Born: 18th April 1917, Dovercourt, Essex.

Died on or since: 8th June 1944; at sea.

Residence: ‘West Elms’ 113, Fronks Road, Dovercourt, Essex.

Occupation: Civil Engineer.


Rank: Captain; Service Number: 233139.

Regiment: Royal Engineers.


Final resting place unknown.

Memorial Reference:

Panel 11, Column 3.

Bayeux War Cemetery,




Father: Francis Harold French, born November 1885, Worthing, West Sussex – died March 1946, at ‘West Elms’ Fronks Road, Dovercourt, Essex.

Mother: Beatrice Ruby Mace Rivron, born January 1884, Ipswich.


Harold attended Ipswich School.



Harold was a Civil Engineer. He was living with his parents & sister at their family home – ‘West Elms’ 113, Fronks Road, Dovercourt, Essex.

Francis, a Boro Engineer & Surveyor.

Beatrice, a Mantle Maker.

Margaret Joyce Isabel French, born July 1913, Dovercourt, Essex.


In 1939, East Ham, Essex, Harold married Hannah M. Woolf.


Probate to Margaret Joyce Isabel French – sister.


Harold is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.


Maybe the greatest achievements of the Royal Engineers was the construction and operation of the Mulberry Harbour its support for the Battle of Normandy 6th June 1944 and is possible that Harold may of been involved in this during the D-Day landings.

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