Other names: Harry Walter
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Harry Walter Stainer was born on 22 Sep 1898 in Shaftesbury, Dorset, the son of Albert George Stainer and Martha Rosina Stainer (nee Warren). The family lived throughout his life at 9 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. He enlisted on 21 Sep 1916 but was not mobilized until 20 Aug 1917 when he joined the 34th Territorial Battalion as a Private (Service No. 8/20524). He transferred to the 303rd Reserve Labour Company of the Labour Corps on 7 Oct 1917 and later, on the 17 Nov 1917, to the 649th Agricultural Company (Service No. 432205). He was discharged as being physically unfit, by virtue of deformed feet, on 13 Mar 1919. Whilst no medal record has been found there is an imprint on his Service Records which simply says 'MEDAL' and nothing else. It is assumed he may have received the Victory and British War Medals but the index cards are missing. By the 1939 Register he was still living at 9 Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, with his sister as a single person working as a Builders Labourer. He died locally in 1962.