Other names: Henry John
Locations in this story: Stour Provost, DorsetStour Row, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersArras, FranceGillingham, Dorset
Story: Henry John Haskett was born in Stour Provost, Dorset, in 1888 and baptised there on 21 Sep 1888 the son of Charles Haskett and Ellen Haskett (nee Shute). He lived his early life in and around Stour Provost until by 1911 he was living in Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset, working as a House Painter. His father, Charles, died during 1912. He had enlisted in Gillingham, Dorset, and joined the Royal Field Artillery as a Gunner (Service No. 135294) later transferring to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) as a Private (Service No. 58508). He served with the 59th Battalion in France and Flanders where he was reported missing presumed killed on 21 Mar 1918. He was posthumously awarded the Victory and British War Medals and his name appears on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France, (Bay 10). He is remembered on the All Saints Church war memorial, now in the Stour Row Village Hall.