Harold was a former drummer with the Heath Hayes Scout Troop and regularly attended services at the Bourne Methodist Chapel on Hednesford Road.
In 1911 he was recorded as a ‘pit boy and engine driver’ at the Coppice Colliery, known locally as the ‘Fair Lady’ pit.
He enlisted with the 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards early in 1915 – he was killed in action on 1st December 1917.
Shortly after his death, his Superior Officer wrote a moving letter to his family saying ‘Harold was a gallant soldier, who was keenly devoted to his duty’.
Harold is commemorated on the Heath Hayes War Memorial and the Cambrai Memorial in Louverval, France