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Harry Boycott, Age 18

Private, 17392, 5th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry.

Harry was the son Elizabeth Ann and lived with her and his stepfather William Adamson at 39 Coalmore, nr Horsehay.

He had enlisted in the KSLI in February 1915 a week after his 18th birthday, and prior to his enlistment had worked for Mr George Passey of Horsehay for 4 years.

WWI Medal Rolls Index Card

WWI Medal Rolls Index Card

After training at Pembroke Dock was posted to their 5th Battalion, which was attached to 42 Brigade, 14th (Light) Division. On 20th May 1915 the Division landed at Boulogne, and saw its first major action at the Battle of Loos. Harry died before this however. He was wounded in the head on 2nd August, after only being in France for four weeks having arrived there on July 7th according to his medal card (Shown above). His battalion at the time was holding trenches in the vicinity of Hooge and Railway Wood in the Ypres salient. Harry succumbed to his wounds three days later, on 5th August 1915, aged 18.

KSLI cap badge
K.S.L.I Regiment Cap Badge.
Boycott H HS

Harry is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France, in Grave II. B. 36A.

Inscription added to head stone by: Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Adamson, 39, Coalmore, Nr Horsehay, Salop.

Peace Perfect Peace


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victory-medal britishwar-medal 1914-15 Star
Victory Medal British War Medal 1914-15 Star Medal