Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
Harold Storer was born in Brewood in 1886. He was the son of William and Mary Alice Storer. During the early years of their marriage William and Mary lived with William's parents, Thomas and Amelia, who had a smallholding of 11 acres at Shutt Green, Brewood.
While they lived in Brewood, William worked as a local government officer - serving as Assistant Overseer at the workhouse and tax collector; Mary Alice was a schoolmistress. Harold appears to have been the youngest of eight or more children.
In 1891 Mary Alice was living with the youngest children at 2 Fern Terrace, Finchfield Road, Tettenhall. Mary died in 1899 and in 1901 Harold was living with his father in Derby. Harold was working as a tobacconist's assistant and his father, William, as clerk at a brick works. By 1911 Harold was living in Bramley, Yorkshire, working as the manager of a clothiers shop. Harold married Lilian Edith Lowery in Derbyshire in 1914 and the couple had moved to Seaham Harbour, County Durham by the time Harold enlisted in 1916.
Harold served with Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Hussars, joining the 9th battalion. In mid-June 1917 the battalion was in camp at Dickebusch, near Ypres, employed in road-making. The war diary for the 24th June says 'Shelled out of Camp at Dickebusch. Work on roads continued.' It was possibly during this shelling that Harold was killed on 23rd June, 1917. He is buried in Dickebusch Military Cemetery Extension.
Lance Corporal Harold Storer, 41601 (formerly 32048, 11th Reserve Cavalry Regiment) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
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