image from 1918 Suffolk Chronical & Mercury newspaper.


Born: 1899, Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Died: 26th April 1918; age 19; KiA.

Residence: Ipswich.

Employed: as a Clerk, for Messrs. Footman, Pretty & Co., Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: G/63689

Regiment: Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 14 & 15,

Pozieres Memorial,








1901   Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk.


Harold was 2 years old and living with his family & siblings.

Frederick Skinner, 32, a Sack & Cloth Cutter, born Hadleigh, Suffolk.

Emma Skinner, 30, born Hadleigh.

Frederick Herbert Skinner, 9, born Hadleigh.

Charles Henry Skinner, 8, born Hadleigh.

Elsie May Skinner, 6, born Hadleigh.

Stanley William Skinner, 4, born Hadleigh.


1911   10, Gatarce Road, Ipswich.


Harold was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick, 42, a Sack Cutter – Sack Manufacturer.

Emma, 40.

Elsie, 17, a Day Girl – Domestic.

Stanley, 15, a Office Boy – Corn Merchant.

Vera Jessica Skinner, 9, born Hadleigh.

Cyril George Skinner, 7, born Hadleigh.

Margaret Maud Skinner, 3, born Ipswich.

Harold is also remembered on Burlington Baptist Church, Memorial. London Road.

 Frederick & Emma Skinner.

Kevin Knights 11th March 2022.

Today I visited Hangard Wood where my great uncle Harold Skinner was killed.
Harold Victor Skinner of the 7th Battalion of The Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment was killed in action on the 26th April 1918 at the age of 19. He was the second of the three brothers to be killed. Just two months before his eldest brother Frederick who was remembered yesterday. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Pozieres Memorial.
His battalion diary shows that on the 25th April 1918 his battalion were in line at Hangard Wood. On the day he was killed that battle commenced. It was a fierce battle which halted the German advance and helped expedite the end of World War One. So I am very proud that he took part in that battle but sad that he lost his life at such a young age.
37 of his battalion were killed that day. 17 have known graves but 20 including him have no known graves.
I was able to visit and pay respect to the 17 known graves.
11 at Hangard Wood British Cemetery
3 at Hangard Communal Cemetery. 1 each at Pargny, Crouy and London Cemetery extension.
There are a number of unknown graves of his battalion of which he is a candidate but so are the other 19 with no known grave who were killed that day. Hence it is not possible to identify his resting place. It is possible he may lie somewhere in one of these cemeteries or another cemetery in this area.

Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 7th Battalion

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