St. Lawrence's Church, Farnham

Harry (John) Woolfries

Surname: Woolfries
Other names: Harry (John)
Other people in this story:
Francis Woolfries
Elizabeth Anne Woolfries
Ellen Lydia Woolfries née Bailey
Edwin Woolfries
Harry Woolfries
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
France
Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

Story:
Harry Woolfries, known in the military records and some electoral registers as John, was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 30th January 1891 and baptised there on 19th April 1891, the son of Francis and Elizabeth Anne Woolfries. Right up until the outbreak of war he lived with his parents in Farnham. He enlisted as a Driver and Shoeing Smith in the Royal Field Artillery on 29th March 1915 (Service No. 98228). He served with both the 19th (Reserve) Battery and the 17th Battery in France. He was demobilized on 27th May 1919 and was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star. He married Ellen Lydia Bailey during 1919 and had at least one child. The 1939 Register shows him living at Tarrant Hinton, Dorset, working as a Licencee. He died on 17th December 1957 and is buried at St. Lawrence Church, Farnham, Dorset.

Harry had two brothers who served in the war: Arthur Eldred (b.1892) who served in a number of different regiments, and Edwin who sadly died at Gallipoli while serving with the Dorsetshire Regiment.

Source: Based on previous research by Ken Baxter.

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Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Arthur Eldred Woolfries
Edwin Woolfries