Photograph courtesy of Lisa.

Born: 1915, Ipswich.

Died: 29th June 1944; Age: 28; KiA. Served 12 years.

Residence: 35, Queensberry Road, Ipswich – formerly of 8, Ransome Crescent, Ipswich.

Enlisted: Royal Artillery.


Harry went through the Dunkirk evacuation with the 229th Medium Battery, Royal Artillery (T.A.), and later was transferred to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.


Rank: Private/Gunner; Service Number: 820703.

Regiment: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1/4th Battalion.

Formerly of the Royal Artillery, 229th Medium Battery.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 16, Column 2.

Bayeux Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of C.J. & Martha B. Girling, of 8, Ransome Crescent, Ipswich.


Father: Charles Joseph Girling, born November 1884, Ipswich. A Dock & Wharf Labourer.

Mother: Martha Baker Girling (nee Hancock (1st marriage Miles)), born November 1887, Ipswich.


Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Augustine of Hippo Church, Ipswich, and also commemorated on the British Normandy Memorial, virtually opened by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, on the 6th June 2021.



Harry (standing right) with his parents Charles & Martha and brother Victor Alexander Girling (also served with the K.O.Y.L.I.).

1944 Evening Star

King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 1/4th Battalion


  • My father, Victor Girling, stands so proudly with his mother father and brother. Thank you for posting this picture, brought a tear to my eye.

  • Hi – my husband’s paternal great-grandmother is Martha (Harry, Victor – and other’s – mother!) Until today we didn’t know she married again and had more children. This is wonderful to see. Thank you 🙂


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