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Re(1): Try to contact family of ww1 fusiller private harry holgate

Only one Pvt Harry Holgate of the Lancashire Fusiliers is recorded on the Forces War Records Web Site. He is also recorded on the CWGC Web Site as shown below. His date of death is recorded as 1st July, 1916 which was the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He came from Roughlee, Lancashire and his parents were recorded as John and Margaret Ann Holgate of Harper's Farm, Fence, Burnley.

Service Number: 23301
Lancashire Fusiliers
1st Bn.

Date of Death
Died 01 July 1916

Age 19 years old

Buried or commemorated at

Pier and Face 3 C and 3 D.


Son of John and Margaret Ann Holgate, of Harper's Farm, Fence, Burnley.

We are often asked to try and trace relatives of WWI Veterans particularly in order to return discovered WWI Medals. Sadly it is an almost impossible task as details of NOK are certainly now over 100 years old. The vast majority of WWI Service Records along with millions of other records were destroyed during the London Blitz of 194O when the then War Office Central Records Depository at Arnside Street London was gutted by incendiary devices. Any remaining / surviving records are now held by the National Archives. Details of LF WWI Veterans were / are not held on a Regimental basis nor by the Fusilier Museum Bury. The only source of information relevant to the period are the National Archives at Kew or online Web sites such as Ancestry.com or findmypast.com etc.,

Geoff Pycroft
LF Web Site

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