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Name Harry Finkle
Nick Name  
Last Known Address Tower Street, sunderland.
Family Circumstances Married to Josephine, with 2 children.

Unit of Service

Army. 9th Bn Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment

          Northumberland Fusiliers.

Number and Rank

47187.    Private

151941.  Private.

Date & Place of Death 28th August 1917.  France or Flanders.  Aged 23.
Grave Location
(if known)
Not Known.
Where Commemorated
(if known)
Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderan, Belgium.

Details of any Medals, conflict, training or operations which the deceased had participated in during service.

Harry had served in the Northumberland Fusiliers prior to joining the 9th Bn Prince of Wales Own West Yorkshire Regiment.  For his service he was awarded the 1914 - 1918 War Medal and 1914 - 1918 Victory Medal.

He was killed by a German sniper during a lull in the fighting. It is believed he was working as a war artist.


                                             1914 - 1918 War Medal                  1914 - 1918 Victory Medal



Other general information. online links, images etc.

Harry was born in Sunderland in 1894.  He had 7 siblings, 4 sisters and 3 brothers.

Prior to joining the Army he worked as a bookeeper in a brewery. 

He married Josephine Davison on 20th february 1915.

His father who was also called Harry had also served in the Northumberland Fusiliers,


Below is the 1901 Census showing Harry and his parents living in Jarrow.



Below is the 1911 Census and a summary showing the family living in Deptford in Sunderland.



Harry Finkle

Age in 1911:


Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1894

Relation to Head:

Son (Child)



Birth Place:

Sunderland, Durham, England

Civil Parish:






Street address:

8 Aylmer Street Deptford Sunderland


Joiner Clerk

Registration district:


Household Members:



Harry Finkle


Edith Mary Finkle


Harry Finkle


Edith Finkle


Wilhemina Finkle


Reginald Finkle


Stanley Finkle


Maisie Finkle


Winiford Finkle


William Finkle




Below is a copy of Harry's and Josephines Marriage Certificate.

Below is a copy of Harrys service and medal record.


Below is the Medal register showing Harry's entitlement.


Below is the register of effects etc .



Below is the Tyne Cot Memorial Panel List.



Below is the Central Grave Register. This includes unidentified Soldiers with no known grave.










The Tyne Cot Memorial is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. Broadly speaking, the Salient stretched from Langemarck in the north to the northern edge in Ploegsteert Wood in the south, but it varied in area and shape throughout the war.

The Salient was formed during the First Battle of Ypres in October and November 1914, when a small British Expeditionary Force succeeded in securing the town before the onset of winter, pushing the German forces back to the Passchendaele Ridge. The Second Battle of Ypres began in April 1915 when the Germans released poison gas into the Allied lines north of Ypres. This was the first time gas had been used by either side and the violence of the attack forced an Allied withdrawal and a shortening of the line of defence.

There was little more significant activity on this front until 1917, when in the Third Battle of Ypres an offensive was mounted by Commonwealth forces to divert German attention from a weakened French front further south. The initial attempt in June to dislodge the Germans from the Messines Ridge was a complete success, but the main assault north-eastward, which began at the end of July, quickly became a dogged struggle against determined opposition and the rapidly deteriorating weather. The campaign finally came to a close in November with the capture of Passchendaele.

The German offensive of March 1918 met with some initial success, but was eventually checked and repulsed in a combined effort by the Allies in September. 

The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites.

The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It commemorates those of all Commonwealth nations, except New Zealand, who died in the Salient, in the case of United Kingdom casualties before 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). Those United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. Other New Zealand casualties are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

The TYNE COT MEMORIAL now bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by Joseph Armitage and F.V. Blundstone, was unveiled by Sir Gilbert Dyett on 20 June 1927.







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