Born: 15th December 1910, Saxmundham, Suffolk.
Died: 21st February 1942/1st March 1942; Age: 32; KiA at Kalidjati Airfield, Java, Dutch East Indies.
Rank: Gunner; Service Number: 1653703.
Regiment: Royal Artillery, 49 Battery, 48 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment.
Buried with 57 comrades in a mass grave.
1911 Raydon Lane, Orford, Suffolk.
Harold was 3 months old and living with his mother & brother at the home of his maternal grandparents & uncles.
George Riches, 60, a Gardener – Domestic, born Butley, Suffolk.
Mary Ann Riches, 58, born Orford, Suffolk.
William Riches, 34, a Labourer, born Orford.
Charles Riches, 26, a Labourer, born Orford.
Edith Louisa Gissing (nee Riches), 28, born Orford.
Russell Walter Gissing, 5, born Orford.
Harold’s father was Joseph Gissing, born 1886, Friston, Suffolk. On the 1911 census Joseph was 27 years old, a Bricklayer for a Builder at Chantry Road, Saxmundham, Suffolk.
On the 24th December 1933, Ipswich, Harold married Vera Alice May Adams, born 1916, Ipswich. They had 3 children.