Other names: Harold Andrew
Locations in this story: Cann, Shaftesbury, DorsetDownton, Salisbury, WiltshireMaltaBermudaSalisbury, WiltshireSouth AfricaQueensland, AustraliaCanada
Story: Harold Andrew Maidment was born on 6 Nov 1883 in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 14 Jan 1884 the son of Charles Maidment and Anna Cordelia Maidment (nee Maidment). By 1891 the family had moved to the Downton Area of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Harold had enlisted with the on 27 Nov 1899 with the 3rd Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 6136) and served in South Africa being awarded the South Africa Medal with 5 clasps. He was discharged on 21 Aug 1902 but by the 30 Oct 1902 had re-enlisted and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 12863). He served in Malta and Bermuda until placed on reserve on 26 Oct 1905. He married Clara Rose Maidment (same surname) at St. Edmund's Church, Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 2 Aug 1909 and they lived at Springfield, Downton Road, Salisbury, where Harold worked as a Postman. He was embodied on 9 Aug 1914 and returned to service with the Royal Garrison Artillery and eventually discharged, having served the period of his engagement, on 5 Nov 1915. He and his family had travelled to Canada during 1912 but the war intervened. They then emigrated to Queensland, Australia, arriving there on 2 Jun 1917. His death was recorded in Queensland on 4 May 1950.