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Harry Hardman

Harry Hardman

Harry Hardman was the oldest Chorley Pal to be killed in the war, being aged 41 when he lost his life during the attack on Serre on the 1st July 1916.

He is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, just behind the British lines on the Somme battlefield, and two graves away from a fellow Chorley Pal, John Blackstone.

Harry Hardman was born in Bolton in 1876 and in 1901 was living with his parents at 4 Peel Street in Chorley, listing his occupation as Floor Cloth worker. He was still in the same job when he enlisted in the Pals, working at Dacca Floor Cloth Works.

A single man, the 1911 Census had him and his brother Frederick as Boarders with the Ratcliffe family at 18 Cunliffe Street in Chorley, working as a Labourer in a Floor Cloth works.