Harry Weaver was born in Cradley Heath and was living in Cradley in 1914. He was a regular soldier in the Worcesters who would have been serving in the 3rd Battalion in the British Expeditionary Force at Aldershot. On the 12th August they landed in France, marched to Mons and then retreated to the Marne. When the line stabilised on the Aisne, the German attack moved to Flanders and the first battle of Ypres. The Worcesters were fully engaged in the defence of Ypres and in the winter of early 1915 were on the southern end of the Messines ridge at Spanbroek Mill. The first British attack in this sector was at Neuve Chapelle on the 10-12th March. The Worcesters put in a diversionary attack but among those killed in action was Private Harry Weaver. He is buried in Messines Ridge British Cemetery (II F 36) and commemorated on the Cradley Memorial.
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