Private 17778 Edward Harrington

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Killed in Action on Sunday, 20th June 1915, age 19.
Buried in Grave II. F. 35. at Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Zillebeke, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 7th Brigade of 3rd Division.

Son of William Harrington, of 150, Summer Row, Dudley Port, Staffs.
Born: Dudley, Enlisted: Worcester, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 24th March 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/477723/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
Ivanhoe Street, Dudley, Worcs.
William Harrington (26, Blacksmith's Striker, born Bradley), his wife Sarah (24, born Wyrley), and their 2 children: Edward (5, born Woodside, Dudley), and Elsie (3 months, born Woodside, Dudley).

1911 Census
39 Greystone Passage, Dudley, Worcs.
William Harrington (36, Blacksmith's Striker, born Bradley), his wife Sarah (35, born Wyrley), and their 5 children: Edward (15, Machine Driller, born Woodside, Dudley), Elsie (10, School, born Woodside, Dudley), Gladys (7, born Dudley), Ettie (5, born Dudley), and Minnie (2, born Dudley).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 3rd Worcesters were a pre-war regular battalion who arrived in Rouen in August 1914, and entrained for Mons. 1914 found them involved in the Retreat from Mons, the Battle of the Aisne, the Battle of La Bassée, and at Ploegsteert Wood. The 3rd Worcesters spent the winter months in the vicinity of Spanbroek Mill, at Messines Ridge in Belgium. Following their disastrous attack there on March 12th, the battalion moved a short distance to St Eloi where it was to spend a couple of months.

The 3rd Division moved to the infamous Menin Road at Hooge on June 5th, replacing troops severely weakened after the successful German attack on Bellewaerde and Hooge. This period climaxed on June 16th with the attack to re-take Bellewaerde. A heavy concentration of attacking troops had initial success, but ran into its own barrage, the density of troops making an easy target for German artillery. The attack made some gains but was ultimately a failure, with the 3rd Worcesters losing 3 Officers and 50 men killed, and over 250 wounded.

After the attack at Bellewaerde the 3rd Worcesters rested at Busseboom, east of Ypres. They returned to trenches opposite Sanctuary Wood on June 19th, it was a most 'unhealthy' sector. The enemy's artillery fire was heavy, and the casualties followed each other in rapid succession. In the first 24 hours of June 19th/20th, 2 officers and 3 men were killed - including Edward Harrington.

The cemeteries used at this time were badly damaged by subsequent shellfire and fighting and were not re-constructed after the Armistice. Those graves which survived were moved to the current Sanctuary Wood Cemetery in the period 1927 to 1932, it is here that Edward Harrington is buried.

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