Harry Ferriday Sergeant WR/263123 - 34th Light Railway Operating Coy. Royal Engineers Died on Saturday 22nd February 1919, age 30. Buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium Born in the 3 rd  quarter of 1888 near Lilleshall to 23-year-old William T. Ferriday from the same area, and 22-year-old Emily  from Worcester 1866. He was baptised at Donington Wood on 9 th  September 1888. In 1891 the family was at Wood Street, Wednesfield. William was working as a railway clerk. Harry had an older brother William born at Wolverhampton and a younger brother Thomas born at Wem. In 1901 they were at 11 Wharton Street,  East Retford, Ordsall, Notts. Harry’s father and older brother William were working as railway clerks. By 1911 the family at Wharf Rd, Gnosall Heath. Harry and his younger brother Thomas were now working as railway clerks, their father as a Ledger Clerk - Electrical Works, and his older brother William as Assistant Tester - Electrical Works. Two children had died. He married Alice Mary Webb at Gnosall, on 20 November 1916. He was living at 14 The Crescent, Prestwich and working as a clerk at the time. Alice was the daughter of William Webb who ran a grocer’s shop in Gnosall Wharf. Harry enlisted in Gnosall into the 34th Light Railway Operating Co. Royal Engineers and took the rank of Sergeant and numbers 219057 and W/R263123. He died of pneumonia on Saturday 22nd February 1919, age 30, probably while being treated at Lijssenthoek’s medical facilities. He was awarded the Victory and British Medals. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium. XXXV. B. 20 “Thy will be done” – Mrs A M Ferriday, Wharf Road, Gnosall Heath Historical Information During the First World War, the village of Lijssenthoek was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. The cemetery was first used by the French 15th Hopital D'Evacuation and in June 1915, it began to be used by casualty clearing stations of the Commonwealth forces. From April to August 1918, the casualty clearing stations fell back before the German advance and field ambulances (including a French ambulance) took their places. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 24 being unidentified. There are 883 war graves of other nationalities, mostly French and German, 11 of these are unidentified. There is 1 Non World War burial here.
Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium.