HENRY JOSEPH LAST

HARRY

 

Born: 17th March 1898, Ipswich.

Died on or since 23rd March 1918; age 20; KiA – served 1 year & 292 days.

Reported missing 23rd March 1918 – death accepted for official purposes.

Residence: 31, Gibson Street, Ipswich.

 

Service: Home 6th June 1916 – 30th April 1917 – France 1st May 1917 – transferred to the 11th Cheshire Regiment – 24th May 1917, allotted new regimental number 50988. Admitted to hospital at 3-C.C.S 13th December 1917 Tonsillitis – moved to No. 16. Philadelphia U.S.A General Hospital, Le Treport – 15th December 1917 – Tonsillitis. Arrived from Le Treport – Rouen 13th January 1918 – to the front 18th January 1918. Leave to UK – 26th February 1918 – 12th March 1918.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 6th June 1916; Age:18 years & 3 months; Occupation: Labourer; Religion: CofE; Next of Kin: brother- Arthur Last. Harry signed up for the duration of the war. Height: 5ft 2 1/2 ins.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 50988

Regiment: Cheshire Regiment, 11th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

Bay 5 & 6.

Arras Memorial,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   53, Fore Street, Ipswich.

 

Henry was 3 years old and living with his widowed mother & brothers at the home of his widowed paternal grandmother & aunt.

Jane Last, a Laundress – own account, born Ipswich.

Hannah Last, 42, born Ipswich.

Ellen Banham Last (nee Huggins), 34, a Charwomen, born Redgrave & Botesdale, Suffolk.

Arthur John Last, 13, born Ipswich.

Edward Henry Last, 9, born Ipswich.

 

1911   31, Gibson Street, Ipswich.

 

Harry was 13 years old and living with his mother, siblings, step father & step siblings.

William Green, 44, a Labourer, born Bramford, Suffolk.

Ellen Green, 44.

Arthur, 23, a Labourer.

Edward, 17, a Labourer.

Mabel Last, 15, a Factory Hand, born Ipswich..

Peter William Last, 14, an Errand Boy, born Ipswich.

Violet Priscilla A. Green, 8, born Ipswich.

William Charles Green, 6, born Ipswich.

 

Harry’s father was Peter William Last, born May 1862, Ipswich – died June 1900, Ipswich.

 

In April 1919, Ellen Green received a letter from The Red Cross Society saying that with regret they had no information regarding her missing son Henry Joseph Last.

 

On the 2nd February 1922 Mrs E. Green, of 31, Gibson Street, Ipswich received Henry’s medals.

 

Cheshire Regiment, 11th Battalion:

http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-british-infantry-regiments-of-1914-1918/cheshire-regiment/

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