Other names: Harry
Locations in this story: Marylebone, LondonCaundle Stourton, DorsetStour Row, Shaftesbury, DorsetMesopotamiaBaghdad, IraqShaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Harry Ives is presumed to have been born in Marylebone, London, during 1895 (1901 Census) though no details of his parents can be found except on the War Graves Commission citation which says 'Son of William and Alice Ives of Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset' though no evidence of their residency has been found in Stour Row. The first indication of him is in the 1901 Census where he is shown living with three other siblings, Alice, Florence and William, in the home of Frances Crocker and Marion Crocker, single School Teacher sisters, in Main Street, Caundle Stourton, Dorset. He later moved to live as a boarder with a widow, Christian Tucker, in Green Lane, Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He was described as a Wheelwright's Apprentice. He had enlisted in Shaftesbury, Dorset, and joined the Dorsetshire Regiment as Private (Service No. 17364). He was serving with the 'A' Company, 2nd Battalion in Mesopotamia where he died of pneumonia on 24 Dec 1917 and ultimately was buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery, Baghdad, Iraq, (Grave Ref: 1. A. 1.). He was posthumously awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He is remembered on the All Saints Church war memorial, now in the Stour Row Village Hall. In finalizing his affairs, Marion Crocker (who had by then married Thomas Andrews, a Carpenter and Wheelwright, of The Post Office, Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset,) had obtained Letters of Adminstration on Harry's behalf and dealt with his final affairs.