Tollard Royal

Harry Lucas

Surname: Lucas
Other names: Harry
Other people in this story:
Thomas Lucas
Bessie Lucas née Matcham
Flora Lucas née Booth
Locations in this story:
Tollard Royal. Wiltshire
Farnham, Dorset
Bournemouth, Hampshire
Moss Side, South Manchester, Lancashire

Harry Lucas was born in Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, on 5th June 1895, the son of Thomas Lucas and Bessie Lucas (née Matcham). He lived much of his early life around Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, and Farnham, Dorset.  His parents ran the Post Office at Farnham for many years and Harry eventually became a postman.  He enlisted on 3rd March 1916 but was not mobilized until 4th April 1917 when he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Private (Service No. 110442).  He served in the UK only due to the fact he had a glass eye fitted at Chester War Hospital, Chester. He was also based for a time at the 3rd Western General Hospital.   He was demobilized on 8th December 1919.  There are no medal records for Harry.   He had married Flora Booth in Poole, Dorset, on 4 May 1918 and they had at least one child.  The 1921 Census shows him living with his parents-in-law who lived at 29 Carlton Street, Moss Side, South Manchester, Lancashire. He lost his job as a Postman due to unfortunate reasons and the 1939 Register shows him at 20 Richmond Mansions, Richmond Gardens, Bournemouth, Hampshire, working as a Shop Assistant (Newsagent & Tobacconist).  His death was recorded in Bournemouth during 1943.


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The National Archives