Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial

Harry Thomas Liversidge

Surname: Liversidge
Other names: Harry Thomas
Other people in this story:
George Liversidge
Ellen Liversidge
Locations in this story:
Salisbury, Wiltshire
French Mill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Salisbury General Infirmary, Salisbury, Wiltshire
London Road Cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Harry Thomas Liversidge was born in the registration district of Salisbury on 21st December 1897. He was the son of George Liversidge, an iron moulder, and Ellen Liversidge. In 1901 the family were living at Long Cross, Enmore Green and by 1911 they had moved to French Mill Lane, Cann, Shaftesbury. Harry attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1909 to July 1912. He joined the Royal Navy on 16th April 1914 (Service No. J/30404) and in June 1916 was serving as a Wireless Operator on H.M.S. Yarmouth. He served on at least twelve different ships became a leading Telegraphist. His final ship was H.M.S. Victory. He contracted Tuberculosis and while still serving in the Navy he died of the disease at Salisbury General Infirmary on 25th April 1920. His military record describes his conduct throughout his service as "very good". He was buried at Salisbury (London Road) Cemetery. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the Victory and British War medals.

As a former pupil his name was recorded on the Shaftesbury Grammar School war memorial, now in Shaftesbury School. Throughout the war a hand-written list was also compiled of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. Usually an asterix was placed next to the name of anyone who had died. This was not the case with Harry, probably because he died quite a long time after the end of the war. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1916
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1920

  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 5

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives