Driver Harold Thomas Powell
1721 (or 1727) Royal Field Artillery died January 16th 1916
Little is known of Harold Powell. It would seem that he lived in the North Staffordshire area and enlisted at Hanley. Harold joined the Royal Field Artillery and with his draft unit moved to the Luton area where he was to train as an artillery driver. This involved caring for and handling the horses and was a most important role, as was the driving of the team and limber.
Following his training Driver Powell served in the 3rd/2nd North Midlands Brigade. This was a second line unit which may have been based at Chelmsford. His service records have not survived so details are sparse. Harold served in England and it is not known if his death, on January 16th 1916, was a result of an accident or sickness. Confusion also surrounds Harold’s service number. On “Soldiers’ Died” it is recorded as 1727 and on the Commonwealth War Graves site his number is recorded as 1721.
Harold Thomas Powell is at rest in the Leeds Harehills Cemetery. During WW1 there were two major hospitals in Leeds: the 2nd Northern and East Leeds War Memorial, the latter seeming to be the most likely place where Harold died. No further information is available and sadly his link with Biddulph is unknown. It has not been possible to identify him accurately on any census returns.
Harold is also commemorated on all of the Biddulph memorials.
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