Harry Fowell Private 30337 - 7th Bn. North Stafford Regiment Died of wounds in Persia on Wednesday 18th September 1918 No known grave but is commemorated on the Tehran War Memorial. Henry Charles Fowell (Harry) was born in fourth quarter of 1897. He was the son of Henry Richard Fowell and Bertha Waterfall (from Bentley, Ashbourne, in Derbyshire). His parents married in the summer of 1897 in Stafford and had 7 seven children (one of whom died in 1904). Harry’s father was a brick manufacturer and licensee of the Navigation Inn on Newport Road, as his father (born in Moreton) had been before him. Harry was brought up by his grandparents, Henry and Ellen Fowell. By the time of the outbreak of war, the Fowells had given up the Navigation Inn. On 3rd June 1916 Harry Fowell aged 18 years and 9 months, a farm hand ‘of Audmore, Gnosall’, enlisted with the North Staffordshire Regiment at Stafford. He gave his next of kin to be Harry Fowell, father. At the time of enlistment Harry was 5 feet 7 ¾ inches tall with 6/6 vision in both eyes; he had a 32 inch chest expanding to 34 and weighed 128 lbs. Harry was sent to Bombay and from there embarked for Basra on the 9th August 1917, where he disembarked on the 15th August. His unit joined the battalion in the Field on 27th August. He was injured twice in June the following year, being sent for treatment 'to the Field Ambulance'. On the 16th September he was shot in the left eye by the enemy while serving with 'Dunsterforce' over Kazian, and died on the 18th September 1918 from 'wounds received in action', in the Military Hospital, Kasian, Basrah - in southern Iraq between Kuwait and Iran. (There are two locations called Kazian/Kasian – one in Azerbaijan and one in Iran.) Private 30357 Harry Fowell received the British War & Victory medals, which, following a declaration of family connection and Full family details thereof, signed and witnessed by the Rev. Bocking in July 1920, were received by his father living at ‘Glendower House’ in Gnosall and acknowledged on November 28th 1921. Harry Fowell is commemorated on the Tehran War Memorial however he was buried, in Enzeli (Anzali) Military Cemetery in Iran. Historical Information The War Cemetery was built in 1962. There are now 412 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war, 13 of which are unidentified, commemorated in this site. There are 152 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war commemorated here. In addition there are also 14 non world war burials and 25 Foreign National burials. Included in the 1914-1918 commemorations were members of 'Dunsterforce', a British mission set up by Major-General Dunsterville in 1918. Their purpose was to organise the forces of the Transcaucasian Federal Republic (comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) to enable them to withstand a Turkish attack. Their task was impeded by constant civil war, and in May of that year, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia separately declared their independence. 'Dunsterforce' assumed a more direct military role when Baku was under threat of a Turkish attack. In August, 1918 reinforced by about 1000 British Infantry, it occupied Baku to prevent the port and  oil- fields from falling under Turkish control. However the following month saw the evacuation of Baku by the British due to the superior numbers of the Turkish force. The British returned to Bak
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