Henry Robert Harrington
St Bees Dead of the First World War
Roll of Honour
Henry Robert Harrington
11th Bn Border Regiment
Killed in Action on the Somme1917, aged 19
5th Bn Border Regiment
Killed in Action Arras 1917, aged 22
From the Whitehaven News Thursday April 26th 1917:
“HARRINGTON On April 13 .1917, Corporal J.Harrington, Border Regt., aged 22 years; also Private R.H. Harrington, reported missing November 18 .1916, now reported Killed In Action, Border Regiment, in his twentieth year, the beloved sons of Mr. and Mrs. Harrington, 2, River View, Braystones. Deeply regretted by Father and Mother and Brothers and Sisters.”
Also, a report:
LOCAL SOLDIERS KILLED IN ACTION
A BRAYSTONES FAMILY LOSS – TWO SONS
Mr. and Mrs. Harrington of River View, Braystones, have received word that their son Corporal John Harrington has been killed in action. Corporal Harrington was their eldest son, and joined the first batch of Territorials that left Egremont at the outbreak of the war. Previous to his joining up he was employed at the new sinking pit at Ullbank, where he was held in high esteem by his employers and his workmates. He had seen some hard fighting in France, during which he as taken ill and was sent home to recuperate, having been gassed in one of the great battles.
He only rejoined his regiment five weeks ago, and the news of his death was conveyed to his parents by 2nd . Lieut. F. Storey, of the Border Regiment, who in his letter dated the 17 th April stated that he was killed by a splinter from a shell. His loss is greatly felt by all in the platoon, for he as one of the best N.C.Os and greatly respected by all with whom he came in contact. Mr. and Mrs. Harrington’s second son, Private R. H. Harrington, is now reported killed in action. He originally joined the Border Territorials but was transferred to the Border Regiment. He had been in France since last April, and had been through several engagements.
During one battle in November of last year he was reported missing, and his parents were buoyed with hope that he was alive and well, but unfortunately word is to hand that he is killed. Great sympathy is expressed on all sides for Mr. and Mrs. Harrington in their great trouble, in their loss of two fine sons, the eldest being only 22 years of age, while the other is in his twentieth year.