Rank, service number and regiment
Private 201989 1st/4th Battalion (City of Bristol) Gloucester
2 Duck Cottages, Thorney. He grew up in 2, Rosebank, Owl Street, East Lambrook.
Date of death
23 July 1916
Age of death
Circumstances of death
Harry died at the Battle of The Somme. The 1st/4th Battalion, Gloucester Regiment were at the heart of the Battle of The Somme in July 1916. The Battalion was in trenches in Ovillers La Boiselle and they suffered severe bombardment from German artillery shells. Harry was a casualty along with 30 others on 23rd July 1916 and such was the ferocity of the attack that his body was never recovered.
Harry is commemorated on Pier and Face 5A and 5B of
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Somme, France. This Memorial bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men who died in the Somme sector before March 1918 and who have no known grave.
Date of birth & full name
1893. HENRY DOWN
Edwin James Down and Rosina Down (nee Marks) – of Owl Street, East Lambrook.
Edwin was an agricultural labourer, Rosina was a glover.
Spouse & children
Beatrice Rose Down (nee Lock) of Thorney, born April 1890, married 26 Dec 1915, died 1982.
Beatrice was a machinist in the gloving trade.
Harry and Beatrice went to live at Low Ham, on a small holding. Beatrice returned to 2 Duck Cottages, Thorney after Harry’s death and then later moved back to K.E.
The photo top right of page 8 shows Beatrice as a young woman, right, outside 2 Duck
Cottages, now re-named 2 Duck House. She never remarried and died in Yeovil in 1982, aged 92 years.
They had a daughter Phyllis Edna Down, born November 1916, who Harry never saw as he died in July 1916.
British War Medal and Victory Medal
Harry was the older brother of John Down who was killed in action in March 1918.
When living in East Lambrook, Harry and John lived next door to Joseph Walden. Their sister married Ben Russ. Both Joseph and Ben were also killed in action.
These are Harry’s siblings on the 1911 census:
Louisa Marks – born 1890 – glove maker
Bessie – born 1891 – glove maker
Harry Down – born 1893, died 1916 – Farm labourer
John – born 1894 – farm labourer
Mark – born 1897 – farm labourer
Edwin James – born 1899 – school
Frederick H -born 1901 – school
Florence Amy – born 1904 – school.
Harry’s daughter had a son, Colin, who gave us photos of the
family for the archive. Colin’s daughter Lynne is shown in the arms of Beatrice, below, her great-grandmother – Harry’s widow.