Other names: Harold George
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetCann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Harold George Harding was born on 12 Dec 1878 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and baptised at St. Rumbold's Church, Cann, on 17 Jan 1879 the son of Rudolph J. and Mary Harding. The family lived in Bleke Street, Shaftesbury. Harold married Edith Mary Watts on 7 Feb 1909 and they set up home at 35 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, where, by 1911, Harold was working as a plumber. There were two children of the marriage. He had previously joined the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment on 3 Apr 1908 and, as a reservist, had attended many annual training camps. (Service No. 296). He was embodied on 4 Aug 1914 and held the rank of Colour Sergeant. He was temporarily demobilized on 19 Jul 1915 until his formal discharge on 2 Apr 1916 - his term of engagement having been completed. He had served in the UK only and there are no records of any medals being awarded. He died in Shaftesbury in 1928.