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Harold Renshaw Barrett


Harold Renshaw Barrett was born in March 1891 to Samuel and Isabella Barrett of Broughton, in Salford, near Manchester. Samuel and Isabella were the Steward and Stewardess of the Conservative Club on Sussex Street in Broughton at the time. Harold had an elder brother, John, and an elder sister, Annie. Annie was to go on to train as a teacher herself.

Early Life

By 1901, Harold had moved with his family to 65 Broughton Lane in Salford. His parents were still running the local Conservative Club, although Harold’s father Samuel was recorded in the 1901 Census as also being a Railway Ticket Printer. They had now been joined by Harold’s grandfather Samuel, a retired warehouseman (aged 74). Harold attended Wesleyan School, in Broughton.

Chester College

Harold attended Chester College from 1911 and left in 1912, following two years of training. He began his teaching career at St. Thomas’ School, in Cheetham, but may also have taught at Wesleyan School, the school he attended as a pupil.

Military Service

Harold enlisted into the Manchester Regiment 16th Battalion “A” Company as Private 7197 Harold Renshaw Barrett, aged 23 years old on September 13, 1914. He entered into the War on November 8, 1915, but was killed in action just over two months later.

Lest We Forget

Harold was killed in action on January 18, 1916. He was 24 years old.

Post Mortem

Harold was awarded the 1914-15 Star and British War and Victory Medals for his service to the country. He is remembered with honour at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, in France.