Park Walk War Memorial 3

Harry Walter Alner

Surname: Alner
Other names: Harry Walter
Other people in this story:
Sidney William Alner
Mary Ellen Alner née Case
Sidney William Alner
Emily Elizabeth Alner née Franklin
Frederick Sidney Alner
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Denain Communal Cemetery, Department du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Battenberg Road, Richmond, Surrey
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury

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 (née Franklin). The family lived at 14 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. He married Emily Elizabeth Franklin in the Holborn Registration District, London, on 3rd 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, only 3 weeks after enlistment. 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.

Harry's brothers Sidney William (b.1899) and Frederick Sidney (b.1896) also served in the war. Sadly Sidney died in hospital in Farnham, Surrey, less than a month after Harry.  

  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Sidney William Alner
Frederick Sidney Alner