916 Harry was born in 1894, the eldest of the 8 children of William and Sara Jane. William was described as a fishmonger dealer in 1911 when the family were living on Doddington Road. At that time Harry was a labourer on a farm. Harry married Kitty; we have not yet found the date of their marriage. Harry joined the Bedfordshire Regiment on the 11th September 1914. In 1916 the battalion joined in the action on the Somme in July. On 27th of the month they were involved in a successful attack to remove the Germans from the village of Longueval. It was on that day that Harry died whilst being carried to the dressing station by Chatteris Soldier Herbert W Mould who was recommended for bravery in the field for this action. His medal roll stating that he was killed in action, one of 312 casualties in the battalion on the day. His body was not found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. File contains: • CWWG Certificate • Census returns from 1901 and 1911 • ”Soldiers Died” entry • Photo of his name on the Thiepval Memorial • An account of the fighting the Bedfordshire’s were involved in on July 27th
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