Rank: Lance Corporal
Service Number: 16418.
Regiment: 8th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Formerly: Private no. 17226 Loyal North Lancashire regiment.
Killed In Action Saturday 15th July 1916 Age 27County Memorial Knutsford
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Harry Cragg was born in Knutsford, one of eight children born to George (A draper) and Esther (a dress-maker), who lived at Hayton Street, Knutsford. On leaving school Harry became a plumber.

He married Lucy Hurst in 1913 and they and their future children moved in with his now widowed mother.

His service records no longer exist but we know he joined the army early in the war and became Private no. 17226 of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment before transferring to the East Lancashire Regiment as Private no. 16418.

Harry was killed in action on the 15th July 1916.

On that fateful day:

The war diary states:

15.7.16 POZIERS

At 9.20 am after heavy bombardment of POZIERS for one hour, the Battalion led a Brigade attack on the village. A & B Coys in the front line, C & D Coys in support. Owing to artillery barrage and machine gun fire the Battalion was unable to achieve its objective but was joined by other units of the Brigade and consolidated existing trenches to east ans south east of POZIERS. At 5 p.m. a further bombardment of POZIERS was carried out and the Battalion with remainder of the Brigade attempted another assault of POZIERS at 6-8 PM, this assault was again held up by machine guns and the wire not being cut in the hedges surrounding the village. The Battalion handed over the trenches to the 10th Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regt. At 2.30 am and proceeded to trenches in close support.


officers 1 killed 8 wounded

Other ranks 56 killed 276 wounded 33 missing.

Researched and compiled by Tony Davies.

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