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Fall, Harry

Rank : Lance Corporal

Army Number : 7206

Unit : 1st Bn

Biography :

Served with the Regiment in World War One. His medals are held by this Museum.

email received from Sarah Marchant 27th August 2012:

"Born to George and Eliza Fall (nee Spencer) at Oxford Street, Leicester on 25th July 1885, the second son of a family of nine children (one dying in infancy). Lived for many years in Bay Street, Leicester. The 1911 census tells us that Harry was a Lance Corporal in the 2nd Leicesters in 1911, but at the time of his marriage to Florence Charlotte Farrell on 1st February 1914 at St Margaret's Parish Church, Leicester, Harry's occupation is given as 'iron foundry worker'. By September 1914 Private Harry Fall is with the 1st Leicesters in France as part of the BEF.

A daughter, Florrie Fall, was born 26th November 1917 and four weeks later her mother died. Harry is not listed as the father on the birth certificate (registered after her mother's death) but Florence is recorded as the wife of Harry Fall on her death certificate. Harry survived the war, though we don't know much about what he did during the war as his records were apparently destroyed by WWII bombing.

Harry married again on 31st January 1920 to 36-year-old Jane Chawner (nee Richards), widow of Henry Chawner who had died 16th September 1915 of phthisis pulmonalis. Harry was by then a coal merchant's carter. On 5th August 1920 a son, Leslie, was born at Warrington Street, Leicester.

Harry died of acute pulmonary tuberculosis at Melton Mowbray Isolation Hospital on 23rd June 1932, one month short of his 47th birthday. His occupation was given as 'labourer at iron foundry' and his address was given as 13 Stanton Road, Saffron Lane, Lubbesthorpe.

Harry Fall is the elder of two brothers who served in the Regiment. William, his younger brother by 7 years, was killed in action at Sheikh Sa'ad, Mesopotamia (Iraq) on the 7th January, 1916."

Date of Birth : 25th July 1885

Civil Occupation : Iron Foundry worker

Period of Service : 1910s

Conflicts : WW1

Places Served : & & France

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