Other names: Harold Joseph
Locations in this story: Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetParkstone, DorsetFrance & FlandersPernes British Cemetery, Pernes-en-Artoir, Pas de Calais, France
Story: Harold Joseph Garland was born at Compton Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1899, the son of George Garland and Caroline Garland (née Baker), a local family. He lived his early childhood in Compton Abbas until, by 1911, his family had moved to Parkstone, Dorset. Harold enlisted with the Norfolk Regiment (Service No. 37331) and later, at the time of his death, was a Private with the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment (Service No. 42717). He was serving in France and Flanders when he died of his wounds on 22nd April 1918 when only 18 years old. He was buried in the Pernes British Cemetery, Pernes-en-Artoir, Pas de Calais, France, (Grave Ref: I.D.10). He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.