image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
Born: 14th April 1882, Sproughton, Suffolk.
Died: 15th July 1917; age 35; KiA – on the eve of commencing his leave.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 10418.
Regiment: Machine Gun Corps – Infantry, 219th Coy.
Formerly 22581, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr & Mrs Markham, of 10, Chantry Row, Sproughton; husband of L.E. Markham, of 15, Chantry Row, Sproughton.
1891 Lower Street, Sproughton, Suffolk.
Harry was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Elijah Markham, 35, an Agricultural Labourer, born Sproughton.
Emma Markham (nee Woodward), 35, born Sproughton.
William Markham, an Agricultural Labourer, born Sproughton.
Rose Markham, 11, born Sproughton.
Lily Markham, 3, born Sproughton.
Herbert Markham, 1, born Sproughton.
1901 Lower Street, Sproughton, Suffolk.
Harry was 18 years old, an Agricultural Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Elijah, 45, a Shepherd.
William, 23, an Agricultural Labourer.
Edith Markham, 3, born Sproughton.
1911 15, Chantry Row, Sproughton, Suffolk.
Harry, 28, a Gardener’s Labourer. He was married and Head of the Household.
In 1906, Sproughton, Suffolk, Harry married Lilian Edith Bedingfield, born 1884, Sproughton. They had 5 children:
William Frederick Markham, born 1906, Sproughton.
Ivy Rose Markham, born 1908, Sproughton.
George James Markham, born 1910, Sproughton.
Vera Edith Markham, born 1913, Sproughton.
Doris Mary Markham, born 1915, Sproughton.
Harry is also remembered on the war memorial at All Saint’s Church, Sproughton, Suffolk. His death was reported in the E.A.D.T. on the 1st August 1917.
MACHINE GUN CORPS.
The Machine Gun Corps was formed in October 1915 as the machine gun proved to be held affective as infantry support in trench warfare. Cavalry and Motor branches, followed in 1916 by the Heavy Branch. A depot and training centre was established at Belton Park in Grantham Lincolnshire also a training base depot at Camiers in France .the men were trained to a higher technical standard, capable of stripping down and mending the guns in the field.
The Machine Gun Corps had 62,049 casualties, including 12,498 killed out of 170,500 officers and men earning it the nickname ’the Suicide Club’ manly as machine guns were static or fix positions becoming prime targets for the enemy.