2470 Pte Harry WARNER York and Lancaster Regiment.

2470 Pte Harry WARNER York & Lancaster Regiment

2470 Pte Harry WARNER York & Lancaster Regiment

Harry WARNER was born c.1895 at Penistone, Yorkshire.The 1901 census shows him living with his family at 40 Sheffield Road, Penistone. His parents being George and Catherine. By 1911 he is still living with family at 38 Springvale, Penistone and has 1 brother and 2 sisters. He was employed as a furnace cleaner within a steel works.

His military service is somewhat chaotic. There are surviving documents showing the military had clearly lost track of his movements no doubt down to clerical errors.

He first enlists into the territorials at Barnsley on 23rd February 1911 when he is placed into the 3rdBattalion Northumberland Fusiliers and allocated service number 30285.

On 27th February 1912 he attested at Barnsley and was posted to 3rd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment.

He entered France on 2nd April 1915 and got into trouble as on 10th June he was awarded 28 days field punishment No2 for an undisclosed discretion. He returned back to the UK on 27th July 1915.

On the 16th December 1915 he is tried by District Court Martial for desertion and found not guilty but culpable of being absent without leave and is awarded 56 days detention.

On 11th February 1916 he is again disciplined and awarded 9 days detention at Knutsford detention barracks.

July 1916 diagnosed with Impetigo.

On 8th February 1917 he is again disciplined and awarded another 14 days detention for misconduct.

On 24th March 1917 he is hospitalised in Sheffield for reasons unknown and discharged on 19th April 1917.

On 23rd April 1917 he is discharged to the Army Reserve Munitions and is sent to work at the New Monckton Colliery at Barnsley. He appears to have worked for 2 1/2 days at the end of August 1917 before disappearing.

On 4th April 1919 he re-enlists at Penistone and is placed into the 200th Protection Company Royal Defence Corps until he is again discharged on 6th January 1920 as being unfit for service due to a nervous disability.

Harry passed away on 18th april 1928.