KING, Harry MC

Worcestershire. 03 September 1916

Harry King is thought to have been the adopted son of Canon Knox Little of Worcester Cathedral but a link with Halesowen is unknown. He was educated at Hoar Cross school and King's School, Worcester. After leaving he took up a post in Argentina with Leopoldina Railway and on the outbreak of war volunteered for the Worcesters. He joined the 11th and was then commissioned to the 3rd Battalion. They were on the Western Front in 1915 when he was seriously injured. He recuperated in Italy and returned to active service with the 3rd Battalion on the Somme in 1916. In the third stage of the Battle of the Somme the battalion was engaged in the fierce attacks on the powerful defences of the Leipzig Salient near the village of Thiepval. A major attack started on the 26th August but losses were very heavy. For this day 2/ Lt King was awarded the Military Cross for his actions in keeping his men going forward and took over as Company Commander, The attack was repeated again on the 30th and resumed on the 3rd September. Losses were extreme and included loss of the battalion commander and two company commanders, one of these being Captain Harry King. Acting Captain Harry King was 25 years of age and is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood (Special Memorial 6) and commemorated on the Halesowen Memorial.

Commemorated at:

Halesowen St. John

Halesowen St. John

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB

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