Other names: Harry Walter
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersDenain Communal Cemetery, Department du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, FranceBattenberg Road, Richmond, SurreyGold Hill, ShaftesburySt. Peter's Church, ShaftesburyHoly Trinity Church, ShaftesburySt. James' Church, ShaftesburyLondon
Story: Harry Walter Alner was born in 1886 in Shaftesbury and was baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 13th September, 1886. He was the son of Sidney William Alner, a labourer, and Mary Ellen Alner (nee Franklin). His siblings included Sidney William, born in 1899 who also died in the war. The family lived at 14 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. He married Emily Elizabeth Franklin in the Holborn Registration District, London, on 31st December, 1910. They had 2 boys and 2 girls. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a chauffeur and living at 63 Battenberg Road, Richmond, Surrey. On 13th September 1915 he enlisted in London as a Private in the Royal Army Service Corps (Service No. M2/120963) and on 3rd October embarked with the Expeditionary Force for France. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died in France on 30th October 1918 and was at the time attached to the Canadian Corps Motor Transport Siege Park. He was buried at Denain Communal Cemetery, Department du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais (grave id. A.24). He is remembered on the Park Walk War Memorial and on the Holy Trinity Memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.