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Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Date of birth: 14/06/1894
Place of birth: Cookham
Gender: Male
Date of death: 04/03/1919
Place of death: Steyning, Sussex,
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 24
Cemetery Name: Cookham Parish Cemetery
CWGC Ref: 648680
TWGPP Ref: 4160692
Address: 16 Hamfield Cottages Lower Road Cookham Rise

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 5th Battalion, Grenadier Guards
Rank: Private
Service Number: 20919


Mother Emily GRIMSDALE
Brother Charles Arthur GRIMSDALE (DIED 29.9.1916)
Brother William GRIMSDALE
Brother Joseph GRIMSDALE
Brother Arthur GRIMSDALE
Sister Annie GRIMSDALE
Sister Alice GRIMSDALE
Brother Frederick GRIMSDALE (BORN 1874)
Sister Anne GRIMSDALE (BORN 1877)
Sister Jane GRIMSDALE (BORN 1877)
Sister Bertha GRIMSDALE (1878-1952)
Sister Rose GRIMSDALE (BORN 1879)

Additional information

Harry joined the Grenadier Guards and served with the 3rd Battalion. He is described as a Guardsman on CWGC which should be PRIVATE according to the Grenadier Guards website. (Incorrect listing on CWGC of Guardsman instead of Private is specifically mentioned.) We know nothing of the circumstances that led to his death, only that he died in Steyning, Sussex - presumably in hospital - on 4th March 1919, from wounds received in action in France. He was transported back to Cookham and is buried in the Parish cemetary.
Harry Grimsdale and his older brother Charles, both killed in the war, were just two of the 13 children of Abed and Emily Grimsdale. Harry was the youngest, born in Cookham on 14th June 1894. The family squeezed into the "two up, two down" cottage at 16, Hamfield Cottages in Cookham Rise. Harry's father's occupation shows as General/Farm Labourer in the 1901 and 1911 census. Harry became a general labourer when he left secondary school at Cookham Rise. The school register shows that Harry went to Cookham Dean primary school before secondary school and his last school attendance was on 13th April 1908, shortly before his 14th birthday. His brother Joseph was a stable help and another brother, Arthur, was a shepherd boy. Cookham Memorial states that the Grimsdale family had 5 sons, 2 son in laws and a grandson serving in WW1.

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