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Harry Oldfield

Early Life

Harry OldfieldHarry was born in Dukinfield, Cheshire and was the eldest son of Joseph and Emma Oldfield of 6 Yorkshire Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire.Group of soldiers including Harry Oldfield

 Service Life

Private Harry Oldfield (1707) enlisted in the 1/9th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on 3 August 1914. He was discharged as being medically unfit for service on 3 May 1915. However, he later went on to serve with the 4th Battalion the King’s Liverpool Regiment (56382). For his service in the army, which included going overseas in September 1914, Harry was awarded the Allied Victory Medal, British War Medal and 1914-15 Star.

We Shall Remember Him

Harry died of wounds received in action at 12.12 am on the 20 November 1917 in number 10 Casualty Clearing Station, aged 22. He is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave/Memorial Reference – XXVII. B8A). Other material relating to Harry Oldfield can be seen in Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre (MR3/17/110). His next of Kin Memorial Plaque is on display in the Museum of the Manchester Regiment where it is framed and mounted on a wall in the Ladysmith Gallery.