Lewis Harker (1894-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

HARKER, LEWIS. 2nd Lieutenant. 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Born Ford Cottage, Holmfirth. Son of Mr and Mrs William Harker, Cliffe Wood Terrace, Neiley, Honley. Educated Wooldale Council School and at New Mill National School. Attended Mount Tabor United Methodist Sunday School and was a member of the choir. Employed by Messrs Moorhouse and Brooks at Moorbottom Mill. Enlisted as a Private in the Duke of Wellington's Regiment at Whitsuntide, 1915. Served in Egypt and Gallipoli, where he took part in the Suvla bay landings. Left Egypt for France and was then recommended for a commission, in January 1918. He came home for training at Lichfield and was gazetted to the East Lancashire Regiment and then to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Visited Holmfirth at the beginning of August, 1918, and left for France on 13.8.1918. Killed in action, 1.10.1918. Buried BELLICOURT BRITISH CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 7, Row A, Grave 10.
ROH:- Fulstone War Memorial; Honley War Memorial; Brockholes War Memorial.

Lives of the First World War

The following section is reproduced from the Imperial War Musuems' Lives of the First World War site under the terms of the IWM Non-Commercial Licence.

Lewis Harker was the son of Mr and Mrs Wm Harker of Cliffe Wood Terrace, Neiley, Honley and was brought up in that locality. He was born at Ford Cottage at the time that his father was engineer at Ford Mill. He was educated at Wooldale Council School and later at New Mill National School. Connected with the United Methodist cause, he was a scholar at Mount Tabor and at one time a member of the choir.

Lewis enlisted as a private at Whitsuntide 1915 and fought in Egypt at Sulva Bay but was wounded during those operations. After recuperating, he left Egypt for France where, after fifteen month’s service in the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment, he was recommended for a commission. He returned for training at Lichfield, readily passing the necessary examinations, was then drafted into the East Lancashire Regiment and subsequently attached to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

Lieut. Harker had been home on leave in August 1918, leaving Holmfirth for France on 18th August. The local newspaper reported that he had had some narrow escapes during this time but was killed on 1 October 1918 by a shell that dropped into his post. A letter from an officer in the same battalion wrote to his mother: “He had only just returned after talking with another officer when a shell dropped on him. Your son was very much liked by his men and officers. He was always cheerful and happy and will be missed by all. We are holding a memorial service tomorrow afternoon.”