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Henry Large


Henry Large was born on August 25, 1875 in Bickerstaffe. He was the sixth child of Thomas and Elizabeth (née Latham). Thomas married Elizabeth on February 27, 1865 at Holy Trinity Church, in Bickerstaffe. Thomas and Elizabeth had ten children in all, but three died as children. Thomas was a Coal Miner and in 1881, the family were living on Liverpool Road, in Bickerstaffe. Thomas and Elizabeth’s eldest sons, William (aged 16) and Richard (aged 14) were working as Miners alongside their father. Their third son, Levi (aged 11) was at school, as was daughter Mary Jane (aged nine) and Henry (aged five).

Early Life

In the 1891 Census, Thomas was recorded as still working in the mines and was still living in Bickerstaffe, at Moss Pit Cottage. The eldest two sons had left home, while Levi had joined his father in the pit. Mary Jane had no occupation recorded. Henry was employed as a Pupil Teacher at the local school from January 1890. The two youngest daughters, Martha (aged 13) and Elizabeth (aged 9) were pupils at the same school.

Henry married Ann Marsh on September 18, 1897 at Holy Trinity Church. He gave his occupation as Day School Teacher. His wife Ann was also 22 years old and had been born in Skelmersdale, the daughter of Henry Marsh, a Miner. Shortly after they married, Henry and Ann moved to Liverpool. In 1901 they were living at 12 Imrie Street, in Walton-on-the-Hill. Henry was working as an Assistant School Master and they had two young children, Gilbert (aged two) and Margaret (aged one). Two other children were born to the couple, Rupert in 1902 and Edith in 1904.

Henry’s wife Ann died on January 28, 1905, aged just 29, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church, in Bickerstaffe. Ann was six months pregnant when she died after contracting acute pneumonia.

Henry’s second wife was Ann Dunkerley and they married at St. John the Evangelist, in Walton-on-the-Hill on October 19, 1907. In 1911, they were living at 1 Lilfield Avenue, in Liverpool. In February 1911, Henry and Ann had a child, called Doris Mabel. By now, Henry was employed by the Borough Council as an Elementary School Teacher.

On December 22, 1911 Henry became a Mason, joining the Hamer Lodge at Liverpool.

Chester College

Henry attended Chester College and left in 1896. He went on to teach at Christ Church School, in Bootle.

Military Service

It may well have been about this time that he also joined the Territorials as a Gunner, Number 3112, in the 3/1st West Lancashire Royal Field Artillery. When the war came on August 4, 1914, Henry would have been embodied in the Royal Field Artillery. In 1916, he was renumbered as 777023. It is possible that he went to France in October 1915, attached to a Canadian force.

On May 15, 1916, the Brigade was given the number 277 and the 12th, 13th and 14th Lancashire Batteries became “A”, “B” and “C” Batteries. By August 1917, Henry was serving with “A” Battery 277th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

Lest We Forget

Henry was killed in action on August 21 1917. He was 41 years old and is buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery Number 3, in Belgium. His death was also recorded on the gravestone of his first wife at Holy Trinity Church, in Bickerstaffe.

Post Mortem

Henry was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.