Also Served: Harold Gore -
1, Cook Street, Prescot
Private 1556, 5th Bn., South Lancashire Regiment
(Later 240277)Ref. No.:
Born in Prescot in 1897, 16 year old Harold Gore was a sheet metal worker at the BI & HC Co Ltd when he attested for four years service to the Territorial Army, joining the 5th Battalion of the South Lancs at St Helens on 10th November 1913.
He was called up for full time service on the outbreak of war and whilst training at Tunbridge Wells he spent a week in hospital suffering from Tonsillitis (1st to 8th April 1915).
Harold was listed among the men of Prescot serving the colours which the Prescot Reporter printed in May 1915 and then in October of that year he was hospitalised twice suffering from Enteritis.
He finally sailed for France on 15th February 1917 from Southampton, arriving at le Havre the following day. He was serving with a rank of 'Bugler' and was also qualified as a drummer.
Harold sailed back to the UK on 11th February 1918 and was admitted to Huddersfield War Hospital suffering from Pyrexia. He was then posted to the Depot Battalion of the Regiment at Heaton Park on 8th April and to the 3rd Battalion at Barrow on 14th June 1918. These movements are typical for men who were ill or wounded, and were posted to the Depot Battalion for recovery and recuperation.
On 7th July 1918, presumably when he had recovered, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Regiment and went back to France, where he remained until 20th February 1919. Throughout October 1918, he suffered from influenza and moved around hospitals in Amiens, Aubergue and Rouen.
Harold was demobilised on 28th February 1919. He was entitled to the British War medal, Victory Medal and Territorial Force War Medal.