Private 17532 Harry William Lees Fenton

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Killed in Action on Sunday, 26th September 1915, age 19.
Buried in Grave XI. B. 4. at Assevillers New British Cemetery, Somme, France.

2nd Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. 82nd Brigade of 27th Division.

Son of Mr and Mrs E. Fenton, of 36, Corporation Rd., Dudley, Worcs; of 58 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs in 1916.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 1st April 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/335644/

Genealogical Data

Birth of William Harry L. Fenton registered June quarter 1896 in Dudley.

1901 Census
74 Horseley Road, Tipton, Staffs.
Edward Fenton (43, Merchant's Clerk, born Smethwick), his wife Victoria (33, born Carlow, Derbyshire), and their 4 children: Arthur (7, born Tipton), Nellie (6, born Tipton), Harry (4, born Tipton), and Ernest (1, born Tipton).

1911 Census
58 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Edward Fenton (53, Clerk at Engineering Works, born Smethwick), his wife Victoria (44, born Shardlow), and their 4 children: Arthur (18, Fitter, born Tipton), Nellie (16, School, born Tipton), Harry (14, Printer's Assistant, born Tipton), and Ernest (11, School, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald October 16th 1915
Another young Tipton hero has given his life for his country, in defence of his home, and for those that he loves. Mr and Mrs Edward Fenton, of 58 Dudley Port, Tipton, have just received the sad tidings of their second son, Harry, of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, being killed on Sunday September 26th. The young man was only 19 years of age in April last, joined the forces in October 1914. He did about 3 months of training at Falmouth (Cornwall). The deceased young soldier was bright, attractive, and a modest young fellow. He was educated at Tipton Council Schools, and at the time he enlisted he was serving his apprenticeship at the Brickhouse Foundry, Great Bridge.
The parents of the young soldier received the first news of the death of their son in the following letter from the Commanding Officer of "D" Company, 2nd D.C.L.I., France:-
"Dear Madam, It is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of such a painful event. Your very dear son, Harry, was killed yesterday morning in the trenches. It will be some little consolation to you to know that he suffered no pain, but died instantaneously. He looked very peaceful, and I am sure that his last thoughts were of you. He was a very nice boy, and a good soldier, and respected by every N.C.O. and man in the Company. We all send you our deepest sympathy in your terrible bereavement, and hope that you will be able to bear this great trouble as your son would wish you to. I am a Birmingham man myself, and if I have the good fortune to come back again, I will call upon you and give you the full account of his death. If there is anything I can tell you I shall be pleased. Your most sympathetic friend, W.J Pickering. 'He gave his life for those he loved'."
A memorable service was held on Sunday evening last in Tipton Parish Church, when the Vicar (Rev. W.T. DeVine, M.A., Rural Dean) especially referred to the death of Private Fenton. He said concerning him: "Since we were here last Sunday I have heard that one of our dear boys has been killed in action. While we were singing last Sunday evening 'Come ye thankful people, come' his poor mother was here, no doubt praying for her son's safety, and her prayers were answered , though not in the way she desired, for God called him to Himself." The vicar, continuing, said: "Some of us have undergone such trouble, and quite realise and understand how sad it is for all such, and so when I found that young Harry Fenton had laid down his life for his God, his King, his home and his country, I thought it only right that we should have a memorial service, right that we should gather together and so honour the memory of this brave boy, who died for his country."
Tipton Herald October 16th 1915
FENTON - Mr and Mrs E Fenton (Dudley Port) wish to thank their many friends for kind sympathy in their great loss.

Tipton Herald September 30th 1916
In Memoriam
FENTON - Killed in action in France, 26th September 1915. Harry William Lees, second son of Mr and Mrs Fenton of 58 Dudley Port, Tipton, aged 19 years.
Though hidden from our sight in unknown grave,
We need no monument to mark the spot;
For deep engraved on our aching hearts,
He lives a hero - never to be forgot.
Father, mother, brothers and sister.

Tipton Herald September 29th 1917
In Memoriam.
FENTON - In loving memory of our dear son, Harry, killed in action in France, September 26th 1915. Ever remembered by mother, father, sister and brothers.
Safely, safely gathered in,
Far from sorrow, far from sin;
God has saved from weary strife
In its dawn, this fresh young life;
Now it waits for us above,
Resting in the Saviour's love;
Jesu, grant that we might meet,
There, adoring at thy feet.

Tipton Herald October 5th 1918
In Memoriam
FENTON - In loving memory of our dear son, Harry, killed in action, September 26th 1915. Ever remembered by father, mother, sister and brothers. "Death divides, but memory clings."