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Name: Henry (Harry) BARCLAY
Casualty No.: Ranks: 2nd Lieutenant Initials: H Service No.:
Date of Birth : 06/06/1895 Place of Birth : Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland. Age at Death: 21
Unit: 2nd Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, 16th August 1915.
Place of Residence: West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: East House, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Book keeper. Employed at Messrs C Gofton Young and Co, Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Sunday 15th October 1916
Place of Death: Somme, France.
Battle/Campaign: Battles of the Somme, France, 1916 Battle of Le Transloy 1st 18th October 1916.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Congregational Church, Roll of Honour, Barmoor, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Guildhall Roll of Honour, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. Northumberland.
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Bancourt British Cemetery, France. Grave reference VII. B. 12.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 1
Service Records: Yes
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 3, 4th November 1916. Blaydon Courier, page 3, 11th November 1916. Blaydon Courier, page 2, 23rd June 1917.
Family Details:
Son of James and Agnes W Barclay, of East House, West Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Two brothers, Andrew and James.
Notes : Harry was educated at Blaydon Secondary School and Skerry's College. He was an Officer cadet at Durham University from April 1915, through which he qualified for and obtained his commission. On 12th August 1915 Robert Middleton JP of Holmewood, Ryton on Tyne, signed Barclay's good character reference. He was passed fit to serve on 16th August 1915. He was reported missing in action and his parents were informed of this. His death was reported in the Daily Press before the War Office informed his parents of his death. Harry's father sent an outraged letter to the War Office and they apologised via a telegram, sent to Emma Colliery, 18th October 1916. Harry left all of his possessions to his father in his will.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Officers Died in the Great War.
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