Other names: Harold John
Locations in this story: High Street, Shaftesbury, DorsetGuildford, SurreyFarnham, Surrey
Story: Harold John Belbin was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 2nd August 1892, the son of John Belbin and Clementine Amelia Belbin (née Maidment). He lived his early life with the family at 63 High Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted with the 1st/4th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service Nos. 2462 & 200789) rising to the rank of Sergeant. It is not known in which theatre of war he served but on his discharge on 24 Apr 1919 was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the Territorial Force War Medal. He married Florence Mabel Emma Wesker at St. Nicholas Church, Guildford, Surrey, on 19th June 1920. The 1921 Census shows he lived with his parents in Shaftesbury working as a Tinsmith. By the time of the 1939 Register he had moved to 11 Worplesdon Road, Guildford, Surrey, and was working as an Ironmonger's Workshopman as well as being an ARP Warden. He died in Farnham, Surrey, on 17th April 1965. His brothers, Frederick Percy Walter Belbin and Arthur Mervin Belbin, also served in the conflict.